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Halo Orbit release spacey new track "Trieste", debut album out 2/3

There's a profound sense of drift on "Trieste", Halo Orbit's enigmatic new track, a nine minute textural voyage that ultimately leaves more questions than answers once it ends. The ambient instrumental begins with steady restraint, slowly intensifying its backdrop of modular sounds with shuffled percussion patterns coming from all directions. Once it hits the six minute mark it finally builds, but not in the way you'd expect, briefly doing so until it gradually subsides into a gentle ripple, ultimately circling back to where it started. It's a daringly ambitious move for the veteran trio, who've in the past worked in bands like The Mars Volta, Buffalo Daugher and even the late David Bowie.

Halo Orbit, who see a home in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo, are releasing their self-titled debut album on February 3rd via local imprint Alpha Pup. They'll be making their live debut appearance at Low End Theory on February 15 before hitting the road in support of it. - Juan Rodríguez

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Mating Ritual plays Hi Hat on 2/10, release debut album in 2017

On February 10, rising electro-pop band Mating Ritual will wrap up their winter tour with a hometown show at Hi Hat. The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Ryan Marshall Lawhon, the fun and upbeat project is gearing up for the release of their debut album How You Gonna Stop It?, which will be released as two six-track volumes in 2017. Opening for Mating Ritual is dream pop duo Satchmode.

Listen to their new single, Night Lies, below. - Juan Rodríguez

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Stream: Ali Burress, "This Is Where"

There are only so many words in the English language to describe something beautiful. Alluring, elegant, divine, bewitching, sublime, but Ali Burress has somehow exhausted my vocabulary with her spellbinding music. Paul Ekman, a pioneer in psychology, researched different cultures and discovered that humans all have 6 basic facial emotions, and it is safe to say that I experienced all 6 while listening to “This Is Where”. The San Diego singer-songwriter's raw emotion bleeds through her lyrics, and the unique intermix of instruments creates an atmospheric sense of vulnerability. Her music is satisfying, scratching the itch of the unknown. “This Is Where” truly is about where we belong: sometimes we don’t always know, but Burress can help you get there.

Burress’s newest EP, Dwell, will be released February 3rd through Spirit House Records. - Kayla Hay

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Tomber Lever releases new album Furniture Pedagogue, tour with Birote the Musical

Hailing from La Verne by way of Pomona, the suburban experimental tribe Tomber Lever release their new album Furniture Pedagogue on Pacific Nature Records tomorrow, January 7. The quartet's brand of infectious and genre-bending rock 'n' roll permeates with themes of family, showcasing creative efforts of the tight-knit DIY community that cultivated them. Pacific Nature Records is releasing the album on cassette tape with two different covers and tape splatters with J-card. 

Listen to "No. 12" off Furniture Pedagogue below and watch Tomber Lever perform tonight at VLHS to kickoff their tour "4,000 Miles to Graceland" with Birote the Musical, support from Judcody Limon and Harriers of Discord. Need an address? Ask a punk. - Ryan Mo

Panoramic begins West Coast tour tomorrow with show at Beatnik Bandito

Orange County’s Panoramic embark on their first West Coast tour from January 7 to January 21, traveling up to the wintery forests of Washington and back following a successful trek through the Southwest last summer. The quartet kick off their tour at Orangy County's Beatnik Bandito tomorrow at 7:30 PM, with support from dairy queen duo Talk, Tired Thanatoid, Leashes, Young Jesus, and the linguistic-noise trio Benno, VA. Download Panoramic’s debut album Not Exactly for free on Bandcamp. - Ryan Mo

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