Earlier this month, Best Coast released their 4th album, California Nights. These LA natives are straying away from their dreamy, summer sound, and are gearing more towards rock and roll. Consequence of Sound says, "These production flourishes might not appeal to those who fell in love with Best Coast for its bedroom sensibilities, and there's probably a significant subset of fans who will resent California Nights as the moment the band abandoned indie for good." If you're looking for the Best Coast "Crazy for You" sound, then this album might catch you off guard.
With such high expectations from their listeners, this long awaited release could be considered as the band's more serious album. Spin says, "more than anything else, California Nights dims the sunlight, juices up the turmoil, and demands a second look at a band that's actually been subverting its own pigeonhole since 2009."
Personally, I really enjoy the album, despite the fact that it's so different from their previous releases. I think that the California duo is on the right track to something great, and I can't wait to hear more! Stream the album below:
Last week, they released the beautiful line up for this year's FYF! These amazing artists will be playing at the LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park during this two-day festival. With the end of concert season, what better way to reconnect with some of the best artists right in our city? Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing Frank Ocean, Kaytrandada, BADBADNOTGOOD, Morrissey, FKA Twigs, Solange, Toro y Moi, Neon Indian, Title Flight, Girlpool, and more.
This festival takes place August 22-23, so get your tickets today before they sell out! Check out this playlist with all the artists on the lineup (there's over 2,000 songs!):
After waiting years to see them, I finally had the chance to see Matt & Kim perform in concert. I've been a fan for years now, but they never had any local shows, or any shows that I was conveniently able to go to.
STORY TIME: I remember in my junior year of high school, my friend and I decided that we would buy tickets to a music fest in San Diego - some of the artists included: Capital Cities, The Neighborhood, Matt & Kim, and more. PLUS, tickets were only $15! Keep in mind, we both didn't drive at the time, and we lived in LA. Long story short, we didn't really have a plan on how to get there, we bought the tickets anyway, then last minute had to sell the tickets. We were both really devastated because we've been wanting to see them for so long.
But thankfully, they released this show at The Fonda, in celebration of their latest album, New Glow. What I can tell you is that this show was definitely worth the wait. I haven't been to a show this fun in so long. Matt and Kim were very interactive with the audience, and I've never seen so much energy from a two person band. Kim went hard on the drums, and Matt put his heart into those vocals and keys. Everyone was jumping around, singing along to their songs, and just having a good time. Lots of crowd surfing too. It also helps that most of their music is really positive and uplifting. Recommend seeing them live 10/10!!
This was the opening band, Waters. I've honestly never seen such an amazing opening act before. Like most shows, you typically don't expect much from an opener, but this band was really good! Great songs, intense hair flipping, dancing, and lots of energy. The girl on the keys even threw flowers into the crowd several times throughout their performance, which was a cute touch.
There was a part in the show where they threw balloons into the crowd for everyone to blow up! There was also another part where they had a giant parachute stretched out over the crowd (it smelled really nasty under there but it was so crazy).
I even caught Kim's drumstick at the end of the show and that was pretty amazing considering I've never caught anything at a show before!
Artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist starRo truly creates a memorable experience through his live sets. Originally from Tokyo, starRo gained motivation and drive with his music once moving to Los Angeles. As a member of Soulection, he has taken the beat scene by storm. After seeing him perform live at the Giraffage show, I really wanted to know more about his lifestyle and career. Luckily, I got the chance to speak to him!
How did you pick out the name “starRo?”
My first name is Shinya, which means straight arrow in Japanese. So I picked the first 2 letters of straight and 4 letters from arrow.
How did you first start out with Soulection?
They found my Janet remix and reached me out. They asked me for more tracks so I sent a few including the Sade remix which ended up with being a part of their latest Sade compilation. They really liked it and told me I am in.
How’s your life changed since being part of such a known group of artists?
It changed in so many way as an artist but the biggest thing is the motivation. I got much more encouraged to keep making music when I know there are way more people listening to my music.
Being a part of strong team like Soulection also makes me constantly improve as individual artist. You gotta keep standing out otherwise you will be buried alive among so many talented people.
How would you compare your music career now to where you were 5 years ago?
5 years ago I did not think of music to be something I would pursue seriously. Not that I thought I was not talented but I simply did not see the way this music thing found the way out. Now I could see so many possibilities of where my music career could go. Music is now what I do. And I really love my life now.
