Sound Bytes: Fall Music Tip Sheet

From Mexican punk to Eighties dance, there's a musical performance to suit every taste.

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Music-lovers, meet your next most-played iPod tracks: Whether your tastes run towards Mexican punk or Eighties dance, these bands will keep your calendars full with their tours on both coasts and in Europe this fall. Break out those earplugs.



Chief, Oct. 17
Home: Mike Moonves (son of Les), Evan Koga and Danny and Michael Fujikawa are all Hollywood progeny, but formed the band as students at New York University.
Sound: Classic rock with a youthful twist.
Fun Fact: Played at the Valentino party in Los Angeles (at Soho House) where both Jacqui Getty and Gia Coppola rocked out to their songs.
Tour Dates: Oct. 17 at Exit/In in Nashville. Touring Germany in November.

Deluka, Oct. 19
Home: Birmingham, England
Sound: Disco-Electro-Indie-New Wave à la early Duran Duran.
Fun Fact: The band is coined after Laura San Giacomo’s character from “Pretty Woman,” call girl Kit De Luca.
Buzz: Debut album “You Are The Night” drops October 26 on Vel Records and video for the single “Cascade” was directed by Antoine Verglas.
Tour Dates: Oct 19 as part of the CMJ DELI MAGAZINE show at The Delancey, New York

Brooke FraseR, Oct. 20
Home: Naenae, New Zealand
Sound: The Kiwi Norah Jones
Style: A fan of designer Kate Sylvester’s quirky classics
Fun Fact: Fraser, 26, is the daughter of New Zealand All Black rugby player Bernie Fraser.
Tour Kick-Off: A record release party for her third album, “Flags,” on Oct. 20 at Los Angeles’ Largo

Class ActresS, Oct. 21
Home: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sound: Eighties-style dance beats paying tribute to Madonna and Depeche Mode
Style: Singer Elizabeth Harper lets her chestnut-colored tresses fall to cover her razor-sharp cheekbones, but she shows off the rest of her voluptuous curves with cropped tops and lingerie.
Tour Dates: Oct. 21 at Pianos in New York; Oct. 28 at the Saint in New Orleans; Nov. 5 at the Echo in Los Angeles

Mariachi El BronX, Oct. 23
Home: Los Angeles
Sound: The mariachi-playing alter ego of storied punk band The Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx sing about gritty urban life over traditional Mexican rhythm and harmony in tunes titled “Cell Mates” and “My Brother The Gun.”
Buzz: Even when sporting silver-studded charro (traditional Mexican horsemen) outfits with red ascots, the band carries serious street cred. It recently opened for rock band Primus at shows in L.A.
Tour Dates: Oct. 23 at the Melbourne Arts Festival; Nov. 6 at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Tex.

Best CoasT, Oct. 26
Home: Los Angeles
Sound: Surf pop with fuzzy guitars
Fun Fact: Bassist Bobb Bruno moonlights as a solo act performing in a bunny costume, while singer and guitarist Bethany Cosentino collaborated with rapper Kid Cudi and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij for the raucous song, “All Summer,” commissioned by Converse.
Tour Dates: Oct. 26 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco; Nov. 13-14 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles; Dec. 1 at Scala in London

Electric ToucH, Oct. 29
Home: Front man Shane Lawlor is from Nottingham, England, while twins Louis Messina Jr. and Christopher Leigh, Davin Givhan and Eric Schackne hail from Texas.
Sound: Eighties pop-rock ballads that sound as though they could be on the “500 Days of Summer” soundtrack.
Fun Fact: The twins have been playing since they were 14, and while they are now 23, still get mistaken for teenagers.
Tour Dates: Oct. 29 at The Viper Room, West Hollywood


The DrumS, Oct. 30
Home: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sound: Post-punk pop evoking happy summer days but also lonely rainy afternoons
Style: Fifties’ all-American with satin varsity jackets, cuffed jeans and slim shirts buttoned all the way to the neck
Buzz: Singer Jonathan Pierce’s frenetic performances conjure comparisons to a young Mick Jagger; groupies include Kelly Osbourne.
Tour Dates: Oct. 30 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom; Nov. 5 at La Cigale in Paris; Nov. 24 at London’s Forum

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