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-- The 60's --
The 13th Floor Elevators
Janis Joplin
-- The 70's --
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Asleep at the Wheel
Willie Nelson
The Skunks
Townes Van Zandt
Guy Clark
Jerry Jeff Walker
-- The 80's --
The Dicks
Marcia Ball
The Butthole Surfers
Joe Ely
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Nanci Griffith
-- The 90's --
Lucinda Williams
Arc Angels
Shawn Colvin
Alejandro Escovedo
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
The Gourds
Robert Earl Keen
James McMurtry
Toni Price
Kelly Willis
-- The 00's --
Okkervil River
The American Analog Set
...Trail of Dead
Explosions in the Sky
Patty Griffin
Sara Hickman
I Love You But I've Chosen...
The Octopus Project
Okkervil River
Bruce Robison
The Sword
What Made Milwaukee...

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Mood swings tomorrow night with Courtaud and Bobtail, Young Lovers, Tender Age

(Technically we're not supposed to talk about bands that aren't local, but Courtaud and Bobtail were based in the OC for four years, and continually come down to perform — they're currently on tour, and have played with some of the finest folks in the underground scenes: Shojo WinterCruelty Code, Media Jeweler, Young Lovers, Deep Fields, CTHTR. So they're pretty tight in my book, and worthy of mention.)

Inspired by a mythical 15th century French wolfpack that killed 40 Parisians, the experimental outfit — Alana Cook, Emily Wasilewski, and Andrew Quinones — come up with some very unsettling and vesperous sounds. The accumulated recordings are placid, lo-fi scrawls of peaking feedback, acoustic hum, and calm verse that poeticize the dismal realities of life. Their newest LP "My Love Who Never Was Will Never Be" ventures into narratives of depression, ennui, trauma, and exploitation. It's heavy with poignant use of reverb and sparse, minimalist arrangements — sadder than Hollywood sadcore, but less boxed into ambient soundscapes as Mojave 3 and Mazzy Star.

Thursday night, Courtaud and Bobtail joins Young Lovers (post-rock from the valley) and Tender Age (C86/noisepop from Portland) at the Ham & Eggs Tavern, DJ set by the lovely Izzy Sophia. Come out: you might cry, you might dance, and you just might find love. Listen to "Hanging Wall" below. - Ryan Mo

Post-rock from Aliso Viejo: Pedestrian announces new album, San Clemente show

There's a post-rock band in Aliso Viejo called Pedestrian, and you need to listen to them. A starchild of Mineral and Explosions in the Sky, or perhaps the younger sibling of Have A Nice Life, Pedestrian's quicksand tones and sinking voices will pull you in deep and hold you like the monotony of Orange County. In late 2013 the four bandmates Luke, Logan, Lee, and Irfy put out their first EP "Everybody I Know Who Skis is Dead", five songs of dark lyricism juxtaposed with clear open-chords, harmonics, and nodding riffs. The band has since performed with DIY collectives like Bridgetown, OC DIY, VHLS, BoredToDeath, and more. Throughout the past year they've also introduced songs from their upcoming album, and recently shared a post about it last week — I'm gonna guess it means they've finished the album.


Pedestrian have an upcoming show on October 2nd at the San Clemente Art Supply with the recently-resurrected Fugue, Quali, Red Curtain, Little Heroine, and Colporteur. Check out their live set this past summer courtesy of Cavis Tapes and listen to "All's Well That Ends Well" below. - Ryan Mo

Decorations join Frenchkiss roster, release new EP on 10/16

It was only ten (TEN!) years ago that spiky, nervy indie rock made an impact with the likes of bands like Wolf Parade, Metric, and Hot Hot Heat. And though those days are long gone now, new acts like Silver Lake's Decorations possess a joyful gravitas reminiscent of a time when guitars and snyths could co-exist together without overshadowing the other. "Oh, fuck those girls", singer/songwriter Devon Geyer cries on his latest track "Girls", though I'm not sure if he's being callously subversive or ckeekily fresh. It's actually a conquering anthem about not settling for less, to find someone worth your time instead of vacillating from one meaningless hookup to the next. Either way, Geyer chugs that guitar like there's no tomorrow, gurgling those verses like Dan Boeckner with a blaring synth marking his every affectation. It wouldn't seem odd if I'd expect Geyer to wear a handsome fur while on tour, now would it? 

"Girls" is featured on Decorations' debut EP of the same name, which is due out on October 16 via Frenchkiss records. - Juan Rodríguez


Ventura's lucid dreamers Captions release new single "Two Step"

Los Angeles outlets commit a daily sin of overlooking promising bands simply because they exist outside the realm of Downtown LA. At The Deli, we try to make amends every once in a while: over the last several years Ventura's quartet Captions has quietly grown a lush mane in the midst of a burgeoning shoegaze and dreampop scene in Los Angeles. Despite gaining little friction outside the coastal city, their music measures up to the lush grooves of Craft Spells and Wild Nothing, albeit with a minimalist philosophy. 

The band released their first EP "Think Thunk Thought" to staid reception, quavering between crunchy indie rock and dizzying dreampop in songs like "Recording Silence", "Loops", and "A Worst Time". Since then, Captions have made appearances in their hometown and around -- earlier this year they opened for Avid Dancer's Echo residency. Their newest single, the 50's pop slow-burner "Two Step" was released on September 1st, the first of nine songs to their upcoming album. It's a headrush of slow-dancing prom atmospherics, a menagerie of harmonizing vocals and spacious guitar chimes right down Captured Tracks' alley. 

Captions finished recording their as-of-yet-unnamed album with Jacob Summers and Leif Davidsen (both of Avid Dancer) last year — expect an early 2016 release, and more surprises to round out this year. - Ryan Mo


Hin Du's new name, new sound, and new album "When You Come In"

For a high school band that's grown out of its garage roots, Hin Du (fka The Hindu Pirates) have come a long way in their six-year search for a definitive sound. While peeling off the surf-rock tag, the band has opened for Delta Spirit, Froth, Avid Dancer, and The Growlers and played fests from Beach Goth and Burgerama in OC to Noise Pop in SF.

Their newest self-released album When You Come In leads a straight departure from the band's blues-tinged surf-rock Pelican Daze and the rosy-eyed pop of their recent "Hurley" EP. Austin Green's synths and noise manipulation add grandiosity to the band's sonic presence, now focused on towering soundscapes than dirtbox licks. The voice of Austin Ferreira, once barenaked, orates in cavernous reverb as the glassy guitars refract in songs like "December" and "In Hell". Fans of orange-swirl psych pop bands Deep Fields and Cosmonauts might have found themselves a new trip buddy.

Listen to "Wind Song" from the album below. - Ryan Mo



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