Last week, I got the chance to see Toro y Moi live at the Fonda! This is my second time seeing Chaz and the band live, and this time was a totally different experience. Unlike his last tour, his performance focused more on acoustics rather than synths, creating a groovy vibe amongst the crowd. They also had a bright psychedelic background that complimented their performance. And to top it all off, Chaz even performed barefoot throughout their entire set, all the way through the encore.
Most of the songs they played were from the latest album, "What For?" I must admit, it was a little disappointing that most of the crowd didn't even know the songs from the album (I actually listened to the latest album on repeat before going to the show, so I knew most of lyrics/rhythms to the songs and felt pretty lonely among everyone else who didn't). The only time people were really vibing were during his older songs. This includes Toro favorites such as: High Living, Grown Up Calls, Low Shoulder, Rose Quartz, So Many Details, and Say That. I definitely recommend seeing him live; his music sounds even better when he performs!
Hope everyone had fun at Coachella weekend one! This past week, we're happy to hear that Tyler, the Creator and Passion Pit have announced their new albums online!
Tyler's album, Cherry Bomb, was released on April 13th. Since then, it has received a variety of reviews. For the first time, none of Tyler's fellow OF members are featured on the album. Instead, he was able to snag some renowned names, such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, and Schoolboy Q. Tyler says that the album was very much inspired by N.E.R.D. Physical copies of the album will be available on the 21st, meanwhile, stream it through Spotify here!
Passion Pit's album, Kindred, has not yet released for purchase, but you can stream it on iTunes radio! They bring back their usual upbeat, feel good sound with this new release. Michael Angelakos recently had an interview with Pitchfork and said, "This record was written around the time when I was trying to figure out what constitutes family: who loves you, accepting love, giving love. I was like, "I have no idea what's going on and I wish I did but I just don't have the answers." Gossamer was like, "This is what happened, I'm so sorry" - acknowledging what happened but not saying that I'm going to do anything about it. Kindred is like: "I'm really trying to make this work and be better." Stream Kindred on iTunes Radio here!
Join us along with our friends Amoeba and Org Music for an epic celebration of record store day!
A special art installation by Tv On The Radio where the first 100 guests will get a complimentary caricature drawing of themselves by Tunde of TV on the Radio and their album art designer Julian Gross!
Accompanied by a live DJ sets from Dave Sitek of Tv On The Radio. *Line up starts on Ivar
3PM - 6PM
Live Vinyl DJ sets and full playback of select Record Store Day vinyl releases by:
Coachella Weekend 1 is coming very soon and I'm sure most of you festival goers are very excited! With all the excitement over the lineup, Coachella looks, parties, and more, it may be easy to forget to pack some of the most essential items!
Personally, I have never gone to Coachella, but I've gone to enough concerts and outdoor events to get a feel of some of the more important things to bring along. I've also done some research to put together this list of festival essentials for you guys:
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of experiencing one of the wildest shows, also known as the Rodeo. Travi$ Scott and Young Thug really got Club Nokia bouncing (seriously, I felt like the ground was bumping with everyone jumping around me). And with such a high demand, they were able to host two back to back shows on Saturday night! Metro Boomin played a great opening set with all the latest bangers from Wrist by Father, to Know Yourself by Drake.
At most shows, I find myself going towards the front of the pit because I like to get a nice view, and I'm short. But I didn't mind being a little further back this time. With the way Club Nokia is set up, I was at the front of the general admission section, right behind the VIP pit. And even being far back, I still felt like I was going to pass out at some point with all the pushing and shoving - but I guess that adds to the fun of the show, right?
Most of the crowd knew the lyrics to the songs, so there was rarely a dull moment. At the 8:30 show, Travis brought out Birdman - most of the crowd seemed really disappointed because he made it seem like he was bringing out Kanye. Bittersweet as it is, Kanye and Chris Brown came out at the 11:30 show that night. Overall, it was a really great night.
This week, we're graced with new album releases from both Earl Sweatshirt and Action Bronson.
Earl's self-produced album, "I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside," is available on iTunes and streaming through Spotify. According to Pitchfork, "the album's aesthetic is still based in the ambling beats, messy synth counterpoint and off-jazz chording to which Odd Future releases usually defer." His 10 track album features Vince Staples, Na'kel, and others. Meanwhile, Action Bronson has released his 13 track album, "Mr Wonderful." Stereogum says, "It's a full-bodied soulful album that kicks off with a Billy Joel sample, and stays deep in jazz and soul territory." Bronson's album features tracks with Chance the Rapper, Big Body Bes, and more.