“Chosen Ones” Lyric Video by Fire In The Hamptons

IMG_0582-24Silver Lake‘s Fire In The Hamptons is a supercharged tour de force. Led by the crazily charismatic falsetto-frontman Zack Arnett, the quintet is an erratic bunch who deliver “dance-centric 80’s beats, gritty synthesizers, and intricate vocal melodies.” Their new EP, Chosen Ones, was produced by Carlos De La Garza (Young The Giant, Neon Trees, Tegan & Sara) and follows their 2012 debut full-length F.I.T.H. with less soul-funk and more grandiose pop. Here’s its title track:

And its lyric video:

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“Varsity” by L.A. Girlfriend

LAGF Press IIWhen Los Feliz local Sydney Banta pumps out synth-pop, she becomes your L.A. Girlfriend. Her recent EP, Varsity, is a follow-up to 2013’s Viva LP and continues its fun blend of shimmery tones over post-punk beats. But Banta best describes her vibe as “razor-sharp, yet charmingly sweet.” Here’s the title track:

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“Poison Ivy” by Carlton (Premiere)

pi_press_picCarlton returns by leaking another track, “Poison Ivy,” off their forthcoming LP. With this song’s direction, the trio can now add edgy pop-funk (a la Maroon 5) to their diverse resume of fused genres. And as always, it makes you want to dance:

Carlton will perform tonight (November 26th) at The Roxy.

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“So Long” Music Video by Alyeska

000000880004Alyeska is a new act fronted by Alaska Reid –a young transplant from rural Montana who now calls Laurel Canyon home. Along with Nico Grossfield and Ben Spear (also of Heaps n Heaps), the trio spits out raw indie rock unafraid to chew on loud jams and heavy grooves. Here’s “So Long” off their self-titled debut EP which was recorded live to tape:

And its retro inspired music video:

Alyeska will perform at the Silverlake Lounge on December 16th.

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Cold War Kids, Avid Dancer (Show Pics)

Cold War KidsCold War Kids and Avid Dancer recently performed at The Regent.

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And Minivan Photography was there to shoot the show.

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“Like You Do” (feat. Grace Kelly) by Wildling

Wildling -GROUP 1-Wildling is a Valley-based music act who continues to grow in ambition and roster (including Cayucas‘ former drummer Casey Brothers). Their latest leaked single, “Like You Do,” is a burner buildup of gritty blues and epic soul ascended to the heavens via Grace Kelly‘s piercing voice. Their forthcoming debut EP is going to be stellar.

And here’s its lyric video:

Wildling will perform at The Satellite on November 23rd.

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“Lie To Me” by Milo Greene

Milo Greene - Pub 1 -Hartman_HarrisMilo Greene leaked another single, “Lie To Me,” off their sophomore LP CONTROL (dropping January 27th via Elektra/Chop Shop). The upbeat track continues the band’s surprising pivot from delicate indie rock to buoyant pop via digital drums and danceable rhythms –and the result is a refreshing joie de vivre:

And here’s its lyric video:

Milo Greene will tour this February and March.

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“Carry Me Upstream” by Battlehooch (Premiere)

PR photo 3 altThe Mission District‘s Battlehooch is a psych-pop powerhouse chock-full with members and instruments. The sextet will follow-up their Hot Lungs LP with an EP, Wink, on November 22nd that the band describes as “colorful sounds with heavy rhythms.” Their new leaked single, “Carry Me Upstream,” proudly attests to that with help from the Battlehooch Back Up Singers (Allison Kane, Kendra McKinley, and Sharon Litzky).

And here’s its lyric video:

Battlehooch‘s record release show will be at Bottom of the Hill on November 22nd.

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“Thrills” (Acoustic) Music Video by El May (Premiere)

Lara poolCalifornia-by-Australia artist El May (aka Lara Meyerratken) recently released her second album, The Other Person is You, via Rose Quartz Records. More oft than not, the album boasts buoyant pop including the digi-beat laden “Thrills.” El May and director Lizzy Henry decided the lush lo-fi track deserved an acoustic version and an accompanying music video shot at multiple swimming pools throughout Los Angeles –including El May‘s favorite lap pool in Glassell Park– all in one day. The video features cameos from El May’s band with drummer Scott Heiner as the “sax” player and bassist Scott Leahy as the irate lifeguard:

El May will perform tonight (11-18) at El Cid.

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“Red River” by Minnow (Premiere)

minnowpressflowersThe Valley-based rock act Minnow returns by releasing their debut full length Trembles & Temperance (Anchor Eighty Four Records) –a record they claim is themed on “hopeless romanticism, nostalgia of youth, and coping with death.” Recorded at The Atomic Garden in Palo Alto and produced by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr, Joyce Manor), the album continues the band’s tranquil guitar intricacies into crescendoing bursts of experimental zest. This brand of indie rock has become endangered since the early aughts and it’s riveting to experience again. Here’s the build-up track “Red River”

Minnow‘s record release show will be on November 29th at Uncles Studios.

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