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L.A.’s King Tuff first hit big with his 2012 self-titled debut, a rollicking collection of lo-fi pop rock jams about how awesome it is to be “Alone & Stoned,” among other subjects. He followed with 2014’s heavier and headier Black Moon Spell, which looks to proto-metal titans like Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath for inspiration while still retaining his signature pop hooks and catchy riffs. Watch the video for “Black Moon Spell” below for a taste.
Seething Marshall static, desperate highwire vocals and rumbling drums come together on the Sacramaento post-hardcore group’s latest track from the band’s upcoming debut album, The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art. It’s out May 26 via Honor Press. Stream “Apple Hill” via Interview.
This watery bit of C86-style shoegaze pop from S.F.’s Flesh World gurgles underfoot over a steady beat, letting its pained vocals and curdling guitars build like a slowly filling tank. An outgrowth from bands like queercore group Limp Wrist and noise poppers Brilliant Colors, Flesh World will release a new LP, The Wild Animals in My Life, June 2 on Iron Lung/La Vida Es Un Mus.
Long Beach’s Vince Staples goes a little trap on “Senorita,” the first song released from his upcoming studio debut full-length, Summertime ’06, due June 30 on Blacksmith/Artium/Def Jam. No I.D.’s creeping production offers the ideal space for Staples’ grim verses and Future’s motoring chorus. I’m in love with the way the song flows over into an ’80s horror/giallo film-style breakdown.
Nic Hessler (f.k.a. Catwalk) has a video for the first track from his excellent debut album, Soft Connections (out now on Captured Tracks) that conveys the expansiveness and joy in the song’s jangling charge, showing the singer/songwriter playing to a beautiful desert sunset. The song and video are all the more effective knowing Hessler’s backstory, as he fought an autoimmune disorder that left him nearly debilitated. “I Feel Again” is the sound of Hessler regaining his health, writing excellent tunes and feeling triumphant. Watch it below via Stereogum.
Bike riders and pedestrians alike came out our second annual RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba, which took place Sunday afternoon in the backlot of Amoeba Hollywood.
More than $500 in raffle tickets, prize wheel donations and memberships were raised for local bicycle advocacy group Los Angeles County Bike Coalition, who handled bike valet services for the day and signed up new members.