Stuff by: Steven Ward

Premiere: French songstress Livia Blanc echoes an old-world blues with debut EP “Amour Amour”

Even if you don’t speak or understand a lick of French, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Livia Blanc’s debut EP Amour Amour will still find ways to enthrall you by the end of its five tracks. Right away Blanc establishes her penchant for coyly meandering chamber-pop with the EP’s titular track “Amour Amour”; singing almost entirely in her native […]

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Nick Andre’s “LA’s On Fire” feat. Rob Sonic and Hanni El Khatib is the summer track you need right now

Nick Andre’s “LA’s on Fire” Sizzles with Purpose “LA’s on Fire,” the new single from Nick Andre featuring Rob Sonic and Hanni El Khatib, gets the current state of the southland city right on a number of levels. Sounding like its transmissions are coming through on a crackling speaker left to bake in the recent heat […]

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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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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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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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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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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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SadGirl offer summer-ready soundtrack in new song “Breakfast For 2”

Los Angeles’ own SadGirl have announced the release of a new 7″ out in August and have shared one of the songs on it which comes in the form of the reverb-washed “Breakfast For 2.” The song, which is meant to be a follow-up of sorts for one of the band’s first tracks “Breakfast Is […]

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Pale Waves shake and cry until the walls bleed in new music video for “Kiss”

Pale Waves new music video for their single “Kiss,” between the bloody wall drips, black-and-white cutaways, and their jangle-rock infatuation feels like the weird love-child of The Cure and Tears for Fears we never knew existed stepping into the light. The comparison is apt, and not just because lead-singer/guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie’s pitch-black curls are Robert Smith-esque, […]

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