First Fridays at the Natural History Museum of LA County: Review

What could be more fun than hanging out, listening to great music AND looking at dinosaur fossils in the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History on a Friday night? I’m waiting for an answer. First Fridays, the monthly hosted by the museum, is where science, culture, and nightlife all coalesce into one of the


Review: DIIV ‘Is The Is Are’

When you hear a band’s unreleased new material in a live setting, you’re probably making some immediate conclusions before it sees a recorded release. When I saw Brooklyn dream-pop outfit DIIV late last year, their single “Dopamine” was already out for their long-awaited second album, which successfully put the band back on my radar. Though

Review: The Soft Moon Live At The Regent Theater (01/28/16)

To loosely paraphrase Nietzsche, if you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. Last night at Downtown’s Regent Theater, the abyss gazing back was The Soft Moon, and it has never sounded so good. The vibrant theater, situated in the cultural heart of Downtown Los Angeles, was the perfect scene for


Destructo: Exclusive interview at Ship2Ship, Avalon Hollywood

Imagine a cruise dedicated to the very best in dance music, which is also one of the most exclusive, unique experiences in live music – period. Now imagine you can’t go on either of its two voyages due to extremely high demand. Or, if you are able to go, you just want to feel the hype that surrounds

Review: DUST ‘Agony Planet’

When will people learn to stop worrying and embrace techno? I’m not holding my breath, but the resurgence of the DIY ethos behind the sound of the underground has given me new hope in the scene. Three Brooklyn-based purveyors of DIY, together as DUST, have taken the lexicon of the under-appreciated sub-genre of electronic music

Mysteryland 2016 unveils Phase One lineup

This summer Mysteryland returns to its home in Bethel Woods, New York for its third year, and the first phase of the lineup will completely blow your mind. The third edition of MYSTERYLAND USA, which is located on the same grounds of the legendary festival of all festivals, 1969’s Woodstock, continues to embrace the musical

Listen: moistbreezy & CETANA’s Celestial Hit ‘Running’

For their New Noise debut, CETANA and moistbreezy pair up to deliver the gorgeous “Running,” and it is the astral banger you never knew you needed. Nascent female singer / songwriter moistbreezy blends reverb-laden atmosphere and submerged emotion on her unique vocal approach. Known as the cyber sea princess in a turquoise wig, here she


30 best albums of 2015

The year 2015 is over, and Monsters and Critics’ music team of editor Kieran MacIntyre and writers Bella Elbaum and Ethan Goodman looked back and selected the best of 2015 albums for you to check out: 30. Diät – Positive Energy The title of this record may seem like a bit of a misnomer but

Listen: David Bowie’s Haunting New Single ‘Lazarus’

David Bowie has released the second single, “Lazarus,” off the highly anticipated Blackstar, and you will fall under its otherworldly spell. After teasing “Lazarus” earlier this week, the erstwhile Thin White Duke released the follow up single to the namesake epic off the forthcoming record, out January 8th, but it’s not just another incredible track

Listen: Reid Stefan Reworks Debbie Deb’s ‘Lookout Weekend’

LA-based bass wizard Reid Stefan released a hard-hitting rework for the classic 1984 freestyle track “Lookout Weekend,” and it will get your body moving. Back in May, I got to see the producer spin an incendiary set at Steve Aoki’s takeover of Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles, and I was a fan ever since. Stefan