Austin Hartley-Leonard, aka Broken Anchor, has always been heavy on the melodies no matter which instrument he may be playing. When his debut album “Fresh Lemonade” was finally officially released in September, those accessible anthems that made it on their way to several T.V. shows, also got a little more breathing room. The latest song Broken Anchor shares is “Always,” a track that pulls elements from the heart of indie rock and a catchy pop chorus to boot, previews the beautifully written those arches throughout the album. Like the love roller coaster that is depicted in the accompany music video, Broken Anchor music goes along for the ride and soars and lands in all the right places.
||| Previously: “Canada,” “Never Leave Me Alone,” “Leave the Light On”
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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the War on Drugs, the project led by Adam Granduciel, but we finally have a glimpse into what the Philadephia-based musician has been doing during the last two years. After tirelessly touring in support of 2011′s very excellent “Slave Ambient,” we get “Red Eyes,” a track that picks right up where songs such as “Come to the City” left off. Fans of Kurt Vile have Granduciel to thank a lot for (Vile is a former member of the War on Drugs); there’s the same yearning vocals reminiscent of Neil Young and the same bombastic atmospherics that any Springsteen devotee would appreciate. “Red Eyes” is a track off the War On Drugs’ forthcoming album titled “Lost in the Dream,” which is slated for release in March next year.
||| Stream: “Red Eyes”
||| Previously: “Come to the City” and “Baby Missiles”
||| Live: The War On Drugs play April 4 at the Troubadour.
Science, meet art. Science and art, meet music. The video for Wages’ song “Pull Through” sprouted from songwriter Nick Campbell’s involvement with HATCH, a community of cross-discipline creatives who foster education and collaboration. “Pull Through’s” colorful, inky tale was part of the HATCH 10 installation, filmed by Yarrow Kraner along with Sean McDonald, Andy George, Colin Arndt and Alex Hornbake. The images were also used to create flashcards dispensing knowledge about physics, fluid dynamics, viscosity and chemical reactions with baking soda, vinegar, oils, dry ice and the like. Oh, and did we mention the song was gorgeous too? Campbell, who alighted in L.A. a couple of years ago, released Wages’ “Shady Chamber” EP earlier this year and is working on a full-length for 2014. If only science class came with a soundtrack.
||| Live: Wages plays Lot 1 Cafe on Saturday night.
||| Previously: “Unity”
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► Macklemore and Ryan Lewis headline the Staples Center in support of their ever-popular album “The Heist.” That’s the video for their latest single “White Walls” above. Supporting acts include Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T. tonight.
► Things get intimate with Kaki King inside the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. She’ll continue to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her first album release. Jerome Holloway supports.
► Run River North, whose debut album is slated for a Feb. 25 release via Nettwerk, returns to the Hotel Cafe where they’ll be joined by Tommy & the High Pilots, Baywood, Jared & the Mill, Stamps and Kyle Reynolds.
► Butch Walker plays a sold-out show at the Grammy Museum where they’ll be screening a clip from ‘Out Of Focus,’ a new feature following his career that won Best Documentary at the Nashville Film Festival.
► Mirror Days plays at Harvard & Stone. DJ Short Shorts with Sonny Bonasera in R&D also round out the bill.
► And the Long Winters from Seattle take on the Bootleg Theater. Sean Nelson opens.
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When we first caught Parquet Courts at SXSW, it was obvious the quartet wasn’t going to be slowing down anytime soon. After touring non-stop for 9 months, they’ll only be taking the end of the year off before they get back to it in January. That’s what happens when you release one hell of a debut punk album (“Light Up Gold”) and follow it up quickly with a new EP (“Tally All the Things You Broke”), though. Sure, fans may be an important part of this supply and demand situation, and promotion is key for buzz as well. But we’ve got a feeling Parquet Courts just don’t like to sit still — and we enjoy it when they don’t.
||| Stream: “You’ve Got Me Wondering Now”
||| Also: Stream “Stoned and Starving” off 2012′s “Light Up Gold.”
||| Previously: “Smart Aleck Kid,” Live at SXSW
||| Live: Parquet Courts play Jan. 17 at the Fonda with White Fence.
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There was a moment during Sam Smith’s show Monday night at the Troubadour — his first of two sold-out nights in Los Angeles — that seemed to sum up the evening perfectly. It came during his third song, “Leave Your Lover,” while the acoustic guitar gently strummed, as Smith reached the chorus, gazed out at the packed house and sang, “Leave your lover … Leave him for me.” The near-silent crowd was instantly peppered with squeals and applause, and Smith’s face cracked into a slight grin, as one female audience member leaned in to another and muttered, “You know, I would.”
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With their latest album titled “I Hate Music,” fans know Superchunk are able to poke fun at life. In fact, their hilariously new Scott Jacobson-directed music video for the track ”Void” zooms in on the the aging concert-goer in a scuzziest-of-venues scenario. The aging scene guys at Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium are played by H. Jon Benjamin, Jon Glaser and Ted Travelstead, and in conjunction with actual stage time from Superchunk members, Ava Luna, Heliotropes, Lost Boy ?, and Weird Womb also all make cameos. From laugh-out-loud moments to extreme pity for its characters, the clip’s got a memorable plot for a great song. [click to continue…]
During a four-plus-year run in the band War Tapes, Neil Popkin traded in dark, brooding rock influenced by the ’80s post-punk greats. With War Tapes on haitus, Popkin is getting out in the sunshine more, if the early songs from his new project Dreamland are any indication. The trio — Popkin, Andrea Wasse and Pablo Amador — calls its new music “surfgaze” and true to the band’s name its songs are dreamy and catchy and even a little bit beach-y. Surf’s up, eyes down.
||| Stream: “Skinny Dip” and “Land & Sea”
||| Live: Dreamland plays Wednesday at Club Moscow at Boardner’s and in January at the Satellite as part of the DWNTWN residency (exact date TBA).
||| Also: Watch the video for “Horoscope” after the jump:
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Quite a Tuesday in store:
► Mikal Cronin and Redd Kross team up for a night of good ol’ guitar fury at the El Rey Theatre. Cronin’s acclaimed second full-length “MCII” came out earlier this year, and Redd Kross’ “Researching the Blues” was one of our 2012 highlights. Cherry Glazerr opens.
► Equally delicious: LA Font celebrates the release of its new album “Diving Man” at the Echo, supported by Spaceships, Washing Machines and Wax Children. That’s LA Font’s new video for the title track, above.
► It’s electro with Pretty Lights at the Wiltern, where Odesza opens.
► Beyoncé holds forth at Staples Center as part of her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.”
► Metalcore juggernaut Every Time I Die rocks the Roxy, supported by LetLive and Code Orange Kids.
► And Conquistador brings his mad-science electro-pop to the Satellite, supported by Busy Living and Maxim Ludwig.
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If you adore husband-wife duos, then Rory Partin and Alexa James — who call themselves the Roamies — may be your next favorite musical couple. Playful and charming, the Roamies color their combination of soul, folk and pop with their Nashville background in songs such as the sweet “Come Running to Me” and “1, 2, 3, 4.” Simple piano and acoustic guitar anchor their back-and-forth vocals that bounce with optimism will beckon fans of Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz, and serve as a nice pick-me-up, to say the least. A debut full-length from the Roamies is in the works for 2014.
||| Download: “Come Running to Me”
||| Stream: “1, 2, 3, 4″
||| Live: The Roamies play Tuesday at Hotel Cafe.