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01.31: L.A. Witch plays Alex's Bar for last U.S. show before summer

L.A. Witch have a new album coming out this summer, but to conserve their energy for its release, they're playing only two shows in the U.S. beforehand. The second of those two shows will happen at Alex's Bar on January 31st. The trio of Ellie English, Sade Sanchez, and Irita Pai toured Europe a second time last year, but compared to their busy 2018, the past several months have seen L.A. Witch taking their time to brew up a plan to become indomitable in these first years of the new decade. If you wonder what L.A. Witch's 2020 release has in store for you, take a listen to their 2018 EP Octubre, which blends psych rock, smoky blues, and punk into a stark and sultry collection of tracks. We've featured "Haunting" below. - Will Sisskind


01.25: Zig Zags mark record release at The Factory

If you haven't made weekend plans yet, and would like to spend your Saturday evening screaming at the top of your lungs, head to The Factory downtown and check out Zig Zags' record release show. The band put out their LA to Pedro EP last month, but they'll mark it with a performance on a bill with fellow acts The Side Eyes, Nice, and Urns & Argyles. The new EP is a split 7" with Mike Watt and The Secondmen, which includes Zig Zags' take on The Minutemen's "Political Nightmare" along with a new original called "Running Out Of Red". Get ready to spend your weekend with Zig Zags; take a listen to "Running Out Of Red" below. - Will Sisskind


02.28: Best Coast celebrate a decade with hometown show at The Novo

To celebrate a full decade of indie rock superstardom, Best Coast will play a homecoming show at The Novo on February 28th. In 2010, the band -- then the fledgling project of Bethany Cosenntino -- released Crazy For You, which jettisoned Best Coast into college rock radio station playlists, music festivals, and third-generation iPhones everywhere. Now, the band has released the track "Everything Has Changed" and announced their upcoming album Always Tomorrow, their first collection of studio material since 2015. The new record stems from Cosentino breaking her writer's block, going sober, and imagining a more hopeful life. You can watch the video for "Everything Has Changed" below in order to get yourself ready to welcome Best Coast back to the stage at the end of February. - Will Sisskind 


01.25: Glass Beach raises hell, brings tour to The Echo

To miss Glass Beach's show at The Echo on January 25th would add more sorrow to the world. The post-emo indie rockers have set out on their West Coast tour, which will take them up and down the Pacific Coast and into Nevada. The band has just signed with Run For Cover Records for a vinyl re-release of their debut album; since the signing, their following on social media has grown. Michigan-based group Dogleg -- another up-and-coming indie punk tour-de-force -- and fellow emo-punk rockers Kara's Walk Home will join Glass Beach for this must-see show. Get yourself ready by listening to the first track on the band's debut album, "classic j dies and goes to hell part 1", below. - Will Sisskind



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