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Crash Kings open for Jet, proving the six-string null


Crash Kings | "Evolution of Guitar Rock"

Let's put this lightly: Jet made a huge mistake. Clav-rock trio Crash Kings may lack the overall arena gusto and six-string mayhem associated with revival rock acts, but that doesn't mean they don't belong in the upper echelon of groups who can destroy a room. Their blues-fueled and power pop rock blew us away a few months ago, and if their tale has continued, Crash Kings have likely gotten louder, tighter and stronger. This will either make Jet make a run for their money or simply turn this tour into a competition in which group will leave the biggest and loudest impression. Our bet is on, well, ...yeah. Click here for tour dates.

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L.A. Record wants your Valentine's Day original song

L.A. Record had such a great turnout for their holiday mixtape last December that they're asking locals to submit an original song once more for their Valentine's Mixtape. Whether it's sweet, sad, depressing and/or in the styles of polka, hip-hop or nu-wave Hawaiian instrumental, L.A. Record wants to hear it and will keep all submissions into consideration for the running. The deadline is February 11 (that's three days from now!) so e-mail fortherecord@larecord.com with your tune. Good luck!

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February 2010
AM
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Singer/songwriter AM isn't a stranger to having left his musical mark right under your nose; his last LP Troubled Times had every track licensed to all sorts of projects on television and film, an impressive feat not done since Moby's mega-hit Play. With that kind of cred, AM has already proven a strong viability with most any audience, but without the necessary weight that comes in being a well-recognized mainstay. That's about to change with his latest LP Future Sons & Daughters, a fully developed snapshot of AM in the context of, not just the single, but the lost art of the album. Produced by Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields), this lush and multi-faceted pop work is a testament to AM's love of retro radio, analog warmth and laser-precise melodies. Nods range from '60s Detroit to '70s Philly, but intends to be current with a modern palette in production.  Highlight track "Fortunate Family Tree" revives roots melody awash with steady organs, loose snares and hallucinatingly wavey lead guitar lines, all signs that this is a worthy trip to a past sound, sans the cringing generally associated in homage attempts. This is pop music for the refined ear, or, rather, the ear that remembers what pop music was really always supposed to be. -Hugo Gomez





David Lynch takes psych-folker Ariana Delawari under his wings

Hollywood-via-Afghanistan-based psych artist Ariana Delawari just recently went under the guidance and helm of her biggest fan: director David Lynch. Connected by their mutual love of meditation and storytelling, Delawari had no reservations working on her LP Lion of Panjshir with the notorious filmmaker. Preview the album on video as Lynch guides you through the tracklisting in his signature crooked fashion. A coinciding interview with Delawari is a must-see for those wondering how this peculiar pairing came to be.

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Come rain or shine, FMLY RIDE will be rolling Saturday night

The folks at FMLY have insured that their biking/skating/boarding PBR-fueled rock show at Venice Skatepark will go on this Saturday, come rain or shine. Preview the bill on the links ahead: Funderstorm, Professor Calculus, Foot Village, Heroes + Heroines, Meho Plaza, White Fang and Rob Walmart. And, yes, there will be free beer. RSVP if you will at the FMLY Facebook page.

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