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14 Best Songs of the Week: Girl Scout, Amyl and The Sniffers, Magdalena Bay, Nick Cave, and More

Plus DIIV, Chinese American Bear, La Luz, Charly Bliss, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 31, 2024

Welcome to the 18th Songs of the Week of 2024. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week because of the Memorial Day long weekend, so this list covers the best songs released in the last two weeks. This week Andy Von Pip, Matt the Raven, and Scott Dransfield helped me decide what should make the list. We seriously considered over 30 songs this week and narrowed it down to a Top 14. More

La Luz Share Video for New Song “Always in Love” (Plus Stream the New Album)

News of the Universe Out Today via Sub Pop; Read Our Review of It

May 24, 2024

La Luz have released a new album, News of the Universe, today via Sub Pop. Now they have shared its fourth single, “Always in Love,” via a music video. Plus you can stream the album and read our review of it. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Charly Bliss, Jessica Pratt, The WAEVE, Hamish Hawk, and More

Plus Lionlimb, Why Bonnie, Jon Hopkins, Font, La Luz, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 03, 2024

Welcome to the fifteenth Songs of the Week of 2024. This week Andy Von Pip, Caleb Campbell, Mark Moody, and Scott Dransfield helped me decide what should make the list. We seriously considered over 20 songs this week and narrowed it down to a Top 12. More

La Luz Share Video for New Song “I’ll Go With You”

News of the Universe Due Out May 24 via Sub Pop

Apr 30, 2024

La Luz are releasing a new album, News of the Universe, on May 24 via Sub Pop. Now they have shared its third single, “I’ll Go With You,” via a music video. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Camera Obscura, Sunday (1994), Lionlimb, Beth Gibbons, and more

Plus Imogen and the Knife, GIFT, Goat Girl, From Indian Lakes, La Luz, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Weeks' Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 12, 2024

Welcome to the twelfth Songs of the Week of 2024. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week because we were working on other projects, so this week’s Songs of the Week covers the last two weeks. More

La Luz Share New Song “Poppies”

News of the Universe Due Out May 24 via Sub Pop

Apr 02, 2024

La Luz are releasing a new album, News of the Universe, on May 24 via Sub Pop. Now they have shared its second single, “Poppies.” More

15 Best Songs of the Week: Elbow, Iron & Wine and Fiona Apple, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and More

Plus Camera Obscura, Julia Holter, St. Vincent, La Luz, King Hannah, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Weeks’ Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 08, 2024

Welcome to the eighth Songs of the Week of 2024. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week because we were deep in deadline-mode finishing our new print issue, so this week’s Songs of the Week covers the last two weeks. To be honest, we are still putting the finishing touches on the issue today and tomorrow, but there were so many notable songs released in the last two weeks that we still had to find the time to do a Songs of the Week today. More

Mar 05, 2024

La Luz have announced a new album, News of the Universe, and shared its first single, “Strange World,” via a music video. The band have also announced some new tour dates. More

La Luz Shares New Single “San Fernando Shadow Blues”

“Endless Afternoon” b/w “San Fernando Shadow Blues” Due Out July 7 via Hardly Art

Jun 15, 2022

La Luz have shared a new single, “San Fernando Shadow Blues.” It is the B-side to an upcoming 7-inch single which will also feature the song “Endless Afternoon.” The single will be out physically and digitally on July 7 via Hardly Art. More

La Luz Shares New Single “Endless Afternoon”

“Endless Afternoon” b/w “San Fernando Shadow Blues” Due Out July 7 via Hardly Art

May 19, 2022

La Luz have shared a new single, “Endless Afternoon.” It is the A-side to an upcoming 7-inch single which will also feature the song “San Fernando Shadow Blues.” The single will be out physically and digitally on July 7 via Hardly Art. More

Jan 31, 2022

La Luz have announced that they will postpone their U.S. tour dates for this upcoming March in light of guitarist Shana Cleveland’s breast cancer diagnosis. The band writes: “We know she’s going to pull through this stronger than ever and are hoping that our European tour beginning in May can go on as scheduled. We miss you terribly and will rebook shows in the Midwest and Eastern U.S. as soon as possible.” More

Oct 21, 2021

Los Angeles trio La Luz are releasing a new self-titled album tomorrow via Hardly Art. Now they have shared a new song from it, “I Won’t Hesitate,” via an amusing video in which the band embark on a spy caper. Cigarettes that secretly shoot darts, phones built into shoes, trench coats, secret meetings, agents disguised as clowns—it’s got it all. Nathan Castiel directed the video. More

La Luz Share Lyric Video for New Song “Oh, Blue”

La Luz Due Out October 22 via Hardly Art

Sep 28, 2021

Los Angeles trio La Luz are releasing a new self-titled album on October 22 via Hardly Art. Now they have shared a new song from it, “Oh, Blue,” via a lyric video self-directed by the band. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Saint Etienne, Geese, Helado Negro, W.H. Lung, and More

Plus The Fiery Furnaces, La Luz, My Morning Jacket, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 27, 2021

Welcome to the 32nd Songs of the Week of 2021. It was an eclectic week for new tracks and there were lots to choose from (hence we have a slew of honorable mentions). More

Aug 25, 2021

Los Angeles trio La Luz are releasing a new self-titled album on October 22 via Hardly Art. Now they have shared a new song from it, “The Pines,” via a green screen-aided video. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: The War on Drugs, Penelope Isles, Indigo De Souza, Piroshka, and More

Plus Big Red Machine, Ora the Molecule, Low, illuminati hotties, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 23, 2021

Welcome to the 28th Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a nice week for new music, with some strong new singles (some connected to album announcements) and some wonderful album tracks we’ve long wanted to share with our readers and can now that the albums are out. We had enough tracks for a Top 12 this week, but many of the honorable mentions are worthy too. More

Jul 22, 2021

Los Angeles trio La Luz have announced a new self-titled album and shared a new song from it, “Watching Cartoons,” via a video. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Parquet Courts, Neko Case, Beach House, and More

Plus The Beat Escape, The Decemberists, Simian Mobile Disco, JB Dunckel, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 09, 2018

After a couple of strong weeks for Songs of the Week, it was more much more of a challenge this week to come up with 10 songs we were truly excited about. But we’re really fully passionate about this week’s Top 5 and stand behind the rest of the Top 10. More



Interviews

Oct 27, 2021

Browsing Zillow has become something of a pastime for Shana Cleveland, guitarist and songwriter of La Luz. The band was based for several years in Seattle, the home of their label Hardly Art and a place where home prices have jumped over 13% from last year (the average mid-tier home value is currently over $850,000). “I would consider living in the Northwest again, Seattle is just too expensive,” she explained to me as we talked via Zoom last month about the band’s self-titled album La Luz, out now. More


Reviews

May 24, 2024

There is a line that comes in the closing seconds of News of the Universe, the new record by California band La Luz, that seems to distill everything that has just transpired into a moment of piercing clarity, a silver bullet of truth. More