Interviews

Interview

KATZÙ OSO: HOW CAN I SAY IT?

December 10th, 2018

Paul Hernandez is a lover boy—not an audacious casanova, but a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic who simply falls in love too fast, poeticizing the women who make him stumble headfirst into desire and devotion. From hitting a million streams on Spotify to dropping his debut EP Pastel and playing Tropicalia—the quintessential music festival for LA’s most committed indieheads—Hernandez’s 2018 has been as dreamy as his music itself. At sundown in Exposition Park, the 24-year-old artist ponders his early beginnings, defying expectations, and being a proud cheeseball. He performs his first headlining show at the Echo tonight. This interview by Sydney Sweeney.

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GØGGS: THERE’S NO “COME TOGETHER”

December 3rd, 2018

GØGGS is Ty Segall, Charles Mootheart, Chris Shaw and the until-now-never-discussed Michael Anderson, and together they make a post-apocalyptic kind of sci-fi punk that relocates Black Flag's bleakness to Chrome's (or Hawkwind's) alien soundscapes. Their recent Pre-Strike Sweep (out now on In The Red) is a record at the edge of overload, delivered with determination by dudes who seem totally undisturbed by the metal melting all around them. Singer Shaw—also of Ex-Cult—discusses life, punk and the way the internet turns bands into cartoons. GOGGS plays an early-ish all-ages show at the Echoplex on Wed., Dec. 5get tickets here!

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YOUNG FATHERS: IT JUST COMES

November 7th, 2018

Young Fathers aren’t superstars, but they should be. They’ll be doing Drake-like stints at Staples if it’s up to singer Alloysious Massaquoi. Ahead of the band’s Friday, Nov. 9, set at the Fonda, he talked about their pop-leaning, course-altering latest album Cocoa Sugar, L.A.’s oblique influence on their music and the thrill of collaboration. This interview by Tolliver.

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JURASSIC SHARK: WE KEPT THE SHREDDING

October 26th, 2018

For a few years now, Monrovia’s Jurassic Shark have been building a dedicated following with hard work, wild shows, and a style that blends driving indie rock and classic heart-on-sleeve emo with some deceptively sophisticated psychedelic touches. The band self-released their debut full-length album Overflow in August, and they perform with the Red Pears and Spendtime Palace on Sat., Oct. 27, at the El Rey. This interview by Simon Weedn.

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THE INTERPRETER: WINTER AND TRIPTIDES

October 22nd, 2018

Samira Winter—of the band Winter, of course—and Glenn Brigman of Triptides spent the last two years writing and working together to make an album steeped in the music of Brazil. Their Estrela Magica is a celebration of samba, Tropicalia, MPB, bossa nova and more, and it’s out now on the OAR label. (They’ll be performing at the Roxy on Tues., Oct. 23.) They met to share some of the records that inspired Magica: past classics, contemporary contenders and a few extra-special discoveries in between. This interview by Kristina Benson.

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AOLANI: THAT’S WHAT I WANNA BE

October 18th, 2018

At its deepest, romantic love is all-consuming—it’s something universal, and something powerful enough to provoke both fixation on another and contemplation of oneself. And it’s the inspiration for 20-year-old Gardena singer-songwriter Aolani—born Kalyn Aolani Oshiro-Wachi—on her new self-titled EP. She performs at the Echo on Sat., Oct. 20. (She'll also perform at Tropicalia next month in Long Beach.) This interview by Sydney Sweeney.