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01.09: Willow Stephens celebrates debut LP at the Troubadour

Willow Stephens dropped her debut LP All That Glitters today, and will celebrate with a show at The Troubadour on January 9th as part of the venue's Sound Collective Showcase. The Montana native has come up in the LA scene over the past few years, having released her first EP back in 2017 and changing from an acoustic sound to something more pop-oriented during her time down south. But despite her musical shift, Stephens has retained her strong talent for writing captivating words to deliver in her airy, angelic voice. Head to the Troubadour to hear it for yourself on 1/9 when Stephens performs alongside Miette Hope, Lucy Walsh, and Michelle Vezilj. Take a listen to the lead track from All That Glitters, titled "Gold", below. - Will Sisskind

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Indie Rock

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20:00
Band name: 
BYSTS
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/bysts.band
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Highland Park Bowl
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01.06: Kate Clover begins Bootleg Theater residency; listen to "Channel Zero"

LA scene staple Kate Clover finished recording her debut album Channel Zero last year, but instead of rest on her laurels, she's chosen to hit the ground running in 2020 with a residency at the Bootleg Theater. The electricity of songs like her debut's title track shoots out full force on stage, something that local scenesters know and curious punk and indie fans ought to learn more about. With a sound and look forged from the fires left lit by protopunk idols Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop, Clover's sound rings in the new decade not just with a bang, but with a barrage. Clover plays the Bootleg on 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, and 1/27, with different acts joining her every night. Get yourself to one of her shows, and take a listen to the title track from Channel Zero below. - Will Sisskind





01.03: Beers for Fears ring in promising 2020 at The Hi Hat

Because neither Roland Orzabal nor Curt Smith have decided to sue, Beers for Fears will traipse gleefully into 2020 with a show at The Hi Hat on Friday, January 3rd. Beers for Fears first took the stage in 2017, and in late 2018 released their first single "Bone Wizard (Part I: He's A Bone Lizard)". While the band makes no bones about their sense of humor, they take their music seriously. Cinematic, melodic, and often experimental, Beers for Fears' music makes for fun listening as well as a raucous live show. Catch them on stage at The Hi Hat previewing an upcoming album on 1/3, along with indie rock tribute act Black Crystal Wolf Kids. Take a listen to "Bone Wizard (Part I: He's A Bone Lizard)" below. - Will Sisskind

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rook&nomie electrify with coldwave mastery on "me&you"

On Twitter, rook&nomie advertise themselves as a "gay girl band from the cutest hell", but their ghostly coldwave suggests something more grim than cute. That's not to say that their new album me&you isn't a wonder of sound; the duo create webs of haunting melodies and spectre-like backbeats that provide gut punches of intensity even in their quieter moments. The album's lyrics invoke images of cruelty -- as well as love -- towards oneself and between two people, creating scenes of darkness where little specks of light fight to shine through. On me&you, rook&nomie sing in search of that light. Take a look at the music video for "azure paler than the sky", a track from me&you, below. - Will Sisskind

 

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