Interviews

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DOWNTOWN BOYS: FIGHTING FOR POWER

September 21st, 2017

When I first saw Downtown Boys, I thought to myself, “Is this what it felt like to see X-Ray Spex?” They exude an commitment and ferocity that is absolutely intoxicating. Victoria Ruiz’s vocals hit hard and the band delivers a rare kind of energy thanks to driving guitars and an slashing horn section. Their newest Cost Of Living is out now on Sub Pop and we spoke only a few days after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—so it felt fitting to be talking about the state of our country with a band that fights for the rights of marginalized people every time they perform. They perform at Summer Happenings at the Broad: Jean-Michel Basquiat on Sat., Sept. 23. This interview by Emily Twombly.

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L7: MAKE FUN OUT OF NOTHING

September 15th, 2017

L7 were at the heart of the L.A. music scene of the late 80s and early 90s,a time when a thriving hair metal scene, the remnants of punk rock and a very underground art rock scene all collided. They might not have started up in Seattle back when it became the grunge capitol of the world, but they deserve a lot of credit for creating that sound—even though many people aren’t aware just how significant they were. But now there’s the new documentary L7: Pretend We're Dead on the group, first started by singer/guitarist Donita Sparks and producer Robert Fagan simply as a way to preserve early L7 footage and now finished as a testament to the incredible journey of four fierce females as they created (and even took over) the sound of grunge. The band will do a meet-and-greet after the screening of L7: Pretend We're Dead on Sat., Sept., 16, at the Regent, and will perform with Adam Ant at the Greek Theatre on Sat., Sept. 30. This interview by Tiffany Anders.

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RHYS LANGSTON: SEE IF I CAN OBLITERATE

September 3rd, 2017

Hailing from the far away lands of Langstonia, the multi-disciplinary artist Rhys Langston captured the attention of Earthlings with his Full Frontal Incumbent, an Incongruous Mixtape—a genre-defying attempt at revealing the the human mind. We sat down late last year with the foreigner in his Mothership off Slauson and chatted about the limitations of language, purist standards and life on Earth, as well as his love ballad to a coat rack. Rhys Langston performs Sun., Sept. 3, at the Bananas anniversary at the Echo and his new Aggressively Ethnically Ambiguous album is out now on Black Market Poetry. This interview by Senay Kenfe.

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L.A. WITCH: EXTREMES OF HAPPINESS AND MISERY

August 31st, 2017

L.A. WITCH’s hotly anticipated self-titled debut album is almost here, and it's been worth the wait. The psychedelic garage-rock trio delivers a set of dark, gritty, and haunting songs that are just much at home in the 1960s as they are in 2017. We caught up with Sade Sanchez, Irita Pai, and Ellie English to talk about the trials of touring, horror films, and the best arcade in Los Angeles. L.A. WITCH’s album release show is Thurs., Aug. 31, at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park. This interview by Julia Gibson.

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TERRY MALTS: BACK TO BASICS

August 14th, 2017

Terry Malts’ new record sounds something like a rebirth. The band has always had an affinity for pop hooks, but their recent Lost at the Party foregrounds that sensibility while paring down the fuzz. It’s a sound that can feel reassuring in its directness, drawing a straight line between sorrow and joy while encompassing both. We talked with Terry Malts guitarist and songwriter Corey Cunningham about the evolution of his band—which includes members in both L.A. and San Francisco—as well as his passion for discovering music and the ideas pop music can communicate in foreboding times. Terry Malts performs on Fri., Aug. 18, at the Hi-Hat. This interview by Chris Kissel.

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PRIESTS: A TORNADO BEHIND YOU

August 3rd, 2017

Priests are more than a D.C. band. By running their own label Sister Polygon, making their own zines and helping to foster a positive inclusive scene in their own city—among other things—they embody punk in the truest sense of the word. Their new record, Nothing Feels Natural, is out on Sister Polygon now. Priests performs Tue., Aug. 8, with Lithics at the Highland Park Ebell Club. This interview by Emily Twombly.