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Anna Vaus

Her sophomore EP, co-produced by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Luke Laird, has spawned a single for “Girl In A Bar,” which was recently cited in Rolling Stone’s “must-hear” country picks of the week. A video for the track was directed by her college film student brother Jacob Vaus and shot on an outdoor set in a Poway parking lot outfitted to look like a pre-pandemic bar.

Evening's Empire

The group has a song called "Tonight" in the new film Eat Wheaties, due for release April 30. It's directed by Scott Abramovitch and stars Tony Hale and Elisha Cuthbert.

Julia Sage

Her band the Bad Hombres will share a bill with Los Sleepwalkers when the Quartyard presents an outdoor evening of Latin influenced rock on May 29, with two complete shows: a matinee performance at 5:30 and an evening show at 7:30.

Jeff Berkley

Berkley's first post-pandemic concert happens May 1 at the Grand Ole BBQ, where he'll be joined by a local all-star lineup featuring Rick Nash, Dylan Ankney, Josh Hermsmeier, Ted Stern, and Jason Cox.

Anthony Davis

Davis will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters on May 19.

Carnifex

The group debuted a video for their newly released cover of Korn's 1998 track "Dead Bodies Everywhere." According to the band, "Korn was one of our original influences and inspired us greatly as young musicians. Each time we do a cover, it's our way of saying thank you to the musicians that came before us, and just maybe we added our touch of brutality." The song was tracked earlier this year at local Back Lounge Studios, produced by the band and Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh, Bleeding Through). The "visualizer," as the video is referenced in its title, mainly features creepy quick-flashing black-and-white still images, text, and partly animated skeletons, creating a sort of flip-book backdrop to the pounding track.

Earthless

The psychedelic jam band first earned national notice when both of their LPs Acid Crusher/Mount Swan and From the Ages scored slots on Mxdwn’s best albums of 2013 list, which also cited their Black Heaven full-length as one of the Top 50 Best Albums of 2018. Since their last big in-person show in January 2020 at the Heavy Psych Sounds Fest, they've kept bust during the pandemic shutdown by livestreaming five concert performances from the natural amphitheater of California's Mojave Desert, covering Black Sabbath’s “Never Say I Die” for the Best of Black Sabbath (Redux) tribute album, and livestreaming multiple shows from the Casbah stage. "We just wanna say that we have finished all the tracking, overdubs and seasonings for what will be our fifth studio album," says the band of their current sessions with Ben Moore and Dean Reis at local Singing Serpent Studios. "[Thanks to] Thaddeus Robles for gear loanage. It was nice to do all of this in our hometown of San Diego." The album will be released this fall on the Nuclear Blast label, who put out their most recent LP, 2018's Black Heaven.

Josh Rosenblum

The Josh Rosenblum Band will debut their album Green Eyed on April 30, via local label Pacific Records. The first single “Drive” features Philly trombonist Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg and trumpeter-singer Mark Pender of the Miami Horns and Conan O’Brien's band.

Wavves

Founded in 2008, Nathan Williams and his band Wavves have released six studio albums (Wavves, Wavvves, King of the Beach, Afraid of Heights, V and You’re Welcome) and a 2018 Emo Christmas EP in 2018. Their first new release since then is now available. “‘Sinking Feeling’ is a song about a wave of depression that keeps coming back,” says Williams. “It’s that sinking feeling that drags you down and no matter what you do or where you go it follows you.” It the band's first new music since re-signing to their former label, Fat Possum Records. An accompanying Jesse Lirola -directed video features Williams driving around and sleeping in his car in remote desert locales, to lyrics such as “A stone in the sea/It’s swallowing me/Drifting into the ground/An incoming tide/So fierce you can’t hide/Takes you until you drown.”

SeeYouSpaceCowboy

While the theatrical post-hardcore/screamo band works on their sophomore album, they have a split-EP dropping May 14 via Pure Noise with If I Die First, the new metalcore band with emo-trap artist Lil Lotus and From First To Last members Travis Richter and Derek Bloom, alongside fellow emo-trap artists Nedarb and Zubin. Titled A Sure Disaster, the EP features two songs by each band, with SeeYouSpaceCowboy contributing "A Clear Picture from an Unreliable Narrator" and "Modernizing the Myth of Sisyphus." Both bands can be heard on the collaborative track "bloodstainedeyes," also streaming as a Cameron Nunez-directed video featuring both bands playing together in a room which is painted half white and half red.

Bathwater Babies

They have a new tune on Spotify. "So about a year ago, back when all of this Covid quarantine business first began, The Bathwater Babies and J. Andrew teamed up to record a track called 'Subterranean Quarantine Blues,'" says the band. "This past year has been a little fucked up, but this song still has me smiling despite the mandatory masks and social distancing we've all had to endure."

