Stuff by: Steven Ward

Kelela offers-up first single “LMK” from her debut album Take Me Apart

Tackling heteronormative notions on femininity head-on in her new single “LMK,” alt-R&B virtuoso Kelela imbues a restless sensuality into the first taste of her debut album Take Me Apart. An anthem of empowerment that uses the singer’s love of immersively voluptuous and dance-floor ready beats as her kinetic momentum, Kelela strips the track down to the barest […]

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Io Echo let their haunting neon haze fester in video for new song “Harm”

Relishing in existential discomfort Io Echo has returned with a video for their new song “Harm,” layering their volatile rock progressions with images of unnerving precision. At its core a collaboration between Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross, Io Echo finds itself on a hypnotic, self-eviscerating nose dive towards emotional clarity on the new track–taking their […]

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Shannon Lay’s new LP Living Water to be first release on Mare Records, listen to new single “The Moons Detriment”

Shannon Lay has been making rounds around LA for the past two years, playing to sparsely crowded bars the cathartic songs from her debut album All This Life Goes Down, stopping hearts with her crystal clear vocals and soul-tugging strums. Incidentally, it was a similar experience that Kevin Morby had when he first saw Lay live […]

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Chelsea Wolfe mingles beauty and brutality on new track “Vex”

LA’s doom-drenched rock songstress Chelsea Wolfe’s newest album Hiss Spun is out in a month and in its anticipation, she’s shared new song “Vex,” featuring Aaron Turner (SUMAC, Old Man Gloom) on vocals and Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age) on guitar. Taking her already boomingly bleak sonics on a rollicking run through of black […]

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Prism Tats sticks it to the glory days on groovy new track “Used to be Cool”

Prism Tats, the moody, psych-inflicted post-punk creation of Garrett van der Spek, has unveiled the second track “Used to be Cool” off his upcoming EP 11:11. Based in Los Angeles, Prism Tats mixes smart lyricisms with riveting guitar-driven lulling on “Used to be Cool,” taking on the egomaniac with “Let’s Dance” era David Bowie. On his […]

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Grace Blue
EP Premiere: LA-based alt-pop duo Grace Blue share debut EP —  Playing The Mint Aug. 2

Taking their resonating alt-pop tunes to a remote village of Dzembronya, Ukraine, duo Grace Blue bring to life their own personal restlessness in the new music video for “Our Eyes.” Now based in Los Angeles, both Grace Mogz and Joseph Arazi met in their hometown of Tel Aviv and share a penchant for upbeat, synth-peddling […]

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Cherry Glazer at FYF 2017 by Steven Ward
Solange crowns herself queen of FYF amongst the weekend’s biggest headliners

With 2017 being FYF’s inaugural debut as a three-day festival, there was an obvious toll taken on the spirits (and feet) of even the festival’s most veteran of attendees as they showed up to conquer the last leg of their weekend at Exposition Park. With Sunday being one of the coolest days of the event […]

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Mitski at FYF 2017 by Steven Ward
Thundercat and Mitski keep early afternoon crowds cool at FYF day two

Kicking off much earlier than the first day and baking its attendees in the process, FYF day two kept the heat at bay with a stellar lineup of afternoon acts that allowed fans the chance to shake off the sweat to some groovy tunes. Opening up the afternoon on the Trees stage Homeshake sprinkled their […]

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Missy Elliott at FYF 2017 by Steven Ward
Björk descends on FYF and Missy Elliott gets her freak on with day one’s femme-duo headliners

Returning for its second year to Exposition Park and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, day one of FYF might’ve been a hot one but the night’s lineup of acts was just as sizzling as the pavement. Despite a few rough time conflicts and having to once again tough it out with having to walk around […]

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Helado Negro releases new jam for those summer evenings with “Come Be Me”

Ecuadorian experimental electronic producer Helado Negro has just released new song “Come Be Me” via the Adult Swim Singles streaming program, which comes on the heels of the release of his album Private Energy back in May. Originally titled “I want to pretend I won in the end,” the new track pulsates with amorous potency, centered […]

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LA instrumentalist duo El Ten Eleven debut reinvention with first vocal EP

Los Angeles instrumental duo El Ten Eleven have debuted their first vocal release ever with the Unusable Love EP, featuring vocals by Emile Mosseri of The Dig. Born in the bustling community of bands that cut their teeth in Silverlake back in the early 00s, the band has circulated around the talents of Kristian Dunn on […]

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The Horrors get freaky in video for new single “Machine”

English rock band The Horrors have revealed the music video for “Machine,” the first single from their upcoming fifth album V. In the video, twisted contortions of randomly generated computer simulations inspired by director Jon Emmony’s fascination with Hieronymus Bosch take shape as lead singer Faris Badwan groans over shrieking and buzzing guitar reverb. Eventually, the eeriness […]

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Echosmith announce return with giddy new pop track “Goodbye”

LA-sweethearts Echosmith has finally returned with a new song in the form of the upbeat pop bombast of “Goodbye,” a tune taken from their upcoming highly-anticipated sophomore album Inside A Dream. With a delicately plucked guitar melody opening up the track with lead-singer Sydney Sierota’s breathy vocals, the song soon drops into a percussion driven one that […]

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