The Decoders

In only a couple of years, Los Angeles production trio (Todd M. Simon, Itai Shapira and Adam Berg) have cemented their reputation in the studio and on stage as the premiere production team and live band for artists like Rhye, Kelis, and Hollie Cook.

They have also garnered the attention of great worldwide tastemakers such as KCRW music director Jason Bentley, the legendary Gilles Peterson of the BBC, Jaime Cullum, Okayplayer, Wax Poetics, Bandcamp and many more.

Rarely emerging from behind closed studio doors, The Decoders love combining their specialized brand of "decoded" classics from the 60's and 70's soul movement with an excitingly new blend of genres ranging from Lovers Rock to Dub, Brazilian Music to Psychadelic Soul.

Coco O. (of Quadron), Noelle Scaggs (of Fitz & the Tantrums), Leon Ware, Raul Midon and many others have lended their vocal talents to this special project with more to surely come for each new volume.

In alive setting, The Decoders are 10 piece ensemble featuring LA's top musicians and session players. Thus far, they have released 2 volumes and a dub remix EP, including a few tunes from their upcoming LP, Adventures From Paradise: A Tribute To Minnie Riperton (vol 3), which will be completed in the fall of 2013 and features special guest vocalists and musicians.

"This is not music, its chemistry. Get into the science."

Mystery Skulls (DJ set)

Mystery Skulls is really the nom de plume of Los Angeles based electronic artist Luis Dubuc. Formerly from Dallas, Texas, Dubuc sounds like Prince fronting Daft Punk, mixing his inspirations of '90's R&B and New Jack Swing with EDM music and futuristic sounds. Beyond Mystery Skulls, Dubuc is an active songwriter, producer and remixer, working with a wide range of genres and styles.

Alex Casnoff was the keyboard player for some serious LA bands, Dawes and PAPA, but he was really a songwriter. Casnoff needed to do his own thing so he introduced the
world to Harriet in the fall of 2011. The band’s debut EP, Tell The Right Story, is filled with murder ballads, dreams and memories about messed up people pushing forward no
matter what. There is an anxious optimism and a deep dark sense of humor that bleeds through each of the five songs. There is no way out. You will never get there. But there
is no excuse for giving up. A fate, accepted and then ignored.
The EP straddles the line between classic American songs and the sonic experimentation of electronic music. The band continues to delve deeper into this contrast, and that’s what’s most exciting about Harriet. At every show, and with every
new song, they get closer to codifying the Electronic-American sound.

Harriet's music is evolving into something familiar, filtered through a dream. Songs that strive to live comfortably within the distorted memory, and take no stock in chasing the
past. The anti-nostalgia. The music's repetition, groove, and build come from minimalism and dance music, and that mixed with their slightly crooked American rock songs and
alluring hooks, equals something that is both emotionally and physically satisfying. Harriet is a band that starts with a good song, but makes fucking it up a priority.

Go see them live. They take chances, precisely altering any and every song completely, making their experience as fresh as ours. Expect the unexpected. Hear the unheard. See the unseen, and be the unbean...

Alex Casnoff, sings and plays Guitar and Keyboards. Aaron Folb plays electric and synth bass. Henry Kwapis plays drums, percussion and SPD. Adam Gunther plays Guitar.

Moses Sumney

Moses Sumney is a new LA-based singer & songwriter. Growing up, he was so shy that he would write songs avidly but hide them inside his mattress.

At 20, he moved out of his parents' house to study creative writing at UCLA and finally gathered the courage to start performing music. After purchasing a beat-up guitar from a friend, he taught himself to play and accompany himself. He grew quickly as an artist at UCLA, soon performing weekly alongside the university's most esteemed musicians. Now graduated, he creates soul-infused folk music using guitar and unique arrangements built on loop pedals.

Recently, SPIN Magazine described him as a "soul-folk warrior," Okayplayer called him "a name you should be hearing plenty of," and Pigeons & Planes called his voice a "breathing instrument that suggests a depth of feeling lyrics can only partially express."All of this, and he hasn't even officially released any music yet.

Francisco The Man

"[Francisco The Man] effectively mesh static, reverbed instrumentation with sun-kissed, beach rock guitar riffs to create hazy, laid back, and infectious tunes." - Prefix

"Broken Arrows begins as innocent, pastoral indie only to erupt into an awesomely caterwauling, Doug Martsch- styled guitar assault. As misdirections go, they rarely come more jolting or effective." - NME

“[Broken Arrows] is a cinematic 6-minute excursion with the expansiveness of Band of Horses” – Buzzbands LA

“...feel-good kind of rock & roll. The surfer aesthetic paired with sixties AM...”– Friends With Both Arms

“ [It’s] ambitious rock... the type of rock that is too small for usual clubs, that sounds widescreen enough to fill the space of big arenas.” – We All Want Someone

The band was unintentionally founded by El Segundo natives Joo-Joo Ashworth (guitar, vocals) and Jeff Fribourg (omnichord), who each graduated from El Segundo High School in 2012 and 2008, respectively.

