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Volar Records presents Iceage, Cult of Youth, Ale Mania, Spirit Photography, Tropical Popsicle, Friday, July 22nd, Casbah

Volar Records is proud to present Iceage, Cult of Youth, Ale Mania, Spirit Photography, and Tropical Popsicle at the Casbah, Friday, July 22nd.

Iceage has been making waves since their first 7" last year. Those songs and their subsequent New Brigade LP was recorded when the members of the band were around 17-18 years old, and it wasn't long before the likes of Pitchfork were hailing them as one of the most exciting new punk bands on the planet. Elements of punk, hardcore, goth and black metal are all at play here, and this first US tour promises to solidify their place in the annals of punk history. Read an interview here:, and read Pitchfork's Best New Music review here:

Cult of Youth, Dais labelmates with Iceage, have been building a steady following since 2007 with their brand of neo-folk. The great Sacred Bones Records in NYC picked up on 'em and recently released their self-titled back in February. Read an interview with main man Sean Ragon and listen to "New West" here at Stereogum:

Ale Mania have been plugging away the last couple of years, lead by Andrew Montoya and Jeremy Rojas (who also split their time with Beaters) after the demise of the great SD soul/punk/garage act the Sess. After 7"s on Volar Records and Italy's great Hell Yes!, their debut LP, 'A, Who Sings That Beat?", was recently released to great acclaim, with San Diego Citybeat's former music editor Seth Combs hailing it as one of the best records he's heard come out of San Diego in years.
Stream the LP here: Ale Mania--A, Who Sings That Beat? by Volar Records , and read some nice things about 'em here:; here:; and here:

ROBUST UNIVERSE /// ALE MANIA from ash eliza smith on Vimeo.

Spirit Photography, comprised of Christmas Island main dude Brian Carver, live guitarist/keyboardist for CI Craig Oliver, Mark Schmidt (Dura Mater), and Frank Melendez (Riververb, Tar Halos), play their first show since an appearance at the Soda Bar with Zola Jesus last October, and their first ever with old/new drummer Frank. As of now, there only exists the OOP "Time is Racing" 7" on Sacred Bones and the OOP 'Circle in the Fire' LP on Florida's Aural Pleasures, in addition to a track on the 6X2X12" compilation on Volar Records, which can be heard here: 6X2X12" by Volar Records

Tropical Popsicle, which began as a hazy psych-pop/gloom-pop one-man recording project by Tim Hines (Stereotypes, Lights On), has filled itself out as a four-member live act recently, making waves around town. Their debut 7", "Beach With No Footprints"/"Always Awake in Shadows", is due out on Volar Records.
TROPICAL POPSICLE--Beach With No Footprints by Volar Records

Untitled from Tropical Popsicle on Vimeo.


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