Tag: Los Angeles

Bedouine’s beautiful and wistful debut album (album review)

Bedouine’s beautiful and wistful debut album (album review)

The American Dream may be a fleeting ideal, as the income divide grows and the US’s borders are increasingly more difficult to cross. For people who immigrated before 2017, however, many have flourished and embraced America as their homeland, such as Azniv Korkejian. Her story is one made for novels and Netflix mini-series. Born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, […]

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MAP – “Skills To Rebuild” (single premiere)

MAP – “Skills To Rebuild” (single premiere)

In times of uncertainty, it’s good to be reminded of what really matters in life. Josh Dooley, the creative force behind Los Angeles-based MAP, is better qualified than most to understand this, having been paralyzed from the neck down by the West Nile Virus in 2014. As he recalls from his recovery: Life is too short to be afraid of […]

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Miya Folick Live at The Lexington, London (photo essay)

Miya Folick Live at The Lexington, London (photo essay)

One of our favourites made her way over the pond, giving us the first opportunity to see Miya Folick in person. The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter didn’t disappoint, treating the audience at The Lexington in London to a wonderful set. Armed with a film camera, she urged the crowd to pass it around and get some shots for her to get […]

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Gothic Tropic – ‘Fast or Feast’ (album review)

Gothic Tropic – ‘Fast or Feast’ (album review)

“At its best, life is completely unpredictable.” ~~~ Christopher Walken Unpredictability has defined Cecilia Della Peruti since she started her project Gothic Project in 2011. Her debut EP revolved around neo-psychedelia while the singles she has released the past two years have been wide-ranging. Indie pop, electro-rock, synth-pop, or R&B-infused pop, she’s done it all and with aplomb. Given her […]

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Girlpool – ‘Powerplant’

Girlpool – ‘Powerplant’

Girlpool’s first record, Before The World Was Big, made a big splash when it was released. It featured mainly the duo of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker singing harmonies along with just bass and guitar. It was a great album, but felt like it could be expanded upon. On their brand new LP, Powerplant, Girlpool add so much to their […]

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The Wild Reeds – ‘The World We Built’ (album review)

The Wild Reeds – ‘The World We Built’ (album review)

Three years ago, The Wild Reeds made a statement with Blind and Brave, which was a cohesive LP that paid homage to the evolution of folk music. This was a record that was meant to be listened to at the cottage or around the campfire, where the rich harmonies and soothing melodies could be heard in the still air. Given […]

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Tashaki Miyaki – ‘The Dream’ (album review)

Tashaki Miyaki – ‘The Dream’ (album review)

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer” ~Harriet Tubman When Paige Stark and Luke Paquin arrived on the music in 2011 as Tashaki Miyaki, the music world opened its ears to a form of shoegaze that was lush and ethereal and even reaching levels of ecstasy. For the next six years, the duo would tease their growing fan base with […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – TRISHES

SXSW 2017 Memories – TRISHES

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including TRISHES. The Berklee College of Music […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Kolars

SXSW 2017 Memories – Kolars

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Kolars. Guitar and Percussion eclectic duo […]

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Rodes Rollins – ‘Young Adult’ (EP review)

Rodes Rollins – ‘Young Adult’ (EP review)

First impressions are not everything, but they are immensely important. Like meeting a person for the first time, they can determine whether an artist’s music resonates with you, and, therefore, dictate whether one will seek to continue the relationship. When Talia Taxman released her debut single, “Young & Thriving”, under the moniker Rodes Rollins in November of 2016, we were […]

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Alyeska – ‘Crush’ (EP review)

Alyeska – ‘Crush’ (EP review)

The music and film industry share a lot in common when it comes to releasing new material. Movie trailers often contain the best scenes in order to grab viewers’ attention and get them to flock to theaters. Labels and publicists will release one or two songs in advance of the album launch, and the songs tend to be the cream […]

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Betty Moon – “Liar” (song premiere)

