Indie Rock

02.14: Massage plays free V-Day show at Highland Park Bowl's Indiepop Party

Forget the flowers, the candy, and the expensive gifts. Bring your date, your significant other, or yourself to Highland Park Bowl for a free show featuring LA's top jangle poppers Massage. Massage play a smattering of shows every year, and this performance at Highland Park Bowl -- free, by the way -- makes for your first opportunity to see the band in 2020. Joining Massage are San Francisco's Starry Eyed Cadet, as well as Dummy, an indie supergroup made up of members from Wildhoney and Expert Alterations. You may not find a cheaper or better V-Day event than this, so get your bowling arm and dancing legs ready and head to Highland Park Bowl on February 14th for a free night of fantastic music. Take a listen to the title track from Massage's 2018 LP Oh Boy below. - Will Sisskind

   

Prepare for the weekend with High Waisted's "Boys Can't Dance" (Mercury Lounge show 2.22)

Did everyone have a good Saturday? Because High Waisted certainly did. Their recently dropped “Boys Can’t Dance,” the first single off the upcoming Sick of Saying Sorry is a triumphant ode to the weekend, a power ballad on jumping headfirst into the frenzy, inhibitions-be-damned — and it’s accompanying video further emphasizes this hedonism en force. Frontwoman and guitarist Jessica Louise Dye’s powerful vox, proclaims how cutting a rug and letting loose is the perfect panacea to “[being] stuck inside [your] own head,” atop visuals of a wild bachelorette party and body positive male stripping. Massive riffs and danceable melodies abound, indicative of the garage and surf-infused energy we can expect from their new record, out May 22nd. Until then, watch their new video below, and catch High Waisted at Mercury Lounge on February 22nd. —Connor Beckett McInerney, Photo by Michael Todaro

   

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Nico LaOnda brings new wave heat on "Fratello Gemma," plays Our Wicked Lady 2.12

The average temperature in Italy can swell to 80-plus (Fahrenheit) during the summer, producing a sweltering heat that puts New York’s warm season to shame. One can imagine these dry months played into the creation of “Fratello Gemma” by New York-based, Italian born musician Nico LaOnda — the track’s accompanying visuals feature a sweaty tennis match, but the music itself is a lurid, downtempo new wave bop, one that immediately evokes feelings of a hot August afternoon, spent (ideally) in the shade sipping Campari. LaOnda’s vocal performance and Italian lyricism lend to the track’s sweet electronic components in creating a forlorn energy, a recollection of summers past. Watch the video below ahead of LaOnda’s performance on February 12th at Our Wicked Lady.

   

Laveda lays down hazy indie pop on new single, plays Rubulad 2.28

Brooklyn-based duo and recent Color Station signees Laveda craft shoegaze-influenced indie, with their most recent single “If Only (You Said No)” a lush encapsulation of their pedal-friendly, upbeat sound. Acoustic guitars quickly segues to a hazier, more ambient instruments in the track’s first act, quickly transitioning into 808s-driven synth pop as band members Jake Brooks and Ali Genevich sing in unison, their hushed vocals a somber foreground to the track’s swirling instrumental backing. A far more hushed single in comparison to the band’s previous efforts (“Better Now,” “Dream. Sleep”), “If Only (You Said No” demonstrates Laveda’s ability to creating energetic tunes with an experimental rock influence, perfect for fans of groups such as Slowdive or Japanese Breakfast; give them a listen below, and catch the duo on February 28th at Rubulad. Photo by Andrew Segreti