There have been rumblings for years amongst ardent fans about Versus working on a sci-fi concept album. One of the downright epochal bands of the urbane grime of the ‘90s indie scene, Versus had essentially disappeared from the public eye since releasing 2010’s On the Ones and Threes. Now, the apocrypha has been dispelled with the announcement of a new LP, Ex Voto, to be released in August. A discussion with the band’s frontman Richard Baluyut reveals allusions to science fiction and spirituality, equally arcane and universal. Versus have never sounded so comfortable with their strange, beautiful, and uncertain path. But are there second acts in 21st century dystopic dreams for a band that was, according to Sam Fogarino of Interpol, “all everyone talked about in 1997?” The answer is YES. Let’s revel in this sensational band’s return. In Versus’ latest act, clothed in science fiction and existential dilemma, redemption in this brave new world can be found in the sweetness of love. They may sneer cynically, but also care deeply.

+/- {Plus/Minus} was conceived way back in 1999 as a solo vehicle for James Baluyut while playing with Versus. Shortly thereafter +/- {Plus/Minus} bloomed into a full-fledged band, flanked by Versus bandmate Patrick Ramos and drummer Chris Deaner. They released their debut LP, Self-Titled Long Playing Debut Album, essentially a solo Baluyut effort, back in 2002 on Teen-Beat. You Are Here followed in 2003, expanding upon the debut’s sonic palette with a full-band dynamic, which continued on 2006’s Let’s Build a Fire, 2008’s Xs on Your Eyes, and 2014’s Jumping the Tracks.

Asteroid #4

The Asteroid No. 4 psychedelic shoegaze sounds powered through waves of feedback. So it only makes sense they are part of The Telescopes' label/project, The Committee To Keep Music Evil. For fans of Barrett-era Pink Floyd, Spacemen 3, and even The Verve (first LP, before the hard/bad drugs kicked in, natch.)

The Flash Hits

Fresh noise from Lost Angeles. THE FLASH HITS are now. Suturing angualr guitar stabs with seething bass lines and precision time signature shifts with alsmost math-like exactitude. These are songs for the heart-stabbed and heaving, the bitter, the hopeless (and fans of Unwound, Polvo and the acid-ier bits of the Elephant Six catalog).

Part Time Punks

PART TIME PUNKS is a club that takes over noted Echo Park live music venue, The Echo on 1822 Sunset, every Sunday night. The night focuses heavily on DIY and Indie vinyl coming out of the U.S., UK and Europe from 1977 to the present: Punk, Post-Punk, Synth-Punk, Synthpop, Minimal Synth, Dark/Cold/Minimal Wave, NDW, Industrial, New Wave, No Wave, C86, Indiepop, Twee, Shoegaze, Baggy and even Krautrock…

$10.00 - $13.00


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