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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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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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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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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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Video: Steady Holiday, ‘Living Life’

There are happy songs sabotaged by their own heavy-handedness. There are ostensibly poignant songs that trip on clichés and fall face-first into a puddle of mawkishness. “Living Life,” the new single from Steady Holiday, could be either of those, but it isn’t. Gifted with a deceptively nonchalant title — and one that constitutes a triumph in 2020 — it’s an anthem for not only living in the moment, but accepting the […]

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Ears Wide Open: The Drives

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition that just about everyone has encountered, at least to some degree, and the Drives latest single, “OCD,” drives home just how relatable it is. Based out of Highland Park, the Drives formed in 2017 with singer Andrew Levin and guitarist Casey Chen. The two were later joined by Geo Botelho on bass guitar. Their music orbits the indie-rock/post-punk world of the late 1990s […]

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Stream: Yard of Blondes, ‘Do You Need More?’

SoCal-based Yard of Blondes began their explorations of rock’s visceral edges 10 years ago and released the EP that first got them attention, “Murderology,” in 2013. So what took the ’90s revivalists so long to resume their slash-and-burn ways? Suffice to say there were some hurdles, which included managing their artist visas, multiple lineup changes, stress and finances. The band is helmed by singer-guitarist Vincent Jacob and bassist-vocalist Fanny Hill, […]

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Video: Local Natives, ‘Lemon’ (feat. Sharon Van Etten)

Local Natives and Sharon Van Etten have teamed up on a sublime acoustic single, “Lemon,” which will be one of a quartet of songs on the Natives’ new EP, “Sour Lemon.” The EP arrives next Friday, a year and a half after the L.A. quintet’s fourth album “Violet Street” (which also spawned a couple of remix EPs). Local Natives have never been ones to release EPs, but, they said on […]

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