What We're Digging Right Now: Jakuzi

Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2:01 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music We’ve got awhile before we reach Turkey in our ongoing Occur Goes Global series, but a particular darkwave duo has captivated us so much, we had to introduce you to their tunes now. In a nation that was nearly torn apart by a coup in 2016, the men of Jakuzi are sticking out their necks to sing of sorrow and of fluid identity.   Their debut album, Fantezi Müzik (out March 24 on City Slang), carries on the... READ MORE

Make a Resolution To Listen to These L.A. Artists in 2017

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 4:59 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Angelenos, let us never forget that we are among the most fortunate when it comes to our music scene. We are the home of the Doors and Kendrick Lamar, Weezer and Ozomatli, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Best Coast. So in 2017, why not make it a resolution to support the locals? Here are five acts coming up in the ranks that ought to make a huge impression in the new year:   A ReminderRIYL Failure, Smashing... READ MORE

New Single: Panic In Eden - Out For Blood

Monday, November 28, 2016 at 10:10 PM
Tia Scott

  Music The Los Angeles-based rock quintet Panic In Eden lets us into their world on the electrifying single "Out For Blood" that impressively showcases each member's role in the band without taking away from the edgy theme of the song. Thriving with booming guitar riffs and killer vocals, the song is a dark, pulsating ride that spares no expense in giving listeners pure, unadulterated rock at its finest. "Out For Blood" serves as the lead single from Panic In Eden's latest LP, In... READ MORE

What We're Digging Right Now: Killer Kaya

Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 3:52 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music "Killer" is a name usually reserved for hardcore rap or punk bands, but psych-funk outfit Killer Kaya are just as sharp as any groups in those genres. The Santa Barbara-area sextet wowed the Pure Order Brewing audience Nov. 12 with their fluid, feel-good grooves. It's because of their easy-going wizardry that we've chosen them as one of our "What We're Digging Right Now" elite.   If you ever thought Jefferson Airplane or the Doors could use a... READ MORE

Video Premiere - Le Chateau, 'The Good Fight'

Monday, July 4, 2016 at 8:17 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   Blending urban pop, murky industrial and atmospheric trip-hop, San Diego's Le Chateau have established themselves as one of SoCal's must-hear bands. Their 2015 EP earned accolades from all over the indie rock community, and they're aiming for the stratosphere with their recently completed extended play.   "The Good Fight" is the first single off Le Chateau's newest offering, Brutalism, and it's a haunting piece augmented by Laura Levenhagen's mythic vocals, Frank Green's grinding guitar and Erik Visnyak's... READ MORE

Introducing: Len Sander

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   Switzerland is exporting some beautifully sensual sounds these days. Zurich's Len Sander has wooed us with the melancholy "Ungrowing" off their upcoming debut LP, Phantom Garden. The six-piece band evokes Portishead and latter-day chillwave, with Blanka Inuaen's vocals personifying a spectre from a dream. The percussion by Alessandro Hug and Markus Brutsch pin-prick the subconscious, while the synth and guitar instrumentation from Simon Inuaen, Flavio Schonholzer and Dennis Scharer coasts like gentle waves. Phantom Garden is... READ MORE

Flagship set sail with epic 'Are You Calling'

Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Courtesy Michael Finster The Carolinas tend to breed bands that rely heavily on sounds of the South: banjos, foot stomps and the like. But Flagship, out of Charlotte, N.C., rock like New Yorkers the National or Las Vegas' hometown heroes the Killers. Their expansive sonics are at the forefront of their new single, "Are You Calling." With the radio-friendly gallop of the Bravery and the world-weary vocals of baritone Drake Margolnick, this number will definitely... READ MORE

Interview - Tedo Stone

Monday, July 8, 2013 at 1:42 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music TEDO STONE & BAND [L-R]: Frank Keith IV (bass), Tedo Stone (vocals, guitar), Grafton Tanner (drums), Clay Houle (guitar) [photo:Maggie Gibson Blauvelt]   He uses the word “happenstance” a lot, but it’s no coincidence that musician and ramblin’ man Tedo Stone has proven himself a more than worthy addition to the Americana scene. Weaned on a balanced diet of Wilco and Motown, this native Southerner curates his distinct bluesy psychedelia from his sonic adventures around the... READ MORE

Introducing: Jekkel

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 2:15 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Full disclosure: I've known the Cathcart siblings of the intensified rockabilly group Jekkel for the better part of 20 years now; we went to elementary through high school together, and even in those childhood days bygone, it was evident that music ran in their blood. There was little Katie, barely 8 years old, obscured by a giant drum kit, blasting off the beats to Van Halen's "Panama" in the campus talent show. Years... READ MORE