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La Luz Staff Pick

When: Tue., June 19, 8 p.m. 2018
Price: $12-$15
Los Angeles-based quartet La Luz should absolutely be on your radar if you enjoy hazy (not lazy) psych-surf with harmonic and melodic depth, fuzz piled to the sun and nostalgic, sea-soaked vibes. The band, which actually originated in Seattle, just released its excellent third LP, Floating Features, in May. The tour for this album brings them to town, along with like-minded dream-pop duo Summer Twins, also from Cali. Both bands manage to split the difference between sounding nostalgic and sounding urgently of the moment. Each group’s music has a touch of doo-wop, and there are traces of old surf and pop sounds abounding. While La Luz takes its music in the direction of heavy guitar and brooding atmospherics, Summer Twins veers toward a crisper and more direct sound. In the live setting, both of these bands utterly kick ass. No overstatement. Full of youthful energy, La Luz and Summer Twins both have reputations for putting on wild shows, full of unexpected crowd participation and good old rock ’n’ roll tomfoolery.


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