J. Laser (Photo courtesy Siren’s Call PR)
J. Laser is the self-titled debut EP from Los Angeles based J. Laser, the moniker of multi-talented composer, producer, and musician Jordan Lawlor, previously of M83.
The five-track collection is set for release on June 26th and features the irresistible “Sunshine,” which has been fast garnering global support from BBC Radio 1’s Indie show, Buzzbands LA, Spotify and Clash, to name a few as well as topping Submithub’s chart.
Blinker the Star (Photo by Eve Roy)
Jordon Zadorozny has been releasing music as Blinker The Star since back in 1994. He has done almost everything an artist would want to do. He got a major label record deal. He’s written music with and for artists like Lindsey Buckingham, Chris Cornell, and Courtney Love. He’s played in some amazing venues and lived the rock and roll life.
You may think that over 25 years into his career, he might be satisfied with cranking out songs that sound like they were written in the mid-’90s. But that just isn’t the case. Jordon has been steadily writing and releasing fresh-sounding music for years. Case in point, Blinker’s new single, “Silent Types.”
Silversun Pickups perform at 9:30 Club on March 8, 2020. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)
Silversun Pickups are sweeping the country on a 30-date tour in support of their latest studio album, Widow’s Weeds. The band performed at 9:30 Club recently, and Paivi Salonen shot the show.
Bat for Lashes performs at Sixth & I on Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Nalinee Darmrong)
When Natasha Khan moved to Los Angeles not long ago, she quickly made arrangements to travel north to Santa Cruz to see The Trestle Bridge made famous by The Lost Boys movie, a favorite film. She then began reflecting on an artistic endeavor around a group of Lost Girls, and thus was born the concept for the latest album by Bat for Lashes.
Natasha reflected on the inspiration in concert at Sixth & I recently, where she presented half a dozen songs from the album along with several from her previous four records and covers of several artists who “made her the woman she is today.”
Lower Dens performs at Songbyrd Music House on Feb. 14, 2020. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)
Beach House. Dan Deacon. Future Islands. Animal Collective. Baltimore has been a hot music scene for a while now, but for some reason the amazing Lower Dens never seem to be mentioned in these conversations often enough. That’s a real shame because Jana Hunter’s outfit has been pumping out quality tunes for over a decade now.
Bat for Lashes (Photo by Logan White)
Bat for Lashes, real name: Natasha Khan, released Lost Girls, her fifth studio album, last year via AWAL. She followed that up this month with a live EP, The Boys of Summer! Natasha next performs at Sixth & I on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Lower Dens (Photo by Torso)
Lower Dens released their newest creation — The Competition — on Ribbon Music, at the end of last year. The Baltimore dream poppers perform at Songbyrd Music House on Friday, Feb. 14.
Turnover (Photo courtesy 9:30 Club)
Dreampop collective Turnover play 9:30 Club on Thursday, Dec. 19, in a joint tour with Men I Trust. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Cigarettes After Sex performs at 9:30 Club on Oct. 25, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)
Ambient quartet Cigarettes After Sex recently performed at 9:30 Club on the very day the band released Cry, their second studio album. Paivi Salonen was there to take photos of all of the slow jams.
Luna brings Penthouse to the 9:30 Club on Oct. 5, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Luna have been making great music for nearly 30 years, but for some reason even after being on major labels, having had songs featured on major movie soundtracks, and the critical praise of not only their peers but of big name music publications (Rolling Stone famously named them “the best band you’ve never heard”), Luna isn’t a household name, though it should be!
In fact, one of their best albums, Penthouse, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year, was named one of the best 100 albums of the 1990s by Rolling Stone recently. And it’s that same album that was performed in full (plus some, but I’ll get into that in a moment) at the 9:30 Club recently.