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VIDEO PREMIERE: ALIEK “WHAT YOU LIKE”

February 21st, 2020

Sister Mary Clarence, this is steamy! Based in whatever neighborhood Akbar is in, R&B / Pop / Sexy Sad artist Aliek (uh-lie-eck) has been backing up some of L.A.’s finest artists for years. And now they’re leaping from the choir pew to the pulpit with this cheeky, smart and sultry video about a pop star and a lusty nun. (The lustiest, it seems. )

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VIDEO PREMIERE: BELLY BELT “BASKETBALL FOREVER”

February 20th, 2020

If you’ve ever been to a Belly Belt show, you’ve felt the moment—the moment when everyone is staring at the stage, getting it, but not entirely sure what they’re getting. It’s like watching Laurie Anderson or Andy Kaufman: perplexing and wry and sophisticated and unabashed. 

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VIDEO PREMIERE: NOT FROM ENGLAND “INTERRUPTED”

January 31st, 2020

Despite the name, L.A.'s Not From England are actually pretty enthusiastic about musicians from England—this is not a "We Don't Need The English" situation—and you'll hear some of that in their Manchester-adjacent amen-break drumbeat and in those bluntly charismatic vocals that lift a little of Primal Scream's swagger. (And of course there's some Sonic Youth in that shock-you-awake intro, too.) This intensely motivated teenage quartet—guitarist/vocalists Cass Blum and Leo Blumenfield plus bassist DeRon Munroe and drummer Beckett Pasdar—started with home demos in the summer of 2018 and graduated to a 2019 EP recorded with FIDLAR drummer Max Kuehn, which is where "Interrupted" comes from.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: PACHYMAN “SENSI”

January 20th, 2020

Pachy Garcia is the singer and drummer for L.A. synthpunk annihilators Prettiest Eyes, so he's already intensely adept at doing two difficult things at once. But he took that capability for disciplinary ambidexterity to another level of intensity when he revealed himself as Pachyman, a reverent disciple of classic dub and reggae whose debut In Dub was a sleeper winner in 2019. He returns now with At 333 House, a salute to his own personal Studio One due out Feb. 7 on Mock, and this video valentine to summer days spent soaking in sun and sound.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: THE FLYTRAPS “FEMALE OF THE SPECIES”

January 15th, 2020

After way too long, the mighty Flytraps have their real-deal debut album Wild Card slated for a spring release, and they're kicking a hole in the first weeks of 2020 with this blown-out black-and-white video that looks like a scene from the film noir John Waters never made. "Female Of The Species" smashes together the atmosphere of the Cramps, the attitude of the Pandoras attitude and something like the still-potent vocal power of Darby Crash—check out bassist/vocalist Kristin Cooper, the female manimal—and of course it all ends with a scream that must've pushed the VU into the red. Wild Card will be out on Burger and Outro in a couple months—prepare or beware!