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PINE*am Brings Japanese Electropop to LA

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Pull the Rabbit Ears: It's not just a catchy title, it's a suggestion from PINE*am.

"We named it after the old TV antennae," explained guitarist and backing vocalist Chizuko Matsubayashi. "We would like as many people as possible to receive the music."

Those that choose to "receive" this CD are in for a trip. PINE*am combines digital clicks, drum loops and guitars with unpredictable vocals. The effect is a sound that ranges from the dreamy Starlight, Star Bright to the adrenaline-infused Get a Choco.

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Pull the Rabit Ears is the kind of album that grows on you. When LAist first spun the CD, we found the sound to be unlike anything playing on mainstream radio. Repeated listens reveal that many tracks are seductive, playful and downright fun. That would please the band. Their music is not intended to be a social commentary.