The Mystery Lights Go for Raw Energy

Mike Brandon and Luis “L.A.” Solano are pretty unassuming for two guys who just signed a record deal.  Two weeks ago, their band The Mystery Lights released a self-titled LP, their first under celebrated independent Brooklyn soul label Daptone’s new rock imprint, Wick.  Led by Brandon’s powerful, raw vocals and backed by his and Solano’s crunchy, interweaving guitars, the album is one of the best pieces of blues-

Allah-Las Worship The Sun

Los Angeles-based garage rock revivalists Allah-Las exemplify an aesthetic awareness that is deeply rooted in place. The quartet, composed of vocalist/guitarist Miles Michaud, lead guitarist Pedrum Siadatian, bassist Spencer Dunham, and drummer Matthew Correia, are self-described surfers, and three out of four members met while employed at Hollywood’s legendary Amoeba Music.

The Standells Haven't Strayed Far from the Sunset Strip

The Standells typify one of the many cool things about The Ponderosa Stomp, which takes place this weekend. Yes, there's the yearly thrill of discovery that comes with hearing someone kill that you didn't know existed, and yes, there's the drama that comes with seeing people who've been on the margins of the music business for decades get a great moment with a good band and an enthusiastic audience.

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