Extended Play Archive

  • Let’s be clear, Luna Aura is an extraterrestrial in no uncertain terms. She is not of this Earth, I can’t prove it, but I’ve met her on many occasion and that only makes me more confident of this opinion. I assume her mission on this planet is to deliver quirky, danceable and intensely catchy Cosmic Dream Pop Electronica with a breathy voice that gives the soul chills with its sultry beauty. Here sophomore release is the Supernova EP and it’s every bit as addictive and fascinating as her debut which was delivered late last year.  This time, I have to...

    Luna Aura – Supernova EP

    Let’s be clear, Luna Aura is an extraterrestrial in no uncertain terms. She is not of this Earth, I can’t prove it, but I’ve met her on many occasion and that only makes me more confident of this opinion. I assume her mission on this planet is to deliver quirky, danceable and intensely catchy Cosmic Dream Pop Electronica with a breathy voice that gives the soul chills with its sultry beauty. Here sophomore release is the Supernova EP and it’s every bit as addictive and fascinating as her debut which was delivered late last year.  This time, I have to...

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  • Do you like garage rock? Have you ever thought that there might be a garage rock gene? I’ve been thinking about this a lot since I heard the debut album from Le Zets entitled Deadweight. When Nicole Laurenne(The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Zero Zero) told me that her 17 year old daughter had started a band, I was pretty sure that I was in for something good. It turns out that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree, that’s for sure. Margo Swann’s vocals also sound remarkably close to her mom’s with a touch of vitriol mixed in ala Chelsey...

    Le Zets – Deadweight

    Do you like garage rock? Have you ever thought that there might be a garage rock gene? I’ve been thinking about this a lot since I heard the debut album from Le Zets entitled Deadweight. When Nicole Laurenne(The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Zero Zero) told me that her 17 year old daughter had started a band, I was pretty sure that I was in for something good. It turns out that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree, that’s for sure. Margo Swann’s vocals also sound remarkably close to her mom’s with a touch of vitriol mixed in ala Chelsey...

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  • In 2013, in no uncertain terms, my favorite local album was Living Dreams by There Is Danger. I still play that album on a regular basis. Born from the ashes of The Whisperlights, Ills Riske had sojourned on to make some of my favorite music in the valley to this day. Their follow up EP, Gold Mine, is no different in this matter. First of all, Riske may be one of the more underrated songwriters in the entire town, secondly, he has an ear for chiming, amazing indie rock that should just grab your heart and run with it. The...

    There Is Danger – Gold Mine EP

    In 2013, in no uncertain terms, my favorite local album was Living Dreams by There Is Danger. I still play that album on a regular basis. Born from the ashes of The Whisperlights, Ills Riske had sojourned on to make some of my favorite music in the valley to this day. Their follow up EP, Gold Mine, is no different in this matter. First of all, Riske may be one of the more underrated songwriters in the entire town, secondly, he has an ear for chiming, amazing indie rock that should just grab your heart and run with it. The...

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  • It’s probably old news by now, but Leonardo DiCapricorn is no more. Luckily, they did not disband before playing a final show (which was amazing) and leaving us with a parting gift in the form of the Friends, Anemones EP.  It happens to be a perfect send off to an all too short lived band that lit up the scene with their intrinsic mania for less than two years. It starts with “B-Day Song” which is an insane rant about both confusion and birthdays. “Bummer Daze” is pretty much the star of the show and easily the perfect AZ single...

    Farewell to Leonardo DiCapricorn

    It’s probably old news by now, but Leonardo DiCapricorn is no more. Luckily, they did not disband before playing a final show (which was amazing) and leaving us with a parting gift in the form of the Friends, Anemones EP.  It happens to be a perfect send off to an all too short lived band that lit up the scene with their intrinsic mania for less than two years. It starts with “B-Day Song” which is an insane rant about both confusion and birthdays. “Bummer Daze” is pretty much the star of the show and easily the perfect AZ single...

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  • If you are unfamiliar with Van Adams it’s not a surprise, but you may be familiar with their former identity as Villains, or not. This is the indie electronica duo of Yvette Adams and Ivan Hernandez. As Villains they had a drummer, and now they have a drum machine and a lot more synths going on–somehow, no strength is lost, in fact they’ve gotten stronger and stranger in one fell swoop. I fell in love with this duo at the start of this year and have been hounding them since for a release and it’s finally here. There are many...

    Van Adams Debut EP

    If you are unfamiliar with Van Adams it’s not a surprise, but you may be familiar with their former identity as Villains, or not. This is the indie electronica duo of Yvette Adams and Ivan Hernandez. As Villains they had a drummer, and now they have a drum machine and a lot more synths going on–somehow, no strength is lost, in fact they’ve gotten stronger and stranger in one fell swoop. I fell in love with this duo at the start of this year and have been hounding them since for a release and it’s finally here. There are many...

