Album Reviews

Gordi’s Debut LP Earns Your Trust with Its Emotional Honesty

This Thursday you’ll want to make your way to Resident in Little Tokyo to see Australian alt pop sensation Gordi before her debut LP drops next week. The record is titled Reservoir, which refers to a space brimming with emotion, where one may wade when mulling over life. If she brings even a fraction of […]

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Imaad Wasif Added to Desert Daze Lineup on Heels of Career Best LP

Imaad Wasif has an impressive resumé. Wasif has been part of collaborations for most of his career, so the pivot to making his own material felt like a promising turn. He put out three diverse, vaguely spiritual rock-leaning records in the late 2000s, and wrote three more that never made it to release. One Wasif […]

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Hot Band Alert: She-Devils Deliver Unconventional Nostalgia on Debut LP

The Man-Eaters were a fictional all-lady biker gang that terrorized a small Florida town and attacked a rival male biker gang, according to the IMDB description of the 1968 movie She-Devils On Wheels. This is the same film that the Montreal-based duo She-Devils cites as its namesake, but the DIY pop band doesn’t share the […]

Stefanie Drootin and Chris Senseney of Big Harp Didn’t Stutter in New Project, Umm

Stefanie Drootin and Chris Senseney have formed a new apathetic project, appropriately called Umm, with a full-length LP due out next week. The two of them have been playing in bands for over a decade, separately when they were younger and more recently together, with drummer Daniel Ocanto, in Big Harp. Their origins lie in […]

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 […]

The Royal Parks
Learn to Grieve on The Royal Parks Debut LP, Suburb Home

Hidden in the niche of bedroom folk pop is a new Australian outfit, The Royal Parks, who have just released their debut album, Suburb Home. The group is from Melbourne, which is also home to the national park that doubles as their namesake. The band explains that they chose this moniker because of its connection […]

Hair-raisingly haunting, Charlotte OC makes her debut with Careless People

There exists a bit of a trope in music that deals with the haunting wails of a generously ranged vocalist singing over blackened synths, eerie atmospherics, and those tell-tale drum machine claps. A few names immediately come to mind: Lykke Li, Phantogram, Lapsley, etc. Every one of them very much different than the other, but […]

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With Hot Thoughts, Spoon prove yet again, to be absolutely unavoidable

How many artists start shaking things up eight albums into an already fruitful career? Austin indie rockers Spoon have always been on the experimental side – their deconstructed garage rock has given birth to underground classics (“The Way We Get By,, “Jonathon Fisk”) as well as bona fide hits (“I Turn My Camera On,” “The […]

Jay Som
Jay Som finds her voice with astonishing ease with release of debut album Everybody Works

Jay Som’s Everybody Works — a personal collage made from beautifully disparate pieces of sound   In a legend that’s become her version of Bon Iver’s fabled forest retreat, Jay Som – aka SF songwriter Melina Duterte – debuted her first full-length after “a few too many glasses of wine on Thanksgiving.” Turn Into consisted of […]

Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings hone their craft with Life Without Sound, but prove unafraid to take risks — LA Date at Teragram

Cloud Nothings will Perform at Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles Feb. 22   For Cleveland quartet Cloud Nothings, a new album is more than just a collection of songs. Over the past few years, bandleader Dylan Baldi has used each of his former solo project’s documents as a turning point for its sound, adding a full […]

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