RØSE is our 2nd artist on the bill for Friday night's show! A thoughtful pop songwriter with a  voice that'll melt your ears:

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How do you hope your listeners feel with your music ?
I try to write music that is very honest and relatable and I hope that my listeners feel that. 

What's been your favorite live show you've ever seen and why?
I saw Ben Gibbard a few years back during his solo tour for Former Lives.That was pretty special. He's definitely one of my all time faves. 

If you could collaborate with any current artist, who would it be and why?
Justin Vernon because he's the shit. 

Why do you think local music matters?
As an artist, it's important for me to feel supported by other musicians in my community; to inspire and to be inspired. 



Friday night is our second event in our Coachella alternative series! And Angela Cross is our first artist on the bill. 

photo by Austin Chee

photo by Austin Chee


 How do you hope your listeners feel with your music ? 

You know when you’re driving around past midnight with someone you love and trust, whether it be your best friend or significant other, and you just talk about life for hours? It’s so simple, but for some reason it’s always really special. That’s what I want my music to feel like to people, intimate and honest. I think people talk about their feelings because it makes them feel human and normal. That’s really all I want. I just want my music to be that simple conversation that we all need. 

What's been your favorite live show you've ever seen and why?

I recently saw Kimbra, and it still feels like a dream. Not only is she an amazing songwriter, she’s also an incredible performer. She has this way of expressing vulnerability but also be whimsical at the same time. Her band was also amazing. Holy crap, they pulled off some really difficult moves and everything was so clean. I was also with one of my favorite people and we danced so violently, everyone around us just hated us. 

If you could collaborate with any current artist, who would it be and why?

Ideally, I would want to collaborate with musicians that I’m close to. I have a million well-known artists I look up to, but songwriting is a really personal experience for me, so I’d like to share that with people I love. But if I had to pick someone that’s not a friend of mine, I’d choose Frank Ocean. I love his sound and he is just an amazing storyteller. 

Why do you think local music matters?

A lot of mainstream music is tainted by industry and as much as I love mainstream music, I am always searching for something more real. I’m also going to state the obvious here: there are tons of talented, passionate musicians out there to be discovered. Often times, it’s difficult for a sold out show in a gigantic venue to capture the same intimacy a local show can. 

Connect with Angela Cross on Facebook



Moons of Mars is our 3rd artist on the bill for Saturday's event! They're starting to  make waves in LA's local scene, getting radio play on KROQ Locals Only and gaining the attention of local blogs.They just released an EP yesterday in perfect timing for our show!

(Answers by Mario Polanco)

How do you hope your listeners feel with your music ? 

We hope that people are able to connect with these songs in whatever way makes sense to them. We love it when people write us and feel an emotional connection to a specific song, but also enjoy it if the song just makes you want to dance and puts you in a good place. I remember the song "with or without you" by U2 really speaking to me as a young boy. I didn't really know what Bono was trying to say but I remember having a crush on a girl named Courtney at the time. I held on to the words "without you I can't live". I made it my song at the time and fell in love with that song because it was written for me and Courtney.

What's been your favorite live show you've ever seen and why?

So many great bands and shows over the years but I'll share about a recent band. I saw Mumford and sons the last time that they played the Hollywood bowl. I liked their music but became a fan after seeing them live. They sound great live, have a great light show, and have so much energy. They are such great song writers and the crowd sings every word they sing. It was incredible to experience! 

 If you could collaborate with any current artist, who would it be and why?

Kanye west I think would be a great current artist to collaborate with. I respect him so much as an artist and love everything he does musically.  I would love to write together and come up with something "moons" with a hard hitting "kanye" vibe. 

Why do you think local music matters?

 Music is a universal language that can move people like nothing else. Everyone has a story to tell. I believe everyone deserves a chance to be heard. I love going to local shows, hanging with people, and listening to local music to find inspiration. Often I'm just as, or more inspired by the local artist playing 2 blocks from my apartment than an artist at a major venue.


As we approach our next event this Saturday, we're going to be spotlighting our featured artists throughout the week! 

First up, pop singer-songwriter Caitlyn Cope!

How do you hope your listeners feel with your music ? 


I hope that it can be something they can connect with and relate to. I want to say the words that they might not be able to find themselves. 

What's been your favorite live show you've ever seen and why?

John Mayer. He is a musical genius in my opinion. He was so passionate & absolutely mesmerizing live. I don't think I spoke to a single one of my friends during the concert because I was so captured by it all.

 If you could collaborate with any current artist, who would it be?

Ed Sheeran. He's an insanely talented songwriter & has a killer voice. 

Why do you think local music matters?

I think it's important to support local talent because you never know what you're going to find. It's a great feeling to stumble upon a fellow artist & just be blown away by the rawness & realness of what they bring to the stage. 


