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JURASSIC SHARK: WE KEPT THE SHREDDING

October 26th, 2018

For a few years now, Monrovia’s Jurassic Shark have been building a dedicated following with hard work, wild shows, and a style that blends driving indie rock and classic heart-on-sleeve emo with some deceptively sophisticated psychedelic touches. The band self-released their debut full-length album Overflow in August, and they perform with the Red Pears and Spendtime Palace on Sat., Oct. 27, at the El Rey. This interview by Simon Weedn.

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THE INTERPRETER: WINTER AND TRIPTIDES

October 22nd, 2018

Samira Winter—of the band Winter, of course—and Glenn Brigman of Triptides spent the last two years writing and working together to make an album steeped in the music of Brazil. Their Estrela Magica is a celebration of samba, Tropicalia, MPB, bossa nova and more, and it’s out now on the OAR label. (They’ll be performing at the Roxy on Tues., Oct. 23.) They met to share some of the records that inspired Magica: past classics, contemporary contenders and a few extra-special discoveries in between. This interview by Kristina Benson.

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AOLANI: THAT’S WHAT I WANNA BE

October 18th, 2018

At its deepest, romantic love is all-consuming—it’s something universal, and something powerful enough to provoke both fixation on another and contemplation of oneself. And it’s the inspiration for 20-year-old Gardena singer-songwriter Aolani—born Kalyn Aolani Oshiro-Wachi—on her new self-titled EP. She performs at the Echo on Sat., Oct. 20. (She'll also perform at Tropicalia next month in Long Beach.) This interview by Sydney Sweeney.

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SERPENTWITHFEET: THE REAL PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

October 15th, 2018

With tattoos and piercings framing his eyebrowless face, a wild wardrobe that seems he just rolled through a theatre costume closet, and almost always carrying his favorite Brandy-inspired doll, New York City-based Josiah Wise—a.k.a. serpentwithfeet—has a presence. In this interview, Wise shares details behind that encounter and ensuing friendship, as well as his thoughts on intellect, experience, romance, and of course, the many reasons to love Brandy ‘that-boy-is-mine’ Norwood. He performs Mon., Oct. 15, at the El Rey. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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MY BLOODY VALENTINE: IT’S QUITE SIMPLE, REALLY

October 11th, 2018

In 2013, My Bloody Valentine self-released a surprise new LP, 22 years after their critically acclaimed, fan-adored, awe-inspiring—and what many call a masterpiece—Loveless. But what exactly the band were doing during those years in between is a topic that’s provoked equal speculation and frustration, as well as lots of gossip and assumptions. I first met Kevin Shields, the band’s front man and Oz behind the curtains, in 1999, right in the middle of this “off” time. I was happy to have a new conversation with Kevin before he started a tour with My Bloody Valentine. We speak here about future plans for the band, the real way digital and analog fit together, and what he thinks people still get wrong about him. They perform Sunday night at Desert Daze. This interview by Tiffany Anders.

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NIGHTMARE AIR: THE SCAR IS INTENSE

October 5th, 2018

After two long years of recording, mixing, and mastering, modern shoegaze band Nightmare Air has released their sophomore album Fade Out. But guitarist and singer Dave Dupuis has barely had time to celebrate his band’s latest achievement: not only has been he has been traveling the world as Gary Numan’s tour manager and front of house sound guy, he’s preparing to have the rest of the band join him as the opening act on Numan’s fall tour. They perform Sat., Oct. 6, at the Fonda with Gary Numan. This interview by Julia Gibson.