New Music

Song Premiere: Francine Thirteen Flaunts Female Empowerment in “The Huntress”

Though she is not new to creating music, the name Francine Thirteen may be new to you. A quick sift through her Soundcloud will enlighten any layperson what her music is all about, namely, feminine power that bucks male narratives. Her latest project is titled “Lust Heals, Give Me My Sin Again,” of which the […]

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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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Zoe Elaine |
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In New Music Video for “El Paso,” Ziemba Tells the Tale of Two Cities

Like most of Ziemba’s body of work, her new video for “El Paso” is dense and significant. The track comes from her 2016 record, Hope Is Never, which she spoke with me extensively about last year. She explained how the city impacted her life as a borderlander, or more specifically as a “child of NAFTA,” […]

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Zoe Elaine |
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EP Premiere: Four New Songs from Raener Make a Cohesive Debut

The new EP from local four-piece Raener is a big deal. It came together a few months ago at a serene beach house in Santa Barbara. This was after, according to my calculation, the band–consisting of Daniel Fox, Will van Boldrik, Zach Bilson, and Daniel Vanchieri–had played every single intimate venue in the city, and […]

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Song Premiere: LA River Bend Drop First Single From Their Debut EP

If you ever hang out downtown around Chinatown or Little Tokyo, or if you’ve ever visited the new State Historic Park on Spring Street, chances are you’ve seen the dried up concrete anded that used to ferry water across the city. Thanks to restoration projects, water does sit near Elysian Valley, but pushing south, the […]

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Zoe Elaine |
Peaches dances in the desert in new video for “Dumb Fuck”

Fulfilling her promise to direct and curate videos for every song on her sixth studio album Rub, electropunk artist Peaches has released the final video with “Dumb Fuck.” Filmed in the California desert with the help of filmmaker/editor and brother Craig Nisker, the video sees Peaches wandering the bleached-tan landscape with two vulva-masked companions. Quietly evocative […]

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Steven Ward |
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Video Premiere: Tree Machines share new video for “Up For Air”

Los Angeles duo Tree Machines have released the video for their upbeat synth pop jam “Up For Air.” The video features a young female walking the streets of Downtown LA as she struggles with that horrid 9-5 life. In the end, a heavy anchor is lifted as the subject takes a bold leap and follows her […]

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Song Premiere: Sci-Fi Synth Pop Anthem From Enigmatic Skatterplot

Steven Solomon is a trained jazz musician who performs as the character Skatterplot, only ever seen in a red mask. Ironically, when he writes music, he feels most free. His latest track, “Don’t Stop the Fight” is an uplifting synth pop anthem that wears his resilience on his sleeve; listen to the premiere below. Skatterplot […]

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Zoe Elaine |
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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Local Natives’ Kelcey Ayer talks filtering his darkest and honest songwriting yet into new project Jaws of Love

As one of the primary songwriters of Local Natives, chances are you’ve heard Kelcey Ayer’s work unbeknownst to you, as well as holding down his other vocal, keyboard, guitar, and percussion duties in the band. On Hummingbird Ayer’s affinity for piano ballads broke through the ice and even the band’s most recent release Sunlit Youth is unequivocally […]

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Steven Ward |
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