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Naked And Lush And The Pixies

Bright lights flashing and bouncing around a dark room. Crowds of people singing and swaying to the sounds of what The Guardian calls “an unorthodox marriage of surf music and punk rock.” I found myself jamming out to a live performance of The Pixies at the first location on their 2017 North American tour at The Fox Theater in Pomona, CA.

I never caught the reunion tour of the band that went on hiatus in 1993 and who returned 11 years later to the spotlight, but I jumped at the chance this year to finally hear “Debaser,” “Wave of Mutilation,” “I Bleed,” “Here Comes Your Man,” and “Monkey Gone to Heaven” from their second album (and my favorite), Doolittle. (more…)


Break The Fall by Laura Welsh

Laura Welsh is a singer from the UK who has enticed chills while performing her soulful-sounding singles, “Cold Front” and “Break the Fall.” Last Monday, October 13, the singer played a free show in Bardot Hollywood alongside the bands, The Kite String Tangle and Swimm. She’s an incredible musician and performer, even with the Hollywood show being one of her first performances in the US. It’s also great to know that she writes a lot of her own stuff.

I write from personal experience in an emotional reactive way. Certain situations and people who are close to me have inspired some of the songs on the album. Songwriting is still a mystery to me, I can’t really explain where it all comes from. I’m not very good at pouring out how I’m feeling in conversations with people so writing is something that allows me to get those emotions out. I’m fascinated by human relationships, the one we have with ourselves and other people. –All Access Music Interview

Be sure to check out the song, Break the Fall, off of her self-titled EP below.


Great Escape by Korbee

The Los Angeles alternative/pop/rock band, Korbee, has blessed us with some of the most epic-sounding melodies on their new EP, Great Escape. The songs, reminiscent of an interesting mixture of Coldplay and Lady Antebellum, have already received some airplay on Madison’s Rock Station 105.5 Triple M and the Darren Yates should on CBS Radio St. Louis.

The band themselves are also playing and selling out shows. One of which happened this past Saturday at the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard.

The husband and wife duo, Tom Korbee and Jenn Korbee, came together as a band in 2012 after previously being the trio Korbee Jones, with Daniel Jones of Savage Garden.

The duo mentions that the self-produced EP, Great Escape, is “an amalgam of everywhere they’ve come from and everywhere they are going.” And I’m sure that where they are going with their music will be amazing.


Endlessly Repeating by Torches


What an aptly titled song. I definitely kept this track going on, endlessly repeating after I first heard it. The Indie Rock duo, Azad Cheikosman and Eric Fabbro, of Torches bring their dark pop and tribal grooves to the LA scene with the release of “If The People Stare EP” in May of 2013 and their EP, “Endlessly Repeating” this year.

Their latest EP was engineered by David Newton (who has worked with The Soft Pack, The Mighty Lemon Drops, and Henry Clay People) and Jeff Lipton (who has worked with Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and Wilco).

So far the group has already headlined a SOLD OUT residency at The Echo. They grabbed the attention of KROQ, Alt 98.7 FM, KCRW, LA Weekly, FILTER Magazine, shared the stage with bands such as Wild Nothing, Atlas Genius, The Drums, PEACE, Maps & Atlases and and have made airtime on MTV’s Catfish and Underemployed.


Alexander by Rey Pila

So, last Monday I went to the Interpol concert at The Fox Theater Pomona on their El Pintor Tour. It was an amazing show and I’ll forever cherish it. Their opening act from Mexico City, Rey Pila, also put on a great show.

The band, who was is made up of Diego Solorzano, Rodrigo Blanco, Andres Velasco and Miguel Hernandez, first came on to the scene in 2009 with a self-titled album and gained success in Mexico and abroad. Not only are have they opened for Interpol, but also Muse, TV on the Radio and Ariel Pink, in addition to their own headlining concerts.

Their song, “Alexander,” is a single that comes off their second album under Julian CasablancasCult Records. Check it out below.