“Bullet” by Chelsea Lankes

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Our favorite popster, Chelsea Lankes, returns by leaking a new stellar single, “Bullet,” off her self-titled debut EP dropping April 8th via B3SCI Records. The song is a blatant dose of catchy sugar pop with danceable digi-beats and pulsing synths –but underneath the infectious hooks are empowering lyrics facing a doomed relationship.

“When you hold me, I know it shouldn’t hurt.”

Chelsea Lankes: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud

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“Good Girls” by Bad Wave

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Bad Wave began when producer Patrick Hart kept sporadically living with songwriter Tucker Tota in Venice Beach. No longer roomies (but neighbors), they continue to collaborate on catchy pop singles such as “Good Girls” (10K Islands). Built on shimmering synths and pulsing digi-beats, the song continues the duo’s reliable vibe for danceable neo-disco.

“But good girls don’t get scared.”

Bad Wave: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud

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Sympathetic Frequencies (Interview)

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Sympathetic Frequencies has evolved into a solid, melodic indie rock act via sharp pedal effects, thick driving rhythms, and a very passionate edge. We believe they’re on the rise and wanted to know more about the band so we interviewed frontman Trevor O’Neill while photographer Mallory Turner shot some portraits.

Is there a story behind your moniker?

“Our name comes from the harmonic phenomenon known as sympathetic resonance where the vibrations of one object cause another object to vibrate. You’ve probably seen this happen when your stereo is cranked and something in the room starts to vibrate with certain tones. I always feel like I’m doing a Bill Nye impression when I talk about this. I came across this concept years ago when I was super into jazz and it always felt kind of magical to me. I love the idea of putting a sound out in the world and letting it resonate with everything that it comes in contact with. Plus it fit my habit of giving my bands unnecessarily long names.”

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You worked on your forthcoming sophomore EP with producer Eric Palmquist. How did you recruit him?

“We met Eric through a label that we worked with briefly. They brought him out to a show we played at The Satellite last year and he liked what we were doing. We had a couple of meetings and decided to work together and we are all so glad we did. Eric really dove in with us and helped us tear apart our tunes to get to the core of what we wanted to be as a band. His studio has an incredible vibe. It’s the kind of place where the outside world just falls away and you can really focus on the music. It can be hard to find that when you’re recording in your home town with all the distractions of real life. He’s just amazing all around and we are hoping to be back in his studio very soon.”

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How do you think your sound has evolved?

“This band has changed a ton since we first got together. It began as my solo project at a time when I was pretty unsure of what exactly I wanted to do. I was experimenting with a lot of electronic elements, trying to figure out where my main instrument fit in with the music I was making, and learning to sing on the fly at that point. We went through quite a few band members in the early days but once our lineup solidified we were really able to hone what we were doing. We spent a lot of time just playing together, the four of us, in a room trying things and taking risks. A lot of things we tried didn’t work but the things that did helped us reach a really clear vision of what our music is. That process also just helped us get to know each other’s playing and figure out how our parts can work together to best serve the song. Overall we feel so much more focused now and it has really lifted our writing to a new level that we are all super excited about.”

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What can we expect from you next?

“We are booking some local dates in the next couple months to try out some of the new tunes on stage before we record them. The new EP will be out this summer. We are also in pre-production right now for a video for our most recent single “Wake Up.” We made our first video, “Wasteland,” ourselves with the help of some super talented friends. We loved the process so much so we’ve decided to make this one too. It’s looking super cool so far so keep an eye out for it.”

Mallory Turner: Website, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr

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“In A Week” by Worn-tin

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Worn-tin is the project of youngster Warner Hiatt who makes lo-fi, indie-pop psych-rock all by himself out of a backyard shed in Santa Monica. His debut full-length, Thanatophobia (fear of death), was conjured after he survived a violent car crash and the result is a brilliantly diverse (and sometimes experimental) collection of songs written through a garage rawk ethos and filled with jangle-pop verve. Here’s the beautiful, piano-focused ballad “In A Week”:

“Everything reminds you of him.”

Worn-tin: Facebook, Soundcloud

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“Seventeen” by Tessa Rae

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Tessa Rae is an Oakland-born singer/songwriter who recently leaked her first single, “Seventeen,” off her forthcoming mixtape Two Worlds. Produced by Justin Warfield (of She Wants Revenge), the soothing pop song is a downtempo purr of guitar plucks, trip-pop beats, synth effects, and a beautifully breathy vox.

“You got a heart that beats too fast.”

Tessa Rae: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud

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“True Confessions” by Blondfire (Acoustic)

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Blondfire returns by releasing an acoustic version of the edgy title track off their sophomore EP, True Confessions, dropping March 11th via WAX ltd. Recorded at the label’s studio in Hollywood, the stripped-down recording features frontwoman Erica Driscoll on acoustic and Anthony Polcino providing dreamy reverb. The result is naturally more serene thus acting as a clearer channel to hear the lyrics’ impassioned plea to save a fading romance. When asked why she chose this song to perform unplugged, Driscoll replied:

“I’ve always loved how an acoustic version of a song can really make you tune into the lyrics and meaning in a whole new way. It’s cool to just strip away the layers and really showcase the song itself in it’s purest form. The original version of ‘True Confessions’ production is really high energy, but the melody and lyric are quite bittersweet. I thought it would be great to just break it down and really showcase that sentiment.”

“I just wanna hear your true confessions.”

Blondfire: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Soundcloud

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“Drive” by Pretty Sister

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Pretty Sister is the new project by neo-funkster Zak Waters. He claims the new sonic concept was “born on the northbound 405 Freeway in a 1968 Buick LeSabre… old-school nostalgia in the smogged-up air” and his debut single, “Drive,” is the “first taste of the future flavor of the West Coast” –and we agreed. The super single is a buoyant blend of sharp synths, trap-claps, guitar grooves, and Waters’ reliably sexy falsetto. The era of “Z-funk” has begun.

“Cuz it feels so good to be in L.A.”

Pretty Sister: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud

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