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What do you think you sound like? "Americana roots rock."
The Latenight Callers
What's good? "We've released a six-song EP and are currently recording a second six-song EP to be released in the fall, possibly on vinyl. We recently collaborated with Tony Ladesich on a music video that was just released and can be found on our website, thelatenightcallers.com. Heading out to San Francisco in January for the Film Noir Foundation's Noir City festival."
What do you think you sound like? "We've been called 'the house band at David Lynch's pool party' and 'noir a go-go.' Basically, imagine Ella Fitzgerald singing for Massive Attack in a black-and-white detective movie."
Vi Tran Band
What's good? "Debuted with Goodbye, Summer EP this past spring and will release a full-length album, American Heroine, in late 2011 or early 2012, followed by its full-length companion piece, The Butcher's Son. Band members Vi, Katie [Gilchrist], Sean [Hogge] and Madison [DeCamp] host a weekly cover-song chill session, every Thursday at Czar."
What do you think you sound like? "Melodic pop, folk, rock, romance, trade paperbacks, wheat fields, sea salt. Pacific Americana."
What's good? " 'Swift Way On' 7-inch single. 'Get Clean' 7-inch split with Soft Reeds. Upcoming East Coast tour with Soft Reeds."
What do you think you sound like? "Smooth, eccentric jamz."
Anything else? "We are for sale."
What's good? "Released Dissonant Sea in February. Our final show as Auternus is August 12 with Grandfather, Maps for Travelers and In the Grove, at Czar."
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What do you think you sound like? "An instrumental/ambient band that mixes layered textures with dense distorted passages."
Any last words? "We've had a great run over the last couple years, but it's time to move on to other things. We feel like we've accomplished a lot with the support of our friends and fans, and can't think of a more fitting end than to be nominated for a Pitch award. We are all very honored."
What's good? "Twelve-inch, full-length Realiser coming out in mid-August on Amdiscs, and a 7-inch, short-run, lathe-cut vinyl, split with EarthMasters, out in August. We're leaving for Europe in a week for three weeks. We're playing at Goldrush festival in Denver on September 16."
What do you think you sound like? "Minimal synth, spectral forests, fractal neverlands, hypnotic psychedelia, opiate dreams."
Anything else? "CVLTS is pronounced 'cults.' "
Monta at Odds
What's good? "Released Unsuspecting on Upstairs Recordings in June and have a live EP scheduled for release at the end of August as a free download. Currently creating two compositions to accompany Barry Anderson's new visual installation pieces for a showing in Los Angeles in July."
What do you think you sound like? "Psychedelic soul, including a blend of dub, space rock, electronica and '60s cinema. Our live show has been described as a visual and aural head trip laced with an animal urge to freak out. We use a jazz approach to reinterpret our songs so that we capture the core of it, but let the details run different courses each time."
What's good? "Most recent releases are a 7-inch called Freeze! on Not Not Fun and a cassette called Welcome to the Chill Zone on Solid Melts. Also have a 12-inch one-side record called Final Exit coming out soon. Recently toured in Europe."