Album Reviews

Sharon Van Etten
Album Review: Sharon Van Etten kindles fickle hope on “We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong”

For all intents and purposes, Sharon Van Etten’s sixth studio album We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong is a luminous recounting of the pandemic era. It’s a worn phrase that’s been tossed around a lot recently – the “pandemic” or “quarantine” album – sometimes in ways that beg for definition as even our collective […]

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Steven Ward |
HelloLightfoot
HelloLightfoot releases debut EP ‘Every Circle Needs a Center’

Under the moniker of HelloLightfoot, Jessica Louise Dye creates an inspiringly lush but confessional pop tracks and she’s collected five of them into her sublimely starry-eyed debut EP Every Circle Needs a Center. Produced alongside Kyle McCammon a.k.a. PLUS the collection thrillingly introduces Dye’s solo project, playing in the outskirts of electronica-driven, synth-concussing pop. “Nitecap” […]

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Steven Ward |
Marian Hill release new album ‘why can’t we just pretend?’ with Los Angeles tour date at Teragram Ballroom

Soaring with sultry croons and slick production, Marian Hill have returned with a stellar new studio album, why can’t we just pretend? The band will also be touring this July in support of their new album with a Los Angeles concert date at the Teragram Ballroom! Exhausted and jaded by the loneliness of the pandemic, […]

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Sandra B. Olinger |
Lyrics Born
New Lyrics Born Album is a Free Flowing Channel of Collaboration, Knowledge and Experience

Underground progressive rapper Tsutomu Shimura, better known as Lyrics Born, has released his latest album, Mobile Homies Season 1, inspired by his feel-good podcast of the same name where the Japan-born, Bay Area artist interviews rappers, DJs, emcees and other luminaries in the hip hop game. His new album features longstanding heavy hitters formative to […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Mothé Releases Powerful New Album ’I Don’t Want You To Worry Anymore’ — L.A. date at The Regent July 23

Turning the last few years of their musical journey into a personal, self-revealing album, L.A. based artist Mothé drops their debut full-length release, I Don’t Want You To Worry Anymore via Slowlab Records. The alternative leaning album features a cast of explorative, thoughtful tracks that intersect at the points of acceptance and growth. Taking influence […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Jensen McRae Drops Her Beautifully Crafted Debut Album ”Are You Happy Now?”

Los Angeles singer/songwriter Jensen McRae has released her debut album, Are You Happy Now? out via Human Re Sources. Building momentum over the past three years, releasing a string of singles and EP’s, Jensen McRae’s new album is a rich culmination of her songwriting talent and strength as a musician and budding individual always on […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
L.A.’s Talker Releases Cosmically Entwined New EP “In Awe of Insignificance“

Holding onto the beauty of the world and understanding that our presence is finite, Talker’s Celeste Tauchar revels in her impermanence and gives thanks for the world and universe around her with her new EP, In Awe of Insignificance. Upbeat but not manic, easy to access but not without substance, Tauchar’s EP is etched in […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
fana hues
Fana Hues releases new album ‘flora + fana’ — a radiant collection of soul-cultivating songs

Two years after the release of her debut album, Fana Hues is back with the soul-cultivating flora + fana. With the album’s release, the singer has also shared a video for the sultry and spacey slow-burner “BAD bad,” continuing her penchant for giving her songs inspiring visual accompaniments. Directed by Phillip Youmans the video for […]

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Hana Vu Releases Haunting New EP “Parking Lot” — LA headline gig at Moroccan Lounge

Los Angeles-based artist Hana Vu drops her latest EP, Parking Lot (out via Ghostly), a slow spinning, haunting collection of six tracks slated to chill you straight to the bone. Featuring two new singles and four live versions of previously released songs, the EP follows last year’s full-length release from Vu, Public Storage. Parking Lot […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Esty Shines A Light Inward with New EP Estyland

L.A. based, Dominican-American artist Esty brings together every corner, nook and cranny of her expansive mind to drive introspective messages throughout new EP, Estyland. A beacon for originality, and a call to be more authentic, this new body of work not only comes straight from the heart, it’s also a strong command for listeners to […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Irene Diaz Shares Dazzling Debut Album ”Lovers & Friends”

Los Angeles based artist Irene Diaz drops her sultry, straight-to-the-heart debut album, Lovers & Friends, a carefully crafted collection of emotional songs written over the past five years. Starting with 20 demos, Irene Diaz embarked on a journey of self discovery, refining, reworking and selecting the 10 tracks that make up her bittersweet release. On […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Ally Barron
Ally Barron pens a soulful introduction on “Sincerely, AB”

Ally Barron is ready to say what she needs to say and on her new EP Sincerely, AB she pens a warm and pop-hook filled letter of introduction. The album’s five tracks cover a wide range of experiences from the singer/songwriter and actress’ life, from wrestling with self-love to toxic relationships. On the EP’s opening […]

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Steven Ward |
Fawns of Love
Fawns of Love revel and create in the image of their ethereal inspirations on “Innocence of Protection”

With all the lucidity and wonder of a daydream, Innocence of Protection drifts from the creative duo behind Fawns of Love as their enthralling third album. Jenny and Joseph Andreotti, furnished with the dreamy echoes of Moog synthesizers and Eastwood guitars, have pieced together a stunning eight-track journey through their deepest admiration for the likes of […]

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Steven Ward |