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Above & Beyond
Above & Beyond

Text by Caitlin Clarke Photography by Ameila Troubridge Above & Beyond could easily be called one of the brightest stars in the galaxy of dance music. Named “the biggest DJ/production collective the UK has ever produced” by DJ Magazine, London-based Jono Grant, Paavo Siljamäki and Tony McGuinness have built an extensive and renowned body of [...]

Chet Faker: The Real Deal
Chet Faker: The Real Deal

Text by J. POET Photography by Lisa Frieling Two years ago Nick Murphy, who records as Chet Faker, was working in a bookstore dreaming about having a musical career. He was attending The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, studying to become a recording engineer. In the evening, he was a DJ spinning soul and R&B [...]

DJ Chic
DJ Chic

In order to name America’s most stylish DJs, one must consider how to define style. More than owning an expensive wardrobe or knowing about the newest, coolest gadget, style is a distinct way of doing things and the influence it has on others. Truly fashionable producers don’t do what everybody else is doing; they establish [...]

Cut Copy
Cut Copy

The Australian group Cut Copy is on its fourth album, Free Your Mind, cemented with their patented filtering of electronics to create a decidedly indie pop confections made for dancing and movement. On the album, Cut Copy’s special brand of dense electronic layers keep their past albums’ danceability strongly in place, but the structures of [...]

iamamiwhoami
iamamiwhoami

A velveted rawness emanates from the stage as Jonna Lee releases her first note, searing simultaneously with both emotion and control. The audience, previously teeming with movement from the last artist’s digitalized beats, is still with anticipation; the wonderment in the air is palpable. Lee stands above a growing layer of fog, in front of [...]

Ducky
Ducky

San Francisco native Morgan Neiman has been making music as Ducky for as long as she can remember. “I had a pretend bass I used to play when I was seven or eight,” Neiman recalls. “I was always building my own tiny instruments. When I got older, the Postal Service was probably overworked delivering all [...]

London Grammar
London Grammar

“Excuse me, excuse me, ‘scuse, ‘scuse,” are the words heard most prior to London Grammar taking the stage at It’s A School Night, an intimate Monday night affair at Bardot Hollywood, as spectators attempt to find standing room. The British trio is making their first U.S. appearance. With the excitement generated by its Metal & [...]

This is Resuscitation
This is Resuscitation

The voice of Derek Vincent Smith oozes through the receiver, as if he’s just awoken from a glorious nap. The music maker, better known by his stage name, Pretty Lights, has a new album, many shades different from the ones before. He speaks about A Color Map of the Sun with nonchalance, so familiar with [...]

Anna Von Hausswolff
Anna Von Hausswolff

Anna Von Hausswolff is the daughter of experimental Swedish composer and mixed media artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff, so her desire to produce genre exploding music may be genetic. Her new album, Ceremony, combines the sound of a church organ with a small rock band, for music that veers from stately classical themes to simple [...]

A Super Man With ADD
A Super Man With ADD

Adam Goldberg is pacing the floor as he talks on his cell phone. Today he’s doing interviews to promote his new Goldberg Sisters album, Stranger’s Morning, and helping his friends Darian Zahedi and Jon Safley of The Reflections select the cover art for their new album, Limerence. Goldberg is also doing the final revisions on [...]

Holy Ghost!
Holy Ghost!

Holy Ghost! appearances around North America over spring and summer are selling out at a pleasantly quick rate. Holy Ghost! is not a reference to the divine entity paired with an element of surprise, but to the New York City-based duo of Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser. It has been a couple of years since [...]

Mayer Hawthorne
Mayer Hawthorne

At a coffee house filled with Silverlake hipsters, Mayer Hawthorne blends right in. When mentioning the crooner’s name to anyone, the general response is: “Mayer Hawthorne is great.” The 30-something Ann Arbor, Michigan native and Los Angeles transplant is, inarguably, great. What Hawthorne hears the most upon meeting people, however, is, “I thought you were [...]

