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La Luz at Elsewhere (February 17, 2018)

By Will Oliver, March 8th 2018 — with 1 comment

La Luz will return with new album Floating Features on May 11 via Hardly Art. On February 17 the Los Angeles surf rockers (who formed in Seattle) returned to us in Brooklyn (where we last caught them two years ago) on a snowy night for a headlining performance at Elsewhere as a part of Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap & Dance Off. The main room portion of the show also featured an opening set from the equally rocking The Mystery Lights, while Elsewhere’s smaller Zone One space featured performances from both Bodega and Jane Church, whose members joined The Mystery Sets for a song each.
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La Luz at Bowery Ballroom (August 29, 2015)

By Will Oliver, December 28th 2015 — with 1 comment

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Seattle surf-rockers La Luz returned this summer with another winner with Weirdo Shrine, their sophomore release for Hardly Art. The record is awesome, but getting to see them perform its tracks along with offerings from 2013’s It’s Alive was a completely different thing entirely.

La Luz are a band meant to be seen live, where their energy and passion is simply unshakeable. This was the case during their fun jaunt at Bowery Ballroom on August 29, which featured a strong opening bill that included EZTV and Scully.

Find photos of all three bands from that night posted below.
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Ty Segall and La Luz at Webster Hall (September 18, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 19th 2014 — with 3 comments

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The last time that I saw both Ty Segall and La Luz, it was at what I still call the best show that I’ve seen all year. It went down at a tiny little guitar shop in the outskirts of Austin, Texas during SXSW. It was unmatched it its raging energy, that is until last night, when I just happened to catch both of them playing together again, this time at a packed out Webster Hall.
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[SXSW]: La Luz @ Street-Legal Guitars (March 13, 2014)

By Will Oliver, March 20th 2014 — with 1 comment

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I found my way over to a secret Ty Segall show at a guitar shop, and the first opener was Seattle’s La Luz. Signed to Hardly Art, the all-female quartet played enjoyable jangly surf-rock. Their set was a vibrant, one full of good vibes. It served as my introduction to these girls, and I can now call myself a fan.

They released their debut album It’s Alive last year. Below you can check out “Call Me In The Day”, a track from the album. A few more photos from their show are posted after.
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All photos by Dave Scholten

You can always count on local rockers The Mystery Lights to put on a rocking good show wherever they play (we last saw them when they opened for La Luz at Elsewhere earlier this year). On April 20 the band headlined a solid bill at Market Hotel featuring supporting slots by both Tall Juan and Future Punx.

Our photographer Dave Scholten was in the building and capture shots of all three bands. Find his shots posted in the gallery below.
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Sleepy Kitty – “Nothing = You”

By Will Oliver, December 4th 2017

Sleepy Kitty, the duo of St. Louis based duo Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult (formerly of Harvey Danger), recently returned in November with new album The Clean Hustle, which was released via Euclid Records.

But with that we will actually take a look back at one of the group’s earlier releases with “Nothing = You.” There’s a simplicity to the indie garage pop that the band makes that just shines through with ease. The lovely vocals of Brubeck combine perfectly with the tight percussion of Sult and her own clean guitar fuzz. There’s a very pleasant easy going California summer vibe to this that they capture oh so well. Someone needs to get these guys to tour with La Luz, because that would really be a match made in heaven.

Enjoy a stream of “Nothing = You” below
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Not even one of the coldest days/nights of the year in New York City could stop fans from coming out for Martin Courtney’s sold out show at Baby’s All Right just one day before Valentines Day. Also, when we say one of the coldest, we really do mean it – when doors opened temperatures were hovering around 10º F with a wind chill that made it feel like it was the low single digits. The frigid cold temperatures didn’t stop anybody from getting there early though to catch openers and fellow NYC bands Cut Worms and EZTV though, as this was one show not to be missed.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 2 comments

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Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We look back 2015 fondly, one of the best years of music in some time. There was almost too much of it, making it nearly an impossible task to come up with my top albums of the year. Even worse, was choosing the best songs of the year.

Many albums had multiple offerings that deserved recognition, but I tried my best to limit it to one song per artist, except for a few special cases. It wasn’t easy to do a top 100 list, but it was fun to reflect on 2015 with all the sounds that helped soundtrack my life throughout those months.

Below you can find the list posted in countdown style from 100-1, and I’ve created a handy Spotify playlist in countdown order for your listening convenience and pleasure. I’ve posted the embeded playlist below.

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Will’s Best Albums of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We’re certainly far enough removed from 2015 now for me to properly look back at the year and realize how remarkable it was. I meant to get this list up in January, but as it does, life got in the way and things got delayed. Sure, I may have missed the “list” cycle, but that’s ok. Now with some more time I was able to catch up on albums I wasn’t able to get to during the 2015 calendar year, as well as give some albums the chance to further reveal themselves to me over time.

2015 saw an abundance of great artists converge to release new material, almost to the point where there was a consistently too much great music on a week-to-week basis. Worlds smallest violin playing, I know.

I already shared my honorable mentions for best albums of the year, and many of these albums were good enough to make a top list any other year. But 2015 was a really great year, and this top 50 list really demonstrates how much quality stuff was released.

Without further ado, here are my top 50 albums of 2015.
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