Stuff by: Steven Ward

Rachel Goodrich
Rachel Goodrich shares a carefree afternoon in the tropical tune “Matcha Matcha”

To kick off the new year, singer/songwriter Rachel Goodrich has shared a tropical, feel-good new ditty in the form of “Matcha Matcha.” While visiting friends and family in Miami, where Goodrich used to live and where she was dubbed the “Queen of Miami Indie-Rock” — the song was produced and recorded at River 71 Studios […]

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Beach Slang
Beach Slang pay tribute to the past by burning it up on rollicking new album “The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City”

Beach Slang have honed in on some of their most grimy, razor-sharp rock-and-roll to date on their new album The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City, combining their love of brash noisiness with intensely melodic anthems. Lead-singer and guitarist James Alex is at his most potent on the new record, finding a careful balance between homage […]

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Lola Marsh
Lola Marsh find a way to “Hold On” in the lush string crescendos of new single

Lola Marsh, the Tel Aviv duo of vocalist Yael Shoshana Cohen and multi-instrumentalist & producer Gil Landau, have shared the final single “Hold On” from their upcoming album Someday Tomorrow Maybe. A lush crescendo of lilting string melodies, which alternate between light caresses and passionate cascades as they envelop Cohen’s piercing vocals, the song is […]

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In Velvet
In Velvet get delicately sensuous in the slick grooves of “Come Thru”

L.A.-based future soul-R&B duo In Velvet has shared a slick new single to kick off the new decade in the form of “Come Thru.” Elegant and polished rhythms of old-school R&B mingle with a touch of modernity on the duo’s latest release, steeped in a lush pool of overlayed vocal work that is at once […]

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Cold War Kids at House of Blues Anaheim -- Photo: Steven Ward
Cold War Kids bring New Age Norms 1 to House of Blues Anaheim with impassioned show

Long Beach natives, Cold War Kids always find a ready and willing crowd whenever they play Southern California and Saturday night’s performance at the House of Blues Anaheim was no different. Touring for their newest album New Age Norms 1 the rock outfit were as kinetically impassioned as ever, wringing out ever drop of fervor […]

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Thom Sawyr
Premiere: Singer/songwriter Thom Sawyr pines for “Change” on new single

Thom Sawyr is the creation of singer/songwriter Tasso Smith, a project born out of frustration and dissatisfaction with the status quo. Written with the intention of being a unifying force against division, Thom Sawyr’s new single “Change” finds its surging spirit in a raw blend of folk-rock. “Change” shines in its Americana roots and when […]

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Beach Goth at Hollywood Palladium
The Growlers end three nights of Beach Goth at Hollywood Palladium in a carnival of oddities

Over the years Beach Goth has existed in a variety of forms and venues across Southern California, with each new iteration of the mini-festival never feeling exactly like the last. But this year The Growlers really upped the ante by hosting three nights at the Hollywood Palladium, each with a different lineup and setlist. Night […]

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Dream System 8
Premiere: Dream System 8 return with the synth-powered, ultimate love song “I Like The Way You Hold Me”

Dream System 8, the collaborative creation of David Klotz and Erica Elektra, has shared another glimpse into their dreamy, electronica wonderland with new single “I Like The Way You Hold Me.” Created initially when Klotz was scanning through a backlog of hundreds of unfinished songs and came across a file labeled “ElectroPop Beat” and sent […]

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Blood Cultures
Hot Band Alert: Blood Cultures temper uncertainty and anonymity with hope and intentionality in their music

From behind hooded, smartly dressed figures and ghostly-veiled forms, Blood Cultures orchestrate a kind of pseudo-cinematic experience within their dynamic soundscapes. Under the guise of their anonymity—which shrouds even the nature of the artist(s); is it a single creator or a collective? Blood Culture Perform at The Echo, Los Angeles on Nov. 15 Blood Cultures […]

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WEEKS
Premiere: WEEKS shares solo debut single in the hypnotic indietronica of “Plastic Screens”

Launching their solo debut Los Angeles-based WEEKS is the latest indie electronic artist to appear in recent years–coming as a sharp shift from established rock group to a dynamically pop-oriented solo endeavor. WEEKS has shared the first single from that album in the form of “Plastic Screens,” an emphatic questioning of the virtues virtual media […]

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Zach Villa leans into solo debut with darkly hypnotic single “Revolver”

Zach Villa—a lead on cult show American Horror Story: 1984–has shared his latest single “Revolver” since going solo. Previously of Rebel and a Basketcase, Villa has had a prolific hand in his relocation to Los Angeles: starting the label Speaker Cat Records and releasing the debut EP of his latest band Sorry Kyle. But “Revolver” […]

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Arthur Moon
Arthur Moon shares a kaleidoscopic trip of super-bloom color in the video for “The Habit”

Avante-pop artist Arthur Moon has shared a new video for their song “The Habit,” and it’s quite the trip of kaleidoscopic colors. Filmed in California during the super-bloom the video takes the mesmerizing folds of hills and mountains, at first a monochromatic and moon-like surface, turning them into a trippy swell of colliding landscapes and […]

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Caroline Polachek
Caroline Polachek finds self-assurance on the acoustically lush “Look At Me Now”

Caroline Polachek has shared the final song from her upcoming solo album Pang with the lofty, acoustically lush “Look At Me Now.” Emphatically imbedded in a chaotic whirl of emotions that Polachek wrangles into an achingly triumphant assertion of identity—in all its messy and self-accepting wonder. Written at a low point in which Polachek was […]

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