Weekend – “It’s Alright”
It’s better than alright, it’s downright RADICAL. Bay Areans-in-Brooklyn Weekend have unveiled another new track from their upcoming album, Jinx, which is due July 23 on Slumberland. Starting with an industrial beat, the song moves into a laid-back groove and dishes out the sort of heavily effected guitars and heavenly, ethereal vocals this band has become known for. It’s been a few years since their debut LP, Sports, was released, and it sounds like the band has progressed quite a bit in that time. In fact we know that’s true, given 2011’s excellent Red EP. Shoegaze fans, get ready to get Jinxed.
White Dove – “Sister”
White Dove are a breath of fresh air for the L.A. music scene, producing lo-fi pop with hints of Low, Lower Dens and Cat Power. It’s rare to hear something this delicate and with such depth touted as a single from a cool new band (well, they were called Monster before) in a time when even the smallest bands seem to be jamming synths and dance beats into their sound, if they’re not going full garage. Such a nice, sweet surprise, with a sort of wavering trill to Alex Johnstone’s vocals that hint at deeper darkness. The Host, The Candle is due July 16 on RSRCH.
Bleached – “Dead in Your Head” video
The Bangles-vibin’ “Dead in Your Head” is one of my favorite songs on Ride Your Heart, the excellent debut LP from Bleached. True to its new-wave sound, the video features the Clavin sisters and their cohorts jamming in a swirl of projected colors, while their hard-partying punk attitude comes through in the series of bottles, bats and skulls that come flying past them. I want this video to be my screensaver. Check out my interview with guitarist Jessie Clavin here. They’re at the City of Costa Mesa’s 60-Year Anniversary June 30, S.F.’s Phono del Sol July 13 and back in L.A. Aug. 18-19 for two nights with Best Coast at the El Rey.
Medicine – “It’s Not Enough”
L.A. shoegazers Medicine have reunited after 18 years of separation, and now we have the incredible first taste of their new album, To the Happy Few, due Aug. 6 on Captured Tracks. This is no tired rehash of an old sound — Medicine sound energized, starting with a pretty, swirling noise track built on a loping bassline that explodes into a psychedelic pop track full of backward guitars, Byrds-style harmonies and big ol’ distorted solos. They sound like a band half their age, with plenty in common with bands like Tame Impala. Fewer people know Medicine than, say, My Bloody Valentine, but those who know should be happy, indeed. They’re at L.A.’s Echo Aug. 11.
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