With their latest release, a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s 1966 classic, ‘For What It’s Worth’, Martha and the Muffins imbue Stephen Stills’ poignant lyrics with a treatment that’s slower, darker, and more relevant than ever. Back in the 60s, gun violence was something that was shocking, rare, and unacceptable; somehow along the way it’s become so much a part of every day life, that people barely look up when they hear of or see it. Martha and the Muffins are aware of this shift, and see it for what it is: a blight on society, “a perverse virus perpetuated by hypocrites mouthing their meaningless recitations of ‘thoughts and prayers'”.
Late July is the nom de plume of Nicole Simone, a singer songwriter with a lot to offer. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she spent much of her childhood in Del Mar, California, leading her to consider herself bi-coastal, Despite her stage name, Late July’s month of preference is actually October. Late July’s recent single, ‘Calling To The Moon’, was released in Late January, and comes with a music video which was shot in Bronson Canyon, in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, which is probably most famous for being the location of the Bat Cave, in the 1960s ‘Batman’ TV series.
As part of her series of interviews with Los Angeles artists, Lisa had a chat with Late July and asked her some questions.
It has been officially announced that Netflix have renewed ‘The Umbrella Academy’ for a second season, with the cast – comprising Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, and Justin Min – reprising their roles. Further casting news for season two will be announced at a later date.
When you mention T-Pain, what do you think of? I think of his vocal effects, the imaginative, otherworldly sounds which he’s incorporated into his songs. Many have copied, but at the end of the day, T-Pain is the OG of voice processing, and his experimentation always kept him at the front of the barrier.
19 year old Canadian artist Michael Bright was deep into hip hop, pop, and R&B by the age of 7. Later on, he schooled himself in the music of the greats of those genres, including Chris Brown, Usher, and Michael Jackson. Now Bright is determined to live up to his name and burn even greater. His single, ‘Heartache’, comes with his first ever music video, which fully captures the pain of a broken heart, together with the slow tempo track.