Stuff by: Steven Ward

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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Bartees Strange
Bartees Strange returns to “Mustang” on transformative new anthem

Bartees Strange, the Oklahoma-raised crafter of propulsive indie-rock, has shared a preview of his upcoming debut album in the form of a new single and video for “Mustang.” A driving, colossally anthemic ode to the town in which Bartees grew up in–one whose predominantly white population made him feel an all too familiar pressure and […]

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The Naked and Famous
The Naked and Famous find a cathartic rebirth, as people and artists, on “Recover”

Indie-pop sweethearts The Naked and Famous are no strangers to masking their heavy musings on love, death, and loss beneath deceptively vibrant synth-soundscapes. After all, it’s in the bittersweet hues of the anthemic “Young Blood” that many an adolescence is saturated by; and it’s on the eve of the ten-year anniversary of their debut album […]

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Deqn Sue shares lo-fi, crush-tailored jam “Creep”

Deqn Sue—the Alabama singer/songwriter and creator of embellished pop tracks like “Troll”—has shared a new song in the form of “Creep.” A lo-fi piece that trades the vibrant synth-bop of “Troll” for something a little more personal—if just as deliciously catchy. Entangling all the observant details she makes about her crush’s routines and mannerisms into […]

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jess cornelius
Jess Cornelius gives a gutting but intimate look at growth and new beginnings on debut album “Distance”

Raw and deliriously poignant, Jess Cornelius’ debut album Distance finds comfort in the symmetry of painful ends and their new beginnings. Created after her move from Melbourne to Los Angeles when she was filled with the hope of starting fresh, Distance digs less into the physical distances Cornelius has traversed, but rather her examination of […]

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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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junior mesa
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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Big Black Delta
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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