Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Live Review: SOHN with Mr. Little Jeans at The Crocodile 5/21/14

4AD has been on a roll this year with unique new signees that are bringing the atmospheric R&B game to the next level. I guess this isn’t terribly surprising, considering 4AD has been on the forefront for, I don’t know, 35 years. But between last month’s sleeper hit Lo-Fang set and last week’s incredible CrocodileRead more...

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Live Review: Gardens & Villa with Tom Eddy at Barboza 5/13/14

Santa Barbara synthpop group Gardens & Villa have been on the road for nearly four months straight. Ever since their sophomore LP Dunes dropped on Secretly Canadian, they’ve been road-tripping around this county and others, showing off what a new batch of tunes and a refined live show have to offer. Both the album andRead more...

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Album Review: Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband

A rubber band is the perfect picture to fit Swedish electronic outfit Little Dragon. Up to this point, the band has been carving a unique sound that occupies a haunting modern space somewhere between historical influences like Massive Attack and Bjork. After singer Yukumi Nagano made an appearance on the 2010 Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach,Read more...

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Live Review: Childish Gambino at Paramount Theater 5/10/14

Writer, actor, director, songwriter, rapper, and all around entertainment superman, Donald Glover is a man who wears many hats. His hip-hop career under the moniker Childish Gambino hit full stride in back in 2011 with his Glassnote debut, Camp, which took his general awareness from niche rapper to mainstream success in a matter of months.Read more...

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Live Review: Lo-Fang with Erik Walters at Barboza 5/6/14

It’s been quite a year for Matthew Hemerlein. The Los Angeles-based musician operating, under the name Lo-Fang, has been piecing together his debut record Blue Film since 2009. First as a mixtape, now as a fully rendered personal work, the collection of songs seen here is awe-inspiring and strikingly unique. Hemerlein grew up a classicallyRead more...

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Album Review: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Days of Abandon

There are very few bands that find a way to capture the absolute euphoria of endless, boundless love and affection. Plenty manage to navigate the confusing space between love and infatuation, the infinite battle of reconciling affection and compassion, and find countless new ways to spell the woes of love in turmoil. But as farRead more...

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Live Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart with Fear of Men & Ablebody at The Vera Project 5/3/2014

In his interview with Stereogum, Kip Berman historically described The Pains of Being Pure At Heart as a project about writing songs and playing them with friends. Now, almost five years since the band’s divine eponymous debut, with a new backing lineup that helped record the new LP out in a week and a half,Read more...

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Album Review: Mø - No Mythologies To Follow

It’s almost summer 2014, and that means we get to see the indie pop scene evolve once again. Back at the beginning of 2012, Grimes dropped a bomb with Visions that didn’t stop shaking up the synth pop scene for nearly an entire year. The post-modern (or post-Internet, if you prefer) aesthetic and mixture ofRead more...

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Album Review: Lykke Li - I Never Learn

If you are at all like me, I Never Learn is not the Lykke Li album you were expecting this year. After the rapturous viral success of “Get Some” from her 2011 sophomore LP, Wounded Rhymes, it is easy to imagine Li taking her sensual, entrancing songwriting to a more pop-centric place. After all, theRead more...

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Live Review: Warpaint with James Supercave at Neumos 5/2/2014

When a crowd is truly, ruthlessly in love with the band they are about to see, you can tell from the moment they walk in the room. You don’t see it often, but when it happens, it’s a spectacle that you wouldn’t trade the world for. Friday night’s show with Warpaint at Neumos had oneRead more...

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