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Weekend: Sounds Under Radio, TV Torso, STEREO IS A LIE...

As usual, a little too much to do this weekend...in addition to Psych Fest, there's another installment of 101x Homegrown Live, this one featuring The Great Nostalgic, Marmalakes, Golden Bear, and The Dark Water Hymnal; Sounds Under Radio (above) plays ND 501 Studios; TV Torso, The Sour Notes, and White Rabbits are at Emo's; STEREO IS A LIE play Skinny's, and much more. April goes with a big local bang, not a whimper. 


Live Review: Ty Segall @ The Bottom of the Hill

 San Francisco garage rock scion Ty Segall and his band played to a sold out crowd on last Thursday the 21st at Bottom of the Hill. This is not your Mom and Dad's rock and roll -- this is the kind that's meant for teenage rebellion.

Channeling the unadulterated energy from early 60's garage rock, Ty Segall's sound is nothing short of noisy and his look is dirty. But don't let all the drum banging and guitar fuzz fool you -- these are completely talented musicians, and they showed their skills to the jam-packed crowd.

The kids and the not-so-young alike danced and shoved the night away, getting throughly riled up by the rocking lo-fi grooves curated by Mr. Segall and his all girl band. Especially noteworthy performer was drummer Emily Rose Epstein. Her tight drumming kept everyone's feet moving -- but it was still fun since she beat the hell out of her drums.

Opening bands for Ty were San Francisco based R&B act Nick Waterhouse and the Tarots, Costa Mesa band TRMRS and local band The Royal Baths.


 - Lauren Manary


STRFKR @ HLCN (Holocene doesn't work as well without vowels)


The ever danceable, bedraggled (wait, I just mean they're always wearing drag, not that they look derelict), multinominal STARFUCKER/PYRAMIDDDDDD/STRFKR is gracing the wonderful stage of Holocene this Thursday with Guidance Counselor and Brkfst Sndwch. Oh, but it's sold out. Wait, wait! There will be 100 tickets at the door starting at 9:30pm! Starfucker's new album, Reptilians, will make your face explode. As much synth swimming in piles of beats as you'd expect, carefully honed in that Starfucker way. I'll leave it at that. Just come and explode tomorrow.


Empires in the Final Four

We have mentioned in the past that Empires were one of sixteen bands from across the country to be involved with Rolling Stone's "Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star” competition. The band has now made it to the final four and are so close to being the winner. The four advancing performers traveled to New York City last week to record and perform one studio song and meet with Rolling Stone editors, Atlantic A&R executives and other industry professionals including Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump. The new song will be added to the portfolio that the musicians started during Round Two of the competition in which each group recorded and perfected two studio songs. In the coming weeks, fans will be able to view videos of the performances and access other content on RollingStone.com. By rating the acts, fans will determine which two will move on to the final round where the bands will battle it out at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in June. The winning band will be signed to Atlantic Records and perform on Jimmy Fallon. 


The Dirty Diamonds "The Singularity Pt. 4"

Back in January The Dirty Diamonds released an free ep called The Singularity Pt. 4. The band combine surf rock with soul and r&b, and it is an intoxicating combination. It was the fourth on four ep's that the band's has released over the last year. Above is the video for "Heaven's Plate" whuch is from the first ep. All of the ep's are available here for free.


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