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Your big Saturday:

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival continues Weekend 2 at the Empire Polo Club. Tonight’s headliners include Nas, the Disememberment Plan, Pet Shop Boys, Skrillex, Muse, Pharrell Williams and more. See set times for Weekend 2 here.
► If you’re staying local but still want to get into the festival season, Brokechella (590 Santa Fe St., downtown L.A.) should have everything you need. Headlining bands include Kera & the Lesbians, Hott MT, yOya, LA Font and more.  See full lineup and set times here. 
► Progressive metal band Dream Theater plays the Orpheum Theatre.
La Femme, the Aquadolls and the Vim Dicta all team up at the Roxy.
Anvil‘s just down the street at the Whisky.
The New Division [pictured] celebrates the release of their new record “Together We Shine” with a show at Los Globos. Kerry Leva, Glowbug and Golden Gardens also play.
► The Bootleg’s got Princess Reason, Alec Benjamin, Trevor Menear and Windy.
► Canadian band Royal Canoe stops by the Satellite where they’ll have L.A. acts Madi Diaz and Roses as support.
Bonfire Beach, the Herms and Los Dharma Bums play Lot 1 Cafe tonight.
► And Alyeska (aka Alaksa Reid) plays the Record Parlour.

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Stream: Dot Hacker, ‘Whatever You Want’

by Kevin Bronson on April 18, 2014

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Dot Hacker’s lineage is longer than a hungry family’s shopping list — with all gourmet ingredients, mind you. The highlights are that the band was born out conversations between Josh Klinghoffer and Clint Walsh when they were touring members of Gnarls Barkley back in 2006, and around the time Klinghoffer was tabbed to replace John Frusciante in the Red Hot Chili Peppers the band came to include Jonathan Hischke and Eric Gardner. Nobody should have slept on Dot Hacker’s 2012 album “Inhibition,” though many did, largely because the quartet’s other duties prevented them from touring or doing much to support it. Fast forward to now: Dot Hacker has a new single “Whatever You Want” that’s getting released as a 1,000-copies-only 7-inch (b/w “Memory) Saturday as a Record Store Day special. The better news is that the two songs are part of a new album “How’s Your Process?” that the band will release in two parts, in July and September, respectively. Like Dot Hacker’s full-length — an intellectual rock record with far-flung influences — the new single similarly defies categorization. How about just “oh-wow-give-me-more?”

||| Stream: “Whatever You Want”

||| Previously: “Order Disorder”

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Stream: Ablebody, ‘After Hours’

by Seraphina Lotkhamnga on April 18, 2014

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The last time we heard from Ablebody, the moniker under which Christoph Hochheim records, the L.A. singer-songwriter had just self-released his debut EP “All My Everybody.” Hocheim has since rejoined the Pains of Being Pure at Heart on tour in support of the New York band’s forthcoming “Days of Abandon,” but that doesn’t mean Ablebody is being put on hold. With his brother Anton (who is also a member of POBPAH) joining on drums, Ablebody has a new 7-inch slated for a May 20 release, and its jangly A-side track is an ’80s anthem with all essential dream-pop elements. Its deep shoegaze tones highlight the talents the Hocheim brothers undoubtedly bring to POPAH, but it’s the soaring vocals that will have you filing Ablebody next to your collection of Ride albums.The dreamy haze also has touches of Cole M. Grief-Neill (Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Nite Jewel, Julia Holter), who mixed the track. Now if only these brothers would reunite The Depreciation Guild …  (There’s already three of them on tour together.) Also file this one next to Depeche Mode and the Smiths, kids.

||| Stream: “After Hours”

||| Previously: “Phantasy,” “Sally Hot Jazz”

||| Live: Ablebody plays May 7 at the Troubadour with the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Fear of Men.

||| Watch: Check out the video for “Sally Hot Jazz” after they jump.  [click to continue…]

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Record Store Day: Valentine’s Day for retailers

by Kevin Bronson on April 18, 2014

BldmW6PIgAAaeMkRecord Store Day is a marketing gimmick, friends, like Valentine’s Day. After all, you shouldn’t wait for just one day per year to tell your local music purveyor that you love him/her/them, right? But it wasn’t that long ago that the death knell was being sounded for all record stores, and now you can’t fling a used CD without hitting a cool vinyl shop.

RSD’s big draw, of course, is the insane number of special releases made for the occasion, most of which are destined for the cut-out bins of 2019. Just surveying Amoeba’s list of RSD offerings makes my head spin. But tomorrow’s Record Store Day plunder might yield some collectors’ items too. To name-check some, big and small: The five-LP LCD Soundsystem “The Long Goodbye/Live at Madison Square Garden” set; the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s Beastie Boys/Link Wray mash-up; “Put Your Sad Down” by the late, great School of Seven Bells; a very-limited-edition Moses Sumney 7-inch; Medicine’s Part Time Punks live LP; Veruca Salt’s 10-inch with “Seether” and new (!) material; the “In Utero: In Tribute” compilation album; David Lynch’s “The Air Is on Fire;” and, for the Gallagherians out there, a special Oasis 12-inch.

