There’s something deeper behind the rock and roll lyrics of California-based indie band, Kittenhead, than a passion for music and self-expression. There lies a sense of responsibility to use the platform of the musical stage to be advocates for the disenfranchised and a voice in the movement for more social justice. Read more
Before we knew Tessa Thompson as a famous A-List actress and the romantic partner of award-winning singer-songwriter musician, Janelle Monáe, we knew her as one of the members of the indie electro soul band, Caught A Ghost.
The band was originally made up of fellow Angelinos, songwriter and producer, Jesse Nolan, Stephen Edelstein, Tessa Thompson, Erik Hughes, Tim McKay, Michael Czaja, Brandon Smith, Justin Glass, and Keith Patterson before it just became Jesse Nolan and Stephen Edelstein.
Lights from a projector cast a grungy scene of four local Southern Californian musicians in, what appears to be, an abandoned structure in front of a packed bar in Pomona, California. The crowd erupts in cheers as the song, “Vindictive,” by the band, Frequency Within, begins to play, and the picture comes to life to reveal the indie/alternative rock band performing their song from their debut album.
The band members, Erica Torres (Vocals, Guitar), Jenna Alonzo (Vocals, Guitar), Oli Navarro (Bass), and Jeannette Lawler (Drums) successfully released their new music video, “Vindictive,” from their “Blissfulmess” album at Dba256 Bar & Gallery in downtown Pomona, California. The foursome played the video, which was filmed and directed by K Enagonio Photography, to the crowd after performing a highly energetic and engaging set that got the crowd dancing.
Frequency Within’s sound has been compared to The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, and Nirvana. The band noticeably has an American Southwest influence of alternative rock with a sound that brings in elements of punk and a dash of grunge. The set, along with the previous acts, was streamed live and followed three other talented bands. However, the music video was only shared with the crowd that was there at the show in person.
The Los Angeles indie pop band Blondfire was a brother-and-sister duo of Bruce and Erica Driscoll. They were born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and hold citizenship in two countries due to their American father and Brazilian mother. The 2011 song, “Where The Kids Are,” actually came right before their signing with Warner Bros. Records and Primary Wave Music in 2012. Read more
Bright lights flashing and bouncing around a dark room. Crowds of people singing and swaying to the sounds of what The Guardian calls “an unorthodox marriage of surf music and punk rock.” I found myself jamming out to a live performance of The Pixies at the first location on their 2017 North American tour at The Fox Theater in Pomona, CA.
It’s a tad bit violent, but the song is a great one. Chloe Chaidez, Lukas Frank, Bryan DeLeon and Waylon Rector make up Kitten, the band, from Los Angeles. G# from their second album, Cut it Out, sounds like a symphony of powerful vocals and guitar. I describe the band’s sound to be a fresh new twist on the power ballads of the 80’s. Read more