Deconstructed
Deconstructed

A spindly body and tumbling locks mark Kendra Morris’ tangible aesthetic. But it’s her supple powerhouse of a voice that leaves an indelible impression. The 30-something Florida-bred singer- songwriter is nestled in her East Village apartment in New York. Every bit as unique as the eclectic accumulation of found objects that fill every nook and [...]

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon

Sean Lennon is the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and like his parents, he has a restless creative spirit that’s constantly veering off in unpredictable directions to create adventurous music. He has made solo albums of dreamy pop with a bossa nova flavor, co-written songs with Lenny Kravitz, played bass in the quirky [...]

JIHAE: CREATIVITY UNLIMITED
JIHAE: CREATIVITY UNLIMITED

Multimedia artist, producer and director of films and videos, head of her own record label, songwriter, musician and political activist.  Jihae does it all. But it’s music that nurtures her heart and soul. Jihae is a force of nature. She never stays in one spot for long, artistically or geographically. Since she landed in New [...]

Inc.
Inc.

Andrew and Daniel Aged look like high school truants hiding out at Chico’s, their local Mexican food stop in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Cloaked in hoodies with multitudes of rings flashing on their collective fingers, the baby-faced brothers—who are 28 and 26, respectively—are hardly shirking responsibilities. The duo has left its music-making [...]

Parralox
Parralox

When the Australian duo known as Parralox put “I Fell in Love with a Drum Machine” up on their MySpace page in 2008, it went viral, causing a sensation in the international club community. The tune is slightly autobiographical, referencing the early life of the band’s songwriter and keyboard player, sci-fi enthusiast John von Ahlen. [...]

Elin Ruth
Elin Ruth

Elin Ruth looks like she just stepped out of a 1940’s pin-up calendar. Her long blonde hair, red lips and nails, and vintage dresses give her the presence of a World War II beauty queen. Although the tattoos and piercings let you know that she’s a modern woman. “I love everything that has to do [...]

Narada Michael Walden
Narada Michael Walden

Narada Michael Walden landed in the Bay Area in 1978 and a few years later, put together Tarpan, his world famous recording studio in San Rafael. The Grammy-winning drummer, songwriter, singer and producer was playing drums before he could walk and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Mariah Carey, Diana [...]

Marika Hackman
Marika Hackman

Over recent years, folk has remerged from the depths of music history to fronting the British music scene once again. Whatever way folk may affect you, whether it lullabies you to sleep, or hypnotizes you into another runic realm that helps you forget the troubles of daily life, Marika Hackman’s pairing of her guitar and voice, since the tender age of fourteen, has played a large success in that part.

Tori Amos
Tori Amos

Top by Sally LaPointe, full skirt by Carolina Herrera Tori Amos became a force in popular music with Little Earthquakes, an album full of confessional songs that balanced strong melodies with even stronger emotional content, including “Me And a Gun,” a graphic song about rape and abuse. Her slightly quirky melodies and emotional honesty won [...]

Sea Wolf
Sea Wolf

Alex Brown Church, the central figure behind the Los Angeles-based musical entity Sea Wolf is uncomfortable. Twitchy and evasive, he populates silences with filler phrases, then ends up mumbling, “I don’t know,” when his thoughts remain unarticulated. Luckily, this communication impairedness doesn’t present itself in Church’s music. In fact, on Old World Romance, his latest [...]

Onuinu
Onuinu

Dorian Duvall, the artist known as Onuinu (On You, In You), calls his music Disco-Hop, a moniker that obscures as much as it reveals. While the energetic thump of disco and the erratic beats of hip hop are evident in his sound, the songs on Mirror Gazer, his striking debut, can’t really be tied down [...]

Afghanistan is her name
Afghanistan is her name

After the Soviet invasion, just days before Ariana Delawari’s birth, her father’s entire family fled Afghanistan. Many of them found refuge at the Delawari home in Los Angeles, where baby Ariana was welcomed by a huge extended family. Her name, Ariana, is the ancient name for Afghanistan. “I think those early years really shaped me,” [...]


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