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Friendzone

Friendzone, photo via eastbayexpress.com

Rising production duo Friendzone released the first single "Poly + 8am" off their upcoming instrumental album, DX. This comes on the heels of quite the year of activity, which includes a track on A$AP Rocky's #1 debut album, LONGLIVEA$AP, a contribution to Adult Swim's Singles program featuring Mykki Blanco, and the production of Main Attraktionz' next album, 808's and Dark Grapes III. Dang. [via email PR land]

Cross-dressing crooner Carletta Sue Kay released a collaborative EP with Pruno Truman, aka Heidi Alexander of The Sandwitches, wherein they cover each other's songs and debut an original tune as well. They had us as soon as we heard Pruno Truman's laconic and gorgeous take on Carletta's "Sleeping With the TV On." [via The Bay Bridged]

East Bay punks Emily's Army, whose drummer is Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong's 18-year-old son Joey Armstrong, released a song called "The Rescuers," and it definitely seems like they did nothing to hide the fact that they are comfortable with sounding like a cookie-cutter version of Green Day. If you don't believe us, check it out for yourself. [via SF Weekly]

Pitchfork gives a nod to how much the Bay Area has contributed to American metal, and the fact that the scene is still very much alive, by talking to several lifers in the scene about what makes it so special. [via Pitchfork]

The Mallard's recent breakup hasn't stopped them from releasing their shadowy, psychedelic final album, Finding Meaning in Deference. If the anticipation of its July 30 release date is killing you, you can stream it on SPIN.com. [via SPIN]