r e l ’s music radiates emotion, embodying what she calls “evoca-pop”– music that makes you think and feel– and what has been labeled by music-tastemakers and fans as dream pop/alternative r&b.
In just over a year, REL has garnered both critical acclaim and over 100,000 soundcloud listens. Watch her video covering the Glass Animals “Gooey”.
In less than ten years, Sarah Dashew has managed three critically-praised albums, successful tours, television spots, and a new full-length, establishing her as one of the music industry’s most consistent singer-songwriters.
On Sarah Dashew’s latest full length, Roll Like a Wheel, one can hear her whole musical history: Texas tejano, Southern gospel, and blue-eyed soul, but now wrapped up in a distinct Los Angeles flavor. You can still hear James Taylor and Janis Joplin, but there’s clearly a Paul Simon, Graceland-era spirit to the proceedings: The rhythms of her city have combined to imprint itself on the album.
This insistence has earned her songs spots on the hit NBC show My Name Is Earl, inclusion in the celebrity playlist of ABC’s Ugly Betty, rave reviews of previous albums, and successful tours throughout the U.S. and Europe with the likes of Cowboy Junkies, Michelle Shocked, Suzanne Vega, and Pancho Sanchez.
Roll Like A Wheel is engineered by Eric Lilavois (Saint Motel, My Chemical Romance) and will be released nationwide January 22.
Heard this new song today by The Slightlys and can’t get it out of my head. “Desperate Measures” is a timeless indie rock anthem reminiscent of Foster the People and the Killers. This emerging LA four-piece played the Warp Tour recently and are currently in the studio recording debut album. Take a listen below.
Lately I have been enjoying the new single from Ted Z and the Wranglers. The four piece, deliver outlaw americana-charged rock. Ted’s catchy story-songs are fully-realized tales of love, regret, getting older, and getting in trouble. I dig the Americana tunes, featuring quick picking and bluesy slide guitar over beats and swinging shuffles. In the span of a few years, Ted Z and the Wranglers have become one of Southern California’s most compelling and sought after Americana roots musical collectives. Take a listen.
New music of the week is Los Angeles-based alt-country collective Burroughs. In the span of less than a year, they have become one of California’s most exciting and sought after Americana bands. The four-piece blends elements of country rock, gritty folk and soulful Americana reminiscent of the likes of Jason Isbell, Whiskeytown, and Wilco. Check out their latest single “Alive” that evokes a 90s alt-country revival with themes of self destruction and inner turmoil.
This one has been on repeat, Forebear’s new single "People’s Champ" a 90s grunge tune with dazed guitars, lush strings and brutally honest lyrics. The four-piece has been a staple at many Los Angeles festivals and are definitely a band to watch. Listen to the new track here.
Check out the amazing new video from producer/writer/singer Josh Stevens whose works are Grammy Award Winning. Josh Stevens has worked with the likes of Warren G, Snoop Dogg, The Game, LMFAO, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, Nicki Minaj and Wiz Khalifa to name a few and his new song is a pop/indie-rock/dance funk fusion!
I am really digging Autumn in June’s new track HEROin Kidz featuring rich melodies, hip-hop beats and raw lyrics that shine a light on some of life’s darkest realities. Growing up on the streets of South Central, Los Angeles, Autumn In June’s childhood was saturated by violence, gang culture and a community revere for gangster rap music. Despite this, he took a leap of faith and began to experiment with an array of music rarely heard. His local hood soon gave him the name of Autumn In June as they considered him to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. A year later, he is now hood famous with his unique blend of indie pop, dance and electro. Take a listen below
SoCal band Island Apollo create a danceable indie rock with a blazing horn section and catchy vocals. They are quickly developing a reputation as the indie rock band to watch in Los Angeles. Check out their two singles below “Miracle” and “Lion Eyes” featuring Spencer Ludwig from Capital Cities fame on trumpet.
Attic Empire are a dynamic 7-piece space funk musical collective from Los Angeles California. Fusing ska, indie rock, soul, and funk, the large ensemble packs serious talent with a rhythm and horn section both sonically and visually impressive. Check out their latest single “Astro Getaway” to get you thru the week!