Monday, October 24, 2016

Listening Station

Beware of Isaac Rother and The Phantoms


Think of Isaac Rother and The Phantoms as that warm sounding tune emanating from a juke box in a Tiki bar catching fire on the Fourth of July. The sound is knee-buckling simple. Take some 1950’s roadhouse blues and let it yellow in the sun for a few decades, soaking up the years on the windowsill like sun tea.

Affectionately Yours, Babes


The default attitude for most adults nowadays is cynicism. So, it is refreshing that a group like Babes can unfurl an earnest pop banner and dance under it for all to see.

Listening Station: Roses are a breath of new wave

Victor Herrera, left, Marc Steinberg and Juan Velasquez make up Roses

L.A. band Roses is a tincture of modern melancholy mixed up with hints of new wave, pop and perhaps red wine. The trio have created a consistent EP, It’s Over, which encapsulates a warm, saturated feeling that’s both danceable and worth listening to with a critical ear.

Exploring the world with Sacred Destinies


Sunday, February 1

The last impressions of a dream are not the vague images that dot our memory, but the weakness in our muscles that reminds us our body was vulnerable just a few minutes before. Vulnerability plays a large role in Sacred Destinies ...

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All alone with the Dark Furs


Dark Furs operates in the tangled briers of indie pop. It’s moody, but elegantly arranged, bolstered by the wall of sound approach while still moving along the plot. Read More »

The fearless and earnest sounds of Echo Park’s Tülips

Tülips will make you feel feelings. | Photo by Zane Roessell

Something fearless perches atop the mantle of the Echo Park band Tülips, adorned with riot grrrl sensibilities and framed with an untethered joy. The obvious landmarks in Tülips’ world are the Sleater-Kinney overtones on faster tracks like Wait, where the guitar and drums crunch away with ... Read More »

The ever patient Mia Doi Todd


There exists in musician Mia Doi Todd’s voice a controlled element; a dam holding back an immeasurable presence. Elements that make up Todd’s arsenal include her long, drawn out syllables, both breathy and urgent. She is the accompaniment to the end of the day, a lingering sunset that spreads its warmth just a few seconds longer. Read More »