Closely Releases “Away With Me”

Indie electronic collaboration with Novelties

March 22nd, 2017
Mary Bonney
Category: News

Earlier this year, one of our favorite local duos Novelties hinted that they were working with Toronto-based indie electronic trio closely on an upcoming collaboration. The new track “Away With Me” dropped today and it blends the dark pop we’ve come to love from Novelties with closely’s indie electronica. Take a listen below.

“Away With Me” takes off with dreamy vocals swirling around pulsating percussion. Kelly Mylod and Sophie Noire’s ethereal voices blend with Michael Cranston’s to create hypnotic melodies, begging to “take you away with me.” The tempo seamlessly changes throughout as they experiment with the lush orchestration, resulting in the perfect relaxing summer track.

Closely

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more soothing electronic/indie tracks from both of these groups!

Novelties

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Interview with Matthew Koma

Talks new singles, Hotel Café, & more!

March 17th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Courtesy of: Insomniac

We love Matthew Koma here at the Blog. He’s a multi-talent: a master (and GRAMMY-winning) songwriter, a producer, a vocalist, and a DJ. Well, get ready, because this musical aficionado will be performing two acoustic sets in LA this month! He’ll be gracing the Hotel Café stage on March 20th and 29th, so be sure to grab your tickets while you still can.

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Erik Hassle Releases New Music Video

“Missing You” features a heartbroken Hassle

March 10th, 2017
Mary Bonney
Category: News

One of my favorite soul-pop artists Erik Hassle unveiled his music video today for “Missing You”, the lead single from his latest album Innocence Lost. The emotionally-charged song was shot on location in Eskilstuna, Sweden and was directed by Alexander Dahl, who worked on Hassle’s previous video for “Stay”. The video shows a heartbroken Hassle singing alone on a stage in an empty hall, the smoke and melancholy-drenched scene echoing the song’s sombre tone perfectly. Check it out below:

With its lush production, lithe guitar, and warm embrace, Erik weaves together a poignant and palpable tale of loss that’s as hypnotic as it is heartbreaking. “It comes from a real story of losing somebody way too early,” he explains. “I sang it one-and-a-half times, because I broke down on the second take. The lyrics speak for themselves.”

Innocence Lost also includes previously released singles like the infectious dance pop “No Words,” the Prince-reminiscent “Pathetic,” and the album’s title track, “Innocence Lost.”

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Ed Sheeran Announces North American Arena Tour

The pop master hits the road in support of his LP!

March 9th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News

Anyone who knows me also knows I am a very big Ed Sheeran fan. I can sing every song by heart, I have thoroughly thought out my favorite tracks, and I own his book (yes, he has a book!). Well, as one would expect, I’m elated to hear that Sheeran has revealed he will be embarking on a massive North American tour in support of his newest album, Divide, this summer and fall!

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Show Preview: Musink Tattoo Con and Music Fest

Musink celebrates a decade of rock and tattoos

March 4th, 2017
Katherine Seibert
Category: News

It’s been ten years since the first Musink tattoo convention and music festival, and it’s still rocking! The 3-day long event in Costa Mesa brings together people from all over Southern California, allowing them to bond over their love of tattoos, cars, and good ol’ rock and roll. Continue reading…

Show Preview: Temples @ The Regent Theater

An interview with keyboardist Adam Smith

March 3rd, 2017
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Interview, News

Photos by Ed Miles

Temples, the U.K. quartet that formed in 2012 and quickly garnered attention with their debut single “Shelter Song,” belongs to a sub-genre of music that evokes the nostalgia of 60’s and 70’s era psychedelia, while putting a contemporary spin on it. Frontman James Bagshaw and bassist Tom Walmsley met in their hometown of Kettering, U.K., where they played in separate bands, eventually coming together to self-release four tracks, one of which was “Shelter Song.” When Heavenly Recordings founder Jeff Barrett caught wind of the band via the world-wide Internet, he offered to release the single that same year. Temples added keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Adam Smith and drummer Samuel Toms to the lineup and accrued a mass following in the U.K. Their influence has since spread throughout Europe and the U.S. following their freshman release Sun Structures in 2014.

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Lorde Releases New Single

Dancepop “Green Light” off upcoming album

Mary Bonney
Category: News

In 2013, 16-year old Lorde blew the world away with her debut Heroine. The album went triple-platinum thanks to the smash hit “Royals” and won two GRAMMY® Awards, solidifying the singer-songwriter in the music scene before she was could legally vote. It’s been almost three years since we’ve heard new music and now, Lorde’s highly anticipated new single “Green Light” has dropped. The track has the familiar, angtsy beginning Lorde was known for, but soon the song crescendos into a jubilant, upbeat dance track. Check out the video below:

“Green Light” is the debut track off her upcoming sophomore album Melodrama, due out this summer. The single was produced by Lorde and Jack Antonoff, member of fun. and Bleachers. Antonoff clearly brought his talent for uplifting, theatrical pop to the single, pushing Lorde’s darker lyrics into the light. It’s a sad story of a failed relationship and the effort to move on set to infectious dance music.

Lorde is set to perform at festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo this spring. Keep your eyes out for the anticipated national tour that will accompany the release of Melodrama. If “Green Light” is any indication, we are in store for another wave of pop perfection from this talented artist.

For more information on Lorde:
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Don’t Miss Matt Pond PA in LA This Weekend

You have two chances left!

March 2nd, 2017
Mikiel Houser
Category: Lead Story, News

You don’t often get to see a band you have loved for the better part of a decade play in a living room, but that’s exactly what happened last night when Matt Pond PA stopped by a small townhouse in Burbank.
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Show Preview: Fun Home @ Ahmanson Theatre

The Broadway favorite comes to LA!

February 24th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News

I remember watching the 2015 Tony Awards, awestruck by 12 year old, Tony nominated starlet Sydney Lucas singing “Ring of Keys.”  Well, now we can all be awestruck by this song and young talent! The 5-time Tony award-winning musical, Fun Home, has finally made it to Los Angeles! After two long years waiting for my chance to see it (we may have lucked out with the weather here in LA, but New Yorkers do get Broadway…), I couldn’t be more excited that the show has made its home at the Ahmanson Theatre for the next five weeks.

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A Few Words on Jens Lekman’s New Album

The purely pop Life Will See You Now out now

February 21st, 2017
Mary Bonney
Category: News

Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman released Life Will See You Now on Friday, his latest album that focuses his indie music on a decidedly pop sound. He pulls in a range of influences to create a delightful, colorful sound while continuing his tradition of weaving whimsical lyrics into unexpected stories to create a delightful, colorful sound.

After struggling for inspiration after his 2012 release I Know What Love Isn’t, Lekman wrote one song per week in 2015 to gear up for this record.

It’s clear Lekman had a lot of fun with exploring the genre, expressed in the uplifting vocals and bright piano in “Evening Prayer.” Yet in typical Lekman fashion, his music happily tells the tale of a man who printed out a 3D model of his tumor to express his love. The funky guitars and whimsical lyrics of “What’s That Perfume That You Wear?” show Lekman’s desire to jump in and play with the genre.

If you’re digging the new album, Jens Lekman will be performing Monday, 2/27 at the Teragram Ballroom and tickets are available now!

For more information on Jens Lekman:
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