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THE INTERPRETER: MONALISA

August 31st, 2018

Monalisa still relishes the feel and experience of vinyl—her apartment is filled with stacks and stacks of records—and still goes to record stores to dig for music. She is a successful and celebrated selector with a regular “Paths of Rhythm” show on Dublab, and is a member of Umoja HiFi Soundsystem, KPL All-Stars and Spinderella’s Backspin DJ Crew, and she’ll be DJing Wonder-full L.A., a Stevie Wonder tribute at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park on Sat., Sept. 1, at 4 PM opening for DJ Spinna. This interview by Kristina Benson.

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NUMB.ER: WHATEVER “IT” IS

August 13th, 2018

Numb.er’s 2018 release Goodbye was to me a farewell to the musical trends that make a local scene feel uninspiring: led by Jeff Fribourg, a founding member of popular psych-‘gaze’ band Froth [and sometime L.A. RECORD contributor—ed.], Numb.er’s blend of punk, darkwave, and goth felt like it was written specifically for me. Numb.er performs with Palm and Harmony Tividad on Thurs., Aug. 16, at the Roxy. This interview by Bennett Kogon.

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CUCO: I’M JUST SHOWING WHO I AM

August 9th, 2018

Omar Banos, the dream-pop sweetheart who performs under the name Cuco, never found his niche within our city’s ‘DIY’ music community. His parents weren’t Hollywood producers or famous musicians—instead, they’d immigrated from Mexico just prior to Omar’s birth in Hawthorne. And Cuco was born out of Banos’ sheer loneliness, his desire for earnest expression, and a dedication to stay true to himself. He performs with Portugal. The Man on Fri., Aug. 10, at the Shrine. This interview by Bennett Kogon.

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MARY LATTIMORE: OUT OF THE DARKNESS INTO THE LIGHT

August 6th, 2018

Somewhere along a drive through rural Kentucky en route to Graceland, avant-garde harpist Mary Lattimore pulled into a funeral home parking lot and gave me 45 minutes of her time. Her album Hundreds of Days is out now on Ghostly International and her swimming habits, Southern upbringing and connection to Prague are just a few of the details she was kind enough to share while overlooking the flowers in the graveyard. She performs with Dylan Carlson of Earth on Tue., Aug. 7, at Resident. This interview by Christina Gubala.

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SUZANNE CIANI: YOU HAVE TO LIVE

July 31st, 2018

Suzanne Ciani is a natural innovator. Over the course of her four-decade career as a syntheszier artist, new age composer and sound designer, she has constantly challenged—even reshaped—the world around her. She performs in quadraphonic sound on Fri., Aug. 3, at Ambient Church’s first-ever L.A. event. This interview by Christina Gubala.

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EDDINGTON AGAIN: EVERYONE’S MAKING MAGIC

July 26th, 2018

In time for the release of Eddington Again's Sweet EP (on local Newbody Records) and in preparation for his coming full-lengh 9 this summer, we sat down and chatted about the perils of early fame, the joys of Solano Canyon, the beauty of freestyling, and the legend of Tommy the Clown. Eddington Again performs at Resident on Mon., July 30. This interview by Senay Kenfe.