Indie Rock

Post Animal “Fitness”

Post Animal have kicked off 2020 by sharing the third single, “Fitness”, from their forthcoming sophomore album, Forward Motion Godyssey. The album, the band’s first since 2018’s debut When I Think Of You In A Castle, is set to be released via Polyvinyl on February 14th.

This is Psych Pop of Dalton Allison, Jake Hirshland, Javi Reyes, Wesley Toledo, and Matt Williams.

You can catch Post Animal on April 23rd at Thalia Hall.

01.11: Maria Blues supports ska-tinged debut LP at The Concert Lounge

A fourth wave of ska has emerged in full force, and LA is the epicenter from which its waves originate. Among the talented artists creating new music of this style is Maria Blues, who released her debut album Look Who It Is last month. The singer-songwriter fuses reggae, ska, cumbia, and soul together to create tracks that are catchy and emotions. Blues's lyrics switch between English and Spanish and seek to uplift those who don't often feel that they have a voice, especially women. Many of the tracks on Look Who It Is came from the last few years of Blues's career, especially "Rude Monkey", which saw its music video released in 2018. To celebrate Look Who It Is, Blues and her band will play The Concert Lounge in Riverside on January 11th. Go check her out, and take a look now at the music video for "Rude Monkey". - Will Sisskind 

The Band Royale

The Band Royale has released their latest album, their first since 2017’s Delusions of Grandeur EP.

This is the anthemic rock of brothers Joel Bauman (Guitars, Vocals), Nate Bauman (Drums), and Zach Bauman (Rhythm Guitars, Keys).

The group released two singles from this album in 2019, “Loose Lips Sink Ships” and “Surf Kings”.

You can help the brothers celebrate the release of their album at Lincoln Hall on January 22nd with The Tomblands.

The Side-Bets

Garage Rock trio The Side-Bets have released their first two single, “No Way!” and "Feel’n Bad”. The nearly formed group features members that have played with bands like TV Slime, The Lucks, and other well-respected local DIY bands.

You can catch The Side-Bets at Empty Bottle on February 3rd with Masonic Wave, DEN, and Salvation.

American Actor's debut single proves unique and gritty, plays The Broadway 1.27

New York indie outfit American Actor’s debut singles Chaos Creator / Cold Hands showcases an upstart alternative group with a penchant for gritty, growling rock and graphic (and sometimes salacious) lyricism. The release’s A Side (“Chaos Creator”) flexes frothy vocals and a sliding, siren-esque guitar, culminating in a no-holds-barred chorus with a heavy crunch, before transitioning to a distinctly chiller B-Side (“Cold Hands”), replete with lewd wordage and a self-effacing perspective. Between the band’s reliance on space-filling electric guitars and the forthcoming nature of their central vox, American Actor’s sound falls squarely between the instrumental stylings of alt giants like The National and the tongue-in-cheek lyrics of Alex Cameron, simultaneously bringing their own uniquely grimy songwriting to the forefront while never pulling punches. Listen to them below, and catch the band’s debut performance at The Broadway on January 27th. —Connor Beckett McInerney

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