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WIN TICKETS TO CHROMEO + TORO Y MOI AND MORE ON SUN. JUNE 16 AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL!

May 31st, 2019

It's a night of futuristic funk and textured groove from feel-good dance duo Chromeo—performing with a full live band for the first time ever in Los Angeles-and pop polymath Toro y Moi, supported here by powerhouse up-and-comers Noname and Ian Isiah. They'll all be lighting up the Hollywood Bowl on Sun., June 16, and we've got tickets! Want to enter to win? Email us at rsvp@larecord.com with subject 'CHROMEO' and we'll pick winners week of show!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: THE GRINNING GHOSTS “WHAT WOULD YOU EXPECT FROM ME?”

May 30th, 2019

The Grinning Ghosts just released their extra-gigantic 27-song Youth On The Rack album last month—you know it's a serious when the vinyl has to come out as abridged edition—and they've just made a video for "What Would You Expect From Me?", the grand finale for their magnum opus. It's grunge-y indie-punk song with heavy guitar and lots of old-fashioned frustration and angst. Catch Grinning Ghosts on Fri., June 7, at the Fox Theater in Pomona and on Sat., June 15, with Ramonda Hammer at a venue TBD. You can get Youth On The Rack here, and follow the band on Spotify here.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: SAFE JAZZ “SWEET, JUICY & DELICIOUS STRAWBERRIES”

May 23rd, 2019

Jesse Schuster is nothing if not busy—besides performing and producing for a lot of locals, including L.A. RECORD featurees BOY DUDE and Chrome Canyon, he also helms the Full Screen Mode music video party at Echo Park's Semi Tropic. Safe Jazz is his personal project, Schuster says, and this "Sweet, Juicy & Delicious Strawberries" video—directed, shot and edited by Kellen Malloy, whose YERSELF label has a Safe Jazz 7" and other worthy releases—is a a deep dive into aural/oral indulgence as our subject sinks into a song while slowly and lovingly attacking a bowl of strawberries. Red is the color of passion, so there's lots of red, and green is the color of life, so there's lots of green, too, especially when we see children at play and musicians at work.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: SAN MINOTAURO “ALTERYESSING”

May 22nd, 2019

San Minotauro is the endlessly developing project of one J. Bonigno, featured here last year before starting something new. After several worthy singles, Bonigno's newest San Minotauro work is exploring a dreamier half-awake-half-asleep sound. The full San Minotauro EP 2 was mastered by industry vet John Greenham (Luke Top, Kevin Morby and more) and features striking art by Marco Oggian, and comes out Fri. June 28—but you can get to "Alteryessing" on Spotify right now!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: “AEROS (OR: HOW I CHEATED SECOND DEATH)”

May 21st, 2019

Respectful Lust Records' new "Aeros" project is something different than the usual music video. In short, it's an experience, and it was an experience to put together, too. As Respectful Lust's Curt Barlage explains, Aeros involved a production of thirty people as well as film-specific music, a series of zero-budget zero-permit shoots and an unflagging sense of purpose: "Director Steven [Soria] and I feel very fortunate to be in a community of all these amazing artists and creators that make up the Respectful Lust family," he says. "We essentially work on a barter system. I'm very proud of the family and what we accomplished in 3 very challenging months of production." Settle in for a serious watch, and visit Respectful Lust here once you've recovered. Full tracklist below.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: EAMON FOGARTY “GODS’ GUTS”

May 20th, 2019

Eamon Fogarty came from New Hampshire and got to L.A. through a zig-zag that took him through Utah nuclear boomtown Moab and finally landed him in Chris Schlarb's storied Long Beach studio, where he recorded his coming Blue Values LP during the winter of 2016. First single "Gods' Guts" (note the position of the apostrophe) is an understandably muted affair, a dissipated soft-rock song with a Scott Walker-gone-Steely Dan thing happening—basically the perfect vibe for wandering around Los Angeles disillusioning yourself, and for realizing that the way you float in the pool is the way you're floating through life. Fogarty's Blue Values is out July 26 on Jealous Butcher, and you can pre-order it here. He'll be touring the west this June and finishing with an L.A. date at Gold Diggers—full dates below.