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Weekly Roundup: Best Coast, LA Font, Moon Honey, Geographer, Upset, Holly Miranda, Ezra Furman

Posted by Billy Gil, April 3, 2015 09:33am | Post a Comment

Best Coast – “Heaven Sent” video

Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino looks fetching in a rose crown and lace dress in the video she co-directed with Lana Kim for “Heaven Sent,” off the band’s upcoming California Nights, due May 4 on Harvest. Definitely channeling some Paisley Underground vibes with this look and song, like The Bangles filtered through Ride’s amps. The band’s spring/summer tour will hit L.A.’s Wiltern June 27. Watch below via Ray-Ban’s Never Hide Noise.

 

LA Font – “Whisperer”

On their latest track, Los Angeles power-pop band LA Font sink their teeth into a supple groove before unleashing whirlwind guitars at the song’s climax. You might need a cigarette. It’s on their upcoming Hangtime Vol. 1 EP, which is due April 28, just after the band plays in-store at Amoeba Hollywood April 23, as part of the Converse Rubber Tracks series. Hear it below via Stereogum.

 

Moon Honey – “Boy Magic”

This piece of splendid prog-pop comes courtesy of guitarist Andrew Martin and singer Jessica Ramsey, better known as L.A.-based Moon Honey. Ramsey’s mercurial coo swoops in and out of this magical ditty like a swallow, like the love child of Marc Bolan and Vashti Bunyan. It makes sense that Greg Saunier of Deerhoof handled the mixing on their previous album, Hand-Painted Dream Photographs, as they’ve got a playful kinship with that band. In S.F., they’ll be at El Rio tonight, and at L.A.’s Brokechella fest April 18. Hear it below via Noisey.

 

Geographer – “I’m Ready” (Millionyoung remix)

S.F.-based Mike Deni creates swooning, romantic indie pop under the moniker Geographer. His track “I’m Ready” gets an electronic makeover by the great Millionyoung here, becoming a soundtrack for midnight stargazing. Heat it via Earmilk. Geographer will play Amoeba S.F. Saturday April 4 at 2 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Upset – “Glass Ceiling”

upset bandL.A. quartet Upset make it feel like emotional, distortion-laden twee-pop a la Velocity Girl never fell out of fashion. “Glass Ceiling” features even more sugar-coated harmonies than the songs found on their punky debut, She’s Gone. “Glass Ceiling” is on their ’76 EP, which should be out on vinyl soon.

 

Holly Miranda – “Until Now” video

Joshua Tree’s solitude and desert beauty offers many a musician inspiration. For her self-titled second album, Holly Miranda fled L.A. for Joshua Tree to demolish her writer’s block, came up with a bunch of songs, flew out to New York to record them and stopped in L.A. to record some with Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio. Miranda doesn’t need much more than her captivating voice and fingerpicking guitar style to draw you in, so her new live in-studio video for “Until Now” seems like a perfect way for the L.A.-based singer/songwriter to introduce her new album, which is due May 19 on Dangerbird.

 

Ezra Furman – “Restless Year” video

S.F. power-pop singer/songwriter takes you on a stop-motion tour of a typical day of his in the city on the video for “Restless Year.” Thrift stores, dancing, walking around all day … who else needs to get up to S.F. stat? Furman recently signed to Bella Union and will have a new album out in the summer.

 

Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Shabazz Palaces and TV on the Radio at the Palladium ($35)

Saturday: Tobias Jesso Jr. at the Echo ($12) (He’s also at the Bootleg Sunday)

Sunday: His Name Is Alive at the Echo ($17)

                                                           

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