Stuff by: Steven Ward

Ex Hex Coachella 2016 photos
Grimes battles Guns and Roses for Coachella crowd, takes fans into the Belly of the Beat

Pushing through the body aches, inevitable soreness, and ritualistic hangovers of the previous night, festival-goers made their enthused return to the Empire Polo Fields for Coachella’s second day. The atmosphere was a veritable powder keg, with the catalyst being the rock-’n’-roll  dominated day to ensue and eventually explode spectacularly with Guns and Roses headlining slot. […]

LCD Soundsystem at Coachella
Sharper than ever: LCD Soundsystem nowhere near losing their edge close out day one of Coachella

LCD Soundsystem Despite its habit for brewing up freak wind and dust storms, Coachella Weekend One was kicked off to a head-rushing start despite an hour-long delay that left festival attendees stranded outside the main gates. Once those gates opened however, a constant stream of music lovers poured into the festival grounds to catch the […]

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M83 break away from their teen dream fairytales with new album Junk

When French electronic band M83 announced it had returned to the studio, I felt a carefully measured level of excitement rise within me. On one hand, I had the promise of new material from Anthony Gonzalez, on the other, they had the insurmountable task of creating an album that would exist in the shadow of Hurry Up, […]

Weezer return to the sunshine of their youth with tenth studio album, “The White Album”

Weezer has been making music for a long, long, long time–so long that I haven’t known a world without a Weezer album. Their self-titled debut was released three days before I was born and they’ve been pedaling out their audacious take on rock nonstop ever since. But within that massive discography, it’s always been the string of […]

Yeasayer abandons synth-pop for the psychedelic-gospel with New Album “Amen and Goodbye”

If there ever existed such a thing as a modern art album, Amen & Goodbye, Yeasayer’s fourth studio attempt, would undoubtedly be it. As eloquently bewildering as ever, the New York experimental rock outfit successfully disembark from the restrictions of melodic, synth-pop constructions as they explore the fringes of their bizarre expressionism. Caught somewhere between the […]

Ra Ra Riot bring baroque pop grandiose to the Teragram Ballroom

Shuffling out with the crowd onto 7th Street a little after midnight, welcomed by the foggy glow of downtown’s light-pollution, the neon colors Los Angeles seemed to bleed together in the aftermath of Ra Ra Riot‘s riotous performances within the Teragram Ballroom behind us. The shambling crowd stumbled drunkenly into night, eyes glazed over, limbs still twitching in […]

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The Naked and Famous leave Teragram Ballroom in a glittery haze

Indietronica titans The Naked and Famous made their return to Los Angeles last Wednesday night with a hurricane of a show at the Teragram Ballroom. The New Zealand born outfit nearly brought down the small confines of the venue with their over-the-top, stadium ready anthems–and when the dust finally settled, fans were left reeling in […]

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Open Mike Eagle takes on the world and wins with New Album “Hella Personal Film Festival”

As his moniker might imply, Chi-town transplant Open Mike Eagle crafts improvised, “art rap” of his own design–hammering out a niche for himself and sparking the most exciting underground hip-hop album of the year in the process. Hella Personal Film Festival is in itself a mighty collaboration between Eagle and British producer Paul White, but […]

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Weezer takes over Red Bull Sound Space with intimate show

Ahead of the release of their highly-anticipated, self-titled tenth album (due out April 1 via Crush Music/Atlantic Records), Weezer offered fans an in-your-face intimate performance of both new and old hits at the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ. Opening with the virulent hammer-ons and punk bombast of “Hash Pipe,” the rock-vets (who have been […]

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Animal Collective transform Fonda Theatre into a psychedelic carnival

Animal Collective Transforming the confines of the Fonda Theatre into some bizarre carnival of psychedelic extravagance, Baltimore-trio Animal Collective gave fans a sensory overload drawn straight from the depths of their extensive discography. As the creative engines behind the group, Geologist, Avery Tare, and Panda Bear stood onstage illuminated by chromatic beams of light and […]