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Hot Band Alert: LA-based Goon deliver impressive debut EP with Dusk of Punk — so many flavors

Los Angeles-based musician Kenny Becker, known by the moniker of Goon, just released his debut EP Dusk of Punk and it’s sounding all sorts of awesome. The six track EP has a variety of enticing flavors that result in a never-a-dull-moment kind of experience. With Dusk of Punk, Goon reaches for all your senses; and it’s no […]

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Beach Goth Festival
Beach Goth 2016: Five Must-See Lesser Known bands

With October right around the corner, the days are getting shorter and the nights colder just in time for The Growlers’ annual Beach Goth festival at Oak Canyon Park. As the sole tribute to the genre phenomena that’s sprung out of Southern California’s surf-rock and DIY grunge-punk scenes, and from which it borrows its name, […]

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Interview With Pill: Feminist-Art Punks Discuss Noise-Fueled Debut “Convenience” – A Thought-Provoking Call To Political and Personal Action

NYC’s feminist art-punk four piece Pill have a big, bold and urgent sound that plays like a call to action — to stand up for what you believe and exercise your freedoms. The band’s debut full-length Convenience was released August 19 via Mexican Summer and it propels their passionate socio-political concerns and unwavering artistic expressions. Pill doesn’t shy […]

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Survive
SURVIVE’s New Album RR7349 Sonically Eclipses their Stranger Things Soundtrack

Scoring a Netflix series is a rare triumph in itself, but it’s not likely that Survive, the Austin analog synth quartet that soundtracked Stranger Things, knew that glowing red logo would become like Coca Cola in the states, and that those four child actors would virtually turn into today’s Beatles. They also might not have […]

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PAPA beat any notion of a sophomore slump into the dirt with Kick the Dust

It’s been three years since PAPA released their debut LP Tender Madness; three long years since childhood friends Darren Weiss and Danny Presant married LA-by-way-of-NY punk tendencies with a ravenous need to inject as much funk and soul into their romantically inclined frustrations. Since then, the duo has gone from playing their typical west coast circuit to opening for […]

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Royal Canoe
New Music: Royal Canoe get beautifully disorienting on Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit

Beginning as an erratic display of uncontrollable exuberance, Royal Canoe’s third studio album, Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit, exists as the sextet’s most introspective endeavor to date. Revolving inwardly, like a camera lens zooming to scrutinize their most candid vulnerabilities, their lyrics progress towards an ever intensifying brooding reflection of their lives thus […]

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The Tissues at Echo Park Rising 2016
Photos: Echo Park Rising with The Paranoyds, Magic Bronson, Future Shoxx and more

It’s wise to say that 2016 has been the best Echo Park Rising yet. With four days full of music, and an exceptional showcase of local bands—many who who we have yet to feature or cover live—Echo Park Rising was a success. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this neighborhood music […]

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CEO music
Sweden’s CEO Returns with a Stylish New Track Titled “Kill Count”

Sweden’s CEO is back with some new music. It’s been about two years since we’ve heard any electronic splendor from Eric Berglund (aka CEO). The creator behind The Tough Alliance and label Sincerely Yours, as well as the craftsman behind all the addictively clever electro soundscapes you hear in CEO’s music, Berglund is finally back […]

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Frank Ocean’s Blonde is the Pop Masterpiece this Generation Has Been Missing

On Blonde, Frank Ocean fearlessly balances avant-garde themes and aesthetics with cathartic pop bliss Words: Jamie Lawlor For a minute there, we thought the day might never come, but on that sunny Saturday afternoon, the second studio album by Frank Ocean was finally out. A lot has happened in the realm of black culture since Ocean’s […]

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Paul Bergmann
Album Review: Paul Bergmann’s Stars and Streams is out August 26, LA date at Bootleg

Intimacy Ebbs and Flows in Paul Bergmann’s New LP, Stars and Streams Words: Zoë Elaine At my college radio station, a friend of mine created and hosted a beautiful folk show. It was a program filled with soft melodies and emotional croons. When she graduated, I took it over, but never was able to capture the […]

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