Hindu Pirates, out of Huntington Beach, includes five young dudes (all 18 to 21), who are fusing garage rock and blues…definitely in a similar vein as Fidlar, Allah-Las, The Soft Pack and Surfer Blood. They have all been friends since high school ( which was only about 3 years ago for most of them), where they also launched the band as well. The band has received great support from Hurley (4-son g EP + performing at the upcoming US Open of Surfing with Grouplove and White Arrows). Recently, the guys opened for Delta Spirit and Tijuana Panthers at The Observatory, and have also performed with Allah-Las, Har Mar Superstar, JJMAZ, Gantez Warrior and many other local standouts at well-known venues in OC and LA.
“Rife with skittering summer drum beats, twangy guitar riffs and slap back vocals, the new song “Be My Friend” could fit very snugly into the Pirates’ catalog of dirty, upbeat garage tunes that happily ride the wave of classic sounds a la the Trashmen and the Surfaris and surf rock’s other modern day practitioners.” -OC Weekly
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See them at The Echo EVERY MONDAY for their Monday Night Residency!
6.3.13: Hindu Pirates, Blank Tapes, Beach Party, Rainbow Jackson
6.10.13: Hindu Pirates, Dead Ships, The Sinclairs, Blnx
6.17.13 (at Echoplex): Hindu Pirates, Blackfeet Braves, Santoros, Fellow Bohemian
6.24.13: Hindu Pirates, Feeding People, Dirt Dress, Froth
Diving head-first into his singer-songwriter side, Mikal Cronin’s solo project captures his deeply rooted therapeutic process of coming to terms with the feelings of an ensuing break-up, college finally coming to an end, and the geographic isolation of the west-side. Coupled with the guidance of long time friend Ty Segall ranging from collaboration to touring, and the sonically epic recording of Eric Bauer- Mikal Cronin with his sophomore release MCII has reached a new height of creative expression. Just wait until you hear it live.
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More tickets now available! See Mikal Cronin with Pangea & Gap Dream at The Echo on Friday, May 24th for only $12, click here for tickets!
Haunted Summer crafts languid pop music, adorned with orchestral strings and electronic textures that recall Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips.-Candice Aman (KXSC Radio) Their brand of dream pop feels timeless, with just the right amount of youthful nostalgia to woo your ears into submission. Moody’s smooth, light as air vocals captivate like a siren of the sea, while the arrangements are lush and seductive, but never pushy. It’s a delightful combination that has the power to fill any lazy summer day with an extra bit of magic. -Jacqueline Caruso (The National Deli Magazine) There’s no question that whatever is haunting Moody and Seasons is steering the duo toward a beautiful place. -Kevin Bronson (Buzzbands LA) Windswept vocals, sultry strings and spacey guitar blend together beautifully. The whole thing is mysterious and engrossing enough that it gets under your skin and stirs your own private nostalgia. -Billy Gil (Amoeba Blog)
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See Haunted Summer with White Dove, Draemings & Simone White at The Echo on Friday, May 26th for only $5, click here for tickets!
Baby Alpaca is an American singer/songwriter. Born in Ohio in 1984, his birth name is Christopher Caleb Kittrell. He was raised on a farm outside of Cincinnati.
“When I was 7 I would walk around the woods in Ohio and sing to the birds. Look at the skies through the trees and dream about what was beyond sight. I started listening to my moms records and cassettes. Fell in love with rock n’ roll, “Dirty Dancing”, and was so curious about the “Pretty Woman” Roy Orbison sang of. In elementary school I was on stage singing “What a Wonderful World” with my classmates and knew I wanted to be a performer for life.”
He began singing, painting, and writing poems/stories about what he saw in life. “The Songs that I sing are a reflection of what I see in the world. A celebration of love, life, freedom, and loss. One of my favorites is called “We Belong Together” It’s an observation of things I’ve seen in nature. The cycle of life and energy. And that the only comfort we truly have is to be with each other. The way the sun and the moon rotate together. The life cycle of a caterpillar/butterfly. How rain evaporates, leaves dry, and clouds cry. Making rivers rush and seagulls flock. Forever, we stick together because we are all lost.”
Curiosity lead Kittrell to New York City, where he met fellow bandmate, guitarist and pianist, Zach McMillan. The past 3 years they have been performing and putting together a full band. After writing over 100 songs the first studio record is almost finished with production.
