Interviews

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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.

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CULTURE ABUSE: LIFE’S NOT ALL SUGAR

June 5th, 2019

Bay Area band Culture Abuse released their sophomore full-length Bay Dream last June on Los Angeles-based Epitaph Records. It’s more rhythmic and upbeat and deliberately strays from the band’s hardcore roots, but it’s somehow more punk than ever before. That’s thanks to writer and frontman David Kelling’s commitment and belief that the band can write how and whatever they choose to and the result will always be genuine. I spoke with Kelling about California, life on the road, and living with cerebral palsy. They perform on Fri., June 7, at the Teragram Ballroom with the excellent Tony Molina—get tickets here. This interview by Bennett Kogon.

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SASAMI: OH, I CAN DO THIS

May 15th, 2019

In the blink of an eye, songwriter Sasami Ashworth has become L.A.’s newest hometown hero. Formerly the ‘synth queen’ in homegrown indie stars Cherry Glazerr, this classically-trained French horn-playing collaborator with many is now at the forefront of her very own solo endeavor, the appropriately-titled SASAMI. Written and arranged while on tour, Sasami’s heartfelt and infectiously catchy self-titled debut was released on powerhouse label Domino in March. Just moments before taking off on her European tour, Sasami caught a moment to discuss going solo, recording on the road, and her upcoming children’s album. She performs on Sat., May 18, at Off The 405 at the Getty Center. This interview by Bennett Kogon.

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THE UNDERCOVER DREAM LOVERS: ACCEPT THAT REALNESS

May 8th, 2019

Dreams reflect and refract real-life. They are visions that can drive us while we’re wide awake, even when we’re charmed by things—art, environments, people—that we know are impossible fantasies. And when we’re dreaming, those bewildering distortions of time, space and plot can be as attractive as those heart-piercing moments where everything perfectly resolve. Matt Koenig, the songwriter-producer behind the Undercover Dream Lovers, makes these dichotomies into music, and the lustrous get-down grooves and deliberate lyrical ambiguity is exactly what you’d expect from an indie act with such a fantastical name. The Undercover Dream Lovers play Thurs., May 9, at the Regent Theater—get tickets here! This interview by Sydney Sweeney.

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GIANNA GIANNA INTERVIEW + “FAMINE” VIDEO PREMIERE

May 8th, 2019

GIANNA GIANNA don’t make any damn sense. She talks a mile-a-minute, an oral collage of asides and cutting insights on modernity, sexuality and love. Her art is equally operatic. It’s big and bright and boldly oblique, yet it describes life more succinctly than anything I’ve seen. You see it, you feel it, and suddenly the existential dread abates because you recognize yourself in the fullness of this character. The ‘Famine’ video is out today, and her full EP is due this Summer. This interview by Tolliver.

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KEVIN MORBY: ABOVE THE CLOUDS

May 6th, 2019

There’s always been an element of worship in rock 'n' roll—you can even buy devotional candles with saintly images of Joey Ramone and Marc Bolan. And with his sizable Leonard-Cohen-by-way-of-Lou-Reed charms, it can’t be long now until Kevin Morby’s cherubic face appears on a candle of his very own. Morby’s music has always flirted with the divine, so it’s no surprise that his latest record is a full-on concept album about spirituality, complete with choirs, harps, devils, halos, prayers and a gloriously surreal companion film made with Chris Good. Oh My God is out now via Dead Oceans. Hear the songs in all their glory when Kevin Morby serenades the Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Wed., May 8, in one of his legendary embroidered suits. This interview by Donna Kern.