Stuff by: Steven Ward

Jesse Jo Stark
Jesse Jo Stark continues to feel out her niche of L.A.-based nostalgia-laden rock with “cry on me”

Los Angeles-native Jesse Jo Stark has returned with a rapturous, slow-burner of a single with the release of “cry on me.” Laying on thick the engrossing allure that comes with her smokey vocals, the song follows a heartwrenching narrative that the singer described as “a story about falling in love at the wrong time.” True […]

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Nation of Language at the Lodge Room by Steven Ward
Synth-pop trio Nation of Language gleam delirium at Lodge Room show

Brooklyn-born Nation of Language brought their gleaming indie-pop to the Lodge Room in Los Angeles last night, kicking off the first of two nights with a set that beamed fans through a synth-fantasia of their most euphoric tracks. The trio played songs from their electrifying debut LP Introduction, Presence, as well as from the half-dozen […]

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Geographer
Geographer share euphoric video/single for synth-pop anthem “Peripheral Vision”

Geographer has shared a video for their new song “Peripheral Vision,” a stirring anthem with all the shimmer of an 80’s synth-pop track. On it, frontman Michael Deni howls away alongside a rush of pulsing drums and scattered synthesizers, reveling in the ways in which we exist just at the edges of each other’s often […]

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Arlo Parks at Moroccan Lounge
Luminous and triumphant Arlo Parks kindles a space of tenderness at Los Angeles debut at Moroccan Lounge, followed by the Echoplex

There is a profound level of intimacy kindled at an Arlo Parks show — and given the sheer weight of the 20-year-old singer and poet’s songs, there’s more than enough tinder to fuel her ardently human recitals. Luminous and triumphant, Arlo Parks was a hearth of lucid compassion, one that the sold-out crowd at the […]

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niia
LA artist Niia is bringing her darkly beautiful jazz-pop creations to The Ford

Los Angeles singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Niia will be taking the stage at The Ford amphitheater this month October 21 for an intimate night of music at her first LA Phil show. After sharing the stage with the likes of The xx and Jorja Smith, and collaborations with numerous artists like Khruangbin’s Laura Lee and […]

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LACES
LACES reaffirms a love she discovered in her youth on new single “Girlfriend”

Los Angeles artist LACES has shared a new single with the release of “Girlfriend,” a shimmering-vibrant pop roller and affirmation of self-acceptance. Between the lush pulse of the song’s dual piano and drum-beat-driven medley, LACES lets her riveting croon retell all the love and passion she discovered that she had to give in her teens. […]

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boylife
boylife scores a flawless debut on his visceral self-portrait “gelato”

With the release of his debut album gelato, avant-R&B crooner boylife (aka Ryan Yoo) has seen the culmination of over four years of work come to fruition into a dually earnest and honest self-portrait. And like the album’s cover — a photo series showing Yoo bloody and bruised after a boxing match — its songs […]

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Ella Rosa
Ella Rosa slips ever more comfortably into her pop/neo-soul niche with single “Nothing Sacred”

British singer/songwriter Ella Rosa has shared a new single in the form of “Nothing Sacred,” a bouncily lush track that takes a long, scrutinizing look at past relationships and the red flags often missed. Carried by her penchant for lulling deeply intimate and R&B-infused songs, her latest single unfolds on the back of warm guitar […]

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Talker
Talker limps through depression habits on new single/video “Sad Chick”

L.A. singer/multi-instrumentalist Talker, aka Celeste Tauchar, has shared a new single and video with the release of “Sad Chick.” An anthemic confessional, “Sad Chick” explodes as Tauchar’s confessional for what she calls her “depression habits,” those little routines that both maintain and help foster her helplessness. Cataloging all the ways in which she sees herself […]

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phoebe bridgers
Phoebe Bridgers shares cover of Bo Burnham’s “That Funny Feeling” — proceeds go to Texas Abortion Funds

Bo Burnham’s “That Funny Feeling” has gotten the Phoebe Bridgers treatment with the release of a recorded cover of the song by the singer/songwriter. Bridger’s has been giving fans her version of the poignant, tongue-in-cheek ballad — and of course, hers relies on the soul-aching and ever haunting weight of her soft murmurs. Behind a […]

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