"Frothing at the gash" is a crude Australian idiom which combines the phrase "frothing at the mouth" with a slang term for vagina: gash, typically referring to a woman who is eager to have sex.

Let the giggles abound, but Froth's music is just as good and nasty as its vulgar roots. They're blending a delicious combination of '60s garage, psych, surf, low-fi, and shoegaze drenched in Ashworth's exaggerated lyrical compositions bathed in washed out, heady vocals. Maybe some Country Joe & the Fish, Creation, and general '60s nuggets from the old school, mixed with some Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Angels, and Entrance Band from the newer school. It's a neo-psychedelic sound quite popular in parts of Europe currently, as well as throughout Los Angeles – which is where Froth has taken it. They're presently based in Echo Park.

The Cerny Brothers

The Cerny Brothers have been playing music together since they were just young bucks, coming up together in a rural Illinois town. While the music itself has taken on different forms over the years, it has always had one simple and cellular foundation in which it is firmly based: brotherhood. That's right; there are no gimmicks or posturing to be found here. Their kinship is legitimate. It's one that has stood up against the test of time, carrying them from their adolescent and early adult years in the Midwest, to their long journey west to their current base, Los Angeles.

Since the release of their debut album Dream (recorded and produced by Eric Fink of nationally acclaimed act The Giving Tree Band at Crooked Creek Records), brothers Robert and Scott have been hard at work in Los Angeles. In a short amount of time, they have been building a loyal following and turning heads with their energetic, yet intimate live shows. After initially performing as a duo, the brothers were honored to welcome drummer Cody Fontes and upright bassist Gabe Davis to the family.

The music, rooted in a time-honored blend of Folk and Americana styles, has been shaped by long instilled values of hard-work, dedication, and honesty. The Cerny Brothers play music that inspires a sincere and genuine connection between them and their fans – a connection that is unique, timeless, and simply cannot be ignored.

The story behind the band Grizfolk unfolds like a richly episodic Beat novel: it’s a collection of character-driven vignettes that give way to one another with ease, with songs like chapters in a traveler’s cherished diary, suspended in time and space above an aural landscape of blue-collar romanticism and electro-inflected folk-rock.

It’s the story of a small-town songwriter from the South who leaves the Bayou on a wanderlust whim and heads West across the desert toward California, bending his course to the bohemian back-roads of old Americana with a jazz-like, improvisational fluidity.

It’s the story of two bigger-city producers from Sweden who decide to trade the snowdrifts of Stockholm for the palm trees of SoCal, bringing with them a haunted, dreamlike moodiness to the artificial, electronic paradise of pop music.

Above all it’s story of three musicians who journey to Los Angeles as strangers, finding inspiration and comfort in the emotionally barren yet mysteriously enticing sands of Venice Beach’s “ghetto by the sea,” eventually making it their home. Alongside the vagabonds and bottled blondes of Venice legend, Grizfolk’s music is a casually-indefinable, artistic paradise of its own, built upon a bedrock of lush electronic tones and analog textures, stomp-and-clap guitars and heart-swelling vocals.

The band’s sound layers glittering synth harmonies atop barn-burner rock hooks, mixing America’s country music heritage with that of an electro-pop persuasion. The result is an undeniably catchy collection of pop songs that sound both futurist and revivalist at the same time, drawing upon the digital of today as much as they do the organic, decaying reminders of times past.

Evoking a sense of both sentimentality and conquest, Grizfolk’s music paints the picture of a vivid folktronic world in which listeners can fully immerse themselves, drifting in and out of different eras and places, much like escaping down a literary rabbit hole and getting caught-up simultaneously within the tangled futuristic narratives of Philip K. Dick and the timeless Bunker Hill dreams of John Fante.

Grizfolk’s music is where folklore meets four-on-the-floor; where tumbleweeds meet turntables. Imagine a Head First Alison Goldfrapp making out with Tom Petty in a dimly lit, Prohibition-era speakeasy while The Knife’s Deep Cuts spins somewhere in the background on a loop.

Robert Raimon Roy

Robert Raimon Roy, is a rapper, singer, writer, producer, painter, illustrator, and conceptual artist from Jacksonville, Florida.
His newest work, le tigre blanc, is an adventurous pop album that deforms and combines several epochs of American music, from funk's grunts and screams to new jack throw-backs to future trap and even gospel hymns; it is a meta-work of the Internet era, or as its creator poeticizes "a coming-of-age tale for the posthuman."
Roy developed his talents in the Florida hip-hop circuit where his first record Dollar Out Of 15 Cents and his kinetic performances earned him a local cult following. In 2009 his visionary video for "Fur In My Cap" became a web phenomenon, with hip-hop's illuminati unanimously endorsing it.

