Stuff by: Steven Ward

Omar Apollo
Omar Apollo sings a ballad of life growing up in his homestate on “Dos Uno Nueve”

After releasing back-to-back EPs in 2018-19, Omar Apollo has announced his return with a slew of new singles, the latest of which is the riveting “Dos Uno Nueve.” A classical Mexican corrido that doubles as a shout-out to Apollo’s home in Indiana, the song is an intimate walk through the familiar world that Apollo grew […]

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Tropa Magica
Tropa Magica spiral towards something truly sublime on Tripiando Al Infinito En Mi Recámara

Brothers and band-mates, the psychedelic cumbia-punk that David and Rene Pacheco have pieced together over a decade as Tropa Magica has coalesced into something sublime on their sophomore album Tripiando Al Infinito En Mi Recámara (Tripping to Infinity in my Bedroom). Expanding on their alt-grunge-psych Cumbia sounds with a variety of new tastes and styles— […]

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Stains of a Sunflower
Stains of a Sunflower return with highly-combustible, unapologetically femme EP

Stains of a Sunflower, the Los Angeles alt-rock outfit led by the unapologetically hyperfeminine Natalie Renée, has finally returned from their two-year hiatus with the release of their you know it’s such a shame… EP. A trio of gorgeously sleek and potent anthems that center around Renée’s ever emphatic praise of the female spirit, unfolding […]

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Mon Laferte
Mon Laferte and Alejandro Fernández duet on “Que Se Sepa Nuestro Amor” a love letter to Mexican culture

Mon Laferte and Alejandro Fernández duet on “Que Se Sepa Nuestro Amor” a love letter to Mexican culture

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Fischer King
Premiere: Fischer King gets “Lost” in a well of murky feelings on powerful new single

Fischer King, the alt pop producer/songwriter who crafts “pitch-black” soundscapes that split the difference between James Blake and Nine Inch Nails has shared a new single in the form of “Lost.” King’s vocals carry the bulk of the song’s emotional weight, his deepening murmurs and whispers digging themselves into his disorientation–but then the track dips […]

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Daniela Andrade
Daniela Andrade’s end of summer jam “Puddles” is perfect for the oddest summer in memory

Honduran-Canadian artist Daniela Andrade’s songs, and by extension her music videos, have always had this ability to slip us into the most sublime of fever-dreams. Her newest single “Puddles” finds Andrade in a similar role: jamming out to her own music in public, a staple of any Andrade music video. While previous films were shot […]

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Nancy Sanchez
Nancy Sanchez shares a pandemic-era single for Dia de los Muertos with “La Maldita Bruja”

On the heels of her newest album La Gran Civilización, Mexican-born singer/songwriter Nancy Sanchez has refused to relent and has shared a haunting new single in the form of “La Maldita Bruja.” Reworking a Dia de los Muertos classic and redefining those iconic females roles that emerged from it, like La Llorna, Sanchez manages to […]

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Rhye
Rhye composes an ode to the bliss of young love on “Helpless”

One of the big (and more positive) themes in the art and music being made in isolated quarantine right now is an appreciation and affirmation of the importance of art in our lives in moments of paralyzing crisis. Rhye‘s new single “Helpless” and its accompanying video captures all the blissfulness of falling in love–the way […]

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Aloe Blacc
Aloe Blacc shares gorgeous new anthem to perseverance just when we need it most on “Hold On Tight”

Aloe Blacc has shared another single from his upcoming third album All Love Everything, with his newest single “Hold On Tight,” a shining anthem encourages vulnerability and perseverance with its choir-backed, surging melody. Blacc has a penchant for filling his grandiose soundscapes with big themes and an even bigger poignancy that transform anthems like “Hold […]

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Peach Kelli Pop
Peach Kelli Pop try to break-away from toxic relationships on new single”Cut Me Off”

Peach Kelli Pop, the Southern California indie-rock outfit of Annir Hanlon, has shared the first single from their upcoming EP with the jangly rhythms of “Cut Me Off.” On the lush, riff-laden piece that taps the bands love of 50s and 60s female-led pop music, Hanlon searches for the will to remove herself from a […]

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