Preview: Dessa at the El Rey

Dessa is coming to break and mend your heart.

May 5th, 2018
Lex Voight

Doomtree’s MVP Dessa is coming to the El Rey on Wednesday, May 9th. The songstress is touring in support of her triumphant third full length Chime (though that “third” is arguable, counting her stellar reimaginings of her work). Chime is already easily one of the best records of the year; full of her deeply humanist, heart-rendingly empathetic songwriting.

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BETABLOCK3R Debut Music Video “Make You Happy”

Upbeat, electro-funk single off upcoming EP

April 29th, 2018
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, News

It’s been two years since duo BETABLOCK3R released new music, but fans will forgive their long-awaited return upon hearing the opening funky synth bass and slow-rising celestial chords of their single “Make You Happy”. BETABLOCK3R have also released their first-ever music video, debuting their futuristic look and sound from their upcoming EP Monolith, one of two EPs due out this summer. Check out the video below:

A former Featured Artist, BETABLOCK3R have returned with their slick production value and infectious melodies. Self-proclaimed pair of perfectionists Chris Boulous and Ryan George crafted another upbeat, dance-ready hit filled with painfully emotional lyrics. “It’s a song about the unhealthy desire to feel wanted at any cost,” BETABLOCK3R told the LA Music Blog. “We filmed in the city because it’s a dark and gritty place full of these types of stories.” 

Boulous’s velvety vocals ask, “Don’t I make you happy? Tried to save you, instead you’re feeling sad,” as George’s atmospheric guitar cascades through layered synth textures driven by hypnotic rhythm. The clean black and white aesthetic of this video, produced by BETAWAVE Media Group, is reminiscent of similar synth-wave troupe The 1975 and the nu-disco, synth-pop melodies harken Chromeo.

“Make You Happy” also debuts BETABLOCK3R’s look – sleek, futuristic partially covered faces rather than going fully incognito à la Deadmau5 or current top 40 darling Marshmello.

BETABLOCK3R are gearing up for a busy summer, releasing each song off Monolith until the EP’s release. Another EP will follow before the men prepare for live performances. If their shows are half as electrifying as their music, it’s only a matter of time until this duo gets audiences dancing nationwide.

For more information on BETABLOCK3R:
Official site
Facebook page

Cut Worms Share Video For “Cash For Gold”

The garage pop band to perform in LA June 7th

April 19th, 2018
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Lead Story, News, Video

Photo by Joyce Lee

Imagine knowing someone who has the dedication and willpower to write a song a day for four years. Well, Max Clarke, the prolific Brooklyn musician behind Cut Worms… he knew that guy. Instead of completely resenting his friend – a former roommate – for his hyper-diligent work ethic, Clarke was inspired by him. He vowed to devote at least an hour a day to making music, ultimately releasing two songs per month and building an enthusiastic, loyal fanbase.

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CONTEST: Tickets to Django Django @ Fonda Theatre

Win a pair of tickets to see their April 18th set!

April 4th, 2018
David Fisch
Category: Contest, Lead Story, News

The indie/electronic/psychedelic/lots-of-things band Django Django are playing the Saturdays of each Coachella weekend which is rapidly approaching, but as some bands like to keep the music playing between weeks, they will also be sandwiching in a “Localchella” set at The Fonda Theatre on April 18th with fellow line-up mates Tank and The Bangas – and we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show!

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Preview: Yellow Days @ The Moroccan Lounge

The young UK artist rewiring indie soul

April 2nd, 2018
David Fisch
Category: News

UK singer/songwriter/producer George van den Broek, aka Yellow Days, is only 19-years-old, but with tripped-out, lo-fi indie soul releases and an identifiable visual character established in just the past couple of years, he has amassed a big audience enough to the point that he’s sold out both of his shows at the Moroccan Lounge in DTLA this week AND the remaining dates of this current North American tour.

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Preview: Cornelius @ The Fonda Theatre

Enigmatic Japanese producer returns for rare set

March 13th, 2018
David Fisch
Category: News

A sleeping giant arises: the eclectic and enigmatic Japanese rock/electronic producer Cornelius, who released the universally-praised album Fantasma twenty years ago, returned after an eleven-year absence with the release of last year’s sleekly modern Mellow Waves, and he’s announced that he will be going on tour in select U.S. cities to support it, including Los Angeles at The Fonda Theatre on March 20th.

Though he’s been fairly busy behind the scenes working with the likes of MGMT, Edgar Wright, and the Yellow Magic Orchestra, he’s back with his own band to tour for his solo efforts. This is supposedly a rare occasion for the multi-instrumentalist (whose real name is Keigo Oyamada) to be out here on the West Coast, so you might want to place this set on your list of priorities next week. Purchase tickets here, and catch the music video to “Dear Future Person” below.

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Cornelius

Russell Elliot releases “I’ll Be Damned” Video

An emotionally charged single from Brooklyn singer

March 5th, 2018
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story, News

“I’ll be Damned” is an exercise in tension. The Brooklyn-based r & b up and comer Russell Elliot weaves a self portrait of a man devastated and confused–and how often those feelings can commingle and morph into a seething, indignant anger. But more often than not, that anger is internalized–used as a means to guilt ourselves that spins us further into our heads. “I’ll be Damned” is an exorcism of these feelings, an airing-out if these grievances, both against self and a former lover but in such heartbreakingly specific ways.
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Interview & Show Preview: Alex Cameron

Headlining two shows at Lodge Room on 2/22, 2/23

February 19th, 2018
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News

An Australian rocker with a flair for subversive lyrics, Alex Cameron understands the perils of telling stories from the perspective of dubious and at times reprehensible characters. As the title of his album Forced Witness suggests, Cameron feels that he can no longer be a reticent spectator to the defects of our modern world. And while that may sound bleak, he believes he has an obligation to tell the truth, to explore the unglamorous nature of the everyman, without defending their actions or majestically redeeming them at the end of a song.

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Festival Preview: Air + Style

Snow, skate, and music, music, music

February 15th, 2018
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, News

Olympic fever is running high in the SoCal thanks in part to the likes of locally grown American phenoms Chloe Kim and Shaun White and their astounding gold medal-winning performances in the Pyeongchang halfpipe. If you, like me, are still needing an extra dose of pow in your life, look no further than 2018’s Air + Style LA happening next month.

Founded by the aforementioned three-time gold medalist White, Air + Style sees LA’s own Exposition Park transformed into a wintery playground littered with jumps and jibs fit for an Olympian. The latest iteration of Air + Style LA also throws skateboarding into the mix following its the addition to the roster of Olympic sports in 2020 (White himself is also a decorated skateboarder, having medaled in both the Summer and Winter X-Games in years past).

And of course there’s the music. With a roster that boasts the likes of LAMB favorites Phoenix, Zedd, Phantogram, Cut Copy, Tinashe, and GRiZ, the musical lineup is nothing to scoff at.

Get your tickets while you still can.

Preview: Dear Boy @ The Troubadour

The boys return to headline with a new single

January 25th, 2018
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, News

Blog favorites Dear Boy have returned with a new single to kick off what looks to be a flourishing 2018, supporting it with a release show at The Troubadour on January 31st with Gothic Tropic and Pinky Pinky.

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