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"Regret" Live Video by Levels

LEVELS press 2- Outdoor BandLevels is a young co-ed trio that met as teenagers in St. Petersburg, FL. Since then, they’ve fulfilled their own Manifest Destiny and settled in a rental house in Pomona that also serves as their studio in which they recorded their self-titled debut EP.

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With a sound that harkens to the early days of ’90s college radio rock (SugarThe Pixies), they make garage pop by dicing rough melodies and edgy harmonies in a blender. Watch them perform “Regrets” as filmed by director Adam Carr at their studio/house:

Levels will perform this Tuesday night at The Central for Rainbow Jackson‘s second residency night along with Burning Jet Black and Act As If.


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"Bleeding Heart" Music Video by Burning Jet Black

BJBBlackBGLARGEWhen it comes to authentic rock ‘n’ roll, Burning Jet Black is the real deal. Just like dirty roadhouse regulars, the West LA-based quartet would never be caught dead onstage with beat pads or laptops. They just plug in, crank up, and rock out gritty blues covered in sweat and delivered with a heavy soul. Their debut EP, The Modern Egotist, was recorded at Studio Rev and released last year.


Their third single, “Bleeding Heart,” features a music video directed by Daniel Mercaldi as a follow-up to the very popular video for “Magazine Girl.”

Free Bike Valet wanted to know more about the making of the video so we asked Mercaldi a few questions:

How did you come up with the idea for this video?

“The idea for the ‘Bleeding Heart’ video was just a response to the guys wanting a simple concept that could showcase their energy and aggressive sound. I’ve known Burning Jet Black for a long time and their live shows are incredible. I wanted to capture the raw intensity of the band without letting the video get in the way. We did some takes with the song playback at 66% speed so the video could be sped up during the chorus while still staying in sync with the original recording. The guys hated pretending to play their instruments so slowly, but the end result actually looked pretty cool.”

Where was it filmed?

“We filmed at Burning Jet Black’s rehearsal space in Downtown LA. We transformed the room by hanging canvas drop cloths on the walls and painting words all over them.”

What are all the sentences and sayings written on the walls?

“The sentences on the walls are actually the lyrics to ‘Bleeding Heart.’ The idea was to make it look like someone had written different drafts of the song over a period of time while stuck in this strange room, perhaps on a spiral into madness… kind of like the typewriter in The Shining.”

Are they supposed to look like they were written in blood?

“Could be blood, graffiti, whatever’s your pleasure.”

Burning Jet Black will perform this Tuesday night at The Central for Rainbow Jackson‘s second residency night along with Levels and Act As If.


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"Faux Accords" Music Video by Futurebrite (Premiere)

ROCKFuturebrite formed due to a chance encounter between Oakland denizen Karen Kanan Correa (vocals) and Brooklynite Josh Grant (production) on an airplane. After their current projects faded out, the coed duo decided to collaborate in Grant’s studio overlooking the East River. What spawned was beat-heavy electro pop with a dark edge but also melodic enough to redeem itself as romantic.

Their debut EP Futurebrite Part 1 (the first in a series of three) will be released on June 11th and was mixed by Alex Aldi (Passion Pit, Bruno Mars). The music video for their second single “Faux Accords” superbly compliments the song’s mood by striking and spraying bursts of fireworks over a deep dark night:

Free Bike Valet wanted to learn more about the making of the video so we asked Correa a few questions:

Was this music video just an excuse to release your inner child and play with fireworks again?
“Slow. Mo. Fireworks. What’s better than that? Bright, beautiful, cinematic.”
Did you burn yourself while filming?
“Not much. Though it was a challenge to get close to the big ones because your brain is telling you ‘No’ but your heart is saying ‘Yes!'”
Where was this video shot?
“We shot the big fireworks in Pacifica, CA at a closed orchid farm at night. The other sparkler shots we did on the beach at night in Oakland.”
Who directed it?
“There really was no director. It was kind of a group effort. Different people shot different things, I edited it and then I had a friend do some effects magic. It takes a village…”
Will you now use fireworks while performing “Faux Accord” live?
“Yes. Although I believe this will get me kicked out of most clubs everywhere. C’est la vie!”

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"East Coast Girl" by Cayucas

cayucas7This year, SoCal’s summer season won’t begin with Memorial Day weekend. It’ll start premature due to today’s release of Cayucas‘ debut album Bigfoot.


