Tag: Los Angeles

Death Valley Girls – “Summertime”

Death Valley Girls – “Summertime”

  A band must be doing something right when it’s been signed by Burger Records early in their careers. Such was the case for Los Angeles-based Death Valley Girls, who in the Burger tradition, create an infectious combination of garage rock, rock ‘n roll, and a psychedelia. They are one part building on the history of The Stooges yet resetting […]

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Freedom Fry – “21”

Freedom Fry – “21”

We have been fans of LA based Indie Pop duo Freedom Fry since February of this year and they just continue to create upbeat and catchy songs. They have just released the track “21” which is about feeling high on all the possibilities of a life that lies ahead. It’s about celebrating the time we’re alive with the encouraging lyrics […]

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Elohim – “She Talks Too Much”

Elohim – “She Talks Too Much”

  Just exactly who is Elohim? We don’t know much about her other than she lives in Los Angeles, and she just released her debut single, “She Talks Too Much”. With her lush, soothing vocals and ’80s-esque backing, synth track, the song is incredibly catchy and will induce a smile or two. Her sound recalls another underrated California band, Breakfast, […]

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The Dead Ships – “Big Quiet”

The Dead Ships – “Big Quiet”

  With a solid footprint within Los Angeles’ developing music scene, indie-rock trio The Dead Ships are now seeking broader horizons. For their new EP, the aptly title EP I, which was released a couple of weeks ago, they’ve teamed up with Broken Social Scene co-founder Brendan Canning. And while you can hear traces of Canning’s touches, the five-song album […]

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The Bad Years – “Beautiful Liar”

The Bad Years – “Beautiful Liar”

Los Angeles duo, Aaron Mort and Sami Akbari, who make The Bad Years, recently released their debut EP, Beautiful Liar. It’s a terrific compilation of indie rock and indie-pop songs. The EP is highlighted by the fantastic title track, which is combines the fun of July Talk with the rapturous flavor of Veronica Falls. The rest of the EP also […]

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Vanderocker – “Without the Light”

Vanderocker – “Without the Light”

  Back in February we profiled Austin native, LA resident Vanderocker‘s “Kissing Booth”, which we described as a “knee-slapping” rocker. She followed up that track with the dark, dub-wave-esque “One Breath”; rock-pop track “Smoke and Mirrors”, which resembles early Portugal. The Man; and a few other singles. Vanderocker is now back with another single, “Without The Light”, a midtempo rocker with […]

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Happy Hollows – “Astrid”

Happy Hollows – “Astrid”

  Los Angeles-based Happy Hollows epitomize today’s indie band. Met by chance (bass player Charles Mahoney met frontwoman Sarah Negahdari in a mall, where Sarah was reading tarot cards) and bonded by a common love for creating innovative and pulsating alt-rock, the two along with Matt Fry have organically grown a following. Their music captured the attention of many, leading […]

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Alma – “Watcher”

Alma – “Watcher”

  If Banks and M83 collaborated, what would the song sound like? It probably would sound a lot like “Watcher”, the new electro-pop song by Alma, the young LA-based singer who is taking the indie scene by storm. Signed to label Sexy Electric, she’s about to release her debut EP, Dark Matter, that promises to be more experimental than the […]

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Brandyn Burnette – “I Wanna Be (Free)”

Brandyn Burnette – “I Wanna Be (Free)”

  Brandyn Burnette of Los Angeles has a knack for combining layers and textures, resulting in a sonic experience that can be ethereal and mind-numbing. Take for instance his latest single, “I Wanna Be (Free)”, a gorgeous and lush electro-pop song. And unlike many producers, he holds back the electronic beats, recognizing that they are there to add another layer of […]

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Monarch – “Snow White”

Monarch – “Snow White”

Monarch perfects indie-driven pop. The LA based quartet released their debut single “Stay” earlier this year and have now followed up with “Snow White”.  The band consists of vocalist Brennan Strawn, Taylor Johnson (guitar), Brian Willett (keys), and Joel Plotnik (drums). Monarch emits vocals that just reel you in and melt your heart a bit which seems effortless for Strawn.  Their sound feels […]

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Strange Babes – “Holiday”

Strange Babes – “Holiday”

