Tag Archives: Hollywood

“Runaways” by Stephen Bradley

IMG_1355Stephen Bradley has had an amazing career as No Doubt‘s faithful trumpeter/keyboardist, but he decided to impress us again by releasing his first solo EP Runaways. The Oakland native claims the four songs were inspired by the “transient and frenetic energy of Hollywood” after moving to the outlandish neighborhood. And thanks to help from co-producer Javan Slagle, Bradley was able to capture a smooth, modern amalgam of glitch pop, soulwave, and neo-jazz such as on the title track:

“Yeah I like the way it feels…”

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“Comatose” Music Video by NÉONHÈART

NH SMOKENÉONHÈART is the collaborative project of singer-songwriter Christina O’Connor and producer HAOO. Working out of a bedroom studio in Hollywood, the coed duo recently leaked their first single, “Comatose,” off their forthcoming debut EP Awakening. The track is a steady indie pop track with O’Connor’s breathy, ethereal vox gliding over electrifying synths and driving digi-beats.

“Would you stay one more night?”

And here’s its riveting music video directed by Marta M. Dymek and starring Alexzandria Jade.

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“Gimme A Break” by NEKOKAT

NEKOKATProducer Eric Palmquist’s studio is an astounding place where bands always create their best work (see Night Riots, Bad Suns). And it was here that Jordan W (aka The Ready Set), Cameron Walker, and Jess Bowen (of The Summer Set) came together as NEKOKAT. Besides a dope moniker, the Hollywood-based trio also have a forthcoming debut EP, Communication (Washington Square/Razor & Tie), with the first single being the infectiously vibrant indie pop track “Gimme A Break.”

“Tell me why you’re trying to fool yourself…”

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“Beautiful Liar” Music Video by The Bad Years (Premiere)

BadYears_Gold_002Coed duo The Bad Years recently dropped their debut EP filled with raw indie rock such as the psychedelic-tinged title track “Beautiful Liar.”

“But giving up feels so good when your lover holds you like they should.”

And here’s the track’s retro-filtered music video following the band on random antics and errands throughout HollywoodThai Town, and Carthay Circle:

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“Beat Of My Drum” by POWERS

POWERSPOWERS is the Hollywood-based duo of Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru whose curriculum vitae includes working with Alex da Kid and writing for Icona Pop. Their latest leaked single, “Beat Of My Drum,” is a white hot jam built on funk-pop grooves, punchy digi-beats, and Del Rio’s sharp falsetto. We dare you not to dance!

“Cut me loose…”

B3SCI Records will release the song this June on limited edition 7-inch vinyl.

POWERS will perform on May 19th at The Echo for Popshop West.


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“Your Queen” by Toni and Ash (Premiere)

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 11.31.23 AMSomewhere between a provocative edge and brazen kitsch, Toni and Ash strikes an earnest balance. The Hollywood-based sisters produce their own music (Toni on vocals, Ash on everything else: synth, guitar, bass, beats) which comes off as groove-focused neo-funk pop. Here’s their latest leaked single, “Your Queen,” off their forthcoming album due this summer.

“Let me be your queen.”

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“Easy Livin'” by Annaliese

_MG_3535Out of her Hollywood studio, Annaliese is slowly leaking tracks off her forthcoming debut. Her latest single, “Easy Livin’,” isn’t as epic as her previous (“CASHMERE”) but preserves her downtempo vibe of sedated beats and serene synths behind a lush voice painting with strokes of passion:

“We make a long way from easy livin’ look good, baby.”

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Phoebe Ryan, Andy Shauf (Show Pics)

phoebe-ryan-8Phoebe Ryan and Andy Shauf recently performed at Bardot for It’s A School Night.


And photog Joe Cortez was there to shoot the show:

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“Window Pain” by Xenia

Xenia_2_WebThe Hollywood songstress Xenia recently leaked the track “Window Pain” off her forthcoming EP, Artemisa (monikered after her grandmother). Produced by Jon McLaughlin and perhaps her most formative single to date, the song is a short, evocative ballad driven by somber keys, trip-pop beats, stirring strings, and a soulful, raspy vox that raptures every thought.

“See right through me.”

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“Human Again” by Genevieve

SHOT_07_1042Genevieve returns by leaking another track, “Human Again,” off her forthcoming debut EP, Show Your Colors, due March 10th via Wind-up. With underlying soft synths and sparse effects, the song allows her epic voice to shine then soar into a power ballad propelled by raw emotion:

“It feels like I’m almost human again.”

Genevieve is now on tour.


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