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Indie Rock Groups Kick Off Santa Monica Pier Concert Series

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Santa Monica Convention and Visitors BureauWhen one lives in a city as breathtakingly beautiful and unique as Santa Monica, inevitably that city will be shared with visitors.

By Daniel Larios
Staff Writer

July 9, 2014 – Santa Monica’s 30th annual Twilight Concert Series on the historic Pier will kick off  Thursday night with a night filled with Indie rock music.

The Los Angeles-based art pop quintet James Supercave will open for Cults, the New York-based duo headlining the event.

Listed by KCRW's Jason Bentley as one of the top "5 LA Musicians to watch in 2014" after a demo leaked onto local airwaves, James Supercave's first official release will be the four-song EP The Afternoon from the Hit City U.S.A. record label.

Music critics have praised the local band for their “thoughtful lyrics, driving grooves, and unique songwriting.”

“They deliver a danceable groove, utilize spacey tones, and have a curiosity about them that leaves the listener wanting more,” said Gerry Doot from LA Music Blog,

Following the local act is Cults, formed by guitarist Brian Oblivion and singer Madeline Follin in 2010 when they were students at NYU.

Beginning as an apartment hobby as well as a romantic coupling, Oblivion and Follin began experimenting with their sound and made their music available online.

In a matter of days, the two were receiving fan e-mails and gig offers. They toured supporting the Richie Follin's Band with overlapping members for six months before signing with In The Name Of, a record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment and founded by singer Lily Allen.

The music video for their song "Go Outside" starred actress Emma Roberts and actor Dave Franco. 

Soon, their self-titled debut album was released in 2011 by the iconic Columbia Records, with generally positive reviews.

The duo also performed at a number of prominent music festivals, including Lollapalooza, All Tomorrows Parties and Bonnaroo.

According to the band’s bio, television is a heavy influence.

Before the first Cults show, Oblivion, whose stage name is lifted from a professor in the movie Videodrome, ran to the Salvation Army to pick up old TV sets to decorate the stage.

Since their debut album was released four years ago, the couple has split up, became friends again, changed their sound and even performed with legendary alt rock group The Pixies.

The Twilight concert series takes place every Thursday night at 7 p.m. and will run for ten weeks through September 11.

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