Stuff by: Steven Ward

Izza
Izza tries to escape from LA on new single “LAX to JFK”

LA-native and pop singer/songwriter Izza has unveiled another single with the release of “LAX to JFK,” a bass-shuddering new track about jumping on a plane to escape the pitfalls of Hollywood culture and materialism. Drawing on her experiences growing up in Los Angeles, Izza calls attention to her feelings of displacement in a social group […]

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Mating Ritual
Mating Ritual say “Nah” to the American capitalistic-dream on boisterous new single

Mating Ritual has shared the final single to come before the release of their fifth studio album Songs for the Morning and Evening Times next month with “Nah,” a jaunty and sardonic new anthem about what it means to grow up fed the American capitalistic-dream. Mating Ritual’s answer to this is tucked not so shyly […]

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CHIIILD and jensen mcrae
CHIIILD and Jensen Mcrae team-up on vibrant alt-pop rework of “Gone”

Montreal-born, LA-based Chiiild‘s has shared a vibrant new rework of a previous single “Gone” featuring fellow rising-star Jensen Mcrae. While the original relied on Chiiild’s brooding but soothing murmurs to fill the spacious and lilting soundscape, the new rework fills that space with a driving melody of lush alt-pop powered by Mcrae’s envigorating opening vocals. […]

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Bahari
Bahari untangle heartbreak, loss, mental health on “Forget You” EP

With the release of their Forget You EP Los Angeles duo Bahari continues to create a niche for themselves with their brand of expansive alt-pop, with the five-song collection revealing an even sharper and more affecting intimacy in their songwriting and soundscape molding. Comprised of Ruby Carr, a singer/keyboardist who hails from Lamu an island […]

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The Bots
The Bots to end seven-year hiatus with new album “2 Seater” — share new song “Girl Problems”

With plans to end their hiatus with the release of their first album in seven years, L.A. indie rockers The Bots have shared the second single from 2 Seater with “Girl Problems.” A rollicking, pop-hook-filled track that’s held aloft by frontman Mikaiah Lei’s affecting wails about the strife and anxiousness that is part of being […]

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LP gives an ecstatic on anthemic single "Goodbye"; album "Churches" out Oct. 8
LP gives an ecstatic “Goodbye” on anthemic new single — album ‘Churches’ out Oct. 8

LP has shared the fourth single from their upcoming album Churches with the release of a music video for “Goodbye,” a soul-soothing and cathartic new track that taps into the singer/songwriter’s penchant for big folk-pop anthems. Between its euphorically buoyant medley and LP’s characteristically piercing wails, “Goodbye” soars ecstatically as a purifying act — one […]

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Gold Star new ep
Gold Star makes a plea for help on the run with “Surrender” –announces new EP “Headlights USA”

Los Angeles-based Gold Star aka Marlon Rabenreither has shared a new single in the form of “Surrender,” a somber but uplifting anthem that blends together the singer/songwriter’s love of nostalgic Americana. The song is a first listen from Gold Star’s upcoming EP Headlights USA, a five-song collection that was created entirely during quarantine. A driving […]

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Nana Lourdes
Hot Artist Alert: Nana Lourdes’ infectious pop-bops are one debut EP away from taking over the world

It won’t be long before the infectious pop-creations of artist Nana Lourdes are dominating airwaves and streaming services all over the world. The moniker of Adriana Caldas de Barros, an only child from the north of Portugal who developed an obsession over the music-making process, Nana Lourdes taught herself how to write, produce, record, and […]

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An odyssey of trauma and hope, 'Angel City Radio' is Alexandra Riorden's sublime debut
An odyssey of trauma and hope, ‘Angel City Radio’ is Alexandra Riorden’s sublime debut

There’s a dark intimacy evoked on singer/songwriter Alexandra Riorden’s debut album Angel City Radio. On her psychedelic and at times nightmarish sortie through the growing pains of trauma healing, Riorden’s debut record evokes a dark but cathartic intimacy. That trauma, detailed on the dazed recollections of album opener “Animals,” came in the form of a […]

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The Marias
On their stellar debut “Cinema” The Marías dazzle and enthrall with the warmth of their romance for life

On Cinema, the stellar debut album of Los Angeles-based vintage crooners The Marías, it is the distinctive ebb and flow of emotion between the band’s central duo/couple (María Zardoya and Josh Conway) that makes their mix of Latin pop, psychedelic-soul, and jazz leanings that much more enthralling. It’s what powers the dynamo of delicious sensuality, […]

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