Haven't heard of Lincoln Jesser yet? It's about time you did. This local LA artist is making that synth-pop that makes you groove and writes the lyrics that make you roll down the car window and sing at the top of your lungs. 

Take a listen and get to him a little better below!

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If someone’s never heard your music before, how would you describe it to them in one sentence? Psychedelic synth pop.

If you could collaborate with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Marvin Gaye...I'd want to produce for him. His voice and his message were both amazing beyond words.

As an artist, what’s on your long-term bucket list? Scoring a film.

What do you want listeners to take away from your music? I'd hope my music inspires them to take risks in the name of happiness, and to let the people they love know that they do in fact love them.

What’s your favorite concert you’ve been to? Daft Punk at Coachella 2006, MGMT in Brooklyn 2007, and The Strokes at Lollapalooza 2010

Who are you listening to right now? Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Lemaitre, and CHVRCHES


Artist Spotlight: The Moderates

Who: Josh Taylor (guitar, lead vocals), Wes Mathison (bass) and Garret Huff (drums)

Where: Long Beach, CA

In One Sentence: "We're an alternative, indie-rock band who is seeking to be the best that we can be; push ourselves, captivate people and make a difference."

How they met

Wes: " I knew Josh in 3rd grade, when we first met. And we just hung out by default because our parents were friends and we were both homeschooled. We just grew up playing music together. And once we got into high school, I met Garrett on the wrestling team and just hit it off right off the bat. [...] I went to his house one day; he had a drum set and I was like, "I have a guitar we should jam!" So we started jamming together, and then we brought Josh into the mix. Then we got that great idea and went, "Let's start a band."

Musical Influences

Garrett: "We listen to all kinds of different things, and when we come together  [...] we put all of our musical influences together into one moderate sound."

Dream Collaborations

Josh: Jon Foreman of Switchfoot. 

Wes: Victor Wooten.

Garrett:  Taylor Hawking of the Foo Fighters.

Dream Venue

Red Rocks in Colorado. "Outdoor, completely natural, [...] carved out of the rock."

Bucket List

Josh: "I say Solar System Tour. Let's play on Mars" 

But in all seriousness, the guys would love to go on a  World Tour. 


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Artist Spotlight: DownBeat Keys

photo: Shabnam Ferdowsi

Where: Brooklyn, NY

Who:  Kadahj Bennet (vocals), Baldwin Tang (keys), Andrew Root (bass), Ryan Calabrese (drums), Jared Schneider (guitar)

Sounds Like: Hip Hop with a pop groove.

 “We started out as a groove band, and then we went into pop songs, then we kind of came back into groove song [with the EP Memory Chrome]”


“’Wouldn’t it be crazy and revolutionary if we did hip-hop, with a live band’… Then we didn’t talk about it for four year”

The DownBeat Keys formed at Day Hamilton College their senior year to create a live, hip-hop band.  


“The sound of it, the syllables, and to be able to use letters, DBK.”


Connect with The DownBeat Keys!

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Artist Spotlight: Magic Man


photo:Gavin Thomas

Where:Boston, MA

Who: Alex Caplow (vocals), Sam Lee (guitar), Gabe Goodman(bass), Justine Bowe (keys), Joey Sulkowski (drums)

Sounds Like: The Killers with a slight nostalgic flavor, tossed into an electronic rock that makes you want to dance like no one’s watching. 

Why the name ‘Magic Man’

Summer after their freshman year, while working on an organic farm in France, Alex and Sam met a man who called himself the “Magic Man”. He was the first person they showed their original music to, and found it fitting to name their band after their french friend. 

Looking Forward

Godzilla the movie, Touring (w/ Nigh Terrors of 1927in early summer and later  with Panic at the Disco) and the album release.

Bucket List

-Play with Coldplay

-Smash a guitar at a performance, but preferably a replica guitar

They’ve come a long way since they first starting making music in their bedrooms on Garageband. Make sure to catch a live show on their tour this summer, and dance to their EP ‘You Are Here’ before their album comes out!

Connect with Magic Man

Site // Facebook // Twitter // Soundcloud // Instagram

An Interview w/ Brightener


brightener is led by Will Sturgeon, a musician based in Southern California. We were able to chat with him in Los Angeles over a cup of tea.

 How did you come up with the name Brightener?

 So I used to put out music under the name ‘Will Sturgeon’ up until Brightener, because that’s my given name. So as ‘Will Sturgeon’ I put out a bunch of Youtube videos and I put out an EP. And you know, it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful. So some people around the world heard about it, which was cool. In 2009 when I put the EP out, I remember [a fan from Germany] wrote on my Facebook page, “Hey, really like your music. Me and my friends call you the brightener,  because your music brightens up our day!” I was like, that’s pretty cool!

