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“Galaxies” – The Happy Hollows
It’s clear that Sarah Negahdari from The Happy Hollows listened to some Cyndi Lauper growing up. Negahdari leaps for the higher registers with her voice, but it’s when she lands on her feet, when she digs deep for that boisterous exhale, that she gives The Happy Hollows a nice semblance of balance and power. Earlier iterations from the Los Angeles trio included songs like “Vietnam” or “Meteors” that brought the best from ’90s alternative with heavy bass, drums and shredding guitar. The Happy Hollow’s latest album, “Amethyst” glimmers like a crystal, with more keyboard, more distortion, and more colors added to their already colorful canvas. – Nathan Solis
“Luna Lovers” – Las Cafeteras
Quietly, the members of Las Cafeteras intone with their instruments and voices as the city roars around them like a whirling beast. But as the bus passes or the jackhammer stops, their Son Jarocho sounds persist. Their acoustic guitars, vocals, drums, accordion – it’s all gracefully resilient, searching for pitch and harmony among the islands in the metropolis. The Latino outfit, with humble beginnings in El Sereno, craft elegant allegories with their music, vocals beautifully arranged around a bouquet of sounds, either in Spanish or English, hanging over our heads, forever and ever until the next disturbance comes along and makes us appreciate Las Cafeteras a bit more. – Nathan Solis
“My Confessor” – Hi Ho Silver Oh
Eagle Rock brings us the playfully named Hi Ho Silver Oh. The band’s stripped down and honest vocals are reminiscent of Local Natives. Their lo-fi style is played out at its best on “My Confessor,” which utilizes a steady barrage of clapping rhythms to propel the song’s starts and stops. As a songwriter, frontman Casey Trela offers more than cliched passes. He cries, “Rules are not to be broken. They are puzzles for an intellect to bend but never cut in half.” Intellect and ambition it seems do at times see to get the best of Hi Ho Silver Oh on their album with some 7+ minute cuts. “My Confessor” however captures the essence of this band’s promise. – Marni Epstein
Marni Epstein is a freelance writer and music journalist who has also worked in both the film and digital media industries.Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis stories, reviews and photos at Smashed Chair.
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