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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

Ben Gibbard // Death Cab for Cutie // Hollywood Bowl // photo by Natasha Aftandilians

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.

July 14, 2015

2015. Cayucas, “Dancing at the Blue Lagoon”

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.

June 26, 2015

Erik Jensen in “How to be a Rock Critic.” Written by Jessica Blank and Jensen, performed by Jensen and directed by Blank, the world premiere production of “How to be a Rock Critic” plays at the CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre June 17 through June 28, 2015. A co-production with South Coast Repertory, “Rock Critic” is part of DouglasPlus programming and is performed in the Douglas rehearsal space, [email protected] For more information and tickets, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Contact: [email protected] / (213) 972-7376
Photo by Craig Schwartz

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

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

June 24, 2015

Ryn Weaver. The Fool. cover

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.

June 19, 2015

2015. The Vaccines, “English Graffiti”

The Vaccines, “English Graffiti”

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

June 03, 2015

2015. Two Sheds Assembling cover art

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.

June 01, 2015

Avid Dancer / 2015 / photo by Cara Robbins

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.”

May 28, 2015

2015. Django Django, “Born Under Saturn”

Django Django, “Born Under Saturn”

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

May 04, 2015

2015. Elliot Moss, “Highspeeds”

Elliot Moss, “Highspeeds”

While his intentions are pure and his messages sound, the LP finds Moss unfortunately falling somewhere in between the spectrum of his obvious influences of Chet Faker and James Blake.

April 29, 2015

2015. Avid Dancer, “1st Bath”

Avid Dancer, “1st Bath”

While there might be other trademarked “Songs of the Summer,” none will effectively capture the feeling of the carefree season as well as this.

April 13, 2015

William Elliott Whitmore / 2015 / photo by Chloe Millward Whitmore

WATCH: William Elliott Whitmore Has Some “Healing To Do”

Born into a family of farmers in Iowa, William Elliott Whitmore learned early on to translate his knowledge of diversifying crops…

March 31, 2015

2015. Marina and the Diamonds, “Froot” album art

Marina and The Diamonds, “Froot”

If Marina and The Diamonds’ 2012 “Electra Heart” was an delicious tart, then “Froot” is a simple red apple begging to be picked.

March 26, 2015

2015. Wand, “Golem” art

Wand, “Golem”

Named appropriately for a mythological creature brought to life from dirt and clay, “Golem” is a solid slab of relentless psych-rock aggression.

March 18, 2015

Bjork, “Lionsong” video screenshot

WATCH: Björk Bares It All in “Lionsong” Video

The Icelandic firebrand has released the first video off of her latest album “Vulnicura.”

March 16, 2015

2015. Girlpool by Alice Baxley

LISTEN: Girlpool Releases New Track “Ideal World,” Announces Debut Album Details

“Before the World Was Big” is out June 2 via Wichita Recordings.

March 10, 2015

The Rentals, “1000 Seasons” music video screenshot

WATCH: The Rentals Share New “1000 Seasons” Music Video, Plus North American Tour Dates

2014’s Lost in Alphaville saw the much-anticipated return of The Rentals, a band with a notorious revolving door policy for band members with…

March 09, 2015

Twinsmith / 2015 / photo by Andrew Lachance

LISTEN: Twinsmith Elevates On “Alligator Years,” Off Upcoming LP For Saddle Creek

Omaha, Nebraska’s Twinsmith have spent the last year recording new music and opening for Mac DeMarco and their Saddle Creek…

March 03, 2015

All We Are / 2015 / photo by David Edwards

Breaking: All We Are

Guro Gikling and Richard O’Flynn, two-thirds of All We Are, discuss the beginnings and passions of the multi-national band and their melodic, subtly seductive debut album.

February 25, 2015

Toro Y Moi, “Empty Nesters” video screenshot

WATCH: Toro Y Moi Shares Lo-Fi “Empty Nesters” Video

Chaz Bundick shines some light on the darkness of death in the latest Toro Y Moi video.

February 24, 2015

Go Wolf / 2015

LISTEN: Go Wolf Combine Sax and Synths for “Slow Burn”

The Irish band sample the best of every musical decade for their latest track.

