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Dronen’s self-released EP “284 Days” is making waves in the local rock scene

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Dronen, local rock band featured last year on 30 Miles East, has been busy in the studio kicking out some great tunes! Their self-released EP entitled “284 Days” was just released and is already receiving praise from local indie magazines and blogs:

“Southern California Grunge-Punk revivalists Dronen are an example of a cash strapped monster of rock lying in the weeds on a massive catalogue of instant classics ready to unsheathe its fiery collection of sharpened chords, and drive them deep into the heart of a fractured music machine.” – Speak into My Good Eye

I am happy to share their work and encourage you all to stop by their bandcamp page and give their latest release a listen:

Here is a track from 284 Days entitled” The loss of all things”:

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Dronen’s abbreviated bio:

Dronen is a rock band with roots buried deep in the 90’s, growing up listening to the likes of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and Radiohead. These early influences allow them to conjure up a familiar, yet original sound that they hope will help them to thrive in the slow-but-inevitable resurgence of rock music. 


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Music Feature: We are Kings & Queens

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We are Kings & Queens, comprised of Jonathan Mahan (Vocals, Guitar, Piano), Benjamin Hancock (Lead Guitar), Vincenzo Marranca (Bass Guitar), and Andrew ‘Smitty’ Smith (Drums), is an alternative rock band based in Los Angeles, CA. Their sound has distinct European influences (Catherine Wheel, Spiritualized, Radiohead) but has developed its own vast, cinematic rock sound – often characterized by songs that begin with raw, heartfelt vocals and ambient sonicscapes that build slowly to resonant melodies and arena rock finales.
We are Kings & Queens grabbed my attention via their Instagram account. Upon checking out their music, their single “Decide” immediately sank in with beautiful melodic progressions and ambient vocals. Please be sure to check out more on We are Kings & Queens on their website,

Below is the official video for “Decide”.

Music Feature: Slay the Phoenix

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Slay the Phoenix is a dark and obscure rock group founded by vocalist Nix Vantgarde and guitarist Bryan Diaz. The band originated as a side project between the two lovers a few years ago, but they were driven by a need for some heavier, layered textures in their music. In autumn of 2012 they set out on a quest to find their creative companions and the gentle hands of fate brought Matthew Potter (drums) and Alex Schetter (keys) into the group.

Matthew had collaborated with Nix and Bryan once before in a previous band, but the combination of the new music and the maturity that the three of them had reached over the last several years made them ripe and ready for this amalgamation.

Nix and Alex met while working for a major recording studio in West Hollywood earlier in the year. They instantly became friends and having similar tastes, talked about music often. Nix put word out that her band was searching for an experience keyboard/piano player and Alex, who had just arrived back from a sound installation in Italy, responded to that beckon.

Throughout the fall and winter of 2012 the newly formed coterie acclimated rather swiftly. Slay the Phoenix was unveiled and started playing live shows the first week of 2013. Deciding that the music had developed to their liking, they started production of their first album. They anticipate the release of Bonsai by Winter 2013- and will sequentially advance to win the hearts and minds of the music industry.

Below is a small sample of Slay the Phoenix discography:

We are Slaves


Burn the Rest

For more on Slay the Phoenix, please visit their website:

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