Interview - The Gitas Go Hard and Holy

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   “Los Angeles is the cradle of all the showbiz dreams,” Sasha Chemerov says in enthused broken English. Chemerov, a Ukrainian cultural refugee who now fronts Angeleno band the Gitas, explains his motive for moving to the city three years ago. The artist was weaned on American films and music, and one day hoped to come to the entertainment hub.   He’s here now, and he’s carving his own path in a music scene that tends to bloat... READ MORE

In Defense of Lana Del Rey

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music “I’ve been a lot of different people, I guess,” controversial chanteuse Lana Del Rey recently told The Fader. Haven’t we all? It’s just that the artist formerly known as Lizzy Grant (and May Jailer) has transmogrified in the public eye, while most of us have the luxury of changing in private. It’s Del Rey’s perceived desire to emerge and reemerge from her jewel-encrusted chrysalis for all to see that’s been a point of contention with the blogeratti.... READ MORE