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SLEAFORD MODS: THE UNJUST NATURE OF EVERYTHING

April 7th, 2017

Nottingham’s Sleaford Mods are a band at the very edge of being a band: Andrew presses play on the laptop with the drum loops and Jason splits the difference between John Lydon and George Carlin on high-speed no-future rants about paycheck-to-paycheck half-life in the last days of late capitalism. (In other words: two shit jobs and a microphone.) They have extremely detailed opinions on wankers and fakers and their latest album English Tapas is out now on Rough Trade. Here co-founder Jason Williamson is at his happiest when he’s talking about revenge on everyone who’d written him off. They play their first-ever L.A. show on Sun., Apr. 9, at the Echoplex. This interview by Kristina Benson and Chris Ziegler appeared in print last fall.

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XINXIN: I KNOW WHAT I WANT

April 6th, 2017

Xinxin provides a distinct voice among a world facing musical saturation, one that affords a viewpoint that is dedicated to the DIY-er and the social outsider. They offer a unique blend of the cultural and musical, and on their new Blue Flowers EP, they strive to create a perfect encapsulation of their experiences—with a romantic sensibility as well. I sat down with guitarist/vocalist Janize and drummer Stephen—bassist Carlos was recording with another band—to explore what Xinxin is and what Xinxin means. They perform on Fri., Apr. 7, at Acerogami. This interview by Nathan Martel.

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DIAMANDA GALAS: IT HAS TO GO TO MARS

April 3rd, 2017

Diamanda Galás saved me from grunge. Back in the 90s, when everyone was jumping up-and-down about guitar tone/flannel/ misery (circle one or more) and most of popular culture seemed violently dull and satanically boring, shining out of this morass was a brilliant light of limitless voice and singular vision. Her voice worked like a death ray, annihilating all that was inconsequential and tacky. She has two new albums out—All The Way, a collection of her interpretations of jazz and standards, and At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem, a recording of her May 2016 live action at the shuttered St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Harlem. “Death songs,” she calls them. So I called her. She performs tonight, Apr. 3, and Wed., Apr. 5, at Vibiana. This interview by David Cotner.

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THE BUTTERTONES: WE PLEAD THE FIFTH

March 23rd, 2017

The ever-so-stylish Buttertones recently signed with Innovative Leisure, and recorded their latest album, Gravedigging, with Jonny Bell at Jazzcats in Long Beach. The songs are full of romance, blood, guts, ghosts, surf, doom, and delight—it's like they crammed all their favorite movie plots into three minutes or less. Their record release show is Sat., Mar. 25, at the Bootleg. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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TASHAKI MIYAKI: SUCH A MOVING SOUND

March 20th, 2017

The world is just about to welcome Tashaki Miyaki’s long-long-long awaited full-length The Dream, produced by band frontwoman Paige Stark and due out April 7. It’s a powerfully dreamy album, drawn from the break-of-dawn dreamstate that Mazzy Star knew so well, with waves of sound bringing both treasure and wreckage as they break against the shore. They perform at the Echo every Monday in March. This interview by Christina Gubala.

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JAMES CHANCE AND THE CONTORTIONS: I WAS ALWAYS SERIOUS

March 19th, 2017

Contort yourself. Ostensibly, that’s the title of a song on the Buy LP by James Chance & The Contortions. Theoretically, it’s a chance craze that never was. Pragmatically, it’s less a lyric drenched in nihilism than it is an ideal for living. It’s not enough to push yourself. It’s not enough to test your limits. You need to move yourself in more ways than you ever thought you could possible move. Contort yourself. A shark keeps moving or it dies—and yet it never moves straight or in only one direction. James Chance understands this. He appears tonight via the good graces of the fine folk at Part Time Punks for the first time in Los Angeles since 1982. Here, Chance talks about motivation, sentimentality, and the single-minded pursuit of individuality above all else. This interview by David Cotner.