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by Bill Pearis

Touche

Los Angeles duo Touché is a new musical project from Bram Inscore and Alex Lily, both of whom were in Obi Best if you remember them from a couple years ago. Both have long been part of the LA scene, with Bram playing with Beck, Charlotte Gainsbourg and recently took over bass duties in Twin Shadow after Russ Manning left to concentrate on his project, Rush Midnight (is this a trend?). Alex, meanwhile, sang backup with The Bird and the Bee.

The duo, whose music is shiny electropop with a strong ear for hooks, will release their debut album, It's Fate, next year but the first single, the catchy "I'm a Man Not a Machine," is out now and you can stream it or watch the video below. Also below are some remixes by the likes of Daedelus and Lee Cooper (aka Twin Shadow keyboardist Wynne Bennett).

Touché will be in NYC next month for a show at Glasslands on December 19. No openers have been announced but tickets are on sale now. The duo will then be back in NYC for a show at Cameo on January 4 with Tippy Toes and Future Screens. No advance tickets for that one, just $7 at the door.

All upcoming Touché tour dates are listed below, along with song streams.

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photos by Sarahana, words & photos by Chris La Putt, SXSW shots by Graeme Flegenheimer

"Was asked to have my picture taken at the She&Him show because "I dress like Zooey" compliment of a lifetime" - Brandi Bullar.

She & Him @ SXSW
She and Him

She & Him, backed by The Chapin Sisters, played the first of their two sold-out shows at the Bowery Ballroom last night, March 29th. They're celebrating the release of their second album, aptly named Volume Two. The crowd was a full of Zooey Deschanel look-alikes with floppy hats and fancy bows adorning their heads waiting for some sunny vocals and a blue-eyed beauty (and her partner and expert guitar player M Ward). I was hoping (unrealistically) for a guest appearance by Tilly and the Wall who contibute to "In the Sun" on the album, but no such luck. They did play the song though. Full setlist below.

The Living Sisters (sans Inara George) @ Bowery Ballroom
The Living Sisters

Opening for Zooey and M. Ward at the Bowery were the the Living Sisters who started the show off with wonderfully offbeat old timey standards with modern lyrics (something to the tune of asking their boyfriends to tie them up in double knots). The band is made up of LA's Eleni Mandell, Inara George (of Bird and the Bee fame), and Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), but Bird and the Bee backing vocalist and lead singer of Obi Best, Alex Lilly filled in for the Bee as Inara is in LA expecting a baby. Their debut album Love to Live is out today on Vanguard Records.

She & Him finish their March tour tonight (3/30) at the Bowery (The Chapin Sisters open this time), then play scattered days in April, May and June including Coachella, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo. All dates, more pictures from the first night at the Bowery and some from SXSW with a video of Zooey hopping around onstage at the El Rey, below...

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