Album Reviews

Farrah Mechael’s New EP Serves Us Sultry Summer Bangers

Fiery pop newcomer Farrah Mechael is bringing back hot girl summer with her vibrant second EP “Lies.” Featuring production and writing from Andre ‘Dre Bombay’ Harris, Don Parma, Devrim Karaoglu, Ant Clemons and the Mechael sisters – Farrah and Tamara – “Lies” is a sultry fusion of electronic pop with hip-hop sensibilities. The EP serves […]

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Bartees Strange Covers The National to Subvert the White Indie Scene on Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy EP

The phrase ‘representation matters’ has gained popularity of late, a rallying cry that accompanies demands that Hollywood diversify casting. Though the symptoms are different, an issue of representation persists today in the music industry as well. The ratio of white executives to executives of color at the most powerful companies is troublingly high, but even […]

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Joy Downer
Joy Downer’s stunning full-length debut “Paper Moon” revels in a retro-dreaminess

From the moment those bass lines start bumbling their way through the evaporating, disco-shimmer that opens “A Song You’d Never Want to Hear,” it’s clear that the brilliance of Joy Downer‘s debut album Paper Moon coalesces around her lush soundscapes. Inspired and textured by all the retro-dreaminess of 80s rock and electronica, Joy has found […]

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Wargirl find bliss and power on defiant second album ‘Dancing Gold’

Long Beach sextet Wargirl have long straddled an array of genres rooted in 70s rock and soul, gliding effortlessly between War, Blondie, Chaka Khan, and more with fierce grace. But with the release of their second album, the aptly named Dancing Gold, the six-headed commune of musical crossroads that is Wargirl have successfully taken the […]

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TeaMarrr digs her teeth into the mess of relationships in an outpouring of wit and honesty on new EP

At the heart of TeaMarrr’s music, there’s a deep desire and urgency for healing that flows from her blending of pop, hip-hop, and R&B. For TeaMarrr, there’s an imperative for people to “heal themselves with [her] sound,” with hopes that listeners walking away thinking: “TeaMarrr is my new pharmacist.” That altruism takes shape and is […]

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Henry Jamison Treks Across a Melancholic Soundscape in his Debut EP Tourism

Modern musical bard Henry Jamison weaves narrative with sepia-toned soundscapes in his debut EP ‘Tourism’ via Color Study. Jamison proves himself to be an evocative wordsmith in this indie folk record that features a stunning score of instruments and celebrated vocalists, including: Darlingside; Ed Droste; Fenne Lily; Joseph; and Lady Lamb. Lyrics that are most […]

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Sounds of Self-Isolation Define Das Kope’s Debut LP, Where I Live

For anyone who was concerned that the stay-at-home order would dampen the sound of summer, worry no more. The Brazil-born, LA-based musician Das Kope has been steadily releasing sunny shoegaze singles since 2018; his contributions on guitar alone are entrancing. Now we finally see the release of his debut full-length album, Where I Live, a […]

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Ambar Lucid
Ambar Lucid emerges as the burgeoning, unsilenced voice of a generation on debut “Garden of Lucid”

Dominican/Mexican-American artist Ambar Lucid has finally shared her debut album Garden of Lucid, an enchanted diary of personal triumph and strife that sees the singer/songwriter carving out her own niche. Mixing her Latin roots with an eclectic mix of genre-bending, Lucid has established herself as the burgeoning and unsilenced voice of a new generation of […]

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Lauren Ruth Ward
Release Your Quarantined Feels with Lauren Ruth Ward’s Thunderous Record ​Vol. II — LA date at Teragram Ballroom 4/29

Lauren Ruth Ward serves us ​major ​psychedelic angst with her sophomore album Vol. II, ​which dropped with a bang last Friday. After her debut album ​Well, Hell ​was consistently praised by the media and fans alike, Ward built high expectations for herself – and then double-downed on them with a killer 1970s inspired alt-rock record. Today, March 20, Bandcamp is giving […]

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Paul Bergmann Finds His Own ‘Paradise’ on New EP

Paul Bergmann never rests. Last winter, he put out an EP with his full band project, The Fair Moans, and the winter before that he delivered a concise, quiet release under his solo moniker. Even more records have come prior to that, and each has in some way contributed to Bergmann’s experimentation on the guitar, […]

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