Seattle’s production duo ODESZA (Harrison Mills aka Catacombkid and Clayton Knight of BeachesBeaches) have been on our radar since 2012 when we had their first track, “How Did I Get Here,” on repeat for most of August. Their sound is layered with sun trickled melodies, glitched-out vocals, crunchy drums, and large sweeping bass lines. They’ve spent the […]

Workaholic // Noah Michelson

Noah Michelson came to New York City in 2003 to get his MFA in Poetry from New York University.  His poems have been featured in The New Republic, The Best American Erotic Poetry from 1800 to the Present, and other notable publications. Currently, he is an editor at The Huffington Post, running the #1 ranked LGBT news […]


Just to be clear, listening to “Sailing” will make you feel so great you might say, “Fuck it,” and decide to quit whatever it is you want to quit and just go for it.  This moment of triumph will lead to an immediate drive down the PCH or Ocean Parkway depending on what coast you’re […]

Record Essentials // Required Listening

This is a great week for music. Snowden is back, Bibio has a new record, Wild Nothing is still happening, and Beach House and My Bloody Valentine are playing FYF Fest.  Celebration. Essential listening for this week: File under: So Fun. Classix | Hanging Gardens This Los Angeles DJ duo takes a minute from remixing the […]


  It’s all about indie label, Mexican Summer in Los Angeles this week. (Credit: Saad Al Hakkak and Shaun Surkan) Tonight (5/1) Montreal’s, No Joy, bring their swirling, nu gaze to the Troubadour stage.  If you have yet to listen to their latest album, Wait To Pleasure, be sure to get on that as it will most […]


“I’m fascinated by the visual cues that turn something into pop, whatever that is.” – Silvia Prada  Silvia Prada // The New Modern HairInterview by: Elizabeth Baudouin A wise friend twice told me that one knows everything about a person by their shoes and their hair.  As this continues to prove true, we turn to […]


Art collective CYRCLE., is showcasing their second solo show “ORGANIZED CHAOS!” in Hollywood’s up and coming Arts and Media District.  The “ORGANIZED CHAOS!” exhibit showcases some of CYRCLE.’s most versatile work to date, including: murals, interactive sculptures, lenticular models, functional design pieces, and jewelry. “ORGANIZED CHAOS!” relies on the visual metaphor of the bee and […]

Apocalypse // World Premiere Screening

APOCALYPSE! World Premiere screening!  For the past 25 years, under both the Smog moniker and under his own name, Bill Callahan has cultivated an indelible legacy as both a pioneer in the lo-fi movement, and a songwriting talent that’s developed into simply one of our country’s greatest. Offering voyeuristic glimpses into a meticulously constructed universe […]

World Video Premiere // Black City Lights // Parallels (Official Video)

We’re thrilled to premiere the debut video for New Zealand favorites Black City Lights. ”Parallels” was shot on location in Los Angeles through a grant from NZ On Air and boasts the great production team, We Are The Masses. Additional Credits Include: Director: Marc Bertel Producer: Judy Craig DP: Elliot Sellers Editor starsandletters.com  |  marcbertel.com  […]

So far so good for music this Summer. Twin Shadow’s, “Five Seconds” continues to contend for the defining Summer 2012 track, Purity Ring’s album, Shrines wins the sun-drenched-daze award and Frank Ocean’s debut, channel ORANGE, is destined to be in rotation well passed Labor Day. Speaking of Labor Day, let’s talk about Cat Power. Thank god for Cat […]