Weekly Roundup: Wax Idols, YG, Gardens & Villa, Dante Elephante

Posted by Billy Gil, July 30, 2015 09:15am | Post a Comment

Wax Idols – “Lonely You”

Oakland/L.A. post-punkers Wax Idols put out an excellent first album called Discipline & Desire on Slumberland in 2013. Now the band, fronted by the huskily voiced Heather Fortune, has unveiled the smoldering “Lonely You,” a wearily lovelorn ditty about letting go and looking up that sounds like a lost late-’80s goth-pop jam. It seems to say that sometimes you have to set everything on fire to see what’s left. American Tragic is due Oct. 16 via Collect.


YG – “Twist My Fingaz”

YG’s searingly honest tales of growing up in tough Compton were matched to catchy G-funk beats on his excellent debut, My Krazy Life. “Twist My Fingaz,” the first song revealed from the upcoming Still Krazy, has an awesome throwback feel without feeling limited, grooving effortlessly as YG does his thing, gets his drink and dance on and doesn’t sweat the trouble outside.


Gardens & Villa – “Everybody”

Following the rollicking psych-pop of “Fixations” comes the slightly more subdued “Everybody,” from the upcoming new album by Santa Barbara's Gardens & Villa. It calls to mind a bit of The Shins’ circular tunefulness mixed with Sparks’ pop weirdness and ELO’s more tasteful moments. It's proggy and elliptical, yet still upbeat and catchy enough that their fans should tag along for the ride. Check out Music for Dogs when it hits Aug. 21 on Secretly Canadian.


Dante Elephante – “Never Trust a Junkie”

Santa Barbara’s Dante Elephante have released a new ramshackle garage-pop ditty that lodges in your head the second you hear it. Its sunny exterior is belied by frontman Ruben Zarate’s snarky lyrics (“you may be older but you just ain’t that bright”) and suddenly riotous vocals when he hits the titular phrase. That excellent production that makes everything feel like you’re squinting and everything bleeds together comes with help from Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado. Anglo-Saxon Summer is due Oct. 2 on Lolipop. Hear it over at Consequence of Sound.



Shows This Weekend

Friday: High on Fire, Pallbearer and more at the Echoplex ($25)

Saturday: Michael Vidal, Dunes and more at the Smell ($5)

Sunday: Whirr, Blood Candy and more at the Echo ($15)

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