Indie Rock

Kellen of Troy is very alive on indie rock debut "Posthumous Release"

Formerly a fiddle player for The Apache Relay, Kellen Wenrich has struck out on his own as Kellen of Troy. His debut full-length Posthumous Release offers self-reflective lyricism through a fusion of indie pop, rock, and folk that draws strongly from the melodic influences of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and occasionally '50s rock & roll, situating Wenrich nicely beside contemporaries Lord Huron and Kurt Vile. Check out the album below and be sure to look out for the next time Kellen of Troy is in town! - Chris Thiessen

BBQ Pope - New Single, Hittin' The Rec Room 03.30

Toronto garage/pysch band BBQ Pope have released a new two song…thing. It’s the “Winters of my Youth” single. This tune is very catchy and still rambunctious as you would expect from BBQ Pope. This 5 minute rocker has many layers that’ll keep you interested the whole time. The accompanying track “Before and After” kind of begins like “I Got You” by Split Enz. This tune has a more relaxed attitude. It’s the kind of tune that makes you feel sad but happy at the same time. Know what I mean? See BBQ Pope at the Rec Room on March 30th with Nobunny and Vypers. – Kris Gies

Lavender Blush brings atmospheric noise rock to Shoegaze Fest (4.15)

One way to describe Lavender Blush is a diamond in the rough soundscape of San Francisco shoegaze. Another, more simple (and perhaps even more meaningful) descriptor is just good. Like their sound, there’s no need for over-complication. This is the type of band that sneaks up on you, that stuns you into a silence with driving guitar parts, fuzzy production, and haunting vocals. The track “Misdirection” (streaming below) is an exercise in the genuine, one that is meant to be listened to over and over again. Lavender Blush will be playing at the EB Shoegaze Fest on April 15th at The Fireside Lounge in Alameda. - Lilly Milman

FACS Record Release @ Empty Bottle

FACS will be releasing their debut album, Negative Houses, on March 30th via Trouble In Mind. FACS is the work of Brian Case and Noah Leger (formerly of Disappears) with bassist Alianna Kalaba. The first single for the LP is called “Primary” and it is a dark sonic journey symbolically represented in the new video below. The band also released an equally dark video back in January for the LP’s lead track “Skylarking.

You can help the trio celebrate the new LP at Empty Bottle on March 30th with DIM and Ethers.


Daysee released their debut full-length back, Airbag, in January. Their sound ranges from Dream-pop, “Day’s End”, to crunchy electro-rock, “Dizzy”, and several genre’s in-between.

You can catch Daysee at The Hideout on March 22nd and at Cole’s on March 24th.

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