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THE UNDERCOVER DREAM LOVERS: ACCEPT THAT REALNESS

May 8th, 2019

Dreams reflect and refract real-life. They are visions that can drive us while we’re wide awake, even when we’re charmed by things—art, environments, people—that we know are impossible fantasies. And when we’re dreaming, those bewildering distortions of time, space and plot can be as attractive as those heart-piercing moments where everything perfectly resolve. Matt Koenig, the songwriter-producer behind the Undercover Dream Lovers, makes these dichotomies into music, and the lustrous get-down grooves and deliberate lyrical ambiguity is exactly what you’d expect from an indie act with such a fantastical name. The Undercover Dream Lovers play Thurs., May 9, at the Regent Theater—get tickets here! This interview by Sydney Sweeney.

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GIANNA GIANNA INTERVIEW + “FAMINE” VIDEO PREMIERE

May 8th, 2019

GIANNA GIANNA don’t make any damn sense. She talks a mile-a-minute, an oral collage of asides and cutting insights on modernity, sexuality and love. Her art is equally operatic. It’s big and bright and boldly oblique, yet it describes life more succinctly than anything I’ve seen. You see it, you feel it, and suddenly the existential dread abates because you recognize yourself in the fullness of this character. The ‘Famine’ video is out today, and her full EP is due this Summer. This interview by Tolliver.

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KEVIN MORBY: ABOVE THE CLOUDS

May 6th, 2019

There’s always been an element of worship in rock 'n' roll—you can even buy devotional candles with saintly images of Joey Ramone and Marc Bolan. And with his sizable Leonard-Cohen-by-way-of-Lou-Reed charms, it can’t be long now until Kevin Morby’s cherubic face appears on a candle of his very own. Morby’s music has always flirted with the divine, so it’s no surprise that his latest record is a full-on concept album about spirituality, complete with choirs, harps, devils, halos, prayers and a gloriously surreal companion film made with Chris Good. Oh My God is out now via Dead Oceans. Hear the songs in all their glory when Kevin Morby serenades the Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Wed., May 8, in one of his legendary embroidered suits. This interview by Donna Kern.

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MICHAEL ROTHER: WILD LOVE, FREEDOM, EXCITEMENT

March 11th, 2019

When Michael Rother’s name floats through a conversation—be it in reference to his seminal work in Neu! and Harmonia, his early ties to Kraftwerk, or his meditative, layered solo output—it commands a special kind of reverence. He spoke to me from the very home within which the first Harmonia records were recorded—a home he has kept for over three decades—while musing about his love of cats, an eternal appreciation for Little Richard, and the surreality of sharing a stage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, much to the bemusement of their audience. Solo, his recent box set release on Groenland, is a collection of his first four solo records and some unreleased work from the same era, and it is this solo period of his life where we began our conversation. This interview by Christina Gubala.

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THE CHILLS: FRIGHTENING BEAUTY AND ETERNAL CHANGE

February 28th, 2019

It’s not hard, listening to the Chills, to go outside your own body. You’re not unsafe or unmoored, rather, you’re well-aware of a self that’s sometimes small, sometimes expansive, oftentimes both. It’s inspiring—sublime, really—and it’s why the band’s current stateside tour will be celebrated as one of those rare instances where the intensely personal and the intensely cosmic seem perfectly, positively aligned. The Chills perform their first California shows in decades on Sat., Mar. 2, at the Wayfarer in Costa Mesa and on Sun., Mar. 3, at the Regent Theater. L.A. RECORD’s Ed Johnson speaks to Chills founder and constant core member Martin Phillipps about joy, lonliness and the lasting influence of Dr. Seuss.

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HARRIET BROWN: FREE BEHIND THE MASK

February 22nd, 2019

On Mall Of Fortune, Harriet Brown’s second record for Innovative Leisure, following 2017’s Contact, the one-man-funky r&b-band explores shopping at the mall as a metaphor for existence. In this interview, Aaron Valenzuela digs into the creative process behind his completely self-produced record, paranoia versus confidence, and finding out that everyone else is as lonely and confused as him. He finishes his February residency at the Echoplex on Mon., Feb. 25. This interview by Daiana Feuer.