Album Reviews

Imaad Wasif 2022
Imaad Wasif Releases Lush and Ephemeral New Album ‘So Long Mr. Fear’

Building a pathway to get through the coronavirus pandemic, guitarist and songwriter Imaad Wasif’s new album, So Long Mr. Fear — out now via Sonic Ritual — is a beautiful, ephemeral burst of light; a beacon of hope and desire in a sea of confusion. Soft, with a touch of nostalgia, the album shines lyrically, with minimal […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
JiLLi
JiLLi Releases New Bittersweet EP

At its core, “Bittersweet” reveals JiLLi’s heartbreaking depiction of us all through tracks that seamlessly merge pop and electronic music with witticism and soulful vocals, resulting in a work that is both personal and universal. The music on the EP accentuates and adapts to JiLLi’s growing plot, exploring both the sensitivity and the strength of […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
93FEETOFSMOKE
93FEETOFSMOKE drowns out the grief with power-punk beats on his debut album “GOODGRIEF”

On his debut album GOODGRIEF, singer/songwriter and genre-bender 93FEETOFSMOKE rallies against life’s rough patches via blistering DIY sonics. The album’s title might signal a tinge of melancholy but to the artist, just like the ten-song tracklist, are a source of strength and optimism too. “My grandma used to always say, ‘Oh Jiminy Cricket, good grief,’” […]

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Steven Ward |
Between Friends
Between Friends return dripping in retro nostalgia and trippy electronica on”CUTiE” EP, LA Dates at The Roxy

Between Friends are back with another sonic adventure with the release of their CUTiE EP. Across vibrant, unfathomably danceable pop mixtures sibling duo Brandon and Savannah Hudson give their vision of what they call “modern music television” — transmitted on the album as an assortment of potent atmospherics, mesmerizing vocalizations, and sublimely ensnaring soundscapes. Take […]

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Steven Ward |
Boh Doran
Every song on Boh Doran’s new “Robot Girl” EP radiates with 90s teen movie energy

Boh Doran’s new EP Robot Girl channels all her dreamy nostalgia for 90s teen movie soundtracks into chaotically buoyant alt-pop. Pieced together over two years and previewed with the release of her debut EP Flagpole Sitta, all six songs deepen the singer/songwriter’s meldings of a kaleidoscope of genres; from her retro soul and R&B underpinnings […]

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Steven Ward |
Gal Musette
Gal Musette expands her stellar baroque soundscapes with “Backwards Lullaby [Reimagined]” EP

If the heart-string tugging baroque-pop of Gal Musette isn’t yet on your radar she’s about to be, as the musical prodigy has just released a new EP in the form of Backwards Lullaby [Reimagined]. Comprised of three songs taken from her debut album of the same name the EP sees Musette alongside musician Via Mardot translating […]

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Steven Ward |
Luck
Hot Artist Alert: Luck drops her meteoric debut EP “It Wasn’t Luck”

As the title of Luck’s debut EP emphatically promises, luck has nothing to do with where the Los Angeles-based artist finds herself as a music artist. Which, after the meteoric drop of the seven songs on It Wasn’t Luck, the budding artist has proven her EP’s title. It’s not enough that Luck is a master […]

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Empress Of
Empress Of dances away the heartbreak on ecstatic new EP “Save Me”

Heartbreak might fuel the hurricane of emotion that rampages throughout Empress Of‘s new EP Save Me — but in no way does she succumb to it. Instead, with its dance-hall sonics and rapt electronica, the four-song collection offers an alternative to the end of a relationship. One that begins with the ecstatic and profound celebratory […]

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Steven Ward |
Benjamin Carter 2022
Benjamin Carter Releases High Energy, Deep Thinking New EP ”Black Boys On The Radio: Part I”

Caribbean-American musician and singer-songwriter Benjamin Carter drops his highly inventive new EP Black Boys On The Radio: Part I. This new release sees the artist drumming up an energetic and explosive indie alt/rock sound that ranges in pace from dreamy to frantic. Black Boys On The Radio: Part I is the perfect soundtrack for those […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Agender 2022
Agender Release Satirical and Biting New Album “No Nostalgia” with Upcoming Show in LA

Los Angeles based, four-piece band Agender release their highly anticipated sophomore album, No Nostalgia along with a two-in-one music video for their singles “Trouble & Desire,” and “Womb 2 Wound.” Along with some highly intensive video-game style visuals for the music video, the album is a visceral, poignant commentary on today’s quickly evolving world where, […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Dehd 2022
Dehd Share New Album “Blue Skies” with Upcoming Tour Date in Los Angeles

Three piece Chicago based rock band Dehd share their latest album, Blue Skies, out via Fat Possum. The 13-song LP is a subtle rumble that erupts into a beautiful barrage of lightning and thunder. With a controlled, but palpable energy, Dehd strike a perfect contrast between ethereal and dreamy and upbeat punk. Don’t miss Dehd […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Sha'Leah Nikole 2022
South Central LA Artist Sha’Leah Nikole Drops Her Highly Anticipated New EP “Work of heART”

South Central L.A. artist Sha’Leah Nikole drops her highly anticipated new EP, Work of heART, a beautiful, free flowing R&B saturated collection of songs that mixes in shimmering acoustic elements with a smooth and sultry vibe. From strumming guitars, tight melodies and cascading backing vocals to Nikole’s own powerful vocals, Work of heART captures the […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Katzù Oso
Katzù Oso shares his radiant debut album and love-letter to Boyle Heights “Tmí”

After the release of two stellar EPs Colour and Pastel, Los Angeles Latinx artist Katzù Oso has finally unveiled his debut album with Tmí. In every way, Oso’s album is an immersion into the Boyle Heights neighborhood he grew up in. And he brings it all to life via the love story that unfolds throughout […]

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Steven Ward |