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Mountain Views News Saturday, March 29, 2014 
11THE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Mountain Views News Saturday, March 29, 2014 

By Sean Kayden 


Originally from NY, LA based quartet, Incan Abraham are finally ready to 

“Tolerance” is flooded with sweet harmonies, 
sunny base lines, and psychedelic pop. The record 
is more on the pop rock side of the spectrum, but 
that’s nothing to sneer at. The 10-track album is 
the quintessential summer soundtrack for those 
seeking an escape from the ordinary. “Tolerance” will appease the wounds of yesterday, stimulate your 
soul in conquering today’s mini goals, and steer your aspirations of tomorrow. Incan Abraham’s debut 
LP isn’t faultless, but when it shines, it could be the guiding light for those chasing after something 
just out of arm’s reach. 

lay their hand on the table with the debut LP, “Tolerance.” After a series of 
promising EPs, the group is prepared to take their relatively unknown status to new heights. The 
band’s style is comparable to other SoCal acts, 
as well as NY indie rock aficionados, Grizzly Bear. 
Young The Giant, Local Natives and Delta Spirit Artist: Incan Abraham 
Album: Tolerance 
Label: White Iris Records 
Release Date: April 8th, 2014 

The album is one big melodic swoop. From beginning to end, it carries you like ocean waves. 
“Concorde” is one of the catchiest songs on the record. It impresses with 80s guitar lines, smooth 
vocals, and huge hooks. “Tram” is another top tier track from this rock solid debut. It specializes in 
warm nostalgia. “Tuolumne” is heavily synth-based and very texturized but the raw emotions are still 
at the core of the vocals. “Tolerance” has this very California feel to it. There’s a deep sense of traveling 
down an open, desert road while listening to the album. Maybe you’ll actually want to do something 
like that when you hear these ten captivating tracks. While it appears many modern influences can 
be heard on this album, Incan Abraham still adds a bit of their own spark to the material. “Peers,” a 
laid-back summer-y infused tune, remains as one of the band’s many highlights. 

The record does tread very similarly in resonance to other indie rock acts. However, the tribal beats, 
California vibe, and relatable lyrics are beneficial for Incan Abraham in standing out amongst the 
pack. They may be still thinking inside the box in some of their choices, but the flow of this record 
is quite graceful. Towards the end, I must admit it fizzles out just a bit. The closing title track seems 
like a struggle to play and even more so to get through listening to. It just doesn’t connect and doesn’t 
have any of the same enthusiasm found on the previous songs. In the end, Incan Abraham has crafted 
a delightful, danceable, occasionally reflective piece of music that has more hits than misses. As far as 
debuts go, that’s pretty impressive. The band still has a ways to go in climbing the indie rock mountain, 
but so far they’re off to a nice start. 

Grade: 7.8 out of 10 

Key Tracks: “Midwife,” “Concorde,” “Tram, ”Peers”


 Sierra Madre Playhouse presents the next in its series of concerts featuring emerging artists 
from the Colburn Conservatory of Music. In the spring of 2013, Eduardo Rios, violin; Madeleine 
Vaillan-court, violin; Tanner Menees, viola; and Benjamin Manis, cello, formed the Taurino Quartet. 
Since then, they have performed at numerous local venues. This summer, they will be Fellows at the 
Nor-folk Chamber Music Festival at the Yale University School of Music in Norfolk, CT.

Franz Joseph Haydn, String Quartet Op.76 No. 2 “Fifths” (1796);
George Enescu: Concertstucke for Viola and Piano (1906);
Maurice Ravel: Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major (1927);
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op. 80 in F Minor (1847).

 At Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Ample free 
park-ing behind theatre. Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Adults $20. Students $15. Reservations: 

(626) 355-4318. Online ticketing: 
Jeff’s Book Picks By Jeff Brown 

BEFORE COLUMBUS by Charles C. Mann 

In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, 
Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding 
of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 
1492.Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, 
the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a 
pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians 
who actively molded and influenced the land around 
them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had 
running water and immaculately clean streets, and was 
larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures 
created corn in a specialized breeding process that it 
has been called man’s first feat of genetic engineering. Indians 
were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping 
and manipulating their world in ways that we are only 
now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, 
this is a new look at a rich and fascinating world we only 
thought we knew. 



by David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg 

Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical 
literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even 
healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, 
and much more. He explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your 
daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the 
growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our 
"smart genes" through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our 
most feared maladies without drugs. With a revolutionary 4-week plan, he shows us how we can reprogram 
our genetic destiny for the better. Grain Brain was a #1 New York Times bestseller. 

NEW YORK: THE NOVEL by Edward Rutherfurd 

International bestselling author Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America’s greatest city in a rich, engrossing 
saga, weaving together tales of families rich and poor, native born and immigrant, a cast of 
fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall with the city’s fortunes. From this intimate perspective 
we see New York’s humble beginnings as a tiny Indian fishing village, the arrival of Dutch and 
British merchants, the Revolutionary War, the emergence of the city as a great trading and financial 
center, the convulsions of the Civil War, the excesses of the Gilded Age, the explosion of immigration 
, the trials of World War II, the near demise of New York in the 1970s and its rebirth in the 1990s, 
and the attack on the World Trade Center. A stirring mix of battle, romance, family struggles, and 
personal triumphs. 

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Join the Coalition for Clean Air Residential 
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Made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Los Angeles County Department 

of Public Health.