Stream Band Aparte’s debut album via Impose, out this week on Manifesto Records

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From down the end of Los Angeles, the barebones gravepunk duo Band Aparte strips down and combines elements of gothic rock, synthpunk, and beachy lo-fi as macabre appreciation simmers in the gut of the city. Vocalist Brian Mendoza effortlessly channels Joy Division and Nick Cave, crooning into a death bouquet with his shirt unbuttoned. But he’s not doing it to imitate Morrissey’s aesthetic —  Band Aparte’s shows are fast and fierce, and the crowd works up a sweat at every venue they play.

It’s a dangerous mixture that has crushed nights alongside such bands as Cruelty Code, Roses, Ghost Noise, and Terminal A.
Stream the band’s debut album ‘Memory On Trial’ in its entirety a day early over at Impose Magazine and on SoundCloud.

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Roses announces debut LP + Shares new single via Stereogum

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Camera Trouble is the lush first full-length record from L.A. band Roses. Across 10 brooding songs, the drum-machined trio makes something fresh using familiar pop sounds from decades past. The reference points – from The Cure and Cocteau Twins to Adore-era Smashing Pumpkins and what feels like a million little things in between- are never hidden or obscured. And the record is stronger because of it.

Roses is three California boys: Juan, Victor, and Marc. They’ve been making reverbed dream
pop together since 2013, when Juan Velasquez, a founding member of late-aughts punk band
Abe Vigoda, met Marc Steinberg at a gay bar in Silverlake. They bonded over cool old music,
started jamming, and something clicked. Once Juan hit up Victor Herrera, a longtime friend
from the L.A. scuzzy rock underground, Roses became a living, breathing thing. The trio put out
a four-song EP in 2014, and played shows with DIIV, Dum Dum Dum Girls, and Wild Nothing. But it’s on Camera Trouble, out this fall on Group Tightener, where these three really come into their own. They’ve gained confidence, both as individual adult humans and as a songwriting unit, and the payoff is dazzling.

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EP REVIEW: Chameleon Technology Explore Multimedia Pop Punk on Blank Canvas

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Pop punk doesn’t have to be a bad thing, a point made over the course of 5 songs on Chameleon Technology’s latest EP Blank Canvas. The project of renowned drummer Max Histrionic, Chameleon Technology (sometimes simply referred to as ChamTech) produces guttural bass-driven punk rock-influenced bursts with melodic guitars and vocals conjuring the full spectrum of hardcore. Yet, the one-man band takes things a step further by turning each live performance into a multimedia art installation in which high quality audio recordings are synced up with video of Histrionic performing each instrument, while he actually plays guitar and sings live. Histrionic virtually and literally becomes his own backing band. The fusion of pop art and sound is Gorillaz meets Gorilla Biscuits.

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ALBUM + SINGLE REVIEW: Jim Peterik Turns It Down a Few Notches for Career Retrospective

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The Omega Man as a lounge singer is already a strange concept but imagine that last man on earth is Jim Peterik (of Survivor, 38 Special, etc.) and you’re getting close to understanding how his latest solo record The Songs comes across as a bizarre affair. If you’re not familiar with Peterik, then you’re actually just not familiar with his name. His tunes are pretty much synonymous with ‘80s hard rock action moments, especially those starring Sylvester Stallone. If that’s still not ringing any bells, “Eye of the Tiger” is Peterik and if you still don’t know what I’m talking about, then welcome to Western civilization. The Songs is an apt title for Peterik’s latest solo effort as it takes a slew of his best known radio hits (and there are a lot of them), strips them down, and re-imagines them with a team of hired guns in Nashville. Instantly recognizable ‘80s hard rock anthems are jarringly presented as loungey piano pieces, acoustic pop, light country, and even swelling orchestral lusciousness.

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A Shoreline Dream set to release ‘Whirlwind’ single

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‘Whirlwind’ is the third single from the ever-evolving new record by A Shoreline Dream, which is being released song by song before its completion. This new track dives into the harsh reality of the constant changes occurring around us and the fact that everything continues to speed forward throughout our short lives.

Originating in Barnum, Colorado, A Shoreline Dream is Ryan Policky(vocalist/guitarist/producer) and Erik Jeffries (guitar). Together, the two crafted this latest ‘Whirlwind’.

