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Wednesday January 3 2018
 8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
•••  21 AND OVER
$10 in advance / $12 at the door
Snowball ii
Indie Rock, shoegaze
Indie Rock
Fuzz Pop

Snowball ii
jackson wargo, tim kmet, andrew shewell, john zarcone
-from Los Angeles, CA

-Los Angeles’ own chameleonic shoegaze, indie rock, and noise collective Snowball II has released their third full-length album in the first year since the band’s formation.
The album is titled Flashes of Quincy.  ­Just as on the first two Snowball II albums, band leader/producer Jackson Wargo took on nearly all instrumental responsibilities on these recordings; although, the album’s single offers a very rare and special guest appearance by Kurt Heasley—founder and front man of influential ‘90s shoegaze band Lilys.  The album’s opener—entitled “Anais & Me”—exemplifies yet another unpredictable stylistic departure from Snowball II’s dreamy and acoustic sophomore release Doughnut Holes—which itself was a drastic genric departure from their feedback-drenched-shoegaze debut album enigmatically entitled ?.  Flashes of Quincy was released February 2017.

Snowball II is forging their way into the sonic future with a pastiche of new sounds as well as textures that have been forgotten for decades, which make Flashes of Quincy a refreshingly memorable record that piques one’s curiosity to know just what this band will do next.

kenny becker + drew eccleston + christian koons + caleb wicker
-from Los Angeles, CA

-soul searching, planet hopping, comfort cultivating GOOD TIME MUSIC

Alaska Reid,
Ben Spear,
-from Los Angeles, CA

-There’s an innately youthful feeling on “Tilt-A-Whirl,” the lead single from LA-based band Alyeska’s debut EP Crush — a fresh, untouched quality, like that of newly fallen snow. That’s its only connection to winter, though, as the song is filled with summer imagery bound to cause pangs of nostalgia. A jumpy bassline leads vocalist and guitarist Alaska Reid into a sort of conversation with a boy, telling him to speak now or never if he’s really got a crush. Lightweight guitars and mentions of the county fair and summer sky set the stage for the starry-eyed chorus,”think about me while we’re young.” Reid shared some background on the track: “Tilt-A-Whirl” is an ode to the small county fair in my town. My friends and I would look forward to going every year, we’d see boys we had crushes on, and scream about the creepy carnies or the way your feet turned black with dirt in your yellow flip flops. We would giggle uncomfortably at the porno posters the carnies hung in their booths and the rotting state of their teeth. And then there were the rides — The Zipper, The Hurricane and my favorite, the Tilt-A-Whirl. The dirt in the midway was pocked with pools of vomit and discarded glow sticks and the carnies would spray you with giant squirt guns, trying to lure you into playing their game.… It was sort of a running joke, that it was your “coming of age” if you got squirted in the chest by the carnies. I just wanted to convey the sparkle and the excitement of when I was young against the neon glow of the county fair as well as the grit and the darkness lurking around the edges. Listen to “Tilt-A-Whirl” below, and check out last year’s single “EverGlow” if you missed it.

Crush is out 3/3 and was produced by indie rock veteran John Agnello. According to Alyeska’s publicist, it was the last thing recorded at the Magic Shop, the NYC recording studio where David Bowie did Blackstar and Arcade Fire recorded The Suburbs.

by Kim Ilkowski