May 10Derde Verde
Indie-rock trio Derde Verde crafts colorful, chameleon-like song structures sprinkled with noise, analog electronics, melodic guitar lines and rhythmic twists. The L.A. based band named themselves after Val Verde, a rural valley town of coyotes, rolling hills, and big sky, an hour north of the city. With a range of influences from shoegaze, to krautrock, to indie electronica, the band’s music has been described as “instantly engrossing, buoyed by excellent arrangements and impressive vocal harmonies… Their new EP, Let Me Be A Light, is out now on 12” Vinyl, CD, and download, and is now available on iTunes or Bandcamp.
May 17The End of Summer
Meet THE END OF SUMMER. They are a rock and roll four-piece from UCLA whose blazing songs stare you straight in the face and don’t look away until they come crashing to a close. Being that their driving yet ethereal sound is indebted to everyone from Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire to Tame Impala and Ty Segall, it is no surprise that the band’s energetic shows deliver a unique and diverse listening experience. Echoed vocals, sweet mellotrons, fuzzy guitars, and pummeling drums combine to create The End of Summer’s powerful rock and roll. These tunes are aimed skyward.
May 24Haunted Summer
The music of Haunted Summer definitely fulfills the definition of dream pop. The lyrical content relies heavily on longing for and reveling in young love. This is a young band with a high ceiling, I would not be surprised if these songs break out nationally. The title track ends with “No one will love you when you are loved” however this band has love to spare, and I except big things coming their way. -Scott Schultz (LA Record)
May 24Aaron Embry
Aaron Embry is singer/songwriter, a spinner of tales, and in nearly every sense of the phrase, a quintessential folkster. He’s collaborated with some of music’s biggest names and dabbled in almost every area of the industry. His solo debut, Tiny Prayers, is a work of wispy dreamlike memory, organically growing emotion and roots-based living, all delivered in a simplistic and unpretentious manner.
May 31Sea Lions
Sea Lions started in Oxnard, CA around 2007 as Adrian Pillado’s pet project, after releasing a slew of 7 inches and tapes on various indie labels. By 2011 they put out there first full-length album on Slumberland Records, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions but Were Afraid to Ask”. They did a few tours in Japan, the UK and US, and are currently set to release a new album by the end of the year.
When Echo Park-based THIEVES dig into their swelling synth-tinged, pop-driven hooks, they are aiming for your heart. But just when earnest vocals and feel-good harmonies suggest an air of hopeless romanticism, a landscape of post-punk infused guitars backed by a wall of cinematic synths leaves you in pleasant suspense.
Although the project is brand new, there is already a nice buzz surrounding the live show where she shares drum and vocal duties. At only five performances in, Liphemra has performed to sold out crowds, sharing the stage with artists such as Connan Mockasin & Jessy Lanza.
“Though she’s tiny — a waif brunette barely pushing a hundred pounds –there is nothing diminutive about Liphemra. As a drummer she possesses that magnetic quality that has allowed people like Levon Helm to shine from behind the kit. She’s got jazz in her veins, that lack of constraint imposed by logic, that blend of compromise and individualism” -Kai Flanders (LA Weekly)
June 21Magic Giant
Like a banjo player and a DJ rocking a club show in a barn, Magic Giant is inspired by its mission of moving bodies and souls alike. The four piece is currently self-producing its debut EP and recently sold out its first LA show at the popular Bootleg Theater. The band continues to build a reputation for its powerful live shows and frequent surprise musical guests, ranging from Capital Cities’ Spencer Ludwig, to Jazz phenomenon Jon Batiste. A reflection of its melting pot of cultural and musical backgrounds from Washington DC, Nashville, and Korea, the group united in Venice Beach, CA with the addition of its fourth member. The crew has evolved into a folk revival band with light electronic undertones that includes Austin Bis on lead vocals, Zambricki on mandolin and banjo, Brian Z on upright bass and acoustic guitar, and drummer and DJ, AJK.