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  • It’s a little difficult to wrap my head around the fact that Banana Gun is celebrating their five year anniversary this week. Granted, I’ve been writing about local music for nearly seven years, but it seemed that when things just got started rolling around here Banana Gun was a part of the new emerging scene. Now, half a decade later, they are one of the top local bands and seasoned veterans at that. Across five years they have released one studio EP (more of a mini-album/short full album), two brilliant full lengths and a live EP–all to critical praise, including...

    Banana Gun Celebrates Five Years With A Show And A New EP!

    It’s a little difficult to wrap my head around the fact that Banana Gun is celebrating their five year anniversary this week. Granted, I’ve been writing about local music for nearly seven years, but it seemed that when things just got started rolling around here Banana Gun was a part of the new emerging scene. Now, half a decade later, they are one of the top local bands and seasoned veterans at that. Across five years they have released one studio EP (more of a mini-album/short full album), two brilliant full lengths and a live EP–all to critical praise, including...

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  • The Woolly Bandits from Los Angeles have now become the fifth artist to join 80/20 Records roster and to celebrate they have released a furiously paced six song EP to celebrate this! Joining labelmates Captain Squeegee, Fairy Bones, Zero Zero and Statues of Cats (also from LA) they add another definitive layer of exciting Garage Rock to the growing local label. I recently caught The Woolly Bandits at the Lowview Magazine release party and they happened to let it slip that they had just joined 80/20 Records and I was pretty much beyond excited. They are a great band (it...

    The Woolly Bandits Join 80/20 Records With A New EP!!!

    The Woolly Bandits from Los Angeles have now become the fifth artist to join 80/20 Records roster and to celebrate they have released a furiously paced six song EP to celebrate this! Joining labelmates Captain Squeegee, Fairy Bones, Zero Zero and Statues of Cats (also from LA) they add another definitive layer of exciting Garage Rock to the growing local label. I recently caught The Woolly Bandits at the Lowview Magazine release party and they happened to let it slip that they had just joined 80/20 Records and I was pretty much beyond excited. They are a great band (it...

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  • Every now and then, you have an EP land in your lap and you have to write about it immediately. This has happened to me a lot lately. The most recent variation on this them is the Slow Approaching Nothing EP by Daisy Face. I have heard about this band here and there, but I haven’t caught them live and missed out on their first EP. Everyone told me that I’d love them, that they were total shoegazing stuff I could really dig into and I should check them out. Well, they were right in one of those aspects, I...

    Daisy Face – Slow Approaching Nothing

    Every now and then, you have an EP land in your lap and you have to write about it immediately. This has happened to me a lot lately. The most recent variation on this them is the Slow Approaching Nothing EP by Daisy Face. I have heard about this band here and there, but I haven’t caught them live and missed out on their first EP. Everyone told me that I’d love them, that they were total shoegazing stuff I could really dig into and I should check them out. Well, they were right in one of those aspects, I...

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  • So I had never actually pondered that B.O.T.S. and Celebration Guns would sound so freaking good together until I got a hold of The Wondergaze Split. Granted, I knew that Celebration Guns sounded good with Twin Ponies because of their split release and countless live shows in which I’ve seen them together, but I never pondered this combination. I should have, I have an ear for sound and usually match make perfect sets in my head of lineups for evenings I’ll probably never see, so it bothers me that this never occurred to me in my mind. These are two...

    B.O.T.S & Celebration Guns Present: The Wondergaze Split

    So I had never actually pondered that B.O.T.S. and Celebration Guns would sound so freaking good together until I got a hold of The Wondergaze Split. Granted, I knew that Celebration Guns sounded good with Twin Ponies because of their split release and countless live shows in which I’ve seen them together, but I never pondered this combination. I should have, I have an ear for sound and usually match make perfect sets in my head of lineups for evenings I’ll probably never see, so it bothers me that this never occurred to me in my mind. These are two...

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  • And now for something completely different. To say that The Hill In Mind brings adventurous excursions in music to the local scene is an understatement. I have mentioned their charming weirdness before and now upon the release of their second EP Thimble, I will say it again. First of all, it’s clever that they found a word that begins with an acronym for the band name, I don’t dare ask what “BLE” stands for, if anything, but it’s a brilliant use of “THIM”. Secondly, this is not the EP that you would expect to follow up their debut, not in...

    The Hill In Mind – Thimble EP

    And now for something completely different. To say that The Hill In Mind brings adventurous excursions in music to the local scene is an understatement. I have mentioned their charming weirdness before and now upon the release of their second EP Thimble, I will say it again. First of all, it’s clever that they found a word that begins with an acronym for the band name, I don’t dare ask what “BLE” stands for, if anything, but it’s a brilliant use of “THIM”. Secondly, this is not the EP that you would expect to follow up their debut, not in...

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