(by Dawn Reed) Are you in San Diego right now for the Comic Con? If you are, chances are you aren't reading this and are too engrossed with the latest Stars Wars figurines, trying to get in on a shot of AOTS, or are screening some rad movie, you lucky jerks! But hey, if you need a breather and a place to get your drink on and listen to awesome music- then step outside and head over to the Soda Bar where Impose Magazine is showcasing some seriously dope bands! Here's just a glimmer of what's going on over there over the next few days. (And here's the full listing.)
Heavy Hawaii (by Alex Kacha)
Check out Heavy Hawaii (Matt Bahamas, Sundar, Jojo keylargo, Mikey Peterson, Derek Butler, Aimee Sanchez.) A. they're name is rad, B. they do a trippy ukele cover of one of my fav 'childhood' songs "All I Have To Do Is Dream", and C. they've collaborated with Wavves to create the comic "Negative DAD." Super dope-ity dope dope. They'll be playing tonight amongst a stellar line-up (seriously Impose Mag has brought together some sick talent), so stop by to hear some wicked cool trippy surfy jams from the San Diego natives , like the track "Teen Angel" below.
Also making an appearance down the road from Comic Con is LA Vampires, the creation of Amanda Brown who used to be in Pocahaunted and co-founded the noise/drone label Not Not Fun. Her sound has been described as "witch house", an experimental mash of psyche pop, chopped beats, and gothy drones. NNF is considered the premiere label for that genre and is all about the genius talent of female musicians. In 2010, she released a collaborative EP with Zola Jesus that had critical acclaim, and also released an LP So Unreal with Matrix Metals. Check out the beyond awesome video for it below.
And on the final night of this awesome expose is LA based duo High Places, formerly from Brooklyn. They've got a new album coming out in October called Original Colors adding to their killer discography of indie electro pop tinged with worldly inspiration. I hear this album, recorded at their home studio, will feature tracks referencing Australian vegitation, Mexican deserts, and the Indian Ocean. Beautiful. The duo, Rob Barber and Mary Pearson, also create their own artwork, run a photography blog of their touring travels, and incorporate video projections into their live performances. So go get inspired Comic Con fans!