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Ex-Mars Volta, At The Drive-In frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala starts new band

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    Cedric Bixler-Zavala, formerly of The Mars Volta and At The Drive-In, has launched a brand new project. Zavalaz — which is just Zavala with an extra z — also features guitarist Dan Elkan (Them Hills, Broken Bells), drummer Gregory Rogove (Megapuss), and bassist Juan Alderete de la Peña (The Mars Volta, Racer X).

    They’ll hit the road together next month for a series of shows along the West Coast. There are also plans for an album, which Zavala described as featuring “lots of desert ballad space jams, lots of harmonies, lots of lap steel and piano. Lots of AM radio love songs. Short bitter sweet love songs. Be warned I’m not making a rock record. It might lightly rock but not like I’m known for.”

    Meanwhile, Zavala’s ex-bandmate, Omar Rodríguez-López, also has a new project. He’s teamed with Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes to form Bosnian Rainbows and will release their self-titled debut on June 25th.

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    Zavalaz 2013 Tour Dates:
    06/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Artifice *
    06/16 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriets *
    06/19 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Club *
    06/20 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Slow Brewing Company ^
    06/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Dunord ^
    06/22 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades *
    06/24 – San Jose, CA @ The Blank Club *
    06/25 – Fresno, CA @ The New Starline *
    06/26 – Bakersfield, CA @ Elements Venue *
    06/28 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory *
    06/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour *
    06/30 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah *

    * = w/ Dot Hacker
    ^ = w/ Ev Kain

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