Stuff by: Steven Ward

Kishi Bashi paints a Japanese-American-internment love story on orchestral new single “Summer of ’42”

Kishi Bashi has finally announced the coming of his fourth album Omoiyari—an ambitious and poignant attempt by the multi-instrumentalist to reconcile our country’s past internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII with the socio-political atmosphere of today. The first single from that album, “Summer of ’42,” is a telling reveal of not only the album’s sound and […]

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Oyster Kids share video for infectious new single “Losing My Mind”

A bubbly, earworm if we’ve ever heard one, Los Angeles four-piece Oyster Kids new single “Losing My Mind” is a no-brainer add to anyone’s indie-pop playlist. It’s all riveting synth-surges and tambourine echoes that propel the song forward alongside the group’s vocalizations, of which Andrew Eapen’s croons are lent to; Jonathan Bradley delivers the song’s […]

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Charlotte OC shares empowering new banger “Boyfriend”

Charlotte OC, the U.K. newcomer currently making waves with her single “Satellite,” has released another off her upcoming EP titled “Boyfriend.” A hot-flash of suave percussion and searing vocal work, the songstress’ latest is a formidable anthem of feminine independence. Delivered in her smokey vocals, which flicker and burn at the edges from the sizzle […]

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The Budos Band drop a swirling maelstrom of darkly-soulful sonics with “Arcane Rambler”

Afro-soul collective The Budos Band have shared the latest single from their forthcoming LP V, and boy-oh-boy is it a funky piece of rock instrumentation. “Arcane Rambler” does just that, rambling along to a heady concoction of woozy guitar work, off-kilter percussion raps, and blistering horns. It’s a swirling maelstrom of darkly-soulful sonics, the kind […]

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Local Natives announce return with music video double-feature; new album Violet Street out next month

Local Natives have finally announced their return in the form of two new songs: “When Am I Gonna Lose You” and “Café Amarillo.” The two new songs also dropped with their own music videos. The lush and shimmering “Lose You” features a melancholic Kate Mara wandering through a dizzying array of decades-old L.A. retro environs […]

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Karen O and Danger Mouse debut art installation at Marciano Art Foundation for collaborative album Lux Prima

Lux Prima, the brainchild album birthed out of a collaboration between Karen O and Danger Mouse, will be debuted through an art installation at the Marciano Art Foundation for four nights this April. The event, “An Encounter with Lux Prima,” is described by the foundation to be an “immersive, communal listening experience” of the band’s […]

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Hot Artist Alert: DGTL CLR brings the 90s to your ears

A 90s blast-from-the-past packed with modern utilizations of synths and electro-dance, DGTL CLR is a powerhouse of sonic beats born out of the head of Devereaux Jennings. Think Miike Snow but with a few more metric tons of funk courtesy of Jennings obvious infatuation with building expansive electronic soundscapes for all manners of groovy instrumentals […]

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Vintage Gold: America’s Most Successful Vocal Group in The Supremes

At the height of their rise in the mid-1960s The Supremes had risen to become—and still remain—America’s most successful vocal group, even rivaling The Beatles in terms of international popularity. Although the lineup changed dramatically throughout their run the core group of Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, and Diana Ross are often recognized as the definitive lineup responsible for […]

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Lo-fi songwriter Worn-Tin to play a manic, circus of a show at The Echo for new album “Cycles”

“Cycles,” the eponymous song of Worn-Tin’s upcoming debut album, bugs out like a lo-fi tune squeezing through a lousy transmission of a very outdated car stereo. And it’s all the better for it. Warner, the man behind the moniker—one gifted to him by a drunk friend at a jacuzzi party—at first pursued a career and […]

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Kolars are the wild-eyed rock duo to get your feet moving, listen to new single “Turn It Up”

KOLARS, the husband and wife duo of Rob Kolar and Lauren Brown, have released another sizzling addition to their already blistering collection with new single “Turn It Up.” The Los Angeles-based band pulls from a lot of different roots with this one, dipping their heavy-guitars in a bluesy bath and side-stepping with the punkish agitations […]

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