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Listen to "Room", the newest single from shoegazers SHEER

Simi Valley shoegazers SHEER are back with their latest single "Room", their first since their debut album Uneasy last November. The captivating guitar line that runs throughout the song is enough on its own to make this a stand-out track in the band's discography. Gina Almaguer's vocals are as ethereal and lethargic as ever, a beautiful contrast with the relentless assault of guitars. "Room" is an excellent reminder that SHEER are one of the best modern shoegaze bands in the game.

"Room" will be pressed on a made-to-order lathe 7", available to purchase until August 4th. - Justin Ashby

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SHEER and Young Jesus performing with Sioux Falls, Cool American

Open wide: tonight, decibel diner pehrspace serves up a five-course meal for East LA with sommelier Bed Weather and maître Diy4Lyfe. Alex Nevins (fka Songs for Ghosts to Haunt to) cleanses the palette with a selection of acoustic amuse-bouche as Simi Valley shoegazers SHEER stir a hunger fierce with their debut album Uneasy. 

Chicagoan settlers Young Jesus make good on their promise to sate volume-starved fans after a close call at Emerald House, and Portland touring bands Sioux Falls and Cool American will likely leave Echo Park yearning for seconds — you'll be relieved to know that the Oregonians are also playing Thursday at Fullerton's Programme HQ. Bon apetit. - Ryan Mo

ASE's Saturdays @ The Lost Knight with Blood Candy, Band Aparte, SHEER, Slow White

Los Angeles collective All Scene Eye has taken over Saturdays at The Lost Knight, hosting free shows every weekend for the tired and thrifty of Echo Park.

Tonight fans of noise rejoice as gaze-y quartet Blood Candy blasts the British-styled pub with some sweet Dead Moon jams. The night opens with SHEER's heavy nostalgic hum mere days after the announcement of their debut LP Uneasy. The glorious rose petal flash of San Pedro's post-punk duo Band Aparte follows suit. And drugpop quintet Slow White ends the night with sonic opiates.

21+, but you bet your sweet drinking-age ass it's gonna be a sick night. Indulge in the aural apéritif below, courtesy of Blood Candy. Mind the freeway construction traffic, tho. - Ryan Mo

New album, new video, and new local show from Simi Valley's SHEER

Simi Valley doomgazers SHEER return from the studio depths to announce the release of their debut LP Uneasy, and we couldn't be happier for them. The 11-song album has garnered comparisons to Galaxie 500 and The Smashing Pumpkins, of which we could say are somewhat accurate. The hooks are fuzzy, the feels are deep, and Gina Almaguer's voice resonates wildly in our hearts, though we'd rather compare her to Rachel Goswell over Billy Corgan. But don't take our word for it — SHEER are playing on October 23rd at Carla's Bakery (best Mexican food in Moorpark, no joke) with noisegasmic locals Sustains, Sea Lions, and Losing End.

If you were sold on our previous coverage of the band, you can pre-order their debut album via The Native Sound. Uneasy will be out on digital download and in limited-release cassettes November 20th. - Ryan Mo

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Alt-rock Grave School releases debut EP, first burial seminar 9.17

Surf pop sinew meets Dinosaur Jr. soul in San Fernando Valley's newest alt-rock incarnation Grave School. Despite making a quiet entrance into the scene, this band has been in the works for a long time: singer/guitarist Gina Almaguer (Sheer) met drummer Aldo Felix (ACxDC, Human Garbage) online through mutual friends about two years ago.

"Grave School has technically been in the making since late 2013, when me and Aldo first started jamming — just the two of us."

Their busy schedules gave the project slow momentum, but patience has its virtues — Aldo and Gina also found able bodies from their circles: Daniel Castro (guitar/vox), Marisa Shirar (bass/vox), and Gilbert "Guzie" Guzman (Nomads, Sleepwalkers). Self-described as a pop-oriented, even cheesy, fun band, the vocals of Marisa, Daniel, and Gina (yes, they all sing) lifts listeners with '60s guitar jangle before burying them in six feet of dirtbox distortion. 

Grave School released their debut EP via Bandcamp earlier this month, and will play their first show at the Ventura Music Factory on September 17th, supporting Choir Vandals (St. Louis) with Papertowns. (Phoenix) and Living Ghosts (Oxnard). Take note, and check out the first song "Clutch" to their EP below. - Ryan Mo

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