2013 has been an absolutely killer year for Australian music and in my role as adviser on the good tunez I have failed miserably. Nonetheless, I feel like the return of one of my favourite Sydney bands, The Jezabels, must be celebrated. After a triumphant 2012, destroying the joint with their debut album, Prisoner, and tearing up the country with tours, they made a quiet return to the studio in 2013. Read More »
I’ve been fortunate enough to see Cults perform three times already in their short career. Last night at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles was one for the...
Gingerlys have quickly become one of my favorite new bands this year and they haven’t even released a full-length album yet. There’s just something ...
Editor’s note: We sent the incredible Natalie Angiuli to check out The 1975 at the Fonda. This is her account: “It’s just you and I tonight, why don’t yo...
There was a special feeling in the air in Pomona on Friday night. In a city that’s known for the neighboring Glasshouse restaurants that house shows from ...
I’m a huge fan of Machinima and the upcoming series that they have announced with Avenged Sevenfold. Hail To The King is the upcoming six-episode animated series, which will be released Dec.15 exclusively on Machinima’s “Happy Hour” animation channel. Check after the jump for the press release and the trailer. Read More »
Over a year ago I was clamoring about how I couldn’t get “Get Burned” out of my rotation. That was all summer. Now, it’s “Waves,” the brand new track from Sleeper Agent‘s highly-anticipated forthcoming second album. “Waves” has a touch of Imagine Dragons guitar riffs in it coupled with Sleeper Agents’ shout-out-loud choruses. It’s pretty much the only track I’ve played all week and can’t seem to stop. Sleeper Agent will spend January and February on the road touring in the U.S. with New Politics and Magic Man. The new album is due out in early 2014. Read More »
I’ve been fortunate enough to see Cults perform three times already in their short career. Last night at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles was one for the books. Guitarist Brian Oblivion and singer Madeline Follin are the duo that make up Cults. The New York-based duo made a stop in LA last night in support of their sophomore album, Static. Static is the highly-anticipated follow up to their self-titled debut, Cults. Cults have 60s-esque pop sound that is found all throughout their new album. At El Rey Theatre, they performed a perfect mix of that sound interchanging between their new and old album. Read More »
Gingerlys have quickly become one of my favorite new bands this year and they haven’t even released a full-length album yet. There’s just something so alluring and magical about their sound that you can’t help but fall in love from the first few notes your hear. The Brooklyn five-piece blends a shoegaze aesthetic with indie pop songwriting and the jangly guitars of the Go-Betweens or The Smiths. Following their first few flawless singles, the new Summer Cramps EP finds Gingerlys even stronger than before. The wash of reverb-drenched guitars and synths mix with Maria Garnica’s dreamy vocals and accentuate her saccharine melodies. But as intoxicating as the sonic quality is, what has always made Gingerlys stand out for me is their songwriting. Read More »
Editor’s note: We sent the incredible Natalie Angiuli to check out The 1975 at the Fonda. This is her account: “It’s just you and I tonight, why don’t you figure my heart out?” singer Matt Healy of the 1975 cried out mid-set to the audience at Friday night’s Hollywood show. All the girls in the audience desperately wanted to do exactly that. Moments after opening act Linus Young departed the stage, the house lights dimmed and the velvet curtains ascended to reveal a glowing rectangle hanging in the air above a drum kit. The Manchester quartet walked out the on stage below in carefully coordinated black & white outfits, sporting handsomely disheveled hairdos. Their entrance was accompanied by at least a thousand high-pitched screams from girls in the audience. This might have been the closest thing to Beatlemania that I’ve experienced in the 2013 Los Angeles music scene. There was a unique energy and enthusiasm right away with this audience that the band cultivated and maintained throughout the show. They opened with “The City” and immediately had everyone up on their feet. The band’s dreamy, shoe-gaze influenced pop/rock blends real instruments with digital sounds that lighten the songs by incorporating dance elements. ... Read More »