Tolan Shaw

Shaw's new single is called "Slide Away." "This is where I found myself a lot the last year," he says, "writing and producing music by myself in my little bedroom studio. Trying to stay productive. Trying to either fight the dark, negative feelings away, or use them as expression through the songs, depending on the day. I’m blessed, and don’t have a lot to complain about, but I know all of us were mentally feeling the effects of so many unknowns, questions, and isolation. Not sure about you but I typically ignore those feelings, push through them, and put on a smile most of the time. But I’ve learned how to sit in that space and be okay with it. It’s okay to feel shitty. It’s okay to not know what to feel. It’s okay to feel that heaviness that some days we might just not be able to explain. We all feel it in one way or another, at some time or another. Keep on, fellow human. Things are looking up."

Scott Samuels

His five-song EP Sunshine and Starlight was just released worldwide for download and streaming. "Shortly thereafter, come the CDs and vinyl for people like me, who like to have something you can hold in your hands," says Samuels. "I thank one of my musical compadres, Scott Spindler, for adding some Bowie-esque keyboard touches to one of the tunes. Other than that, these performances, the production, and nearly all the songwriting is completely me, from start to finish. This album, more than any other I've done, reflects my '70s glam-rock influences, and I'm really excited to share the results." The cover photo was shot at Clear Lake Iowa. "This is the marker that leads you to the spot where the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper crashed, about a half mile along the fence line of this farm field."

Satanic Planet

The group pairing is the creation of Lucien Greaves (The Satanic Temple co-founder and spokesperson) with Luke Henshaw (Planet B, Sonido de la Frontera), Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies), and Justin Pearson (The Locust, Dead Cross) has a new single called "Baphomet." According to Greaves, "Goat headed, human bodied, and three-horned, the Baphomet is an icon symbolizing the reconciliation of opposites; dueling binaries combined and transcending into something greater than the sum of their parts. The track we have titled Baphomet blends the electronic with the medieval, the drone with the sceam, the raucous with the orchestral. These conflicting elements, we hope, blend to create Easy Listening for the Apocalypse." A video for the song is streaming online, directed by Luke Henshaw with cinematography by Becky DiGiglio. The track is available free with preorders for their upcoming album, which features guest appearances from including Cattle Decapitation’s Travis Ryan, Nomi Abadi, Silent’s Jung Sing, Shiva Honey, Eric Livingston (also known as First Church of the Void), and Hexa’s Carrie Feller. According to label Three One G, "This collaboration embraces the avant garde to create sci-fi sermons that range from doom and industrial to evil exotica."

Putrescine

The death metal trio's debut full-length The Fading Flame features all music and lyrics by singer Marie McAuliffe and guitarist Trevor Van Hook. The album was produced by Zachary Sanders and mixed by Shawn McClure. Guest players include Calin Kim playing viola on "In a Setting Sun," and Alec Van Der Lam contributes some solo licks to "In a Setting Sun."

The New Regime

The group founded by NIN drummer Ilan Rubin released two live videos off their recent third album Heart Mind Body & Soul, “You Can Be” and “Smoke and Mirrors,” both directed by Matt Thompson. Six more videos in this series will be made available at a later date. According to Rubin, “Performing live in the studio is something I’ve done to showcase my songs in a live, but controlled setting, where the audio and visual fidelity made for an enjoyable viewing experience. This was the first time we had performed since covid-19 hit and the tour we were on with Silversun Pickups was cancelled halfway through. It felt good to set up, rehearse, and just enjoy performing live music. 'You Can Be' has been a favorite of mine...because it shows the funkier, groove-orientated side of my music on all fronts. From the guitars, to the vocals, drums, and bass, it makes you want to move. 'Smoke & Mirrors' is one of the heavier, riff-based songs off of HMB&S without losing out on melody. I’ve always loved the light and shade of the verses and choruses with some explosive moments that might make you turn your head and smile a bit. We’ve never gotten the chance to perform this track live in front of people.” Heart Mind Body & Soul was recorded in two sessions at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, with all songs written and performed by Rubin. Both sessions were co-produced, engineered, and mixed by Rubin’s brother (and manager) Aaron Rubin.

Glass Spells

"We're finishing up a new LP called Shattered that will be out later this year through our label, Negative Gain," says the band. A video for their synth-drenched track "Empty Road" premiered on YouTube which has already racked up over 13,000 views. Scenes shpt around San Diego include footage of the drive into downtown and the roller coaster at Belmont Park.

Jackslacks

"I've got a new full-length coming out this spring called Inside Out on indie label Shield of Love," says frontman Chris Giorgio, aka Jackslacks. "I wrote the new songs during the quarantine and the title track conceptualizes our world spinning out of control, upside down and inside out. It mostly leans upon roots-rock, like rockabilly, blues, country, and a surf instrumental with my old San Diego guitar-slinging mates Buzz Campbell from Hot Rod Lincoln, Jerry 'Hot Rod' DeMink from Forbidden Pigs, and Gig Fortier from The Hooligans. We recorded with Mike Kamoo at Earthling Studios in East County and Steve Wetherbee from local outfit Golden Track is back to master."
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