Weekly Roundup: Best Coast, Mikal Cronin, Antwon, The Black Ryder, Peach Kelli Pop, Male Gaze

Posted by Billy Gil, March 13, 2015 11:49am | Post a Comment

Best Coast – “Heaven Sent”

Best Coast’s upcoming third album, California Nights (due May 5), sounds like a fantasy meeting between The Verve and The Bangles, judging by its first two singles. “Heaven Sent” is more upbeat and melodic than the hazy title track while retaining its full-bodied guitar sound, like some sunkissed lost Lush song. Check out the karaoke-style lyric video below:


Mikal Cronin “ii) Gold”

What’s with the song title of Mikal Cronin’s new song, you might ask? The power-pop songsmith’s upcoming new album, MCIII (due May 5), includes a six-song suite on its B-side, of which this is the second part. It’s furiously loud and melodic, as we’ve come to expect and enjoy immensely from Cronin, but also has a surprise climax with Cronin jammin’ on the Greek tzouras. Color us intrigued. He’s at S.F.’s Independent April 22 and L.A.’s Eagle Rock Center for the Arts May 1.


Antwon – “Jacuzzi” (feat. Lovelife)

L.A. rapper Antwon has a new track out that makes drinking vodka in the hot tub sound like the best idea in the world. Sure those woozy synths tell you you might puke a little, but the fuzzy memories of hanging out with pinups that look like Neneh Cherry make it worthwhile. Double Ecstasy is due this summer. Listen via Noisey.






The Black Ryder – “Let Me Be Your Light” video

L.A.-based shoegazers The Black Ryder have premiered a stunning new video for their song “Let Me Be Your Light,” shot in various vistas in California, Nevada and Florida. The band’s gorgeous new record, The Door Behind the Door, is out now, and the band’s on tour with The Jesus and Mary Chain (at S.F.’s Warfield May 16-17).





Peach Kelli Pop – “Plastic Love”

L.A.-based Peach Kelli Pop (aka Allie Hanlon and friends) has premiered the second track from her upcoming album III, due April 21 on Burger. While “Princess Castle 1987” was a sticky-sweet quick concoction, “Plastic Love” surfs on Pixies guitar waves and sweet girl-group melodies to get deeply under your skin. She’s at the Observatory in Santa Ana March 28 for Burgerama 4 and S.F.’s Hemlock Tavern March 31.


Male Gaze – “Gale Maze”

S.F. garage-gazers Male Gaze have an amazing new track called “Gale Maze.” SAY THAT FIVE TIMES FAST LOL. It’s another ripe ripper full of blown-out guitars and stop-start dynamics that put you in a daze and then jerk you awake, following the previously released “The Shining Path.”  Gale Maze is due March 23 on Castle Face.


Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Wand, Death Valley Girls, Walter TV, The Gooch Palms at the Echo ($10)

Saturday: Title Fight, Merchandise and Power Trip at the Regent Theatre ($15)

Sunday: A Place to Bury Strangers, Tennis System and Creepoid at the Echoplex ($15)

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