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April 2016
Ghost King
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Hailing from The Bronx and led by Spires' drummer Carter McNeil, Ghost King plays muddy fuzz rock brightened by unexpected chord changes, psychedelic overtones, and a '90s rock inspired lo-fi production that blends the fun attitude of Violent Femmes, the stellar songwriting of The Pixies and the slacking tendencies of Pavement. Early psych rock influences emerge here and there in their debut album 'Bones' (check out the rather Barretesque 'Bones pt. 1,' or the chorus explosion of 'When the Sky Turns blue' - streaming below), enriching the sonic palette in ways rarely accomplished, in a single record, without it sounding... all over the place. But beyond the familiar and beloved references to the past, what makes this album great is its consistently brilliant songwriting, and the band's habit of taking the listener in and out of unexpected places, like for example with the dissonant riffs of 'Skeleton Dance' 's intro, which slowly morphs into a perfectly consonant verse, or through the bizarre development of ''Til You Belong to Me' or 'Bones pt. 2.'  

 
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The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Blondie
Suicide
Lydia Lunch
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Mars
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Grandmaster Melle Mel
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Liars
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The Young Wild release debut EP All the Luck, play at El Rey on 4.30

Jubilant San Diego trio The Young Wild have a sound that's tailor-made for modern alternative radio, given that their hummable choruses and upbeat melodic style can instantly turn frowns to smiles. The band have much to celebrate after the release of their debut EP All the Luck, which they'll be performing songs off of at the El Rey this coming Saturday, April 30th. 

You can stream All the Luck EP in its entirety by clicking the sound widget below. 

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marks marches to her own beat with "Heartbeat", debut full-length due out 6.3

Marks is the artistic moniker of Lindsay Marcus, a singer, songwriter and producer who's pulsing electro-pop has an emotional candor that's immediately likable. The first single off of her debut full-length, The Modern Life, is a tasteful and stimulating pop song that still has some mystery to it despite its tuneful directness, especially how its throbbing synths and lush vocals incorporate a strong sense of melody. This stylistic direction is something of a change of pace for Marcus, as she's previously devoted most of her time scoring for a variety of television and film projects.

The Modern Life is due out on June 3rd. In the meantime, listen to "Heartbeat", streaming below. 

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The Deli LA Artist to Watch: Gibberish

It’d be facile to give some literal meaning to Gibberish considering there’s really no limit to their scope of imagination. The experimental synth pop duo of Derek and Lorie Bromley put forth spiraling streaks of lucid textures on their latest track “RudeDude”, in which they fuse together a wash of vocal harmonies alongside a weaving tapestry of layered sounds. It’s music to get lost in, and it can certainly leave you bewildered, as it is truly a practice in escapism. But this isn’t just indulgent nonsense; if anything, they guide you into a wondrous, unexplored realm that’s never too far removed from reality.

 

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Susan release "I've Been Known", debut full-length due out on 4.29

Garage pop outfit Susan have been steadily releasing a string of brisk, guitar-driven anthems that amp up the scuzz. There was certainly an effective aesthetic in play, though it didn't really let us into what Susan really wanted to tell us. It turns out the trio had been holding onto their most significant statement yet with "I've Been Known", a hooky, instantly-hummable number that fully lets its guard down and teaches us that there's no shame in doubting things while you're in a state of flux. 

"I've Been Known" is the first single off of Susan's debut full-length Never Enough, which comes out on April 29 via Volar Records. 

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