Wolf Alice Smoothes Out Rough Edges with ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’

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Upon the conclusion of their U.S. tour, going into their small venue U.K. tour, Wolf Alice is getting intimate in more than just their concert gigs. The four-piece recently released the amorous music video for their most unabashed love song, “Don’t Delete the Kisses.” Continue reading

The Japanese House is Somebody I’m Happy to Have Found

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The Japanese House — not to be confused with Japanese Wallpaper or Japanese Breakfast — is nowhere near new to my playlist having put out a steady stream of EP releases to keep listeners at bay since 2015. But Amber Bain seems in no rush to satiate her fans’ appetites with an LP. Continue reading

LANY Surprised L.A. with a Pop-Up Shop

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If you happened to be driving down Wilshire Boulevard on July 6 and noticed an impossibly large crowd wrapped around a significantly smaller storefront, odds are you witnessed LANY fans in their element.

The L.A.-based synth-pop band surprised fans that Thursday with a one-day pop-up shop to celebrate their self-titled debut album less than a week after its release.

Appropriately, the shop matched the band’s pastel aesthetic, coated in millennial pink with their album artwork and merchandise, including some pop-up shop exclusives, displayed throughout.

For those of you who missed out on the five-plus hours of waiting in the summer heat rose-colored festivities, I’ve created a photo gallery below of everything the shop had to offer, including the LANY boys themselves: Paul Klein, Jake Goss and Les Priest. Continue reading

LANY Makes a Debut Album Perfect for Millennials

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While LANY is arguably referred to as an alternative band, one thing is for sure — they are the epitomical sound of the millennial generation. From their lyricism to their composition to their song titles, this synth-laden album checks all the boxes for mass appeal to teens and 20-somethings. Continue reading

Wolf Alice’s ‘Yuk Foo’ Takes No Prisoners

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If there’s one thing you should know about Wolf Alice, it’s to never put them in a box. Their Grammy nominated debut album “My Love Is Cool” bounded between pacifistic indie-folk to turbulent grunge from track to track. If “Moaning Lisa Smile” was their ode to grunge revival, “Yuk Foo” is their jab into riot grrrl punk… except with boys, too. Continue reading

Concert Review: MAGIC GIANT Gives Breath of Fresh Air in So Many Ways

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If you have been having a tough time coping and find yourself in need of a hug, you should really find your way to a MAGIC GIANT concert. I’m not just talking about how Austin, Zang and Zambricki give the most amazing hugs – I’m talking about how there is so much positivity radiating from these guys, it becomes an encompassing force throughout the room that feels like a giant embrace.

Admittedly, I had no intention of writing a review when I went to the “In The Wind” album release party, but that show was so beyond words, I decided I had to take on the challenge of at least trying to capture the incredible experience.

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Concert Review: Balance and Composure’s Conflicting New Direction Translates Live

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Balance and Composure has always been one of those bands that has been on my radar, although never the subject of my sole attention. I had been reading several reviews about their newest album and how divisive it was, so when I was offered the opportunity to do a live review for The Poly Post, I couldn’t turn it down.

Balance and Composure played to a sometimes raucous, sometimes subdued crowd at The Glass House in Pomona on Wednesday in support of their third album, “Light We Made.”

The band’s departure from their punk/post-hardcore roots, trading in distorted guitars for more polished vocals, has created a divide in their sound and their fan base.

Members of the audience were a mix of angsty and indie rockers distinctive of Balance and Composure’s old and new phases, which made for a volatile blend. Continue reading