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Band Highlight: La Luz

If you’re into any type of psychedelic surf rock, you’ve got to check out La Luz. The all-girl quartet makes a great contribution to the modern psych-rock genre. Their music is a delightful mixture of fun and deep feeling. In a genre that tends to be dominated by men, it’s refreshing to hear female voices on the mic playing along to heavy guitar and garage keyboard.

La Luz has been on the scene since 2012 when Shana Cleveland, who was originally a part of both Curious Mystery and Shana Cleveland & the Sandcastles, formed the band in Seattle. Inspired by the sounds of 60s rock, girl pop, and surf music, the band set out to create a playful yet intriguing sound. Their first EP, called “Damp Face,” was released in 2013, closely followed by their first album, “It’s Alive.”

After hitting some bumps in the road, including a car wreck that destroyed all their instruments and bassist Abbey Blackwell leaving the band, La Luz emerged stronger than ever in 2015 when they began producing another album, “Weirdo Shrine,” with Ty Segall. Lena Simon took up their bassist position, and they went on to create their newest album, “Floating Features,” produced by the Black Keys vocalist and guitarist Dan Auerbach.

I am absolutely in love with this band. It’s amazing to see other women represented in one of my favorite genres. I 10/10 recommend giving them a listen. Here are some more key facts about the band:

Members:

  • Shana Cleveland (guitar and vocals)
  • Alice Sandahl (keyboard and vocals)
  • Marian Li-Pino (drums and vocals)
  • Lena Simon (bass and vocals)

Discography:

  • Damp Face EP (2013)
  • It’s Alive (2013)
  • Weirdo Shrine (2015)
  • Floating Features (2018)

Song Highlights:

  • Floating Features – Floating Features
  • The Creature – Floating Features
  • Sleep Till They Die – Weirdo Shrine
  • Morning High – It’s Alive

Here’s a link to their website and instagram!

– DJ butter

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Weekly Charts

WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS: September 8th, 2015

1. LA LUZ – Weirdo Shrine – Hardly Art
2. TAME IMPALA – Currents – Interscope
3. MAC DEMARCO – Another One – Captured Tracks
4. BEACH HOUSE – Depression Cherry -Sub Pop
5. SODA SHOP -Soda Shop – Velvet Blue
6. TEARJERKER -Stay Wild – Self-Released
7. WORRIERS – Imaginary Life -Don Giovanni
8. STRANGE WILDS – Subjective Concepts – SUB POP
9. WHITE REAPER – White Reaper Does It Again – Polyvinyl
10. DESTROYER – Poison Season – Merge
11. ULTIMATE PAINTING – Green Lanes – Trouble In Mind
12. TITUS ANDRONICUS – The Most Lamentable Tragedy – Merge
13. MIKE KROL – Turkey – Merge
14. SEAPONYA – Vision – Self-Released
15. VINYL WILLIAMS – Into – Company
16. SORORITY NOISE -Joy, Departed – Topshelf
17. LOU BARLOW – Brace The Wave – Joyful Noise
18. GWENNO – Y Dydd Olaf – Heavenly
19. GARDENS AND VILLA – Music For Dogs – Secretly Canadian
20. TEEN DAZE – Morning World – Paper Bag
21. PANDA BEAR – Crosswords – Domino
22. WILD ONES – Heatwave – Topshelf
23. SILICON – Personal Computer – Weird World
24. THAYER SARRANO – Shaky – Guildwater
25. MYNABIRDS –  Lovers Know – Saddle Creek
26. POTTY MOUTH – Potty Mouth EP – Planet Whatever
27. MATILDE DAVOLI – I’m Calling You From My Dreams – Loyal To Your Dreams
28. DAMAGED BUG – Cold Hot Plumbs – Castle Face
29. STOLEN JARS – Kept – Self-Released
30. WESTKUST – Last Forever – Run For Cover

WKNC TOP 5 ADDS

1. FIDLAR – Too – Mom And Pop
2. FOALS – What Went Down – Warner
3. JACKSON BOONE – Natural Changes – Stay Lonesome
4. WIDOWSPEAK – All Yours – Captured Tracks
5. DIANE COFFEE – Everybody’s A Good Dog – Western Vinyl

