Stuff by: Steven Ward

Kali Uchis at The Novo by Steven Ward
Kali Uchis emerges out of her isolation for electrifying Novo show

At the center of Kali Uchis’ debut album Isolation is a very basic question about personal identity, one that seeks to reconcile the process of defining and preserving it with attempts to realize the dreams that tend to ignite it. While Uchis wrestles with this universal angst throughout the album, she puts forth a rather poignant […]

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Video Premiere: Los Angeles darling KERA reveals part. 2 enigmatic short-film for Fall.Apart. EP

Words can be many things. They’re endowed with a certain power and like the emotions they translate for us they can be rather unwieldy; which often results in usually more harm than good. For Kera Armendariz, unfiltered expression and the collateral that comes with it can be something of a double-edged sword. But as the bewitching […]

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Outside Lands 2016
Outside Lands 2018 a no-brainer, ‘eager beaver’ tickets go on sale today

With Outside Lands 2018 Eager Beaver tickets going on sale today at 10 am, it’s time once again to review all the reasons you should entreat yourself to this festival wonderland tucked within the homey confines of Golden Gate Park. While the lack of a lineup announcement can sometimes give potential attendees cold feet, not […]

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Milk & Bone at the Bootleg Theater by Steven Ward
Milk & Bone enrapture Bootleg Theater with darkly uplifting harmonies

Canadian indietronica band Milk & Bone returned to the Bootleg Theater on Tuesday night to play songs from their recent debut album Deception Bay. Comprised of the musical and singing talents of Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin, the duo offer a quietly affecting and rejuvenating texture to electropop in the form of their stunning harmonies. From […]

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Seduction never sounded so elegant on MONOGEM’s new track “Get You High”

Los Angeles-based songstress MONOGEM’s newest track, “Get You High,” blends all the right amounts of sultry and sexy, charm and elegance, on a slick backdrop of pop to boot. Building from its devilish invitation into a grandiose pop piece that employs all kinds of sparkle and glitter to the singer’s luminous vocals, it isn’t long […]

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The Naked and Famous at the Observatory by Steven Ward
The Naked and Famous strip down for intimate debut of new album “A Still Heart”

Living up to their name, Los Angeles-based indie-rock band The Naked and Famous set aside the synth-fueled love affair that their music has been awash in since their debut for a night of intimate retouchings of their discography. Playing in a completely packed Constellation Room in Santa Ana, duo Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers peeled […]

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Tinashe at Air + Style 2018 by Steven Ward
Air + Style brings the momentum of the 2018 Winter Olympics to Southern California

Piggybacking the winter-sporting fever that came with the 2018 Winter Olympics and bringing some of that magic to sunny downtown Los Angeles, Air + Style closed out its weekend in spectacular fashion with a flurry of stunning musical and athletic performances. The festival took on an even greater role in the aftermath of this year’s […]

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Walk the Moon at the Hollywood Palladium by Steven Ward
Walk the Moon deliver dance-rock fever to the Hollywood Palladium

Wringing out every drop of energy from the crowds that screamed mercilessly for them at the Hollywood Palladium, indie-pop act Walk the Moon was a live-wire of frenzied energy Friday night. Led by Nicholas Petricca in his pure white, tasseled jacket — looking like a glam-rocker from a bygone decade, the band enthralled fans with […]

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Passion Pit at the Observatory North Park by Steven Ward
Passion Pit brings a tremendous sea of love to the Observatory North Park

Michael Angelakos, the stratospheric crooner behind synth-pop outfit Passion Pit, has never been one to aim for tame concerts. Instead, like his moniker implies, the singer/songwriter prefers to let the gauntlet of emotions that drive his wild, electronic melodies to erupt onstage with all the chaotic and shimmering gusto he and his bandmates can muster. […]

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Jen Cloher at The Echo by Steven Ward
Jen Cloher woos her first US stop at The Echo with her brash charm and hot licks

Playing to a packed crowd at The Echo on Tuesday night, Australian singer/songwriter Jen Cloher had a night of many firsts. The show itself was the first of her first ever headlining tour in the US and as such, it was her first time playing with both a full band and sharing the stage with […]

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Pearl Charles rallies her heartache against a disco ball tune with new single “All the Boys”

Echoing all the veins of pop-rock that call to mind iconoclasts like Fleetwood Mac and their contemporary counterparts in Jenny Lewis and The Preatures, within the first thirty seconds of her new single, “All the Boys,” singer/songwriter Pearl Charles immediately establishes herself as like those bands a whirlwind of boldly spirited originality. With a voice […]

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Sure Sure share delightful single “Giants,” debut album out now

In a near effortless exercise in optimism, indie-rockers Sure Sure have unveiled the final single from their now released self-titled debut album, a release that instantly cements their breezily enchanting DIY tones into something sublimely delightful. The song, “Giants,” spins itself in the form of a happy-go-lucky warning, one textured by the boys’ distinct wails […]

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Her Space Holiday reveal new song “Wounded” from upcoming EP

Her Space Holiday, the experimental project of Marc Bianchi, has debuted the first sounds of his return with the buzzingly introspective, “Wounded,” off his upcoming Gravity EP. Pulsating on a few choice electronics like broken, interstellar transmissions filled with Bianchi’s existential meanderings the track putters along on the atmospheric space it creates between its melodies. Not […]

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