Aug. 18 2015 05:36 PM

Plus San Diego Music Awards nominees announced

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Alexandra Pratt (right) announced her departure from Soft Lions this month

    Soft Lions have undergone a lineup change. Keyboardist Alexandra Pratt announced earlier this month via Facebook that she had decided to leave the band. Not long thereafter, at the band's Aug. 8 show at The Casbah, Soft Lions introduced their new keyboardist Ana Ramundo. 

    In a phone interview with CityBeat, singer and guitarist Megan Liscomb says that everyone in the band is still friends with Pratt, but it was important to keep up the momentum they had built up before she made her departure.

    "We just wanted to keep going," she says. "We had stuff booked through September or October, so it's good to keep moving." 

    The band met Ramundo through mutual friends, and she's since performed a handful of shows with them, the most recent at Echo Park Rising in Los Angeles. Liscomb says that she adapted quickly to the band, and that she's a natural fit.

    "She's been playing piano since third grade," Liscomb says. "I think we had three or four practices and she picked up everything really smoothly."

    Soft Lions recently released their Spellbreaker EP, and were just nominated for a San Diego Music Award for Best Alternative Album. But while Soft Lions have had a busy 2015 so far, Liscomb is eager to do even more. 

    "I feel like it's time to write more," she says.

    Soft Lions play Thursday, Aug. 20 at Soda Bar.


    The list of nominees for the 2015 San Diego Music Awards has been announced. One of the favorites this year is Cholo-goth duo Prayers, who are nominated for five awards, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Music Video and Best Alternative. Slightly Stoopid is nominated for four awards, and Little Hurricane is nominated for three.  The San Diego Music Awards takes place on Oct. 5 at Humphreys By the Bay. Read the full list of nominees at sandiegomusicawards.com. (Full disclosure: I'm on the voting and nominating panel for the San Diego Music Awards.)

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