Stuff by: Steven Ward

Kat Leon
Kat Leon roars away on new single “Can’t Get Enough” featured in the After We Fell movie trailer

With the release of her new single “Can’t Get Enough” (produced by NOCTURN), Kat Leon‘s (Holy Wars, Pep Squad) endless expansion of herself as an artist and musician continues. The fiery new single pendulums between the Los Angeles artist’s strident cries and the song’s ecstatic drops, riding a fine line of ecstasy and pain that […]

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Tolliver
2022 Forecast: Los Angeles Music Artists To Watch featuring Tolliver

Los Angeles music artist, Tolliver wears a decade’s worth of tribulations on his sleeve, his rapturous and soulful songs distilling all that pain into funky self-acceptance. Born in Chicago, Tolliver – a self-described “broke, gay, super-hot musician” – found it difficult growing up in the shadow of the church his father sang in the choir […]

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2022 Forecast: Los Angeles Music Artists to Watch SPELLES

Los Angeles duo SPELLES are gearing up to release their debut album, making this the perfect time to brush up on the two soul-stirring EPs they’ve released thus far. A fusion of the talents in musicians Kathryn Baar and Luc Laurent, SPELLES elicit a haunting melodic grandiosity from their songs. Their self-titled debut EP came […]

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2022 Forecast: Los Angeles Music Artists to Watch featuring Esty @goodgalesty —With spacey but concussive soundscapes, this rollerskating Dominican-American pop-phenom will moonwalk delicious sounds endlessly in your head
2022 Forecast: Los Angeles Music Artists to Watch featuring Esty

Los Angeles phenomenon Esty learned fairly quickly into her budding career as a musician that authenticity and being truthful to herself were central to her self-expression. A first-generation Dominican-American, Esty started releasing music as early as 2013 all the way through 2017 in the form of a handful of singles and a debut EP with […]

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Eddy Lee Ryder
Beyond LA: Eddy Lee Ryder muses on frigid loneliness with rock ballad “Cold River”

Bound to the road, singer/songwriter Eddy Lee Ryder hitches her stunning soprano and ambitious rock epics to the odd souls she meets along the way. But her new single “Cold River” slightly inverts that approach, mirroring the chill of isolation that Ryder found herself observing on a walk along a frozen river in Upstate New […]

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2022 Forecast: Los Angeles Music Artists to Watch Featuring Torii Wolf

Like many artists during the pandemic coping with quarantine, Los Angeles-based Torii Wolf found the energy to be quite prolific. Over the course of 2020, they released an astounding 20 singles / tracks that increasingly revealed the eclectic talents behind the singer/songwriter’s genre-phasing songs. But it’s Wolf’s listless spirit of collaboration that shines through their […]

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Ryan Levine
2022 Forecast: Los Angeles Music Artists to Watch Featuring Ryan LeVine

If Los Angeles singer/songwriter Ryan LeVine isn’t yet on your radar, he’s about to be. A spellbinding crooner and penner of gutting heartachers, LeVine’s debut EP Good Things To Remember was just released and offers a hard look into the wreckage of the last few years of the artist’s life. The road to those transcendent […]

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Spill Tab
2022 Forecast: Los Angeles Music Artists to Watch Featuring Spill Tab

Spill Tab has spent the last couple of years nailing down her eclectic and bubbly take on bedroom pop, a road that’s culminated in the release of two radiant EPs. Claire, the French-Korean-American behind the project, is still riding the high from the highly collaborative Bonnie which saw her join forces with a stellar group of […]

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Agender
2022 Forecast: Los Angeles Music Artists to Watch Featuring Agender

Los Angeles four-piece Agender concocts the kind of ravishing and agitated post-punk that’s not for the faint of heart. Self-described as creators of “schizo, synthy, paranoid” music, their songs juggle feelings of existential dread with a potent “fetish for femininity.” Originally the solo project of Australian singer/songwriter Romy Hoffman, Agender eventually grew to include the […]

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Ai Bendr
2022 Forecast: Los Angeles Music Artists to Watch Featuring Ai Bendr

As the project of the Australian born, Michigan raised artist Chioma Ai Bendors Ilozor — Ai Bendr, who is now based in L.A., has spent the last two years cultivating an ever-growing following enamored by her affecting pop ballads. Her first single, the heartrending and soulful “Love Me Low,” helped fuel the fire when it […]

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Hana Vu
2022 Forecast: Los Angeles Music Artists To Watch featuring Hana Vu

With the release of her new album Public Storage, music artist and songwriter Hana Vu ended 2021 on an electrifying high note. Armed with disarmingly dexterous vocals and an incisive ability for extracting life’s poetic wonder, Vu pools her engrossing lyricism around a vibrant and ever-shifting soundscape. From the twinkling, dreamily melancholic “April Fool,” to […]

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2022 Forecast: Los Angeles Music Artists To Watch featuring Gabriels

Gabriels might only have two EPs under their belt but they are without a doubt one of the most stunning acts to release music in 2021. Sporting the talents of rapturous gospel singer and choir director Jacob Lusk and his two co-producers — the classically trained musician/soundtrack artist Ari Balouzia and director Ryan Hope — […]

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Wallice
2022 Forecast: Los Angeles Music Artists To Watch featuring Wallice

Los Angeles DIY-artist Wallice has had a prolific year. She released her stellar debut EP Off the Rails, a six-song collection of indie-pop leaning bops that introduced fans to her self-deprecating and incisive songwriting. But the 22-year-old also made a few live show milestones, performing at her first music festival at Head in the Clouds […]

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