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Arcade Fire to play Forum on Aug. 1-2

by Kevin Bronson on April 20, 2014

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As Arcade Fire is onstage closing out the final night of Coachella 2014, the band announced that its “Reflektor Tour” will return to L.A. for two nights at the Forum. Tickets for the shows, Aug. 1 and 2, have two on-sale dates — local and Facebook pre-sale is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; general on-sale is 10 a.m. Saturday. Pre-Sale is April 24th from 10am-10pm PST. [Our Coachella recap of their set.]

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L.A. Buzz Bands Show, tonight at 9 on KCSN

by Kevin Bronson on April 20, 2014

KCSNnew copyJoin me on a lovely Sunday evening for this week’s L.A. Buzz Bands Show on KCSN (88.5 FM, streaming at KCSN.org). Tune in at 9 p.m., when I’ll have new music from Dot Hacker, the Neighbourhood, Jeffertitti’s Nile, Gina Villalobos, 7Horse and Tijuana Panthers, along with recent favorites by Avid Dancer, Magic Wands, DWNTWN and Ozma, among others. After the jump, the playlist (subject to last-minute tweaks):
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Stream: 7Horse, ‘A Friend in Weed’

by Kevin Bronson on April 20, 2014

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Joie Calio and Phil Leavitt, collaborating as 7Horse, embarked on their journey into cosmic country and dirty blues three years ago, releasing the testosterone-charged full-length “Let the 7Horse Run” in 2011 and earning some notoriety when the single “Meth Lab Zoso Sticker” was tabbed by director Martin Scorcese for use in the movie (and trailer for) “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The duo is diving deeper into vintage country for the follow-up album, “Songs for a Voodoo Wedding” — Leavitt says it’s only natural, since he and Calio spent countless hours in a van touring the U.S. listening to the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Jones and Merle Haggard. It was in that van, en route to playing the 4 & 20 Blackbird Festival in the town of Weed, Calif., that they sketched out the song “A Friend in Weed.” It’s a stripped-down country tune that’s the album closer on their new release, which comes out June 10. “A Friend in Weed” is available as a single today, because, well, you’d have to be really stoned to not realize what today’s date is.

||| Stream: “A Friend in Weed”

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Tonight in L.A.: Coachella, Dios, Howls, more

by Kevin Bronson on April 20, 2014

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It’s Easter, it’s 4/20 and it’s a good day for an anniversary party:

► Ten years ago next week, a great little band from Hawthorne played Coachella on the strength of its its debut album. Dios, who were later known as Dios (Malos) after they got some legal flak from Ronnie James Dio over their name, reunites tonight to mark the 10-year anniversary of their their debut album. They play an early (4:30 p.m.) show at the Echo, supported by So Many Wizards, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel and Heaven Lindsey-Burtch.
► Speaking of Coachella, the festival wraps up its 2014 edition with Arcade Fire, Beck, Calvin Harris Disclosure, Motorhead, Lana Del Rey and more.
Howlsthat’s the new project from Christian Stone and Annalee Fery — play tonight at the Mint along with Free Dominguez (ex-Kidneythieves).
► And in Part Time Punks’ late show at the Echo, it’s WL (members of Blouse), Colleen Green and Darklands at the Echo (Late Show)

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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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