Interviews

buscabulla
Caribbean music of the future is here today in Buscabulla — LA date at Echoplex 2/27

For duo Raquel Berríos and Luis Alfredo del Valle, the dichotomy of their tropical Puerto Rican roots and the bustling grit of their New York home is a temperament that is self-evident in their music almost immediately. On their most recent EPII, as well as their new single “Frío,” the couple effectively ground their souls and foot-soles […]

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Lauren Ruth Ward
Hot Artist Alert: Making Love With Lauren Ruth Ward

Love. The only true reason for human interaction since the dawn of time. Is it an emotion? An affirmation? Or a web, uniquely connecting many? You can sense it in a song or a glance, but it remains one of life’s mysteries. Despite its elusive and subjective nature, that four-letter word is still the most […]

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Hot Artist Alert: Lola Sparks — striving to be Berlin’s next breakout artist

Berlin songstress Lola Sparks talks small beginnings, big aspirations for her indie-electronica   At 26-years-old, Berlin native Lola Sparks has the kind of ambitious tenacity for her career as a musician that it’s doubtful her audience will be restricted to one country–or continent, for that matter. For the last five years, Sparks has been piecing […]

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Austra
An Interview with Austra — navigating through our current dystopia

Austra, also known as the Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis has an upcoming Los Angeles gig on February 9 at the El Rey Theatre. Touring in support of her new album Future Politics, released January 20 via Domino, the 11-track record features compelling songs with Austra’s signature bewitching croon. Noted as her most ambitious album to […]

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Hot Artist Alert: Skyler Day talks balancing her budding acting career with music

Skyler Day Opens Up About Getting Her Start in Music — Residency Dates at The Hotel Cafe   Los Angeles is the city of a thousand concert venues, and because of that it’s easy to forget that many people who come to partake in the revelry of its glitz and glam are here for the […]

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The Menstruators
An Interview with Nadia G of The Menstruators — We talk new EP, food, menstruation and superpowers

“If it wasn’t for menstruation, you wouldn’t be here…”   Los Angeles feminist punk rockers, The Menstruators have released their debut EP Dead Glitter and it’s quite the “dirty, feral and slutty” experience. Fused with a blistering dose of riot grrrl punk and 90s grunge, the album comes at you like a wild banshee out of […]

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An Interview with Shy Girls — we talk debut album and preventing himself from being pigeon-holed as alt-R&B

Shy Girls Set to Release Debut Album “Salt” via Hit City Records on January 20th   Here’s a riddle for you: If twenty people record demos on a synthesizer and guitar in their bedrooms, and someone labels it all alt-R&B, does anyone hear the difference between them? At the expense of some really great DIY artists, alternative R&B […]

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Spencer Ludwig
An Interview with Spencer Ludwig: bringing trumpets to pop, and making you move & groove

Even if the name is unfamiliar at first, chances are you’ve heard Spencer Ludwig’s signature trumpeting long before you even knew there was a man behind the horn. In a world in which instrumentals are as easily recorded as pushing a button on a keyboard, Ludwig’s ever-shining presence both in the studio and onstage has […]

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Warbly Jets
From couch surfing to rock ‘n’ roll, Warbly Jets open up ahead of January Satellite residency

In the land where jangly guitars and 60’s psychedelia have latched firmly onto the sound of what seems nearly every band is producing, Los Angeles newest addition Warbly Jets espouse unfiltered, against the grain rock that gleefully trades the nostalgia of yesterday for a face-melting tomorrow. Unsigned, with only one sizzling single to show, and […]

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Ninet Tayeb
An Interview with Ninet Tayeb — Israeli rock-star jumps the Atlantic for U.S. takeover

Ninet Tayeb: Keep an Eye on This Rising Rock Star Interview feature by Steven Ward Ninet Tayeb may be a new name on the Los Angeles music scene, but in her native Israel, she’s an acclaimed singer/songwriter/actress and one of the larger entertainment figures in the country. With four albums under her belt, Tayeb made […]

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An Interview with La Luz: We talk new album, making L.A. home, crowd surfing limbo and more

La Luz to Perform at El Rey Theater on Dec. 8 Interview feature by Emily Saex Surf doo-wop quartet La Luz originally hail from the rainy city of Seattle, and while a bit of that gloomy underbelly remains — though generally bright — effervescent tunes pair up nicely with Los Angeles’ sunnier outlook. Their sound finds […]

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Ex-sage
Video: Watch Ex-Sage and Twin Temple reveal strange tales from the road

In celebration of Ex-Sage’s Monday night residency at the Bootleg Theater, the band have shared a new video interview where they exchange tour stories with fellow Los Angeles band Twin Temple. From strange tour experiences that may or may not involve strip clubs, to haunted hotel rooms, check out what these two unique bands have […]

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Michael Kiwanuka
An Interview with Michael Kiwanuka: From folk to electric soul, and what it means to make “human music”

On New Album Love & Hate, Michael Kiwanuka Taps Into Darker Soulful Side and Explores the Meaning of “Human Music”   Interview Feature by Anne-Marie Schiefer This year crooner Michael Kiwanuka released his highly anticipated sophomore album, Love & Hate. After scratching several iterations of the album Kiwanuka, working with Danger Mouse, landed on a sound that […]

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The Pack A.D.
An Interview with The Pack A.D.: Dynamic Grunge-Rock Duo Pour Themselves Into New Album “Positive Thinking” – LA Date at The Roxy

It’s not hard to find oneself enraged by anything and everything these days (climate change, Trump, online trolls, you name it). However, Vancouver grunge-rock duo The Pack A.D.’s ferocious new album Positive Thinking (U.S. release Nov. 11 via Cadence Music) just might be the cure for what ails you or at least a good starting point […]

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