February 23, 2015

Kevin Moby “Dancer” video still / directed by Elizabeth Skadden

WATCH: Kevin Morby Premieres Video for “Dancer,” Announces Tour Dates

The singer-songwriter’s latest video takes to the streets of NYC with interpretive dance.

February 09, 2015

2015. All We Are album art

All We Are, “All We Are”

To properly enjoy this album, turn down the lights and let All We Are take you to a faraway place.

February 05, 2015

2015. Girlpool by Alice Baxley

WATCH: Girlpool Explores Downtown Los Angeles in “Chinatown” Video

After announcing its upcoming tour with Waxahatchee and the release of a new seven-inch, punk two-piece Girlpool has released a music video for…

January 26, 2015

2015. Mikky Ekko, “Time” album art

Mikky Ekko, “Time”

The Nashville native falls victim to the common pitfall of all style, no substance; his voice has an undoubtedly powerful presence, but any hints of emotional depth are glossed over by slick production value in an effort to craft Ekko into a pop star-crooner hybrid.

January 22, 2015

Waxahatchee / 2015 / credit: Jesse Riggins

LISTEN: Waxahatchee Releases First Single “Air,” Announces New Album Details

Katie Crutchfield, better known as Waxahatchee, has announced the details of her upcoming album and shared a brand-new track as…

January 12, 2015

Jens Lekman / 2015 / credit: Julien Bourgeoi

LISTEN: Jens Lekman Releases “Postcard #1,” First Song In Year-Long Series

Swedish crooner Jens Lekman is here to put your New Year’s resolutions to shame with his latest project. Over the…

January 05, 2015

Kumiko the Treasure Hunter still / photo courtesy Sean Porter

Film + TV
WATCH: Rinko Kikuchi Heads Out In Search of the “Fargo” Suitcase in “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter” Trailer

Based on a stranger-than-fiction true story, the film takes a young girl from Tokyo to North Dakota in search of buried treasure.

December 23, 2014

Modest Mouse 2014

LISTEN: Modest Mouse Returns With New Single “Lampshades On Fire,” Announces New Album “Strangers To Ourselves”

Modest Mouse has just released “Lampshades On Fire,” their first official single in nearly eight years, and it is three minutes of…

December 16, 2014

New Hands “Strange Attractor” single art

WATCH: New Hands’ “Strange Attractor” Video Mashes Up Home Movies

Electro-rockers New Hands have an artsy new video for their track “Strange Attractor” that features a random selection of GIFs…

December 16, 2014

Kurt Vile performs at the First Unitarian in Los Angeles / photo by Natasha Aftandilians

LIVE: Kurt Vile Sermonizes His Songs at the First Unitarian Church in Los Angeles (11/21/2014)

The guitarist brings a dose of chill to Red Bull’s month-long celebration of music in Los Angeles.

November 26, 2014

Death From Above 1979 poster crop header

Film + TVReviews
Rip It Up and Start Again: “Life After Death From Above 1979”

The DFA 1979 documentary shows the highs and lows of the duo’s rocky relationship and recent resurrection.

November 19, 2014

Sarah Jaffe / 2014 / photo by Melanie Little Gomez

LISTEN: Sarah Jaffe’s Sultry “Lover Girl” Goes Dance Floor Redux Remixed by Mystery Skulls

Sarah Jaffe is a musician who always seems filled with infinite potential—her early songs were intelligent, more folk-driven ballads akin to…

November 18, 2014

Screenshot from the “L.A.F” music video by Broods

WATCH: Broods Are Shining in New “L.A.F” Video

The new music video from Broods for the irresistibly catchy “L.A.F” is a hodgepodge of squeezed oranges, lightsaber fights, and…

November 10, 2014

2014 press photo of Cherry Glazerr by Jordan Milington

LISTEN: Cherry Glazerr Releases Limited-Edition 7″ With Two New Tracks

Listen to “Nurse Ratched” and “Had Ten Dollaz” now.

