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Liz Ohanesian

Ramona Gonzalez Brings Academic Study to Nite Jewel with Comeback LP No Sun

Nearly two weeks have passed since the release of No Sun, Ramona Gonzalez’s fifth full-length album as Nite Jewel, when Audiofemme catches up with the L.A.-based singer/composer/producer by phone. In that time, Gonzalez celebrated the release of her latest...

Figuring Out L.A. Nightlife in the COVID-19 Era

On June 15, California reopened and Los Angeles bars and clubs were able to resume business without most of the pandemic-related restrictions that had forced so many to go dark for over a year. Two days later, I returned...

Dot Allison Teases New Record with Premiere of “One Love”

Some ideas are hard to forget. At least, that’s the case for Dot Allison. The Scottish singer began working steadily on her forthcoming album, Heart-Shaped Scars, sometime around 2017, with some songs, like “One Love,” (premiering  today via Audiofemme),...

Earth Girl Helen Brown Explores Greed and Life on New EP

There’s no shortage of problems on Earth, but, when Heidi Alexander conceived of an EP named for our planet, she looked to the issues lying beneath the surface. Earth, the sixth installment from Earth Girl Helen Brown‘s series of...

Tokyo Duo Crystal Looks to ’80s and Sci-Fi Influences on Reflection Overdrive

The video for “Refraction Overdrive,” from Japanese duo Crystal’s latest album, Reflection Overdrive, is so unabashedly ’80s that you might, for a second, think that you’ve been transported to a wood paneled living room, where you’re drinking wine coolers...

With Faith, The Cure Crafted a Dark, Vivid Album

It began with upbeat demos recorded in his parents’ dining room, Robert Smith recalled in a 2004 Rolling Stone interview, but the sound of The Cure’s third album would change a couple weeks later when he wrote “The Funeral...

Carlyn Bezic of Ice Cream Launches Solo Project As Jane Inc.

Carlyn Bezic had a demo on her computer labeled Gem simply because she wrote the chord changes on a GEM keyboard. It had a disco vibe and Bezic, best known as one half of Canadian duo Ice Cream, is...

Listening to Stereolab During the Pandemic

Nearly an hour into a 2015 Red Bull Academy interview, singer Laetitia Sadier discusses the lyrics for the beloved Stereolab song “Ping Pong.” It is, she explained, about the “cycle of destruction” within capitalist societies.  “Repair, rebuild and then...

Daft Punk and the Legacy of Discovery

If you were to ask me what was the song of 2001 was, I would answer “One More Time” by Daft Punk. I would tell you this without a moment of thought, because, in my own memory, it was. ...

The Lasting Impact of Lush’s “Ladykillers”

In 1996, Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson of Lush appeared on MTV’s 120 Minutes answering a question about the themes behind their album, Lovelife. “A lot of people have accused us of being man-haters,” said Anderson, before countering that...

Yeraz Brings Together Armenian Artists For a Cause

In Armenian, yeraz means “dream.” It’s a fitting title for the first compilation from Los Angeles-based record label and artist management company Critique. Yeraz is a ten-track album, out digitally on February 19 and on vinyl in May, that...