Stuff by: Steven Ward

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Anna Vogelzang looks inward for stars on new single “Burning Star”

Wrapped in the gentle allure of her sleek, acoustic melodies, singer/songwriter Anna Vogelzang finds sweet release on her latest single “Burning Star.” Written after a visiting the Infinity Room art installation by Yayoi Kusama at The Broad in Los Angeles, Vogelzang was electrified by the cosmic-side of the sensory experience she underwent—and while driving up […]

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girl in red
girl in red grapples alongside her heart and against her mind on chapter 2 EP

From inside her Norwegian bedroom, 20-year-old Marie Ulven has spent the last year piecing together the vehicle of her musical ambitions—aka her lush, indie-rock creation: girl in red. With the release of her second EP ‘chapter 2’, Ulven has waded into entirely new depths of coy originality and unguarded confessionals. Pushing her DIY take on […]

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Von Sell
Von Sell shares remixed version of his single with thrilling new “Crime of a Scene”

Remixing his own single to give it more of an electro-pop punch, Brooklyn by way of Germany artist Von Sell has unveiled his “Scene of a Crime” remix in the form of new song “Crime of a Scene.” The new version kicks and writhes in all of Sell’s anxieties and fears, bathing them in a […]

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Reyna Tropical
Reyna Tropical pay tribute to the world’s bodies of water and life on sublime new EP Sol Y Lluvia

A sublime blending of Afro-Mexican textures, melodies and reggaeton beats, duo Reyna Tropical have released their second EP Sol Y Lluvia. Dedicated to the “bodies of water and the communities around the world affected, damaged, and polluted by the systems around them,” Sol Y Lluvia finds a certain bliss in its lo-fi mix of stark […]

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Hazel English at Checker Hall
Hazel English waxes lyrical at stripped-down Checker Hall show

Playing acoustic in an upstairs dining hall in Highland Park known as Checker Hall, Australian singer-songwriter Hazel English gave a short but poignant performance to a room of friends and strangers. Amongst the high-stacked glass bottles of alcohol that towered from the bar at the center of the room and the group that had gathered […]

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Beabadoobee
Beabadoobee chases a crush and identity crisis on jangle-rocker “She Plays Bass”

Beabadoobee crafts the kind of infectious, guitar-peddling, bedroom pop that taps into the giddy romantic in us all. Her video for new single “She Plays Bass” finds the seafoam-haired Londoner chasing love and an identity crisis—with a bass playing crush and jangle-rock textures swirling at its center. Glowing and blissfully melancholic, beabadoobee wrestles with her […]

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Electric Youth create synth-soundtrack reserved for cinema-sized stories on Memory Emotion

When Electric Youth lent—in collaboration with French artist College—their song “Real Hero” to the Drive soundtrack back in 2011, the song scratched an itch for the kind of lush, synth-pop polished ballads you probably didn’t know you were craving at the time. Long before the heady synthesizer-laden soundtrack and 70-80s nostalgia revival led by shows […]

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Kitten
Kitten find love and bliss in the video for new song “Memphis”

Giddy off love, power-pop rock band Kitten find meaning in the people they surround themselves in the video for new song “Memphis.” Directed by photographer Tsarina Merrin and shot at the band’s Los Angeles home, “Memphis” finds lead-singer Chloe Chaidez and company wrestling with what exactly makes a place feel like home. Between a sampling […]

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Singer-songwriter mxmtoon finds beauty in the mundane on debut the masquerade

A mainline artery to her heart, mxmtoon exists to give voice to all the things that 19-year-old Maia keeps hidden behind the facade of her day-to-day life. Offered in a spoken-word inflection that dips and curves itself around her eclectic production—one part acoustic-pop a-la Kina Grannis, mixed with sharp lyricism and avant-garde, off-kilter melodics akin […]

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Lucy Arnell
Premiere: Lucy Arnell shares rock-rambler “Shadow’s Coming Over to Watch a DVD”

L.A.-based Lucy Arnell has shared the video for her song “Shadow’s Coming Over to Watch a DVD,” which will be part of a split cassette release with post-punk-pop provocateur Holiday Sidewinder. The film—co-directed and shot by Arnell’s good friend Tess Wachter—is an oddity specific to Arnell’s own vision. A grunge-rock rambler soundtracks the film, which […]

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