Welcome to The Listening Station, The Eastsider’s dose of must-listens from local bands. Get to know your community by getting to know the music they are making. Feel free to let us know what Eastside bands or performers – in any genre- you are listening to by sending an email to hello@theEastsiderLA.com
“1957” – Milo Greene
Every member of Milo Greene howl and sing like their life depends on it. A live performance with this group is like a church revival, with chanting and the pounding of drum skins on the ground to sell their mantras. It’s folk flush with guitar, harmonies and percussions, though the spirit they imbue their music may come across as solemn it’s always for a good cause. Their origins began in Northern California, but they’ve since settled in Los Angeles, thus giving their sound a feeling of life in motion. – Nathan Solis
“Long Lost Lover Letter” – Homesick Elephant
Africa or India?…Or the LA Zoo? Just where is Homesick Elephant yearning to be? If the track “Long Lost Lover Letter” from the musical alter-ego of Highland Park husband and wife folk duo Kevin Kelly and Sara Fitsimmons is any indication, it’s to a simpler time. With quaint and innocent vocals from Fitzsimmons, this song takes on an eerie Ingrid Michaelson vibe. The stripped down musicality of steely banjos – and little else – astutely paints the portrait of their old-timey folk persona. – Marni Epstein
“Next Stop” – Bleached
Sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin comprise Bleached, a post-punk, pop confection. With their white-washed, beachy sheen unique to L.A. garage bands, Bleached will be playing June 7 at the former Silver Lake Jubilee, also now known as the Jubilee Music & Arts Festival. Let Bleached help you rekindle the essence of California summers with their gritty guitars and manic melodies that play like an homage to L.A.’s former punk scene off their album Ride Your Heart. – 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.