One develops a certain hardness; a set of defense mechanisms that may manifest as sarcasm, aloofness, or silence from living in the City of Fallen Angels.Read More →
photo by Johnny Ramos California Newgaze. T Natalie Durkin (TribeLA Magazine): Give your band a Tagline. Pony Curtis (guitar/vocals in Forget Your Friends): Down till we’re underground. Charlie Kennedy (vocals/guitar in Forget Your Friends): Forget Your Friends, but don’t Forget About Us. J. Peters (bass/backing vocals in Forget Your Friends): Heavy and hypnotic. Adam Jackson (drums/samples in Forget Your Friends): California Newgaze. R ND: What got you started in music? What is the Reason you are where you are today? PC: I got started in music when I was in middle school, my older brother had some friends in bands and I always thought it was so rad, once IRead More →
Los Angeles’ own late, great Etta James crooned of lost romance and ominous, slate-colored skies. November in Los Angeles is hardly lamentable; Thanksgiving is practically a summer holiday, yet I’m sure many Angelenos…Read More →
“He said really I just want to dance / Good and evil match perfect, it’s a great romance” listen on Apple Music or Spotify Elliott Smith left his heart in Los Angeles, right on Lemoyne Street off of Sunset Blvd in Echo Park on October 21, 2003. On the 14th anniversary of his death, I bring you “A Fond Farewell” as a fond memoriam of his heartbreaking, twisted, and tragic legacy encapsulating the dark side of being an Angeleno. cumulative Sounds and the City 2017 playlistRead More →
Meet Eagle Rock’s “Dirty Velvet” Rockers. T Natalie Durkin (TribeLA Magazine): Give your band a Tagline. Sonny Wong (Fake Furs): Two boys making noise. László Bolender (Fake Furs): Reviving ghosts and setting them on fire since 1989. R ND: What got you started in music? What is the Reason you are where you are today? LB: I was lucky enough to be raised by musicians, so I was introduced to a wide variety of music at a young age, but also, to music technology which I think just blew my mind more than video games. Beyond that, I have things to say that can’t just be spoken,Read More →
Listen to “White Rabbit” and get to know Annabelle Maginnis of MetronOhm with ten facts. 1. “Is it the matter that matters or the space between?” Maginnis writes with chalk around Los Angeles when promoting shows or new work. A favorite tagline for MetronOhm’s music? “Is it the matter that matters or the space between?” If these walls could talk. ❤️ ? ? Can't believe someone answered my question with our lyrics… who done it?! I appreciate you! A post shared by MetronOhm (@metronohmmusic) on Sep 7, 2017 at 7:06am PDT 2. “I felt like I had to” Maginnis started with violin around ageRead More →
“You belong somewhere you feel free” Take a moment that’s all your own to think about those you love most and what in your life brings you the utmost joy. In light of violence, heartbreak, and unjust events, music is here to heal wounds and jumpstart hearts. We can’t forget that. “Wildflowers” warmly embraces and uplifts the forlorn and inspires the movers and shakers to keep working to better their surroundings. Rest in Peace, Tom Petty; thank you for sharing your Angeleno art and heart with us.Read More →
I saw LIILY perform on the back patio at Stories Books and Cafe in Echo Park on a July evening. I first met Dylan Nash, the band’s vocalist, who went in for a hug while I precociously (and pretentiously) went in for a hand shake. He took the stage with his band later in the evening. Impeccable timing and tangible chemistry and love made for a remarkable, intimate, and just plain feel-good performance from LIILY. It’s clear: the boys are a band of brothers and best friends and have no hang ups about showing and sharing their love for each other. Their genuine friendshipRead More →
This was the cover art for my first EP! I put this one in here because I have always felt a very strong connection to the moon, and I think it represents a very strong energy for a lot of my friends, as well. I also have always loved children’s book illustrations, which inspired this cover. Making this was definitely one of those “what if” pieces for me, where I just kind of let my imagination do its thing. What if you peeled open the moon and there was a 14.6 million square mile kiwi inside?Read More →
“I can hear the waves / I can see the sky / I can smell the air / but I can’t see the light” Set to a whimsical, childlike, easygoing melody, Parker Rose’s “True Blue” lyrics are anything but light. The track tackles relationships and making peace with heartbreak. Through shots of the LACMA lampposts, a colorful grocery store, and Los Angeles’ nightly glitz and glimmer, Parker Rose tells a tale of finding your way and finding your light; it gets better. “This song is a perfect summation of my feelings drawn from relationships I’ve had with people over the years. I went through manyRead More →
ND: What is the best advice you’ve received and the best advice you can Impart on us?
Cassie: Don’t cry over someone who won’t cry over you.
Nick: It’s far better to have a dream than to achieve it. For both.
Geoff: Try to not care so much.Read More →
An Angeleno by way of London, Kate Nash’s visuals in My Little Alien evoke bohemian, desert-centric Southern California nostalgia. “My Little Alien” is lyrically reminiscent of 60s girl group love songs dedicated to their heartthrobs and Nash’s canine companion is the object of her Supremes-reminiscent infatuation. Read More →
“All of This and More” isn’t so much about LA, as it is about a certain hardness you develop living in this city. It’s so vast, and everyone is so isolated by physical distance and their own ambitions.Read More →
The Weekend,” written in Sizzy’s San Fernando Valley bedroom, swells with audible pangs of nostalgia. While the track is wholly raw and personal, the verses incorporate a coffee table aspect; it’s as if you’re sitting across from Sizzy as she recounts her time with this girl. The track’s visions of snowy Manhattan roof tops and faded red solo cups evoke the cross-coastal memory of love on the weekend.Read More →
I’m interested in how technology alters our visual understanding of how images are constructed. This painting has a contemporary cut and paste feel, but also an organized chaotic arrangement reminiscent of history painting. It’s my version of a beautiful world gone wrong.Read More →
Special: Who or what holds a special place in your heart? How does this factor in to your process? My family. They allowed me to follow my creative passions and I try not to make them think I made a big mistake.Read More →
The video accompanying Sam Outlaw’s “Angeleno” zeroes in on an Americana couple embarking on life together in Los Angeles. Shots of Downtown and the Hollywood Walk of Fame cover Los Angeles’ trademark postcard views and the Angeleno couple brings a lesser known element of all-American grit characteristic of true Angelenos. Read More →
“I was raised by chefs so I know how to cook, though I don’t show off my knowledge much. I love prosciutto. My favorite restaurant is Taix in Echo Park.”Read More →
Adam Mars talks about his family’s Italian Roots: an interview by Sounds and the City columnist Natalie DurkinRead More →
My favorite place in LA is probably Dodger Stadium. I would take visitors to see my brother’s band, DMTina and the Bumps, or to a Dodgers game, though a punk rock drag show and a three-hour baseball game are acquired tastes. If you doubt this city, drive one mile in any direction and give it another chance.Read More →