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Don’t live in fear after the Manchester bombing — Keep going to shows, keep living life to the fullest

Manchester Bombing … Where Do We Go From Here? Words: Sandra Olinger The Ariana Grande concert bombing in Manchester really hits hard for me. If you’re reading this, it probably also punched you in the gut. I can’t help but tear up eveytime I see a new headline about it on Facebook, such as “the […]

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Song Premiere: Holy Wars reveal debut single “I Can’t Feel A Thing”

Led by the fierce vocal seductress, Kat Leon, Holy Wars have released their highly anticipated debut single “I Can’t Feel A Thing.” Wrought with emotion and a beautiful blistering of guitars and drums, the LA-based band have come together quite nicely. You may recall Leon and bandmate Nick Perez from their past project, Sad Robot — together, the two […]

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An Interview with Gothic Tropic’s Cecilia Della Peruti — we talk new album, fashion, and bullying

Eat Your Fill On Gothic Tropic’s Debut LP, Fast or Feast Cecilia Della Peruti has more in common with Father John Misty than meets the eye. It may have only dawned on her while we lounged at Echo Park Lake, as the Santa Ana winds ruined a family picnic nearby. After shamefully admitting I hadn’t […]

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An interview with Jay Som: talking DIY tendencies and being solicited for drugs in LA

At 22-years-old, while most people Jay Som’s age are graduating from universities or trying to make ends meet, Bay-area native Melina Duterte has two albums under her belt and has already finessed a loyal following for her lo-fi, bedroom rock confessionals. Her most recent release, the sublime contextualization of that very realization titled Everybody Works, has left her leaping […]

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An Interview with Crystal Fighters: using music to fuse differences in an ever polarizing world

  Words: Steven Ward Boasting an original story worthy of its own television miniseries, folktronica band Crystal Fighters owes its very name and early inspirations to the unfinished opera penned by vocalist Laure Stockley’s grandfather in the last years of his life. Recovered by Stockley when cleaning out her grandfather’s reclusive home in the Basque countryside, […]

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Not looking back: the U.K.’s Wire still going strong forty-years into their evolving sound

Words: Steven Ward  Even if you’ve never delved very deep into the historical roots of the budding punk scene that developed in the UK during the 1970s, chances are if you’ve been a fan of rock music in the last four decades, you’ve had a taste of Wire. Attributed to expanding the sonic limits of […]

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Hot Band Alert: LA’s Joy Downer Will Brighten Your Darkest Days

The city of angels has a new source of sunshine. Joy née Bishop and Jeffrey Downer make up Joy Downer, a bright indie pop duo whose debut EP, Radio Dreamer, is out now. I’m fondly reminded of Florida-based SALES given how soft electronics complement tender hues in their music. I was fortunate enough to pick […]

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Caribbean music of the future is here today in Buscabulla — LA date at Echoplex 2/27

For duo Raquel Berríos and Luis Alfredo del Valle, the dichotomy of their tropical Puerto Rican roots and the bustling grit of their New York home is a temperament that is self-evident in their music almost immediately. On their most recent EPII, as well as their new single “Frío,” the couple effectively ground their souls and foot-soles […]

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Hot Artist Alert: Making Love With Lauren Ruth Ward

Love. The only true reason for human interaction since the dawn of time. Is it an emotion? An affirmation? Or a web, uniquely connecting many? You can sense it in a song or a glance, but it remains one of life’s mysteries. Despite its elusive and subjective nature, that four-letter word is still the most […]

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Hot Artist Alert: Lola Sparks — striving to be Berlin’s next breakout artist

Berlin songstress Lola Sparks talks small beginnings, big aspirations for her indie-electronica   At 26-years-old, Berlin native Lola Sparks has the kind of ambitious tenacity for her career as a musician that it’s doubtful her audience will be restricted to one country–or continent, for that matter. For the last five years, Sparks has been piecing […]

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