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Weekly Charts

WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS: September 1st, 2015

1. LA LUZ – Weirdo Shrine – Hardly Art
2. TAME IMPALA – Currents – Interscope
3. WHITE REAPER – White Reaper Does It Again – Polyvinyl
4. MAC DEMARCO – Another One – Captured Tracks
5. TEARJERKER – Stay Wild – Self-Released
6. WORRIERS – Imaginary Life – Don Giovanni
7. STRANGE WILDS – Subjective Concepts – SUB POP
8. SODA SHOP – Soda Shop – Velvet Blue
9. TITUS ANDRONICUS – The Most Lamentable Tragedy – Merge
10. BEACH HOUSE – Depression Cherry – Sub Pop
11. ULTIMATE PAINTING – Green Lanes – Trouble In Mind
12. VINYL WILLIAMS – Into – Company
13. SORORITY NOISE – Joy, Departed – Topshelf
14. SEAPONY – A Vision – Self-Released
15. GWENNO – Y Dydd Olaf – Heavenly
16. WESTKUST – Last Forever – Run For Cover
17. GARDENS AND VILLA – Music For Dogs – Secretly Canadian
18. DESTROYER – Poison Season – Merge
19. DAMAGED BUG – Cold Hot Plumbs – Castle Face
20. TEEN DAZE – Morning World – Paper Bag
21. WILD ONES – Heatwave – Topshelf
22. SILICON – Personal Computer – Weird World
23. MYNABIRDS – Lovers Know – Saddle Creek
24. HEALTH – Death Magic – Loma Vista
25. POTTY MOUTH – Potty Mouth EP – Planet Whatever
26. MOTHER FALCON – Good Luck Have Fun – BitCandy
27. DUCKTAILS – St. Catherine – Domino
28. MATILDE DAVOLI – I’m Calling You From My Dreams – Loyal To Your Dreams
29. COLD BEAT – Into The Air – Crime On The Moon
30. FAILURE – The Heart Is A Monster – InGrooves

WKNC TOP 5 ADDS 

1. MIKE KROL – Turkey – Merge
2. PANDA BEAR – Crosswords – Domino
3. LOU BARLOW – Brace The Wave – Joyful Noise
4. MEAT WAVE – Delusion Moon – SideOneDummy
5. FRESH AND ONLYS – Early Years Anthology – Castle Face

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Weekly Charts

WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS: August 25th, 2015

1. LA LUZ – Weirdo Shrine – Hardly Art
2. TAME IMPALA – Currents – Interscope
3. WHITE REAPER – White Reaper Does It Again – Polyvinyl
4. TEARJERKER – Stay Wild – Self-Released
5. MAC DEMARCO – Another One – Captured Tracks
6. WORRIERS – Imaginary Life – Don Giovanni
7. SORORITY NOISE – Joy, Departed – Topshelf
8. STRANGE WILDS – Subjective Concepts – SUB POP
9. TITUS ANDRONICUS – The Most Lamentable Tragedy – Merge
10. ULTIMATE PAINTING – Green Lanes – Trouble In Mind
11. WESTKUST – Last Forever – Run For Cover
12. VINYL WILLIAMS – Into – Company
13. STOLEN JARS – Kept – Self-Released
14. DAMAGED BUG – Cold Hot Plumbs – Castle Face
15. GWENNO – Y Dydd Olaf – Heavenly
16. DUCKTAILS – St. Catherine – Domino
17. SEAPONY – A Vision – Self-Released
18. TEEN DAZE – Morning World – Paper Bag
19. MYNABIRDS – Lovers Know – Saddle Creek
20. MATILDE DAVOLI – I’m Calling You From My Dreams Loyal – To Your Dreams
21. GIRLPOOL – Before The World Was Big – Wichita
22. WILD ONES – Heatwave – Topshelf
23. J. FERNANDEZ – Many Levels Of Laughter – Joyful Noise
24. SMALL FEET – From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean – Barsuk
25. UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA – Multi-Love – Jagjaguwar
26. MOTHER FALCON – Good Luck Have Fun – BitCandy
27. COLD BEAT – Into The Air – Crime On The Moon
28. HEALTH – Death Magic – Loma Vista
29. FAILURE – The Heart Is A Monster – InGrooves
30. JACK AND ELIZA – Gentle Warnings – Yebo

WKNC TOP 5 ADDS

1. BEACH HOUSE – Depression Cherry – Sub Pop
2. DESTROYER – Poison Season – Merge
3. FROG EYES – Pickpocket’s Locket – Paper Bag
4. SILICON – Personal Computer – Weird World
5. SODA SHOP – Soda Shop – Velvet Blue

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Festival Coverage

WKNC at SXSW 2014 // Part 1

Some of our WKNC family is currently down in Austin for this year’s SXSW. Here are some highlights from their experience so far:

The Black Lips playing at Mellow Johnny’s for the KEXP day party 

EX HEX performing at the Pitchfork day party 

Betsy Wright of Ex Hex with our General Manager, Cest la Bri

Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz

Perfect Pussy performing at the Pitchfork day party.

Cashmere Cat taking the stage after Perfect Pussy’s performance

Coachwhips at the Pitchfork day party at French Legation

Cest la Bri with John Dwyer of Coachwhips and Thee Oh Sees

La Luz takes the stage at the Gypsy Lounge