New Music

The Budos Band drop a swirling maelstrom of darkly-soulful sonics with “Arcane Rambler”

Afro-soul collective The Budos Band have shared the latest single from their forthcoming LP V, and boy-oh-boy is it a funky piece of rock instrumentation. “Arcane Rambler” does just that, rambling along to a heady concoction of woozy guitar work, off-kilter percussion raps, and blistering horns. It’s a swirling maelstrom of darkly-soulful sonics, the kind […]

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Amanda Palmer Makes No Compromises on There Will Be No Intermission LP—See Her at the Ace Theatre on May 11

Amanda Palmer takes no breaks. She also uses no shortcuts, and she rarely compromises. The creative titan has released another album, called There Will Be No Intermission, and it thunders with as much authority as the figure herself. Art was made for each track—all 20 of them—and can be purchased on her website, along with […]

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Zoe Elaine |
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Premiere: Feminist Fatales Egg Drop Soup Share Video for New Mix of “PMS”

In 1993, Damon Albarn painted a portrait of the United States’ damaged relationship with fame through “Miss America,” off Blur’s second album. Though they were known as an uptempo Britpop band, this track is discordant and slow—and begs to be sneered at. “I don’t mind,” Albarn drones in the chorus, “I love only you.” A […]

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Local Natives
Local Natives announce return with music video double-feature; new album Violet Street out next month

Local Natives have finally announced their return in the form of two new songs: “When Am I Gonna Lose You” and “Café Amarillo.” The two new songs also dropped with their own music videos. The lush and shimmering “Lose You” features a melancholic Kate Mara wandering through a dizzying array of decades-old L.A. retro environs […]

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Premiere: Reykjavik’s Pale Moon Endure a Sunny “Exile”

The title of Pale Moon’s debut single alludes to their nomadic origins. While the Icelandic duo has not been formally removed from any place, they have traveled quite a lot; Natasha Sushchenko is originally from Russia while Árni Gudjonsson was born and raised on the verdant arctic island. They met in Spain and decided that […]

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Zoe Elaine |
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Premiere + Interview: Pander Sera Wants to Rattle Your Sternum

Sean Draper is a clever experimenter. The first thing you notice about her, especially if her forthcoming record is your introduction to the project, is the wordplay in her album title and moniker. Then you will be hit by the technicolor waves of fuzz and noise. Bothy is Pander Sera’s debut LP due out next […]

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Damien Jurado
Damien Jurado shares “Lincoln” — LA date at Highland Park Ebell

Moody, atmospheric and delicately strung, Damien Jurado’s new single, “Lincoln,” is a hauntingly good track with unorthodox origins. “Lincoln” as well as his other new single “South” prelude Jurado’s upcoming release, In the Shape of a Storm, out April 12.  While “Lincoln” was just released this week, Jurado has had the song in his arsenal for […]

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Hand Habits Holds You Uncomfortably Close with New Album ‘Placeholder’

Having played with the likes of Kevin Morby and The War On Drugs, Meg Duffy has proved they have got serious musical chops — though their sonic resumé doesn’t need to be verified by the like s of these dudes. Since their debut LP Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), Duffy has since demonstrated blossoming […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Premiere: Beware “Thieves” of SAÍGO’s Moody New Single

As far as local artists go, SAÍGO may be one of the most thoughtful. Each message he conveys means something personally and is capable of fostering a dialogue across a myriad subjects. His newest single is called “Thieves,” but the only thing it means to steal is your heart. Listen to it exclusively below. “Each […]

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Zoe Elaine |
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Hot Artist Alert: DGTL CLR brings the 90s to your ears

A 90s blast-from-the-past packed with modern utilizations of synths and electro-dance, DGTL CLR is a powerhouse of sonic beats born out of the head of Devereaux Jennings. Think Miike Snow but with a few more metric tons of funk courtesy of Jennings obvious infatuation with building expansive electronic soundscapes for all manners of groovy instrumentals […]

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