01.11: Maria Blues supports ska-tinged debut LP at The Concert Lounge

A fourth wave of ska has emerged in full force, and LA is the epicenter from which its waves originate. Among the talented artists creating new music of this style is Maria Blues, who released her debut album Look Who It Is last month. The singer-songwriter fuses reggae, ska, cumbia, and soul together to create tracks that are catchy and emotions. Blues's lyrics switch between English and Spanish and seek to uplift those who don't often feel that they have a voice, especially women. Many of the tracks on Look Who It Is came from the last few years of Blues's career, especially "Rude Monkey", which saw its music video released in 2018. To celebrate Look Who It Is, Blues and her band will play The Concert Lounge in Riverside on January 11th. Go check her out, and take a look now at the music video for "Rude Monkey". - Will Sisskind 

Brigid Broderick " To All The Boys I've Regretted Hooking Up With Before"

Singer and Actress Brigid Broderick has released a hilarious song called “To All The Boys I’ve Regretter Hooking Up With Before”. The song lands somewhere between parody, pure comedy, and inventive pop. In the lyrics Broderick references Lorde and it is clear that this is inspired by and nearly a parody of the earnest lyrics of Lorde. We hope this isn't just a one off, but a hint at what may be to come. 

Josefina "Gone"

Josefina has released a new single called “Gone”. The singer-songwriter released two singles in 2019, “People Change” and "Wake Up Call”, and all three follow-up her 2018 album Starry Dome.

On “Gone” she is joined by Jim Tuerk (Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Synthesizers, Percussion), Brian Deck (Percussion), and Nick Broste (Trombone).

Will Orchard starts the year right with new record "Old Friends On The Mountain"

One can imagine Rhode Island’s Will Orchard thoroughly immersed in the writing and recording of his folktronica 2020 record Old Friends On The Mountain: the richly-layered instrumentation, the most-sincere emotion in the vocals, and the tranquility of it all are tell-tale signs of a sweet escape for the artist. As a listener, one is both witness and partaker of an experience carefully orchestrated for attentive ears. For both the sonic epicurean and casual listener, there is plenty to dab in, such as the serene acoustic strings of the opener “Until It’s Found,” which join an irresistible rhythm where Orchard’s voice reverberates. Tracks like “My Belly Is Full Of Hydrangea” are much more upbeat, and topped off with buttery smooth trumpet solos. There is an emotional tinge to the record, not a forceful one or so evident, just right for the man-nature connection it establishes. Listen to the heavy-exceptional bass in “Turning Back Again” from the new record below. - Rene Cobar

01.06: Kate Clover begins Bootleg Theater residency; listen to "Channel Zero"

LA scene staple Kate Clover finished recording her debut album Channel Zero last year, but instead of rest on her laurels, she's chosen to hit the ground running in 2020 with a residency at the Bootleg Theater. The electricity of songs like her debut's title track shoots out full force on stage, something that local scenesters know and curious punk and indie fans ought to learn more about. With a sound and look forged from the fires left lit by protopunk idols Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop, Clover's sound rings in the new decade not just with a bang, but with a barrage. Clover plays the Bootleg on 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, and 1/27, with different acts joining her every night. Get yourself to one of her shows, and take a listen to the title track from Channel Zero below. - Will Sisskind

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