Local spin: New releases from Vegas acts The Acid Sisters, Rabid Young and Youth Fables

Celebrate Rabid Young’s Stranger August 16 at the Bunkhouse.

The Acid Sisters, The Acid Sisters

If hazy and howling rock ’n’ roll is your thing, you’re in luck. Nearly two years after The Acid Sisters made their official debut, the psychedelic Las Vegas outfit is finally releasing an LP, which just so happens to be the group’s first set of recordings ever. To say that the album has been long-awaited would be an understatement, but Elayna (vocals) and Nick Thompson (guitar) had more pressing matters to tend to, like welcoming a brand new baby into the world. Now The Acid Sisters have moved forward with the eponymous album’s release, scheduled for August 10. From haunting opener “Sci Fi or Die” to the murky “My Baby Walks the Left Hand Path,” The Acid Sisters recall the surfy Southwestern sounds of La Luz and would fit perfectly among Burger Records’ neo-psych roster.

Rabid Young, Stranger EP

It’s been six months since electro-rock outfit Rabid Young released standalone single “The Way.” Now the Vegas band is gearing up to release its latest set of songs, with a release party August 16 at the Bunkhouse. At first listen, Stranger is a stark contrast to that smoky February single, which laid down stinging guitar lines and shadowy synths, layered perfectly with singer/guitarist Eric Rickey’s smooth vocals. EP opener “Voices” kicks off with a retro feel—a throwback to the funky and disco of the late ’70s and early ’80s , complete with groovy piano riffs and Let’s Dance-era guitar solos. It’s no hyperbole to call Stranger Rabid Young’s best collection of songs thus far, and it’s likely to leave listeners wanting even more.

Youth Fables, Among the Nightingales

After the release of his 2017 EP Sequential Season, Las Vegas-based musician/producer Pete Reyes looked outward for inspiration. He went to open mics and attended intimate living room shows like Sofar Sounds, finding a new community of singers with whom to work. Among the Nightingales was meant to be another short EP but grew into something bigger. The album, out later this summer, features eight collaborative tracks, each written by its respective singer. Vegas artists like Ember, Meg Defantem, Ria, Monro and Halsey Harkins are given the spotlight, while Reyes’ builds the dynamic and emotional pop-synth rhythms. Most importantly, he wanted it to be a collaborative effort, Reyes says. “I wanted a taste of Vegas to come through.”

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