Rise to glory In 1985, right in hair metal’s best years, Loudness released its first album on an American label, it’s fifth album overall. Until then, the band from Osaka was really known only in Japan. I was sixteen, fascinated by the genre, and frustrated by my awareness of artists I had no way of checking out. There were all these bands in metal mags and in the bins at Tower Records, but there was […] Continue »
I think about you so so so so much I forget to eat “California psychedelic surf rock with lyrics sung in Khmer? Sure! Why not?” I downloaded Dengue Fever’s third full-length album, Venus on Earth, and by the end of the first spin, I was repeating aloud, “Where has this been all my life?” Once upon a time eMusic was the online digital music store unlike the others. Because it didn’t have deals with the major […] Continue »
It’s not the ’90s without the Huang family. #FreshOffTheBoat is returning for Season 5! 🎊 pic.twitter.com/IKGpOZK9bD — Fresh off the Boat (@FreshOffABC) May 11, 2018 Aaaaaaaaand EXhale. I’m often optimistic to a fault. A Pollyanna. An extreme benefit-of-the-doubt-giver. Yet if I’d had to bet, I would have lost this one. I thought things were looking horribly grim for Fresh Off the Boat’s chances at a fall return. First there was an uncharacteristic lack of advance late-season […] Continue »
State Change EP (2018) by Priska You’ve got something to say Priska’s new EP dropped Tuesday. Here’s what she said on FB: “I’m so excited and proud to share this project with you all. I wrote the majority of this album during a very pivotal time in my life where I went through a series of changes that transformed how I approached life. I was genuinely afraid of embarking on this project, I wasn’t sure if […] Continue »
Our history can complete Luke McQueen’s website says he was adopted from South Korea at the age of five to Longmont, Colorado. Around the age of ten, he won a local talent competition with an original composition. Throughout grade school and college, music remained a hobby. At the University of Colorado, McQueen studied the safe path of engineering. However, it was also at the university where he accepted the opportunity to be a vocalist in […] Continue »
I conjure up the colors in your eyes Alfa released a new music video April 12 for “Round and Round,” a track on June 2017’s album Spark & Fury, which you should totally check out if you haven’t already heard it. I think it’s an interesting choice for a music video since it’s not one of the more memorable songs on the album, but there aren’t any bad tracks here, so why not? The video is […] Continue »
ICYMI: Senator Tammy Duckworth gave birth to her second child, a girl named Maile Pearl, April 9. The junior senator from Illinois is the first member of the Senate to give birth while in office. This past Wednesday, the Senate changed its rules to allow infants on the Senate floor during a vote, enabling Duckworth to stick close to her child while sticking close to the proceedings. There’s some confusion out there about Maile’s name, […] Continue »
Gingee released her new EP Island Blooms last month, right at the spring equinox. Coco Water According to her Facebook bio, Gingee (Marjorie Light) is a DJ, producer and vocalist from Los Angeles. DJing and producing since 2003, she is known for her unique take on electronic music, which blends elements of global bass, world music, and hip hop. Her work is a reflection of the sounds and cultures she has been exposed to growing up […] Continue »
Someone’s waiting there for me; I know it Meiko released “Back in the Game” March 16. “I wrote this song as a ‘going-out anthem’ for the broken-hearted,” she writes on her website. You know: brush your knees off, get back in there and kick some ass!” I don’t really care if you believe it It’s been a while since I last checked in with Meiko (she pronounces it “Meeko”) and I regretted my being out […] Continue »
I used to stand inside the gates Priska premiered her new single and accompanying music video last Thursday, following its launch party and performance the previous Saturday. I became aware of her when I reviewed Voices of Our Vote a year and a half ago. I wrote that among the 32 artists in the anthology, her “Don’t Go Quietly” was “my favorite vocal on the compilation, and my favorite lyrics, too … Think Sarah McLachlan after […] Continue »
Shohei Ohtani, the “Japanese Babe Ruth,” made his Major League debut Thursday for the Los Angeles Angels against the Oakland Athletics, the American Yakult Swallows. Ohtani went 1 for 5 as the designated hitter, batting 8th in the 6-5 loss to my favorite team on Opening Day. Ohtani was the most talked-about player in the off-season. MLB announced his eligibility to play for an American team in November; he signed with Los Angeles two weeks […] Continue »
Boy am I late with this review. Jennifer Zhang’s new EP Escape Emotion was released August 29 last year, and I’m finally getting to it now. It isn’t for lack of enthusiasm. I am still stoked to be sharing this music with you on the seven-month anniversary of its dropping. Zhang’s press release says, “Jennifer Zhang performs each track with a breathless, kittenish sensuality. She is established on the web as a popular content creator and […] Continue »
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