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Happy Sunday:

► Brooklyn’s Matthew Houck aka Phosphorescent plays a sold-out show at the Park Plaza Hotel. That’s Phosphorescent’s video for “Ride On / Right On” above.
Ultimate Breaks and Beats happens at the Echoplex where Biz Markie, Peanut Butter Wolf, J.rocc and Break Beat Lou all spin vinyl 45 DJ sets with special guests.
► Downstairs at the Echo, you’ve got Dirt Dress celebrating their new EP “Revelations.” The Herms, Traps PS and Vanilla (members of Cosmonauts) support.
► The Troubadour hosts a V-Rox showcase with Mumiy Troll, Benji Hughes, Chicano Batman, DZA (featuring NON Of Shadowhuntaz) and SAB (DJ set).
Roses continues their Sunday night residency at the Bootleg HiFi with Basement Babies, Crystales and Hair Perfect also on this week’s bill.
Heaps n Heaps headline the Satellite in support of their “Like No One’s Around” EP. Wildling and Grace Kelly support.
► And you’ve got Mangchi (featuring David Choe and and Money Mark), Nosaj Thing and Upsilon Acrux at the Smell.

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Saturday selections:

FKA Twigs headlines the second of two sold-out nights at the Regent Theater downtown L.A. Boots supports.
► Not from from the Regent, The Head and the Heart and Los Colognes team up at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. [That's the Head and the Heart's video for "Let's Be Still" above.]
► The legendary Peter Hook headlines the Fonda Theater as part of Peter Hook & the Light.
Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, Crying, Somos and Walter Mitty & His Makeshift Orchestra at the Roxy Theatre. [Check out Modern Baseball’s “Pothole” from Tuesday.]
Alesso brings a night of electronica to the Shrine Expo Hall. Stellar opens.
Amanda Palmer plays an intimate show at the First Unitarian Church.
The Dream Syndicate and Froth are at the Echoplex. [Check out the Dream Syndicate’s “Sure Thing” from Thursday.]
► And the Bots takes on the Bootleg HiFi with Death Valley Girls and Mild High Club as support.

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Stream: Yumi Zouma, ‘Alena’

by Seraphina Lotkhamnga on November 21, 2014

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Yumi Zouma is another one of those bands that came together without actually coming together until it was time to perform and tour with acts like Lorde. Charlie Ryder and Josh Burgess (who now work in NY) met up with fellow Kiwi Kim Pflaum (and some ideas for songs) via Dropbox for the most part. However, their music as Yumi Zouma (along with their soft ’80s artwork featuring a girl with perfectly feathered hair) sounds anything but sterile. It’s dream-pop meets chillwave with Plfaum’s hushed vocals draping synth beats that seem to roll like the waves to a young child standing in front of the ocean for the first time. Songs like “The Brae” quickly turned fans’ of Tennis and Real Estate to their EP, which opened with “A Long Walk Home From Parted Lovers” — a track that could easily been mistaken for a Toro Y Moi song if Chaz Bundick happened to sound more feminine. Their latest single “Alena” bounces a little more alongside Classixx and RAC but still has that delicate touch to call their own. Yumi Zouma’s self-titled EP is out now via Cascine.

||| Stream: “Alena” and “A Long Walk Home For Parted Lovers”

||| Live: Yumi Zouma performs tonight at the Bootleg with Brett and Victoria Bergsman (Taken By Trees/The Concretes) (DJ set)

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Cold War Kids hold their own at hometown show

by Kevin Bronson on November 21, 2014

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Five albums into their career, Cold War Kids bear little resemblance to the spindly quartet that lurched out of Orange County 10 years ago on a riff and a prayer. Only Nathan Willett, with his dinnerware-rattling caterwaul, and peripatetic bassist Matt Maust remain from the original lineup.

And everything has gotten bigger: those riffs, thanks to ex-Modest Mouse/Murder City Devils guitarist Dann Gallucci; the rhythms, courtesy of ex-Modest Mouse/Shins drummer Joe Plummer; and the keyboards via Matthew Schwartz of L.A.’s Chasing Kings. Oh, and despite their albums having been panned more often than seared ahi, Cold War Kids’ crowds have grown too. If any of the 1,100 fans who packed the Regent Theater on Thursday night were put off by mixed reviews of the quintet’s latest, “Hold My Home,” it didn’t show.
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Video: Peals, ‘Lonestar’

by Britt Witt on November 21, 2014

If we didn’t name drop William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Double Dagger) you would likely pass over Peals as just another band you’ve never heard of. Like their revered bands, Peals is emotive and textured, harping on intimacy and the gentleness of electric guitar picks. The Baltimore-based duo tethered to Thrill Jockey (where both of their other bands got their start) to release the “Walking Field” EP in 2013, an eight-song, slow-motion workout of lonely melodies and familiar sonic qualities. Although feedback and walkie-talkie improvisation aren’t as prominent in “Lonestar,” the song carries organic crackles and totes their stripped-down compositions. The video, credited as “featuring Bobby” and directed by Scott Braid, compliments the track with long takes and slow pans that enhance the haunting dearth surrounding the river-dancing trio. While 2015 is slated for a two-song cassette release titled “Seltzer” you can bide the time by watching their other perfect visual pairings on their website.

||| Live: Peals perform tonight at the Satellite with Hemlock Ernst (Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands) and The Flavr Blue.

