Album Reviews

Death Valley Girls
Death Valley Girls share new video for “I’m A Man Too”; release reissues of “Street Venom” and “Glow in the Dark”

Death Valley Girls have released a new video for their song “I’m A Man Too” — along with two new reissues of their debut and sophomore album’s Street Venom and Glow in the Dark via Suicide Squeeze. The new video, directed by Cherry, unfolds as a bizarre makeup tutorial soundtracked by the song’s anthemic statements […]

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Jelani Aryeh cultivates a space to feel connected on "I've Got Some Living To Do"
Jelani Aryeh cultivates a space to feel connected on “I’ve Got Some Living To Do”

At 21-years-old, Filipino/African-American artist Jelani Aryeh‘s debut album, I’ve Got Some Living To Do, belies something of a promise in its title. “For a lot of kids my age,” Aryeh explained. “I see that we numb ourselves in order to carry on with our lives.” Perseverance is a valuable virtue but it’s just as important […]

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LA Based Artist Lazy Daze Releases Sultry Beach Rock Single “Reminiscing”

Hailing originally from Cincinnati, and now based in Los Angeles, musician Zach Miller, known on stage as Lazy Daze, has released the biting new single, “Reminiscing,” a tune that edges on surfer rock and post punk with heavy bass lines, echoey guitars and melancholy lyrics. The new single draws from Miller’s experience moving to L.A. […]

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Hot Artist Alert: Bel Releases Her Glittering Debut EP ‘Muscle Memory’

Capturing a sentiment halfway between the familiarity of nostalgia and the hopefulness of looking forward, 24-year-old artist Bel makes a cerebral splash with the debut release of her EP Muscle Memory. The five track collection exemplifies a reserved pop sound with thoughtful lyrics and exuberant musical arrangements. As the artist herself dances between the realms […]

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Bahari
Bahari untangle heartbreak, loss, mental health on “Forget You” EP

With the release of their Forget You EP Los Angeles duo Bahari continues to create a niche for themselves with their brand of expansive alt-pop, with the five-song collection revealing an even sharper and more affecting intimacy in their songwriting and soundscape molding. Comprised of Ruby Carr, a singer/keyboardist who hails from Lamu an island […]

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Los Angeles Band Aparte’s Biting New EP is a Post Punk Paradise
Los Angeles Band Aparte’s Biting New EP is a Post Punk Paradise

Edgy, pointed and with much to say, L.A.’s Band Aparte leaves listeners with clear feedback on where they draw a line in the sand when it comes to what they see as unhealthy and neurotic in today’s society. Their new EP, ‘Spring/Summer EP No.1 2021’ is a dark, alluring cross section of post punk goth […]

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An odyssey of trauma and hope, 'Angel City Radio' is Alexandra Riorden's sublime debut
An odyssey of trauma and hope, ‘Angel City Radio’ is Alexandra Riorden’s sublime debut

There’s a dark intimacy evoked on singer/songwriter Alexandra Riorden’s debut album Angel City Radio. On her psychedelic and at times nightmarish sortie through the growing pains of trauma healing, Riorden’s debut record evokes a dark but cathartic intimacy. That trauma, detailed on the dazed recollections of album opener “Animals,” came in the form of a […]

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The Marias
On their stellar debut “Cinema” The Marías dazzle and enthrall with the warmth of their romance for life

On Cinema, the stellar debut album of Los Angeles-based vintage crooners The Marías, it is the distinctive ebb and flow of emotion between the band’s central duo/couple (María Zardoya and Josh Conway) that makes their mix of Latin pop, psychedelic-soul, and jazz leanings that much more enthralling. It’s what powers the dynamo of delicious sensuality, […]

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On "American Cockroach" Deap Valley give the finger to the bastards trying to keep you down
On “American Cockroach” Deap Valley give the finger to the bastards trying to keep you down

Deap Valley (Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards) open their new EP American Cockroach with a desperately simple request: a modest prayer on opening song “Give Me a Sign” carried aloft the duo’s potently conjured melancholy. The woozy ballad is the only moment of calm from the wild-eyed and strident rock that dominates the rest of […]

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jermtown
Hot Artist Alert: jermtown shares introspective new Room Talk EP

Los Angeles-based by way of Ferndale, Michigan — rapper jermtown has returned with another stellar EP this time in the form of the deeply introspective Room Talk. The five-song EP takes listeners into the depths of Jeremy Turner‘s world — one that’s soundtracked by his bouncily off-kilter beats and his cheery, ambling flow. But the […]

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