Interviews

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KAMAIYAH: AIN’T SETTLING FOR NOTHING

July 21st, 2017

It’s not quite accurate to say Kamaiyah came from out of nowhere over the past year to become hip-hop’s next big thing, but it’s not that far off, either. By committing to her singular vision and going against the grain, Kamaiyah separated herself from the darkness and drama of so much hip-hop these days. Now, she’s preparing her second act—expected to drop in June—and gearing up for full world domination this summer. She plays Friday, July 21, at FYF Fest in Exposition Park. This interview by Ben Salmon was conducted the morning of Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kamaiyah’s hometown Golden State Warriors.

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BRAINSTORY: OUR SOULS ARE INFINITE

July 19th, 2017

Brainstory's self-titled mini-album came out in May and was produced by Chicano Batman’s Eduardo Arenas. We sat down at my kitchen table to talk about it. Tony Martin arrived strapped with an acoustic bass strapped, playing from the moment he walked in until the minute he left. They perform on Thurs., July 20, at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park and at the Music Tastes Good festival this fall. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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DERV GORDON OF THE EQUALS: I’VE GOT TO MOVE

July 10th, 2017

The Equals were unstoppable for the best part—truly the best part!—of two decades, breaking out in 1966 with their classic “Baby Come Back” and zig-zagging through hit after cult-y hit until the end of the 1970s. They were a step ahead in everything, from the music they played to the way they dressed to who they were—uniquely a mixed-race band and a majority-immigrant band, too—and while founding member Eddy “Electric Avenue” Grant would find solo fame in the 80s, the Equals’ reputation among musicians and music fans grows stronger each generation. (Plenty of other bands covered the Clash, but the Clash covered the Equals.) Singer Derv Gordon performed his first-ever U.S. show in San Francisco in January and will now be making his L.A. debut this Fri., July 14, at the Echoplex. This interview by Brad Eberhard and Jun Ohnuki.

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SEXTILE: CHOOSE WHAT YOU WANT

July 6th, 2017

L.A.’s Sextile hammer out relentless and uncompromising post-punk with a gothic command of negative space and vintage synthesizers sparking lightning at the edges. They speak here about making it work no matter what. Their record release show for their new Albeit Living is Thurs., July 13, at Zebulon. This interview by Vanessa Gonzalez.

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ILL CAMILLE: I JUST DO IT

June 27th, 2017

Time is a common denominator in the struggles of most artists. Camille Davis—better known to us as Ill Camille—is no exception to the rule. 2012’s Illustrated along with her appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and work with Crenshaw jazz producer Terrace Martin made her the talk of the town in the L.A. scene. And then time passed. Now five years later—five years spent working with a who’s who in the tight-knit L.A. community, mind you—she blesses us with her new record Heirloom. This is her time. She performs on Wed., June 28, at Low End Theory. This interview by Senay Kenfe.

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THE SIDE EYES: KIDS GOING CRAZY

June 16th, 2017

In the spirit of classic SoCal punks like Black Flag, The Adolescents and the Bags, The Side Eyes serve up high energy spunky punk on their debut album soon to be released on the indispensable In The Red label. I sat down with Astrid, Kevin, Chris and Sam and chatted about their shows, favorite bands and their guilty pop culture pleasures. They play Sunday at the Echoplex with Redd Kross, J.F.A. and more for the "Punk Is Dad" show. This interview by Tiffany Anders.