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Pyramid Vritra’s Ambling Spool

Pyramid Vritra Spool Indra 2014 Hal Williams

It’s easy to be fascinated by Pyramid Vritra. According to his bio, the young LA musician has had successes via MySpace with the Odd Future crew and works part time driving a forklift in a South Los Angeles home improvement store. He’s a quiet, contemplative dude which is why his drawn out, almost spoken work song “Spool” feels very emblematic of his true self. He positions himself as a bit of a cosmic deity.

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Dorian Wood’s Sensual O

Dorian Wood O Rattle Rattle 2014

Dorian Wood is basically a young Antony Hegarty. They have a similar vocal range and style and both identify as queer musicians. Both artists are incredibly creative and pursue parallel tracks in visual and performance arts. While Hegarty comes from South England, Wood comes from Echo Park: they’re very different artists but share a similar sensibility.

Wood is still very much coming into his own too. He’s not content releasing music and letting it travel where it goes but instead uses his music as a means to ignite further artistic work. His latest album Rattle Rattle was released over a year ago yet there is still juicy media springing out from it. The latest example of this is the video for the album’s closer “O” which is more than a performance document or music video: it’s a collaborative art project.

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Napolian’s Glitchy DARPA

Napolian DARPA Incursio Software Recording 2014

Napolian is one of those Los Angeles musicians who you don’t believe is actually Angeleno. The musician (Real name: Ian Evans) is a Software artist, which basically means he’s on the cutting edge of electronic music right now. He attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills (which is where Ice Cube went) and is coming out with a unique, young, yet brightly cynical view of sound and the current state of the world. The single for his upcoming album Incursio is “DARPA” and it very much fills out his point of view: a digitized, warping of the potentially doomed future.

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Conscious Creations From Della

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LA people are way, way, way conscious of the world. They want to connect with all those around them and do things that better our surroundings. Della is a conscious creator in Los Angeles that works directly with a West African community to provide jobs, education, and skill trainings for those who help them make their textiles. It’s a homegrown effort to make cool fashions with heart.

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New York Times Los Angeles Risk Of Decline

Here is some New York City sensationalism: the New York Times published and article titled “Report Finds Los Angeles at Risk of Decline.” Okay, dudes. But, truth telling: most of the article is bogus but our “expanding” so quickly from outsider money is something to be concerned about. Who is really in control of LA? Do those people actually care about the city? That’s where we see the imminent decline coming from…

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Bleeding Rainbow Los Angeles

Musical act Bleeding Rainbow is on tour now and is making a few Southern Californian pit stops: catch them at the Church On York on April 30.

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Moderns Los Angeles Synth Pop Sub Urban

Local synth pop act Moderns have recently hit the scene with their totally jam-able song “Sub Urban.” Quite nice: catch it below!


Cinco De Mayo Party El Conjunto Nueva Ola Echoplex

The Echoplex is welcoming a (pre) Cinco De Mayo bash with El Conjunto Nueva Ola on May 4. Someone named “Skapeche Mode” will be performing as well.

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June Wayne Prints Paintings Tapestries Pasadena California Museum Of Art

PMCA’s next show is a celebration of the work of painter, printmaker, and feminist activist June Wayne’s work. It opens May 4 and will be on view through August 31. Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena will run concurrently.

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