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phases
Hot Band Alert: With Phases, ‘there’s just no ego anymore’

  Los Angeles indie pop band Phases — formerly known as Jjamz — is comprised of four people that have all been involved in music for most of their lives. Z Berg (The Like), Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley/Bright Eyes), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet), and Michael Runion have enjoyed varying degrees of success but currently find […]

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my dead air
Hot Artist Alert: My Dead Air — lush and celestial indie folk, watch new video for “Reckless With Your Memories”

From Los Angeles, My Dead Air (aka Dan Ballard) has shared the live video of his newest single “Reckless With Your Memories.” The song is a tender ditty with a celestial vibe, soft guitar strings and a lulling melody that just spreads warmth throughout your body. Ballard’s sweet vocals almost become a lullaby, and definitely […]

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veronica-bianqui
Hot Artist Alert: Veronica Bianqui Premieres New Song “If Love’s A Gun, I’m Better Off Dead” From Forthcoming EP

Local musician Veronica Bianqui has been kicking around the Los Angeles music scene for some time now and chances are you’ve spotted her singing back up vocals for mystic rock and rollers Isaac Rother & The Phantoms or playing guitar on the road for indie psych outfit The Blank Tapes. Maybe you even caught one […]

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Hot Band Alert: Late Night Friends — Debut album, interview, caramel apple lolipops

One man’s favorite music is another man’s aural abomination, and sometimes said men find the strength to put their differences aside and find a happy musical medium. In the case of Los Angeles indie rock quartet Late Night Friends, when they first formed in late 2013, members Jonathan Baron and Barrett Shuler began to write […]

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Hot Band Alert: Riothorse Royale set to ignite Satellite with September residency

Most of last year, I was a regular at Bardot’s weekly free-with-RSVP It’s a School Night showcase. I often went without knowing any of the bands that were playing and more often than not walked away with some new tunes to look up when I got home. Few nights fit that description better than when […]

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Hot Band Alert: Sand Babes Premiere New Song “Carousel” From Forthcoming EP

Echo Park’s Sand Babes may be fairly new to the local music scene but already they are bringing a bright sense of honesty to their music as they begin to hone and craft their dreamy psychedelic sound. The band will be releasing their self-titled debut EP in full on August 5th but we are stoked […]

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white reaper
Hot Band Alert: White Reaper—Debut LP is a smashing mix of high energy punk and pop

Straight out of Louisville, KY and keeping it real…real loud and badass, is four-piece outfit White Reaper. These barely 20-somethings are charging right out of the gate with a smashing mix of high energy punk and pop on their debut full-length album White Reaper Does It Again, available July 17th on Polyvinyl Records. Their powerhouse […]

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Neonheart Awakening EP album cover
Hot Band Alert: NEONHEART—A radiant combination of synth-pop ballads and dance jams

Sometimes people find each other, a spark is lit, and they make beautiful music together. In the case of Los Angeles synth-pop duo NÉONHÈART, thanks to a meeting via a mutual friend, what originally started as a producer-for-hire arrangement quickly turned into a full-fledged band. The duo comprised of songwriter/composer HAOO and singer-songwriter Christina O’Connor […]

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Touristes
Vieux Farka Touré and Julia Easterlin announce new project Touristes, listen to first single “Little Things”

Now this is a gorgeous new music find for your ears. Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, who is well known as the “Hendrix of the Sahara,” has teamed up with Brooklyn vocalist on the rise, Julia Easterlin for a new album project called Touristes. The two connected this past summer of 2014 and what came […]

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the picture books
Hot Band Alert: The Picturebooks — it’s all about rock ‘n’ roll, skateboarding and motorcycles

Photo credit: Stefan Lind With long hair a flowin’ and hot asphalt beneath their choppers and bobbers, you would think the rock ‘n’ roll duo known as The Picturebooks came straight out of a scene from “Easy Rider.” Surprisingly, these dudes are form Gütersloh, Germany. With a love for music, skateboarding and motorcycles—the blues-rock duo […]

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