Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Vintage Gold: The Mother of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe

When people generally think about the origins of rock ‘n’ roll, immediate thoughts go to Elvis’s shaky legs, Chuck Berry’s tumbling and electrifying riffs, or Little Richard’s clunky piano backbeats. However, none of this would have been possible without the legacy of Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Elvis studied her instrumentation carefully. She was the first to […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Paul Bergmann and the Fair Moans
Premiere: Try Not To Get Caught in Paul Bergmann’s “MaL.A.ise”

Our sunny city provides plenty of reasons to brood. Recently, the rain has not been a positive influence on anyone’s mood. Though he doesn’t officially live here anymore, Paul Bergmann can relate—he wrote a song to that end. “MaL.A.ise” will appear on the next album from the Fair Moans, Make Yourself at Home; listen to […]

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Zoe Elaine |
Five Reasons Just Like Heaven Fest is the mixed-CD you once burned for your crush

Seemingly out of the blue Just Like Heaven Fest has emerged to offer-up one of the biggest throwbacks of indie-rock of the year with a lineup that lays on the nostalgia rather thick. With synth-pop outfit Passion Pit celebrating the ten-year anniversary of their debut album Manners it appears that other late 00s artists have decided […]

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Steven Ward |
Escort
Escort Discos Down for Upcoming Los Angeles Show at The Echo

Escort, the nu-disco band from Brooklyn New York is headed to the city of angels, bringing with them a body-delicious mix of dance music. Escort will perform at the Echo in Los Angeles on Friday, April 26.  Last year the band released two singles, both showcasing the best elements of the band. “Slide,” released in […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
wand band
WAND Announces Upcoming Album “Laughing Matter” + Shares Eerily Soothing Single ‘Scarecrow’

Since their last full-length LP Plum, L.A.-based band Wand announce new album Laughing Matter out April 19th via Drag City. The band recently shared their moody performance video for the first single “Scarecrow”. Directed by Gordon De Los Santos, the video features eerily dark shots of the band mixed in with contemplative close-ups. With a […]

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CLAVVS rise from the smoke with new EP, share title track “No Saviors”

Amber Renee and Graham Marsh, the best-friend duo behind alt-pop act CLAVVS have shared the title track from their upcoming debut EP No Saviors and it’s the midnight stereo-burner we deserve. In the vein of other dark synth-pop meditators like Banks and Phantogram, CLAVVS build their electronic ballad on a take-no-prisoners sentiment as Renee gives voice to vengeful empowerment. “No […]

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Steven Ward |
jonny kosmo
Premiere: Jonny Kosmo’s New Single “Jessica Triangle” Promotes Community—See Him at Highland Park Ebell on Feb 27

Songwriting depends on hyperbole. The most common topic, love, is only spoken of at the extreme. We have the classic Dolly Parton line, “I will always love you,” which is the polar opposite of Cher’s sentiment: “Do you believe in life after love?” The feeling will either stay forever or kill you, according to these […]

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Jenna Lotti
Premiere: Fame Haunts Jenna Lotti in Her New Single “Hollywood”

The new single from Jenna Lotti, premiering today, is a perfect example of expectations versus reality. It feels similar to the Nicolas Winding Refn film, The Neon Demon: ethereal production clouds the story of a rising star. Shortly after Lotti wrote it, she herself would move here from Boston; in spite of that, “Hollywood” doesn’t […]

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Zoe Elaine |
la music blog grimy goods
Best Los Angeles Shows of the Month — February 2019

It’s February and there’s some dope concerts going off in Los Angeles! As always, we focus on lesser known / indie acts, but don’t be surprised if you see a few well-known names in the mix. This month of February, catch recommended acts such as:  SOAK at Moroccan Lounge, Helaine & the Hurricanes at The […]

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SOAK doubles-down on youthful rebellion on video for “Knock Me Off My Feet”

Bridie Monds-Watson, the cutting singer/songwriter behind SOAK, has shared the video for her single “Knock Me Off My Feet” off her upcoming sophomore album Grim Town. The 22-year-old  tackles all manner of small-town mania on the album, mingling a suffocating nostalgia for adolescence with the disorienting modernity of her early adulthood, and the new single is […]

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Steven Ward |
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