“Harpoons” Music Video by SISU

cararobbinsSISUhighresWhile Eagle Rock denizen Sandra Vu is renown as the stellar drummer for Dum Dum Girls, she also fronts her own act SISU (Finnish for “extreme perseverance”). Her debut full-length, Blood Tears (MONO PRISM), was released late last year and strikes a balance between sullen experimental undertones and uplifting melodic choruses. And just like Omniflux and White Sea before her, she proves that pop can beautifully blend in with the dark and moody. 

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Check out the super wet music video for her latest single “Harpoon”:

SISU will open up for Dum Dum Girls tonight at The Roxy.

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“Magnetic Man” by Dark Furs (Premiere)

w-DARK_FURS-6Coed duo Dark Furs returns with their second EP, En L’air, to be released this spring. Recorded at Jim Henson Studios with producer Nico Essig, the three new songs continue the same dark dream their debut began via a deep subconscious rumbling stirred alive by beautiful bellows. Here’s the album’s middle track “Magnetic Man”:

Dark Furs will perform this Saturday, April 19th at Brokechella.

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“Missing You” by DWNTWN

unnamedDWNTWN‘s dreamy synth pop formula is reliably catchy and ethereal, but with “Missing You” the band proves their dynamics by incorporating a banjo and letting the song’s natural light shine:

DWNTWN is currently touring California. Their new self-titled EP will be released on Tuesday, April 29th via Jullian Records.

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“Oceans Of Rock And Roll” by Mike Sempert

mike3HighResNot too long ago, Mike Sempert (frontman for Oakland‘s Birds & Batteries) decided his life needed some change. So he adopted a dog, moved to Silver Lake, married his sweetheart, and wrote a solo album (not necessarily in that order). Mid Dream drops Tuesday, May 6th via Velvet Blue Music and is an earnest collection of old soul songwriting ranging from tranquil tones to grandiose orchestration but always carrying a heartfelt ambience much like the original guests on Austin City Limits. Here’s “Oceans Of Rock And Roll”:

Mike Sempert will perform tonight at The Hotel Cafe.

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“Only One” by Sympathetic Frequencies

sf_photo1Led by Trevor O’Neill, Sympathetic Frequencies is a Silver Lake-based outfit caught between grooving indie rock and spatial Britpop. Their debut EP, Possible Oceans, was recorded at Sleepy Wizard Studios in Oakland and features the Milo Greene-channeling “Only One”:

Sympathetic Frequencies will headline The Satellite tonight along with The Cigarette Bums and Sex Helicopter.

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“Ohio” Music Video by The Cerny Brothers

CernyBrosIllinoisEven though The Cerny Brothers are originally from Illinois, they named their heartland anthem “Ohio.” The fan favorite is a solid roots ballad evoking faded memories of “those football games” that’ll make anyone who’s familiar with rural America homesick. And its warm nostalgic vibe was aptly portrayed via its new music video by mixing old family videos with a casual backyard concert:

The Cerny Brothers will continue their “Spring Residency” tonight at The Mint by performing Weezer‘s “The Blue Album” in its entirety. Act As If and Sam Outlaw will open.

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And more shows to come…

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“Moonshine” by Fever Charm (Premiere)

Press Photo 1 SoSOakland youngsters Fever Charm have created a buzz for their forthcoming second EP, Sound Of Summer, by leaking its first single “Moonshine.” Opening with a Cold War Kids-worthy bass groove, the track is led into psychedelia via frontman Arieh Berl’s falsetto and airy guitar tones:

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“Minimum Wage (The Heist)” by Memoir

Memoir - The HeistMemoir knows how to make a groove. Their third leaked single, “Minimum Wage (The Heist),” is a blasting pop powerhouse via funk horns and frontwoman Dena Deadly’s soul ripping voice. Their debut LP, Fire In Me, is due Tuesday, April 29th.

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“Forever Young” by Avalon Omega

IMG_0715Avalon Omega is an Atwater Village performance artist who experimentally weaves between digi-pop and dreamwave. Having already released a collection of sporadic singles, she’s ready to release her proper debut EP this summer. But for now you can experience her latest leak “Forever Young”:

“Reproduction” by Outlands

OUTLANDS press image by  Brian HamelmanChinatown‘s Outlands is coed duo Melissa Smith and Mark Arciaga who decided to make a “homage to late ’80s and early ’90s R&B” with their second EP Love Is As Cold As Death (LebensStrasse Records). Leaving behind the lo-fi vibe of their first release, the songs are lacquered in hazy pop and digi-beats throwing back to England’s trip-hop scene. But the focus of every track is Smith’s reliable soulful voice that flutters between soft breaths and searing peaks such as on “Reproduction”:

Outlands will perform at Touch Vinyl tonight (Friday, April 11th) along with Heathers.

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