But don’t mind me, explore for yourself. I’ll be trying to track down the David Bowie “1984″ picture disc.

Many local outlets have special plans for Record Store Day. Some are not participating in the promotion — you can find out who is here. We clicked around to find out if some of our favorite shops had anything special going on. After the jump, our roundup (if we missed anything good, please leave a comment):
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Video: The Singles, ‘Inamorata’

by Kevin Bronson on April 18, 2014

In the video for the Singles’ single “Inamorata,” an assortment of probably drunk people do some ostensibly bad karaoke. And it’s kind of perfect. Because the Singles’ full-length “Look How Fast a Heart Can Break” is full of the kind of familiar power-pop and garage-rock nuggets that live on in karaoke machines everywhere. The album, which came out this month, is the brainchild of singer-guitarist Vince Frederick and drummer-singer Nicky Veltman, who made it with producer Rick Parker (whose credits include Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Dandy Warhols, Gliss and the Von Bondies, among others). It’s nothing if not concise — only one song exceeds 3 1/2 minutes — and the Singles live up to their name by getting to the hook without any fuss. Any of “Look How Fast” would have been good in 1972. Better, maybe. There was no karaoke in those days.

||| Stream: “You’ve Runned Away”

||| Live: The Singles play Saturday at Brokechella in downtown L.A.

||| Previously: “(She’s Got) A Heart of Stone”

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Buzz Bands LA Show, today at 11 on Indie FM

by Kevin Bronson on April 18, 2014

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The second weekend of Coachella looms large, but today I’ll take refuge in the Buzz Bands LA Show on The Independent FM. Join me at 11 a.m. for two hours of SoCal music, including a big segment featuring a dozen of the artists playing the local festival Brokechella on Saturday in the downtown L.A. They include J Litt, the Singles, LA Font, Kera & the Lesbians, yOya, Vibes and more. I’ll also have new music from forthcoming releases by Tijuana Panthers, Jeffertitti’s Nile, Xu Xu Fang and Ray & Remora, along with fresh tunes from Imaginary Persons, Magic Bronson, the New Division and Ozma. And I promise there won’t be sand and dust blowing in your faces.

After the jump, a stream of the show and the playlist:
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Brokechella: Here are Saturday’s set times

by Kevin Bronson on April 18, 2014

Brokechella, the budget-friendly festival featuring a mix of rock, electronic, hip-hop and comedy artists from the L.A. underground, goes off Saturday at 590 Santa Fe St. in downtown Los Angeles. The festival, in its fourth year, offers entertainment on four stages beginning at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 but if you want to be a “BIP” (Broke Important Person), you can pony up $25. Below, the set times.

The cARTel Stage

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After the jump, the three other stages:
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Gallery: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at the Echo

by Kevin Bronson on April 18, 2014

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When the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion visit the Echo for a “Localchella” show on Wednesday night, it was a typically primal experience from one of the hardest-working bands around. The New Yorkers didn’t just squeeze in a couple were dates around their Friday gigs at Coachella; they plotted a whole West Coast tour around the festival, and by Saturday they will have played every day for 10 days. Take a day and have a cold beverage, guys. By the way, the band on Saturday releases a slab of 12-inch vinyl featuring their single of their Beastie Boys-Link Wray mash-up, “She’s On It/Jack The Ripper,” which has been a staple of their live show.

Photos by Carl Pocket, courtesy of the Echo

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It’s Friday, finally:

► Weekend 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival kicks off at the Empire Polo Club, with Outkast, the Knife, the Replacements, the Afghan Whigs, Bryan Ferry, Haim, Grouplove and more. Set times are here. A comprehensive recap of our Weekend 1 coverage is here.
Rufus Wainwright visits the Orpheum Theatre behind his recent release, “Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright.”
Bhavana Reddy [pictured] celebrates the release of her “Tangled in Emotions” EP with a special night of Indian music at the Bootleg Bar, where she will be joined by Sheela Bringi with Clinton Patterson and the Aditya Prakash Ensemble.
The Record Company, kicks off another Friday night residency at the Hotel Cafe. Joel Eckels, Lakes, Adam Baker of Annuals, Ray Don & the Backwash Band and Song Preservation Society also play on the packed bill.
► And Australian thrash metal quintet King Parrot headlines the Satellite, supported by Vattnet Viskar.

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The Haden Triplets [pictured], whose debut album came out in February, are joined by Sub-Saharan dance music wonder Noura Mint Seymali, Cuban “son” group Conjunto Chappottín and zydeco marvels Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys on the schedule for the 18th annual “Sunset Concerts” series at the Skirball Center. The six free shows run weekly, on Thursdays, from July 24 through Aug. 24.

The genre-spanning series also features Flaco Jiménez and Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs, and the Yiddish Tango Club.

The shows start at 8 p.m. each night (doors at 7) and parking at the Skirball is $10. The center’s exhibitions (except Noah’s Ark) are also free and open until 10 p.m. each night.

After the jump, the full schedule:

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