Stuff by: Steven Ward

Mini Bear wears all her nostalgic, romantic-pop fixations on her sleeve in new song “Cyberlove”

Mini Bear’s new song “Cyberlove” might tackle twenty-first-century disillusionment over the influences of technology on dating culture, but it’s also assuredly saturated in the kind of romantic, nostalgia-laden pop glitter that allows it to exist in two different decades simultaneously. As the alias under which Los Angeles-native Lauren Kop crafts her “emotional electropop,” Mini Bear isn’t […]

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LA duo Deap Vally return with a charmed haphazardness in music video for “Get Gone”

When we last spoke on the heady-ramblings of Los Angeles rock-duo Deap Vally, they were relishing in the post-sophomore ecstasy of Femejism and releasing superbly bizarre music videos for songs like “Julian.” This time around, Julie Edwards Pirrone and Lindsey Troy are no less voracious in the execution of their hot-white, kinetically-inclined rock in the new music video […]

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Speedy Ortiz at The Echo by Steven Ward
Speedy Ortiz overtakes The Echo with blistering bombast

The Echo played host to a flurry of female-fronted badassery ignited by indie-rock darlings Speedy Ortiz‘s stop there late Friday night. The band, led by Sadie Dupuis, let loose wave after wave of face-melting guitar work throughout their set, drawing from their recently released third album Twerp Verse. Hailing from the grungy, unpolished realms of indie-rock that […]

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Lord Huron live photos
Lord Huron lead fans into the dreamy world of Vide Noir at Greek Theatre debut

Lord Huron were always destined to eventually play the Greek Theatre and on Saturday night, amongst the stars and trees that blanket the iconic Los Angeles hillside venue, the band made that scene a reality. Lead by Ben Schneider, the velvet-throated crooner with enviable hair, the band gave their sold-out crowd a night of rollicking, […]

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Khalid, Julien Baker keep fans warm at Boston Calling day three

Boston Calling day three was a cold one as fans alternated between seeking out hot food and huddling in front of the festival’s stages in an attempt to keep warm. Cutting winds and an endlessly dropping temperature wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of those in attendance, however, as the day was filled with enough […]

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St. Vincent at Boston Calling by Steven Ward
Tyler the Creator, St. Vincent heat up Boston Calling day two

Boston Calling day two was the hottest day of the weekend and not just in terms of the weather. With fiery performances by hip-hop acts like Tyler the Creator and Brockhampton, as well as virulent rock clashings by Manchester Orchestra and Royal Blood, day two sought to outdo day one with the sheer brute force […]

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Paramore at Boston Calling by Steven Ward
Boston Calling day one dazzles away with Paramore, Perfume Genius, and more!

Boston Calling officially marked the beginning of festival season yesterday as it kicked-off day one of its fifth year to the sound of the alt-rock anthems that dominated its Friday lineup. While the event itself features an eclectic genre-pull of artists and bands, day one was an emphatic sucker-punch of blistering riffs and maniacal percussion antics […]

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Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys make their blissful return with Hollywood Forever Cemetery show

There was something wistfully poetic about the Arctic Monkeys making their return to Hollywood via a blistering sunset serenade amidst a collection of stone mausoleums in one of the city’s oldest cemeteries. Fronted by the irrefutably suave Alex Turner, the band has always exuded a certain melancholic sexiness, yet their performance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery […]

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Outside Lands 2018: Five Must-See Lesser Known Acts

Outside Lands 2018 revealed its lineup a few weeks ago, but you can be forgiven if you’re still spinning like we are from the absolutely stacked bill of bands and artists who are slated to perform. Like FYF in Los Angeles, Outside Lands will mark the return of pop superstar Janet Jackson, as well as performances […]

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Elohim
Elohim debuts new album with haunting dance-party at the Fonda Theater

One-woman-show and conjurer of haunting, dance-ready spells, L.A.-based artist Elohim debuted her self-titled sophomore album Friday night at the Fonda Theatre. With already a strong cult following behind her eerie yet sublime take on beat-driven electronica converting more listeners by the day, the mysterious songstress operates at arm’s length from the crowd; but that doesn’t […]

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