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Sound Bytes: Fall Music Tip Sheet

From Mexican punk to Eighties dance, there's a musical performance to suit every taste.

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Music-lovers, meet your next most-played iPod tracks: Whether your tastes run towards Mexican punk or Eighties dance, these bands will keep your calendars full with their tours on both coasts and in Europe this fall. Break out those earplugs.

 

OCTOBER

Chief, Oct. 17
Home: Mike Moonves (son of Les), Evan Koga and Danny and Michael Fujikawa are all Hollywood progeny, but formed the band as students at New York University.
Sound: Classic rock with a youthful twist.
Fun Fact: Played at the Valentino party in Los Angeles (at Soho House) where both Jacqui Getty and Gia Coppola rocked out to their songs.
Tour Dates: Oct. 17 at Exit/In in Nashville. Touring Germany in November.
Chieftheband.com

Deluka, Oct. 19
Home: Birmingham, England
Sound: Disco-Electro-Indie-New Wave à la early Duran Duran.
Fun Fact: The band is coined after Laura San Giacomo’s character from “Pretty Woman,” call girl Kit De Luca.
Buzz: Debut album “You Are The Night” drops October 26 on Vel Records and video for the single “Cascade” was directed by Antoine Verglas.
Tour Dates: Oct 19 as part of the CMJ DELI MAGAZINE show at The Delancey, New York
Delukaofficial.blogspot.com

Brooke FraseR, Oct. 20
Home: Naenae, New Zealand
Sound: The Kiwi Norah Jones
Style: A fan of designer Kate Sylvester’s quirky classics
Fun Fact: Fraser, 26, is the daughter of New Zealand All Black rugby player Bernie Fraser.
Tour Kick-Off: A record release party for her third album, “Flags,” on Oct. 20 at Los Angeles’ Largo
Brookefraser.com

Class ActresS, Oct. 21
Home: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sound: Eighties-style dance beats paying tribute to Madonna and Depeche Mode
Style: Singer Elizabeth Harper lets her chestnut-colored tresses fall to cover her razor-sharp cheekbones, but she shows off the rest of her voluptuous curves with cropped tops and lingerie.
Tour Dates: Oct. 21 at Pianos in New York; Oct. 28 at the Saint in New Orleans; Nov. 5 at the Echo in Los Angeles
Myspace.com/elizabethharper

Mariachi El BronX, Oct. 23
Home: Los Angeles
Sound: The mariachi-playing alter ego of storied punk band The Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx sing about gritty urban life over traditional Mexican rhythm and harmony in tunes titled “Cell Mates” and “My Brother The Gun.”
Buzz: Even when sporting silver-studded charro (traditional Mexican horsemen) outfits with red ascots, the band carries serious street cred. It recently opened for rock band Primus at shows in L.A.
Tour Dates: Oct. 23 at the Melbourne Arts Festival; Nov. 6 at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Tex.
Thebronxxx.com

Best CoasT, Oct. 26
Home: Los Angeles
Sound: Surf pop with fuzzy guitars
Fun Fact: Bassist Bobb Bruno moonlights as a solo act performing in a bunny costume, while singer and guitarist Bethany Cosentino collaborated with rapper Kid Cudi and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij for the raucous song, “All Summer,” commissioned by Converse.
Tour Dates: Oct. 26 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco; Nov. 13-14 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles; Dec. 1 at Scala in London
Myspace.com/bestcoast

Electric ToucH, Oct. 29
Home: Front man Shane Lawlor is from Nottingham, England, while twins Louis Messina Jr. and Christopher Leigh, Davin Givhan and Eric Schackne hail from Texas.
Sound: Eighties pop-rock ballads that sound as though they could be on the “500 Days of Summer” soundtrack.
Fun Fact: The twins have been playing since they were 14, and while they are now 23, still get mistaken for teenagers.
Tour Dates: Oct. 29 at The Viper Room, West Hollywood
Electrictouchmusic.com

 

The DrumS, Oct. 30
Home: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sound: Post-punk pop evoking happy summer days but also lonely rainy afternoons
Style: Fifties’ all-American with satin varsity jackets, cuffed jeans and slim shirts buttoned all the way to the neck
Buzz: Singer Jonathan Pierce’s frenetic performances conjure comparisons to a young Mick Jagger; groupies include Kelly Osbourne.
Tour Dates: Oct. 30 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom; Nov. 5 at La Cigale in Paris; Nov. 24 at London’s Forum
Thedrums.com

NOVEMBER

Matt CostA, Nov. 4
Home: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sound: Sixties psychedelic pop inspired by Donovan and the Zombies
Style: Americana indie in a fedora, chambray shirt and skinny suspenders
Fun Fact: The skateboarder-turned-songwriter credits musician Jack Johnson as a longtime supporter and collaborator.
Tour Dates: Nov. 4 and 5 at New York’s Bowery Ballroom and the Music Hall of Williamsburg; Nov. 7 at the Black Cat in Washington
Mattcosta.com

JohnnySwiM, NOV. 6
Home: Los Angeles
Sound: Acoustic crooners, retro, romantic and chic. Their new EP, “Five, Six, Seven, Eight,” comes out in mid-December.
Fun Fact: Real-life couple Amanda Sudano Ramiriz and Abner Ramirez met while pursuing solo careers in Nashville (and yes, she is the daughter of Donna Summer and Bruce Sudano and has modeled for Louis Vuitton).
Tour Dates: Nov. 6 at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles and Nov. 30 at Rockwood Music Hall in New York
Johnnyswim.com

Freelance Whales, Nov. 18
Home: Queens, N.Y.
Sound: Lullaby pop created with a mishmash of instruments, including a harmonium, banjo, glockenspiel (a German percussion piece), waterphone and synthesizers
Buzz: The up-and-coming quintet played eight shows at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, and mingled with Food Network star Rachael Ray at last summer’s Brooklyn Food & Music Block Party.
Tour Dates: Nov. 18 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles; Nov. 23 at the Crocodile Café in Seattle
Freelancewhales.com

 

More-established groups also making the rounds:

The Dandy WarholS, Oct. 16
Tour Kick-Off: Oct. 16 at Satyricon in Portland, Ore., with their original drummer, Eric Hedford
Dandywarhols.com

Kings of Leon, Nov. 16
Tour Notes: Hotter than ever after winning the 2010 Grammy for Record of the Year for “Use Somebody,” the Tennessee-based rockers are performing only three stateside shows this year to promote their fifth album, “Come Around Sundown”: Boston’s TD Garden on Nov. 14, New York’s Madison Square Garden on Nov. 16 and the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Nov. 18
Kingsofleon.com

Underworld, Oct. 27
Tour Dates: Oct. 27 at New York’s Roseland Ballroom; a costume dance party on Oct. 31 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Expo Hall
Underworldlive.com

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