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Buzz Bands LA Show, today at 11 on Indie FM

by Kevin Bronson on November 21, 2014

IndependentFM-square copyThe Buzz Bands LA Show returns to an Internet near you at 11 a.m. today with 120 minutes of music from SoCal artists who cover a wide sonic spectrum. Join me on The Independent FM for new tunes from Robert DeLong, YACHT, the Legendary House Cats, Susan, Vicious Kicks, Earth Like Planets, Brooklyn Pets, Superhumanoids, the Fontaines and IO Echo, along with tracks from recent album releases by Bell Gardens, Ariel Pink, Noah and the MegaFauna and Springtime Carnivore. Below, there’s a full playlist, a stream of the show and absolutely no hidden messages:

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Ears Wide Open: Susan

by Kevin Bronson on November 21, 2014

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Los Angeles has a long lineage of female-fronted bands who dispense three-minute Sweet Tarts, and the tuneful takedowns you hear from power-pop trio Susan have the same get-up-and-Go-Go. The band — guitarist Jessica Owen, bassist Beth Borwell and drummer Kate Fern — recently released its “Just Call It” EP as a limited-edition 7-inch via San Diego’s Volar Records; it’s three songs totaling seven minutes, with enough crackle and pop to make you eager for Susan’s forthcoming cassette release on Burger Records. Can’t think of a catchier way to get dumped than when Owen sings: “I’m getting ready to call it quits / ’Cause I’m getting sick of all your sh*t.”

||| Stream: “Just Call It” and “Pancakes”

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Video premiere: Figs Vision, ‘Backwards’

by Kevin Bronson on November 21, 2014

The “mystic pop” of L.A. quartet Figs Vision filters old soul and aching balladry through modern technology, creating synth-scapes that bend notes and percolate emotion. The new video for the song “Backwards” takes a similarly avant-garde tack, as a rotation of eight or so dancers give their bodies to the groove, often in unusual ways. The video, produced by Una Projects, was directed by Jake Saner, with choreography by Chuck Wilt. The songs appears on the debut album “Mothers,” which came out in July, from the quartet of singer-guitarist Jordan Spoliansky, Zackary Darling and Gunner and Storm Sixx.

||| Live: Figs Vision performs Monday night at the Echo as part of Wartime Recitals’ residency, along with the End of Summer and Jag Sun.

||| Previously: “Know to Run”

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Your freaky, fabulous Friday:

FKA twigs — so stunning back in August at the El Rey Theatre — does the first of two sold-out nights at the Regent Theater, with Boots supporting. Above, the clip for “Video Girl.”
► Seattle folk singer Noah Gundersen [see “Ledges”] visits the El Rey Theatre, with the Wild Reeds and Angelo de Augustine supporting.
Purling Hiss rocks Jewel’s Catch One behind their latest album “Weirdon.”
► It’s a second night of Capital Cities, Sneaky Sound System and Night Terrors of 1927 at the Fonda Theatre.
► L.A. duo Freedom Fry celebrate the release of “Fan Club” at the Hotel Café on a night that also features sets from Mount Saint, Death Has No Dominion & Lael Neale and the New Peter Gabrielz.
Kurt Vile & the Violators play the First Unitarian Church; get there early for Air Review and Little Tybee.
► Oh, and some fellow named Usher plays the Staples Center, supported by August Alsina and DJ Cassidy.

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Video: Arrica Rose & the …’s, ‘The Shallow End’

by Kevin Bronson on November 20, 2014

What? You’ve never danced alone in front of the jukebox before? I’m not sure we have anything to talk about. For those who have, here’s a new Arrica Rose song to inspire some solitary moves, although we’re not quite sure they’ll have the same intimacy in front of a YouTube video. “The Shallow End” comes from the new album from Arrica Rose & the …’s, “Wavefunction,” a sumptuous collection of old-school torch songs that, as we noted in October, was sequenced and produced just for vinyl, with a Side A of frisky songs and a Side B of intimate, downtempo numbers. So fish out some coins: Rose’s dusky vocals on “The Shallow End” (and on her salute to Roy Orbison, a cover of “In Dreams”) are a serenade for those moments of temporary solace.

||| Live: Arrica Rose & the …’s play the Silverlake Lounge on Dec. 12.

||| Previously: “Love You Like That,” “We Made Out Alright”

||| Also: Below, watch Matt Eskew’s video for Rose’s cover of Roy Orbison’s “Only in Dreams”

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