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Oil Bay's "Demo" is rightfully rough, plays C'mon Everybody 4.7

Demo is a cursory, two-track offering by Brooklyn-based five piece Oil Bay, one that despite its short nine-minute run time firmly establishes the band’s ear for enchanting garage and tactile synths. A-Side “STRANGERdemo” builds mystery with its noir-inspired melodies and instrumentation, rife with lurid allusions to late night tales and heavy-compress guitars, opening with equal measures of disorienting keys and screaming strings, this downtempo energy fading with the introduction of “SpacesuitDEMO” and its accompanying breakbeat pace. With no shortage of reverb and a flexibility to incorporate experimental electronic accents into their lofi sound Oil Bay is tailor-made for listeners looking for gritty, noisy Indie rock — listen below, and catch them at C’Mon Everybody on April 7th.

Melissa Mills spills raw emotion in new single "Lose My Cool"

Melissa Mills has a new single out, and it is classic Melissa Mills. “Lose My Cool” has an emotional edge to it that is hard to ignore: Melissa’s passionate vocals grip you from the start, and combined with a luscious blend of synths swells and smooth-cool rhythms drag you to the places of her mind where healing is taking place. Fury and acceptance exist in the track, and both are acknowledged with honesty and raw emotion—Melissa’s specialty. Stream this new track from the Boston-based artist below. - Rene Cobar

02.16: The Paranoyds play homecoming show at Alex's Bar after whirlwind tour

You're wondering what you can call "the sound of the 2020s". The Paranoyds seem to have their finger on the pulse in their prog-rock, new New Wave, punk-tinged melange, which powers their energetic live shows. The band have taken their set on the run through the last few weeks; they'll close out their whirlwind nationwide Global Warming Tour with a show at Alex's Bar in Long Beach on February 16th. On this tour, the band have pledged to donate one dollar of every merch purchase to helping end the Australian brushfires. The show at Alex's Bar will be your last chance to help the band help others, as well as for you to get some sweet merch from them in person for a while.

The Paranoyds put out their latest album Carnage Bargain last fall, and on it you can hear them dabble with sounds influenced by The B-52s, Blondie, and other proto-punk pioneers. Take a listen to the album below, and catch The Paranoyds when they come home on February 16th. - Will Sisskind

Heaps - Embrace New Beginnings with Synth Rock Single "Softly"

In another lifetime these 4 four fellas were known as The Kents. It was an important move to make the switch according to lead singer Warren Frank “Heaps is necessary change. A process of determining that. A space. A freedom to create without inhibition.” Their new single “Softly” has an uplifting feel to it. The consummate mix of 80’s synth pop and 2010’s indie rock. Hear this powerful track live in Toronto on April 3rd at The Horseshoe. – Kris Gies

02.14: Massage plays free V-Day show at Highland Park Bowl's Indiepop Party

Forget the flowers, the candy, and the expensive gifts. Bring your date, your significant other, or yourself to Highland Park Bowl for a free show featuring LA's top jangle poppers Massage. Massage play a smattering of shows every year, and this performance at Highland Park Bowl -- free, by the way -- makes for your first opportunity to see the band in 2020. Joining Massage are San Francisco's Starry Eyed Cadet, as well as Dummy, an indie supergroup made up of members from Wildhoney and Expert Alterations. You may not find a cheaper or better V-Day event than this, so get your bowling arm and dancing legs ready and head to Highland Park Bowl on February 14th for a free night of fantastic music. Take a listen to the title track from Massage's 2018 LP Oh Boy below. - Will Sisskind

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