New Music

An Interview with Empire of the Sun: Luke Steele talks working alongside Lindsey Buckingham and Two Vines origins

As one of the last great visually theatrical bands of the 00’s, electronic duo Empire of the Sun have taken up the mantle in being the most stunning audiovisual experience at every festival or city they arrive to perform at. The extravagant brainchild of Australian friends and collaborators Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, the band globalized […]

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An interview with Jay Som: talking DIY tendencies and being solicited for drugs in LA

At 22-years-old, while most people Jay Som’s age are graduating from universities or trying to make ends meet, Bay-area native Melina Duterte has two albums under her belt and has already finessed a loyal following for her lo-fi, bedroom rock confessionals. Her most recent release, the sublime contextualization of that very realization titled Everybody Works, has left her leaping […]

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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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Hair-raisingly haunting, Charlotte OC makes her debut with Careless People

There exists a bit of a trope in music that deals with the haunting wails of a generously ranged vocalist singing over blackened synths, eerie atmospherics, and those tell-tale drum machine claps. A few names immediately come to mind: Lykke Li, Phantogram, Lapsley, etc. Every one of them very much different than the other, but […]

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An Interview with Crystal Fighters: using music to fuse differences in an ever polarizing world

  Words: Steven Ward Boasting an original story worthy of its own television miniseries, folktronica band Crystal Fighters owes its very name and early inspirations to the unfinished opera penned by vocalist Laure Stockley’s grandfather in the last years of his life. Recovered by Stockley when cleaning out her grandfather’s reclusive home in the Basque countryside, […]

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Not looking back: the U.K.’s Wire still going strong forty-years into their evolving sound

Words: Steven Ward  Even if you’ve never delved very deep into the historical roots of the budding punk scene that developed in the UK during the 1970s, chances are if you’ve been a fan of rock music in the last four decades, you’ve had a taste of Wire. Attributed to expanding the sonic limits of […]

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Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers
Song Premiere: Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers share new song “Old Love”

Just in time for Spring Equinox, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers have shared a delicious new song titled “Old Love.” The track’s a bright and breezy playful ditty that you can’t help but be in a great mood after spending a hot four minutes with its feel-good vibes. “It’s a song that really translated […]

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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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With Hot Thoughts, Spoon prove yet again, to be absolutely unavoidable

How many artists start shaking things up eight albums into an already fruitful career? Austin indie rockers Spoon have always been on the experimental side – their deconstructed garage rock has given birth to underground classics (“The Way We Get By,, “Jonathon Fisk”) as well as bona fide hits (“I Turn My Camera On,” “The […]

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Little Simz
Hot Show Alert: Win Tickets to Little Simz at The Echoplex

From North London arrives Little Simz, making her Echoplex debut on Monday, March 20. The 22-year old independent hip-hop artist just released her sophomore album Stillness In Wonderland and is ready to drop her slick rhymes and beats in Los Angeles. Don’t miss this powerful wordsmith take the stage at the Echoplex. This is one […]

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