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 [email protected]
“Refugees” – The New Limb
Silver Lake’s The New Limb is an indie-folk rock ensemble whose lyrics’ sweeping sentimentality play over poppy hooks. You can even catch the band this Saturday June 1 performing at the Make Music Pasadena Festival. “Refugees” beautifully showcases their male-female front, which lends itself to fabulous harmonies and intimate calls and responses. Co-frontman Joey Chavez’s voice is as evocative as David Grey’s, possessing the ability to both transfix and torment. And Danilo Perez is absolutely absurd on lead guitar. – By Marni Epstein
“What the Devil Brings” – Simone White
When Simone White exhales birds take notice. This Hawaiian transplant has found an eerie groove in Echo Park, where she now makes music and causes the wildlife to rethink their course in nature. Other White adventures include singing with Highland Park group Fol Chen, where her voice took on an ethereal form and floated through the electric miasma of keyboards and percussions. White’s solo record ‘Silver Silver’ delivers personal odes, the delicacy of her breath warmed by the company of her guitar – all the world outside could be expire, but please let her finish. – By Nathan Solis
“When You Gonna?” – Torches
When Torches pared down from a quintet to a duo something wonderful happened – singer Azad Cheikosman stepped up his guitar work along with his vocals, thus giving each track on their “If the People Stare EP” a personal touch. Drummer Eric Fabbro’s pace kicked up, but he began to listen to the spaces in between, allowing breathing room and thus a much more mature group emerged. – By Nathan Solis
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.