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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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"Second Summer" Music Video by Yacht

2011_YACHT-2Some things are just meant to be admired from afar or embraced without question, because trying to understand YACHT (Young Americans Challenging High Technology) is like trying to hit on someone who doesn’t speak your own language: you can try, but it might be frustrating. The Silver Lake-based co-ed duo Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans are performance artists as much as musicians and express their electric taste through all mediums such as print, video, art, and fashion.

But really, they just want to make you dance. As if DJs trying to be in a band, their digital beats are lacquered with occasional instruments, sing-talk vocals, and a pop edge that can’t be ignored. Recently, they teamed up with ADHD to create an animated music video for their latest single “Second Summer” (DFA Records) and according to Bechtolt via their press release it features…

“…the ultimate manifestation of our spirit animal, the Smiangle, morphing from an impersonal signifier of mystical subtext into something completely alive, surreal, and psychotropic.”

See what we mean?

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

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"The Hardest Part" by Kisses

kissesstillshotKisses‘s latest press release claims that their second album, Kids In LA (Cascine), “is a departure from the luminosity of their first album, focusing instead on the starker wintertime in Southern California.” And while their first single “The Hardest Part” does conjure a more June Gloom vibe, it’s not that dark. The Eagle Rock co-ed duo still produced a blatant pop track with digi-beats infectious enough to dance to. But it is true that SoCal isn’t always sunny, and the song’s musical/lyrical angle easily draws parallels to a Bret Easton Ellis novel: set in the ’80s with rich kids discovering sex and drugs:

And here’s the album’s teaser trailer which was filmed and edited by David Morrison:

Kisses will perform this Saturday at The Ranch along with The Dustbowl Revival, Zak Waters, Gavin, Terraplane Sun, Mystery Skulls, HOTT MT, The Diamond Light, and many many more…

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