Album Reviews

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Mating Ritual burn bright with Hot Content — Record release shows & tour announced

Mating Ritual has finally dropped their masterful album Hot Content. Brothers Taylor & Ryan Lawhon have been fervently creating for the past few years, and only months after their critically acclaimed LP Light Myself On Fire giving the people what they want: another full length. Versatile and colorful, Hot Content showcases everything from hard rock […]

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Ioanna Gika Releases Godly New LP—Tour With Garbage to Play the Shrine on May 16

When we cannot fathom a situation on our dying planet, in our finite lives, we turn to the gods. Los Angeles musician and songwriter, Ioanna Gika (formerly of Io Echo) just released her new LP named after the goddess of the sea: Thalassa. The title track itself is relatively short, but the jaunt leaps from […]

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Hand Habits Holds You Uncomfortably Close with New Album ‘Placeholder’

Having played with the likes of Kevin Morby and The War On Drugs, Meg Duffy has proved they have got serious musical chops — though their sonic resumé doesn’t need to be verified by the like s of these dudes. Since their debut LP Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), Duffy has since demonstrated blossoming […]

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Lo-fi songwriter Worn-Tin to play a manic, circus of a show at The Echo for new album “Cycles”

“Cycles,” the eponymous song of Worn-Tin’s upcoming debut album, bugs out like a lo-fi tune squeezing through a lousy transmission of a very outdated car stereo. And it’s all the better for it. Warner, the man behind the moniker—one gifted to him by a drunk friend at a jacuzzi party—at first pursued a career and […]

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The Art of Healing: Steve Gunn’s The Unseen In Between

Steve Gunn has been coursing throughout the veins of America’s guitar-led underground with a stacked resume filled with the likes of Kurt Vile and Michael Chapman. Without a doubt, he is a skilled sonic painter–one who delicately strokes sublime landscapes and breathtaking views. The critically-lauded guitarist/vocalist is adept at exploring the lives and times of […]

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Twin Temple flip expectations with the satanic doo-wop of their self-titled debut album

Twin Temple, the creation of Alexandra and Zachary James, is the Satanic doo-wop you never knew you needed. In an unlikely collision of tastes and interests, Twin Temple’s freshly released debut album is a love letter to the bygone genre of the 50s-60s and the tones that iconized it, all delivered with a heavy dose […]

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Premiere: French songstress Livia Blanc echoes an old-world blues with debut EP “Amour Amour”

Even if you don’t speak or understand a lick of French, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Livia Blanc’s debut EP Amour Amour will still find ways to enthrall you by the end of its five tracks. Right away Blanc establishes her penchant for coyly meandering chamber-pop with the EP’s titular track “Amour Amour”; singing almost entirely in her native […]

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Bannack Breathes New Life Into a Ghost Town on Debut LP, Compendium

Three students at USC bonded last spring over their love for songwriting, and today their band is one of the most ambitious new acts in the LA Americana scene. Their social media shows they’ve been active for only about ten months, yet they have already put out a full-length record. I can’t be the only […]

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HDLSS Dumb It Down With Nuanced Complexity

We currently live in a culture of rabid misinformation. Talking heads try to convince us that our feelings are equivalent to facts. Truth is virtually meaningless. It will take decades to confront and undo these issues, and in all likelihood they will never actually be eradicated. And yet we still must fight, through whatever action […]

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BOSCO Gets Personal on Her Latest project, b.

Back in May, I visited the Pico Union Project synagogue to have my spirit awakened by vōx, and I ended up getting more than I bargained for. One of the acts that night, Savannah-born BOSCO, presented her Southern melting pot of R&B styles in a set that dared us to get up and dance in […]

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Panel Releases Their First Compilation LP Featuring the Best of London’s Underground Producers

After the closing of London’s Fabric nightclub, I momentarily questioned the city’s dance music scene. Was this the first domino to fall? Scandals relating to drug abuse are sadly not rare, though shutting the venue down abruptly wasn’t the answer. Of course, looking back I was foolish to react with such pessimism; thanks to the […]

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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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