Lauren Ruth Ward Is Here For You, Los Angeles

If there is one Los Angeles-based artist whom the LA music community has taken a profoundly healthy shine to (if not downright fallen in love with), it’s Lauren Ruth Ward. In the three short years since officially settling down in this City of Angels, the sheer force of her natures – musical, professional, social, personal – have shaped the Baltimore, […]


Between the two of them, Max Collins and Kenny Carkeet have a few decades of band and band touring experience behind them. Most easily referenced: Collins with Eve 6 and Carkeet with AWOLNATION. After randomly meeting at a festival in 2012 and staying in touch, Collins and Carkeet decided to spread their creative wings and in FITNESS was born. Swerving out of […]

Getting To Know…The Dirty Nil

While their songs sound as if they should be blaring in a seedy, beer-soaked basement doubling as an unlicensed venue, Luke Bentham (vox/guitar), Ross Miller (bass) and Kyle Fisher (drums) aka the Dirty Nil are not that dirty at all. In fact, the 2017 Breakthrough Group of the Year Juno Award winners are fairly well groomed, pleasant smelling and perfectly lovely […]

Story Time And Being More Kind With Frank Turner

There is no one quite like Frank Turner. From his foundations in the hardcore punk scene he rose, acoustic guitar in hand, to become a beloved figure and beacon for music-loving folk of all genres and age groups, inciting moshing, group hugs, and massive singalongs across continents. Seven albums in and he has delivered perhaps his most socially – if […]

Getting To Know You: Talk Time

“I’ve always thought playing and writing music was, in a way, interacting back with the music of great artists I’ve listened to over my life…a way of ‘giving back’ that energy kind of deal: another step in the interaction. And the band is like our instrument we use to “talk” back and contribute in that conversation.” explains Edson Choi of […]

Rock and Roll Reliability: Nick Brown (MONA)

Shortly after finishing sound check in prep for tonight’s show at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles, Nick Brown slid into my booth next to me. Immediately the moment caused me to shake my head and laugh because, after the ease of his greeting, the first thing that registered was the clean, warm scent of him: He smelled good. As […]

In Their Words: Foxtrax

“I was a little weirded out by the whole LA scene,” admits Ben Schneid (vox/guitar/keys) of the Los Angeles-by-way-of New York City alt-rock trio, Foxtrax. But let’s not harshly judge Schneid for a sentiment that most LA transplants have felt at some point before (during and after) committing to calling the City of Angels “home.” After all, transitions can be […]