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Tomber Lever releases new album Furniture Pedagogue, tour with Birote the Musical

Hailing from La Verne by way of Pomona, the suburban experimental tribe Tomber Lever release their new album Furniture Pedagogue on Pacific Nature Records tomorrow, January 7. The quartet's brand of infectious and genre-bending rock 'n' roll permeates with themes of family, showcasing creative efforts of the tight-knit DIY community that cultivated them. Pacific Nature Records is releasing the album on cassette tape with two different covers and tape splatters with J-card. 

Listen to "No. 12" off Furniture Pedagogue below and watch Tomber Lever perform tonight at VLHS to kickoff their tour "4,000 Miles to Graceland" with Birote the Musical, support from Judcody Limon and Harriers of Discord. Need an address? Ask a punk. - Ryan Mo





Panoramic begins West Coast tour tomorrow with show at Beatnik Bandito

Orange County’s Panoramic embark on their first West Coast tour from January 7 to January 21, traveling up to the wintery forests of Washington and back following a successful trek through the Southwest last summer. The quartet kick off their tour at Orangy County's Beatnik Bandito tomorrow at 7:30 PM, with support from dairy queen duo Talk, Tired Thanatoid, Leashes, Young Jesus, and the linguistic-noise trio Benno, VA. Download Panoramic’s debut album Not Exactly for free on Bandcamp. - Ryan Mo





New Loadcard EP Available for Streaming & Download

Free-floating between joy-inducing, synth-steering, playful, electronic grooves and juxtaposing disenchantment, Loadcard, a.k.a. Cameron Konner, consistently shifts gears on his latest EP Perfect Balance, available via DZ Tapes. Those experimental twists between bright soundscapes and desolate, moody, melodic avenues dictate an odd-ideal sense of equilibrium. (Photo by Jordy Lyric)





Flower Girl release "Tuck In Yer Tie-Dye", play Sunnyvale tonight (01.06)

Flower Girl, whose previous release was our NYC Record of the Month back in November, have already a new record full of catchy, unpretentious indie pop tunes, cleverly titled Tuck In Your Tie-Dyewhich conjures up fond memories of Syd Barrett, Beck and early Camper Van Beethoven. The Brooklyn-based group, led by Dave and Henry Van Dusen, have put twelve tracks of head-bopping songs down to kick off 2017, each one of them balancing equal parts of alt-country, psych pop, and indie rock. Recorded in the Catskills, this is another album that makes us reach for the repeat button, while kicking back in a (mental) cabin with our best friends, all of whom are jamming to "I Saw A Mouse", swaying to "Breathmint," and going "Yeehaw!" on cue during the chorus of "2 Late 2 Be A Cowboy" (track #6 below) 

You can celebrate the release of Tuck In Your Tie-Dye with Flower Girl at Sunnyvale tonight (January 6th), along with openers The New Ones, Plains, and Datenight from Nashville. - Will Sisskind





True Blue leaves SF for NYC, brings dreamy sadness to Baby's All Right on 01.20

True Blue, like a fair share of alternative artists, doesn't like to let any information about them transpire through their online profiles (in most cases, this is not due to love for privacy, but rock'n'roll-style lack of caring). This being said, it looks like this act really enjoys living in expensive US cities, since they list San Francisco and NYC as their home (we believe they currently reside in the latter). By the way, we are not sure why we are referring to them in the plural form, since they appear to be a one-woman bedroom project. Maybe because of this picture, which, together with this more electric version of single "Feeling Sad" (original streaming below) seems to imply that a band has been formed. True to their name and song titles, True Blue offers invariably sad and slow songs, sung by a beautifully melancholic female voice. It's a kind of sadness, though, that's ineherently (dream-)pop, and, therefore, very enjoyable. You can see them live for free at Baby's All Right on January 20th.

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