A spiraling downwards. It’s something we have all, at some point, felt. That moment you know you have made a huge mistake, or (you self-assuringly tell yourself) someone else has at your expense. Felt the stomach implode and the brain go numb, but we have never really heard it the way BANKS guides us through that moment. Hushed enough, but brimming with enough teeth-gritted confidence we hear BANKS defiant stance through filtered vocals. BANKS pitch on “This Is What It Feels Like” shakes like one teetering on the edge of bursting with anger and sadness. Synths swarm around her escalating the tension as BANKS ushers in the chorus. The magnitude of these swelling emotions accurately depicted in BANKS new video, seen below, as a lonely BANKS revels in the storm ravaging outside.
Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’
September 30, 2013 by Cam
July 10, 2013 by Hannah
For indie pop/rock fans, Terraplane Sun is a must-have in your “My Faves” playlist. Since their formation in 2010, Terraplane Sun has played with bands such as Youngblood Hawk and Imagine Dragons—speaking volumes to their dedication, potential, and just how wickedly awesome they really are.
What makes them special is the mix between upbeat tracks and original vocals. We all know when a Grouplove song comes on, regardless of whether we have ever heard it before, because of the distinctive sound they possess. My prediction is that, like Grouplove, Terraplane Sun will soon be instantly recognizable for their edgy and original sound. Second to the vocals, I don’t think I’ve heard a band that can so flawlessly use instruments such as the harmonica, accordion, and trombone all in the same song.
Not only are the five Venice beach boys that make up Terraplane Sun all terrific musicians, but they seem like rad people as well. In their music video for “Get Me Golden,” lead vocalist Ben Rothbard flaunts war paint on his face and a mariachi style jacket, while drummer Lyle Riddle dons a red and yellow polka-dot shirt. If this combination doesn’t scream cool, then I’ve been living life all wrong. If you haven’t already seen their music video “Get Me Golden,” get on it (below); you’ll have no regrets. (more…)
May 24, 2012 by Dave
HoneyHoney will be one of the very first band’s performing at Sasquatch this year and I couldn’t be more excited. They hold a special place in my heart hailing from my old home of Venice Beach. Singer Suzanne Santo and guitarist Ben Jaffe bring a unique sound with a skillful combination of jazz, soul, bluegrass and rock with a hit of old fashion wild west country. With fiddles and banjos just as much incorporated in their music as heavy guitars and soulful vocals it’s hard to place this group into one classification. HoneyHoney’s genre spanning sound is not something to be missed.
April 27, 2012 by Steph
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros just released a new track “That’s What’s Up” from their upcoming record Here, out May 29th on Community Music. Catch them in SoCal on May 4th at the Greek or on the 5th at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
April 18, 2012 by Steph
Kalem and I had so much fun making this video with Tic Tic Boom! I’ve gotten to know the front-duo Mike and Leilani of this dark synth pop band pretty well over the last year and they’re really great to work with.
We wanted to create something a bit more than a live session, but not quite a music video for the acoustic version of the track “The Open” from the band’s sophomore EP Reasons & Rhymes. What we ended up with is what we’re calling a “b-sides video” for this b-side track and I hope you enjoy it!
We filmed all outside of Mike and Leilani’s apartment in Hollywood, California and inside their home studio.
October 15, 2011 by Steph
Welcome back, Lydia. You tug at my heart strings and romanticize the world like high school young love. This video for “Dragging Your Feet In the Mud” does the same, chalk-full of images from Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory to PCH on the California Coast. It’s been a long while since I’ve seen these guys, but they’ll be back in LA on November 5th at The Roxy on their new release Paint It Golden.
October 12, 2011 by Steph
October 11, 2011 by StephWalking Sleep’s series of EPs, Tarp Sessions, will be released as a full length on collectable orange 12″ vinyl on November 1st. They’ll have some pre-order bundles available next week.If you’re a frequent reader, you’re aware of my weakness for finely tuned indie pop withguy/girl vocals. Walking Sleep fits right in, rocking it out and romancing with the essence of the dreamy fifties. Grab your beau and catch them tonight at The Bootleg with Radical Face. Walking Sleep goes on at 8:45 so make sure to get there early.
October 5, 2011 by Steph
The show with Vanaprasta at the Thirsty Crow was a huge success. The band’s acoustic show is sensational and the crowd was dancing, singing, and a mob of rambunctious excited energy. The highlight for me was the newest single “Nine Equals Nine” from their upcoming album Healthy Geometry. They have a Monday night residency at The Satellite in november and if you don’t make it out at for at least one of the shows, you’ll be missing out on something sensational.