The equation is simple - One French girl + one American guy = the band Freedom Fry (Parisian born Marie Seyrat and New York City’s Bruce Driscoll). Let The Games Begin, their debut EP, is a collection of 5 songs featuring a minimalistic sound of driving beats combined with various organic instrumentation - from autoharps and ukuleles to harpsichords and dulcimers. Marie’s breathy, soft, French-accented vocals combine hauntingly with Bruce’s in both English and French.
Their following singles Earthquake and Summer in the City garnered rave reviews from Glamour, Les Inrockuptibles, Nylon Magazine, and American Apparel’s Viva Radio blog. They continue to write songs for their debut LP and in the meantime they’re releasing a steady stream of singles & videos leading up to its release.
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Los Angeles based duo Hotel Cinema was formed in 2012 by Mark Hadley & Keeley Bumford. The two became friends during their college years in Boston and became more than friends after they both separately moved to LA. They started writing songs with the sole intention of exploring original production without any preconceived notions or expectations, and eventually had enough material to release their self titled debut EP in January of 2013. With beautiful melodies and intricate orchestration of electronic and organic elements, Hotel Cinema has crafted a unique cinematic sound that weaves in and out of reality. Making their KCRW debut only 3 days after the release, the EP has put Hotel Cinema on the radar as an emerging artist to keep an eye on in 2013.
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If there is a middle ground between Katy Perry and Bjork (or pop and experimental) in contemporary popular music, holychild is it. Based out of Los Angeles, CA, holychild’s most recent music video “Best Friends” was premiered by MTV Buzzworthy who said it will be, “the song of the summer.
“Chvrches have a knack for ambitious electro-pop familiar to fans of the Knife— it’s no coincidence one of their songs is named “The Mother We Share”— and the Scottish outfit’s latest single, “Recover”, is another prime example of how far they can launch off of a standard verse-blown-out chorus-verse template. Dramatic two-part melodies billow over a beat that gallops and shimmers like a unicorn…” — Pitchfork
“A group that nails crunchy pop hooks with an ‘80s lean” — Billboard
“This is electro-pop that shimmers only when the tears are washed from its speaker cones. Debut single The Mother We Share rightly caused something of a stir with its accessible yet ambitious synth angles, positioned somewhere between Robyn and The Knife. Undeniably sad but also euphoric, it’s a captivating calling card that sets them apart in 2013. — BBC
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Flume is a 20 year old beatmaker from Sydney. He got his first taste for producing at age 13 from the most unlikely of places – a music production program he found in a cereal box. Taking a no-holds-barred attitude to music creation Flume takes inspiration from a wide variety of sources and scenes distilling his sound into a melodic bass heavy style of his own. International press has come from tastemaking sources including XLR8R (USA – 8.6/10 review), Lodown Magazine (UK – 8/10 review) & Electronic Beats (Germany). In Australia, Flume has received strong support from leading youth broadcaster Triple J (morning Host Zan Rowe naming ‘Sleepless’ as her “Catch of The Day”) and community radio nationally, with high rotation on RRR, PBS, RTR, FBi and 2ser.
Flume is getting significant buzz online with ‘Sleepless’ amassing 500,000+ plays on YouTube, and 120,000+ on Soundcloud and his facebook page has 23,000+ fans in less than a year of being online. Sleepless was soft released in August 2011 and has been #1 on the iTunes Australia Electronic Chart for several weeks and in the top 10 for several months. Flume has also featured on a vinyl co-release with Anna Lunoe and has released remixes for Hermitude, Junior Boys, Onra, The Aston Shuffle and Ta-ku.
London band on Kitsune, with a debut album out now!
“Prepare to have your mind warped, your soul ravaged, and your record collection well and truly deconstructed.” —NME
“Fizzy, danceable synthrock recalls the heyday of Franz Ferdinand and, um, Moving Units. In fact FF’s Alex Kapranos produced Citizens!’s debut album, Here We Are, which is out now via keepers-of-the-flame label, Kitsune. —Brooklyn Vegan
Don’t miss them with Lovelife, Torches, DJ Brandon (The Burning Ear)!
Merchandise is the result of years and years of hallucinatory heat and musical quarantine in the skinhead mecca of Tampa, FL. A trio-gone-duo-gone-trio again, the band has been active since 2008, releasing numerous cassettes and CD-R’s, along with two full-length LP’s on Katorga Works. It’s members (RCC, PDB, DMV) all have strong roots in the underground punk community, having released records and toured with much too many acts to be mentioned in this fragment of a bio.
