New Album Alert: Imani Coppola

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 1:27 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  News The regaled creative family the Coppolas are everywhere right now: matriarch Eleanor is telling us Paris Can Wait with her newest fictional film. Daughter Sofia is offering a unique cinematic perspective on the Civil War with The Beguiled. And now a third Coppola woman is back in action with her new album, Hypocrites.   She’s Imani Coppola, whose 1997 hit, “Legend of a Cowgirl,” mashed up the familiar psychedelic strains of Donovan with streetwise, slick rap-singing. No... READ MORE

New Single: J.Lauryn - Rum & Ting

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 4:44 AM
Tia Scott

  Music The Hawaii-born, Los Angeles-transplant known as J.Lauryn brings the summer heat on her refreshing, tropical-rhythmic single "Rum & Ting" that cleverly references the sweet and sour Jamaican drink.  The song is brimming with island beach vibes as the bouncy reggae production and J.Lauryn's syrupy-sweet vocals blend perfectly like a slow sunset on the horizon. Prior to the release of "Rum & Ting," she took home a Grammy for a co-write on Ziggy Marley’s latest self-titled album, and... READ MORE

What We're Digging Right Now: Dræmings

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 6:49 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   Though their peculiar spelling is a nightmare to copyeditors, DRӔMINGS are aural bliss to our ears. Keeping company with slowcore greats such as Beach House and the Cocteau Twins, this timeless project aims to circumvent labels. Led by the uber prolific Kimi Recor, the foursome winds through New Age (the evanescent “Tides”) and four-on-the-floor darkwave (“Great Escape”) on its recent self-titled EP (out on Play Like a Girl). It’s a simultaneously worldly and microcosmic record, taking... READ MORE

5 Albums We Can't Wait To Hear in 2017

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 8:34 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Goodbye, 2016! Not a great year for losing legends or losing elections, but boy, were we fortunate in the amount of good music bestowed upon us. But let's look ahead to 2017 and see what's in store for our speakers: Darkwave luminaries will rise again, as will Zombies on Broadway. Here are five of the albums we can't wait to hear.   Crystal Fairy Crystal Fairy Ipecac, Feb. 24     Supergroup doesn’t even begin to describe this new project featuring the... READ MORE

5 Sidemen Who Went Solo (to Varying Success)

Monday, December 12, 2016 at 11:05 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Arcade Fire’s bassist/guitarist Tim Kingsbury just announced an album as Sam Patch— Yeah You, and I, out Feb. 17 on Dep. His first single, “St. Sebastian,” is not a far-flung departure from his main band’s chamber pop, which may or may not bode well for him.   Plenty of artists before Kingsbury have sought to step out of the shadows of their front men and women (including his chum Will Butler). Those peacocks might have the presence, but... 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

5 New Holiday Albums To Get You in the Spirit

Monday, November 28, 2016 at 10:05 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Now that turkey time is over, it’s officially the holiday season. That means an avalanche of overly melismatic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmases” are coming our way. If you’re tired of the yuletide tropes, give these five new albums a spin.   The KillersDon’t Waste Your Wishes   This indie-dance/spaghetti Western compilation puts all the Killers’ Christmas singles into one convenient place— for a good cause. Don’t Waste Your Wishes is exclusively out on Apple Music, with... READ MORE

Album Review: Highland Kites - Let Me Run (EP)

Monday, July 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Tia Scott

  Music The L.A-based duo Highland Kites released the brand-new Let Me Run EP that’s sure to pull listeners into their infectious blend of new-wave folk rock. Consisting of singer/songwriter Marissa Lamar and drummer Neil Briggs, Highland Kites set out to create a short but memorable album that soothes the soul as well as the ears. Producer Raymond Richards, who assisted the pair with their 2015 full-length album, All We Left Behind, also had a hand at bringing Let Me Run into fruition. Highlights on the 5-track album include... READ MORE

What We're Digging Right Now: 9Bach

Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 4:44 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music How do we navigate this strange world where we are wedded to our devices, yet so much media are encouraging us to get back to nature? The mixed messages can be frustrating to interpret and live up to. Can we straddle the digital and organic realms without tearing ourselves in two?   Lisa Jên of Welsh group 9Bach ponders this duality in the recently released Anian (Real World Records). Though sung in a language spoken by only... READ MORE