Mara Connor Weaves Stories of Heartbreak on No Fun EP

Photo by Chase Leonard  Originally appeared on LADYGUNN.  The new EP from Mara Connor titled No Fun was a long time coming; having been released on April 3 while we are all in self-quarantine, this is starting to feel like the basis of a joke, but in actuality, it’s a much more thoughtful tale. The LA-native is an evocative songwriter with a particular vision, one … Continue reading Mara Connor Weaves Stories of Heartbreak on No Fun EP

EP III Caps Off a Trilogy of Releases from Yumi Zouma Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Technology united the four friends of New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma in their early beginnings. Their debut EP came together over email and file sharing, and was received with indie acclaim across the blogosphere. Four-and-a-half years later, the band closes a chapter of their career with the release of the … Continue reading

Dream Phases Show Maturity on New Single “To Walk Away” Ahead of September European Tour Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  When I spoke to Brandon Graham a few months ago, he hinted at a plethora of upcoming material from his relatively new project, Dream Phases. Today, an album cycle is supposed to last months, where bands must coordinate social media campaigns with new assets all … Continue reading

The Multitudes of Young & Sick

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  To follow Young & Sick is to be invested in more than just a musician. The Holland-born and LA-based artist, né Nick van Hofwegen, is a songwriter, producer, and visual artist who has just put out his second EP of 2018, following a lengthy gap in music releases—under his Young & Sick moniker, that is. He … Continue reading The Multitudes of Young & Sick

New EP is out now from Livingmore, the band as tight as the mafia

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Local retro rock outfit Livingmore is regimented in the all right ways. As the band and I loudly chat over coffee on a hot day in Hollywood, drummer Mike Schadel breaks it down: “Everyone has a role,” and with structure, they are able to avoid disagreements and negative energy. Frontwoman Alex Moore jokes, “We’re like the mafia.” Without missing a … Continue reading New EP is out now from Livingmore, the band as tight as the mafia

Chromatics Reveal New Single from Their Long-Awaited Album Dear Tommy Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Chromatics fans got another promising taste of the band’s forthcoming album, Dear Tommy, with the release of “Blue Girl.” This is particularly exciting because the record had originally been announced in 2014, but Johnny Jewel infamously destroyed what they had been working on and re-did it front to back. Apparently … Continue reading

Kahiem Rivera wrote his new EP while recovering from a near-death experience

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here. Surviving a near-death experience isn’t always sunshine and roses. Kaheim Rivera had to recover for months after being hit by a car, and even after that, he struggled to reclaim his old sense of normalcy. He wrote many songs in this idle time – the new Be Quiet EP may be the first in a series … Continue reading Kahiem Rivera wrote his new EP while recovering from a near-death experience

The Crowleys Keep Things Pastel on Colours Change Their Tone EP

Premiered on Grimy Goods.  Psych rock is a fun genre, and The Crowleys know how to make it all their own. Lead singer Cohen Wylie uses his wavering vocals to lead us through kaleidoscopic guitar melodies, starting with the aptly pastel “Pink Rainbows”; layers of noise eventually snap into clarity with a Blur-like Britpop ditty at the very end. Processed vocals pick up where that … Continue reading The Crowleys Keep Things Pastel on Colours Change Their Tone EP

Four New Songs From Raener Make a Cohesive Debut EP

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The new EP from local four-piece Raener is a big deal. It came together a few months ago at a serene beach house in Santa Barbara. This was after, according to my calculation, the band–consisting of Daniel Fox, Will van Boldrik, Zach Bilson, and Daniel Vanchieri–had played every single intimate venue in the city, and just before they departed on … Continue reading Four New Songs From Raener Make a Cohesive Debut EP

LA River Bend Drop Their First Single From Their Debut EP

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  With their debut single, “Summer Wind,” LA River Bend breathe for the very first time. The song is a refreshing testament to love, where shimmering harmonies to elicit a faultless, jovial mood. “The calming influence of nature in LA has been a huge musical inspiration to us,” frontman Nate Weiner has said of the recording process for their upcoming EP, … Continue reading LA River Bend Drop Their First Single From Their Debut EP