“Power” by Sophie and The Boms Boms

©myles_pettengill_CAMC8644Sophie and The Boms Boms may have just released their debut EP, The Shmixtape (Columbia Records), but that doesn’t mandate a break. With “Power,” they bust back with more signature rad pop fueled by horn blasts, bombastic beats, and rapid sing-speak all delivered with street swagger:

“Power. Money. Make the whole world act funny.”

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HOLYCHILD, Air Life, Liphemra (Show Pics)

HOLYCHILDAir Life and Liphemra recently joined HOLYCHILD for their last January residency show at The Echo.


And Minivan Photography was there to shoot the show.

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“Watch Out” Music Video by The Most Best (Premiere)

Most Best PressThe Echo Park music collective known as The Most Best came to its most recent incarnation after ringleader Andrew Phan (who formerly performed in De Lux) moved across the street from Psychic Love vocalist Laura Peters. The new neighbors soon collaborated and the Watch Out EP (dropping February 3rd) is the result. Here’s its title track which is an indie rock appropriation of funk pop resuscitated by Peters’ vox which channels Debbie Harry:

And its lo-fi music video:

The Most Best will perform at El Cid tonight (January 28th).

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And at Chain Reaction on February 26th.


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“The Glow” by MONOGEM

unnamedMONOGEM recently leaked another track, “The Glow,” off their forthcoming self-titled debut EP. Digi-beats, slicing synths, and Jen Hirsh’s sharp voice destine the song for dark dance floors illuminated by lasers and choked by smoke:

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“101” by WALLA

photoLeave it to WALLA to create an uber-jovial song about one of the most dreaded freeways in SoCal. With a danceable bassline intro (à la The Feature‘s “This Disorder” or Foster The People‘s “Pumped Up Kicks”) and a synth pop chorus, “101” might be their most accessible single yet and makes us more eager for their forthcoming The Kids Are Alright EP.

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“Let Me Burn” & “The Pressure” by Only You

oy_2-edit_crop_nnSilver Lake denizen Rachel Fannan (formerly of Sleepy Sun) returns as Only You with two singles released via Hit City USA. “The Pressure” is a wailing rockabilly ballad while “Let Me Burn” is a soul raging bruiser –and both leave us highly anticipating more.

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“Letting Go” by FMLYBND

Processed with VSCOcam with p5 presetFMLYBND may have recently released their second EP, Back to Life, but they’ve already leaked a new track: “Letting Go.” The song is a reliable return to the band’s signature haunting-yet-danceable vibe with synth blasts, electro effects, and an ethereal vox. We now believe, this band will always amaze.

FMLYBND will tour in May.

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“Bare Bottom Time” by Sir Lord Von Raven (Premiere)

full (16)As Sir Lord Von Raven, Eric Johnson leads an Oakland-based ragtag of gritty psych rawkers –including a saxophonist– obsessed with blues swagger and boogie soul. Featuring members from Bay Area stalwarts such as The Time Flys, Gris Gris, Wrong Words, Drunk Horse, Extra Classic, and Part Time, the all-star band will release their sophomore album, The Age Of Machines, on February 17th as a double LP via Guitars and Bongos Records. But for now you can get down to “Bare Bottom Time”:

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“Long Time Ago” by Street Joy

54473ce0ef283e57d2e39b9a_originalAs Street Joy, Jason DeMayo and Scott Zimmerman make lo-fi jangly rawk that is too genial to be garage but too gritty to be surf. Their sporadic singles were recorded at their Silver Lake home by Michael Coleman and are being released today as a self-titled debut EP. A few of the tracks can channel a psychedelic, dance-punk, or even honky-tonk vibe but most prefer to pleasantly blast your face off such as “Long Time Ago”:

Street Joy‘s EP release party is tomorrow (January 24th) at Los Globos.


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“Bad, Bad, Bad” by LANY

IMG_0415EXPUP_WEBNo longer an enigma, LANY has finally revealed their names and faces. Paul Klein, Les Priest, and Jake Goss have been busy writing songs in their one-bedroom Hollywood apartment and by leaking the buoyant neo-pop track “Bad Bad Bad,” they fuel the buzz for their highly anticipated forthcoming EP:

“Let’s find a cheap motel and stay a couple nights.”

LANY will perform at The Sayers Club on February 3rd.

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