The Soft White Sixties

San Francisco’s soul-rock band The Soft White Sixties recently made a move to Los Angeles — and while this relocation certainly figures as a big subject factor on their upcoming album, it’s not the only thing on the band’s minds.

The band will be releasing a new album in early 2018, produced by Elijah Thomson (Father John Misty, Delta Spirit) and also recorded each track in both English and Spanish. Growing up speaking both languages, frontman Octavio Genera always wondered what it would be like to sing in Spanish, it just didn’t occur to him to try it professionally, and he wasn’t sure there was space for it within the band. “Speaking and singing in a language are two different things,” says Genera. “There was a feeling of joy and passion when I sang these songs in Spanish that I wasn’t expecting. And then hearing the songs back — it was right.”

For the first single, “Brick by Brick”, frontman and principal lyricist Octavio Genera took a very personal approach. “Our first night in the studio was Election Night, so naturally that environment crept onto this record,” he notes. “It was hard not to take some offense to someone claiming that a wall and the people on the other side of that wall were the cause of so many problems.”

Genera — whose mother is from Mexico and father from El Paso, Texas, and who grew up in a bilingual Spanish/English family — felt that sentiment sharply. “The song is my version of my grandparents coming here to better themselves and their children, and I’m thankful they did,” he explains. “I am here, and I am who I am because of it.”

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Indie rock band from Echo Park, Los Angeles. Nick Jarzabek, Tim Jarzabek, Justin Corman

The She’s (Empty Cellar Records) are here to contribute to the soundtrack of your summer daydreams with sun-dazed beach-pop harmonies, catchy hooks and captivating emotional honesty.

It is the mid-1990s in San Francisco California. Four baby girls are crying in their cribs shaking their little baby fists at the heavens lamenting the fact that fate has not yet united them. So begins this tale. Fast forward. It is 2007 and these same four girls are playing Ramones covers in Hannah’s basement with studded belts around their waists and braces on their teeth, algebra homework strewn across the floor. Jump ahead. It’s November 2011. “The She’s” have just released their first full length record Then It Starts to Feel Like Summer. It’s an album that captures their youthful spirits and deep-seeded friendship with tight three part harmonies, sparkling, sunny instrumentals and smart, catchy songwriting. The she’s sing songs that reflect their environment, their heartache, their relationships and aspirations. It’s infectious. The Grinch smiles when he hears it. People start to notice the noise these four best friends are making. The She’s gain momentum in the local music scene and support bands like Girls, Surfer Blood, Fresh and Onlys, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Tomorrow's Tulips, Best Coast and Yuck. They keep writing songs. Fast forward to present day. The She’s are making their most mature, honest and enchanting music to date.

“…the girl-group sounds of the 50s and 60s with modern day garage pop; the end result is undeniably infectious and sunny” –Bay Bridged

Cannons and Clouds

San Francisco's Cannons and Clouds assert tastefully designed, melody-forward, vocally charged, heavy "Indie Post-Rock". Both wistful and dynamic, their music is accentuated by slow-building crescendos, rich multi-part vocal harmonies, and soaring layers of electrically sonic, face-melting, soul-crushing, kegel-clenching convergences of both rhythmic and melodic psychedelia. All while maintaing a propensity for integrating unfeigned ballads and confessional narratives into their manifold framework.

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