Monthly Archives: June 2018

Young Fathers let their thermal ghosts rage in new video for “Holy Ghost”

If you’ve yet to really dive into the bottomless depths of rap trio Young Fathers’ swelling discography, the group’s latest music video accompaniment to their song “Holy Ghost” is the mind-boggling, curiosity-budding piece you’ve been waiting for. Directed by renowned creator Oscar Hudson (Radiohead’s “Lift,” Bonobo’s “No Reason”), the video was filmed in one continuous […]

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The Chamanas Deliver Fun Summer Single Amid Ongoing Turmoil at the Border

The news has been difficult to stomach recently, but hopefully The Chamanas can give us a four-minute reprieve with their new single, “La Verdad.” If you’ve been thinking about the border, it’s likely in the context of the cruel American policy to separate families as they arrive in search of a better life. Through her […]

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Belle and Sebastian, Japanese Breakfast; the odd twofer that rocked the Observatory North Park

Every once and a while a tour will be announced that’ll throw together acts that’ll both make you do a double-take as well hand over all your cash. When Belle and Sebastian revealed they’d be doing dates with art-pop act Japanese Breakfast, it was a curiosity imagining the two playing back-to-back but also an irresistible […]

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Father John Misty at Hollywood Bowl
Father John Misty brings ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ to the Hollywood Bowl

As part of KCRW’s World Festival and kicking off their 2018 World Tour, Father John Misty played at the Hollywood Bowl Sunday night. Josh Tillman – the much-discussed singer/songwriter of the rock band – brought the sounds of his short (the album comes in at under 40 minutes), but melancholily-sweet new release, God’s Favorite Customer, […]

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Sego mingle melancholy with sublime intimacies in new single “Be Alone”

Indie-rock outfit Sego blend the darkly melancholic with sublime confessionalism on their new song “Be Alone,” letting their heavy emotions grow in the hollowed soundscapes they create. Created at first as part of a film score that part of the band was working on, the song blended pretty seamlessly into their affinity for groggy guitar […]

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OBJECT AS SUBJECT Doesn’t Need Your Permission But You’ll Want Thiers

Violinist-turned-punk rocker Paris Hurley has a new project called OBJECT AS SUBJECT, and it is sure to shift your perspective. She and her band–Emilia “Pony Sweat” Richeson, Gina Young, Patty Schemel, and Megan Fowler-Hurst–cut through the bullshit by grinding axes and pounding skins, evidenced on their new single,”Weaponry.” Their debut LP, PERMISSION, is due out […]

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Arroyo Seco Weekend day two finale solidifies it as SoCal’s premiere family festival

On its second and final day, Arroyo Seco Weekend was blanketed quite literally by fields upon fields of families setting up areas on the green from which to watch the day’s performers. With the two main stages placed relatively close from one another, there was an area between them that was perfect for fans to […]

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imaad Wasif
Interview: Exploring Context for Imaad Wasif’s Lost-Then-Found Record, Great Eastern Sun

Imaad Wasif often feels like he not of this world. His realm is not physical, though it is tangible. I had the opportunity to pose him some questions about his recent record, Great Eastern Sun, and his career in general to get a chance to understand him and the process behind his profoundly moving work. […]

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Arroyo Seco Weekend returns for second year with a delightful mash-up of rock, soul, and ska

When Arroyo Seco Weekend debuted last year with its stellar lineup, excellent food and alcohol options, and soothing Pasadena locale, it proved that a festival could offer the family-friendly environment of a picnic at the park on a large scale. Returning for its second year on the green that surrounds the Rose Bowl Stadium, day one […]

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yOya offer-up a harmonic anthem in new single “I Don’t Wanna Fight”

Since their debut album Nothing To Die, Los Angeles-based songwriting duo yOya have made a point in blurring the line between their acoustic-folk sentiments and the logical electro-pop infusions that inform them. Originally natives of Corvallis, OR, Alex Pfender and Noah Dietterich brought their Graceland-soundtracked childhood with them when they moved to Los Angeles and found themselves sponging-up […]

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