Tag Archives: Appropriate Moniker

"Slow Down" Music Video by Poolside

screen-shot-2012-07-20-at-11-38-57-amOnly in SoCal could a band like Poolside form. Based out of a studio in Los Feliz, the duo of Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise make what they call “daytime disco” by mixing slow beats with lax vocals. Their songs are caught between bopping down the strand in roller skates and laying in the sand while the tide rises. Either way, it’s warm, fun, and engulfing. Nikolic plays bass for Ima Robot and Paradise used to be in San Diego’s The Calculators with members of The Rapture, but now they’re the go-to-act for a laid-back dancefest. The music video for their second single “Slow Down” was directed by Shahana Khan and is a visual showcase for the band’s appropriate moniker:

Poolside will perform this Saturday, March 30th for All Bands On Deck! at the Santa Monica Pier along with YACHTKissesThem JeansGuns In The Sun, and DJ Mario Cotto. And yes, there will be actual free bike valet at this event.

All Bands On Deck Poolside

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"Spiders" Music Video by Night Riots

Night Riots PromoNight Riots is a revamped rock act (formerly known as PK) from the Central Coast town of San Luis Obispo. Their debut single “Spiders” hints at their new appropriate moniker as it carries a deep hum of gloom like a staggering coastal fog. It’s only when Travis Hawley’s vocals start to soar that the track begins to lift. And when it does, it shines. The song’s music video was directed by Peej Phillips and is a black and white montage of a pretty girl lip syncing interrupted by shots of time lapsed clouds, an increasing number counter, and vintage footage among other things:

Night Riots will perform at The Central this Friday, March 29th along with Rubberneck Lions, Bad Suns, and Levels.


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"Something In The Water" by Haunted Summer

Haunted Summer lists among their influences “love, death, the mystic forest, and fog.” But this is appropriate considering their moniker. Consisting of Bridgette Moody and John Seasons, the band formed when the couple left their previous bands (Torches and Seasons respectively) and concentrated on a new focus as stated in their bio:

“To accept the light, you must acknowledge the darkness and accept it. Only then will you reach clarity.”

Together, the Silver Lake coed duo makes digi-folk pop that’s as enticing as it is spooky. Like an echo in a cave, Moody’s voice carries an eerie yet seductive vibe over soothing strums or gentle beats. This is the sound of dew forming on a chilly morning…

Haunted Summer is currently recording a single with producer Raymond Richards (Local Natives) and their debut LP Through the Woods with Samuel Bing of Fol Chen. They will continue their March residency at Casey’s this Friday with Spirit Vine and Dignitary Loss.


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"Foolish Things" by The Ultimate Bearhug

196792_187780641266745_3849479_nThe Santa Ana co-ed duo known as The Ultimate Bearhug might just have the best and most appropriate moniker ever conceived. And I’m sure there’s an adorable story behind it. Guitarist Barrett Johnson carries a burly frame and could properly deliver a solid embrace while vocalist Doll Knight (an even more appropriate first name) croons lush lullabies that are warming embers on the heart. But I like to believe their name reflects the way their folk pop music envelopes, soothes, and cuddles as if you’re home and curdled up on the couch under heavy blankets. Their debut album, Just South Of Los Angeles, was recorded by Dallas Kruse at Zion Studios and is a cumulative collection of superb songwriting, but in order to receive the full squeeze you must witness Knight’s gentle infatuating sways:

The Ultimate Bearhug will perform at Hotel Cafe on February 13th.

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