Elliott Smith

California Sounds: Fresh L.A. rock from Starcrawler, a jazz-funk breakdown by Knower and John Tejada's new music with Reggie Watts

California Sounds: Fresh L.A. rock from Starcrawler, a jazz-funk breakdown by Knower and John Tejada's new music with Reggie Watts

Starcrawler, “Starcrawler” (Rough Trade). The debut album from this young post-punk band arrives with a pedigree, but that’s hardly the only thing that the Arrow DeWilde-fronted group has going for it.

The singer, who grew up among indie luminaries including Beck and Elliott Smith as the daughter of photographer-filmmaker Autumn DeWilde, has been enlivening clubs with Starcrawler for a few years, accruing fans drawn to insanely great performances.

The band’s debut for respected imprint Rough Trade — which has served as home to bands including the Raincoats, the Smiths, Warpaint and dozens more — features short, beefy rock songs...

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