The Pictureplane tour stop in Los Angeles saw him as an addition to Check Yo Ponytail 2, a recurring Tuesday night coalition of IHEARTCOMIX and The Echoplex. Word on the street was that UK's Holy Other had to drop from the bill due to illness...

Born With Stripes is a chameleon of an album. It starts off with a catchy, pop -- "accessible indie," as I like to call it -- number, entitled "We Don't Know Who We Are." This album has so many varied styles (from blues to psychedelic to Indian-influenced) that I don't think this album quite knows who it is; but that's okay.

This first track and its two subsequent tracks have been on consistent rotation in my brain since I first listened to this disc. Track two, "I Like The Way You Walk," is a very inviting tune, and it does associate well with "We Don't Know Who We Are"; these two songs are from the same family, as it were. However, track three, "Bloodhound," enters the scene and all bets are off. This is the stone cold blues track of Born With Stripes. It is easily my vote for best track on the entire album. With lines like, "I'll need a bloodhound just to track her down, but she'll be mine again," and carefully-placed background "oooo-oooo"'s, it is difficult not to love this song. But that's the genius of blues; it is a stereotypically cool genre of music (and what a nice stereotype to have!).

The "West Coast Raga" and later "East Coast Raga" would fit in well as B-Sides to The Beatles' 1966 classic Revolver, with their sitar sounds, spiraling guitar lines, and hypnotic basslines and drum beats. These tracks stick out and clash with the other tracks until about halfway through these songs, when the listener gets enveloped by them; and, at that point, it is all aural gravy. A friend overheard me listening to "Bullfrog Blues" and said it could very easily be a lost Lovin' Spoonful track. On that note, I feel that "New Blue Stockings" has a Doors-y or Jefferson Airplane-y motif to it. So, the '60s are represented very well in this disc.

Mississippi Studios Portland, OR 2011 - 04/12 Cults are the prime example of a remarkable hype-driven story -- of a faceless band lacking a full album, yet still manages to land a high-profile gig like Coachella. I can't tell you who exactly is in the band due to...

Just wanted to share this lovely acoustic performance of So-Cal duo Kisses, performing "Bermuda." So into this band right now. Their actual MV's aren't super exciting, so this will have to do. ...

Love them or hate them, Rufio's brand of Southern California pop-punk is equal parts melody and slick guitar noodling. A majority of their appeal lies heavily on singer Scott Sellers' ability to convincingly sing about a myriad of topics whether it's the fickle scene...

There has been a recent surge of drummer/guitarist combos playing a brash brand of lo-fi rock with punk influences. Throughout all the hype -- both positive and negative -- these various acts have been garnering across the nation, No Age has continued to do its own thing, and in the process, has amassed critical acclaim along the way. The notorious DIY duo from Los Angeles is picking up right where they left off with their new full length, Everything In Between.

 

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Seahaven came across my inbox as something that was for fans of Crime In Stereo. I usually hate the "RIYL" stickers because they usually sound nothing like those bands. Case in point: Seahaven. While I can understand the Crime In Stereo comparison, I would venture...

Dogs are the name of this game, with dogs reflected in sunglasses and dogs licking earlobes galore. I'm not entirely sure how the chaps in this video can stand having puppies make out with their peanut buttery necks, but it's okay. Guests include Patty Schemel...

At first listen, The Royal Heist may sound like they're riding the coattails of bands like The Bravery and Bloc Party, but their full-length album, Midnight In The Garden Of Evil, is actually quite infectious in its own right. There's no question that The Royal Heist...

Italian Japanese are an alt-rock band from Southern California established by Allen Nicholas (lead vocals, guitar) and Chris McLaughlin (guitar, keys) and rounded out by additional members (Greene, Rodriguez, and Willis). While their debut LP The Lush, Romantic Weirdness would fit nicely in the iTunes...