Interviews

Interview

GOSPELBEACH: LOVE DOESN’T AGE

August 1st, 2017

For almost 30 years, Brent Rademaker has been a presence in L.A. music, and his influence—infused with the legacy of country rock like Gram Parsons and Gene Clark—looms large over local artists as diverse as Ariel Pink, the Allah-Las, and Ryan Adams. Among his credits: founding the storied ‘90s indie rock band Further with his brother Darren; leading early-‘00s psychedelic country band Beachwood Sparks; and, in recent years, fronting GospelbeacH, whose music has drifted from rustic American Beauty-inspired rock to cozy late-‘70s AOR-inspired pop. GospelbeacH performs Thurs., Aug. 3, at the Echo. This interview by Chris Kissel.

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FRENCH VANILLA: THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF

July 27th, 2017

French Vanilla’s tag line is ‘Destroy All Dude Rock,’ but they are not anti-all-dudes. There are dudes, after all, in the band. What they want is inclusion for everyone, and they seek to spread a socially conscious message with affably aggressive post-punk-and-disco music. Here they discuss their debut full-length, out now via Danger Collective, as well as being political, being self-conscious, and the importance of DIY spaces. You might notice the absence of drummer Max from both the photos and interview. He doesn’t like that stuff, so he doesn’t do it. Boom. French Vanilla performs this Fri., July 28, at the Observatory with Surf Curse. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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LITRONIX: UNDER THE CONTROL OF ME

July 26th, 2017

On the long-gestating Litronix album Pump The Gas—made with help from collaborator Avi Buffalo—the sunrise soundscapes of Neu! become the surface streets of L.A., with the freedom of the autobahn replaced with the interstitial space of the gas station—the place you have to go before you can go anywhere else—to serve as the setting for songs about people who come, go or sometimes get stuck. And with help from Litronix, you don’t have to get stuck. Litronix will perform on Thurs., July 27, at the Hi-Hat with Avi Buffalo and Alina Bea. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

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TARA JANE O’NEIL: IT’S GOING TO BE ALRIGHT

July 25th, 2017

Tara Jane O’Neil’s path is a winding path, and her self-titled new album—her ninth—is a reflection of that journey and a meditation on it, too, one touched and tempered by the California sun. O’Neil sat on the back patio of an Echo Park café on a recent weekday afternoon, the sun sinking behind her in a scene not so different from Tara Jane O’Neil’s muted cover. She has a wry sense of humor and a seasoned thoughtfulness about her own oeuvre and process, and soon the conversation turns from the work of music to questions reaching far beyond this little table. Tara Jane O'Neil performs Wed., July 26, at Zebulon. This interview by Chris Kissel.

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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.