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LA-based indie duo Magdalena Bay are bringing their celestial brand of electro-pop to Viva Pomona! on December 19th. 

Melding hypnotic dream pop with digital RnB rhythms, this band presents some of the most forward-thinking sounds in indie music today. 

2021 has been a good year for Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin, the two halves of Magdalena Bay. Making use of their time away from touring during the pandemic, this duo built an immersive digital world leading up to their debut album, complete with cult brochures and a retro Y2K-themed website. Released on October 8th of this year, Mercurial World was met with critical acclaim for its pristine production, eclectic blend of pop, electronic, and house, and infectious catchiness.

Expanding on the sounds of contemporaries such as Charlie XCX and Christine and the Queens, Magdalena Bay’s music transports listeners to a fantastic world somewhere between the ethereal ’80s and the dancefloors of the new millennium. Reimagining the genre of indie-pop in digital world of algorithms and social media, Magdalena Bay is the sound of the 2020’s.

Be sure to catch Magdalena Bay’s performance at Viva Pomona! on Sunday, December 19th. 

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Brooklyn-Based Psych Pop Band Psymon Spine is KX FM’s Artist of the Week!

We asked the experimental pop outfit to send us a recipe they love to make and they sent us instructions on how to make Buddy’s Merry Grilled Cheese. 

Psymon Spine believes in family values, so we only make our food in bulk.











4 Cups v8 (or another tomato juice if you don’t like flavor)
2 tbsp horseradish
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 lemon
An ungodly amount of tabasco
Salt and pepper to taste
Whatever other seasoning is burning a hole in your cupboard











Recipe for Bloody Mary Mix

  1. Refrigerate your bloody Mary mix, this is a summerish drink after all.

  2. Get a glass, fill it with ice, dump in a bunch of vodka (or a shot), dump in some bloody Mary mixture (or a cup).

  3. Taste before any ice has melted, reconsider your life choices, probably add more lemon and Tabasco.

  4. Garnish with celery, pickles, a lemon wedge or whatever else you fancy.

  5. You can even add shrimp etc. since a bloody Mary is essentially alcoholic cocktail sauce.

  6. Drink the first glass while cooking the grilled cheese.


Recipe for the Grilled Cheese

  1. Start by caramelizing some onions.  You can also cook bacon if you’re feeling fancy.

  2. Heat up the pan to medium/medium-low heat and add butter.

  3. Throw both pieces of bread in the pan and swish them around in the butter.

  4. When the bottom gets a bit crispy, put butter on top of both pieces of bread and flip.

  5. Swish bread around the pan again to coat the bottom of the pan with butter.

  6. Add cheese to both pieces of bread, then add onions and/or bacon.

  7. Top off with a little salt and pepper.  Cover the pan to steam the cheese.

  8. When cheese is melted and before the bottom burns, smoosh the two pieces of bread together and cook a little longer on both sides.

  9. Now enjoy alongside your second glass of bloody Mary!


Local indie band Vida Moxy have released a brand new video performance! Hailing from Los Angeles, this up-and-coming four piece is making a name for themselves blending rock, soul, Latin, and all other genres that call LA home. Check out their performance of the original song “Salem Lover” live from The Artisan Building here:


Bay Area punks Pardoner have opened the floodgates of punk rock for the 2020’s. 

With fuzzed-out guitars and witty, self-deprecating lyrics, this San Francisco four piece is reinventing punk for a new generation.

Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Minutemen, hell, even Green Day at some point paved the way for punk rock on the West Coast and somehow turned a genre that started as two minute, two chord odes to chaos into something that members of entire generations could relate to.

What is punk though?

There is no single answer; punk is much less a genre than it is an approach to music. Enter Pardoner, a group of Bay Area musicians that are updating this sound for a new decade. Many bands have attempted to recreate the classic indie rock of 80s and 90s giants such as Dinosaur Jr and Pavement to little avail, often ending up carbon copies of their heroes. Pardoner proved themselves different, and with “Came Down Different,” they’ve solidified their place in the new punk pantheon.

Formed as students at San Francisco State University, Pardoner began to make a name for themselves in the underground Bay Area punk scene, eventually gaining the attention of legendary producer John Vanderslice. Their gaining traction isn’t because they’re destined to be the next Idles or Black Midi; it’s their ability to take the standard pop-formula of rock and make it their own without twisting it into post-punk pretentiousness.

