Interviews

Interview

SHOPPING: YOU CAN DO THIS

March 20th, 2018

I first discovered Shopping when their album Consumer Concerns came out—the artwork caught my eye almost immediately, and the music was the missing piece to fit a void in my new music repertoire that I didn’t even know was there. A queer post-punk dancey band with a political point of view! Their music recalls ESG and Delta 5 but with hints of disco and sharp lyrics that are a call to action—altogether, it's something they're making their own. They successfully balance an exciting dance-able sound while also challenging their audience with commentary on current social issues. Their new The Official Body is out now on Fat Cat and they perform at Resident with French Vanilla and Lithics on Wed., Mar. 21. This interview by Emily Twombly, who was added just before press time to DJ the show as well.

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MOANING: SO MANY ABS

March 9th, 2018

Moaning might look familiar to you. Over the past ten years, musicians Sean Solomon, Pascal Stevenson, and Andrew MacKelvie have been active members of the local music and arts community built around DIY venues like the Smell and Pehrspace. Playing in such illustrious local bands as Moses Campbell, Heller Keller, and Shit Giver, the three eventually (re)combined their years of experience in the Los Angeles scene by forming the post-punk project Moaning. Demonstrating yet again that great art can indeed rise from the underground, Moaning’s self-titled debut was released last week on the legendary Sub Pop Records. Portions of this interview originally aired on KXLU. Moaning’s record release show is Fri., Mar. 9, at the Echo with Froth and Numb.Er. This interview by Bennett Kogon.

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THE WEDDING PRESENT: THE POP WAY

March 6th, 2018

David Gedge—the man behind and synonymous with the Wedding Present—has made a career out of pushing through the boundaries of sentimentality. Still driven by a restlessness that shows itself in the continued need to create, Gedge remains steadfast in addressing that gnawing desire to connect with others. They're touring to help raise awareness of a documentary on their classic George Best album, and they perform on Sat., Mar. 10, at the Echo. This interview by Nathan Martel.

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SHANNON LAY: I’M WAILING FOR EVERYBODY!

March 1st, 2018

Living Water isn’t the first solo album by Feels guitarist Shannon Lay, but it feels like it—it’s an album and an announcement at once by a musician who’s discovered new clarity of sound and purpose. There’s something in Water that recalls the spirit of proud but lonesome private-press folk albums that stole a few days of deluxe studio time, or of writers like Terry Allen and John Prine whose best songs were lit from within by a stubborn sense of hope. (See also: classic Lisa Simpson, back when she believed in things.) She’s still a shredder and a half when she goes electric, but on Water, Lay switches to another kind of electricity—like lightning and thunder at night, hers is a sound that comes right out of the sky. She performs on Fri., Mar. 2, at the Natural History Museum. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

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G PERICO: I DON’T GOT TIME TO WASTE

February 20th, 2018

Young rapper G Perico—popularly characterized as The Hero of Broadway—represents a resurgence that’s been quietly creeping into the scene over the last 5 years. A reserved and deliberate figure, G has quietly spent three years building a place for himself amongst the ranks of the New West. His work ethic is unmatched—three releases on his own label So Way Out dropped this year alone, including his new 2 Tha Left. And while his look and intonations recall past classics, his lyrics and delivery are very much rooted in the present. G Perico performs on Fri., Feb. 23, at the Roxy. This interview by Senay Kenfe.

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PHOEBE BRIDGERS: THE DAMAGE IS DONE

January 30th, 2018

Everyone knew Phoebe Bridgers was headed for big things. Well before she released her debut album, the L.A. folk singer was touring with Julien Baker and recording with Conor Oberst and releasing a 7” through Ryan Adams’ label—all because this 23-year-old is one of the brightest young songwriting lights to come out of Los Angeles in recent memory. Even with all that buildup, however, Bridgers’ debut, Stranger in the Alps, is a revelation. It’s mostly sad folk songs, dressed up with pop and electronic touches, pop-culture references and the occasional flash of Bridgers’ wry sense of humor. (That sense of humor surfaces far more often in 30 minutes of conversation than in 30 minutes of her music.) After a whirlwind fall (including a Twitter shout-out from John Mayer), Bridgers will perform this Friday at the Natural History Museum with John Doe and Exene. This interview by Ben Salmon.