Celebrating Parrot Dream’s Debut LP One Year Later

Photo by Catalina Kulczar Originally appeared on Post-Trash.  Last August, Brooklyn’s Parrot Dream, comprised of guitarist Gonzalo Guerrero and vocalist Christina Hansen Appel, released their formative debut album, Light Goes, via Good Eye Records. It took the duo two years to write and record, and in that time they changed lineups and landscapes, moving from Santiago, Chile to New York, where Appel had lived previously. Now … Continue reading Celebrating Parrot Dream’s Debut LP One Year Later

Aldous Harding and Hand Habits Weaponized Restraint at Sold-Out Lodge Room Performance

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Photo by me.  The streets were lined with costumes and club attire on this pre-Halloween weekend; fans sported a mix of both as they filed into the Lodge Room this past Saturday to witness the final night of Aldous Harding’s LA tour stop. The show sold out over a month in advance, prompting a second be added for the previous … Continue reading Aldous Harding and Hand Habits Weaponized Restraint at Sold-Out Lodge Room Performance

Mauno’s lack of subtlety fuels new LP, Really Well (in a good way)

Originally appeared on Post-Trash.  Great persuasion doesn’t rely on qualifiers. It is subtle, and needs no emphasis. Unfortunately, Canadian four-piece Mauno haven’t mastered this skill, at least not according to their newest album, Really Well. It is the band’s third full-length, and, especially compared to their preceding effort, it seems to indicate a new direction of both emotion and sound. Read more.  Mauno | buy … Continue reading Mauno’s lack of subtlety fuels new LP, Really Well (in a good way)

First Annual Future Sounds Festival Celebrates Soul at the Historic Baker Street Viaduct

CAPYAC (foreground). Photo by Hernan Sanchez. Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The Viaduct is one of the oldest thoroughfares in the city, with a long history, especially relative to LA’s short memory. It is practically a living venue, constantly changing moods as the sun sets and as the energy of the crowd grows. The Metro zipped by throughout the night, which was just another indication … Continue reading First Annual Future Sounds Festival Celebrates Soul at the Historic Baker Street Viaduct

Caring is not creepy, smileswithteeth declares with new LP

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here. Pop music is no stranger to indifference—well, that’s how it may seem on the surface. In late 2011, Drake revealed the title track of his then-forthcoming record, Take Care, which was a tender declaration of love and not a passive aggressive goodbye, as the title may suggest. The following year, Icona Pop and Charli XCX had … Continue reading Caring is not creepy, smileswithteeth declares with new LP

Share in Shannon Lay’s Joy With Her New Album, August

Photo by: Denée Segall Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  With her new album, August, Shannon Lay challenges us to be joyous. She makes a case for celebration and for perseverance and for life. It is somehow shocking (in a good way!), which speaks volumes about not only the record itself, but also about our current society. Wallowing in sadness is relatable; ruminating on joy isn’t … Continue reading Share in Shannon Lay’s Joy With Her New Album, August

LA’s Mating Ritual delivers new album Hot Content and preps for North American tour

Photo Credit: Kevin Vinh Doan  Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  A warning should come on Mating Ritual’s new record—like a Parental Advisory sticker, but spicier. It could resemble a chili pepper or a flame, or another universally accepted symbol for heat. That is, of course, because the LA-based duo’s third LP is a cache of Hot Content; fans can get their … Continue reading LA’s Mating Ritual delivers new album Hot Content and preps for North American tour

TheKhue and the Experiments of a Working Stiff

Photo courtesy of the artist Originally appeared on Irvine Weekly.  The daytime hustle of an artist does not define them. Ask them what they do and their secondary answer may include terms like “day job” or “paycheck,” but rarely “career.” It carries too much weight. It suggests that so-called work life is fulfilling and secure. It pretends that there is only one path in a … Continue reading TheKhue and the Experiments of a Working Stiff

Alex Lilly Confronts Ambivalence on 2% Milk

Photo Credit: David Black Originally appeared on Irvine Weekly.  Alex Lilly’s new album is called 2% Milk, but she would never touch the stuff. “I’m trying to drink less [of it]…But when I do have milk I definitely have whole milk.” Two percent is just watered down anyway. It reflects a part of society that bothers her; throughout our conversation on a frigid afternoon at … Continue reading Alex Lilly Confronts Ambivalence on 2% Milk

Pander Sera Wants to Rattle Your Sternum

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Sean Draper is a clever experimenter. The first thing you notice about her, especially if her forthcoming record is your introduction to the project, is the wordplay in her album title and moniker. Then you will be hit by the technicolor waves of fuzz and noise. Bothy is Pander Sera’s debut LP due out next week. In honor of the … Continue reading Pander Sera Wants to Rattle Your Sternum