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February 2016
Jo Kusy
"You Break Me
Jo Kusy (Far-Out Fangtooth, The Whips) cultivates an eclectic, lo-fi daydream on his new full-length album, You Break Me. The record is currently available for purchase/download, and will be found on limited cassette on February 12 via Kusy’s own imprint Kooze Kontrol.
The album’s opener “Long Gone Angel” establishes the LP’s loose-moving atmosphere, as guitar trickles into a percussive/bass-oriented roll. The instrumentation briefly drops out, giving way to an a cappella moment and then a sax solo, before falling back into form. The bass-forward nature of “Only a Night,” coupled with its synth, thrusts one into a danceable framework. Background vocals soften the lead. In the insta-funky “All Go To Heaven,” Kusy proclaims, “Get down, hear the sound, boogie-woogie shake your claim…”
“Before You Opened Your Mouth” shifts into a light youthful disposition, reflected in its humorous lyrics - “Old people acting young, it’s ok cause its only fun/young people acting old, they sound stupid…” “Ghost Funk Lesson” drops into a sly island vibration - reminiscent of The Police, while “1st Place (But They Told Me 5th) develops a eerie tone with its heavy-footed thump and the mysterious whisper of the vocals. “All the creeps come out from the woodwork, as the sun begins to rise.”
With its sinister stir, “New Devil Beat” perpetuates a throbbing pulse, and “Cherry Pickin’ Baby” rides a thick bass-line to accentuate its heavier playful spin on rockabilly. Shedding some weight, “Silk Paradise” gently glides, paced by the clean snap of drums and unobtrusive guitar runs. Closing with its title-track “You Break Me,” the tail end of the LP rides a steady, floating wave; a heady trip punctuated by a stealthy stretch of guitar work, throwing some fire into the meditative calm.
You Break Me is a fun, unpretentious album that easily gets the head bobbing and toes tapping with its minimalist approach. It’s a sleeper that you definitely shouldn’t sleep on. - Michael Colavita

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Some Gifts unveils "All Washed Up" from upcoming debut full-length Win Instantly

A feeling of abject despair comes from somewhere deep in "All Washed Up", the latest single from trio Some Gifts. Lead singer Vic Lzar's guttural cry is a clear indication that things might not be going so well, all while sporting a thick, seething riff that erupts with increasing force. But there's also a melodic edge to their no-frills delivery, a pop song in disguise that hits with just the right amount of grit. 

"All Washed Up" will be featured on their debut album Win Instantly, which is scheduled for an official digital release on March 12th. And if this highly-caffeinated power punch is your cup of tea, then don't miss their record release show at Casey's Irish Pub - it promises to be a good one. 


Adult Books release video for "Suburban Girlfriend"

 Fuzz pop trio Adult Books are set to release their debut full-length, Running from the Blows, on March 4th through Lollipop/Burger Records. they've just released a video for the insatiably catchy "Suburban Girlfriend", which features the band playing around in the suburbs as if they've regressed to their younger selves.  

Watch the video below, and make sure to catch their residency at The Echo throughout the month of February. 


Folk trio WILD release "Vagabond", shows in Los Angeles and New York

Los Angeles folk trio WILD got started in different areas of the music industry: Kristina Antuna tracked vocals for EDM projects, while guitarists Zach DeGaetano and Tyler Thompson worked as music writers. An eventful writing session for music briefs diverged to their first single "Stay", leading the three to their self-titled debut album. Now, the band's newly released single "Vagabond" spins bright-eyed, anthemic hooks and arpeggios with an acoustic twang as Kristina Antuna nods to a life's path — perhaps theirs — trailing off into the unknown. We point them towards the direction of Run River North, Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men — open-armed coastal folk pop acts that you can sing along to.

WILD are flying off for a quick minute to perform in New York, before trekking back for a pair of free shows; listen to "Vagabond" and catch WILD's live performances below. - Ryan Mo

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2/11 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall

2/15 Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint

2/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Dirty Laundry with Bishop (Free Show)

2/24 Los Angeles, CA @ The Redbury (Free Show)



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