Stuff by: Steven Ward

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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BottleRock Napa boasts the quintessential Californian music festival experience

The fourth annual BottleRock Napa Valley is nearly upon us, but so is nearly every other music festival on the planet. In an increasingly competitive market of music festivals competing for your cash and overtly saturated by big name headliners, choosing the right event can be a brutal decision process. If you’re a California native, the difficulty […]

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Must-See Coachella Undercard: Låpsley — the new face of power pop ballads

There are really only two things you need to know about Coachella lineup honoree Låpsley; one, her powerful pop ballads are one of the most exciting things that have happened this year so far, and two, she enjoys yachting. The British singer/songwriter spent much of 2015 releasing a number of tracks, the first four of […]

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Best Coast
Best Coast offers up surreal cover of Nirvana’s “Dumb”

Jangle-pop sweethearts Best Coast might still be riding the high from the release of last year’s California Nights, but Bethany Cosentino and Bob Bruno have been anything but inactive in the interim since. After a pretty short break, the duo are slated to head back on the road with their friends Wavves for a co-headlining tour, as […]

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ARCADE FIRE
Portugal’s NOS Alive dazzles with Radiohead and Arcade Fire as dual headliners

One of the most beautiful countries in Europe is about to look a lot more appealing for those seeking a travel destination this summer. NOS Alive, Portugal’s premiere music festival, just made its second lineup announcement–and you might want to be sitting down when you read it. Both Radiohead and Arcade Fire, arguably (but not […]

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girlpool
Must-See Coachella Undercard: Girlpool — raw, punk-rock lyricisms meets bare folk melodies

Looking at Coachella’s [insert virtually any year] lineup can be a lot like staring into the sun. Sure, we can all agree it’s pretty brilliant for various reasons, but sometimes that many names on a bill can be blinding as you attempt to read through all the small print. And oftentimes, it’s the tiny names at […]

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Governors Ball is to New York, what Coachella is to Southern California

It’s that time of year again as we await the announcement of lineups for some of the nation’s biggest music festivals, and next on the list is the homegrown Governors Ball which takes place the first weekend of June at Randall’s Island Park. The event, which last year saw massive performances by Drake, Deadmau5, and […]

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