Tag: Los Angeles

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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Springtime Carnivore – “Midnight Room”

Springtime Carnivore – “Midnight Room”

Nearly two years ago to the day, Greta Morgan unveiled her solo debut under the moniker Springtime Carnivore. The album cover was simple. It was a black-and-white-photo of Morgan staring slightly upward while seated on the ground. A slight grin is on her innocent, which emitted a sense of innocence and warmth. Of a young woman introducing herself to the […]

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La Sera – “Queens”

La Sera – “Queens”

For the past several weeks, La Sera have been touring in support of their last album, the Ryan Adams-produced Music For Listening To Music To. Somewhere along the line, the husband-and-wife duo of Katy Goodman and Todd Wisenbaker managed to record a new EP, Queens. How the two managed to accomplish this is a question for another time but an […]

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Anna Dellaria – “Ashamed” (single premiere)

Anna Dellaria – “Ashamed” (single premiere)

It seems like only yesterday when Anna Dellaria first arrived on the indie music landscape. This is somewhat true, as her debut single, “You and I”, was released in February. The song introduced the world to what a few insiders already knew – the 20-year old was a serious and immensely gifted artist. Her powerful, soulful voice is what captures […]

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Emma Ruth Rundle – “Marked For Death”

Emma Ruth Rundle – “Marked For Death”

And you, my father, there on that sad height, Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. ~~~ excerpt from Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” Dylan Thomas’ poem, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, was […]

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Cuesta Loeb – “Dive” (single premiere)

Cuesta Loeb – “Dive” (single premiere)

We cannot say it enough – we are in the midst of the era of the singer-songwriter. Whether within the mainstream (Adele, Taylor Swift) or indie circles (Angel Olsen, Mitski), these multi-talented artists are creating songs that emotionally and sometimes physically moving. The field has become more crowded with the arrival of Cuesta Loeb. Her debut single, “My King”, premiered […]

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No Telescopes – “Chambre de Robert”

No Telescopes – “Chambre de Robert”

If you’re a fan of Melody’s Echo Chamber or Tame Impala, check out Chambre de Robert, the debut EP by Los Angeles-based No Telescopes. The EP  starts off strongly with “Ok”, where the drawn-out guitar riffs crash up and down, like the waves coming into the shoreline and then moving back out towards the ocean. It feels like a process […]

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Esbie Fonte – “Yesterday’s News” (video premiere)

Esbie Fonte – “Yesterday’s News” (video premiere)

Likely every other music fan has a soft spot for Tori Amos, Natalie Merchant, or Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies and likely spun one of their songs or albums to help them through a difficult time. They were like that one friend you could confide in, telling her or him every secret or feeling. Newcomer Esbie Fonte has that same […]

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Death Valley Girls – “Glow In The Dark”

Death Valley Girls – “Glow In The Dark”

Death Valley Girls are living in the wrong era. As the vast majority artists and bands are writing songs about love, scoring with someone else, or partying hard, the Los Angeles quartet have set their sights on changing the world on their buzzsaw sophomore album, Glow In The Dark. Call it protest music, call it revolutionary, call it anti-establishment, whatever […]

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Ladyhawke – “Wild Things”

Ladyhawke – “Wild Things”

This year marks ten years of Ladyhawke, the project of Pip Brown and former member of Two Lane Backdrop and Teenager, and the New Zealand native has come circle. Her self-titled, debut album introduced us to her version of hook-laden synth-pop while her sophomore album, Anxiety, had her showing an edgier, rock side while also highlighting the inner turmoil she […]

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