Concert Review | Mallrat Makes Friends with Los Angeles Live at the Lodge Room

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.

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Olivver the Kid Makes a ‘Bitter’ Comeback

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”

Pale Waves’ ‘My Obsession’ is Voyeuristic and Vulnerable | Song Review

Obsession has the power to turn even the most level-headed, sane person into a slightly psychotic creep. And if you’ve never experienced that level of obsession, I’m not sure you’ve truly lived.

With the release of “My Obsession,” we see Pale Waves fully embrace a break from sanity with the full length of their straight jacket sleeves. The video features frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie in brief vignettes with her unidentified obsession — that is until the climactic chorus. Continue reading “Pale Waves’ ‘My Obsession’ is Voyeuristic and Vulnerable | Song Review”

Pale Waves Announce ‘My Obsession’ As Next Single

Pale Waves just wrapped their first U.S. headline tour spanning 21 cities, and had a secret to share with fans who came out to support them. At their Dec. 2 Los Angeles gig, lead singer Heather Baron-Gracie introduced their song “My Obsession” saying it would be their next single.

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‘What A Shame’ | The 1975 Reveal ‘Music For Cars’ Isn’t All That’s Left

Back in late April, The 1975 frontman Matty Healy told Zane Lowe their upcoming third album would be the final, saying, “We were always gonna do a trilogy of records. I’m not saying that after this album it’s the end of The 1975, but it’s the end of an era.” Continue reading “‘What A Shame’ | The 1975 Reveal ‘Music For Cars’ Isn’t All That’s Left”

WALK THE MOON is Pressing Restart With New Introspective Album

For fans who first became familiar with Walk The Moon in 2015 when their Talking is Hard single “Shut up and Dance” was at its peak popularity, their unexpected hiatus, announced in April 2016, may have seemed quite abrupt. They were beginning to attract a whole new fan base and ended up cancelling a tour in the midst of a wave of success.

But for the fans that have been following the band since “Anna Sun” and their self-titled 2012 album, their absence left a hollow feeling and some haunting questions: Would Walk The Moon come back? And how will the break have changed them? Continue reading “WALK THE MOON is Pressing Restart With New Introspective Album”

‘Television Romance’ from Pale Waves Triggers Déjà Vu | Song Review

Between my obsession with The 1975, my infatuation with Wolf Alice and my fascination with The Japanese House, I’m basically Dirty Hit Records’ bitch. I trust my eardrums almost entirely to Jamie Oborne.

So when one of the record label’s newest signees, Pale Waves, released their first single “There’s a Honey,” it was honestly no surprise to me that I ended up having it on repeat for three days. After living off of the one single for six months, they finally released a second single, “Television Romance,” … and I honestly feel like I’m still listening to “There’s a Honey” on repeat. Continue reading “‘Television Romance’ from Pale Waves Triggers Déjà Vu | Song Review”

Concert Review | La Bouquet Gets the Sad People Dancing

Have you ever wondered what sad people dance to? I suppose most of you haven’t. You probably don’t even imagine that sad people dance. Well that may have been true before, but it was probably because no one bothered to make music for the dismal dancers.

The dads of sad, La Bouquet, have emerged out of the Los Angeles music scene to rectify that issue.

With two singles, “Loveless” and “Loser Baby,” already released, and an upcoming EP in the works with a full length album soon to follow, people all in their feels can now pull away from the walls and dark corners and experience all the feels out on the floor with everyone else.

The L.A.-based band has done limited touring and is still growing their roots in SoCal (something I’m sure will change once they officially release more material), so non-local fans have very minimal exposure to anything beyond the two already released singles. For you, my poor unfortunate souls, I have their full six-song set from their recent show at Bardot in Hollywood. Think of it as an album teaser and taste of their live show for when they hit the road again. Continue reading “Concert Review | La Bouquet Gets the Sad People Dancing”

Album Review | LANY Makes a Debut Album Perfect for Millennials

While LANY is arguably referred to as an alternative band, one thing is for sure — they are the epitomical sound of the millennial generation. From their lyricism to their composition to their song titles, this synth-laden album checks all the boxes for mass appeal to teens and 20-somethings. Continue reading “Album Review | LANY Makes a Debut Album Perfect for Millennials”