Locals well know the John Reis-ian tradition of exploding Alex’s Bar, so let’s salute the mighty Hot Snakes and then go shine some light on the two stand-out support bands. FEELS are the L.A. band Raw Geronimo re-juvenated, with the Sparks-y technicality of their previous incarnation now supercharged with ferociously heavy guitar and new levels of commitment and intensity. And Matt Lamkin is the former singer of L.A.’s excellent Soft Pack, whose stripped-down Feelies-Modern Lovers punk-pop blossomed into something deliberate, sophisticated and ambitious by their final album in 2012. On his recent (and nicely titled) solo debut Where I’m Matt, Lamkin takes that willingness to experiment even further—it’s a portrait of a real person with real personality.
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