Album Reviews

Meg Myers
Meg Myers surprises with two new powerful EPs

With so many artists under quarantine and unable to tour, many have been pretty industrious about creating — but none have been quite as prolific as Meg Myers, who has just announced the release of not one, but two new EPs. Thank U 4 Taking Me 2 The Disco and I’d Like 2 Go Home Now were […]

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Steven Ward |
Local Natives continue to pen their love for L.A. on Sour Lemon EP

There’s an innate tenderness with which Local Natives tend to paint the environs of the greater Los Angeles area into the background of their songs, offering little markers with which one can trace the story to the band’s beginnings. Formed initially by Kelcey Ayer, Ryan Hahn, and Taylor Rice, classmates at Tesoro High School in […]

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Girlhood Drop Debut Album Capturing the Multitudes of Womanhood and Reminding Us of A Universal Need

A duo born out of happenstance, London-based band Girlhood have had a rather odd journey releasing their self-titled debut album, but it’s that spontaneity and space for growth that bred such a colorful collection of songs. It was a voice in the wind that started the band. A hum from band mate Tessa Cavanna reached […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Dive Headfirst into Loma’s Mesmerizing Sophomore LP Don’t Shy Away

“Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth,” Pablo Picasso told The Arts reporter Marius de Zayas in 1923. More recently, in the spring of 2018, Loma revealed their own untruth at the Bootleg as part of a tour for their eponymous debut album. Even more lies await on their […]

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Boy Pablo’s new album ‘Wachito Rico’ is a charming introspective exploration on the self and its many extensions

Nicolas Muñoz, AKA Boy Pablo may be stuck in quarantine like the rest of us, but rather than write about his current situation, he’s decided to work chewing up the experiences that have made up his 21-years of life in his debut album “Wachito Rico,” released on 777 Music. Simple and to the point, but […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Nathy Peluso
Nathy Peluso displays a raw vulnerability and sensuality that defies conformity on “Calambre”

Barcelona-based, Argentine-born, Nathy Peluso has released her debut album Calambre and it’s quite the vulnerable-meets-sensual-with-a-slice-of-fierce record. Here’s the rundown: On the heady, bass-pounding “Sana Sana,” Peluso uses her knife-sharp wordplay to take a stab at economic disparity in style — with the music video, directed by Nicotine, embellishing the grandiose elegance of her flow in […]

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Stains of a Sunflower
Stains of a Sunflower return with highly-combustible, unapologetically femme EP

Stains of a Sunflower, the Los Angeles alt-rock outfit led by the unapologetically hyperfeminine Natalie Renée, has finally returned from their two-year hiatus with the release of their you know it’s such a shame… EP. A trio of gorgeously sleek and potent anthems that center around Renée’s ever emphatic praise of the female spirit, unfolding […]

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Steven Ward |
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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carre band
Premiere: Carré deliver mind-bending, cathartic debut EP

There’s nothing “square” about Carré. Despite their band name meaning “square” in French, there is aboslultey nothing “square” about these fierce Los Angeles-based industrial rockers. Originally from France, the trio has shared today a first-listen of their debut EP. Pulsating with ferocious electro-psych flavor and an industrial techno vibe — the two drummers and guitar […]

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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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