“Came Down Different” is a collection of straightforward rock songs that mix the influences of punk, grunge, and alternative into something relevant to the 2020s. “Donna Said” opens the album with the soft/loud contrast of the Pixies, yet mixes clean chorus and distortion in a way that sounds original and refreshing. “Spike” is a more traditional hardcore song featuring dueling guitars and searing vocals, clocking in at just under a minute and a half.

This album twists and turns through various sounds, but the two highlights are “Tranquilizer” and “Came Down Different.” The former is an upbeat track that blends the sarcastic grunge of Pavement with the heavenly guitar leads of J Mascis. The latter is nothing short of a masterpiece; a song with a feeling of excitement and urgency marked by driving drums and an explosive chorus.

“Came Down Different” is not a complicated album. It’s not the kind of album over which college radio DJs will have heated discussions on Reddit or RYM. This is a very straightforward, hard hitting album that takes a number of influences, all under the umbrella of punk and turns them into something that fits in 2021. It’s an album that sounds retro, but forward-thinking. This album doesn’t find Pardoner trying to be Pavement or Sonic Youth; they are clearly doing things their own way. “Came Down Different” is a great representation of the shape of punk today and hopefully a stepping stone in the career of a talented and dynamic band.



“Marching Orders,” the new single from dance-punk supergroup Museum of Love is KX FM’s Catch of the Week. Comprised of Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem and Jee Day of the Juan MacLean, this group takes obvious influence from the indie electronic underground of the ’00s, with added inspiration from artists such as Harry Nilsson and Roxy Music. Any fan of The Rapture, Hot Chip, or any band affiliated with the DFA record label will find a classic in this new track.



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Singer-Songwriter JPOLND is KX FM’s Artist of the Week!

We asked the multi-talented artist to share with us a recipe she loves to make and she sent us instructions on how to cook Fried Cauliflower Rice. 

JPOLNDs Easy Low-FODMAP Gluten Free Vegetarian (or Vegan) Fried Cauliflower Rice 

I don’t always love to cook, so when I do I try to keep it simple and fast! I also have to work around the fact that I’m celiac and have lots of food sensitivities (garlic, onion, bell peppers, to name a few!). I love rice, but this cauli version is lighter and great for the spring and summer months. 

I hope you enjoy this vegetarian, low-FODMAP, gluten free, paleo friendly fried “rice!”

Serves Approximately 4 Adults

Prep time: 15-20 minutes

Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes









1 cup (about 2-3 medium) chopped carrots

1 cup (about 2-3 medium) chopped celery

1 cup (about 1 head) chopped bok choy

2 tablespoons (8 grams) chopped chives for garnish

2 large eggs, whisked (omit for vegan version)

4 cups cauliflower rice

4 tablespoons sesame oil

4 tablespoons garlic oil

2 tablespoons shallot oil

Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste










  1. In a large non-stick wok or skillet, heat 2 tablespoons sesame oil and 2 tablespoons of the infused garlic oil over medium-high heat.

  2. Once hot, add carrots and celery and sauté 3-4 minutes, then add cauliflower rice.

  3. Sauté carrot, celery, and cauliflower mixture for 8-10 minutes on medium heat. Cover pan to help sweat the vegetables.

  4. Once mixture is tender add bok choy. Sauté for an additional 3-4 minutes.

  5. Turn heat down to low. Add eggs. Gently stir in eggs to avoid over scrambling. Stir for 2-3 minutes, or until eggs are evenly cooked throughout.

  6. Add in remaining sesame oil and infused garlic oil and stir fry until warmed and coated with sauce.

  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Garnish with fresh chives.

  9. Serve immediately.

Check out an exclusive performance from JPOLND here:

“Sunshine,” the newest single from local Orange County band The Brevet is KX FM’s Catch of the Week. A perfect soundtrack for the gradual reopening and return to normality, “Sunshine” is about keeping an optimistic outlook when things are looking bleak. Adorned with shining guitars, bells, and harmonies, this single is an anthem about seeking out the positives in any situation.


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“Barbara Ann,” the newest single from L.A. singer-songwriter Rosie Tucker is this week’s Catch of the Week. The first track off of their new album Sucker Supreme, “Barbara Ann” is an energetic mix of driving power pop and shimmering indie rock. This track is highly recommended listening for any fans of contemporary artists such as Jay Som, Forth Wanderers, and Soccer Mommy.




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