Los Angeles

  • Miss Madeline: “My music is so…extra…”

    Miss Madeline is every pop star you’ve ever wanted to be rolled into one.  She’s decadently raunchy, unapologetically nasty, ineffably gorgeous, and inexpressibly fabulous.  She’s what your parents pray you won’t become and what your boyfriend (or girlfriend) prays you will.  Her “megasuperstarprincess” style is a candy-coated, TRL-inspired take on...
  • Paper Jackets: “I think we’re mature alternative”

    “Maybe it’s because of my age, but I don’t really understand music these days… I think we’re mature alternative, but alternative has grown kind of outside of what I recognize the genre to be,” says James Mason, vocalist for LA outfit Paper Jackets.  Since last October the band has...
  • FEELS Get a Little Dystopian

    “I think coming from the last year and a half of this crazy stuff, spending time rehearsing and writing, we definitely have magical moments together where you really feel like, ‘This is why we started doing this in the first place’,” says Michael Rudes, drummer of LA alternative rockers...
  • Lisa Crawley on Living in America and Looking For Love

    Although Lisa Crawley may not quite be a marquee name in America, there’s a reasonable chance that you’ve heard her music featured in shows like Nancy Drew, Good Trouble, and Stumptown in recent years.  However, the New Zealand-born indie pop singer/songwriter, who recently relocated to Los Angeles, has been...
  • L’FREAQ: “I want people to know, ‘You can be your wild, authentic self!’”

    “I’m obsessed with FKA Twigs.  I’m obsessed with anything that’s inspired by goddess imagery, feminine empowerment, kink culture, anything subversive.”  Lea Cappelli, better known as L’FREAQ, is describing her sartorial style, but the characterization could just as easily apply to the sentiments of her music itself.  “I think it’s...
  • Ariel Bellvalaire Wants to Bring Shrednastics to a Town Near You

    “For me really, I just fell into music by accident.  I was a gymnast first, which is where ‘Ariel’ came from, and then I wanted to be Avril Lavigne, so the guitar just fell into my lap,” says the exceptionally enthusiastic Ariel Bellvalaire during a recent phone chat.  The...
  • Jenna Kyle: “I’m looking to create a space to let go.”

    Upon seeing Jenna Kyle’s recent video for “Tell Me,” any former goth teen won’t be able to help conjuring comparisons to Depeche Mode’s Anton Corbijn collaborations.  The hyper-moody banger is equally suitable for midnight epiphanies and moderately-irresponsible nightclubbing.  And the accompanying music video, directed by Jay Harwood, has the...
  • Welcome to Planet X: Emma Danner Talks Red Ribbon’s Sophomore LP

    “Music turns my pain into a process. There is peace and healing to be found in the process,” says Emma Danner in her latest press release.  Better known as Red Ribbon, Danner is referring to her second LP, Planet X, which drops this Friday, June 11th.  The album, which comes courtesy...
  • Chase Cohl, “musician, writer, designer”

    Although Chase Cohl isn’t exactly a household name, she has been in the art and entertainment industry for quite some time now and managed to put her name on numerous of its facets.  With parents in the music industry, Cohl spent much of her youth on the road with...