Stuff by: Steven Ward

KÁRYYN
Hot Artist Alert: KÁRYYN’s debut album The Quanta Series, a sea of electronic swells — LA Date at Regent

When the original opera Of Light that L.A.-based KÁRYYN had created a score for made its premiere in Reykjavik, Iceland it’s likely that she didn’t expect for one of its audience members—Björk—to name her in a Guardian profile among the creatives she was most excited for. The praise couldn’t have come at a better time […]

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Billie Eilish at the Greek Theatre
Billie Eilish wears the crown, takes the throne in hometown show at the Greek Theatre

To the tune of a sold-out crowd roaring her name, anti-pop (but still kinda pop) phenomenon Billie Eilish gave a string of L.A. homecoming shows an emphatic finale at the Greek Theatre. At 17-years-old Eilish is perhaps one of the youngest performers to step onto the amphitheater stage as a headliner, sharing it alongside her […]

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Cowgirls
Hot Artist Alert: Cowgirls find reinvention and purpose on debut single “Loose Story”

After six years of playing bass across Los Angeles for the Dead Ships, Alex Moore found himself feeling more than a little stagnant and drifting in regards to his musical soul. The debut single for Moore’s new project, Cowgirls, was inspired by a desire for “reinvention” and “to flip the script and change the monologue […]

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Empire of the Sun at Fonda Theatre
Empire of the Sun shrink down their theatrics for a night of intimacy at the Fonda Theater

When it was announced that Empire of the Sun’s stop in Los Angeles would take them to the Fonda Theater, it was hard to process the sheer magnitude to which the band would have to shrink down its colossally theatrical live show to fit the venue. And yet Luke Steele and company managed to do […]

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Carly Rae Jepsen at the House of Blues
Carly Rae Jepsen remerges and reasserts herself as pop royalty at House of Blues

There might’ve been a point in time when Carly Rae Jepsen appeared to be resigned to the fading glow of “Call Me Maybe”—a song that became the international earworm when it was released back in 2012. It would’ve been easy—expected even, by some—for Jepsen to slip out of notoriety as one of the many one-hit-wonders […]

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Henry Chadwick
Premiere: Henry Chadwick cuts through the noise on new single “Awake”

Santa Cruz-native Henry Chadwick has shared his latest single “Awake,” a further foray by the singer/songwriter into his sublime blending of garage-rock with power-pop. Tackling a sense of existential dread that had left Chadwick feeling pulled in a variety of different directions, both in his creative and personal endeavors, the song is a moment of […]

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friendly fires
Friendly Fires end eight-year hiatus with the heady-disco of “Silhouettes”

Ending their hiatus with their first new song in eight-years, Friendly Fires have shared the pop friendly “Silhouettes” off the upcoming album Inflorescent. A bubbly drum rattler that dips in and out of its disco dreaminess with the help of an eclectic melody—blended together in a groovy mix of horns and synth bliss. “Silhouette” itself […]

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Alexandra Savior
Alexandra Savior shares her heartache on new single “Crying All the Time” — LA date at Teragram Ballroom

Songstress of all things melancholic, Alexandra Savior has returned with the first single “Crying All the Time” from her upcoming second LP The Archer. Continuing her penchant for orchestrating haunting ballads consumed by heartache, Savior’s move to Danger Mouse’s label 30th Century Records and working with producer Sam Cohen has made a visible imprint on […]

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Tennis System
Tennis System offers lots of fuzz and noise on new single “Shelf Life”

Once known for shutting down the venues they played with their raucous wall-of-sound, L.A.-based Tennis System has been Matty Taylor’s love-letter to loudness. Their latest single “Shelf Life,” the first from their upcoming third album Lovesick, continues that calling in spectacular fashion—spreading their noisy, melodic-shoegaze into a sprawling soundscape of crashing percussion and torn riffs. […]

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kingsbury
Premiere: Kingsbury gets personal on 80s pop anthem and new single “In My Brain”

Los Angeles-based indie-pop singer Kingsbury has shared her latest single in the form of the synth-powered anthem “In My Brain,” a bittersweet love-letter to young adulthood. Delivered in a thunderous march of drum machine sonics and riveting synthesizer shimmer, the track propels itself on Kingsbury’s luminous croon and introspective musings on how she’s dealing with […]

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