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Chris Ziegler

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I See Hawks in L.A.

Hank’s Bar is suddenly gone and Cole’s isn’t quite the same, but I See Hawks in L.A. endures. Like the hawk in their name and the coyote, too, they bring a little bit of country into the city, even as the kind of Rockford Files–style wood-paneled bars they were practically......
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Corners, Adult Books, Death Valley Girls, Girl Tears

L.A.’s Corners do desolate post-punk with heavy synthesizers and probably even heavier sentiment. If the title Maxed Out on Distractions doesn’t get the message across, their desperately anxious live sets will. Naturally, there are plenty of British and continental influences at work here, which helps Corners sound like a band......
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Free the Robots

Chris Alfaro — whom you’ll know under his nom de producer, Free the Robots — is one of the most versatile and idiosyncratic beatmakers ever to have passed through the Low End Theory Academy of Instrumental Virtuosity, disassembling and repurposing everything from krautrock to world psychedelia to outré Euro disco......
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The Humpers

Long Beach’s The Humpers tore their way through most of the 1990s with their own revved-up version of punk rock (and more than a little pub rock) in the style of smash-and-grab greats such as The New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers, L.A.’s underrated Joneses and early Cock Sparrer — which......
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Audacity

In years to come, when the history of the New Garage Rock Revival is being written — or listicled, more likely — somebody needs to make sure Fullerton’s Audacity get their rightful place at the front. For years now, they’ve been the good stuff incarnate, and their newest 45 on......

Low End Theory with Ras G, The Koreatown Oddity

It’s time for a new year and two new releases from beat visionary Ras G, headlining the first Low End of 2015. His Down to Earth Vol. 2 (Leaving Records) perfectly balances his crushing bass-is-the-place production (as heard on 2011’s Space Base Is the Place) with his innate sense of......

Fitz & the Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums’ first album — 2010’s Dangerbird release Pickin’ Up the Pieces — was an obsessively reverent reincarnation of the 1960s northern soul sound, with all the harmonies and hooks in the exact correct places and plenty of charisma up front, courtesy of singers Fitz and Noelle. In......
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Agenty Orange

People throw around the term “surf punk” a lot these days, mostly if the band in question happens to have a few reverbed leads over a few more power chords. But O.C. legends Agent Orange practically invented the genre at the dawn of the ’80s — and directly inspired locals......