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Fool's Gold gets ready to face the nation

October 8, 2009 |  2:49 pm

Even in Los Angeles, it’s a rare week when music fans are treated to the grandeur of Thom Yorke and Fever Ray. So it was easy to miss Tuesday's low-key album release party for the L.A. rhythm rebel band Fool’s Gold at the Masonic Temple at the Hollywood Forever cemetery. But for the crowd of taste makers and mavens that made it, the show was a quick look at one of the most promising new acts currently emerging from this city.

Delving into the moodier side of their recently released debut full-length on the IAMSOUND label, the percussive, pan-ethnic soul of songs such as “Nadine” created a dreamy atmosphere in the ornate setting. Ending with a celebratory take on “Ha Dvash,” the band members kept the song going as they filed from the stage and back into the room with the bar, where the party continued.

It was a fitting warm-up as the band prepares to embark on a nationwide tour with another buzzed-about L.A. band, modern hippie heroes Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.

Fool's Gold perform with Metronomy and Destructo at the Roxy, 9009 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood on Friday, Oct. 9. Doors are at 9 p.m.

-- Scott T. Sterling