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"Solitary Life" Lyric Video by French Style Furs

unnamedFrench Style Furs is the new side project of Nathan Willett, Matt Maust (both of Cold War Kids), and Nathan Warkentin (of We Barbarians). The former Long Beach denizens became reacquainted in New York and took their namesake from a storefront in Greenpoint. The trio’s debut album, Is Exotic Bait, is due July 8th via Frenchkiss and might have trouble shaking an obvious comparison due to Willett’s passionate vox. But this project actually allows its members liberating expression via ripping riffs or funky jams delivered with a heartland fervor and lyrics taken from the poetry of mystic monk Thomas Merton. Here’s the scrapbook lyric video for their latest single “Solitary Life”:

French Style Furs will continue their June residency at The Satellite tonight along with Avid Dancer, Monte Mar, and Nick Thune.

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"Is This Love" Music Video by Life Leone

LL_0586bTrue artists never lie dormant, they evolve. Brady Erickson might be renown as the frontman for melodic powerhouse The Ross Sea Party, but he is also Life Leone. Some hot day in Lucerne Valley, long ago, this new persona arose to create a rawer, rougher brand of indie rock that claims the desert landscape as its chief inspiration. His debut EP, Comes Crashing In, was released via Wild Farm Records and in pure Erickson songwriting fashion, the songs carry swooning overtones –but this time blurred with dusty fuzz.

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Here’s the official music video for the album’s opening track “Is This Love”:

And here’s a short video of Leone introducing himself:

And a video of him driving his new tour bus from Memphis to Los Angeles:

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"Staring" by Torches

Torches 1Due to the departure of Bridgette Eliza Moody (now of Haunted Summer), Torches became a man duo of Pasadena natives. But their flame still flickers –perhaps brighter now than ever. Their new single, “Staring,” is the first leaked track off their forthcoming EP, Endlessly Repeating, which was recorded and engineered by David Newton (The Soft PackThe Henry Clay People). The song shows off the band’s newly evolved sound with looping dynamics and grandeur harmonics that build up to a wall of sonics:

Torches performs tonight at The Roxy along with Moving Units and House Fire.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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