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Stream: New albums by Anna Schulze, Rhye and Lauren Lakis

Anna Schulze, Rhye and Lauren Lakis each released albums today — start your listening session here: ANNA SCHULZE, “Break Your Heart, Keep It Open” Schulze’s second solo album isn’t just a kaleidoscopic thrill ride between genres or an exemplar of confessional songwriting, it’s a flex. The Minnesota native, who studied at USC and was mentored by Glen Ballard, wrote, played, produced and mixed everything on “Break Your Heart,” though it sounds […]

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Stream: Cliff Beach, ‘Sunday Morning’

Cliff Beach’s new single “Sunday Morning” is not about the Sabbath. It’s about what happened Saturday night. And regret. The veteran funk-soul man, whose last full-length “The Gospel According to Cliff Beach” came out in 2017 and whose 2020 single “Confident” won Grand Prize at the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, delivers a rallying cry for rebirth on his new anthem, produced by Peter Hong. “‘Sunday Morning’ is about recovering from […]

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Watch: New videos from Valley Boy, Possible Oceans, Coma Girls

Catching up with recent videos from Valley Boy, Possible Oceans and Coma Girls … VALLEY BOY, “Sad Girl” On the heels of last November’s single “Cigarette,” the duo of James Alan Ghaleb and Ian Meltzer return with “Sad Girl,” a mopey slog (the production gives it that feel, anyway) through the emotions of rejection. “This song began after receiving my second ‘we should never talk again’ text from someone I […]

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Stream: Melpo Mene, ‘All of This Is True’ (feat. Russian Red)

There’s a line of thinking that holds that nobody does pop music right more often than the Swedish. So welcome back to the landscape, Melpo Mene, aka Erik Mattiasson, the native of Stockholm who made the Aughts better with his 2008 album “Bring the Lions Out,” one of three full-lengths he released between 2004 and 2012. He moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and, seemingly, went underground. In truth, he’s […]

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Premiere: Charlie Clark, ‘Don’t Have a Cow, Man!’

Scottish singer-songwriter Charlie Clark spent 10 years living in Los Angeles. Though releasing solo tunes, as well as songs with the projects Broken Arrow and Majestic 12, Clark enabled more music than he made, owing to his gigs as a talent buyer (including seven years at Harvard & Stone) and host of songwriter nights. But it wasn’t until he returned to his homeland in early 2019 to look after his […]

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Video: Weezer, ‘All My Favorite Songs’

New Weezer song, cue the strings … Wait, say what? It’s true. While twiddling their thumbs as the pandemic delayed the much-anticipated release of the album “Van Weezer” (originally scheduled for May 2020), Rivers Cuomo and the guys didn’t actually twiddle their thumbs. They made the album “OK Human,” arriving Jan. 29. And there are strings. The all-analog album features a 38-piece orchestra, with string and horn arrangements by producer […]

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Stream: Cassandra Violet, ‘Swim Test’

There’s an understated beauty in Cassandra Violet’s plaintive new single “Swim Test” that matches the song’s theme: to prevail under the most difficult circumstances. “The song is about my father, who has lived beach-side in Venice for decades although he can’t swim,” says Violet, who (speaking of hardships) is a high school English teacher by day. “This didn’t stop him from faking his swim test he had to take to […]

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Video: KALI, ‘Lucy’

Sixteen-year-old KALI (Kali Flanagan) cemented her place on 2021’s Artists to Watch lists last November when she released hr debut single “Back to the Start.” Now she’s back with the new single “Lucy” and the news that her debut EP “Circles” will be out May 7. The video co-stars Trixie Begler and was directed by Zealand Yancy and Sophia Ziskin. As for the song, it’s golden, balancing effervescent keys, playful […]

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Ears Wide Open: Darkplay

One can never go wrong with post-punk. It’s a genre that has emerged from the cold ,grey English skies of its birth into a style that can be easily spotted in much sunnier environs. Darkplay confirms this with their latest offering, “Knuckles.” Sticking with the recipe, the L.A. duo cooked up the single with all the right ingredients, trash-can drums, a hint of goth, a dash of darkwave, a wash […]

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