Weekly Roundup: Classixx, IO Echo, Kisses, GRMLN, The Ross Sea Party, Sonny & The Sunsets, Thee Oh Sees, and more

Posted by Billy Gil, April 25, 2013 03:36pm | Post a Comment

Classixx Releases ‘All You’re Waiting For,’ Featuring LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang

Classixx’s recent singles in advance of Hanging Gardens, the L.A. act’s upcoming debut LP due May 14 on Innovative Leisure, have gotten their fair share of press, but now they’ve gone and dropped their best jam yet, featuring cool as F vocals from LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang. Here’s your early summer jam.


IO Echo Unveil Interactive Video

I’m already a fan of L.A. group IO Echo and their recently released shoegazey electro-pop album, Ministry of Love. Now they’ve released a cool interactive video for the title track that just makes them that much cooler. Wow. Why don’t more bands do stuff like this? And more importantly, do I win something if I rearrange singer Ioanna Gika correctly in the beginning? Check it out on VICE’s Noisey blog.




He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister Play Late Night, Debut Video

L.A.-based ramshackle folk-pop group He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister have made it to the late-night circuit with a recent performance on “The Late Show With Craig Ferguson.” You can check out that performance here. They also recently debuted a new video for their catchy tune “The Same Old Ground,” which I’m pretty sure is filmed in my beloved Alex’s Bar of Long Beach. Check out their album Nobody Dances in This Town, which they’re currently touring behind (hitting Oakland’s The New Parish May 23 and Long Beach June 7 for the Ink N Iron Festival), and you can read my interview with the band here.


Kisses Unveil ‘Hardest Part’ Remix

L.A. electro-pop duo Kisses have already released songs from their upcoming second album, Kids in LA, due May 14 on Cascine, including the freestyle-bumpin’ “The Hardest Part.” Now there’s a remix too, going more toward the ’80s synth-funk track — same era of inspiration, just as awesome. This remix comes courtesy of Jensen Sportag, who sounds like a backpack maker. Pick up the remix here. Kisses are at Sacramento’s Midtown Barfly May 13, S.F.’s Rickshaw Stop May 14, S.D.’s The Griffin May 16 and are back in L.A. June 19 at the Troubador.


GRMLN Pulls Out ‘Hand Pistol’

California’s Yoodoo Park aka GRMLN has unveiled another track from his upcoming debut LP, Empire (due June 4 on Carpark), with the alt-rocking “Hand Pistol.” If WavvesAfraid of Heights whetted your appetite for mid-’90s alterna daze, GRMLN should keep that vibe going with “Hand Pistol.”

GRMLN - Hand Pistol by Carpark Records


The Ross Sea Party Release ‘Hotel Pool’ Tape, Live Video

Rollicking L.A. indie poppers The Ross Sea Party have released a cassette version of their LP Hotel Pool, which you can get through the band here. To kick it off, they’ve got a video of the track “In Cairo,” recorded live at The Echo Country Outpost. Check out their video for the soaring “Thunder” as well.


Sonny & The Sunsets Stream ‘Green Blood’

The Bay Area’s Sonny & The Sunsets have made available another new song from their upcoming Antenna to the Afterworld album (due June 11 on Polyvinyl) called “Green Blood,” which you can hear on this NPR mix or below via Soundcloud. Like their previously released single “Dark Corners,” “Green Blood” reveals new facets to this already great band. Its take on an interplanetary affair speaks highly for the rest of the sweet, dark ruminations sure to be found on Antenna to the Afterworld, which is said to be inspired by Smith’s encounter with a deceased friend through a medium and that contact with the afterworld. They’re at Big Sur’s Fernwood Resort May 11.

Sonny & The Sunsets - Green Blood by Polyvinyl Records


Thee Oh Sees Premiere ‘Toe Cutter Thumb Buster’ Video

Thee coolest, most prolific S.F. garage band around, Thee Oh Sees, have a new video for their painfully titled, blistering track “Toe Cutter Thumb Buster,” from the excellent, recently released Floating Coffin. Yikes, it’s as violent as the song’s distorted guitars. Check it out via Pitchfork. And don’t sleep on picking up the album, you toe buster thumb cutter.





Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Crystal Castles are at the Palladium with Doldrums and Invisibles ($53, 8 p.m.)

Saturday: Rainbow Arabia, Stereo Total and My Pet at the Troubador ($15, 8 p.m.)

Sunday: Smiths/Morrissey Convention at the Avalon. Tickets are $25 and it’s an all-ages event. Starts at 6 p.m. Pick up tickets at Amoeba Hollywood.

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