Stuff by: Steven Ward

Foster the People
Foster the People bring their “Sacred Hearts Club” to the Observatory

Sacred Hearts Club, the title of Foster the People’s third album, has begun to take on new meaning with each subsequent show the band plays in support of the record. Cutting the proverbial rug last night at the Observatory in Santa Ana, Mark Foster and his band of synth-peddling romantics have clearly breathed into existence […]

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Premiere: LA folk-harmonizers JEMS find grace and new life in a new video for their single “Clay”

With a taste for gorgeously harmonized alt-folk melodies and a touch of lyrical grace, LA-based trio JEMS emerge delicately spirited in the video for their single “Clay.” Filmed in the childhood home of singer Emily Colombier and the hills surrounding it, the music video captures an ever-soaring warmth in its shots of the three singers harmonizing […]

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Tarfest Music and Art Festival returns as the must-visit, multi-cultural event of the fall

The sixteenth annual Tarfest Music and Art Festival returns to the La Brea Tar Pits Park on Saturday, September 22, bringing with it a host of entertainment and deliciousness for all ages. Thanks to non-profit Launch LA, along with support from sponsors and the local business/art community, the event is once more open to all-ages […]

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The Kills at The Glass House
The Glass House finally plays host to The Kills for a night of raucous passion

Just last year The Kills played the newly rebuilt House of Blues in Anaheim and while they crushed their performance at the newly polished venue, the duo found their true spirit when they played The Glass House earlier this week. For anyone who’s seen the band perform or even listened to their music, they are […]

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Janelle Monae at Outside Lands day three by Steven Ward
Outside Lands 2018 ends with a clash of rock-pop wonder

Even for the most seasoned festival attendee, by the end of the second night of any festival there comes this tugging temptation for rest and relaxation that you feel in your legs (and for many, your liver too). For those who attend Outside Lands, the hills of Golden Gate Park and the surrounding area add […]

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Florence and the Machine at Outside Lands day one by Steven Ward
Florence and the Machine wring out evey drop of wonder onto Outside Lands day two

The most obvious difference between the first and second day of Outside Lands was just how spread out the acts were on the latter. The festival prices itself on not having any time conflicts but Saturday saw breaks between sets that actually allowed fans to explore some of the event’s other offerings. Whether it was […]

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Carly Rae Jepsen at Outside Lands day one by Steven Ward
Outside Lands day one belongs to the cult followings of Mac Demarco and Father John Misty

Outside Lands remains one of the premiere music festivals on not just on the west coast but across the country, because every piece is so well put together and curated with festival attendees in mind. The 2018 edition of the festival was no different, with a plethora of activities, shops, food trucks, desserts, alcoholic deliciousness […]

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Beach House
Beach House enchant fans at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: the ethereal concerts that are held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery never cease to disappoint. This time around the guests of honor at the evening soirée amongst the tombstones was dream-pop duo Beach House—and a more perfect marriage of sound and atmosphere could never have been […]

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Hot New Artist Alert: Australian songstress Vera Blue is the required end-of-summer listening you need

Vera Blue might be an unfamiliar name to some at the moment, but the Australian songstress is about to take your summer music playlist by storm with the release of her Lady Powers / Power Ladies Remix EP. The EP is just the latest exciting release from Blue, taking a fiery electro-pop track off her debut […]

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Outside Lands to debut “Grass Lands” Marijuana and Cannabis education at 2018 festival

Outside Lands, the music, art, and gourmet food festival that already seemingly had it all, is adding a new focus to its already outstanding lineup of offerings–cannabis. The San Francisco festival has announced plans to debut a “celebration, education, and integration of cannabis products” when it hits Golden Gate Park in a few weeks, making it […]

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