Stuff by: Steven Ward

Best Coast
Best Coast and Wavves enchant fans with Californian dreams on their Summer Is Forever II stop at Fonda Theatre

Best Coast pens songs about the West Coast, because as singer/songwriter, guitarist, and all-around badass Bethany Cosentino will tell you, try living on any other coast and you’ll find yourself moving back wondering, “Why would you live anywhere else?” Their music might’ve started as an ode to the Golden State “aesthetic” (every jangled guitar riff […]

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panorama festival
Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem to headline inaugural Panorama Festival

In what is sure to be a feather in the cap for the promoting moguls over at Goldenvoice, the lineup for the first ever Panorama Music, Art, and Technology festival was announced today–and it features an eclectic bunch to say the least. First and foremost the festival, which will take place July 22-24 at Randall’s Island, New […]

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Animal Collective entreat fans to adrenaline-rush of experimentalism in Painting With

Animal Collective has always been a crowd skewing band. That isn’t to say the Baltimore trio haven’t developed a devout following over the years–but if you’ve ever played, say, Strawberry Jam, for a friend who’s never heard it before, their reaction ranges from giddy enthusiasm to cringing terror. That’s because, while there are a lot […]

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Ra Ra Riot make their triumphant return with the lushly enchanting Need Your Light

When the lofty electronica of Beta Love first made its way through the airwaves, the break that was made from Ra Ra Riot’s once indie-baroque dynamic was a deafening one. For all intents and purposes, the album was considered a rough transition; to critics, it was a betrayal of their nearly perfectible reconciliation of orchestral […]

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STRFKR brings electronic wonderland to the Observatory

Kicking off the their short string of California dates,  STRFKR stepped onstage at The Observatory to give fans a run-through of their illustriously evocative and groovy discography of synthpop hits. Between lead singer Joshua Hodges and his raving collection of fans, there stood only the pulse of STRFKR’s deep electronic cuts and psychedelic, layered wails–everything […]

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Juliette Lewis
FleetwoodMac Fest at Fonda Theatre recreates the lasting magic of the world’s greatest gift to music

For two nights last week the Fonda Theatre was a scene of sublime tribute to one of the greatest gifts the music world has ever received, as The Best Fest unveiled its stellar FleetwoodMac Fest to the tune of the band’s decade-spanning discography. Put together for the benefit of two charities (Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and […]

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Låpsley unveils gorgeous cover of The Weeknd’s “The Hills”

As if the hype for her upcoming freshmen debut wasn’t enough, Låpsley has stolen the spotlight once again with an astonishing cover of The Weeknd’s chart-topping hit “The Hills.” Transforming the song’s once seductive R&B-infused drops into a powerfully heart-wrenching ballad, the young singer/songwriter’s ethereal murmurs are caressed solely by a soft piano accompaniment. Flexing her vocal chops more […]

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Animal Collective tease album with dizzying new track “Lying in the Grass”

There’s always been a measurable amount of freaky experimentalism within the abruptly groovy and psychedelic tones of Animal Collective, but the band’s latest single “Lying in the Grass” from the upcoming Painting With is haltingly emphatic with its whirlwind of synth buzzing and staccato vocals. Rolling forward on a haphazard beat of giddy hums and warbles, the […]

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The Neighbourhood
The Neighbourhood quenches fans’ thirst for more at The Observatory

“Oh, I know once you come to California/You would never look back/Oh, just a little bit can make you wonder/You got it in,” so began The Neighbourhood’s nearly two hour set at The Observatory, in Santa Ana, as frontman Jesse Rutherford cut through the cloud of anticipation that had been building in the sold-out building […]

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Miami Horror
Must-See Coachella Undercard: Miami Horror — delivering a delicious dose of nu-disco experimentalism

Out of all the countless attempts by electro-pop artists to tap into the bygone and now mythical energy of 1970s and 80s dance floors, Miami Horror has become a stand out troupe that appears innately stuck in the past. Led by producer Benjamin Plant, the quartet displays an almost ungodly, intimate understanding of decade-old trends […]

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