Tony Molina

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Kill the Lights

Tony Molina made his name pair­ing Weezer-es­que riffs with a hard­core aes­thetic (not to men­tion song lengths) be­fore chang­ing tack with 2016’s Con­front the Truth. There, the Bay Area mu­si­cian turned to the Bea­tles and El­liott Smith for in­spi­ra­tion, de­liv­er­ing eight songs of so­phis­ti­cated, acous­tic singer-song­writer fare that di­vided fans. Heart­break looms large on Kill the Lights, which fur­ther syn­the­sizes its pre­de­ces­sor’s in­flu­ences. Molina pairs his loss with plenty of chim­ing gui­tars and in­tri­cate vo­cal har­monies, bring­ing to mind the Byrds and es­pe­cially lat­ter-day Teenage Fan­club. Re­gard­less

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