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The Acetates Host May Residency at Silverlake Lounge

The comely acoustic folk of The Acetates greets you like an unexpected postcard from an old friend - always reliable, familiar, and with a reminder that things are going to be just fine. Their stripped-down songs are closely-observed musings that depict images of the everday, though they incorporate wind instruments to give it a fuller texture; think of nostalgic city dwellers reminiscing about the simple country life backing Paul Simon on his latest tour. After two sporadic singles released through bandcamp in 2012, both in the vein of gleaming Americana, the Echo Park quintet are finally releasing their debut EP on the last night of their May residency at Silverlake Lounge.

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Devon Williams Announces New Album, 'Gilding The Lily,' out June 3

If dream pop could be melancholic and a ballad feel manic, Devon Williams would be its personification. "Flowers," the first single off Williams' forthcoming third LP titled, 'Gilding The Lily,' displays his enigmatic power wrapped in a gentle ethereal touch. There are flourishes of soft 60s pop, with Pet Sounds-style backing vocals and a pulsing organ. But there's an undeniable early Shins feeling erupting from the very first vocal line that I can't shake. That is to say, he references the best of pop's past and creates something refreshingly personal. Overall, there's a maturity in Williams' ability to delicately display such raw emotion through clever pop melodies and lush arrangements. 'Gilding the Lily' is due out June 3 on Slumberland Records. - Jacqueline Caruso

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Stream: Ablebody, "After Hours"

Off-kilter art rock shoegazers, Ablebody, are sharing a new tune with us. Where their debut release was covered in a veil of gloom and unsettling dissonance, this new single, "After Hours," is a gutsy Britpop suckerpunch. Skillfully accentuating offbeat syllables, Hochheim creates musical punctuations with his words, matching the driving beat underneath it all. Spacey synths, dreamy reverb-drenched guitars, and the atmospheric layers we've come to know from Ablebody are all still intact, but this slightly new direction is a welcome one. Stream "After Hours" below and catch them on their tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tomorrow night May 7 at The Troubadour. - Jacqueline Caruso

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Stream: Monogem, "Wait and See"

Much like pizza, we can never get enough electro pop. Monogem is the newest kid on these slick, dreamy streets. The moniker of singer/songwriter, Jen Hirsch, Monogem played their first show this past September and made a huge splash with their single, "Wait and See." The production is bass heavy with buzzing synth lines and dance-y beats. The track is undeniably pop, but the true interest lies in Hirsch's laid-back, sultry vocals and blissfully catchy melodies. Plus, it's perfectly timed for this steamy summer weather. May 4, 11 and 25, Monogem, backed by a full band, will be the featured Sunday Residency artist at The Bootleg. Stream "Wait and See" below. - Jacqueline Caruso

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YNGCULT release Capitøll EP

As far as stage gimmicks goes, YNGCULT maybe have raised the stakes of masquarading in deliberate anomymity. The R & B informed duo wear tetrahedron head pieces to disguise their physical facade, which in turn, would ostensibly reveal ours since they're reflective in design. Which would make for a somewhat awkward experience, seeing yourself from the audience through them, though their spectral slow jams are so bewitching it's possible they'd seduce you into a careless, mellow state of being. The duo just released their latest EP, Capitøllwhich they just made available through their official bandcamp page.

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Video: Cassandra Violet, "Beyond The Fray"

LA native and singer-songwriter, Cassandra Violet, has been quietly building an army of devoted followers with her catchy and clever folk pop tunes. Her 3 song EP, 'Beyond The Fray,' was funded through a kickstarter campaign. She also made a video for the title track. Hand claps and stomps make up most of the instrumentation, along with Violet's powerful harmonies. The song's sparse arrangement matches the wide open deserted landscape chosen for the setting in the video. While the song has a pretty quality, it's just a guise luring you in like a black widow calling you into her web. She creates a spooky, ghost town, chill-inducing atmosphere. Reminiscient of The Civil Wars if they were produced by Kimbra, Cassandra Violet is certainly one to watch. Peep the video below and get caught in her web. - Jacqueline Caruso

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Stream: Zig Zags, "Brainded Warrior"

Our 2012 Year End Poll winners and off-the-wall garbage punk rockers, Zig Zags are at it again. Their rumored Ty Segall-produced album has become an official announcement. Due out June 3 on In The Red Records, the long-awaited debut full length has us bursting with anticipation. "Brainded Warrior" is the first single they've shared and it fully lives up to the hype. The trio creates a parallel world where their music is the soundtrack to the mythic shenanigans of glammed-out mutant warriors. While referencing 80s punk and metal, they manage to build something futuristic; a shredded wasteland that, through their lens, becomes a playground for tongue-in-cheek mischief. Zig Zags play two nights at The Church on York with Thee Oh Sees on May 28 and 29. - Jacqueline Caruso

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Okapi Sun play the Satellite on 4.25

Dancehall provocateurs (and recent Deli poll winners) Okapi Sun are about to set the stage ablaze with a record release show at Silverlake Lounge tomorrow, April 25. Their skewed brand of IDM is felt with a directness, even in all its auto-tuned glory, throughout their debut album Techno Phaedra, a quality that shines through their colorful tunes. It comes out next Tuesday, April 29 via Phaedra Records.

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