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LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Desert Daze 2017

A not so Coachella experience in the sand.

October 18, 2017
Beck, “Colors”

Beck is fully embracing his talent for making the kind of music you want to dance to. What’s so bad about that?

October 18, 2017

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Art & CultureEvents
Such Is Life: Scenes from Life is Beautiful 2017

The fifth edition of the Vegas festival distinguishes itself with massive art installations and a guest-packed Gorillaz set.

September 27, 2017
Perfume Genius, “No Shape”

The title of Perfume Genius’s fourth album implies a certain degree of nebulousness in what Mike Hadreas has to offer—and in that sense, it’s not an entirely accurate moniker.

June 07, 2017
Breaking: Benjamin Booker

Three years after his debut the LA-based singer-songwriter questions whether bearing witness to history is enough.

May 30, 2017
Keyboard Money Mark Is Still Havin’ It

The Beastie Boys’ longtime organist and resident savant talks “Check Your Head,” carpentry, and keyboards.

May 10, 2017
Father John Misty, “Pure Comedy”

Is this J. Tillman at his most ironic, or his most sincere?

April 19, 2017

photo by Adam Tetzloff

In Conversation
In Conversation: Sinkane on Positivity in the Age of Trump

Even with the new regime in power, the musical polymath is still feeling good.

February 22, 2017
LIVE: Defiant Swet Shop Boys Offer Release on an Otherwise Horrific Election Night (11/8/16)

“Oh no, we’re in trouble / TSA always wanna burst my bubble / Always get a random check when I rock the stubble”

November 11, 2016

The Growlers

Rain Dogs: Despite the Downpour, Beach Goth V Radiates Good Vibes

The Growlers’ annual Orange County shindig once again takes over The Observatory in Santa Ana.

October 25, 2016

photo by Natasha Aftandilians

LIVE: Brainfeeder Takes the Hollywood Bowl on a Head Trip (9/17/2016)

Flying Lotus, P-Funk, T-cat, and more packed out the Bowl on Saturday night.

September 19, 2016

MSTRKRFT at FLOODfest 2016 / photo by Rozette Rago

In Conversation
In Conversation: Avoiding Bangers Behind the Wheel with MSTRKRFT

Jesse F. Keeler and Alex Puodziukas turn their computers into punk rockers on their new record, “Operator.”

July 26, 2016

Andy Shauf “The Party” 2016

Andy Shauf, “The Party”

Shauf presents himself as the wallflower, but his prowess at assessing people from afar is surprising.

May 20, 2016

Deep Sea Divers “Secrets” cover

Deep Sea Diver, “Secrets”

“Secrets” is a solid combination of grinding guitar riffs, subterranean bass lines, propulsive beats, and the occasional cascade of synthetic beeps.

March 04, 2016

2016. Choir of Young Believers Grasque cover hi-res

Choir of Young Believers, “Grasque”

The record might lull you to sleep but you probably won’t be mad that you did nod off.

February 10, 2016

photo by Natasha Aftandilians


A weekend full of female-fronted rock supporting a great cause.

February 02, 2016

TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe / photo by Natasha Aftandilians

LIVE: TV on the Radio Brings Healing to The Theatre at Ace Hotel (11/14/2015)

Plus, a special appearance from Miguel.

November 17, 2015

Toro y Moi // photo by Natasha Aftandilians

LIVE: Toro y Moi Twist the Night Away at the Teragram Ballroom (11/9/2015)

Getting down at night nine of Red Bull 30 Days in LA.

November 10, 2015
Lou Barlow, “Brace the Wave”

Accompanied by little more than a baritone ukulele or an acoustic guitar, Barlow still manages to nail the tinny echoes and urgency of garage rock (the fact that the album was recorded in six days might have something to do with it).

September 02, 2015

2015. Teen Daze Morning World cover

Teen Daze, “Morning World”

In this imagined Garden of Eden, Jamison has found clarity, and the resulting album is mellow without being dull.

August 14, 2015
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