Articles by Natasha Aftandilians

LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Desert Daze 2017

A not so Coachella experience in the sand.

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?

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.

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.

Breaking: Benjamin Booker

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

Keyboard Money Mark Is Still Havin’ It

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

Father John Misty, “Pure Comedy”

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

In Conversation: Sinkane on Positivity in the Age of Trump

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

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”

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.

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.

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.”

Andy Shauf, “The Party”

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

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.

Choir of Young Believers, “Grasque”

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

LIVE, IN PHOTOS: GIRLSCHOOL Field Day Weekend

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

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

Plus, a special appearance from Miguel.

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.

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).

Teen Daze, “Morning World”

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

LIVE: Death Cab for Cutie’s Triumphant Return to Los Angeles

Ben Gibbard and co. make their first major appearance in LA since moving back to Seattle in 2012.

Cayucas, “Dancing at the Blue Lagoon”

You can’t blame Cayucas for heading back to the summer-fun well and trying to draw every last bit of water that’s in there.

“How to Be a Rock Critic” Howls For Lester Bangs

Erik Jensen inhabits the mind of the famed music critic—without the Romilar.

Ryn Weaver, “The Fool”

Constant feelings of déjà vu aside, “The Fool” is a florid romp that can be enjoyed without the full-on guilty pleasure aftertaste left by Weaver’s sickly sweet peers.

The Vaccines, “English Graffiti”

Think less louche despair, more grandiose rock ambition, but just as many leather jackets as before.

Two Sheds, “Assembling”

Six years and another dare—write twenty songs in twenty-four hours—later, the singer-songwriter’s second LP Assembling was born.

Breaking: Avid Dancer

Jacob Dillan Summers discusses his conservative past, the beginnings of Avid Dancer, and what it took to produce his excellent debut LP, “1st Bath.”

Django Django, “Born Under Saturn”

Psychedelic surf-rock in outer space—sounds like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?

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