Young Widows’ bruising 2006 debut, Settle Down City, introduced the Louisville, KY trio as an ugly force to be reckoned with. Two years later they dropped Old Wounds, their sophomore stomp that inspired at least a dozen imitators of varying degrees of success. From there the band traded some of their trademark fury for the bleak, widescreen atmospheres of In and Out of Youth and LIghtness. Now, three years later, Young Widows meld the strengths of their past and their tenacity for the future to forge Easy Pain, an album perfectly befitting their merciless moniker.
HABITS is the solo-turned-trio synth project of Los Angeles-based musician, Dustin Krapes. The driving and danceable grooves have brought comparisons to Beck and LCD Soundsystem, and the experimental trips shadow creations of 70s electronic-psych forebearers Silver Apples; however, HABITS' universe avoids the derivative, borrowing only from the future. To bring more body to their being, Krapes wanted to implement live instrumentation and asked drummer Bobby Vega and bassist Kyle Souza to join him in the studio to create HABITS' debut album, Unselves in Arrival. This lineup eventually morphed into Dithy Ramb on drums and Gabriel Armenta on bass, which has been the touring lineup for over a year. Krapes' world is an escape vessel where he explores another side of himself where his quiet, soft-spoken persona turns into an extroverted animal. Fans and critics that attended recent shows at SXSW and the Desert Daze Festival lauded Krapes for his endless energy and magnetic presence. His ability to include and engage the audience with in-crowd dancing, collaborative fun, and eye-catching projections only adds more dimension to an already alluring world.