Princeton have gotten increasingly pop-oriented and more electronic over the past couple of years. “Florida” is the latest example of their evolution, a richly detailed Rhodes piano-led driving jam that feels like cruising beachside, either in Miami or their native So. Cal. Check out its Cosmic Kids remix too for even more chill vibes. Princeton play Café Bleu Feb. 16, and their new album, Remembrance of Things to Come, is due Feb. 21 on Hit City U.S.A./Easter Everywhere.
Orange County’s TRMRS have a new split 7” forthcoming with Night Beats from Volcom Entertainment & Resurrection Records. “Goodtime Blues” starts off a slow and murky blues number before pulling a sleight of hand and hitting hard halfway through. They play KXSC Fest at Founder’s Park at USC Feb. 25 with White Fence, Nosaj Thing and the similarly vowel-impaired STRFKR.
If you’ve heard Races, whom I’ve written about here before, and their song “Big Broom,” you’ll know this glitched out dubsteppy remix is about as far from the band’s grandiose indie pop as it gets. Goes to show how much a remix can change a song while largely using its original elements. Their album Year of the Witch is out March 27 on French Kiss Records, and they play KCRW’s Heartbreaker’s Hideaway Feb. 14 at The Belasco Ballroom.
Show picks this weekend:
Friday: Cut Copy, Midnight Juggernauts at the Avalon (9:00 p.m.)
Saturday: Los Campesinos! and Parenthetical Girls at the Echoplex (8:30 pm)
Sunday: Part Time Punks Presents Weekend, Grimble Grumble and Tropic of Cancer (3rd Annual My Bloody Valentine Night!!!) at the Echo (10:00 pm)