July 5King Washington
“In an ideal world, King Washington would be topping the pop charts with The Gears. Highly melodic and intellectual without isolating the listener… This quartet have far more to offer than their musical ancestors; the members of King Washington are scholars in the arts.” – 7 Bit Arcade
“The Gears is something special. Retro, sure, but retaining an almost timeless appeal. This is a fine, fine record indeed.” – RealGoneRocks.com
July 5Bird Concerns
Bird Concerns is a Los Angeles based band performing original music that takes influence from American folk music, rock, and jazz styles to create honest pop songs. Since first forming as a duo between songwriters Marcus Buser and Travis Meador in 2011 this band has built upon it’s folky singer-songwriter roots to develop a unique sound. Bird Concerns take the honesty of songwriters like Paul Simon and Elliot Smith, and orchestrates them through a five piece rock band to create musical textures which match the intricacy of the songwriting. They are currently working on a full length album, scheduled to be out in the fall of 2014.
yOya is the project of longtime songwriting partners Alex Pfender and Noah Dietterich. They grew up to the sound of rain in the fir trees of Corvallis, Oregon and “Graceland” on cassette. They’re a unique mix of folk-hearted songs, intricate vocal harmony, gritty synths and thundering electronic beats. In addition to Eat|See|Hear, yOya is performing at Brokechella and Make Music Pasadena this summer.
July 26Opus Orange
Opus Orange consists of natural rhythms, hammered piano harmonics, acoustic guitar, pop melodies, and incessant group percussion. When packaged together, they capture a memorable Indie Pop sound.
August 2Kera & the Lesbians
Kera and the Lesbians lovingly refer to their musical style as ‘bipolar folk’. Bipolar in the sense that in one song drummer Michael will pound his drums, expelling his demons with sheer force, while Kera croons and screams and serenades, enchanting all within earshot. This is a band to see live. Kera brings heaps of charm to the set, with her joking between songs and her Elvis-like dance moves, it’s obvious that she and the whole band live for this. (LA Record)
A blossoming project of young, well-trained musicians, Mleo has its roots in the cities of Sacramento and Los Angeles. The band originally started as a trio in 2012 with Audrey Reed, Victor San Pedro, and Nick De La O, and has blossomed immensely since then. While the three already had years of experience performing together at their high school in Sacramento, CA, it was not a surprise that they would continue to perform together as they furthered their education in L.A. With a variety of musical perspectives, the band strives to become the face of the modern rock band. They continue to shape this vision by writing songs with no boundaries, yet retaining elements that have kept listeners interested throughout the history of music both melodically and lyrically.
August 16Chicano Batman
Chicano Batman’s music emanates from the soul, shaped in the womb, manifested from colorful tapes and scratched up records. In 2008, the band was founded in the sprawling Latin American infused metropolis of Los Angeles. The members of the original trio were raised on Spanish language ballads from the likes of Los Angeles Negros, Leo Dan, and Los Bukis. They’ve also been heavily inspired by the classic oldies anthems and the Brazilian sounds of Caetano Veloso. Chicano Batman continue to use the “old school” as a launch pad to express their living spirits while endlessly seeking to capture the essence of many musical styles and aesthetics resulting in a global sound that is both ‘throwback’, and cutting-edge.
August 23Dark Furs
Dark Furs is a female-fronted independent rock band. Founded in East Los Angeles, a chance connection in 2011 between UK-raised vocalist Suzanne May and LA native Chad Philipps sparked an immediate songwriting partnership. They mix intricate melody lines and commanding vocals with dark and dreamy instrumentals to create their own brand of “Mood Rock.” In 2013, the duo headed into the studio to record their self-titled EP with producer Dan Long (Henry Clay People, Local Natives) which BuzzBands.LA described as “a sophisticated reverie” and landed them on multiple Bands to Watch lists. They recently completed the recording of their follow-up EP at Jim Henson Studios with producer Nico Essig, slated for a Spring release. Dark Furs is ready to kick off 2014 with new music, videos, and an international tour.