Strange Babes are a psych-pop collective from Los Angeles and Auckland. Their music can be summery and uplifting or euphoric and delirious, such as on “Holiday”, which is the lead single from their self-titled, debut album. The record echoes of the Jacuzzi Boys and The Smith Westerns, so sit back and enjoy this terrific LP. Two additional tracks from the album are provided […]

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Big Wild – “Aftergold”

Big Wild – “Aftergold”

“Aftergold” is from Los Angeles-based producer, Big Wild, who also goes by the name Jackson. Released on ODESZA’s label, Foreign Family Collective, the expansive track echoes of the brilliance of Matthew Dear. It’s a mind-blowing, seismic track that incorporate Afrobeat, electronic, pop, dance, and even Far East sounds. It’s simply brilliant. He can also create anthemic tracks that border on […]

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Peach Kelli Pop – “III”

Peach Kelli Pop – “III”

There’s really only one way to describe III, the new album by Peach Kelli Pop – quirky but fun. If this is the first time you’re hearing about the solo project of Allie Hanlon, the Ottawa native ,now Los Angeles resident has previously produced two other albums that have spawned a cult following in Canada, US, and Japan with her […]

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Birddog – “The Ocean and The Sea”

Birddog – “The Ocean and The Sea”

“The Ocean and the Sea” is the dreamy, indie-folk single from LA-based Birddog. This is the first track off their upcoming debut album, Hello Latigo. Their lead single perfectly meshes folk music with the energy of rock n’ roll. The upcoming album was recorded in Malibu’s beautiful Latigo Canyon, their sound is highly influenced by the canyon’s crisp mornings, misty days, and […]

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Cheat Codes – “Adventure”

Cheat Codes – “Adventure”

“Adventure” is a classic pop song from Cheat Codes, the LA-based band has taken their name from the button combinations used to change the outcome of a video game. In the music game, this trio gets a leg up by cleverly merging together a myriad of genres that range from electronic to hip hop, to pop. This track guarantees to put […]

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Made in Heights – “Forgiveness”

Made in Heights – “Forgiveness”

LA-based duo Made In Heights make some awesome electronic-pop. Between the lush vocals for Kelsey Bulkin and the scintillating beats of Sabzi, the two create music that not only will make you want to dance but will also entrance you. Their latest single, “Forgiveness”, combines electronic rhythms with sugary pop melodies. The track is the lead single from their forthcoming new album, which comes […]

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“Twitter Tuesday” – Valley Shine

“Twitter Tuesday” – Valley Shine

Today for Twitter Tuesday we take a look at Los Angeles based folky-americana-pop band Valley Shine. The band is fairly new (formed in early 2014) and is now comprised of Jenna Blake (vocals, keys), Sam Sobelman (vocals, guitar, banjo), Troy Lawton (drums) and Danny Severance (violin). Valley Shine is currently working on recording their first EP LOCA which is set to […]

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Kisses – “Lake Shrine”

Kisses – “Lake Shrine”

“Lake Shrine” is the groovy, dream-pop track by Kisses. It breathes and feels like the stunning music of Rhye, and it marks a slight departure for the Los Angeles-based duo. This is Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson’s first single in a year, which might hint at an album release in the near future. Previously, they shared a single last spring […]

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Michael Armstong – “I Hope I’m Hearing Right”

Michael Armstong – “I Hope I’m Hearing Right”

Whether he’s making music with Heartwood or as a solo artist, Michael Armstrong is a songwriter with a soft heart and a positive soul. His music is engaging, whether he’s playing ’70s and ’80s-style folk-rock or the mellow indie-rock of the ’90s. On his debut solo project, I Hope I’m Hearing Right, Armstrong turns back the clock to find inspiration, […]

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The Black Ryder – “The Door Behind The Door”

The Black Ryder – “The Door Behind The Door”

The Black Ryder are a LA duo by way of Sydney, Australia that craft a beautiful but dark almost folky take on shoegaze.  Multi-instrumentalist Aimee Nash and Scott Van Ryper formed The Black Ryder back in 2007 after both departed former band, The Morning After.  The pair have worked closely with several indie-rock heavyweights, including members of Brian Jonestown Massacre and Black […]

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