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Stream: Lawrence Rothman, ‘Decent Man’ (feat. Lucinda Williams)

Avant-pop auteur Lawrence Rothman proved there was nothing out of reach with 2017’s “The Book of Law,” a genre-fluid debut in which the artist took on gender identity, family conflict and social alienation in nine songs inhabiting nine alter-egos. What on earth could one do to top that? Today, Rothman announced that the follow-up will be a two-part album, “Good Morning, America” and a spoken-word counterpart “Not a Son.” The […]

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Video: Fuzz, ‘Mirror’

Fuzz, the power trio most likely to burn the coronavirus off all interior surfaces*, return this Friday with “Fuzz III,” their first album in five years. Produced by Steve Albini at United Recording, the album is the conflagration of riffs and rhythms from guitarist Charles Moothart, bassist Chad Ubovich and drummer Ty Segall, all of whom share vocal duties. It’s primal and immediate, approaching full-bore freak-out, though thankfully not in […]

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Notes from a Pandemic: Beabadoobee, Janelle Monáe, Gary Numan, Buscabulla, Twen and more

ONLINE FIND ■  British-Filipina indie rocker Beabadoobee played her first fully-staged live-streamed performance of her breakout debut album, “Fake It Flowers,” last Friday. Backed by a three-piece band, the singer-songwriter-guitarist rocked every track atop a bed of actual flowers. In her Consequence of Sound “Artist of the Month” profile, she said despite the cons of the Corona tour cancellations and actually becoming very ill from the virus herself, “It gave […]

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Photos: Dawes at Drive-In OC at the Grove of Anaheim

[See image gallery at buzzbands.la] It’s no secret that music fans are the missing the big things in the absence of concerts — the sound, the crowds, the communal spirit. There are the small things, too. Before Dawes launched into their drive-in show Friday night at the Grove of Anaheim, drummer Griffin Goldsmith marveled at how nice it was to finally hear the sound of a snare drum in the open […]

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Notes from a Pandemic: Run the Jewels, The Cure, Save Our Stages (Day 3), Bang on a Can Marathon, Voice Your Vote, Waxahatchie and more

ONLINE FIND ■ Catch up with last night’s “Holy Calamavote” special featuring Run the Jewels rockin’ their new album “RTJ4” on Adult Swim. Featured artists from the album and more (including Zack de la Rocha, Josh Homme, Mavis Staples, Pharrell, 2 Chainz, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire and Cochemea) appeared with them Covid19-safely from a screen on stage, plus in-person guest appearances from Gangsta Boo and Greg Nice. Hosted by Eric Andre, […]

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Stream: Greatest Hits … This Week (Vol. 173)

Here’s Buzz Bands LA’s latest playlist, Greatest Hits … This Week (Vol. 173), in which we highlight new singles from Local Natives, Steady Holiday, Mourners, John-Robert, Bad Religion, Las Cafeteras, Yard of Blondes and MILCK and pluck tunes from new albums by Open Mike Eagle, Omar Apollo and Matt Berninger. There’s more, of course; dig in below (and find past playlists here): Steady Holiday, “Living Life” Local Natives, “Lemon” (feat. […]

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Notes From a Pandemic: Matt Berninger, Save Our Stages Fest (Day 2), Hudson Valley Votes, Run the Jewels, David Byrne, Bishop Briggs and more

ONLINE FIND ■ Matt Berninger released his solo album “Serpentine Prison” on Friday, teased earlier in the week by this version of “Distant Axis,” recorded and filmed live at L.A.’s EastWest Studios. DRIVE-IN SHOWS ■ Dawes at the Grove of Anaheim. ■ Sublime With Rome at the Rubidoux Drive-In in Riverside (5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. shows) ■  Queen Nation at OC Fair & Event Center. TODAY’S STREAMS ■ All […]

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Stream: New singles from Mourners, Bad Religion, Sunny War

Dept. of Political Commentary: New singles that arrived this past week: MOURNERS, “Smile” and “Sunlight” Jarrod Gorbel (The Honorary Title, Night Terrors of 1927, solo material) circled all the way back to good ol’ pop-punk when he started Mourners in 2017. A slew of singles later, he’s landing body blows on various issues: distribution of wealth (“Rich”), health care (“Die Like This”) and, most recently, the plight of immigrants and […]

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Eli Reyes, kinetic drummer in L.A. and Fresno bands, dies at age 40

Eli Reyes, the drummer in innumerable indie-rock groups both in his native Fresno and in Los Angeles, has died at age 40. Reyes earlier this week suffered a massive heart attack and had been hospitalized at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, friends said. Both the bands in which he played and the fans who witnessed his performances knew Reyes for his pummeling style, hearty laugh, bear hugs and relentless enthusiasm, not […]

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