Stuff by: Steven Ward

Conner Youngblood
Conner Youngblood translates personal experience into resounding bliss on “Cheyenne”

A multi-instrumentalist armed with an entrancing, soul-scraping set of vocals, Conner Youngblood navigates all the vaporous realms of alt-R&B and soul with a hefty emotionality. Celebrating the release of his sophomore attempt Cheyenne this past summer, Conner Youngblood operates between the elegant cracks of atmospheric buzz and droning instrumentals that dot his songs. Amidst the whirl […]

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Savoir Adore
Savoir Adore share sublime first look at two-part album “First Bloom”

Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore, the brainchild of Paul Hammer and Laura Zettler, has released the first part of what will be a two-part album entitled Full Bloom. FIlled to the brim with dreamy rock and slick synth textures, the six songs on the release dip in and out of heady sonics and intimately sparse soundscapes. The […]

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fawns of love
‪Premiere: Fawns of Love share sublime new track “Mournful Eyes” ‬

Fawns of Love, the creation of wife-husband duo Jenny and Joeseph Andreotti, are gearing up to release their second full-length album and have shared the sleek, electronica buzzing track “Mournful Eyes” in anticipation of it. An ode to the sense of being adrift and thick alienation that surrounds them, the song is bathed in all manner […]

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WILD let their colors gush in new video for “I’ll Let You Know”

Los Angeles trio WILD takes the familiar elements of modern pop music and unabashedly breathes new life into what has been previously trite and desensitizing. With a penchant for grandiose melodies, sweeping harmonies, stomping percussiveness–all injected with an infectiously delirious love for all things alive, growing, moving–WILD doubles-down on their folk-pop deliveries in spectacular fashion. Comprised […]

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Hot Band Alert: Tangerine are the dream-pop, sun-soaked soundtrack for the romances of your youth

Sleek dream-pop textures and a vocalized 80s sentimentality abound on the debut EP White Dove from Los Angeles by way of Seattle trio Tangerine. Sisters Marika and Miro Justad along with Toby Kuhn have pieced together a particularly sublime brand of sun-soaked pop giddiness for their first release, mixing transcendent new-wave guitar work with gleaming, Madonna-esque vocals. […]

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Run the Jewels unveil new song “Let’s Go (The Royal We)” for Marvel blockbuster Venom

Lending their gleefully anarchistic rhymes to another Hollywood blockbuster, hip-hop duo Run the Jewels have shared their new song “Let’s Go (The Royal We)” which originally made its debut in a post-credits scene in Venom. Adding to their growing repertoire of contributions to various films, Run The Jewels has previously offered their talents to films like Baby […]

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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
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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