Stuff by: Steven Ward

Los Angeles rockers The Tracks share new song “Strange Moments” off upcoming debut album

Joining the waves of Chicano artists emerging out of Los Angeles, native-sons The Tracks are poised to make a raucous debut in the form of their first album Treasured Memories of which their newest single “Strange Moments” is featured. A delightful percussive clash of jangly guitars and sizzling grooves, the song is an embodiment of the […]

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Paige Stark reveals beautiful debut solo single “Albatross”

Los-Angeles singer/songwriter Paige Stark has revealed the first single of her new solo effort “Albatross.” A burgeoning talent who has contributed to other local acts like L.A. Witch and Cherry Glazerr, as well as her own band in Tashaki Miyaki, Stark’s new endeavor won’t receive a full-length release until sometime in Spring 2019. A fact […]

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Premiere: Velvet Starlings mingle 70s nostalgia with 21st century angst on new single “Sold Down the River”

Christian Gisborne, the 15-year-old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind indie outfit Velvet Starlings, hits the nail on the 70s stylized head with his single “Sold Down the River.” Billed as a Cage the Elephant meets Jim Morrison hybrid, Velvet Starlings lean heavily into the comparisons and a lot of it is perched on Gisborne’s sonorous wails. Hoarse, […]

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Courtney Barnett at Greek Theatre LA
Courtney Barnett polishes the mundane into the sublime at Greek Theatre

There’s a moment at the end of, “Avant Gardener,” a sleek monologue hitched to the back of a drowsily giddy guitar melody by Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, that never fails to thumb its way under the skin and tweak the heartstrings. “I’m not that good at breathing in,” Barnett wails tiredly into your ear. The […]

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Premiere: Holy Wars tackle birth and rebirth on new single “Born Dark”

Darkly intimate in the most honest and macabre of ways, Holy Wars have released their first single of the year in the form of “Born Dark.” Coming off last year’s Mother Father, a dedicated piece to singer Kat Leon’s late parents, the inherent pain and tragedy of personal experience bleed through on their latest release, but an ownership […]

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Premiere: L.A.-based songwriter Thayer Sarrano gives Leonard Cohen’s “If It Be Your Will” the haunting-choir treatment

A new transplant to the Los Angeles music scene, Thayer Sarrano embodies an authenticity and knack for raw portrayals of emotion that have undoubtedley made her an early favorite of ours. Having been raised in a monastic seminary and the picturesque swamplands of South Georgia where she was classically trained in writing instrumental music and […]

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Hot Band Alert: whenyoung — this UK trio wants you to take your life by the reins

U.K.-based three-piece whenyoung have revealed the title track and accompanying music video for “Given Up” off their upcoming debut EP out November 9. Directed by Bunny Kinney and filmed in London’s Peckham Liberals Club, the video boils down to a bunch of sporadic cuts of different characters in various states of drunken bliss and angst at what […]

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Open Mike Eagle reveals dizzying new track “Relatable (peak OME)”

Coming off the release of the intensely personal opus that was Brick Body Kids Still Daydream released last year, Los Angeles-based rapper and comedian Open Mike Eagle has revealed a new track, “Relatable (peak OME),” in anticipation of a soon to arrive new project What Happens When I Try to Relax. A dense layering of biting social […]

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Premiere: Ex Poets grasp for the grasp-less on new album “Too Much Future”

An odyssey into the sublime, Los Angeles-based duo Ex-Poets’ upcoming album Too Much Future finds serenity in the warm-dreaminess of its soundscapes. In the ensuing twilight that Jordan Brooks and Colin Killalea (both members of Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes solo project) have so quietly manifested a severe introspection runs deep throughout, one that seems to question more […]

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Arcade Fire at the Greek Theatre LA
Arcade Fire revisit “Funeral” in its entirety at Greek Theatre

Last Thursday’s Greek Theatre show marked the first of three final appearances by Arcade Fire before the band takes an extended hiatus in preparation for their next record, and the send-off was highlighted by a playthrough of their first album Funeral in its entirety. Emerging onstage in formal wear and a Funeral-esque patch of artwork illuminated behind them, the […]

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