Stuff by: Steven Ward

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Premiere: RKCB share melancholic new single “Till We’re In The Sea”

L.A.-based dream pop duo RKCB have released the latest single off their upcoming Shores EP in the form of the melancholic “Till We’re In The Sea.” A pulsating ballad that takes one of the bigger crisis of our time in climate-change and attempts to peer into it from a fresh perspective—one that is more honed in on […]

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Album Review: Maggie Rogers finds her footing, finds her voice—shouts it from the mountaintop on Heard It In A Past Life

Performing at the Boston Calling music festival last year, Maggie Rogers stepped-out into the sun in a royal-blue-jumpsuit—trailing the cape that was attached to it behind her—and gave one of the weekend’s most invigorating performances. It was a stellar and lucid moment from an artist who at the time had only a handful of singles […]

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An Interview with Cautious Clay: Tip-toeing to semi-fame and finding his niche there

Joshua Karpeh is inside an apartment building that is both not his own nor houses anyone he actually knows. He’s there to get a meeting with a leasing agent or manager after spending his morning—in a state of ever-evaporating interest—flipping through a stack of business cards and dialing the numbers printed on them—ten—twenty—forty—sixty-times—fishing for calls […]

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Broods share shimmering new pop track “Hospitalized” off new album — LA gig at Fonda Theatre

Virulently-glazed synths and a bubbly disco thrill abound on Broods‘ new single “Hospitalized,” the latest single from their upcoming third album Don’t Feed The Pop Monster. Like previous singles “Everything Goes (Wow)” and “Peach,” sibling Georgia and Caleb Knott’s latest entry is a sun-burnt extravaganza of synthesizer-laden glitter work. There’s a lot to love on “Hospitalized,” […]

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Singer/songwriter Maria Taylor to returns to Los Angeles for holiday stint at The Moroccan Lounge

Singer/songwriter Maria Taylor is prepping for a pseudo-homecoming this December when she returns to Los Angeles, the city where she lived for a time before returning back to her original home of Birmingham, Alabama. Once one-half of Azure Ray alongside Orenda Fink, Taylor’s solo career has resulted in six studio albums with the latest In the […]

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Conner Youngblood translates personal experience into resounding bliss on “Cheyenne”

A multi-instrumentalist armed with an entrancing, soul-scraping set of vocals, Conner Youngblood navigates all the vaporous realms of alt-R&B and soul with a hefty emotionality. Celebrating the release of his sophomore attempt Cheyenne this past summer, Conner Youngblood operates between the elegant cracks of atmospheric buzz and droning instrumentals that dot his songs. Amidst the whirl […]

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Savoir Adore share sublime first look at two-part album “First Bloom”

Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore, the brainchild of Paul Hammer and Laura Zettler, has released the first part of what will be a two-part album entitled Full Bloom. FIlled to the brim with dreamy rock and slick synth textures, the six songs on the release dip in and out of heady sonics and intimately sparse soundscapes. The […]

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‪Premiere: Fawns of Love share sublime new track “Mournful Eyes” ‬

Fawns of Love, the creation of wife-husband duo Jenny and Joeseph Andreotti, are gearing up to release their second full-length album and have shared the sleek, electronica buzzing track “Mournful Eyes” in anticipation of it. An ode to the sense of being adrift and thick alienation that surrounds them, the song is bathed in all manner […]

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WILD let their colors gush in new video for “I’ll Let You Know”

Los Angeles trio WILD takes the familiar elements of modern pop music and unabashedly breathes new life into what has been previously trite and desensitizing. With a penchant for grandiose melodies, sweeping harmonies, stomping percussiveness–all injected with an infectiously delirious love for all things alive, growing, moving–WILD doubles-down on their folk-pop deliveries in spectacular fashion. Comprised […]

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Hot Band Alert: Tangerine are the dream-pop, sun-soaked soundtrack for the romances of your youth

Sleek dream-pop textures and a vocalized 80s sentimentality abound on the debut EP White Dove from Los Angeles by way of Seattle trio Tangerine. Sisters Marika and Miro Justad along with Toby Kuhn have pieced together a particularly sublime brand of sun-soaked pop giddiness for their first release, mixing transcendent new-wave guitar work with gleaming, Madonna-esque vocals. […]

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