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LOW LEAF: LIGHT UP WITHIN YOURSELF

August 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Low Leaf is an alchemist. By synthesizing analog instruments and digital programming, Angelica Lopez has been creating powerful and ambitious music since 2011. Her latest album, AKASHAALAY, released on digital and tape through Fresh Selects, is a spiritual offering to the Philippines. She plays Sat., Aug. 16 at the Mayan. This interview by sweeney kovar.

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THE MUFFS: STOLE IT OFF A DRUNK GIRL

August 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Music journalists and musicians have some big things in common: a dogged, financially ruinous love of music and a determination to bring it into the world. So I’m excited by the news that the Muffs have reemerged, complete with tour dates and an album … and maybe a little anger! They play this weekend at Burger-A-Go-Go. This interview by D.M. Collins.

BLU: FULL EATING BEATS

July 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments

His Below the Heavens is the stuff of fables, and if you’re under 25 and from the left coast, you probably have some personal story about how Blu’s first album made you love hip-hop again. Hood in the way a Charles Burnett film is hood, Blzzo’s newest effort Good To Be Home sidesteps ghetto sensationalism for a sound that strikes a balance between the cerebral and the intuitive. He plays the Observatory and the Terrace this week. This interview by sweeney kovar.

JOYCE MANOR: LIFE JUST KEEPS GOING

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Joyce Manor’s newest album Never Hungover Again (also their first for L.A.’s Epitaph) has a cover design winking at Big Star’s Radio City and a quick 20 minutes of songs about those nowhere nights where it seems like you’re the last person awake (or alive?) on the surface streets. They play Friday, July 25, at the El Rey with Tony Molina. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

THE CASE OF THE THREE-SIDED DREAM: THE GUY IS HEAVY

July 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Filmmaker Adam Kahan’s documentary on Rahsaan Roland Kirk, The Case of the Three-Sided Dream, delivers noise, joy, anger, and poetry—plus the great man’s famous on-stage wit set to exuberant animation. The Case of the Three-Sided Dream premieres on the west coast on Thurs., July 24, as part of the Don’t Knock The Rock festival at Cinefamily. This interview by Rin Kelly.

RUTHANN FRIEDMAN: SEE THINGS AS NEW

July 10th, 2014 · 3 Comments

In 1967, Ruthann Friedman became the third-ever female songwriter to reach number one on the American charts, when the Association recorded her song “Windy.” Out now are two collections from her heyday: Windy: The Ruthann Friedman Songbook and The Complete Constant Companion Sessions, as well as new album Chinatown. Her record release show (and birthday!) is Thurs., July 10. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

MILK ‘N’ COOKIES: IT WAS LIKE A FAIRY TALE

July 2nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

Milk ‘n’ Cookies first and only (and brilliant) 1970s album slowly built the cultiest of cult followings, surely inspiring all the sweetest stuff on Burger Records and starting hundreds of immortal friendships based on “Whoa, you know Milk ’n’ Cookies?” They play the Burger Boogaloo this weekend and co-founder and singer Justin Strauss speaks now about the first days of the New York scene their fifteen seconds of glam-rock fame. This interview by Ian Marshall.

JOEL JEROME: CALL ME BROTHER JOEL INSTEAD

June 20th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Joel Morales began his journey into Southern California music scene in the late 90s after 4-track bedroom recordings made their way from his father’s home in Inglewood to his mother’s home in Hawthorne and became the basis of the band that would become dios. Now Joel is finishing his first solo record, Psychedelic Thriftstore Folk. This interview by Jacquelinne Cingolani.

JOBRIATH A.D.: HOW’S THAT FOR AN OPENING?

June 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Kieran Turner’s documentary about the first out rock star, Jobriath A.D., is now available online and on demand, complete with long-lost footage and animation of Jobraith gigging in his gorilla suit—and a new Jobriath reissue album is out today on Eschatone. Here, Turner talks art and money, hucksterism and hubris, and kicking down history’s doors. This interview by Rin Kelly.

THE KOREATOWN ODDITY: WALK AROUND NORMAL

June 10th, 2014 · No Comments

The Koreatown Oddity (a.k.a. Dominique Purdy) raps, makes his own beats, does stand-up comedy and writes screenplays, and probably wears his trademark wolfman mask the whole time. He’s now released 200 Tree Rings, his vinyl full-length on the New Los Angeles label. This interview by Kristina Benson.