Weekly Roundup: Zig Zags, EFG, The Cold and Lovely

Posted by Billy Gil, June 6, 2014 09:27am | Post a Comment

Zig Zags – “So Stoned” video

L.A.’s Zig Zags have been steadily building steam by teasing out chunks destructive garage-rock with heavy doses of Sabbath and hardcore like this one, “So Stoned,” whose video is a glam-rock ode to getting stoned and watching YouTube videos. Ty Segall was behind the boards here, giving “So Stoned” that terrific feeling of barely being contained—too much rock! The trio’s self-titled debut album is due June 16 on In the Red.


EFG – “Singing Bridges”

The new song by L.A.’s EFG (aka Electric Flower Group) starts as a lonely, spaced out Jesus & Mary Chain-esque pop tune before a throbbing bassline and absolutely corrosive guitars take over, sending the song into the stratosphere. The band’s fuzzed-out psych rock continues to develop nicely, so much so that the band is playing a plum slot at Chinatown Summer Nights on June 14, a free, outdoor fest once a month in Chinatown over the summer.


The Cold and Lovely – “Radio”

This lovely bit of post-alternative-shoegaze comes from Meghan Toohey (of The Weepies and others) and Nicole Fiorentino (who fulfilled the D’arcy role in The Smashing Pumpkins for a while). The L.A. duo’s Ellis Bell Deluxe EP (out June 17) was mastered by Dave Cooley (M83, Silversun Pickups) and resulting tracks like the “Radio,” full of shimmering dream pop guitars, surging synth and sighing female vocals, are recommended for fans of any of the aforementioned bands.


Shows This Weekend:

Friday: First Fridays with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, De Lux, Painted Palms and Tobacco at the Natural History Museum (talks start at 5 p.m., music at 7:15 p.m., $20)

Saturday: Make Music Pasadena with Surfer Blood, Tennis, Saint Motel, Yuna and more (11 a.m., suggested $5 donation)

Sunday: The Faint at the Roxy ($25, 8 p.m.)




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