2012’s “Children of Desire” marks a turning point for the band. Their initial post-punk palette has begun to actively incorporate various influences from krautrock soundscapes to country ballads, from 1950’s crooners to Madchester dopers. Sounds and ambitions have grown and multiplied. The platform continues to grow and the future remains uncertain, but Merchandise show no signs of slowing down. Expect more tours and records and movies and books and etc and and and…
Don’t miss them with Ducktails, Wet Hair & Mark McGuire!
MWC are a thrilling modern duo with tour de force dynamics yet a lingering afterburn in both sound and vision. Their intensely atmospheric sonic palette combines manic and eerie synth pulses, glacial guitar ripples, heavy bass and haunting vocals that describe a relentlessly compelling world view – uneasy, heavy, confrontational. As MWC’s Tomas Greenhalf says, “You don’t know whether to dance to us or just listen to it, and wallow in it.”
From stormy to subtle, swooning to haunting, scorching to soothing, Man Without Country are many things. Yet they stand alone in modern music. Get to know thy enemy…
“South Wales duo (or trio at their live shows) Man Without Country make the kind of electro-shoegaze of M83, who they’ve toured with and remixed (listen below), and also pull in influences from 21st century disco and Postal Service-y emotronica.”- Brooklyn Vegan
Don’t miss them with Sir Sly, Bear Mountain & Houses!
WHY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS IT: THURSTON MOORE. That name alone should get you up and running to this show, but there is so much more to CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING, whose name by the way is taken from the now defunct NYC moving company once ran by Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Accompanied by Samara Lubelski on “deep psyche pop metal bass guitar,” Keith Wood on electric guitar played with a “pick forged from angel wing,” and John “Pegasus” Moloney, who according to the quartet’s bio, “approaches the drums like an asteroid hurtling toward Earth,” Moore finds himself at the cusp of new artistic freedoms.
With Sonic Youth on an indefinite hiatus and the weight of thirty years of expectations lifted from him, Moore with CLM sounds liberated and raw, never letting you forget for a second why he is one of the forefathers of noise-rock. For example listen to “Mohawk.”
While there is always mourning to be done when one of your favorite bands goes on hiatus, CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING is proof that there is also a great deal of excitement surrounding a post-Sonic Youth Thurston Moore career. This feels like just the beginning. If you miss this, you will probably cry. Actually, not probably, you will most definitely cry.
“Since Nightlands’ second full-length album Oak Island was released last month, we’ve been fascinated by Dave Hartley’s songwriting process, especially for the track “Nico”. The dreamy four minute ballad was written right after Hartley’s nephew was born and playfully reminiscent of a lullaby from the ’70s…You can find yourself lost in the song’s ethereal state with the hundred melodic voices behind the Spanish guitar that’s melded in with dreamy synths within the track.” -FILTER
Nightlands is the recording project of Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist Dave Hartley. The music he creates in his bedroom is itself a bed of delicate, chiming strings and bubbling synths beneath a blanket of choral vocal arrangements. It’s dreamy in the literal sense — the seeds for the album were sown when Hartley began archiving musical ideas that occurred in his sleep with a simple bedside tape recorder. As a result his debut album Forget the Mantra is, in essence, a field recording of Hartley’s dreams — a travel journal through pop music and a collection of psych-hymns from the first human lunar colony. The songs sound both huge and intimate, breathy and cavernous like massive echoes of a faraway concert. It’s the big, shadow music from just across the lake.
“A place where nostalgia and modernism collide, ‘Something Else’ is an album of string-laden, keyboard-heavy folk from a man called Søren Løkke Juul, aka Indians.” -NME
“On his first full-length album, Somewhere Else (out Jan. 29), he masters a kind of quiet adventurousness; it’s remarkable headphone music that reaches both the heart and the loneliest reaches of the heavens.” -NPR
“Imagine taking the log cabin narrative of For Emma, Forever Ago, but transplanting it from rural Wisconsin to a lonely lunar space station.” -Under the Radar
Indians are from Copenhagen.
Indians’ universe is magical, full of fables and (painful) love.
Indians’ music is dreamy, with roots in the psychedelic folk, and fingers deep in today’s poetic and romantic topsoil.
Don’t miss your opportunity to see them with Night Beds & Cat Martino.