Tag Archives: Los Feliz

“Young & Thriving” by Rodes Rollins

Rodes Rollins is a fresh songster based in Los Feliz who recently leaked the first single, “Young & Thriving,” off her forthcoming debut EP Young Adult. Produced by Alex Goose (Kevin Gates, Weezer) and featuring Stella Mozgawa (of Warpaint) on drums, the nostalgic song channels a desert nightscape via a somber blend of echoing guitar lines, psychedelic tones, and a very hypnotic voice.

“Moonrise will haunt you til cold.”

Rodes Rollins: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud

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Glass Animals (Show Pics)

Glass Animals recently performed at the Greek Theatre.


And photog Mallory Turner was there to shoot the rad show.

Mallory Turner: Website, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr

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“Make It Boom” by LA Qoolside

LA Qoolside is the new project of twins Michael/Thomas Mauriello and Marika Dahlin (of WARGIRL). Based in Los Feliz, the trio just released their debut single, “Make It Boom,” which is a bombastic blend of party-hop beats, dance-punk percussion, experimental effects, and rap-sung vocals. The result is a fresh, edgy blast of blatant fun caught between Junior Senior and M.I.A. (and will definitely make you dance).

“If you wanna make it big you better start to crawl.”

And here’s the track’s selective lyric video.

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“Knock On The Light” by Elle Belle

Elle Belle is the newish alter-ego of Los Feliz denizen Christopher Pappas. His latest single, “Knock On The Light,” is leaked off his forthcoming album, WAKO GUMBO, and was mixed by Mike Bloom (Jenny Lewis, The Elected). The result is a dreamy, psychedelic power blast with a retro vibe that’s highlighted by guest vocalist Misty Boyce (keyboardist for BØRNS).

“Innocence won’t let our love die.”

Elle Belle will perform on August 19th.


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“California Nights” by Brett

Brett is a band of four dudes (led by frontman Mick Coogan) who years ago left Washington, D.C. for Los Feliz and soon became a local staple. Their latest single, “California Nights,” is leaked off their forthcoming EP, Die Young, via 10k Islands and is a retro-vibed epic with a woozy midtempo and pulsing rhythms perfect for an oceanside drive during sunset.

“California nights stay on my mind.”

Brett: Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Soundcloud

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“Endless” by Deja Mae (Premiere)

After a traumatic accident that left her temporarily immobile, Deja Mae began writing music while holed up in her Los Feliz home. What began as a therapeutic outlet for recovery eventually became her new EP, Sloan, which is dropping tomorrow (February 19th). Produced by Eric Wright, the album is a solid collection of ravishing, downtempo dark pop haunted by stirring strings, trip-pop beats, brooding synths, electro effects, and a stirring vox possessed by passion. Here’s its opening track “Endless”:

“Our hearts weren’t made for sin.”

Deja Mae: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, Bandcamp, Soundcloud

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“Swoon” by L.A. Girlfriend

L.A. Girlfriend (aka Sydney Banta) returns by dropping her sophomore LP Neon Grey. The superb album is the blatant result of Banta giving a modern edge to her obsession of ’80s post-punk and synthpop –or as she describes, “a soundtrack for lonely lovers that want to dance out the darkness.” Here’s the Pixies-channeling track “Swoon.”

“I got a fever of dreams that changes all the time.”

We wanted to know more about L.A. Girlfriend so we asked Banta a few questions.

If you ever moved to another city, do you think you would have to change your moniker?

“Never! I like to think of L.A. Girlfriend as a state of mind instead of a reference to where I’m physically located. I’m a California girl at heart too, so if I ever left, I’d definitely be bringing home with me. Changing the name would be changing my whole identity.”

How did you come up with the title of your new album Neon Grey?

“I came up with the title based on reflection of my own life. I noticed the ups and downs that were affecting me in various ways and realized, despite there being a void of simplistic black-and-white choices and circumstances, I had to embrace the uncertainty of living in ‘the grey.’ No matter what happens in life, I always want to be optimistic and bright sort of speak. The title Neon Grey is my way of combining good and bad and making it into something totally new.”

Did you have help recording it?

“I wrote and produced the entire album myself, but I did have help in tracking guitars, bass, and vocals. Celso Estrada of Kingsize Soundlabs was my wizard of recording and engineering and my bassist Nathan came in to play a few parts. Other than that, I took on guitar duties and vocals. I like keeping the process tight knit.”

What’s the biggest difference between this release and your last EP, Varsity, and LP Viva?

Viva was more analog driven; live guitars, live bass, and live drum sounds. The Varsity EP leaned on the electronic side with synth-heavy sounds and drum machines. I really like elements from both sides and I think of Neon Grey as the marriage between the two. Since the subject matter of Neon Grey is more serious from a lyrical point than previous releases, sonically the album as a whole is heavier and darker –my electro analog thunderstorm of a dream come true.”

You admit that your sound is heavily influenced by ’80s counterculture. Do you wish you could travel back to that era or are you content with the present?

“Honestly, if I were to travel back, I’m not sure I would appreciate it as much as I do now. That’s why I have my cool parents to show me the best of the best. We usually watch ’80s music videos whenever I visit them, and for me, it’s an awesome way to relive the era through their eyes. I’d probably only go back to the ’80s for a day to watch my mom recommend albums to customers at the record shop where she worked and see my dad shred on a skateboard.”

The new album’s cover art features a rad, custom “LAGF” ring. Where did it come from?

“My good friend Bobby Allen started a custom jewelry business called The Circle Craft a while back and has since made some pretty amazing things out of bronze and other metals. He’s responsible for the ring and the eons of happiness I feel whenever I wear it. Definitely my go-to jewelry guy.”

What can we expect from you next?

“Coming up, I have a big Neon Grey party happening at Resident in Downtown L.A. on February 19th. After that, at least two more videos in support of the LP and a slew of shows that might take me to different states. It’d be sick to play FYF this year, but other than that, the plan is to keep going onward and upward.”

L.A. Girlfriend will perform on February 19th at Resident.


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“Good Girls” by Bad Wave

Bad Wave began when producer Patrick Hart kept sporadically living with songwriter Tucker Tota in Venice Beach. No longer roomies (but neighbors), they continue to collaborate on catchy pop singles such as “Good Girls” (10K Islands). Built on shimmering synths and pulsing digi-beats, the song continues the duo’s reliable vibe for danceable neo-disco.

“But good girls don’t get scared.”

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