Enticing offers from multiple labels arrived, but none would grant complete creative control until a devoted supporter, Steve Aoki, offered him carte blanche for the next two albums at Dim Mak Records. There he evolved from MC Rob Roy on King Magician Warrior Lover into the genre-subverting artist of his full birth name, Robert Raimon Roy, for his third album le tigre blanc.

Kera and the Lesbians

Kera and the Lesbians, hailing from San Diego and currently residing in Los Angeles, lovingly refer to their musical style as 'bipolar folk'. Bipolar in the sense that in one song drummer Michael will pound his drums, expelling his demons with sheer force, while Kera croons and screams and serenades, enchanting all within earshot. Eamon's guitar playing is reminiscent of sleepy desert afternoons, spent on porches accompanied by the smell of leather and aging wood, while Phil's bass lines get the crowd moving and grooving. Brandon's use of brass is at once warm and rounded, but so tactfully manipulated that it inevitably raises goosebumps. The lyrics more literally embody the band's polarity, telling tales of anxiety, friendship, insanity and ill-fated love, from Kera's very unique point of view.

This is a band to see live. Kera's passion is tangible, at times bringing the crowd to tears, but most consistently keeping a dancing crowd completely enraptured, hanging onto every word her very expressive being has to sing. She brings heaps of charm to the set, with her joking between songs and her Elvis-like dance moves, it's obvious that she and the whole band live for this. Their range has allowed them to perform with a diverse list of acts including Devendra Banhart and Crystal Castles.

The band has a definite DIY work ethic, having self released two EPs and a debut full-length coming. They also do their own booking and artwork internally. Their newest single 'NAILBITER' is a manic blues track covering one of Kera's most aggravating habits and instilling in the listener a mounting feeling of tension that it mercifully relieves, while still giving a taste of the madness of obsession.

Bad Suns are a band from Los Angeles. The band’s back history is minimal: founded at the top of 2012, and spending the majority of that year writing and recording. However, in the first month of the band’s existence, after sending out a demo of the song “Transpose” to KROQ 106.7 FM, Kat Corbett decided to air the song on their Locals Only program. Much to the band’s surprise, the song reigned in the top 5 of the show for nearly three months (reaching number one on three separate occasions.)

This was an encouraging response for only a demo. The band continued writing, and in June entered Infrasonic Studios in Los Angeles, with producer Eric Palmquist (Wavves, Aloe Blacc, Trash Talk). The band quickly began to attain a steady Los Angeles following, playing to packed houses within the area (The Troubadour, Viper Room) and generating local buzz. “Cardiac Arrest” was chosen as the first single from these sessions.

As of March 3, 2013: “Cardiac Arrest” is being played on KROQ’s Local’s Only show, every Sunday night.

This trio of musicians based in Los Angeles aims to bring a new sound to the neo-soul genre while drawing upon other influences such as Erykah Badu, Bon Iver, John Coltrane, and D’Angelo.
Max Bryk, Andris Mattson, and Amber Navran met at USC where they all studied jazz performance. After touring together as a horn section in 2011, they began co-writing and recording their first album “Be Free.” “Be Free” was released in late April 2012 and features soloists Ben Wendel, Russell Ferrante, John Daversa, and rapper Harry Mack.
Since their album release, Moonchild has opened for Stevie Wonder and Georgia Anne Muldrow, played shows up the west coast, released music videos, and received much attention from neo-soul blogs all over the internet. They currently sell albums at record stores around the US and are receiving airplay in Austin, Chicago and Los Angeles’ own 102.3. Moonchild continues to perform and has started working on their second album - to be released in May 2013.

Trevor Menear is a guitarist and singer-songwriter based in Chicago. His music encompasses the genres of rock, jazz and blues. His guitar playing has been compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Duane Allman, who are amongst his list of influences that also include Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, the Beatles and Nirvana. Menear’s debut album, Introducing Trevor Menear, also featuring the Trevor Menear band, was released digitally on July 15, 2008 and will be released on CD August 1, 2008.

Trevor Menear is the son of radio personality, Kevin Matthews. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI and moved to Chicago with his family at a young age. Trevor began playing guitar at age 10 and then played the House of Blues in Chicago at 13.
Menear was offered three musical scholarships and chose to attend the University of Tennessee, where he studied for one semester before returning to Chicago to become more involved with his music and the Chicago music scene. In addition to writing and playing music, Menear has experimented with producing his own tracks. His cover of “John Sinclair” was recorded with an antique Meissner 9-1065 78 rpm record lathe, which records directly onto a vinyl record.