October 27, 2014

2014. Ariel Pink press photo by Sasha Eisenman.

LISTEN: Ariel Pink Gets Slapped in “Black Ballerina”

When Ariel Pink isn’t busy getting into Twitter battles with Madonna fans, he occasionally writes music, and “Black Ballerina” is…

October 21, 2014

FKA twigs Google glass screenshot

Art & Culture
LOOK: FKA Twigs Vogues in Her Short Film for Google Glass

FKA twigs continues to bring her signature brand of weirdness, this time in a new concept film/commercial for Google Glass….

October 20, 2014

2014. Field Report, “Marigolden”

Field Report, “Marigolden”

With “Marigolden,” Porterfield shows off his flair for pretty imagery—even the album title evokes the sight of rolling fields of “orange and umber” flowers out in the unblemished Midwestern wilderness he hails from.

October 07, 2014

Team Spirit, “Killing Time” cover, 2014.

Team Spirit, “Killing Time”

Killing Time sounds like the soundtrack to every high-school rager, but like those parties, the fun dies and the buzz fades pretty fast, leaving you with nothing but ringing ears and a splitting headache.

September 30, 2014

Local Natives / by Natasha Aftandilians

Way Over Yonder 2014: The Perfect Summer Send-Off

Another endless heatwave in Los Angeles gets a grand finale by the sea

September 29, 2014

photo by Marshall Astor/ Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/794650771

Art & Culture
Prada Marfa Wins Legal Battle Against Texas Lawmakers to Remain Bizarre, Awesome

photo by Marshall Astor / Flickr It seems that Prada Marfa, the west Texas art installation of sculptors Elmgreen and Dragset, will…

September 24, 2014

Beck at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles / photo by Natasha Aftandilians

LIVE: Beck’s LA Return Is Triumphant at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles (9/21/2014)

This weekend was something of a homecoming for Beck Hansen; the forty-four-year-old Angeleno played two back-to-back shows at downtown Los Angeles’s Orpheum Theatre, where his hometown fans were treated to a two-hour set spanning a twenty-year career as varied and unpredictable as the man himself.

September 22, 2014

2014; photo credit Tobias Centerwall

LISTEN: Swedish Supergroup Amason Reveals New Single, Sultry and Momentous “Duvan”

Amason—a five-piece comprised of members of Miike Snow, Dungen, Little Majorette, Hajen, and Idiot Wind—has a roster that reads like…

September 17, 2014

Still from SBTRKT “Look Away” interactive site

WATCH: SBTRKT Releases Interactive Video Site for New Single “Look Away”

SBTRKT (the masked alter-ego of Brit musician Aaron Jerome) has released an eerie, interactive music video website into the world for his new track “Look Away” featuring Caroline Polachek of Chairlift on vocals.

September 15, 2014

2014. Ariel Pink press photo by Sasha Eisenman.

LISTEN: Ariel Pink Announces Double Album “pom pom”

The L.A. artist releases modern love letter with new track, “Put Your Number In My Phone.”

September 08, 2014

Photo by Natasha Aftandilians

Art & CultureEvents
LIVE: Acrobats and Artists Light Up the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles for the Art of Elysium: Genesis (9/5/14)

The Art of Elysium’s sixth-annual Genesis fundraiser was a collaboration of epic proportions between some of the art world’s biggest names and promising musicians, all for the cause of healing the world through art.

September 08, 2014

2014. “Jimi: All Is By My Side” trailer

Film + TV
WATCH: Catch a First Glimpse of André 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in “Jimi: All Is by My Side” Trailer

André Benjamin (better known to us as Outkast’s André 3000) is having a busy 2014—he and Outkast comrade Big Boi…

July 07, 2014

2014. Wye Oak press photo by Shervin Lainez

LISTEN: Wye Oak Release Their Latest Synth-Folk Single “Logic of Color”

Wye Oak have released the latest single “Logic of Color” from their excellent album Shriek, and it’s full of the…

July 01, 2014
WATCH: Nick Waterhouse Premieres Post-Party Daze Video for “Sleeping Pills”

The new video for Nick Waterhouse’s “Sleeping Pills” (off his new album Holly) will either make you nostalgic for the…

June 30, 2014

photo by Jeff Elstone

LISTEN: Zola Jesus Is Electric On “Dangerous Days”

Zola Jesus’s new album is titled Taiga. For those of you who don’t remember learning about biomes in middle school,…

June 23, 2014