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Lost and Found – An interview with indie hitmakers Lost In Los Angeles (LiLA), a Californian trio with bite and melody

Lost In Los Angeles – LiLA are an alt dream pop band from, you guessed it, Los Angeles, with influences as diverse as David Bowie’s spangly catsuit collection but a sound as succinct and insightful as a pocket collection of Oscar Wilde-isms, or Louise Brooks’ iconic bob (I couldn’t decide which simile was worse, so I opted to include both for any particularly fussy readers out there.)

Lost in Los Angeles

At once surreal and esoteric, and positively chart worthy, Lost In Los Angeles are likely to appeal to anyone with a pair of functioning ears. We (or rather, I – I am only one person) chatted to them about the benefits of staying independent, the success of their most recent video, their plans for the future, and the sentient being that is songwriting. Oh, and there are some damn fine tips for marketing your music so, if you’re not a marketing genius (unlikely), I’d strongly recommend you take five minutes to learn a little from three guys who know wtf they’re talking about.

Alt-Rock Bluegrass Band Tornado Rose releases Dust in my Shadow EP

Dust in my Shadow EP embodies a full Parthenon of musical influences capturing aspects of Bluegrass, Rock, Folk, Blues, Red Dirt, Funk and Soul for a reverberant mix of substance and surprise. From melodic electric guitar riffs to the sweet sensibilities of an old time string band, Tornado Rose offers a fresh look at the evolutionary nature of music and transforms a wide spectrum of inspiration into pure musical fusion.

Dust in my shadow cd cover - Tornado Rose

Dust in my Shadow EP is streaming at http://www.tornadorose.com/Tunes.html – where an MP3 of the hit song ’80 Acres’ is available for free download.

“Dust in my Shadow EP represents a year of soul-searching, songwriting, and really coming into our sound as a band,” said vocalist Brooke Bell. “I feel like the luckiest girl alive to get to play in a band with some of the kindest, coolest and most talented guys I know. The hardest part of making Dust in my Shadow EP was picking the genre of music we fit into because the songs on the EP are so diverse. I would consider us alternative bluegrass, alternative folk, alternative rock, alternative alternative. It is so hard to classify our style that we don’t really care to.”

Hailing from the Baltic Music Scene (Lithuania) Post Punk Revival Band “Deeper Upper”

Deeper Upper Indie Band

Formed in 2010, Deeper Upper are a young band from Vilnius, Lithuania, who eclectically mix post-punk influences with modern synth-driven sounds. Daktaras Kestutis (vocals, guitar, keys), Evaldas Arlauskas (keys), Ignas Ivaska (guitar), and Rimas Nasutavicius (drums) played their first gig at a rock contest a few years ago, and won first prize. As winners, Deeper Upper earned a chance to record two songs in a professional recording studio. Soon after, the band would release “Things Behind the Eden doors” and “Last I Saw You, You Were Dreaming of a Blue Sundown”, which earned them their first radio spins, as well as exposure in and out of Lithuania. Throughout the rest of 2011, Deeper Upper played across their home country and released “I Am the Colours”, a single that Mercedes-Benz eventually picked up for one of their promotional mixed tapes. In 2012, the band released their first video, for the single, “In the Sands of a Desert”.

A New Music Cultivator and New Indie Artist Launchpad – Grow Music Project

Grow Music Project microphoneThe GROW MUSIC PROJECT was conceived by Hollywood songwriter/composer/producer CHRISTOPHER TYNG [“Futurama”, “Suits,” “The OC”] to be a new music “cultivator” and artist “launchpad” for uniquely talented independent artists and bands. Our mission is to recognize and support emerging, career-focused artists by giving them the opportunity to have their most promising song professionally produced, recorded, and mixed in our world-class studio, entirely for free and with no strings attached. These artists will also be showcased on the Grow Music Project website, a hub established to foster artists’ musical connections, opportunities for exposure and career growth.

WHY?

Independent artists and bands need help now more than ever. Few places are left in the music industry that are still able to support and foster the talent of budding artists. The Grow Music Project endeavors to fill that void, to open the doors of our studio to up and coming artists and bands and give them a place to learn, develop and hone their craft. The GMP community will support their creative process, and strive to give their music the wider audience that it deserves.

WHO?

Indie Pop-Punk Band/Trio Super Prime Release 2nd EP

Super Prime promoThe Boston based 3-piece pop-punk band known as Super Prime are currently promoting their second EP, “Sun’s Out, Gun’s Out“. The album dropped October 8th and was featured on AOL Music. They have already been signed onto bills with resident pop punkers Yellowcard, Hawthorne Heights, Patent Pending, Twin Berlin and Marky Ramone of The Ramones.

Super Prime is the epitome of this generation’s pop punk genre, giving fans of Blink 182, The Wonder Years, Green Day and Jimmy Eat World something to get excited about. The band’s music combines the best elements of early pop punk and nineties angsty emo rock with their quick and catchy guitar riffs, hard-driving drums, Billy Joe Armstrong-esque singing and gang-vocal inducing lyrics.

Borrowing from the frenetic pop punk and angsty emo of the nineties, Super Prime has evolved to epitomize today’s pop punk genre: their music gets right up in your face, and then refuses to get out of your head.

Formed while attending Berklee College of Music, Super Prime consists of Austin Bond (vocals, bass), Adam Newall (vocals, guitar), and Marcus James (drums). The band fiercely stepped out into the Boston rock scene in the spring of 2011, mere moments after their inception. In under a year they recorded and released their first EP, “Super Prime”.

Goodnight Caulfield Gear Up to Release EP

San Diego based indie rock band Goodnight Caulfield will release a new EP titled, Taking Shape, produced by Erik Ron (Panic! at The Disco, D.R.U.G.S., Good Charlotte) on May 3.

Goodnight Caulfield’s name is in reference to Holden Caulfield of the best-selling novel, The Catcher in the Rye. The band is bidding adieu to Caulfield’s style of rebellious pessimism and negativity in order to welcome something more positive – something they hope their music brings to people.

The Sliders’ New Album “City by the Sound” Out Now

The Long Island piano-rock foursome known as The Sliders have released their first full-length album, City By The Sound, produced by Jim Wirt (Incubus, Hoobastank, Jack’s Mannequin).

The independent band’s first full-length album, City By The Sound, is a record comprised of 11 coming-of-age tracks reminiscent of bands like The Script, Parachute, OAR, and Maroon 5.  Their music combines the best of pop-rock with a musical sensibility.  Eric, the group’s vocalist and primary songwriter, cites artists like Stevie Wonder and Sara Barielles as his key influences for writing catchy pop songs with intricate melodic foundations.

The Body Rampant Announces Release Date for New EP

Experimental indie rock band The Body Rampant will be releasing their new EP, Transient Years, on April 5.

Transient Years, produced by Casey Bates (Gatsbys American Dream, Portugal, The Man, MxPx, Chiodos), is a collection of music to be ultimately impressed by with an aggressive indie rock sound where at times listeners can find hints of experimental pop.