Stuff by: Steven Ward

Thom Sawyr
Premiere: Singer/songwriter Thom Sawyr pines for “Change” on new single

Thom Sawyr is the creation of singer/songwriter Tasso Smith, a project born out of frustration and dissatisfaction with the status quo. Written with the intention of being a unifying force against division, Thom Sawyr’s new single “Change” finds its surging spirit in a raw blend of folk-rock. “Change” shines in its Americana roots and when […]

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Beach Goth at Hollywood Palladium
The Growlers end three nights of Beach Goth at Hollywood Palladium in a carnival of oddities

Over the years Beach Goth has existed in a variety of forms and venues across Southern California, with each new iteration of the mini-festival never feeling exactly like the last. But this year The Growlers really upped the ante by hosting three nights at the Hollywood Palladium, each with a different lineup and setlist. Night […]

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Dream System 8
Premiere: Dream System 8 return with the synth-powered, ultimate love song “I Like The Way You Hold Me”

Dream System 8, the collaborative creation of David Klotz and Erica Elektra, has shared another glimpse into their dreamy, electronica wonderland with new single “I Like The Way You Hold Me.” Created initially when Klotz was scanning through a backlog of hundreds of unfinished songs and came across a file labeled “ElectroPop Beat” and sent […]

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Blood Cultures
Hot Band Alert: Blood Cultures temper uncertainty and anonymity with hope and intentionality in their music

From behind hooded, smartly dressed figures and ghostly-veiled forms, Blood Cultures orchestrate a kind of pseudo-cinematic experience within their dynamic soundscapes. Under the guise of their anonymity—which shrouds even the nature of the artist(s); is it a single creator or a collective? Blood Culture Perform at The Echo, Los Angeles on Nov. 15 Blood Cultures […]

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WEEKS
Premiere: WEEKS shares solo debut single in the hypnotic indietronica of “Plastic Screens”

Launching their solo debut Los Angeles-based WEEKS is the latest indie electronic artist to appear in recent years–coming as a sharp shift from established rock group to a dynamically pop-oriented solo endeavor. WEEKS has shared the first single from that album in the form of “Plastic Screens,” an emphatic questioning of the virtues virtual media […]

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Zach Villa leans into solo debut with darkly hypnotic single “Revolver”

Zach Villa—a lead on cult show American Horror Story: 1984–has shared his latest single “Revolver” since going solo. Previously of Rebel and a Basketcase, Villa has had a prolific hand in his relocation to Los Angeles: starting the label Speaker Cat Records and releasing the debut EP of his latest band Sorry Kyle. But “Revolver” […]

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Arthur Moon
Arthur Moon shares a kaleidoscopic trip of super-bloom color in the video for “The Habit”

Avante-pop artist Arthur Moon has shared a new video for their song “The Habit,” and it’s quite the trip of kaleidoscopic colors. Filmed in California during the super-bloom the video takes the mesmerizing folds of hills and mountains, at first a monochromatic and moon-like surface, turning them into a trippy swell of colliding landscapes and […]

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Caroline Polachek
Caroline Polachek finds self-assurance on the acoustically lush “Look At Me Now”

Caroline Polachek has shared the final song from her upcoming solo album Pang with the lofty, acoustically lush “Look At Me Now.” Emphatically imbedded in a chaotic whirl of emotions that Polachek wrangles into an achingly triumphant assertion of identity—in all its messy and self-accepting wonder. Written at a low point in which Polachek was […]

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Starcrawler
Starcrawler pool together all the best of metal and rock-nostalgia on kerosene-soaked new album Devour Me

Leaning into their audaciously feral tendencies on their new record Devour Me, Los Angeles rock-outfit Starcrawler continues to crystallize that rabid spirit made so critical to their live shows by bringing into the studio with them. With an already notorious reputation for dishing out concerts that are as much a harrowing spectacle as they are […]

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walk onto sun
Walk Onto Sun finds hypnotic bliss in melancholia on self-titled debut

From the opening moments of Walk Onto Sun’s self-titled debut album, a mesmerizing bleakness settles itself over the dizzying soundscapes found within. As the solo project from L.A. musician Ben Engebretson, Walk Onto Sun is no stranger to using its dark-cold wave sonics to cut into the political and social landscape of today, with their […]

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