"The Golden Paradise You've Been Waiting For All Winter" - BUST on La Luz
"A clear-eyed testament that surf rock can be technically inventive and still have way more fun than everyone else." - NPR on La Luz
Los Angeles has often been described as a “dream factory”--both a mecca where dreamers converge to pursue long-held aspirations, and a topography of hallucinogenic contradictions: enchanting tangerine sunsets diffused by smog, crystal-clutching spiritualists mingling with deep-pocketed narcissists, rows of scenic palms competing with garish billboards for commuters’ attention. It was against this backdrop that the four members of LA LUZ -- singer/guitarist Shana Cleveland, drummer Marian Li Pino, keyboardist Alice Sandahl, and bassist Lena Simon -- conceived of 'Floating Features,' the band’s third studio album. For this, their most ambitious release yet, La Luz consulted landscapes both physical and psychological.
SHY BOYS are DIY local champions from Kansas City, MO - the heartland’s answer to The Beach Boys had Alex Chilton been on guitar. Comprised of brothers Collin and Kyle Rausch and best friends Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown, Shy Boys’ history isn’t too dissimilar from any other Midwestern band. Like the many Replacements or Husker Düs before them - they exist neither here nor there, but instead, somewhere anonymously in the middle. And though you may not find the same opportunity floating in the middle as one would Here or There, you are allotted a certain amount of time and space to grow both yourself and your craft into what you want it to be. Over the past four years, that is exactly what Shy Boys have done.
"Shy Boys’ sound sits at a very unusual spot somewhere between modern and throwback. The Kansas City quintet employs elements of surf, doo wop and classic pop, but they aren’t a ‘60s cosplay act. They rely heavily on high-and-tight vocal harmonies, but they drape them across odd little indie-rock songs." - Paste on Shy Boys
"Sleeker production allows Shy Boys to showcase their sunny falsettos, while creating a peculiar time warp: Their new music feels refreshing and nostalgic at once." - Pitchfork on Shy Boys' "Bellhouse"
Sunday, 10/28, doors at 8:30 pm, music at 9:00 pm. 21+