Trevor made his first television appearance on September 28, 2007 on ABC 7 where he was interviewed about his track contribution to Instant Karma. Menear also participated in the 2008 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Yonas Michael

Los Angeles, California – December 14, 2011 - Yonas Michael, formerly of U-N-I, is back with a genre-defying new album titled Lost in Hollywood, that draws on everything from hip hop to doo-wop, disco to punk-rock and everything in between. The project features 14 original tracks including the highly rated Big Body Benz, House Full of Women and PUNKS. He collaborated with famed German artist Jessika Cardinahl for the album cover artwork.

Yonas Michael built a fan base with U-N-I and won accolades such as "Best Breakout LA Artist" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Magazine's "Acts to Watch," and BET's "Rookies of the Year 2009". Now Yonas is proving his musical originality and talent as a solo artist. Yonas Michael, who is of Eritrean heritage, drew from all genres, sounds and worked with a variety of artists and producers to create his project
Lost In Hollywood.

Channel One

Channel One is also the same person behind Los Angeles music scene website Downtown Lobby. His constant search for new music and discovering new artists is behind his song selection and finds nothing better than sharing his finds on the dancefloor. Channel One has been gaining lot of attention over the past few years while behind the decks and has opened for Nosaj Thing, Flying Lotus, Dan Deacon, Penguin Prison and spun sets atsome of L.A.'s best nightspots and clubs and music festivals.

Douglas and The Furs

Hailing from a garage on a side street of Orange County, trio Douglas and the Furs are making serious noise all around Southern California and in an increasingly large list of surrounding areas. Blending powerful punching riffs, dark bluesy melodies, and just the right dose of chaos, they may as well be forcing the bodies of their listeners to move. Straying away from their reverb soaked feel good surf pop surroundings they present a harsher yet perhaps more genuine take on modern music. Having just released their debut EP in late August, Douglas and the Furs are prepared to get as loud as they need to be to reach your ears.

Wax Children

The band was originally created by Mr. Wall and Cal Jones in April of 2012 under the name Kid Klimactic & The Night Owls with Phil Magick on bass and multiple drummers to fill in which lead to their friend Alex taking up the roll and recording on the Dream sick EP. Alex eventually quit the band to pursue his education and Phil was involved in an accident at his workplace which left him with a severally damaged arm. The mixture of these two events led the band on hiatus and during this time was when they decided to change the name to Django’s Tiger.

On June 23rd 2012, Cal was displaying his artwork at the Moon Block Festival in Pomona, CA where he was approached by fellow artists Julian Keith and Ozzie Juarez who were also displaying artwork. They engaged in conversation which led to Cal giving Julian and Ozzie the Dream Sick EP to listen to along with his phone number. The next morning Julian contacted Cal and the two began discussing topics that revolved around the band which led to the agreement of Cal and Mr. wall visiting Julian’s painting studio in Downtown Los Angeles where Julian was asked to join Django’s Tiger. After one jam session Django’s Tiger played their first show at The Airliner where they met Photographer / Videographer Carlos Garcia and after three shows as a three piece, Julian sent out a post on his Facebook page stating that Django’s Tiger was looking for a bass player and Boo Radley (who they had met previously) responded. They met up and jammed at Cal’s house where Boo was also asked to join.

They played their first show as a four piece at The ADC warehouse in Downtown Los Angeles. Since then they have changed their name to Wax Children, added Torvald Helmer on Keyboards and got rid of Boo Radley.


Sanglorians are modern purveyors of heavy powerpop laced with orchestral instruments, dreamtime poetry, and irrepressible hooks.

Bandleader Daniel Brummel (vox/lead guitar) began studying harmony at age embryo. The native Angeleno later received a degree in composition and toured the world tirelessly as a member of Ozma, Spain, and The Elected before certain mystical synchronicities inspired him to form the mighty Sanglorians in 2010.

The group then set their intention towards constructing their debut album collection, "Initiation," which was mixed by Chris Fudurich (Nada Surf, Grouplove) and released on October 23, 2013.

Brummel's rich melodic songcraft is joyfully executed with technical prowess and sex appeal by the young starlets Morgan Paros (violin/vox) and Ihui Wu (trumpet/keys/vox), and reinforced by the beastly rhythm section of Jonathan Gomez (guitar), Jeremy Keeler (bass), and Matt Mayhall (drums).

Sanglorians' primary influences include Arcade Fire, Metric, Muse, and Weezer (with whom Brummel has written, recorded, and performed).

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J99 & Cal Cat

SFV natives and LA lurkers have gone from house parties to club nights. To eventually putting on events ranging all along the west coast. Always bringing you new up and coming talent as well as the latest music via their blog.
The blog features monthly CREAMCAST mixtapes and tracks released exclusively by producers from around the globe.
Bringing you the future sounds of what's to come next.


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