Lovesick Fantasies Confront Reality on Mara Connor’s “No Fun”

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Despite its title, you will greatly enjoy the new single from Mara Connor. This marks the LA-based artist’s debut, ahead of an album that she has been working on with Langhorne Slim and Joseph Arthur. If it’s anything like the lead track, it will be a moody record with emphatic lyrics and overlapping melodies. Read more.  … Continue reading Lovesick Fantasies Confront Reality on Mara Connor’s “No Fun”

Viaduct Sunset Series Puts L.A.’s History Centerstage

Photo Credit: Mathieu Young Originally appeared on LA Weekly.  People call this a young city, and in a way, they’re right. “L.A. is all about reinventing itself, and abolishing the history of the past,” Sean Woods of the California Parks Department tells me as we stand, sweating, beneath the Baker Street Viaduct. The Metro Gold Line whizzes by, gracing us with a merciful breeze. I glance … Continue reading Viaduct Sunset Series Puts L.A.’s History Centerstage

Wade through El Mañana’s shoegaze debut, “Gota en el Mar”

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here. Danny Murcia is the brilliant mind behind the new bilingual rock trio from LA known as El Mañana. He is an artist with striking depth, making his new single all the more apt. The debut from El Mañana is called “Gota en el Mar,” an enduring shoegaze track that hovers gently above the water’s surface. Read … Continue reading Wade through El Mañana’s shoegaze debut, “Gota en el Mar”

Follow Bill Baird into the cybersphere via ‘Bubo / Runcible’ video

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  The Arthur King Presents series has another release under its belt, this time from prolific experimental artist Bill Baird. Called Owl, the new record is Baird’s third this year alone, having released dozens of others in his nearly two decades as an active musician. The ten new tracks ruminate on—what else?—owls. Sometimes the title is a … Continue reading Follow Bill Baird into the cybersphere via ‘Bubo / Runcible’ video

The 405 meets Laura Jean Anderson

Originally appeared on the 405; view archived article here.  It took Laura Jean Anderson some years of adjusting to feel comfortable in her own skin. She was always a fish-out-of-water, growing up in a traditional Mormon household…in the grunge haven of Olympia, Washington. Hovering between these communities, she felt fully accepted by neither, which made her double down on her eccentricities. Fast forward to what … Continue reading The 405 meets Laura Jean Anderson

Traverse mystic landscapes in Kan Wakan’s new clip for “Effigy” + “I Would (Reprise)”

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Music by Kan Wakan inspires feelings of wonder. Nature and spirituality seem to mingle on Phantasmagoria vol. 1, and in his new video, that sentiment is taken literally. There isn’t much left to learn about the planet that satellites haven’t revealed, but with the imagination of a child, you can traverse all sorts of unknown terrain. … Continue reading Traverse mystic landscapes in Kan Wakan’s new clip for “Effigy” + “I Would (Reprise)”

“Bang” puts Moda Spira in a state of shocked mourning

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here. On her new single, Moda Spira aka Latifah Alattas works through her disbelief. ‘Bang’ channels Alattas’ mourning over lost love, though she has yet to accept that it’s gone. The song will appear on her forthcoming record, which is described as documenting the deterioration of her marriage; it will be called simply, Divorce. The record is … Continue reading “Bang” puts Moda Spira in a state of shocked mourning

Shame Sing Songs of Praise and Resistance at the Echo

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  “THIS NIGHTMARE MUST END: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!” Such was the valiant proclamation of a sign hung above the merch table at the Echo last Friday night. The headliner that night was Shame, a band from London, and though the UK is undergoing its own political turmoil, it was the second band on the bill responsible for the messages … Continue reading Shame Sing Songs of Praise and Resistance at the Echo

YACHT and French Vanilla Celebrate a Triumphant Return Home at the Lodge Room

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photos by House of Vivian. Evans has been the de facto lead singer ever since she joined the band, so she commanded a majority of the stage, while Bechtolt and Kieswetter typically stuck to their places behind their machines–computers, synths, and guitars–in the center-back. They played everything off their recent Strawberry Moon EP, and several other tracks … Continue reading YACHT and French Vanilla Celebrate a Triumphant Return Home at the Lodge Room