AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MATT BROWN

“Yeah, I guess it’s kind of creepy,” laughs soulful songcrafter Matt Brown about naming his baby blue Fender Telecaster. “I have lots of guitars, but ‘Stella’ and I have a special bond. I think every player has that ‘one’ guitar. She’s irreplaceable.” The Washington native with an old soul got Stella at the turning point…

“LIQUOR STORE” – NEW VIDEO from THE TEEN AGE

Brooklyn’s The Teen Age, who have shared stages with acts like Twin Peaks, Diarrhea Planet, Palma Violets, Big Ups, and Crocodile, released its latest EP, Bad Seed, this Spring via PaperCup Music. A follow-up to their 2014 debut EP Ways To Adapt and 2015’s “Low Cunning” single, it marries the band’s diverse influences — which range from ’70s punk and…

“JUNGLE YOUTH” – NEW MUSIC from YOUNG THE GIANT

People of the digisphere, behold! Young the Giant has unleashed their next step towards world domination, “Jungle Youth”, another gem from their forthcoming album, Home Of The Strange, set for release August 12th via Fueled By Ramen. The fellas have ventured towards the psychedelic with a hypnotically slinky visualizer to go along with the track. Young…

ALBUM REVIEW: “LATIGO” by WILDERADO

On July 22nd, Los Angeles-based band Wilderado (formerly Bird Dog) will release Latigo, their brand new four-song EP via IAMSOUND Records that was mixed and recorded in the band’s own studio, set up in a dilapidated house in Latigo Canyon in Malibu, California—a location that had a palpable and obvious influence on the sonic landscape of the the aptly-named record.…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MOUNT TYRANT

Dallas-based dark pop band, Mount Tyrant, recently released a slick new video for their pop-tastic single “One Night”; with an energetic and shimmery sound reminiscent of bands like The 1975 and PVRIS, Mount Tyrant is poised to make waves on a national level. And they have amazing hair. Me: Between the five of you, there…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with THE WRECKS

Up-and-coming Los Angeles-based alt-rock powerhouse The Wrecks are currently on break from a national tour supporting stadium-rockers-in-the-making, Nothing But Thieves. I caught up with frontman Nick Anderson recently, who was in upstate New York visiting his family and eating all the things: He: I’m going to be so out of shape when I get back…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with CAUGHT A GHOST

Los Angeles indie band Caught A Ghost is difficult to categorize, and that’s exactly the way frontman Jesse Nolan prefers it. “My tastes range from classical to early jazz to contemporary club music. I pull from a lot of different sources of inspiration, there’s always a bit of collage going on with my music. Hopefully…

“HOURS” – NEW MUSIC by PIP BLOM

There’s something about 19 year old Netherlands lo-fi rocker Pip Blom‘s new single “Hours” that takes me right back to my combat boot-wearing, flannel-shirt-tied-around-the-waist-of-my-overalls, 1990s adolescent self. And, y’all, that’s an excellent thing. As catchy and time-rewinding as the music is, what really stands out are her incredibly mature and introspective lyrics which perfectly encapsulate the…

PREVIEW: COAST MODERN at CANNERY BALLROOM on 7/19/16

Once upon a time, budding songwriter Luke Atlas moved to Los Angeles from Seattle to pursue a career in music and met fellow crafter of songs Coleman Trapp; “Before the band, Coleman and I were writing songs for other artists; we were doing weird gigs, like making educational rap songs for NASA, random stuff, stuff that…

ALBUM REVIEW: “I DON’T CARE” by REPUBLICAN HAIR

  Anonymously-fronted emerging pop band Republican Hair makes 80s-tinged tunes with a playful smirk; rumor has it that the band’s voice and fearless leader is Luke Dick, a highly sought-after songwriter in my neck of the woods who is the mastermind behind popular cuts on albums by Eric Church, Charlie Worsham, and Dierks Bentley, to name a…