Catch The Feel-Good Vibes Of Matoma At Coachella

Hip hop-meets-tropical house in Indio

April 22nd, 2016
Alexa S
Category: Interview
matoma Jimmy-Fontaine

It was hard not to smile through the phone while interviewing Matoma. His genuine love for creating music, connecting crowds, and bringing good vibes was palpable.
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Interview With Vetiver’s Andy Cabic

Talk of spring tour and new album

April 5th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Interview
vetiver by Terri Loewenthal

Andy Cabic, lead vocalist and songwriter of Vetiver, has been releasing albums and touring the globe for years. The lineup of musicians around him has changed numerous times, but his integrity and musical approach have not; they’ve merely expanded.
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An Evening With Counselor Claude VonStroke

The head of Dirtybird Records talks 2016 Campout

April 4th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
claude vonstroke the rain break

In the winding streets and maze of one ways of downtown LA, a little nest was built at The Well Salon and Store in the form of a pop-up store for Dirtybird Records merchandise. The head of the funky label, Barclay Crenshaw (aka Claude VonStroke) was there celebrating the previous day’s release of his new EP, The Rain Break.
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Show Review & Interview With Quilt @ The Echo

A seamless set from a captivating band on the rise

March 28th, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Interview, Review
quilt echo 1

Quilt, a band that maintains an independent spirit and affinity for lyrical and instrumental experimentation, is still quite new to the scene despite trudging through the indie waters for about eight years now. Landing somewhere between lush, guitar-driven folk and “meandering psychedelia,” the foursome demonstrated at The Echo Tuesday night that they are experts at orchestrating a truly captivating live show.
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Interview With Murder By Death’s Adam Turla

Lex attempts to not go full fanboy on MBD

March 15th, 2016
Lex Voight
Murder by Death by Bill Dawers

What do you say to your favorite band?

I’ve been going to Murder By Death shows since 2006. A kid in the year above me in high school had passed me their third record, In Bocca Al Lupo, over the summer. I was working in a holistic pet food shop that saw so little business that I could spend whole stretches doing nothing but listening to records in the backroom and reading labels. In Bocca Al Lupo sounded like nothing I had ever heard before. It was utterly transportive.
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David Starfire Releases Benefit Album: Karuna

The importance of oneness and compassion in music

March 14th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
david starfire

lA-based producer David Starfire’s latest album, Karuna, features a lot of firsts. The album is David’s first to be funded via Kickstarter and his first charity-focused release. It is also the first full album to feature an electronic artist collaborating with Burmese refugees, and as if that wasn’t enough to set this album apart from others, it also marks the first time visionary artist Alex Grey has allowed his voice to be used in a song.
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Force Field PR Is Putting On A Show At The Echo!

Honoring the company’s 10th anniversary tomorrow

March 11th, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss
force firled 10 lead

Force Field PR, the indie PR company that helped put iconic contemporary bands such as Ariel Pink, Panda Bear, St. Vincent, Neon Indian, and White Fence on everyone’s radar, is turning ten years old this weekend, and that’s cause for celebration.
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Interview With Coheed And Cambria’s Travis Stever

Catch C&C at The Palladium on March 22nd!

Lex Voight
Category: Interview
coheed and cambria

It’s hard to believe that progressive rockers Coheed and Cambria have been around in one form or another for over twenty years. Talking with guitarist Travis Stever, co-founder and Coheed’s most consistent mainstay other than mastermind Claudio Sanchez, it suddenly all makes sense why they have been such a powerhouse for so long.
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Jason Gleason Talks Further Seems Forever Reunion

How To Start A Fire tour hits The Roxy on 3/18

March 9th, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: Interview
Further seems forever 2016

In 2001, an emo-tinged indie-rock band named Further Seems Forever released one of the most influential records of the era, The Moon Is Down. That LP almost immediately garnered the group a ton of fans, including Jason Gleason, who not only quickly learned that FSF was losing their original vocalist, Chris Carraba, to Dashboard Confessional, but that he would be taking over the role. Shortly after, he would contribute to the release of his favorite band’s best record (in my opinion), How To Start A Fire.
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Paul Gilbert Talks Great Guitar Escape 3.0

Master shredder hosts ultimate guitar retreat

March 8th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Paul Gilberts guitar escape

Many players can shred. Many players can gracefully and colorfully shred. But few are true masters of shred. Within that small pool of masters is an even smaller group of players who can transfer their passion and skill to others. That’s right. I’m talking about guitar teachers.
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