It's a Single! CA Sun releases "Lighten Up"

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The newest single from California-based CA Sun is here for your listening pleasure:

 

Formed in humble Bell, California, CA Sun are Bryant, Christian, Edgar and Sheldon: four boys destined to be men. Making the music of lovers, CA Sun set out to warm hearts and blow minds.

Their debut EP, Tidal Wave, was released in July of this year and all those who have heard it have never been seen again. Just kidding, they just really really liked it.  CA Sun invite you to dance, cry, and fall in love.

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Concert Review and Interview: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

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Maybe it’s the name. Maybe it’s the youthful energy of their stage presence. Maybe it’s the glowing innocence of the songs. However it’s done, despite the fact that they’ve been making music together for 14 years, the Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin concert at DC9 on June 26 still felt like just some teenagers having fun playing music at a local venue.

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ON AN ON Album Review: Give In

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ON AN ON’s debut album Give In is 45 minutes full of catchy, polished pop melodies and melancholy anthems. Give In describes exactly what this indie-pop trio refuses to do. After three of the six members had left indie-rock group Scattered Trees, the remaining three regrouped and reinvented themselves along with a new and unique sound as ON AN ON. As debut albums go, Give In is a strong effort and it hints at what the band could become with some honing.

With their song “Ghosts,” ON AN ON establishes a strong emotional atmosphere for the rest of the album. Layering the raspy sounds of percussion and a buzzy guitar over the main pop melody, they create a strong feeling of longing. The full percussion creates a subtly strong beat behind the song that enhances the melody’s buildup. “Every Song in the World” captures the desire to escape, as the lyrics comment on how every song is reminiscent of someone who was part of the songwriter’s painful memories. Although the lyrics are simple and repeat for the most part, they create a hint of insistence and urgency behind the emotion. With “American Dream,” the band takes a more mellow approach by creating a lullaby, as Eisland reassuringly croons “you’re gonna be a star.” “Cops” bluntly questions authority and the sense of security authority gives us—a controversial topic expressed in the most haunting song of the album. “I Wanted to Say More” is a beautiful, hazy piece to end the album that draws out its melody until the last possible second, creating a sweet tension before its final resolution.

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Album review: Youth Lagoon's Wondrous Bughouse

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Back in early 2010,  everybody was looking forward to MGMT’s Congratulations. Personally, it was a flop. Congratulations represented, for me at least, the epitome of a sophomore slump album. It tried too hard to be something that blew everyone’s mind. Sure, Oracular Spectacular was amazing because it was weird. It was just that Congratulations pushed the boundaries past the line where it seemed acceptable.

The new Youth Lagoon album, Wondrous Bughouse, reminds me a lot of that attempt to go down the path where MGMT’s second album failed. To begin with, the name Wondrous Bughouse makes the album scream feel weird. That is exactly what it is. From the get go, with the first song, “Through Mind and Back”, I found myself wondering what was going on. What mess did I get into? Did I just enter the mindspace of some avant-garde film?

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Starfucker – Miracle Mile

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Starfucker, also known by their “safe-for-work” moniker, STRFKR, released their third LP Miracle Mile last week, along with dates for their ensuing tour (including a trip to the 9:30 Club on March 13th). The band’s previous record, Reptilians, was very popular among critics and fans alike, and showed excellent progress from their self-titled debut. Known for their mix of indie pop, electronica, and sometimes-funky dance numbers, Starfucker has achieved status as a major name, first in their hometown scene of Portland and more recently worldwide.

For their die-hard supporters, Miracle Mile is another solid chapter in the Starfucker catalogue. It has the same kind of hooks, catchy guitar twangs, and slightly obscure references to 19th century poets we’ve become accustomed to since their debut. Still, as much as it appeals to their fan base, the album refuses to climb out of the ever-growing pool of generic, boring indie pop music.  Even at its highlights with the songs “Kahlil Gibran” and “Atlantis”, the listener is subjected to adolescent lyrics expressing vague and rather clichéd ideas.

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