Stuff by: Steven Ward

Illuminati Hotties share a 12-track mixtape to pull you through the existential dread of today

Illuminati Hotties have returned with a surprise mixtape featuring twelve new songs from the LA-based poppy-punk band. Led by the kinetic Sarah Tudzin and her decidedly potent rage, FREE I.H: This Is Not The One You’ve Been Waiting For fills the void of the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album—but by all means is a riotously […]

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Hot New Band Alert: Punk-rock cheerleaders Pep Squad have some anthems for your revolution

Pep Squad—a new project from Holy Wars’ own Kat Leon—have a single out right now titled “Rebel” that you might find appropriate listening right now. Hell, it might even be therapeutic. A raucous, energized ode to resistance, the new track fulfills all the promises of the band’s creed, which is to “unapologetically [interrupt] your complacency.” […]

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Hot Artis Alert: Junior Mesa shares two new, woozily catchy songs created in quarantine

Hailing from Bakersfield, CA and just 20-years-old, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Junior Mesa has pieced together his sound watching and listening to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Jimi Hendrix. His two new singles, “Losing My Grip” and “Creep,” slows down the pace at which Mesa wants people to consume music–specifically his music–hoping as he does […]

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Video Premiere: Big Black Delta share hypnotic video for new single “Vessel”

Big Black Delta—the project under which Venezuelan singer/multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Bates since 2013–has revealed a hypnotizing music video for new single “Vessel.” The film, directed by Warren Kommers, follows the deteriorating emotional state of man whose relationship has just ended. Framing it quite literally in claustrophobic terms, the walls around the man begin to close in […]

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Samia heralds her debut album “The Baby” with new single / video “Fit N Full”

Samia has finally heralded her debut album The Baby with her new music video for single “Fit N Full.” Directed by Martin MacPherson, the video follows the singer as she navigates the ever-thorny and oppressive notion of a person’s happiness being tied to their physical fitness. Amidst bright pop-hooks and shimmering guitars—along with the video’s […]

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Premiere: Sloane seeks solace in the loneliest of places on new single “In My Head”

Sloane—the moniker of self-described gutter-punk turned jazz herald Nick Rosen—has released a new single in the form of “In My Head.” An atmospheric and deeply pensive track that digs at the scabs of depression, loneliness, and unrequited love, Sloane thrives in the song’s bleak but dulcet melody. Blending his love of jazz compositions with an […]

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Joy Downer
Joy Downer’s stunning full-length debut “Paper Moon” revels in a retro-dreaminess

From the moment those bass lines start bumbling their way through the evaporating, disco-shimmer that opens “A Song You’d Never Want to Hear,” it’s clear that the brilliance of Joy Downer‘s debut album Paper Moon coalesces around her lush soundscapes. Inspired and textured by all the retro-dreaminess of 80s rock and electronica, Joy has found […]

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Wargirl find bliss and power on defiant second album ‘Dancing Gold’

Long Beach sextet Wargirl have long straddled an array of genres rooted in 70s rock and soul, gliding effortlessly between War, Blondie, Chaka Khan, and more with fierce grace. But with the release of their second album, the aptly named Dancing Gold, the six-headed commune of musical crossroads that is Wargirl have successfully taken the […]

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TeaMarrr digs her teeth into the mess of relationships in an outpouring of wit and honesty on new EP

At the heart of TeaMarrr’s music, there’s a deep desire and urgency for healing that flows from her blending of pop, hip-hop, and R&B. For TeaMarrr, there’s an imperative for people to “heal themselves with [her] sound,” with hopes that listeners walking away thinking: “TeaMarrr is my new pharmacist.” That altruism takes shape and is […]

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Rita Indiana digs her teeth into Jorge Luis Borges, capitalism, paper mâché in new DIY video for “El Zahir”

Rita Indiana has shared a new single from her first album in a decade, Mandinga Times, in the form of “El Zahir.” Accompanying the single is a film directed by Indiana’s partner Noelia Quintero and was shot entirely under quarantine, using only an iPhone11 and “lots of paper mâché.” Inspired by the 1949 Jorge Luis […]

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