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TOPANGA releases slick, joyful debut single "Shadows"

"Let the world take over you," sings Derek Brambles as a faint ambient soundscape turns into a celebratory anthem with a big-room sound. "Shadows," the debut single by indie pop group TOPANGA, is a slick, joyful tune that falls somewhere between the jaunty hooks of The 1975 and the rousing flamboyance of Passion Pit. It's another one of those "live in the moment," chart-friendly tunes that intends to bring some sun to these increasingly chilly autumn nights.

TOPANGA is releasing their debut EP, Midnight Jungle, on February 3. But you don't have to wait until February to sample some of their new songs, as they're making a stop at El Cid on Friday, December 2nd.

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Gale Forces play Molly Malone's on 11/12

Gale Forces, the nom de plume of Jade Devitt, takes the essential core of early nineties hard rock and revives it with flashes of melodic flair. Devitt keeps things simple, though he also adds a crafty playfulness with big, crunch melodies that suggest there's a certain whimsy to his delivery. He's not really emulating the mannered miserablism of that era's period, a formula that worked for Dave Grohl and could very well work for him as he expands his songwriting ambitions, too. 

Devitt will be performing songs off of his self-titled EP with his full band at Molly Malone's on November 12.

 

 

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Live Review: Slow Hollows at Teragram Ballroom 11/4

Sans the winding roads and $15 parking lots near Teragram Ballroom, Slow Hollows' album release party was a considerable success, drawing kids from as far out as Antelope Valley and Pomona to Los Angeles' decadent sidestreets. A gaggle of selfies were taken while waiting around the Ballroom's characteristic marquee, and at 9PM Danger Collective's BOYO (fka Bobby T. and the Slackers) had Robert Tilden promptly lulling the crowd—the band released their EP "machines" on Halloween. High school sweethearts and rowdy teens were thrown together as The Buttertones ripped through their setlist, which included songs from 2015's acclaimed western American Brunch. Someone lost their car keys, and someone else lost a shoe. At least four teens crowdsurfed, but everyone just stood and swayed and collectively sighed to the songs off Romantic, introduced by a very modest, somewhat blasé, endearingly ineffectual frontman and songwriter Austin Feinstein. The crowd just went like, yeah.

Slow Hollows supports Cherry Glazerr on their 2016/2017 Winter Tour, starting 12/27 in Fresno. - Ryan Mo

Max Fite share video for "The Devil in Me", new EP out now

Upcoming L.A. rock group Max Fite has recently released a new EP called Shake It On Down. Lead singer and guitarist Max Fitelson paints a beautiful, visual picture on the video for “Devil In Me”, a single off of the new album. The song opens with Fitelson emerging from a shipwrecked boat on the beach with a woman walking along the shore. Devil In Me has an amazing rock ballad, similar to that of The Killers or Gaslight Anthem. With beautiful guitar solos to back up Fitelson’s imaginary lyrics, this lively rock group creates a scene of incredible yearning for something that is no longer there, the innocence of childhood: “Then we get to grow up old, learn about the worlds disease. They said gods with you, he’s no where to be seen.”

If you missed out on their release party, don’t fret! They will be playing at The Viper Room on December 5th, or pick up Shake Me On Down from iTunes. - Kayla Hay

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Slow Hollows to Play Release Party for Sophomore Album "Romantic"

Tomorrow, Danger Collective veterans Slow Hollows release their third album Romantic, graduating from the manic inferiority complex of Atelophobia into a more assured compilation of youth retrospectives. The homespun procession of tape warp, appregios, and Austin Feinstein's somber voice sketches the songwriter's ennui and rose-tinted glasses. A release party is being held at the Teragram Ballroom for Slow Hollows' new album, and in 2017, Slow Hollows will support a national tour with Cherry Glazerr, another Slimane select. Listen to the album in its entirety below. - photo by Joey Tobin

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