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Lily Moayeri

Los Angeles-based writer/teacher Lily Moayeri has been writing about music since 1992. Over the years her scope has widened to include the occasional article on television, art, fashion and random elements of pop culture. She is a major contributor to The Guerilla Guide To Music, a textbook currently being used at University of Westminster in London, England. You can find Lily’s writings aggregated on her work-in-progress blog, pictures-of-lily.com, named after the Who song. Twitter: @PicsOfLilyBlog Facebook: PicturesOfLilyBlog Instagram: @PicsOfLilyBlog Website: Pictures-Of-Lily.com

Temples: Contemporization Of Volcano

Since their 2012 single, “Shelter Song,” and its follow-up full-length, Sun Structures, the UK’s Temples have caught ears because of their clever interpretation of ’60s and ’70s psychedelic rock sounds through modern technology. This ethos is carried to their second album, Volcano, but not necessarily replicated.Recorded primarily at vocalist James Bagshaw’s home studio, which since Sun......

Sampha's 100% Humidity

Sampha Sisay’s collaborations with Kanye West, Drake, Frank Ocean and Solange, to name just a few, have had the 27-year-old soulful singer/songwriter traveling far and wide from his UK home. During the course of these experiences, Sisay, who uses Sampha as a pseudonym, discovered a correlation between the way he felt when he was singing, and the weather. “I was noticing my body was more......

Cool Spin: Kate Tempest, ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’

Poet, rapper, spoken-word artist, playwright, novelist—the award-winning Kate Tempest is all of these things. An amalgam of her skills contribute to her second album, Let Them Eat Chaos, the follow-up to 2014’s Mercury Prize-nominated Everybody Down. Not miles away from that attention-grabbing debut, Let Them Eat Chaos has Tempest teaming up with producer Dan Carey once again. Carey wholly......

Pacifique Studios

There is an inconspicuous brick building, one with no identifying markers that looks abandoned, with twin doors, the right hand one with an ancient bell. Push that bell and no sound comes out—at least not one that’s audible over the bustle of a major street in North Hollywood. The building’s deserted air might have to do with the fact that those who frequent the place use the discreet doors......

Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun reigns across the city of Los Angeles. The group’s various studios do, anyway, stretching from downtown to Santa Monica. Each of the group’s central figures, Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, plus its core creators, Peter Mayes and Jonathan (sometimes known as Donnie) Sloan, has his individual setup. Each member sketches in Ableton Live and records to Pro Tools, but all of them......

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