While some Los Angeles music festivals like HARD and FYF have become major national events, others have stayed deeply connected to the neighborhoods that built them. Echo Park Rising is one of the latter.
Now four years old, this weekend the annual indie-leaning fest takes over multiple venues, shops and outdoor stages in the musician-heavy neighborhood of Echo Park. Headliners include the disco duo De Lux, gauzy beat music producer Matthewdavid and crate-toting DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, among others.
Pop & Hiss is premiering a new single from one of Echo Park Rising's top-billed acts, the L.A.-based psychedelic rockers Allah-Las, to mark the occasion. Signed to the essential local label Innovative Leisure, the band has been road-dogging it for the last few years in support of their self-titled debut album in 2012.
"Buffalo Nickel" is an early look at the forthcoming Sept. 16 LP "Worship the Sun," which lets the band's trippy vintage rock absorb all sorts of new Southern California influences -- Latin drumming, L.A.'s midcentury avant-garde beach culture and Laurel Canyon harmonies.
There are hints of Love and the Zombies here, with the mood a bit sweeter, sadder and a little more stoned than anything they've put to tape yet. Catch them when they play Friday at 9 p.m. on the Taix stage.