My favorite part of Long Beach band Cold War Kids is the thready guitar echoes they weave into their piano-based rock. Check out their anxious downer "Hospital Beds" below.
Did you know that Long Beach ska legends Sublime are back--sort of? The surviving band members have recently regrouped with new vocalist Rome Ramirez, only they can't perform under their old name--it belongs to the late Bradley Nowell's estate. So they slapped their new singer's name onto the band name and now perform as Sublime with Rome. Doesn't have quite the same ring to it, but it's good to see these guys up and running for another round.