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Monday, March 29, 2010


So we’ve given you two weeks to rest from the hangovers of SXSW, THE RUMBLE is ready to unleash a week of parties up and down the West Coast with line-ups that are sure to represent. As usual the party’s always free!

LA’s own PEPPER RABBIT will be headlining all of The Rumble West Coast dates and we couldn’t be more excited to have this three piece from Silver Lake. Not to be confused with the myriad of other hare themed bands (Frightened Rabbit, White Rabbit), PEPPER RABBIT were on the short list of bands to watch at SXSW and from what we’re hearing they didn’t disappoint.

Led by Xander Singh and Luc Laurent, PEPPER RABBIT are drawing comparisons to early Grizzly Bear with a slow building somber psych-pop heavy on the instrumentals. “None Shall Sleep” is all haunting melodies and aching vocals, while “Red Wine” is slow building groggy gem. With an endorsement from fellow Eastsiders made good, Local Natives, a feature in Under the Radar and the release of two separate EP’s last year, Clicks and Shakes; Pepper Rabbit are a must see before they blow up.

Kicking it off in the Pacific Northwest, THE RUMBLE SEATTLE at Havana Social Club on Monday April 5th, Pepper Rabbit will be joined by local favs THE GLOBES. Currently receiving serious love from Barsuk and Seattle bloggers alike, with Reverb calling THE GLOBES a “thing of budding greatness.

THE GLOBES will also be joining us as we head down to Oregon on Tuesday April 6th for THE RUMBLE PORTLAND. Portland darlings, THE GOLDEN HOURS, are set to open the night; led by Eliza Sohn, this foursome have been making garage rock that locals can’t get enough of. Their acclaimed 2009 Spooky EP is full fuzzed out guitar pop that could easily give Best Coast a run of their money.

Venturing down to the bay area on Wednesday April 7th, THE RUMBLE SF is sure to cure any midweek slump with a line-up of local scene makers set to bring the party to new location at Milk Bar. VEIL VEIL VANISH and SILVER SWANS will share the bill; both bring their brand of electro-tinged pop. VEIL VEIL VANISH, a gothy shoegaze outfit is currently riding high on a slew of favorable reviews for their debut, Change in the Neon Light with tinges of The Cure. SILVER SWANS, the side project of FS fav LoveLikeFire vocalist Ann Yu (and Jon Waters) is part LaRoux, part The Knife. Yu’s vocal prowess combined with beats crafted ala Ladytron, result in dreamy dance pop confections. As always, Resident DJ, BAGEL TED will be there spinning throughout the night. RSVP at Sonic Living.

On Thursday April 8th we’ll bring it back home to 3 Clubs for THE RUMBLE LA with Pepper Rabbit playing on their home turf. Journeying all the way from Down Under (by way of NY) we have Sydney troubadour JACK LADDER. Jack (aka Tim Rogers), ex-bassist of Expatriate, has already received a ton of acclaim down south, winning the 2008 AMP Red Bull Prize for Best Album for Love is Gone (Spunk) and opening for Aussie super group Wolfmother. Standing at 6’5, tall and broody, JACK LADDER is like a crooner from years past, with vintage inspired sounds incorporating the best of early blues, folk and rock. We can just imagine how Ladder and company will tear up the dimly lit intimate backroom of 3 Clubs.

Also on the bill are Fullerton natives, REGRETS & BRUNETTES; an OC band we’ve been buzzing about for quite some time. Their track “Uh-Oh,” an infectious piece of jangley rock that has been on repeat around FS HQ for the past couple of months. Classic indie rock coupled with sharp writing, this quartet has been drawing favorable attention from local bloggers including The Deli LA and Buzz Bands LA.

We’ll then head further down the coast on Saturday April 10th for THE RUMBLE SAN DIEGO to our North Park home, Bar Pink. We’ve got two SD acts, WRITER and BLACK MAMBA set to pack the tiny walls of Bar Pink. Our love of SD bands really knows no bounds and both of these bands popped up on our radar last September, and needless to say we couldn’t be more amped. WRITER, just back from their SXSW tour with December Rumble vets, Tape Deck Mountain have been mainstays on the scene for a while with their gritty rock sound. Comprised of brothers Andy and Jayme Ralph, WRITER are about to be big. Led by Aimee Sanchez, BLACK MAMBA is the Mazzy Star for 2010 with ethereal, moody piano driven pop. Coming off the 2009 Golden Birthday EP released last year, this group is making lush, airy songs that can’t be missed. JAMUEL SAXON (Jamuel Saxon is made up of Keith Milgaten and Aimee Sanchez (Black Mamba) and Andy and James Ralph (Writer). They all will be collabingto DJ that night) will also be on hand for special DJ set throughout the night.

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