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Mrs. Magician Announce Release of Debut Album

San Diego’s Mrs. Magician have announced the release of their full-length debut, Strange Heaven, on John Reis’ Swami Records label. The 13-track album — which was produced by Reis — will drop on April 17, but if you can’t wait until then, a digital download will be available beginning on March 6.

In support of Strange Heaven, Mrs. Magician will be embarking on a cross-country tour with Cults, whom you might remember from our fancy Best Albums of 2011 list or the writings of lesser-known publications like Spin, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, etc.

The tour will begin on the East Coast and move west, but Mrs. Magician will actually play two San Diego dates: the first with Cults at the Belly Up on March 21, and the second with Reis’ band Hot Snakes at the Casbah on March 27. If you like good music, you’ll probably want to catch both shows.

You can view the tracklist for Strange Heaven below, along with Mrs. Magician’s complete list of tour dates. Continue reading…

Poetic Memory: Luke Rathborne (List)

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MP3: Luke Rathborne – “I Can Be One”
MP3: Luke Rathborne – “You Let Me In”
MP3: Mrs. Magician – “Tabloids”

Like clockwork, the Rumble— the monthly musical roadshow that takes place in nine U.S. cities every month — returns to San Diego’s Bar Pink tomorrow.

This month’s event features San Diego surf popsters Mrs. Magician, sludgy shoegazers Colony, and superb singer/songwriter Luke Rathborne. (DJs Pet Rock and Rob Dylan will spin vinyl between sets.)

We at O&B are especially excited to see Luke Rathborne, whose The Dog Years and I Can Be One EPs show a songwriter with a true artistic vision — one that (unlike many of his peers) is not overly fixated on the meaning of life, but about telling its stories.

In anticipation of the show, we asked Mr. Rathborne to provide us with a list of influences. He kindly obliged, and you may find his “10 favorite records of 1977” below. Continue reading…

Jail Weddings Lay Down the Law

Photo credit: Sarah Morrison

If you don’t like Jail Weddings, you don’t like music. The LA ten-piece takes all the whimsy of 60s-era pop and doo wop and fuses it with a ragged, punch-drunk swagger that’s pure rock and roll. Katya Hubiak and Jada Wagensomer’s angelic harmonies flank charismatic front man Gabriel Hart’s belted vocals while the band backs them with a wall of sound that would make Phil Spector proud. Continue reading…