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Show Recap: Tanlines, SISU and Roses at Sayers Club

Posted by Billy Gil, August 22, 2014 05:48pm | Post a Comment

Tanlines headlined a trio of dreamy indie-pop bands for the latest Red Bull Sound Select show, which happened Aug. 20 at Sayers Club in Hollywood, curated by Amoeba.

roses sayers clubL.A. trio Roses came out bouncing around on stage with a set of new wavey tracks, about half of which could be found on their new EP, Dreamlover. After a couple of upbeat new ones, they got slow and dreamy for “The Fog” before returning to a bobbing dance beat for “Florence Girls.” Guitarist Juan Velasquez remarked that the couch-laden venue felt like MTV Unplugged, something I’d noticed upon entering (or perhaps “VH1 Storytellers”?), and the band finished with a new song that combined Cars-style palm-muted guitars with frontman Marc Steinberg’s intoning vocals.

 

 

 

 

 

sisu fluteSISU came on next, the project from Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu. In SISU, she’s on guitar and vocals, singing “stash a secret deep in you heart” like it’s a command over thumping krautrock on “Blood Tears,” the title track to her excellent album. Sometimes sultry and hazy, other times crushing with pulverizing guitars, SISU struck the right balance on songs like “Harpoons,” which pairs a grim tone and eerie effects in its verses with a sweetly sung, romantic chorus. A friend said it reminded him a bit of Adore-era Smashing Pumpkins sung by a woman, while I was thinking a lot of Curve—both great comparisons in my book! A flute by the mic was the cause of much speculation/excitement, which Vu brought out for a quick flute solo before returning to more tasty shoegaze crunch.
 

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Roses Chat With the Amoeblog Before Show at Sayers Club

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2014 11:37am | Post a Comment

rosesL.A. trio Roses spin out gorgeous tunes that blur the line between dreamy introspection and new-wave pop abandon on their debut EP, Dreamlover. The band, which features ex-Abe Vigoda member Juan Velasquez on guitar with Marc Steinberg on vocals/keyboards and Victor Herrera on bass, will be at Sayers Club tonight for the next Red Bull Sound Select show, along with Tanlines and SISU, who we caught up with yesterday. The show is only $3 with an RSVP and starts at 8 p.m.; hope to see you there!

We spoke with Velasquez a bit about his new band and the recently released Dreamlover before the show.

You guys were friends for a while before becoming a band. Tell me a little bit about how you guys formed.

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Sea Wolf Headlines Next Red Bull Sound Select Show at Sayers Club July 23

Posted by Billy Gil, July 1, 2014 10:47am | Post a Comment

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Local folk-rockers Sea Wolf will headline the next Red Bull Sound Select show at The Sayers Club in Hollywood July 23. It’s $3 with an RSVP and it's 21+ only. The show starts at 8 p.m.

sea wolfSea Wolf is led by Alex Brown Church, first coming to prominence with 2007’s Leaves in the River album and its single, “You’re a Wolf.” Since then, Sea Wolf have released three more albums—White Water, White Bloom; Old World Romance; and this year’s Kickstarter-funded Song Spells, No. 1: Cedarsmoke, which is due for wide release this month.

As Red Bull’s shows aim to showcase underheard local talent, Sea Wolf will be joined by local electronic pop acts Rare Times and White Rainbow. L.A. duo Rare Times fuse loungey synthesizers and R&B and New Age touches on songs like “No One’s Looking Out.” White Rainbow is the project by L.A.-based Adam Forkner, who makes hard-hitting electro jams like “Be the Dancer, Be the Dreamer.”

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The Thermals Headline Next Red Bull Sound Select Show June 26

Posted by Billy Gil, June 4, 2014 11:02am | Post a Comment

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The next Red Bull Sound Select show will be headlined by the post-pop-punk trio The Thermals on June 26 at L.A.’s Roxy Theater. This one’s curated by our friends at FILTER Magazine.

Tickets are $3 with RSVP. The show is 18+. Get to the show early if you want to get in—it’s first come, first served.

Portland’s The Thermals have been at it since 2002, churning out socially and politically charged songs with ferocious, catchy power-pop riffs. Their latest is last year’s Desperate Ground.

The show will also feature L.A.-based openers Gothic Tropic and Beach Party and is hosted by Tapioca and The Flea. Gothic Tropic’s jungle-pop bounces on tribal beats and Cecilia Della Peruti’s animalistic vocals. Beach Party’s garage rock is heavy on hooks and attitude on their recent EP! Tapioca and the Flea blend modern psychedelia and electro-pop on songs like “Take It Slow.”

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Holy Fuck Talk Ditching Toy Instruments, Skrillex Fans and New Album Before Their May 22 Show at the Roxy

Posted by Billy Gil, May 15, 2014 09:23am | Post a Comment
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RSVP here to see Holy Fuck with James Supercave and Wunder Wunder May 22 at The Roxy for Red Bull’s next Sound Select show in Los Angeles. The show is only $3 with an RSVP.

Canadian electro-pop band Holy Fuck began as almost an experiment in sound—how can you make electronic music without actually using electronic instruments? Rather than laptops and sequencers, the band chose to use film equipment, toys and other non-instruments to achieve similar effects.

Fast forward 10 years, and they’re sharing stages with the likes of Skrillex at EDM festivals without losing an ounce of their outsider cool. The band’s next show sees them headlining the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles May 22 at The Roxy with Aussie/L.A. psych-pop band Wunder Wunder (read an interview here) and L.A. indie pop band James Supercave. We caught up with the band (made up of Brian Borcherdt, Graham Walsh, Matt McQuaid and Matt Schulz) a week before the show.

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