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TEST
Song Premiere: TEST Debut “Bleached Hands” Ahead of Hi Hat Performance

TEST prides itself on being a band, and not a ‘project.’ The trio makes unapologetic rock music, so it makes sense that they’d also keep a strict definition of exactly who they are. It all began in a warehouse in Vernon, living off of cheap noodles and the promise of creative catharsis. After a couple […]

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mind monogram
Song Premiere: Mind Monogram Reflect on Unobservable Forces in “Dark Matter Theory”

Local psych rock four-piece, Mind Monogram, has been buzzing about for several years. They have been playing around LA County throughout the band’s career, which began in 2014 as a solo project from frontman and guitarist Edgar Ruiz. Then they put an EP in 2015, another last year, which was quickly followed up by their […]

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Tennyson
Tennyson Celebrates Their Uh Oh! EP at the Roxy This Friday

This Friday, Canadian duo Tennyson will celebrate the release of their newest EP Uh Oh! live at the Roxy. It’s possible their tour wasn’t deliberately going to stop in LA on the date of release, but accident or no, the party that night at this iconic venue is guaranteed to be wild. Listen to “Cry […]

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oddnesse
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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hdlss
HDLSS Dumb It Down With Nuanced Complexity

We currently live in a culture of rabid misinformation. Talking heads try to convince us that our feelings are equivalent to facts. Truth is virtually meaningless. It will take decades to confront and undo these issues, and in all likelihood they will never actually be eradicated. And yet we still must fight, through whatever action […]

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bosco
BOSCO Gets Personal on Her Latest project, b.

Back in May, I visited the Pico Union Project synagogue to have my spirit awakened by vōx, and I ended up getting more than I bargained for. One of the acts that night, Savannah-born BOSCO, presented her Southern melting pot of R&B styles in a set that dared us to get up and dance in […]

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Dutch Party
Video Premiere: Dutch Party’s Multi-layered Homage to Philip K. Dick

In 1968, Philip K. Dick published a novel set in post-apocalyptic San Francisco, where Ken Franklin calls his original home. He now lives in Echo Park, where he began indie pop group Dutch Party. It has been two years since their debut EP and over this time they have clearly developed a sense of whimsy; […]

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Zoe Elaine |
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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She-Devils
Hot Band Alert: She-Devils Deliver Unconventional Nostalgia on Debut LP

The Man-Eaters were a fictional all-lady biker gang that terrorized a small Florida town and attacked a rival male biker gang, according to the IMDB description of the 1968 movie She-Devils On Wheels. This is the same film that the Montreal-based duo She-Devils cites as its namesake, but the DIY pop band doesn’t share the […]

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Street Joy
Street Joy Call For Police Accountability on New Single, “Ricochet”

You may remember earlier this summer when Grimy Goods premiered a funky new single from Street Joy, marking a change in the direction of the band’s overall sound. The elements of “Do A Thing” were thoughtful, intriguing even, with lyrics and instrumentation intertwined on several levels. Well, the band released a new song last Friday […]

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