Surfacing

Brother/Sister – “Opossum”

There is a bond between siblings that can never be recreated, regardless of how close a friendship is. It is an unspoken connection that often results in an understanding of how to bring out the best (or worst) in one another. Theo and Sasha Spielberg, siblings by adoption, clearly have that mystical chemistry. In fact […]

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Mount Moriah – “Lament”

To say that Mount Moriah’s sound is timeless, is sort of a cop out.  “Timeless” just seems like this over-arching descriptor that doesn’t really mean anything anymore, or rather can’t be proven true until time really does take its toll.  So, I’ll avoid that adjective, although tempting it might be.  Mount Moriah’s sound can best […]

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We Are Augustines – “Book Of James”

Ok, I know the first thing you are going to say.  Yes, We Are Augustines shares some uncanny similarities with Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire.  We agree on that.  But creating a sound as massive and emotionally charged as each of the previous bands is not something you can just one day decide to replicate. […]

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Doldrums – “Im Homesick Sittin Up Here In My Satellite”

Toronto-based Doldrums is a mess.  But, a really good mess.  Something like the mess that is left around the house from a Saturday night that seems all too foggy the next day. “I’m Homesick Sittin Up Here In My Satellite” is chaos, lead off by a drummer who’s arms seem to build up momentum to […]

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Races – “Big Broom”

Up-and-coming indie act Races are quickly gaining a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in Los Angeles. Formerly known as Black Jesus, this indie sextet shed their old name and took a hands-on approach to releasing a debut album. Shortly after raising $3,000 on kickstarter.com to pay for a self-release, they were signed […]

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Bwana – “Baby, Let Me Finish”

An integral part to every group of friends is that “toxic couple”.  You know that couple that seems to follow the path of extremes starting at “I hate you” to “Oh, I’m so sorry I just…” to “I can’t live without you”.  As annoying as that can be on a nightly basis, every once in […]

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Sleeping Bags – “Park”

There is a bar on the East side of Los Angeles called The Shortstop.  A homey, dimly-lit watering hole who’s highlight would be the mid-sized dance floor.  On any given Saturday, you’ll find the space crammed with patrons spinning to 80’s tunes as a disco ball scatters light amongst the crowd.  It’s here, probably just […]

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Stone Darling – “All I Wanna Do”

“All I Wanna Do” by L.A. natives, Stone Darling, is the song I hope a girl will write about me one day.  Their is an overwhelming sense of purity in the lyrics and performance which perfectly captures the sense of longing found in the line, “All I wanna do is be with you”.  A line […]

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