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Premiere: Jen Awad Delivers Us From Toxic Apathy in “Basic Bitch”

A handful of Sundays ago, designer and musician Jen Awad joined Emma Cole onstage at the Moroccan for a few tracks at Wolf Bay’s single release party. As recorded in our review of the show, Awad hijacked the band for a show-stopping number of her own. That infectious song was “Basic Bitch,” and we are […]

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Zoe Elaine |
Velvet Starlings mingle 70s nostalgia with 21st century angst on new single “Sold Down the River”

Christian Gisborne, the 15-year-old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind indie outfit Velvet Starlings, hits the nail on the 70s stylized head with his single “Sold Down the River.” Billed as a Cage the Elephant meets Jim Morrison hybrid, Velvet Starlings lean heavily into the comparisons and a lot of it is perched on Gisborne’s sonorous wails. Hoarse, […]

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Premiere: Holy Wars tackle birth and rebirth on new single “Born Dark”

Darkly intimate in the most honest and macabre of ways, Holy Wars have released their first single of the year in the form of “Born Dark.” Coming off last year’s Mother Father, a dedicated piece to singer Kat Leon’s late parents, the inherent pain and tragedy of personal experience bleed through on their latest release, but an ownership […]

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Premiere: L.A.-based songwriter Thayer Sarrano gives Leonard Cohen’s “If It Be Your Will” the haunting-choir treatment

A new transplant to the Los Angeles music scene, Thayer Sarrano embodies an authenticity and knack for raw portrayals of emotion that have undoubtedley made her an early favorite of ours. Having been raised in a monastic seminary and the picturesque swamplands of South Georgia where she was classically trained in writing instrumental music and […]

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Playlist: 15 Best New Songs of September 2018

September may be out the door, but these 15 songs had us smiling all September long. Take a look below at our selections for the 15 Best New Songs of September 2018. With a focus on lesser known acts, and a love for the independent artists representing our great city of Los Angeles, stream our […]

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Adia Victoria
Feel Adia Victoria’s Infectious Invincibility on New Single “Dope Queen Blues”

Adia Victoria takes the blues seriously. Over the past couple of years, the Nashville-based songwriter has adapted her sound to reflect many facets of Southern rock, and her latest single may be her most dangerous. “We are lost, in vain,” she sings on “Dope Queen Blues,” her newest music since the Baby Blues EP, which […]

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EP III Caps Off a Trilogy of Releases From Yumi Zouma

Technology united the four friends of New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma in their early beginnings. Their debut EP came together over email and file sharing, and was received with indie acclaim across the blogosphere. Four-and-a-half years later, the band closes a chapter of their career with the release of the final installment of their EP trilogy, EP […]

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Zoe Elaine |
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Little Simz Releases Punchy Anthem “Boss” Ahead of Demon Dayz Fest Appearance

With her new single, North London hip hop artist Little Simz reminds us that she is not just a girl, she’s a boss. The song debuted on television’s current best place to hear new music: Issa Rae’s HBO show, Insecure. “Boss” comes on the heels of another brand new Little Simz cut called “Offence,” which […]

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Dresage Plays the Vengeful Housewife in New Single

It makes sense that one of the freshest up-and-coming pop acts in LA is friends with Carly Rae Jepsen. Keeley Bumford is an LA native and versatile talent currently juggling several projects at once, including her solo act Dresage. Last week, she added to her catalog the unsettling and vengeful new single, “Dinners at Home.” […]

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Zoe Elaine |
Paige Emery
Premiere: Paige Emery stimulates the senses with new single “Glass Window”

Sweet, yet haunting, Los Angeles-based artist Paige Emery has revealed her new single “Glass Window.” The song haunts with gentle choir-like vocals that have a tinge of creepy eeriness to them. With a vibrant blend of guitars, synths, electronic drums and layered vocals — it’s no surprise that Paige Emery is also a painter. Just […]

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