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VIDEO PREMIERE + INTERVIEW: BIIANCO “13 DEAD END DRIVE”

January 20th, 2020

Beloved L.A. singer and multi-instrumentalist Biianco had a bad 2017. Brutalized by her own thoughts—and the discouraging words of piss ant jerks—she lost herself, her voice, her VOICE, and probably part of her mind. But lights this bright don’t stay obscured for long. We talked about art—duh. But we also talked about fear and the future and the fucked up past. Biianco is a friend and collaborator—you should be so lucky. This interview by Tolliver.

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VIDEO PREMIERE + INTERVIEW: TALK2STRANGERS “TOUCH THE GROUND”

December 15th, 2019

Sharing is caring is creepy. The world is a wasteland, the Amazon is soot, and Selena Gomez is still singing about Justin Bieber. Let it go, girl! In a world where being guarded is the move, Talk2Strangers—a.k.a. Lori LeChien—dares you to bare it all. Or at least to like ... be open to the world around you. She’s one of L.A.’s—nay, the world’s—most gripping vocalists, and her songs are bristling with hooks and unimpeachably earnest. I mean, I’m biased cuz she’s a respected friend and colleague. But check for yourself, jerk! We talked about privilege, sex, guitars, chicken and connection. This interview by Tolliver.

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VOX: WHAT ARE MY TRUTHS?

October 11th, 2019

Vōx’s piety-purging new I Am Not a God EP feels like the Resurrection. It sounds like a death, production wise: ominous and low and lurching, like some fantastic creature in its final throes. Lyrically, though, it’s a testament to resilience. She’s replaced her lace-whites with curdling reds, her questions with declarations, her hymn with HIM. We talked about the EP, her recent extended stay in Europe, and her multidimensional approach. This interview by Tolliver.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: def.sound “12TH AVE”

June 21st, 2019

The rose that grew from concrete, the vine grown from the desert: South Central soliloquist def.sound has built a career around lush, buoyant instrumentation and polysyllabic re-imagination of a life anchored in L.A. And what a unique life it’s been. A lifelong vegan born in a food desert, he’s well-versed in contradiction and in the work it takes to water oneself until fully grown. The song—from COLORED Disc 1ne, out July 23—is built around a Vine of Shiloh Dynasty singing and playing guitar, a recent-aughts reference too good to not mention here. (From apps to slaps—damn.) For all the rhapsodic, confessional bars in his oeuvre, this is the strongest return to his roots.

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MIMI TEMPESTT INTERVIEW + “ROUGH DIAMOND/THE MONDRIAN (DOUBLE FEATURE)” VIDEO PREMIERE

June 18th, 2019

Jackhammering, jackhammering, jackhammering: Chinatown, which borders cranes-in-the-sky booming downtown L.A., is lousy with construction. The tempestuous Mimi Temptestt grew up in this neighborhood. Her album Rough Diamond demarcates a two-year period of growth, thrills, sadness and love. Rough Diamond dropped earlier this year, and she's releasing the first video from that project at The Lash on Tues., June 18, at I Do What I Want, a queer art extravaganza. This interview by Tolliver.