Bad Suns

Having only formed in 2012, it almost seems as if Los Angeles quartet Bad Suns skipped those awkward “teenage” band years of being more mediocre than not and sprang forth fully formed. After releasing the single “Cardiac Arrest” in 2013, Chris Bowman (vox, guitar), Miles Morris (drums), Gavin Bennett (bass) and Ray Libby (guitar) more than delivered on the promise […]

Jarryd James

He is the most unassuming of musicians but his music – it leaves a mark. He’s Jarryd James. The 31 year-old Brisbane, Australian singer/songwriter found his voice again when he needed it, put it to sound use when he teamed up with the likes of New Zealand hit-maker Joel Little (Lorde, Broods), Mikky Ekko (Rihanna), Tobias Jesso Jr. (Sia, Adele), […]


Kristine Flaherty and I jumped off our conversation by talking about another band: Paper Route. There are scant degrees of separation and we connect the dots. Last year Flaherty aka K.Flay created a mix tape for our Winter 2015 print issue with the theme, “Songs Containing Water” which included songs like “Waterfalls” by TLC, “Waters of Nazareth” by Justice and […]

Charlie Kerr: JPNSGRLS

Yes, they’re from Vancouver with the band name JPNSGRLS (pronounced ‘Japanese girls’) and because of the riff heavy, explosive, lyrically and sonically thoughtful indie rock that edges with punk energy, we can forgive the absence of vowels. This time. In July Charlie Kerr (vox), Colton Lauro (guitar), Chris McClelland (bass) and Graham Serl (drums) released their sophomore record: an engaging […]


Austrian trio HUNGER are onto a certain something. Their debut single, “Gravity,” manages to gracefully trace a cold feeling with a warm outline, making it a compelling introduction to the electronic rock/pop stories that Lucas Fendrich (vox), Daniel Rumpel (guitar), and Johannes Herbst (keyboard/synths) aim to tell and project…like audible cinema. After two years as H U N G E R […]

Paper Route

The last time Paper Route (Nick Aranda, JT Daly and Chad Howat) came to Los Angeles, it was March with springtime weather that could be described as downright pleasant and agreeable. This time’s it’s mid-June and…well, it’s really hot. Almost stiflingly so as they sound check inside the Echo where they would perform later in the eve. This show would serve […]

Joe Saunders

A native of Atlanta, GA, Joe Saunders is set to become the next great comedy writer. Currently writing for the IFC oddball sketch show, Comedy Bang! Bang! Saunders wrote for the 2015 Emmys as well as written sketches for websites Funny or Die and College Humor. Saunders first began his career at the Upright Citizens Brigade, where he is a […]