Grass Valley, CA
When La Luz burst onto the garage-rock scene in 2012 with debut album It’s Alive, it was immediately clear their take on surf-inspired, noir-leaning songs was here to stay. The band’s snappy rhythm section, chunky organ melodies, guitar rave-ups and AM gold-harmonies felt fresh and vital even when among their similarly influenced peers.
La Luz toured endlessly in support of It’s Alive and proved that those songs that crackled through reverb in the studio made for a hell of a party on stage. The invigorating grooves found on tracks like “Sure as Spring” and “Call Me in the Day” burned even brighter and hit even harder in the live setting.
Off this solid foundation the group sprung into the recording of 2015’s Weirdo Shrine, a critical hit produced by Ty Segall in a converted surf shack. And while that record was heavily inspired by a science-fiction graphic novel about a supernatural STI, its recording aesthetic more accurately captured the rushes and crashes of seeing the band perform live. Another household-name producer entered the fray for Floating Features: Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Crisp and more melodic than ever, the album brought La Luz to new heights both artistically and in audience size.
Things weren’t always roses along the way. The band miraculously survived a freak-accident bus crash in 2013 and founding member, vocalist and guitarist Shana Cleveland more recently announced that she had breast cancer. But now the band is back on the road in support of its excellent self-titled album from last year. With psych elements and dialed up folk-noir elements from Cleveland’s solo career, it exemplifies an already-at-peak band refreshed and ready for its next exciting chapter.
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- a toy rabbit Actor Director Ahya Simone Aladean Kheroufi Alex Cameron Alexia Avina Alicia Clara AllCityJimmy Also Also Also Amy Nelson AN Anthony OKS Apollo Ghosts Astral Swans
- Backxwash Bad Bodies Be Afraid Bennett Mitchell betaboys Big Rig BITTER//WASHED Black Thunder Blue Odeur BODY LENS Body Void Bog Bodies Bonnie Trash Bozo Brain Bent BRIDGELAND Bud Frazier and the Electric Razors Buddie Built to Spill
- Cardiograms Carissa Gem Cassia Hardy Cat 500 Caylem Simeon Cedric Noel Chad VanGaalen Chairman Chron Goblin Circuit des Yeux Clea Anaïs Cold Water Control Top Counterfeit Jeans Crystal Eyes
- DA'AT Dead Fibres Dead Friends Debate Club Denimachine DJ Hannah Doohickey Cubicle Doreen Dot Cardigan Double Rider Doug Hoyer Dragon Fli Empire DRI HIEV Dump Babes
- Earthball Eine Kleine China Elizabeth Colour Wheel Ellen Froese Eve Parker Finley Everythingyoueverloved Exits Eye of Newt
- Fitness Flore Laurentienne Florida BC Frankie and the Witch Fingers Fulfilment
- Ghost Woman Ghostkeeper Ginger Beef Gone Cosmic Gorgeous Grimelda Grouper
- Hair Control Hairnet Handsome Tiger HARSH Heaven For Real Hélène Barbier Hermitess Holy Void HomeSick housepanther HYMMMelodies
- ILL Human Nation Isolato
- JAMES NOBLE Janette King Jarhead Fertilizer JED ARBOUR Jody Glenham Joyce Manor JOYFULTALK Julie Doiron Julius Sumner Miller
- k.burwash Kamikaze Nurse Kellarissa Kerkland Jerks Kesswa Khillah Khills Kid Cali KindaColt KMVP knitting Krill Williams KT Laine KTheChosen Kue Varo & the Only Hopes
- L.A. Witch l.n. baba L.T.Leif La Luz Laura Hickli Lavender Country Leather Jacuzzi Little Destroyer Little Snake Living Hour Local Singles Love Language Low Low Hums Lowkita Lushings Lydia Lunch RETROVIRUS
- Mahogany Frog Maky Lavender Mares of Thrace Maria DeHart Marlaena Moore Matt MacNeil Matthew Cardinal Megamall Melodna Midnight News Mighloe Mitch Davis MOREWINE Mortiferum Mother Tongues Motherhood Motorists MYNXY
- Necking Neighbourly Nice Apple No Frills NUM
- OKGB Olivia Awbrey Ombiigizi Orchidae Osmanthus Oxford Drama
- Pantayo Parisian Orgy Peace For Bombs PEARS Poltergeist Pony Girl Pope Joan POSTNAMERS Primitive Man Princess Nokia puppet wipes
- Queens D. Light
- R.A.P. Ferreira ra / sol The Radiation Flowers Raeburn Rempel & The Rousers The Rifle County Players Rip Room Rob Knaggs Ryan Bourne
- Samantha Savage Smith SASAMI Selci SEULEMENT Shearing Pinx Shirley & The Pyramids Silvering Sinzere Sister Suzie Skinny Dyck Slow Down Molasses Slut Prophet Snake River Sonido Nuevo SPRLUA State n Division Status/Non-Status Still Depths Stripmall Stucco Stuttr Sudan Archives Sufyvn Sunalta Sunforger Sunglaciers Surf Dads Suzi Analogue Sweeping Promises Swooty Mac
- Takleef Ensemble tarotfuntime Tea Fannie Teebs Teen Daze Temps Teon Gibbs Thomas Thomas Thus Owls Trash Magic Trench
- Uncanny Valley Uranium Club Uyemi
- Vagina Witchcraft
- wanderingaria Wet Cigarette Wihtikow Wilt Window Lamp Wine Lips Winona Forever Witch Victim WKO Wolf Willow Woodhawk Worse WUT
- Yankee Cowboy Yawn Yoo Doo Right
- ZENON+ Zoon