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Wednesday Night Music Madness

Looks like Wednesday this week is bring us two fantastic shows for a good nights run around.

Start the evening off with an Ears of the Beholder presented Happy Hour show at the Noise Pop Pop-Up Shop with Space Ghost, Skeletal System, Kites Sail High, Yalls (Debut), and visuals by Chris Martz. This will take place at the Fifty24SF Gallery starting around 6. Get your tickets here if you haven't already.

Following that Milk will host Future Sounds Presents: The Rumble featuring Blackbird Blackbird, Phantom Kicks, and Letting Up Despite Great Fault, 8pm.

A lot to fit in to one evening but definitely worth it if you have the stamina.

 

-Ada Lann

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February 2011
The Young International
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Composed of four of the original members of Lorien, The Young International isn't a far cry from the melody-driven pop rock of the former group, with Kaleb Jones still on lead vocals plus spacey guitar-and-key melodies abound. But these musicians have been around the block, and while it may be tempting to confine their sound to a niche (more specifically, it's the sort of emo-tinged pop rock that teenage scene kids feed on at Rocketown), their self-titled EP, celebrated with a 12th & Porter show Feb. 10, is well-crafted and filler-free. Co-produced by Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay) and TYI drummer Thomas Doeve (Andrew Belle, Trent Dabbs) and mixed by Vance Powell (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, Secret Machines), the five tracks are crisp, distinct and a solid step up.


While the melodies are frigid and airy like a Coldplay-Keane hybrid, the tracks progress with an easiness that channels Guster. It opens with the pretty jangle of their first single, "Ruckus," though at mid-tempo, it doesn't really sound like they're capable of starting one despite the lyrics. Then in "Gravity," guitars sound off like bells (sounds like Coldplay's "Talk") as Jones sings in expressive vocals, "I just want to know/do you got a new equation/or a better explanation for why we come and go?"


The real meat of the recording is in the last couple tracks, between the shimmering ambience of "Straight Line" (guitar parts and feedback reminiscent of Mew) and the synthesizers trilling over beautiful guitar tones in the exquisite "Shadowboxing." The Young International likes its echoing keys and lush guitar parts, and they're coming from four musicians who've racked up a lot of experience over the past few years. - Jessica Pace





I Hate You Just Kidding....but seriously.

 

 Floating acoustics, soft harmonies, mandolins, and lightly breathing harmonicas make up the sweet sound of duet I Hate You Just Kidding. Jessi Fulghum and Jeremy Brock, two dreamers from Costa Mesa, started writing and playing songs together in 2009, and released their "Untitled" EP in the summer of 2010. The songs "My Little Dove" and "Sun-dried Tomatoes" have an airy, summery folk type sound much like The Shins. The 5 track EP transitions into a more ambient indie feel reminiscant of early Bright Eyes, with the tracks "My Hands/My Fate" and "Untitled". I Hate You Just Kidding was nominated for "Best New Artist", "Best Folk", and "Best Live Acoustic" last year at The Orange County Music Awards, and their new EP "I'm A Submarine" drops on March 1st...just in time to freshen up for spring! For now, check out their "Untitled" EP, available on iTunes, and stay tuned for upcoming local shows.
-Jenna Putnam

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Industrial NYC: YVETTE

These guys YVETTE submitted their CD for review here a few days ago and... DUDES! This is some serious awesomeness for all the sick noise/shoegazer/industrial fans out there. This band has the rare ability to create noise that's also very musical and textured. Industrial is definitely their primary genre - the clanging drums and mechanical, metallic, and often dissonant guitars play the main characters here - but this dark soundscape becomes an almost cathartic, religious experience because of the choral, ethereal melodies that reference the shoegazer genre. Check out their song "Vibrations", our favorite from the ones we heard on myspace.

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Maps & Atlases on Laundromatinee

 

Maps & Atlases session with Laundromatinee (the live video performance series from My Old Kentucky Blog) was released yesterday. The band performed three songs from their 2010 debut album Perch Patchwork (Carpark), and a cover of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song".

The band will be performing at Lincoln Hall on March 11th.

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