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The Rumble Rolls into San Diego on Saturday

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MP3: Longstay – “I Swore That Off Before”
MP3: The Fling – “Wandering Foot”
MP3: Gun Runner – “Fiber Glass”

If you gauged the passage of time in terms of Rumbles, life would go by very quickly. It seems like only yesterday that the monthly music showcase last passed through San Diego, and here we are again. It’s like having a birthday every month.

This month’s Rumble will be held at Bar Pink tomorrow, May 7, and will feature Longstay, The Fling, and up-and-coming locals Gun Runner. Longstay are an Americana/indie-folk band in the vein of Dawes. Local art advocates Sezio.org have called their Homes & Houses EP “a rock-pop album that’s not afraid to show some soul, or a soul-pop album that’s not afraid to rock.” In addition to the MP3 (above), be sure to check out Longstay’s puzzling website for a few minutes of a-maze-ing fun.

Long Beach’s The Fling recently released their debut LP, When The Madhouse Appear, and it’s received rave reviews. Exploding In Sound has described it as  “shoegaze inflicted folk music, woozy pop balladry, swirling psychedelics, luscious vocal harmonies, and all around incredible song writing.”

Last, but not least, are openers Gun Runner. We’re pleased to have these talented San Diegans (and O&B friends) on the bill. The seriously talented quartet is one of this town’s best indie bands; we compared their Bad Neighbors EP to the “psychedelic blues of Bob Dylan’s 2007 masterpiece, Time out of Mind” (but with far, far, far better vocals).

DJ Snakehips will spin discs between sets. As always, The Rumble is free, and it’s brought to you by Future Sounds, Indigenous, San Diego: Dialed In, Bedouin Vintage Collective, Friends With Both Arms, Strong Screen Printing, EventbritePabst Blue Ribbon, and, as always, your friendly neighborhood Owl and Bear.

Poetic Memory: Tahiti 80 (List)

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MP3: Tahiti 80 – Crack Up (Extended)

South By Southwest is upon us, and many of our fair city’s finest bands are playing hometown sendoffs before heading to Texas.

Tahiti 80, on the other hand, are 5,000 miles away from their native France, so they don’t have the luxury of playing to an adoring hometown crowd before the Big Gig. They will, however, have the luxury of playing this Saturday’s Rumble, where San Diegans will nonetheless shower the Parisian popsters with praise.

The sextet is known for its danceable brand of indie pop that combines live instrumentation with electronic elements and airy vocals, and its songs have been described by Pitchfork as “creamy dreamy delicacies.”

On February 22, Tahiti 80 released The Past, The Present, and The Possible, the kind of album that can brighten even the darkest of days. If you buy the album at Saturday’s Rumble, it’ll help you beat the blues while your rich friends are partying without you in Austin. In anticipation of their show, Tahiti 80 frontman Xavier Boyer sent us a list of his influences. Check it out below…

Poetic Memory: TV Girl (List)

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MP3: TV Girl – “If You Want It”
MP3: Dirty Gold – “California Sunrise”
MP3: Letting Up Despite Great Faults – “In Steps”

San Diego’s TV Girl are new to the music scene, but they’re already getting a lot of press.

Aside from generating local buzz, the lo-fi rockers recently caught the ears of Pitchfork, who called the band’s Todd Rundgren-sampling single, “If You Want It,” “balmy and inviting.” The tastemaking music website also bestowed the ever-important “ballsy” distinction upon the track.

One listen to “If You Want It,” and you’ll wish TV Girl had their own show. Fortunately for you, they do: The Rumble — San Diego’s monthly indie showcase at Bar Pink — kicks off its 2011 season this Saturday, and the band will be there to drag you away from the late nite boob tube. To prep yourself, download TV Girl’s whole EP for free at their Bandcamp page.

In anticipation of the show, we asked the TV Girl boys what influences them. Band member Trung Ngo replied: “Being in a ‘buzz band’ is about one thing: Money. Whether you’re haggling with some sketchy promoter throwing a chillwave festival in Finland or hawking your limited edition 7-inch through your blog, ‘buzzbands’ should be prepared to come into contact with lots of cold hard cash. Handling such ungodly sums of money can become tiresome, that’s why it’s important to keep it fresh by referencing lots of obscure slang in all your financial dealings. Here are just a few of our favorites.” Continue reading…

Contest: Win Tickets to see Clinic at the Casbah (San Diego)

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U.K. post-punks Clinic are coming to San Diego, and we have a pair of tickets to give away.

The band is on a rare fourteen-city tour in support its excellent sixth album, Bubblegum, and the November 21 show at the Casbah will be the final stop. Revered by fellow musicians, Clinic have a wholly original sound, and since the late ’90s, they’ve beamed their brand of psychedelic pop into stereos across the world.

San Francisco’s The Fresh & Onlys will open the show, along with San Diego’s Lights On and The Loons. This year, the Fresh & Onlys released a handful of 7-inch singles, an EP, and — to cap off the year — a new LP called Play It Strange. DJ’s Mikey Face and Cory Casey will also be on hand to spin vinyl between sets.

This show will almost certainly sell out, so if you’re not a gambler, you can get tickets here.

Otherwise, to enter the contest, just comment below and include your email address in the form (your email won’t be visible to the public). The winner will be chosen at random on November 19, 2010.

The Rumble Gets Cinematic

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As we mentioned last week, this Saturday’s installment of The Rumble at Bar Pink is Echotone-themed.

Echotone is a documentary about the blossoming Austin, TX music scene, and has been described by the AV Club as “beautifully shot, cleverly edited, and suffused with the dark, tenacious humor of the musicians and artists…a timely valentine with purpose.”

In conjunction with the film, Bar Pink patrons and Rumble regulars will be treated to performances by Sunset and White White Lights — two bands featured in the documentary. There will even be a preview of Echotone itself which, if the (below) trailer is any indication, shall be most excellent.

Saturday will also serve as a nice introduction to local up-and-comers Chairs Missing who just released a new EP and are slated to play Sezio’s epic Four Day Weekend event in November. Chairs Missing are stand up guys.

As always, admission to The Rumble is free and delicious Trumer Pils is a mere $3. DJ Tropical Popsicle will man the turntables between sets; we challenge you to say his name five times fast.

In case you haven’t heard, The Rumble is a monthly showcase of local and international indie talent. This month’s event is sponsored by Future Sounds, Indigenous, San Diego: Dialed In, Bedouin Vintage Collective, BMI, M-Theory Records, Reversal Films, Echotone, Trumer Pils, and your friendly neighborhood Owl and Bear.

The trailer for Echotone, as well as MP3s and photos are below.