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Hot Band Alert: Entering the World of Oddnesse

It’s hard to imagine the world without constant turmoil, isn’t it? Last week was a doozy given all the natural disasters, from hurricanes to wildfires to an earthquake that should give every Angeleno some cause for concern. Art is a healthy distraction. Songs can transport you to another world, or rather connect you through a […]

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Let new songstress Jesse Jo Stark haunt your ears with her song “Deadly Doll”

Haunting all the way from the seventies Laurel Canyon hideaway that she evokes, femme-fatale Jesse Jo Stark prefers her gloom in the sunlight on her new song “Deadly Doll.” Crawling out from under lush reverb and the hot desert twangs of guitar strings, Stark’s powerful croons tear longingly at her grim atmospherics. Produced by Jason […]

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nvdes
Hot Band Alert: NVDES Bare All on La NVDITÉ Vol. 1

NVDES Local DIY pop outfit, NVDES, has earned a reputation for eccentricity. They released their debut Life With Lobsters EP less than a year ago, giving very little information about the band itself until it was out. Frontman and main collaborator, Josh Ocean, said this was “to establish the world in which NVDES exists,” one […]

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Ella Vos
Hot Artist Alert: Ella Vos — get lost in her lulling vocals that serenade with meaningful lyrics

After featuring her January School Night gig as a Best Show of the Night, Los Angeles vocalist / songwriter, Ella Vos quickly peaked our attention. With a vocal prowess that is smooth and lifting, and at times seducing, Ella Vos captivates with her enchanting range. Songs like “You Don’t Know About Me” are singalong perfection. Vos’ […]

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Vector Xing
Song Premiere: Vector Xing Mourns Innocent Black Lives Lost on New Single, “Funeral”

The first the world heard from the duo Vector Xing was a subdued lounge pop EP released in 2015 called 440Hz. It was comprised of synth-based tracks sporting simple, bold blocks of color for cover art and featured a haunting voice belonging to Stevan Cablayan. He has grown significantly in the past two years, both […]

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Sinéad Harnett
Hot Artist Alert: Sinéad Harnett makes LA debut at The Echoplex

Sultry and smooth, London’s Sinéad Harnett is making her way to Los Angeles with a headline show date at The Echoplex on Monday, October 30th. For lovers of all that silky smooth r&B, Harnett’s upcoming performance at The Echoplex is a show you will not want to miss. This budding vocalist is on the rise, […]

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Umm
Stefanie Drootin and Chris Senseney of Big Harp Didn’t Stutter in New Project, Umm

Stefanie Drootin and Chris Senseney have formed a new apathetic project, appropriately called Umm, with a full-length LP due out next week. The two of them have been playing in bands for over a decade, separately when they were younger and more recently together, with drummer Daniel Ocanto, in Big Harp. Their origins lie in […]

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Emay
Are Our Gods Best? Ruminating on Emay’s New LP, Ilah

Often we treat records as developments to an artist’s career or a response to their previous work. It’s become a game of would-you-rather: Contra or Vampire Weekend? Visions or Art Angels? We expect each new release to explain who they are as succinctly as the last. With Emay’s newest album Ilah, now is the time to […]

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kolars
Los Angeles duo KOLARS drop fresh debut album — it’s a must-listen

After catching Los Angeles act KOLARS open up for Smoke Season at the Echoplex, we kinda fell in love with this badass husband and wife duo. Featuring Rob Kolar on the guitar and Lauren Brown on the drums (you may recall the two from He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister), KOLARS have just released their […]

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Joy Downer
Hot Band Alert: LA’s Joy Downer Will Brighten Your Darkest Days

The city of angels has a new source of sunshine. Joy née Bishop and Jeffrey Downer make up Joy Downer, a bright indie pop duo whose debut EP, Radio Dreamer, is out now. I’m fondly reminded of Florida-based SALES given how soft electronics complement tender hues in their music. I was fortunate enough to pick […]

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