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Cue the fog machines, light up the mirror ball, and slide into the funky, vaporwave world of Honeycraft. In that order! Catherine Rose has been dreaming up a new world behind the scenes, and she’s finally welcoming us in with the debut of Shelther. At the hand of producer Thom Monahan, she ties a comparison to the warm, cosmic synths of AIR and the retro, pop-doused vocals of ABBA. A fair, accurate comparison, I’ll add.

 

The song’s intro sprinkles you into a bassline that immediately catches flow within a warm ocean of “oohs” and “woohs.” Rose said those vocals were used off the original demo that she recorded raw into her Macbook in order keep that vintage feel.

 

Shelter is the first of many for Honeycraft. We’re very much looking forward to being whisked away into the soft hue of her new world. Check the song after the jump and be sure to return her warm welcome with a welcome of your own on her socials channels below!

 

 

 

 

 

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I still remember nearly four years ago when my friends were passing around Sales’ sophomore single “Chinese New Year.” Every time I put it on, it invigorates the feeling of a top down drive along PCH. It rekindles the soft smell of an ocean breeze and the warm sunny rays of a southern California summer gently resting on our backs. Seeing as how they’re from Orlando, ocean breezes and warm sunny rays are something they’re very accustomed to, and it oozes through their music.

 

Luckily for Bay Area, our friends at Noise Pop are bringing Sales and their warm sunny vibes to Oakland at the Starline Social Club next Tuesday December 5th! I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to sway with these guys and watch them in their element for too long. Be sure to snag your tickets quick. Come get some sun with us.

 

 

 

 

 

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This week in band names that aren’t strategically crafted for SEO purposes: CULTS! Nobody in music nowadays sets a nostalgic tone quite like they do. In a music world where everyone is forward thinking, CULTS harness a retro sound that would be a perfect fit for a late 80s high school movie. With Madeline Follin’s bubbly stage presence leading the charge and Brian Oblivion’s gothic atmosphere in control of backing vocals and instrumentals, you get the unique dynamic that will have you craving for more

 

It has been years since I’ve gotten to be fortunate enough to see these two come together to perform. What better time than directly off the release of their new album Offering that came out on October 6th? Crazy how it’s been 4 years since Static and 6 YEARS since their Self-Titled that made me fall in love with them. There is no sign of them slowing down whatsoever, and for that, I’m thankful.

 

Though tickets are sold out online, where there’s a will there’s a way. Peruse the Facebook event and feel the good luck within you. Do not miss this show!

 

 

 

 

 

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Few live touring acts give us the feels like British electronica group Alt-J do today. Comprised of singer Joe Newman, drummer Thom Sonny Green, and keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton the English trio have been melting hearts and faces around the world since 2007 (Hope all is well with you, Gwil Sainsbury).

 

On June 2nd the guys released their 3rd studio album Relaxer to fantastic critical and public acclaim. The 8-tracker retains the same garage-indie-rock style that the band become famous for while straying into newer territories of sound heard in seedy underground of the world. Relaxer is their first album to feature guest vocals; and given that they are from Wolf Alice‘s Ellie Rowsell and Maricka Hackman, they couldn’t be more welcome.

 

To celebrate the release of their new album and subsequent national tour we wanted to do something special. The LA leg of their show ends 8/10 at the Shrine. In honor of the album’s title Relaxer we’re asking you to post a picture on our Facebook, Twitter, snail-mailbox, high-school locker, etc. of you in your place of relaxation. It can be anywhere you find your center whether it be meditating on a mountaintop or simply listening to your favorite podcast during your morning commute (Don’t text/call/anything-but-drive and drive!). We have 5 pairs of tickets to giveaway to the best photos! Be sure to tag @ShrineLA @controlaltdelight and @Goldenvoice for full credit. Check them out if you’re at OSL too!

 

With support from SOHN and Bishop Briggs, this promises to be a heart-wrenching show in the best of ways. Come tear up with us.

 

 

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With a style that’s reminiscent of early Pinback and a dash of Radiohead, Klangstof sends listeners on an ethereal journey through space and time. Every time I listen to them, I imagine I’m driving down PCH, top down, not a cloud in the sky; I’m home. Their name is a combination of the Norwegian word for “reverb” (“Klang”), and the Dutch word for “dust” (“Stof”). Reverb Dust seems fitting, as their guitars, vocals, and synths drift to give you a floating feeling and tease the echoes of an empty room.

 

Klangstof is nestled comfortably, and borderline unusually, among the Mind of a Genius family, whom you may be familiar with (Zhu and Gallant). As of late, they were picked up to tour with Phantogram and Miike Snow. Be sure to go early, not just to get a good spot (thank you General Admission), but to see them when they make their way to the Greek Theater on Saturday July 1!

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s only a week away!

 

We think this might be the best CRSSD line-up ever!

 

PHASE 1:

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AlunaGeorge
Ame (DJ)
Amtrac
Billie Eilish
Blood Orange
Bob Moses
Boys Don’t Disco
Cut Snake
Damian Lazarus
Darius
Duke Dumont
Dusky (live)
Elderbrook
Flume
Fritz Carlton
Giraffage
Horse Meat Disco
H.V.O.B.
Jackmaster
Jason Bentley
Jerry Folk
Josh Wink
Justin Martin
Kasbo
Lane 8
Lauren Lane
Lee K
Lost Frequencies
Louis Futon
Martin Jensen
Midland
Paul Najera
Peggy Gou
Rad Cat
Recondite (live)
Rodhad
Seth Troxler b2b Eats Everything
Skream
Sonny Fodera
Snakehips
Tensnake
Wax Motif
Wingtip
Yotto
Cassy
Claude Von Stroke
Detlef
Heidi
Latmun
Mija
Moon Boots
Point Point

 

Hope to see you all out there on the San Diego Waterfront!!!!!!

 

Flume – Depth Charge

 

Bob Moses – Far From the Tree

 

Darius – Hot Hands

 

Sonny Fodera – You & I

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The season of “get out and go” is nearing its end; the time to take a step back and wonder what has passed and what is next is nigh. Here are some auditory fare to help ease in the existentialism. Take ’em in with a nice helping of solitude.

 

Turvy Organ – 98 West

Following their stunning debut LP, Turvy Organ have trudged through despair to find the calculated despondence of new EP Divv//ecto. It’s good to see they still couldn’t care less.

 

LIFER – Nightlife

Have you ever been in a one life stand? LIFER is asking the right questions in ‘Nightlife’. New EP out on Forged Artifacts 8|19.

 

St. Francis Hotel – Mondello

St. Francis Hotel‘s debut is a soft and weary lilt through a tenebrous technicolor trance.

 

Obliques – Cut Me Loose (Ill Feeling)

These funky soul cats are helping change the adage to: trust in your in Obliques.

 

Shakes – Strange Tides

Stuck in limbo, Shakes‘ ‘Strange Tides’ is all bits catchy indie-pop swept up in the undertow of the complications of romance.

 

NOVAA – Rose

All is never lost. Angel-voiced NOVAA‘s Japanese inspired chill reminds us that “we’re made of heaven we just didn’t know”. More on the way from her.