ARTS & LEISURE: RESCUED OBJECTS

It’s been four years since Arts & Leisure’s last LP, and the Sacramento, California four-piece is back with a new album and a new sound that builds on the foundations of 2013’s Choose Your Adventure, which Big Takeover praised for its “bubble-gum catchiness.” Featuring former members of Baby Grand and The English Singles, Arts &…

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KARLA KANE: KING’S DAUGHTERS HOME FOR INCURABLES

Karla Kane’s “King’s Daughters Home for Incurables” leads listeners into an intriguing land of acorns and tea leaves; feminism and fairy tales; pagan pop and pastoral protest songs; whimsical wanderings and sharp observations on the current state of the world. THE DEBUT SOLO ALBUM BY THE CORNER LAUGHERS LEADER is scheduled for release OCT. 6. It’s…

MY LITTLE HUM: REMEMBERING HOUSES

The upcoming debut release from My Little Hum, Remembering Houses, is a glittery pop mixture of shimmering guitars, infectious melodies, and earworm female vocal harmonies wrapped in a thoughtful, introspective bow. The album, produced and engineered by Allen Clapp (Orange Peels), is due out September 8 on Mystery Lawn Music.  While enrolled in a geography…

THE FLYWHEELS: I’M FOR THE FLOWERS

To steal a line from legendary San Francisco drive-time DJ Don Sherwood, you are about to be indoctrinated into the ranks of the Flywheels—America’s slowest-rising indie-rock combo. And one of its very best, make no mistake! The 11 tracks taking shape have been nurtured like fine wine by  the two founding members of the San Francisco…

FRIENDS & FRENEMIES: A MYSTERY LAWN MUSIC ARTIST COMPILATION

If you had to pin down a sound from Northern California record label Mystery Lawn Music, you’d be hard pressed. It’s more of a feel—the influence of the mighty Pacific Ocean, the cool, redwooded mystery of the Santa Cruz Mountains, The technology nerve center of Silicon Valley, and the twin cultural capitals of San Francisco and…

ALLEN CLAPP ANNOUNCES FALL EP: SIX SEASONS

How does the weather relate to emotional states? How do tides of ocean and space effect terrestrial and astral beaches? How does the soul weather the seasons? Allen Clapp has been considering these questions for the entirety of his public musical life: first from behind the faders of a Tascam Porta-One four-track cassette recorder; now…

ANTON BARBEAU: MAGIC ACT COMING MARCH 2016

Anton Barbeau plays “pre-apocalyptic psychedelic pop.” He’s a Taurus, born in Sacramento and now living by a canal in Berlin. He’s made something like 20 albums and has worked with members of XTC, The Soft Boys, the Bevis Frond, Cake, the Loud Family and Mystery Lawn label-mates, the Corner Laughers. Julian Cope got him stoned…