Stuff by: Steven Ward

Nancy Sanchez
Nancy Sanchez shares a pandemic-era single for Dia de los Muertos with “La Maldita Bruja”

On the heels of her newest album La Gran Civilización, Mexican-born singer/songwriter Nancy Sanchez has refused to relent and has shared a haunting new single in the form of “La Maldita Bruja.” Reworking a Dia de los Muertos classic and redefining those iconic females roles that emerged from it, like La Llorna, Sanchez manages to […]

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Rhye
Rhye composes an ode to the bliss of young love on “Helpless”

One of the big (and more positive) themes in the art and music being made in isolated quarantine right now is an appreciation and affirmation of the importance of art in our lives in moments of paralyzing crisis. Rhye‘s new single “Helpless” and its accompanying video captures all the blissfulness of falling in love–the way […]

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Aloe Blacc
Aloe Blacc shares gorgeous new anthem to perseverance just when we need it most on “Hold On Tight”

Aloe Blacc has shared another single from his upcoming third album All Love Everything, with his newest single “Hold On Tight,” a shining anthem encourages vulnerability and perseverance with its choir-backed, surging melody. Blacc has a penchant for filling his grandiose soundscapes with big themes and an even bigger poignancy that transform anthems like “Hold […]

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Peach Kelli Pop
Peach Kelli Pop try to break-away from toxic relationships on new single”Cut Me Off”

Peach Kelli Pop, the Southern California indie-rock outfit of Annir Hanlon, has shared the first single from their upcoming EP with the jangly rhythms of “Cut Me Off.” On the lush, riff-laden piece that taps the bands love of 50s and 60s female-led pop music, Hanlon searches for the will to remove herself from a […]

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Nahneen
Singer/songwriter Nahneen Kula flexes her stunning vocals on sonorous anthem “Jesus Christ”

A testament to her eclectic influences, “Jesus Christ,” the latest single from Nahneen Kula, is a sonorous exercise in the singer/songwriter’s stunning vocal work. From ecstatic highs to lilting lows, Kula–the nom de plume of L.A.-based Charlene Gibbs–fills the breadth of the song’s spacious soundscape with her piercing cries and the buoyant melody. Between it’s […]

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SWIMM
SWIMM find exceptional strength and beauty in the new video for “Feel Better”

Los Angeles psych-pop outfit SWIMM have shared their latest single, “Feel Better,” with a music video that offers an absolutely stunning view of Californian coastline. The film, which is shot with an aerial view of the rocky seaside, follows the steady pace of a woman in red as she makes her way up the beach. […]

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Rituals of Mine
Rituals of Mine invoke 90s nostalgia to find closure on “Exceptions”

Rituals of Mine, the R&B-electronic project of Los Angeles songwriter Terra Lopez, has shared a beautiful new music video for her latest single “Exceptions,” off Rituals of Mine’s upcoming album HYPE NOSTALGIA. Directed by L. C. Pfeifer with just the right amount of glossy-haze and hipster kids-wear, the nostalgia is potent enough with its 90s […]

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Cayucas
Cayucas brings the perfect summer to the quarantined on “Malibu ‘79 Long”

Santa Monica-based Cayucas have shared another sublime summer jam in the form of new single “Malibu ‘79 Long,” which is now the second taste the duo has shared from their upcoming album Blue Summer. If quarantine and an international pandemic have kept you from having the kind of summer you dreamt of having, Cayucas have […]

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SKANDRA
Skandra struggles against the current on new song and video for “Rivers”

Trapped between the cold promise of heartbreak and an inescapable love, “Rivers,” the new song and video from Los Feliz-based artist SKANDRA, finds a well of uncertainty at the center of its dreamy, electro-pop ballad. The film, directed by Robin Clive, centers around the highs and lows of a relationship, visualizing the fights and tenderness […]

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Annika Rose
Annika Rose struggles with growing-pains/up on new song “Butterflies”

Change dictates the chaotic world Annika Rose, and the rest of us, live in. And it’s that ceaseless change that the L.A.-based singer hones in on with her new single, “Butterflies.” Inspired by a late-night conversation the 18-year-old had with a friend about the immense hurdle of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood, the song finds […]

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