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CALIFONEFor over a decade, Califone has seamlessly grown from simple bedroom recordings to a multi-media experience. Califone’s evolution eventually brought them to 2009’s acclaimed LP, "All My Friends Are Funeral Singers," an album that became a companion to the film of the same name, written and directed by Rutili. In the time since, Califone has also taken a somewhat nostalgic detour, reissuing "Sometimes Good Weather Follows Bad People," their 2000 compilation that collected the band’s first two EPs.
RADAR BROTHERSOriginally formed in 1993, L.A. indie innovators Radar Brothers were a part of the defining indie scene that took shape over that decade. Formed by singer/guitarist Jim Putnam, who steadily led the band through 20 years of fads and flashes, the band’s newly released album, “Eight,” is their most sophisticated and personal effort yet. Building on their sound rather than settling into a routine, Radar Brothers currently play in their most expansive lineup and boast their best sound to date. CHARLIE SWANSON
Austin singer-songwriter Dana Falconberry needs little more than her serenely scratchy vocals and an effecting minimalist folk melody to bring her passionate, expressive songs to life. Still, it doesn’t hurt none that her last album, 2012’s “Leelanau,” gets the full band treatment, courtesy of Falconberry’s newly formed ensemble. With this new layer of depth given to the songstresses tales of natural wonder and rural longings, the compositions throughout “Leelanau” are Falconberry’s most creative, most adventurous outings yet. CHARLIE SWANSON
Seattle’s Black Whales are an indie rock psychedelic treat. More pop and less mushroom-inhaling sixties type of psychedelia, with lyrics that you can relate to and tracks that gracefully build to a rock and roll climax. The new single, “Vietnam,” finds the band taking a darker turn, with fuzzy guitar reminiscent of the best Brian Jonestown Massacre recordings. Be prepared for dreamy pop brought to you by five guys who can cheer you up even in the dreariest of weather. LAUREN ROSENTHAL