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VIDEO PREMIERE: BANDY “OLDER”

June 19th, 2018

Brian Hill was the drummer in Pasadena's Ride The Wave, but now he's got his own outfit called Bandy, and this video for his debut single "Older" finds him making music something like particularly self-aware pop-punk and Vaselines-style indie rock—charming, catchy and a little bit cynical underneath, too.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: JENN CHAMPION “COMING FOR YOU”

June 19th, 2018

Jenn Champion's coming Single Rider is the next step after her unexpectedly electro 2016 single "No One" and the intimate/intense "Leave Like That" with producer SMYL, and the album—and especially this song "Coming For You"—offers a careful and artful kind of pop with an immense sense of emotion within.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: LUNCH LADY “DEEPER”

June 12th, 2018

L.A. band Lunch Lady's Demos came out on cassette in March, and now lead track "Deeper" comes to life in this uncomfortably sharp video, in which a song about a certain feeling of loss turns into a bunch of not-really-doctors performing a not-really-medical procedure not really carefully, although they do pry out (spoilers?) some surely painful bugs and doll heads. Explains the band:

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VIDEO PREMIERE: BART & THE BEDAZZLED “HALLOWEEN BY THE SEA”

June 11th, 2018

Bart Davenport's new outfit Bart and the Bedazzled, which matches Davenport with a top-of-the-pops band made up of bassist Jessica Espeleta, drummer Andres Renteria, and guitarist Wayne Faler. Their Blue Motel is out now and slow-burner second track "Halloween By The Sea" is like Cleaners from Venus or Prefab Sprout with half the arrangement stripped away, or like Dwight Twilley going deep on some Nebraska-style American noir. This beautifully clear black-and-white video by director Justin Frahm—a beach and a beach town, with all the people gone and only memories left, which makes it more an On The Beach town—deftly underscores that strange kind of isolated mood, like a arthouse version of one of those Twilight Zone "Where is everybody?" episodes. That's by very deliberate design, explains Frahm:

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VIDEO PREMIERE: TIM CARR “ONE DAY” (LIVE)

June 8th, 2018

L.A. multi-instrumentalist Tim Carr is about to put out his first release since his 2016 full-length The Last Day Of Fighting, and while the single revealed-so-far track from his coming Swing & Turn EP features full band instrumentation, this live version of "One Day" is spare and sparse and more powerful for it, with Carr's understated acoustic guitar leaving endless open space for his voice to sing and soar. Carr will be performing a single release show with Midnight Sister (reviewed here) at the Moroccan Lounge on Tue., June 12—get tickets here!—and his Swing & Turn EP with a studio version of "One Day" and more will be out later this summer.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: RIVER GODS “LAVA LAMP”

June 6th, 2018

L.A. trio River Gods have just switched on their "Lava Lamp," a sweet (but maybe secretly sad?) indie pop song with some acrobatic guitar and an absolutely perfectly matched video produced, directed, and edited by Katie Neuhof—it's a lonely tour of the city by night, lit only by sputtering neon. (It's also a little like if the cover of the first Big Star album was turned into a little movie.) "Lava Lamp" was the first song on River Gods' 2017 debut full-length Moodboard, available from Bed Weather now, and you can follow the River Gods here.