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]
“Do Your Best” – Kind Hearts & Coronets
If The Turtles enjoyed kitsch, and dabbled in some chamber pop and cabaret tunes, you’d have the mixed cauldron that is Kind Hearts & Coronets. With a name derived from a ’40’s flick (via a Tennyson poem) you can expect anything but the cliche from Kind Hearts & Coronets. Band leader Asa Ferry was looking to compose a kind, harmonious bunch when recruiting the members of his Eastside gaggle, which hovers around eight members. Let the gentle undertones of Ferry’s voice transport you on a cosmic journey bolstered by the kindness of strangers. – Marni Epstein
“Jack’s A Ripper” – Hollows
Guitar strings noodle about the cityscape, pigeons scoot along a couple of feet each time and Hollows progress in staccatos down the street. A group to play your bat mitzvah, our great aunts wiggling their tail feathers to some garage rock, a branch of surf sounds tinged with nostalgia, reminding of the New Jersey band Real Estate. Hollows call Los Angeles home base and have grooved themselves a scene that plays out in countless summers, a timeless singalong framed by sprinklers and pool parties. Nick Santana, on drums, Jamie Atkinson, bass and Austin Feinstein, guitar and vocals, are in the process of cooking up an album that will be released by UnderTheGun Records when they feel like it. – Nathan Solis
“Whoa” – Batwings Catwings
Perhaps the city’s best kept secret (until last week’s Echo Park Rising, that is), this Glassell Park-meets-Highland-Park outfit just might be the band to reignite L.A.’s legendary punk scene. Opening with a brash, practically apocalyptic mashing of guitars, “Whoa” moves on to quickly showcase its tongue-and-cheek sensibilities. Sure, its carefree title and all-join-in chorus might make this pop-punk anthem the perfect tune for the ‘80s movie scene’ Dana Poblete disaffectedly hums about, but it’s also the delightfully meta calling card of their Whoa EP mascot; That is, a circa-Bill-and-Ted’s-Keanu-Reeves, plastered upon the album’s cover. – Marni Epstein
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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.