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Nada Alic

New LA Band :: Dylan Trees

My friend Andrea recently introduced me to an LA band called Dylan Trees and like all things Andrea likes- I immediately fall in love with. In fact, one day I’m going to just lie and say I don’t like it to spite her. She’s designed things for the band (exhibit A, above) and has been telling me how much she really loves their stuff. They’ve got a folksy sound made up of singer songwriter Jeremy Simon, Monica Olive (vocals), Geoff Anderson (drums) and Ryan Workman (bass).

Their sound is a cross between Brit pop and California indie- a mark of a true LA band- where no one is really ever from LA. Their self-titled sophomore record is pretty spectacular. It’s lazy summer listening, it eases along at a slow pace that sounds like nostalgia, like you’re listening to 6os’ psycho folk, driving in your car at night, nearly about to drift to sleep. There are also moments that are playful and sweet, like with tracks like, “Perpetual Motion” and “Elegies”. The male/female harmonies blend seamlessly together, like two young people, in love.

Check them out at their show at the Silverlake Lounge on August 3rd! Andrea will most likely be there.

Dylan Trees- Victoryville

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Nada Alic

My Lollapalooza Schedule–

So I just found out that I’ll be going to Lollapalooza next week. And by just found out- I mean, my boss told me two days ago. So as I quickly put together last minute prep, I threw together a schedule that can be found here. If you’re headed to the fest, let me know! We’ll hang. Or get lost trying. Below is a list of artists I’m super pumped on, but all I really want to see is this lady (above) finally. I’ve had the worst luck trying to see her live! If you’re going to Lolla, tell me about it, ie- what you’re most excited for, how many shorts I should pack, the necessities etc.

Top picks from the fest:
Wye Oak
Bright Eyes
Delta Spirit
Black Lips
My Morning Jacket
Lykke Li
Noah & the Whale

Lykke Li- Youth Knows No Pain

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Nada Alic

New Stuff from: Long Walks On the Beach

Long Walks On The Beach is a bedroom pop project of Fritz Kramer out of Washington, DC. The song “Literally Crazy for You” is off a new EP coming out called SINGLES. I remember loving his stuff last year, and then finding out that my friend Chris from Indie Music Filter put one of his songs on an epic end-of-year mixtape that I pretty much listened to non stop for a good while. That sort of re ignited my interest, and so of course I get stoked when I hear about new stuff that he’s got.

Long Walks on the Beach- Literally Crazy For You

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Nada Alic

Laura Marling : Tour Dates, New Track

Okay, so admittedly, I didn’t know who Laura Marling was until this week. Alex was playing one of her arms, and in a rare moment I asked him who he was playing. He told me it was an English folk singer named Laura Marling. Man, I’m losing my cred! Ha! I quickly got her last album “I Speak Because I Can”  and have been listening to all week. Considering I have little context for this new artist that I just discovered, I can only say that at first listen I’m totally captivated by her voice. It’s sort of got this Cate Le Bon quality.

Her third album will be out Sept 13th, entitled “A Creature I Don’t Know” through Ribbon Music.  Her latest single, “Sophia” is gorgeous. You can listen to it below via Youtube.


17 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
18 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Masonic Temple
20 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Troubadour
22 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lincoln Hall
23 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Great Hall
24 – Montreal, Quebec @ Corona
25 – Boston, Mass. @ Brighton Music Hall
27 – Washington, D.C. @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
28 – New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall

Nada Alic

KIDS — Summer Fright

I got an email from this San Diego band who explained that their name was KIDS, because well, they sort of are. They’re all between the ages of 17-19. This is their debut EP and it was recorded in their bassist’s bedroom, and sort of sounds like that.

Nature Fejarang takes the lead on vocals and synth, it’s got that Best Coast/ Camera Obscura tone- playful and soft. Best heard with their Ronettes’ cover of “Be My Baby” that builds into a crashing end of percussion and bass, leaving on the heartbeat thump of drums. The rest of the EP plays out like a 50’s garage band – everything you can hope for from a San Diego band: fuzzed out lo fi distortion.

You can grab their EP here for free, and I suggest you do because I’ve been listening to it all morning.

Nada Alic

Cloud Seeding: ft. Marissa Nadler

I feel like my blogging these days have been pretty strategic, in that there is little time for exploring. Man, I remember the days when I would just go through different bandcamp pages and let hypem do it’s thing.

So I was excited to actually stumble upon Ink Jar- a single released with a b-side called Unquestioning, featuring Marissa Nadler by Cloud Seeding. Cloud Seeding is a project by Kevin Serra to profile artists that he admires. Marissa Nadler is currently on tour with FWBA favorite, Faces on Film. Head here for tourdates.

