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Weekly Roundup: La Sera, Thee Oh Sees, Wartime, Christopher Owens

Posted by Billy Gil, March 7, 2014 11:10am | Post a Comment

La Sera – “Losing to the Dark”

Whoa, Katy Goodman’s La Sera project has really kicked it up a notch. “Losing to the Dark,” the first taste from Hour of the Dawn, out May 13 on Hardly Art, is a lot more fierce than the bubblegum-flavored, lovelorn power pop we’ve come to know and love from her. Goodman said in press material that she wanted the new record to sound like “Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag.” Think she nailed it.

 

Thee Oh Sees – “The Lens”

thee oh sees drop lpFollowing the shortest breakup in musical history, Thee Oh Sees have been pretty busy preparing the release of their umpteenth album, Drop, out April 9 on Castle Face. Contrasting with the super heavy, psychedelic “Penetrating Eye,” “The Lens” is a slow-burning classic pop number with touches of “Hey Jude.” Maybe all of that breakup stuff was just a ruse to get our attention for their best album yet. Listen over at Pitchfork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wartime – “Graffiti Dogs (Ku Ku)”

wartime band amoebaCrocodiles moved from scuzzy lo-fi to glammy rock ‘n’ rollers in a somewhat similar trajectory to their forefathers in The Jesus & Mary Chain. While we love their new guise, it makes sense that one member of the band, Charles Rowell, would go back to the lo-fi well. But thankfully he’s brought something new to that with an old-school R&B take, making “Graffiti Dogs (Ku Ku)” a gloriously overblown soul jam. It’s the title track from a cassette you should look for soon.

 

Christopher Owens – “It Comes Back to You”

Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens released an underappreciated solo album last year called Lysandre. Now he’s got another coming, though details are as-yet unannounced. New song “It Comes Back to You” certainly has some of the grandiose power-pop feel of Girls’ last, great album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, with a slow jangle, gospel choir and angelic, tremoloed guitar.

 

Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Son Lux, San Fermin and Wild Up at the Natural History Museum ($18, 8 p.m.)

Saturday: Mark Kozelek at First Unitarian Church ($21, 7:30 p.m.)

Sunday: Shark Toys at Café Nela ($5, 8 p.m.)

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