NVDES Bare All on La NVDITÉ Vol 1

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  NVDES is an art collective based in LA, comprised of Josh Ocean, Madi Diaz and Sam Van Vleet, who convene in “Vibe City, Utah,” also known as Ocean’s living room. With NVDES, he can jam and experiment; it is a departure from his other band, Ghost Beach, who create high energy, structured pop. Ocean explained, “the goal of my new … Continue reading NVDES Bare All on La NVDITÉ Vol 1

Imaad Wasif Added to Desert Daze Lineup on Heels of Career Best LP

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  “The thing with this record is that I don’t understand it, even though I wrote it,” [Imaad Wasif] told LA Weekly earlier this summer. He cites a period of disillusionment and hysteria, when he was, according to a press release about the album, prone to paranoid outbursts and frequently scrawled pentagrams to conjure demons. In the same way that there is … Continue reading Imaad Wasif Added to Desert Daze Lineup on Heels of Career Best LP

Stefanie Drootin and Chris Senseney of Big Harp Didn’t Stutter in New Project, Umm

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The instrumentation of Umm’s debut record Double Worshipper occasionally takes off with bouncing rhythms that can turn into extended jams on the drop of a dime. Hearing the natural dexterity they have with their instruments, especially in tracks like “Total Collapse of the Sun,” one can see how much fun this was for Drootin and Senseney to record. Read more.  Umm … Continue reading Stefanie Drootin and Chris Senseney of Big Harp Didn’t Stutter in New Project, Umm

Honoring an Icon: Broad Summer Happenings Pays Tribute to Nico

Jenny Hval Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photos by Jason Lindley. If you’ve not yet been to the Broad downtown, consider a visit this summer at an installment of the aptly titled Summer Happenings at the Broad. The museum currently features a number of notable exhibits, including Jeff Koons with those picturesque tulips and Michael Jackson and Bubbles; several pieces by Roy … Continue reading Honoring an Icon: Broad Summer Happenings Pays Tribute to Nico

Intimate Performances from Tim Darcy and Hand Habits Mesmerize Audiences at Resident

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photos by Danielle Gornbein.  Nothing says intimacy quite like watching your favorites perform solo sets in a sparsely filled room with near-complete silence, save for the music of course. This was the case at the criminally under-attended show at Resident this past Tuesday night, showcasing newly local songwriter Meg Duffy as Hand Habits and Tim Darcy, performing … Continue reading Intimate Performances from Tim Darcy and Hand Habits Mesmerize Audiences at Resident

Eat Your Fill on Gothic Tropic’s Debut LP, Fast or Feast

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Cecilia Della Peruti has more in common with Father John Misty than meets the eye. It may have only dawned on her while we lounged at Echo Park Lake, as the Santa Ana winds ruined a family picnic nearby. After shamefully admitting I hadn’t heard Pure Comedy yet, she gushed, “the opening lyrics made me cry.” She began counting off … Continue reading Eat Your Fill on Gothic Tropic’s Debut LP, Fast or Feast

Learn to Grieve On The Royal Parks New LP, Suburb Home

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Hidden in the niche of bedroom folk pop is a new Australian outfit, The Royal Parks, who have just released their debut album, Suburb Home. The group is from Melbourne, which is also home to the national park that doubles as their namesake. The band explains that they chose this moniker because of its connection to Melbourne’s indigenous population, the … Continue reading Learn to Grieve On The Royal Parks New LP, Suburb Home

LA’s Joy Downer Will Brighten Your Darkest Days

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The city of angels has a new source of sunshine. Joy née Bishop and Jeffrey Downer make up Joy Downer, a bright indie pop duo whose debut EP, Radio Dreamer, is out now. I’m fondly reminded of Florida-based SALES given how soft electronics complement tender hues in their music. I was fortunate enough to pick Joy’s brain about their first … Continue reading LA’s Joy Downer Will Brighten Your Darkest Days

Making Love With Lauren Ruth Ward

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  [Lauren Ruth Ward] reflects on her life’s trajectory with a certain amount of incredulousness, as if her reality is still an unthinkable dream. Now her music is spreading through LA like wildfire. She only moved to the west coast from her hometown of Baltimore two years ago, but has already played all the underground venue staples across the city, hitting … Continue reading Making Love With Lauren Ruth Ward