Produced by Richard Swift (The ShinsDamien JuradoThe Mynabirds) and released by Secretly Canadian, the album features eight tracks of coastal-inspired buoyant pop rock. Band founder Zach Yudin’s delivers his signature echoey vocals on every song that either conjures a beach bonfire or a crashing wave. Their latest single, “East Coast Girl,” talks about a cute gal with ties to the obviously more boring side of the country:

Cayucas will perform tonight at Origami Vinyl for their album release party. And it’s free!

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"Two Colours" Music Video By Legs

LegsHorizWest Oakland‘s Legs formed after Jeffrey Harland and Matt Bullimore met while exchanging Weezer bootlegs in a grocery store parking lot in early 2000. Over a decade and three additional band members later, the band is finally releasing their debut LP Pass The Ringo via local label Loglady Records.


The album is a hazy homage to jangle pop as evident by the music video for their first single “Two Colours.” Directed by Harland, the slow motion video focuses on co-vocalist Amelia Adams caught in a psychedelic daydream with smoke, confetti, and her bandmate’s performing ghosts:

Legs is currently on tour.


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"Waves" Music Video by Blondfire

231Eagle Rock‘s Blondfire created a music video for their second single “Waves” off their latest EP Where The Kids Are (Modern Art/Warner Bros. Records). Directed by the folkster Gus Black, the video follows vocalist/guitarist Erica Driscoll wandering around barefoot in the Death Valley desert –a bucket-list music video setting for every California band. What’s noticeable is the absence of the other half of the band (Erica’s brother Bruce Driscoll). But perhaps he was busy with his other project Freedom Fry.

Blondfire is now on tour with Foals and Surfer Blood.

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"High School Lover" Music Video by Cayucas

cayucas6Santa Monica‘s Cayucas released a music video for their single “High School Lover.” Directed by Cameron Dutra, the video shows the beach bum band performing inside a brick building decorated like a bungalow. Band founder Zach Yudin glitches with spurts of colorful animated graphics as if he’s a piñata having a seizure. And of course, an adolescent romance is told. In the press release, Dutra said:

“‘High School Lover’ is about a girl who would write Zach love letters, yet he would never respond despite actually liking her back. I tried to abstract the idea of a high school girl’s notebook with doodles and sketches into stop motion graphics and titles. Overall we wanted to keep the vibe light-hearted, fun, and creative just like the music.”

Cayucas‘ debut album Bigfoot was produced by Richard Swift (The ShinsDamien JuradoThe Mynabirds) and will be released on April 30th via Secretly Canadian Records.


Cayucas will next perform at Origami Vinyl on April 30th for their album release party. And it’s free!

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"Help Yourself" Music Video by Naama Kates (Premiere)

20121106_naama_kates_244-EditPiano poptress Naama Kates returns with her sophomore album entitled King For The Day. As if haunted by jazz, she hasn’t lost her “girl (performing-in-the-bar) next door” charm and delivers more cabaret chic pop that’s lacquered with cigarette smoke and sultry whispers…

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Her second single “Help Yourself” is accompanied by a music video that is Kates’ darkest to date. Created remotely by New York-based director Aaron Lehmann, Kates recorded her domestic routines (and her cat Masha) by hanging her iPhone with a clothes hangar in the corner of her Los Feliz apartment. Lehmann later added the digital special effects and himself appearing as “the stalker painter.” The final result is a chilling abstract view of voyeurism:

Naama Kates “Help Yourself” Music Video from Lehmann Film Productions on Vimeo.

In order to truly interpret the video, we asked Lehmann a few questions:

How did you come to direct this video?

“I’ve worked with Naama before on my thesis film, years ago.  I’ve always been a fan of her work, so I thought the release of her new album was a good opportunity to collaborate again.”

How did you decide to come up with the concept for the video?

“For whatever reason, ‘Help Yourself’ struck a chord with me.  All my inspiration came from listening to the song and letting my imagination go with it.”

What is the scary face that appears on the TV screens?

“The face-painted demon is ‘death-in-waiting,’ or the grim reaper.”


Naama Kates will perform next at Room 5 on Friday, April 26th.

You can purchase “King For A Day” on CD Baby.

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"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.

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