Live review: Follakzoid played Rough Trade

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Chilean psych heavyweights Föllakzoid played my favourite show of the year at Rough Trade on Saturday night, and I will be amazed if anyone beats it. There is no better scene than Santiago right now, and the band pulled off a masterclass of cosmic proportions.

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Live Review: La Hell Gang played Glasslands

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La Hell Gang recently signed to Brooklyn’s Mexican Summer label and played their first ever US show on Wednesday night at Glasslands.

Having followed Chilean pyschedelic rock extensively over the last couple of years, it is always a rare but essential opportunity when a band rolls in to town. Given that La Hell Gang’s new album, Thru Me Again, is only their second in close to 5 years, it was definitely not a show to miss.

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Chilean band La Hell Gang sign to Mexican Summer

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Chile (in particular, its capital city, Santiago) has been a melting pot of musical inspiration over the course of the last decade and is, in my opinion, delivering the best music around at an unrivaled consistency.

New York is cottoning on to this sonic boom from South America; The Holydrug Couple and Föllakzoid have already been snapped up by Sacred Bones, both of whom I recommend highly.

The latest band hoping to break through is La Hell Gang, who have just signed to the Brooklyn-based Mexican Summer, home to the likes of Fresh and Onlys, Ariel Pink, Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin. The label will issue the band’s second album, Thru Me Again, on the 24th of June. [Read more…]