Moaning

02.13: Moaning plays a free show at the reopened Moon Room

If you recall the dust-up at the Atwater Bar last year, you may have written off the space -- as well as the Griffin -- as a place to catch live music in LA for good. But never fear, because the Moon Room has opened its doors on that site, and shoegaze alt-rockers Moaning will play a free show there on February 13th. The trio have a new album called Uneasy Laughter dropping in March, on which they'll debut their more synth-friendly sound. While the usual doom-tinged drum & bass and abrasive guitars aren't going anywhere, Moaning have brought a few new instruments into the mix to add a little texture to their tracks. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you dance, and it'll make you want more. Take a look at the video for the album's first track "Ego" below, and catch Moaning at the Moon Room on 2/13. - Will Sisskind

   

Moaning sign to Sub Pop, release video for "The Same"

San Fernando Valley post-punk band Moaning, who we nominated for Artist of the Month back in 2015, have just announced they're joining famed Seattle label Sub Pop. In view of the announcement, the four-piece has just released a music video for one of their early tracks, "The Same." And the track hasn't lost one bit of its visceral potency: featuring a combination of squalling metallic fuzz and thudding bass that recalls the grimy industrial chug of Manchester/Factory Records in the late seventies, singer Sean Solomon groans in a soft monotone with a resigned shrug as a practice space gets wrecked.

Moaning are working on their debut full-length record, which is tentatively slated for a spring 2018 release. Catch them opening for Metz at Teragram Ballroom on December 12. Juan Rodríguez