8 QUESTIONS with OCNSIDE

In the summer of 2017 and after the breakup of their band Voxhaul Broadcast, David Dennis and Tony Aguilar holed up at the famed Sound City Studios where artists like Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, and Nirvana plied their craft and created some of the modern American songbook’s must-listens and essentials. The pair emerged as alt-pop duo…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with NO SMALL CHILDREN

It’s been said that a mediocre teacher tells, a good teacher explains, a superior teacher demonstrates, and a great teacher inspires. Meet No Small Children, an alt-rock trio from Los Angeles, who definitely fall into the latter category—by night, they wield their guitars and shoot out searing riffs, but by day, the three are molding…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MAD HAWKES

  Sitting by the water as she drinks coffee in the brilliant California sun, Maddi Hawkes, who makes her gut-punching brand of pop rock music under the moniker Mad Hawkes, the self-proclaimed beach kid who always has a suit in her car, is contemplating a swim. Los Angeles native Hawkes will release Undone, her new…

PREMIERE: “ORDINARY LOVE” by AJA WARREN

“Sade is the sensuality queen, and this song really epitomizes the ideas that I love to sing about; a deeper and more real love than one can imagine, a searching for something more than typical,” explains Los Angeles-based artist Aja Warren of her new single, “Ordinary Love.” Warren, whose background experiences include film, modeling, and…

PREVIEW: MAGIC GIANT at 3RD & LINDSLEY on 5/6/18

The last time we spoke with Los Angeles-based folk-pop powerhouse Magic Giant, they had just recorded new album In The Wind—in a solar-powered mobile recording studio that allowed them to make music in some unorthodox places—like in a redwood tree in Avenue of the Giants and in a reverb-y tunnel in Snoqualmie Pass, Washington. Now,…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with GOTHIC TROPIC

Attending SXSW in Austin is quite the experience, one that will test the boundaries of your lack-of-sleep threshold, challenge your patience for traffic issues, and stretch the imagination as far as music-making goes. At a venue at 11:30pm waiting for a show that was set to begin at midnight, my inner old person was fighting…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with BLACKTOP QUEEN

It’s an age-old story: band gets together, band makes amazing music, industry folks want in on the excitement, and things begin to change–not always in a positive way. Such is the journey of rock duo Blacktop Queen, who burst onto the Los Angeles scene a few years ago. ”So we release the music, we’re rolling,…

PREVIEW: WILD at EXIT/IN on 12/2/17

Three, some say, is the magic number–the ancient, mystic trinity. Though others might suggest that bad things also come in threes, there’s only goodness when it comes to Los Angeles-based trio WILD, and their anthemic alt-pop sound. WILD is composed of Lauren Luiz (vocals), Tyler Thompson (producer/bass), and Zach Daegatano (guitar/vocals), who all came to…

5 LOS ANGELES BANDS THAT CHANGED MUSIC FOREVER

Los Angeles is considered one of the most important and influential music cities in the world. Some of the music industry’s biggest names started in LA before achieving global success. In this post we look at five bands that came from the City of Angels and changed music forever. METALLICA https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/55/Metallica_London_2008-09-15_Kirk_and_James.jpg/1024px-Metallica_London_2008-09-15_Kirk_and_James.jpg (By Kreepin Deth –…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with THE SOFT WHITE SIXTIES

In the process of writing and recording their anticipated new album, The Soft White Sixties, makers of funky working-class soul, the band relocated from San Francisco to Los Angeles. “It made us uncomfortable; you get stuck in your own ways,” explains frontman Octavio Genera. “For us, our lives pointed that way, and we were all able…