Carnaval Eléctrico is scheduled to take place Friday, March 8, at Crescent Ballroom.
In the Valley Below
There comes a time in every music snob's life when he or she realizes that pre-judging a band based on its hometown and RIYL tags is just stupid. In the case of L.A.-based synth-pop duo, In the Valley Below, a new musical project comprising singer/multi-instrumentalists Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob, it might be easy to read some keywords, lump them in with all rest in the over-saturated sea of synth-poppers, and put off actually listening to their music until Pitchfork tells you what to think about them. However, the joke will be entirely on you, dude. The duo's sound is as catchy as it is heartfelt, a rare quality in the cynical world of indie rock. "We just try to write stuff we want to hear and just do it as well as we can and, you know, see what happens," says Jacob. "We're happy to have anyone asking about us, so we're flattered. Most of the time, I like to let the music do the talking." — Nicole Smith