 With the recent death of singer Ryan Policky’s father, and a murder occuring right next door to where A Shoreline Dream writes, practices and records, the motivation to finish and release this track was high on the band’s to-do list for the summer. Riding a fine line between alternative rock, goth and post-punk and with a bass heavy overtone, the song dips and dives into layers of guitars and vocal chants, heavily influenced by the changing of seasons, and the speed of life for this band now celebrating its 10th year of music experimentation.
As autumn comes and the release of ‘Whirlwind’ hits, new music will be developed that brings in the next wave of what’s to soon become A Shoreline Dream’s first vinyl album.

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La Sera Announce North American Headline Tour

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La Sera begin their first-ever North American headline tour Friday, October 7 at
the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA. The 23-city tour concludes Saturday, November
5 in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theater and features Springtime Carnivore
supporting on all dates. This is La Sera’s second run of touring across North
America this year to support their critically-lauded March 2016 record Music For
Listening To Music To.
August 26 marks the release of Take It, It’s Yours, a covers album conceived
and recorded by Katy Goodman (La Sera) + Greta Morgan (Springtime
Carnivore), featuring reimagined versions of 70s & 80s punk and New Wave
songs. Already with three songs and videos released from the album, Katy
Goodman & Greta Morgan’s unique approach to punk/indie classics from The
Replacements to Bad Brains and Blondie to Billy Idol is earning high praise for the
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ALBUM REVIEW: Departure Crawl from the Massive Footprint of Emo Rock on the Gateways EP

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Departure are a relatively new band emerging from the shadow, if not the carcass, of emo rock. In fact, Thursday formed before most of Departure’s members had even been born. Though touched by the contaminating (or blessing depending on your perspective) hand of emo, the Utah-based quintet saturate their sound with plenty of other influences, from glossy pop punk to progressive metal. On their EP Gateways, they polish nearly every track with domineering synth arrangements that don’t so much recall the ‘80s as they do the late ‘90s when metal bands were trying to remind us how much they loved the ‘80s.

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Stream Wyatt Blair’s unabashed love letter to the arena rock, glam and hair metal heroes on ‘Point of No Return’ now via Impose

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Today stream in full Wyatt Blair’s upcoming album Point of No Return out August 5 on Burger Records and Lolipop Records. Check out Point of No Return in over on Impose Mag.
Record label founder. Recording wizard. Power pop maestro. Wyatt Blair is a man of many disciplines. Blair began Lolipop Records out of his parents’ Laguna Beach garage in 2010 with a simple goal of recording his friends and sharing their music with the world. When Wyatt moved the label to Los Angeles in 2012, he inadvertently started a rock ‘n’ roll revolution – spawning an army of sweet-toothed teens with an insatiable appetite for the sugary garage pop sounds of Lolipop bands – most of them discovered by Blair himself.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Turning Virtue Put the Rock Back in Prog Rock on A Temporary Human Experience

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Prog rock can be prone to wild mood swings and Turning Virtue exhibit this rather swimmingly on their full length A Temporary Human Experience. Within one song, they easily sway between quixotically romantic, sneeringly sinister, and pensively ponderous while keeping a certain sense of no-frills rock ‘n’ roll at their core; a feat almost unheard of in modern prog. That’s not to say they really sacrifice the virtuoso flourishes so beloved by fans of the genre but rather they temper it with some straightforward impact.

The album hits the ground running with its lead-off single and one of its strongest tracks, the continuously climbing “Transcend.” The track pulls itself up, powered by determination and bold guitar work, focusing on new zeniths and only pausing to rest on majestic plateaus. While the album presents a myriad of moods, the urgency of “Transcend” seems to set a tone that permeates the full record; sometimes as an undercurrent, other times as an overwhelming force.

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Gothic Tropic shares new track “How Life Works,” announces upcoming album ‘Fast or Feast’ via Interview Mag

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Los Angeles’ Gothic Tropic introduces a new brand of female fronted, guitar-driven indie rock. Yesterday on Interview Magazine, Gothic Tropic shared their new track “How Life Works” and announced their upcoming album.  Check out the featurehere on Interview Magazine.

Interview Magazine: How did you come up with Fast or Feast, the title of the album?Gothic Tropic: There’s always a duality lurking above anything I do. I feel like some of the songs are very generous and loving and some of them are angry and depressing. Also, some of the shit I’ve been through… Fast or Feast is when it’s good, it’s really good, and when it’s bad, it fucking sucks. That kind of sums up last year and this year. 

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