by Bill Pearis


Somehow four girls playing surf rock in a sweaty back room on Capital Hill can make you forget about gray days that contain only eight hours of highly filtered light. Relatively new, the band started in sunnier times last summer, they played with seasoned chops sounding like they just came off tour with Dick Dale. Except unlike Dale they can sing too. Shana Cleveland (formerly of the Curious Mystery) first grabs your attention with both her singing and twangy guitar playing, but drummer Marian Li-Pino (also from the CM) is this band's secret weapon. Playing the entire set with brushes she seemed to anchor them with her easy style... -[Finest Kiss]

La Luz's excellent debut EP from last year, Damp Face, is streamable below. Look for upcoming releases on Burger and Suicide Squeeze too.

The band are currently on a tour, which comes to the NYC area for two shows: Saturday (7/14) at Asbury Lanes in NJ, and Sunday (7/14) at Mercury Lounge with Heliotropes, and Eastern Midwestern. Tickets for Mercury Lounge are still available.

UPDATE: The Asbury Lanes show is no longer happening. Maybe they'll play a Brooklyn show instead?

All tour dates are listed below.


La Luz - 2013 Tour Dates
MON 7/8/2013 529 Atlanta, Georgia
TUE 7/9/2013 Pilot Light Knoxville, Tennessee
THU 7/11/2013 Black Cat Burrito Boone, North Carolina
FRI 7/12/2013 Golden West Cafe Baltimore, Maryland
SAT 7/13/2013 Asbury Lanes Asbury Park, New Jersey
SUN 7/14/2013 Mercury Lounge New York, New York
MON 7/15/2013 TT & the Bear's Cambridge, Massachusetts
WED 7/17/2013 BAR New Haven, Connecticut
THU 7/18/2013 The MakeSpace Harrisberg, Pennsylvania
FRI 7/19/2013 Happy Dog Cleveland, Ohio
SAT 7/20/2013 Garden Bowl Detroit, Michigan
SUN 7/21/2013 Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
FRI 7/26/2013 Neurolux Boise, Idaho
FRI 7/26/2013 Moe's Denver, Colorado
SAT 7/27/2013 Capitol Hill Block Party Seattle, Washington