Stuff by: Steven Ward

CRX
CRX share electric new single / video “Falling” off new record Peek

CRX has announced the arrival of their second album Peek next month and have shared the single “Falling” from its tracklisting. An electronic-rock split between lavish synth-riff melodies and glam-rock wailing, “Falling” is as much a neon-tinted throwback piece as it is a modern collision of various genre tastes. It’s all shimmering croons via Nick […]

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Mitski at the Hollywood Palladium -- Photo: Steven Ward
Mitski brings to life all the isolation and triumph of Be the Cowboy at the Hollywood Palladium

Be the cowboy. It’s the quiet assertion that Mitski breathes into her album of the same name—an album on which she sought to reconcile years of isolation with that of her own elusive identity. It was conceived with a particular image in mind: of a singer alone in a room—a single light illuminating them—singing to […]

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Holdan Sutton
Holdan Sutton shares melancholic single “Magic” from upcoming debut EP

L.A. singer/songwriter Holdan Sutton has shared a first listen from his upcoming debut EP with new track “Magic,” an earnestly crafted soundtrack to the kind of intense melancholy the artist was facing daily, not so long ago. A sleek blending of folk-intimacy and lush atmospherics, Sutton’s latest capitalizes on the singer’s soothing croons and a […]

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Lola
Hot Band Alert: Automatic share anxious rock single “Too Much Money” from new album Signal

A few decades ago L.A. trio Automatic—with their eclectic and unpolished rock leanings—might’ve found themselves at home opening for the likes of Blondie. Comprised of Izzy Glaudini (synths/vocals), Lola Dompé, (drums/vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass/vocals), Automatic was formed in the heart of L.A.’s DIY scene. Their new single “Too Much Money” reveals as much: a […]

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KÁRYYN
Hot Artist Alert: KÁRYYN’s debut album The Quanta Series, a sea of electronic swells — LA Date at Regent

When the original opera Of Light that L.A.-based KÁRYYN had created a score for made its premiere in Reykjavik, Iceland it’s likely that she didn’t expect for one of its audience members—Björk—to name her in a Guardian profile among the creatives she was most excited for. The praise couldn’t have come at a better time […]

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Billie Eilish at the Greek Theatre
Billie Eilish wears the crown, takes the throne in hometown show at the Greek Theatre

To the tune of a sold-out crowd roaring her name, anti-pop (but still kinda pop) phenomenon Billie Eilish gave a string of L.A. homecoming shows an emphatic finale at the Greek Theatre. At 17-years-old Eilish is perhaps one of the youngest performers to step onto the amphitheater stage as a headliner, sharing it alongside her […]

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Cowgirls
Hot Artist Alert: Cowgirls find reinvention and purpose on debut single “Loose Story”

After six years of playing bass across Los Angeles for the Dead Ships, Alex Moore found himself feeling more than a little stagnant and drifting in regards to his musical soul. The debut single for Moore’s new project, Cowgirls, was inspired by a desire for “reinvention” and “to flip the script and change the monologue […]

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Empire of the Sun at Fonda Theatre
Empire of the Sun shrink down their theatrics for a night of intimacy at the Fonda Theater

When it was announced that Empire of the Sun’s stop in Los Angeles would take them to the Fonda Theater, it was hard to process the sheer magnitude to which the band would have to shrink down its colossally theatrical live show to fit the venue. And yet Luke Steele and company managed to do […]

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Carly Rae Jepsen at the House of Blues
Carly Rae Jepsen remerges and reasserts herself as pop royalty at House of Blues

There might’ve been a point in time when Carly Rae Jepsen appeared to be resigned to the fading glow of “Call Me Maybe”—a song that became the international earworm when it was released back in 2012. It would’ve been easy—expected even, by some—for Jepsen to slip out of notoriety as one of the many one-hit-wonders […]

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Henry Chadwick
Premiere: Henry Chadwick cuts through the noise on new single “Awake”

Santa Cruz-native Henry Chadwick has shared his latest single “Awake,” a further foray by the singer/songwriter into his sublime blending of garage-rock with power-pop. Tackling a sense of existential dread that had left Chadwick feeling pulled in a variety of different directions, both in his creative and personal endeavors, the song is a moment of […]

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