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Next Red Bull Sound Select Show Features PAPA, Cillie Barnes and Hindu Pirates

Posted by Billy Gil, March 5, 2014 11:30am | Post a Comment

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Red Bull Sound Select's next show features a great trio of SoCal artists at the Echo March 25, curated by our friends at Filter. Pick up early tickets for the show here for $3.

Headlining the bill is L.A.'s PAPA. The band has steadily grown over the past few years from local indie pop darlings to a sexy, grooving beast. Last year's Tender Madness was an excellent entry into the city's cache of guitar-based bands that put danceable beats on equal footing with interesting musicianship and unique melodies. Check out "Young Rut" for a taste of how enjoyable their music can be.

Cillie Barnes is an indie pop singer-songwriter with a great, earthy voice and an ear for intriguing sounds. "Brainwash," taken from last year's Happy Valley EP, moves on bouncey piano and acoustic guitar, unloading a catchy refrain as Barnes whispers, hoops and hollers through the proceedings. It'll have you singing along in no time.

Huntington Beach's Hindu Pirates produce shoegazey sounds, billowing out swirling guitars, new wave beats and shadowy melodies in the vein of bands like The Stone Roses. For anyone like us who can't get enough great post-punk bands in their lives, Hindu Pirates are a godsend. Check out "Like I'm Sinkin'" and you'll be hooked.

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Weekly Roundup: Victory, Tera Melos, The Little Ones, Wax Idols, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Papa, Houses

Posted by Billy Gil, January 17, 2013 05:25pm | Post a Comment

Whew, there was a ton of crap released this week. I’ll have to make this snappy.

 

Victory – “Play It” video

VictoryI have never heard of Victory before, but he’s LA-based multi-instrumentalist Robert Fleming and he makes really catchy, well-produced lo-fi pop. His video for “Play It” is similarly minded with its VHS vibes. It’s not just more ’80s worship, though — there are some serious psych waves moving through that fuzz bass. His self-titled EP is out now; his first full-length record is due April 23, just after SXSW! That’s kind of coming up, guys, we’re into 2013.

VICTORY - "Play It" from Victory on Vimeo.

 

Tera Melos – “Tropic Lame”

Tera MelosSacramento-based Tera Melos have a new album called X’ed Out coming April 16 via Sargent House. “Tropic Lame” is streaming now via RollingStone. I’m such a sucker for this tasteful, shoegazey alt-rock via Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. but also lesser-known bands like American Analog Set, Lilys and Ides of Space. “Tropic Lame” is not lame. It seriously rocks.

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Weekly Roundup: Vinyl Williams, Christopher Owens, 100s

Posted by Billy Gil, October 25, 2012 06:53pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl WilliamsVinyl Williams – “Higher Worlds”

Like Ariel Pink’s krautrock cousin, LA artist Vinyl Williams makes bleary lo-fi dream-pop with Can-inspired beats and basslines. The real kicker here is the smeared-over chorus. I had to check to make sure my computer wasn’t playing two songs at once; I was glad to hear it wasn’t, and that Vinyl Williams’ music is that dynamic and layered to cause you to want to dive in headfirst. His Lemniscate album is due Nov. 12 on No Pain in Pop.

 

Christopher Owens – “Here We Go”

Christopher Owens broke our hearts with Girls, then broke them again when he broke up his band this year. Now he has a solo album coming out Jan. 15 called Lysandre (out on Fat Possum). Here’s the first single from it, the delicate “Here We Go.”

 

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Milo Greene Set to Play Amoeba With Live Webcast As Debut Record Lands

Posted by Billy Gil, July 15, 2012 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Milo GreeneMilo Greene is British. He’s well-dressed — three-piece suit and the like. He’s incredibly confident and charming, he’s well-spoken, he’s an intellectual, but also a man’s man. He’s exactly six feet tall to the millimeter, and if he were a dad, he’d be the No. 1 dad.
 
Milo Greene the man also isn’t real — they are a band, not a dude. He’s a fictional character band member Robbie Arnett invented when forming the band with Andrew Heringer. When contacting venues, Milo Greene would send the requests, and Arnett and Heringer saw their fortunes rise accordingly, getting better shows.
 
Now a five-piece who’ve taken the moniker Milo Greene as their own, in a bit of Belle & Sebastian-style alluring bewilderment, is set to release its debut, self-titled record July 17. The band plays Amoeba Hollywood the same day, at 7 p.m. with a live webcast.
 
milo greene milo greeneThe L.A.-based band’s debut record, Milo Greene, offers the same sort of intimate harmonies and natural harmonies of a Fleet Foxes or, further back, Fleetwood Mac just as Stevie and Lindsay joined the band. Written in part in a cabin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and recorded with co-producer Ryan Hadlock (Ra Ra Riot, Blonde Redhead, The Gossip, The Lumineers) at Bear Creek Studio, a converted early 1900s barn in the country outside of Seattle, it’s a beautifully crafted set of songs that makes the most the band’s five-person set-up. They offer lush harmonies on songs like “Don’t You Give Up On Me,” which sounds like a gorgeous gospel intervention. Lone girl Greener Marlana Sheetz in particular stands out on songs like “Perfectly Aligned,” in which Sheetz’s testimonial vocals are wrapped in just the right amount of gauzy reverb while the boys (who include Graham Fink and Curtis Marrero, in addition to Arnett and Heringer) back her up with swaying folk-rock, along with electric swells of sound and strident harmonies when necessary. The whole thing’s, you know, perfectly aligned.
 
I sat down to talk with Fink about what it’s like to be in a folk band in L.A. in 2012, and what records and songs are doing it for him these days (Hint: Lots of ’90s R&B).
 
Me: Truthfully it was a bit hard to find out more about you guys, and along with the whole “Milo Greene” concept, it seems to me sort of an early Belle & Sebastian situation where you want the music to stand for itself and not for any member of the collective to stand out. Is that fair to say?
 
Fink: Absolutely. This is a very collective group, and the music has always stood at the forefront. We liked the idea of just releasing some live videos early, so people could see the five of us in a room, making music. No lead singer, no gloss, music first and foremost. That being said, I'm really trying to get famous so I can be gifted courtside Clippers tickets.

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