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04.03: LA newcomer Moon Darling to self-release new record "In The Wildwood"

These are uncertain times, and when one has little else to do but stare at their four walls and hope for a better tomorrow, there needs to be some ethereal jams to cut through the thick silence. Fortunately, Moon Darling have come to Los Angeles by way of Seattle with their new record In The Wildwood, which drops on April 3rd.. Dreamy and angular, the songs feature the soaring vocals and guitar mastery of Michael Julian Escobar, who channels Led Zeppelin and Ozzy. The track "Which Way To Go" -- a reworked song from years past -- presents what In The Wildwood has to offer; driving psych rock with hints of disco and rock 'n roll. You'll sway, you'll dance, but overall, while listening to In The Wildwood, you sure won't be bored. Take a listen to "Which Way To Go" now. - Will Sisskind

Peach Tree Rascals share video for new single "Things Won't Go My Way"

These times of isolation have not stopped Peach Tree Rascals from putting out new work, as they've released their new single "Things Won't Go My Way", along with its music video. The song puts into words feelings of self-doubt, the transitions of life and the dangers they present, and how disillusionment can get in the way of aspiration. Its music video channels The Truman Show, with the band acting as characters beaten by misfortune after misfortune, all of which brings them together at the end. Take a look at the video for "Things Won't Go My Way" below. - Will Sisskind

Alt-pop songstress WENS releases debut EP "Lemoncholy"

Although she has a lengthy independent career behind her, tastemaker and alt-pop songstress WENS has released her major label debut EP Lemoncholy on R&R/Warner Records. Written about the years between 18 and 21 years of age, the songs on Lemoncholy cover confusion, contradiction, love, loss, and fear while coming of age. In these uncertain times, songs about uncertainty seem fitting, especially when set to WENS's catchy pop arrangements. WENS has released several music videos for tracks from Lemoncholy, but a brand new one for "Tongue Tied" is available for you to watch now. - Will Sisskind

The Rare Occasions release new single "Set It Right"

In these times of limited movement, nothing says that you can't get the blood pumping inside your own home. If you need a track to help you get your body moving, consider The Rare Occasions' "Set It Right", a track pleading for kindness in the form of blistering indie rock. During these next few weeks, kindness will be necessary, as well as the need to dance. "Set It Right" is the perfect anthem in those cases; adding it to your end-of-the-world playlists would be wise. The Rare Occasions just appeared on the recent compilation cover album honoring Green Day's Insomniac, featuring many of LA's best up-and-coming indie bands. They'll also release an EP in two parts over the course of the year. Take a listen to "Set It Right" below. - Will Sisskind

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