White Fence – “Like That”

As briefly profiled in a recent LA Weekly piece, Tim Presley of White Fence is a highly prolific songwriter and musical jack-of-all-trades in the tradition of Robert Pollard, which may be why this song appealed to me so quickly. There aren’t many artists who can pull off this sort of naive garage/psychedelia sound without setting off […]

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Hooray For Earth – “Keys”

Hooray For Earth aren’t afraid of the bombast. Their forthcoming album Racy (to be released on July 29th) has lots of big guitars, drums, and synthesizer noises, all of which echo 80s landmarks ranging from Peter Gabriel’s “No Self Control” to Toto’s “Africa” (yes, really). “Keys” is the second track on the new record, and it […]

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Raging Slab – “Don’t Dog Me”

Raging Slab was making boogie rock out of New York back in 1989 when very few people wanted such things. This was the year of Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative” and Edie Brickell’s “What I Am” – not exactly the time for dirt-ass roots rock with beards and monster trucks. Nonetheless, the band got signed to […]

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