Stuff by: Steven Ward

Luci
Luci say “no-thanks” to knights in shining armor on new single “White Horse”

Luci is Ashley Maietta, McKail Seely, Ariana Tibi, three singer/songwriters who first came together after an impromptu harmony session in a North Hollywood apartment. Described as a modern version of Crosby, Stills, and Nash with the added bonus of Destiny Child’s pop-harmonies, Luci tip-toes between folk and pop with delicate care. “When we play in […]

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Andy Clockwise
Premiere: Andy Clockwise channels LCD and Springsteen on video for new single “War Stories”

Splitting the difference between the massive sonics of 80s electro-ballads and the expansive storytelling of rock and roll, Andy Clockwise’s latest “War Stories” is an ambitious attempt to tackle the sheer breadth of life in a seven-minute epic—and boy, does he nail it. The track is an LCD Soundsystem meets Springsteen—a match made in heaven […]

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Guards
Premiere: Guards continue their six-years in the making return with raucous new single “You Got Me”

New York-born trio Guards continue to put the nail in the coffin of their six-year hiatus with each new single they put out—with the upbeat howler “You Got Me” the latest offering from their long overdue sophomore album Modern Hymns. A guitar-buzzing, rollicking romp of noisy sonics, “You Got Me” is a breathless sprint from […]

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Delacey
Hot Artist Alert: L.A.-based Delacey is the velvet-voiced songstress to soundtrack your summer dreams

Silky-voiced singer/songwriter Delacey has unveiled the music video for her debut single “My Man”—and it’s quite the visual love letter to the Los Angeles vistas she’s come to call home. Delacey shares that same absorbing elegance that other sonorously gifted singers seem to so innately carry—think Lana Del Rey and Amy Winehouse—a pop glam that […]

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Alvidrez
L.A. based multi-instrumentalist Alvidrez tends her wounds on debut single / video “Red”

Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Alvidrez and founding member of L.A. band Girl Friday, has shared the video for her debut single “Red,” a somber, guitar-blistering dirge that is delivered gorgeously via director Al Kalyk’s surreal vision. Playing to the melancholic scenery of a family home, Alvidrez offers her droning cries through the filter of noisily sharp […]

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Just Like Heaven Fest photos
Just Like Heaven Fest lets fans bask in the afterglow of nostalgia-dripping bands, songs, and moments

Descending upon the Long Beach shoreline for what in retrospect feels like a cruelly brief moment, Just Like Heaven Fest was true to its name in delivering the sublime in blissful fashion into the ears of its attendees. Boasting all the benefits that have made mini-one-day festivals so vogue in recent years—from tight-lineups comprised of […]

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Wyndham
L.A. based singer/songwriter WYNDHAM hefts his heavy soul in the new video for “Bossa Blues”

Wyndham Garnett, the singer/songwriter performing under the moniker of WYNDHAM, has shared the music video for his song “Bossa Blues” off his upcoming third solo album A Fistful of Stars. A meandering folk piece in the vein of Jose Gonzalez and The War on Drugs, Garnett’s deep, grating vocals scratch that unreachable itch that exists […]

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Rachel Oto
Hot Artist Alert: Rachel Oto crafts melancholic “saloon-rock” for the lost soul in us all

Singer/songwriter Rachel Oto has built the beginnings of her career on a very precise “saloon-rock” style—and nowhere in her discography is that raw, drifting melancholy more apparent than on her newest single, “Road Song.” A far cry from the all-girl, pop-rock band she held together in high-school, Oto’s latest is a consuming swell of lamenting […]

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The Beaches
The Beaches smash antiquated notions of romance to the tune of virulent rock

Slashing and smashing antiquated notions of romance to the tune of some seriously groovy guitar riffs, Toronto-based rockers The Beaches cut-loose on the music video for their most recent single “Snake Tongue.” Inspired by the band’s own experiences with unwanted advances from chauvinistic men—from catcalls to unsolicited dick pics—the video sees the four destroying everything […]

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Carlie Hanson
Hot Artist Alert: Pop’s latest teen phenomenon Carlie Hanson has arrived

From serving burgers at the drive-thru of a small town Wisconsin McDonalds to signing to Warner Bros. after the success of her self-released music, 18-year-old Carlie Hanson has all the makings of a star on the rise. With the release of Hanson’s music video for her single “Numb” earlier this year—inspired in part by her […]

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