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A New Classic

Photo by Stephen S. Taylor Victoire’s new paradigm blends centuries-old instrumention with indie rock touches In 2010, the seven-piece group Victoire saw its debut record, Cathedral City, land on several critics’ year-end ...


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Untitled

Finish Ticket is on the verge of releasing a new record but its title is a secret . . . for now. Brendan Hoye (lead guitar) and Alex DiDonato (lead vocals) are both members of the band known to the…


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Not Preaching to the Choir

While Little Faith has built its career on gospel, most of its members are atheists Jack Maeby, keyboardist for Little Faith, has been a professional musician and producer for decades, having previously worked for industry grea...



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A Sacred Celebration

Photo by Angel Ceballos Zola Jesus and Brooklyn Label Sacred Bones team up for one helluva party If the Mayans are correct, we’re all in for it—and soon. So if Friday really is going to be our last day on…


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A Fantastic Metaphor

I See Hawks in L.A. invites you to look closer Which cities come to mind when you think of breeding grounds for country music? Certainly Nashville, maybe Austin, but what about Los Angeles? According to Rob Waller, front man fo...


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Imagine That

Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons won’t be playing other people’s hits for much longer Wayne Sermon is the lead guitarist for Imagine Dragons, an indie rock group hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’ve listened to the ra...



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A World-Class Exhibition

Cheap Trick spreads a little holiday cheer The guys in Cheap Trick are no strangers to seeing their band’s name on the charts. The group’s 1979 multi-platinum Cheap Trick at Budokan live album had placed in the Top 10 in&he...


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A Little Bit of Everything

The Colurs is a band of multiple instruments and modern radio sensibilities Max Townsley and Drew Erickson are The Colurs, a contemporary pop group that combines introspective, orchestra-powered grandeur with modern radio sensi...


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Hard Work Goes A Long Way

Crystal Antlers talks about its short run on Touch and Go Records Imagine the joy of an unsigned band upon receiving that big call from a record label, and the subsequence euphoria of recording a very first full-length album an...



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Girl in a Coma Join Forces with Cursive and Minus the Bear

Expect Girl in a Coma to bring vibrancy, life and musical ecstasy to the stage—no artificial breathing machine required. Coming to the Fox Theatre in Pomona this weekend with big names like Cursive and Minus the Bear, you may...


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A New Formula

Photo by Angel Ceballos Minus the Bear returns with a different take on its original sound Erin Tate is the drummer for Minus the Bear, an indie-rock band from Seattle, Wash. Since the release of the band’s first album, High...


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A Thing That Just Fits

Photo by Pamela Littky Britt Daniel, Dan Boeckner and Sam Brown form one super trio There’s not much of a chance you’re going to hear Sam Brown take the mic on a Divine Fits song anytime soon. The drummer, for…



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Life’s A Risk

FIDLAR showcases its love of drugs and skating at Pappy & Harriet’s The world of four beer-fueled musicians playing a show in the depths of the desert can be summed up by their band name; F*%k It Dog, Life’s A…


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Electronic Dance Explosion

The Presets head west to kick up some heels Sydney-based duo The Presets have returned to America to tempt dance floors and alt rock radio playlists alike with its third studio album, Pacifica. After touring for a couple years ...


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Take Note

 Kaki King doesn’t consider herself a “god” of any kind Whatever you do, please don’t tell Kaki King that she’s a guitar god. In 2006, the venerable magazine Rolling Stone gave props to the native Georgian by naming ...



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Optimism at its Best

Photo by Marco Rapisarda The Crocodiles keep the vibes positive and gear up to rock The Glass House The video for the song “Endless Flowers” by Crocodiles is a nostalgia-drenched visual time trip into the teen idol hits of...


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Variety Can Go A Long Way

Photo by Chris Crisman Dr. Dog has evolved as music has and it’s not looking to slow down It’s been 13 years and seven albums for retro rockers Dr. Dog, and the Philadelphia-based six-piece isn’t showing any signs of slo...


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America’s Indie Darling Returns to Pomona

Jenny Lewis tells her life story and pays homage to Rilo Kiley In 2005, a group of surgeons or rather interns lit up the small screen paving way for a hit that is now going on eight years. As the…



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From East to West

Alex Brown Church tells the story of how he came to Sea Wolf When Alex Brown Church wrapped up his time at NYU’s film school, he followed the path of aspiring filmmakers before him and headed west. Already familiar with…


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Diving Back In

Photo by Corinne Buchanan Abandoned Pools returns at the request of fans It’s been seven years since Tommy Walter dove into making music under the name Abandoned Pools. The former Eels bassist started Abandoned Pools after l...


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Born Punk, Die Punk

Photo by Daniel Pitout For Seth Bogart, there was no question he would be in a band like Hunx and His Punx There are many reasons why a young man in this modern era would decide to be the lead…



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California Born and Raised

Photo by Jason Thrasher For local artist David Lowery a show in the desert is like coming home David Lowery is a successful performer who is very familiar with the business of making music and the fame and fortune that…


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909 and 951 Love

Curtiss King Noa James brings music and fashion to the IE The IE don’t get much corporate love, so Noa James and some his friends in the 909 and 951 one are doing it for themselves. A well-regarded underground rapper…


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This Ain’t No Throwback

Photo by Tina Tyrell Twin Shadow is a culmination of George Lewis Jr.’s many influences George Lewis Jr. might look like Hall and Oates’ lovechild, sing with Morrissey’s hypnotic baritone and play synth-loving pop as if ...



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It’s Where the Heart Is

Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom finds her way back home Arrow, the latest album from roots rockers Heartless Bastards, starts off with a punch to the gut so beautiful, it’s completely welcome. Opener “Marathon” is...


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From the Heart Not the Head

There’s no doubt about it, Saint Maybe is young but talented Falling off the edge of a cliff is rarely ever a good thing. But in the case of Oliver Ray, you could say that painfully traversing down a Guatemalan…


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Kismet Connections

Davey Warsop of Suedehead networks his way to the top Davey Warsop believes in fate. The British bandleader who heads up mod/R&B revivalists Suedehead, named for a ’70s sect of mods who favored Northern Soul and dogtooth ...



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Tree of Life

The Lunar Atlantic is all about the things that happen to you before you die Austin White, vocalist and rhythm guitarist for The Lunar Atlantic, met drummer Elias Texel in the second grade, but it wasn’t until shortly after h...