The 1975 just released the third addition to their forthcoming album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, and unlike the first two installments, “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME” doesn’t require much deciphering. There are no thick layers of meaning to unpack, just thick layers of auto-tune. Continue reading “‘TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME’ Is Unconventionally The 1975 | Song Review”
Despite being named part of DIY Magazine’s “Class of 2018”, King Nun have been silent on releases throughout the majority of the year. But in a fortuitous turn of events, the four Londoners emerged on this otherwise unlucky Friday the 13th to heal our misfortunes with a bit of “Chinese Medicine.” Continue reading “King Nun Announce Debut EP With ‘Chinese Medicine’”
Olivver The Kid (real name Bryan Sammis) released the lead single off his upcoming EP Ego Surfin’ on Friday and it has sparked quite the response. Continue reading “‘Overreacting’ | Olivver The Kid’s Newest Release Triggers ‘Overreaction’ From The Neighbourhood’s Jesse Rutherford”
Well darlings, the much anticipated June 1 has come and gone without a new album from The 1975. To be honest, I felt it was a reach to assume the first signs of life from the Manchester quartet would be as daring as an entire album — but that doesn’t mean they didn’t make a bold comeback.
Continue reading “The 1975’s ‘Give Yourself A Try’ Introduces the Music For Cars Era”
Taking the stage for the first time in a new city can be nerve-racking for anyone. What will the crowd be like? How will their energy be? Will they be responsive? Antagonistic? There are so many unknowns. To take the stage as a 19-year-old solo artist playing her first L.A. show far away from her home in Brisbane, Australia? The intimidation could be paralyzing.
But if Grace Shaw — known onstage as Mallrat — had any of those concerns, she hid them well. Of course, landing a spot on The New York Times list of stand-out acts at South by Southwest Music Festival (alongside recent South London darlings, Shame) offers a solid vote of confidence.
Continue reading “Concert Review | Mallrat Makes Friends with Los Angeles Live at the Lodge Room”
There is plenty of conjecture as to what changes a band: popularity, experience, environment, age or just time itself. While speculators can never definitively pinpoint the cause of change, I can say one thing for certain. The Wolf Alice I witnessed at The Mayan last night were not the Wolf Alice I remember from their first 2015 U.S. shows. Continue reading “Concert Review | Wolf Alice Live at The Mayan Play Their Biggest L.A. Gig to Date”
Shame have been lucky enough to have the wise words of music industry veterans guiding them throughout their formative years. One piece of insight was particularly pertinent as the five-piece kicked off their first full U.S. tour at The Echo in Los Angeles — L.A. crowds will crush your spirit.
But the sold-out club last night was worlds apart from the standard callous L.A. audiences who are too cool and too jaded to be impressed. Because when it comes to Shame’s stage presence, impress they do. The British band’s West Coast debut in support of their debut album, Songs of Praise, proved to be the most manic and delirious gig I’ve witnessed at the distinguished Echo Park venue.
Fair warning to those seeing Shame live for the first time: they are bound to become your new favorite band if they aren’t already.
Fair warning to those passing on such an opportunity: you’re missing the fuck out.
Continue reading “Concert Review | Shame Live in Los Angeles Deliver a Cathartic Kick Off to First Full U.S. Tour”
Ryan Scott Graham’s solo project Speak Low If You Speak Love revealed a softer side to the bass player of the more aggressive pop-punk outfit State Champs with his debut album, Everything But What You Need, being grounded in a simpler acoustic sound. Now Graham has released a second album to expand on his solo repertoire. If Speak Low’s debut album revealed his softer side, his sophomore album, Nearsighted, shows off his musical maturation.
Continue reading “Album Review | Speak Low If You Speak Love’s ‘Nearsighted’ Speaks Introspective Volumes”
In late 2016, Bryan Sammis announced he would be putting his solo project Olivver the Kid (also stylized ØV) to rest “maybe forever. maybe for a long time. maybe a short time.” Now, a short (or long) year later, ØV has returned with new single “Bitter.” Continue reading “Olivver the Kid Makes a ‘Bitter’ Comeback”
Well, it’s January. The start of a new year. And since we arbitrarily pick this time to make resolutions, rather than the typical vows to lose weight that most people toss out before the calendar sees February, let’s make a resolution that may actually have a positive impact during these turbulent times. Continue reading “The 1975’s ‘Loving Someone’ | A New Year’s Resolution to Keep”