Alright, so as most of you know- I work for an organization called Invisible Children. We have the great pleasure of touring with some of our favorite bands, and  this is probably our most exciting tour yet. Frightened Rabbit invited us to join them on their tour with Death Cab for Cutie so we were all like, ‘yeah.. I think we can make that work’. Frightened Rabbit are one of our biggest supporters so it’ll be so cool to connect with them on tour again. Kenny’s out there for the first leg, then Alex will swap out for the last leg. And me? Ah, I’ll hit up LA/SD, enviously working from the homebase.. Those shows are going to be unreal so I really can’t complain. Come say hello to my two best friends out on the road at the dates below.

On Tour W/ Death Cab for Cutie/Frightened Rabbit

07/27 – Columbus, OH @ LC Outdoor Amphitheater
07/28 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
07/29 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Ampitheatre
07/31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
08/01 – Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
08/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Waterfront
08/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center
08/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
08/07 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
08/08 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Ampitheatre
08/10 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
08/11 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
08/12 – New Orleans, LA @ Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena
08/13 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theater
08/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
08/16 – La Jolla, CA @ RIMAC Arena
08/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
08/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
08/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pool
08/22 – West Valley City, UT @ Maverik Center
08/23 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
08/25- Chicago, IL @UIC Pavillion
08/26- St. Paul, MN @The Roi Wilkins Auditorium

Death Cab for Cutie- Some Boys

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Nada Alic

Grimes — Rasik [via Dazed]

Check out this hypnotizing video that just premiered on Dazed, of Montreal’s Grimes, who’s personal influences are cited as Bjork and Kate Bush. Her debut record ‘Geidi Primes‘ is now being re-released on No Pain In Pop.

In some twisted form of surely intentional irony, the Hipster distances himself from the foregoing social label much like the Chillwave band disowns its own genre. Can someone tell me why? I feel like one may be forced to wait till death and pearly gates to get an answer.

On a not-so-unrelated note, I got to see Painted Palms perform last week at Slims in SF. The duo hails from Louisiana but now claims San Francisco as home turf and has been piling on praise since their EP dropped last Fall. Purveyors of cool, Secretly Canadian snatched them up this past April and began releasing the Canopy EP, while it remains on Bandcamp for free. But please withhold initial judgement; this isn’t just another web-only group confined to their hazy suburban bedrooms. No no. These guys rock out with their cocks out.

Painted Palms’ line-up varies somewhat from a 2-piece in the studio, a 5-piece on the road, and an apparent 3-piece when playing in their native San Francisco. Immediately compared to Animal Collective by critics, I believe Painted Palms take their sound a few notches higher. As butter smooth synth riffs opened All of Us, the crowd took a collective deep breath and soon enough everyone was sucked in to the pulsing kick drum, layered with reverby croons. When compared to their studio recording, Painted Palms’ live performance had a tighter, crisper sound with a live drummer keeping good time to the laptop’s beat. Frontman Chris Prudhomme was somewhat speechless between songs, but all was well when the next track kicked in. As their short-lived set came to a gentle end, I was left alone and half-drunk at Slims, a notable distance from the sun-soaked nudist beach I had briefly been teleported to.

I look forward to a long and happy aural future with these gentlemen, but I’ll need an LP release soon to quench my thirst. If not I’ll have to relegate back to Panda Bear.

via honored contributor: Brandon Tauszik (Sprinkle Lab

Nada Alic

New Music — Howth

I came across Howth after listening to their Dolly Parton cover of “I Will Always Love You” I thought it was a really beautiful interpretation. I checked out their facebook and read an interesting bio that reads like a half-story, like they just started talking about it and didn’t fill you in.

I thought it was really moving, “We didn’t give a fuck what anyone would think, but with that our eyes were no longer wide. They had adjusted to the dim light of a flickering light bulb and the red lights of guitar pedals. I was lonely and still had my demons, he was lonelier and just waiting for something bad to happen. Survival mode. He had to move back home to Minnesota to take care of his dying father. He was almost too late. I moved to nature and felt wide eyed again. Our friend burned down the old place while he slept. He barely walked out alive. I went back with him to gather stringless guitars covered in fire extinguisher fluid, tapes that had blackened, and ash covered drums. Nothing worked, but I didn’t care anymore. We finished what we had to. Here it is.” You can read more of it here.

The other story is that they’re a a collaborative duo featuring a Minneapolis singer-songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist from NYC .. They put together their EP via emails, which presents it’s own limitations but has been the birthplace for their latest full length, “Deep In My Heart”. Check out their track below.

Tour Dates–
August 19th – Minnesota, MN- Arctic Studios w/ Wasted Education, The Mercs
August 20th – Dubuque, IA- Monk’s
August 21st – Chicago, IL- Darkroom w/ HØLAS
August 22nd – Oberlin, OH- A top secret house party (info TBA)
August 23rd+24th – Any ideas? Get at us! howthhowth (at) gmail (dot) com
August 25th – Pittsburgh, PA- Assemble Art Space w/ Caleb Pogyor
August 27th – Brooklyn, NY- A top secret backyard show w/ Shark?, Soft Black, more TBA

Howth- Deep In My Heart

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