So that stayed in my mind until I didn’t want to be a singer-songwriter. I wanted my music to transcend the idea of coming from a person, even though my music is very personal.

I didn’t want to have the weird complex where if people started to really like my music, they’d be like “Oh man, I love Will Sturgeon!” when they don’t actually know who I am, or anything about me or my personality, and that to me wouldn’t be great to keep my ego in check.

Tell us what your process was like in creating your brand for Brightener and the Make Real Friends EP.

Branding is a hard thing. It’s supposed to represent the music. People see the images while they listen to the music, and that subtly affects them. My Brightener branding has come specifically from one person’s eye: my friend, Sasha Young. She’s a photographer and we happen to live in the same city, so we do photoshoots very once in a while She has a great eye, and a great eye for color. She took this photoshoot about a year ago, like right before I put out my EP. There was a picture of me that I really liked and I thought it was a good idea to have my face as part of the initial branding so that people could understand who they’re connecting to.

If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Default answer: Paul McCartney. He was just so great and influenced everyone’s music, as well as my own.

But I would love to write a song with Robin Pecknold, who’s the singer of Fleet Foxes.

There’s also a kid, Louis Cole, who I know personally and haven’t collaborated with. I could probably make that happen but I’m just too intimated. So if you’re ever reading this Louis, consider this an offer. I’ll hit you up

How is your album going to be different than your EP?

My next album was more or less written before my EP was. All but 3 out of ten of the songs were written before I even started recording my EP last year. It’s been a long time coming; I just never had the resources or energy to present them in their best fashion. I’m excited to put it out. This is going to have a much more mellow vibe, more down-tempo songs. It’s going to be much prettier than rock-y, although there will be some songs that rock.

Who are you listening to right now?

I just went to Coachella, and I think Disclosure is really good. I also saw a lot of other electronic acts there, and  am kind of getting into the white boy dancing vibe.

Bu otherwise, Courtney Barnett is an amazing songwriter, great lyrics;

Bombay Bicycle Club.

So mostly people I saw at Coachella…and myself.

Oh and my buddy John Gudenzi, from the Miracals just released two songs, and they’re really great.

So what’s next?

I’ve mentioned I’m working on an album, full-on for about five months. I’m really excited for it to be almost out of my hands. I’m going to run a crowd funding campaign to help fund it.  I’m trying to make it as legitimate and beautiful as I think it deserves to be, but that costs money.

I’m going on a small tour in May  to play a bunch of living room shows with this girl Julia Nunes, which will be fun.

Then I’m going to try to move back to LA, and see what happens with this record. I may want to shop it around to some labels,  see what they can do to help spread it. 

But it all really depends on the momentum that it gets and if people like it.

So I hope you, the reader, enjoy it. 

WATCH: brightener- Bahamas

For the past couple weeks since I discovered brightener I’ve been listening to his EP non-stop. It’s something along the lines of indie/rock/pop, and has a way of making me smile as I walk to the bus-stop. The lyrics are hilariously honest and fantastic, the beat is catchy, and it makes life feel like summer.

Check out brightener’s EP “Make Real Friends” on iTunes, and connect with him on Facebook!


An Interview w/ The Casket Girls

What inspires your songwriting?

Dreams, absinthe and the desire to consciously connect to the collective unconscious. Perfect little soul, stuck in the middle. Elemental blow, speaking in riddle.

 How were you able to hone in on your own distinct style?

Ryan and us are coming from such different places that our unlikely marriage bears strange fruit without our interference. 

If you get collaborate with any musician (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

A Bulgarian women’s choir. The voice of angels.

What are you looking forward to in 2014?

European tour!

Who are you listening to right now?

Siri telling us the way to San Jose 

CONNECT with The Casket Girls!

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An Interview w/ Cillie Barnes

What inspires your songwriting?

Short stories.

The most recent I’ve read thanks to my roommate Ana is called, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I’ve also been watching True Detective where they discuss “The Yellow King” which is taken from Robert W. Chambers. Yellow walls have always driven me mad, and I’m glad I’m not alone in this. I’m about to start writing now and there are yellow lily’s on the table in front of me. So all things yellow, currently. Minus that Coldplay song.

How were you ale to hone in on your own distinct style?

Still figuring it out.. I just do what feels right in the moment.

If you get collaborate with any musician (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

Bradley Nowell

What are you looking forward to in 2014?

Getting older, eating better, making better art, seeing the world, falling in love, planting a garden, buying goats.

Who are you listening to right now?

Right now, right now? Alex Ebert.

LA! Make sure to check out Cillie at the Satellite on Monday February 24! Free show.

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