Betty Moon – “Liar” (song premiere)

Alternative rock fans in Canada and the United States will recognize the name Betty Moon, who was one of the original rockers to come out from the grunge era of the early ’90s. Through seven albums spanning a quarter-of-a-century, Moon won the adoration of critics and listeners for her hard-driving sound and honest songwriting. She’s been nominated for four CASBY […]

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Porcelain Raft – “Microclimate”

Porcelain Raft – “Microclimate”

Since arriving on the music scene in 2010 under the moniker Porcelain Raft, Italian-born, Los Angeles-based Mauro Remiddi swept listeners away with his ethereal ambience and soaring, transcendent anthems. The release of his third studio album (and thirteenth effort overall including ten EPs), Microclimate, is Remiddi’s most expansive effort to date and arguably his most rewarding endeavor. The opener, “The […]

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The Regrettes – “Feel Your Feelings Fool!”

The Regrettes – “Feel Your Feelings Fool!”

When four teenagers (15 and 16 years of age) release an album, the expectations are that it would sound something like Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, or One Republic. Unless you’re The Regrettes. The Los Angeles-based band are not your typical newcomers. They’re inspired by ’50s and ’60s doo-wop, 70s rock ‘n roll, and Gen Y post-punk rock. The Ronettes, […]

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Dear Boy – “Alluria” (Pr0files Rework) (single premiere)

Dear Boy – “Alluria” (Pr0files Rework) (single premiere)

What happens when two of Los Angeles’ great, under-the-radar bands get together on a project? The answer obviously is something spectacular. Alone, Dear Boy and Pr0files have established significant online followings (ignore Facebook likes and focus on the number of Spotify and SoundCloud plays) thanks to their personal and often creative takes on the genres they occupy. Last year, both […]

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Taylor Noelle – “Out Of My System”

Taylor Noelle – “Out Of My System”

When music comes out of Nashville, you’d expect country. When an artist comes from Los Angeles, you’d expect indie-rock with a polished edge. Taylor Noelle brings a blend of both, which is hardly surprising since she moved from her native Los Angeles to Nashville to make her music. Out Of My System, Taylor Noelle’s debut EP, reveals a singer-songwriter with […]

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BeLL – “Bang Bang (Remember My Name)” (single premiere)

BeLL – “Bang Bang (Remember My Name)” (single premiere)

Lady Gaga. Pharell Williams. Bruno Mars. Laura Pergolizzi – a.k.a. LP. Phoebe Ryan. The list of songwriters turned pop stars is lengthy. Could BeLL be the next one to the join the list? The twentysomething, Texas native’s résumé is already extensive. She’s worked under the likes of Giorgio Moroder (Daft Punk) & David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, 5 Seconds of Summer) and […]

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Tiny Dinosaurs – “Awake”

Tiny Dinosaurs – “Awake”

There are albums that move you, and then there are those that inspire. Cannes-born, Los Angeles-based Julie Jay‘s new EP under the moniker Tiny Dinosaurs undoubtedly falls in the latter category. Awake is the first of a two-part EP release, and its emotive power lies in a single experience that would change Jay’s life forever: (T)he project was born after […]

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Ablebody – “Adult Contemporaries”

Ablebody – “Adult Contemporaries”

The number of artists making nostalgia sound refreshing and inviting has increased over the past decade. From Foxygen to Diane Coffee, Tame Impala to Whitney, going back to the future is cool again. While these musicians made some fantastic albums – even among the best of the past decade – very few have taken as sweeping of an approach as […]

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Bloodboy – “The Best of Bloodboy” EP

Bloodboy – “The Best of Bloodboy” EP

As a teenager, Lexie Papilion made a name for herself as a competitive surfer. She was a member of the USA Surf Team at just 15-years old, slicing through A-frames and spinning 360s with ease. A decade later, Papilion is taking the finesse, guile, and courage she demonstrated on the Pacific Ocean and applying them to her new music project, […]

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