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Experimental pop artist James Discovers plays Arts at the Armory Thursday (1/28)

Self-described "experimental pop" artist James Discovers puts some bizarre twists on "pop" conventions, while holding on to enough traditional pop structures to keep listeners engaged. Catchy hooks and bright guitars are frequently contrasted with wildy distorted, spastic guitar solos and effects-ladened vocals that feel as though the listener is at an undersea concert. If you'd rather stay above-water for a show, head to Arts at the Armory on January 28 and catch James' set during The Loop Songwriter Showcase. You can also stay up-to-date on the latest James Discovers news via his Facebook page and, in the meantime, check out his song "Cannibal Eyes" (streaming below). -Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn) 

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Regatta drops meditative debut EP

John Hughes is dead and gone, but the unshakeable melancholy of growing up is stronger than ever. Your dusty old VHS of The Breakfast Club doesn’t even have to leave the shelf to stand as a potent symbol of nostalgia and the loss that comes with the passing of time. Evan Hickman, the man behind Regatta, might or might not have any physical VHS tapes on his shelf, but he has a few figurative ones lodged in his spirit. His debut self-titled EP is a quick listen, clocking in at a snack-sized eight minutes with songs like sound-sketches, but what’s here is worth checking out.

The existential disenchantment is going to hit you one way or another, so you’d best just lean into it and hit the stream below. -Austin Phy

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New Track: "Wait, Wait" - Lantern

The anticipation increases when listening to “Wait, Wait” the latest song to emerge from Lantern’s forthcoming album Black Highways And Green Garden Roads, slated for release via Sophomore Lounge (vinyl) and Fixture Records (cassette) on February 19.  The song channels a vintage 60’s girl group/ soul sound.  Smooth soulful harmony and simple crisp instrumentation provide a polish while still highlighting a yearning and the voice-over into place rather well.  (Photo By Peter Woodford)

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Let it flow with Soft Bodies, see them live 01.30

The debut EP by Soft Bodies is a record in constant motion. Not motion like a freight train barreling down the line or an airplane dipping and diving through the clouds, but motion like something more organic and common to us all. It pulses, it waves, it flows, and when it skips a beat and jumps right for you, it’s both startling and beautiful. Though the tracks here range from laid back 90’s house fare (in the best way possible) to funky-as-it-gets, they move as smoothly from one to the next as they do from verse to chorus.

Catch Soft Bodies this Saturday (01.30) at Cafe Coco and pick up a free copy of the EP while you're there. -Austin Phy

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Early end to Riverside project Cruelty Code

With regret, members are pulling the plug on Cruelty Code in two more shows. Known for their mixture of trepanating timbres and rusted-scalpel lyrics, the paragon of IE coldwave exemplified Salope Cassette's nursery of whispered auteurs including Contraciel, Shojo Winter, and Ambersmoke. The departure of Cruelty Code comes as a tragedy to Southern California's close-knit and supportive communities of noise — the project is survived by The Victoriana and Pornography Ethics.

Their three-date send-off began last night in Riverside with Shitgiver, Band Aparte, and Sashcloth & Axes. Kevin McVey (Shojo Winter, ex-Crisis Arm) fills in synth for Kevin Martin (ex-Apathean, Eisenhower). - Ryan Mo, photo credit: Shojo Winter

1/30 Temecula @ The Dial with MATH, Wreckage and Black Cat, Shojo Winter

 

2/05 Los Angeles @ Timewarp with OCD, Toner, Shojo Winter, The Unending Thread

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