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Mikael Wood

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Miguel Finds His Place

On a blazing, late-August afternoon, Miguel is hiding out from the heat inside the air-conditioned stillness of a Sunset Boulevard rehearsal studio. The L.A.-based R&B singer ostensibly is here to do a final run-through with his live band — guitarist, drummer, two keyboardists — before heading to London for a......

Charli XCX, Io Echo, Kitten

This young London lass arrives in L.A. fresh from opening a string of Midwestern arena shows for Coldplay, which has to rank among the least appropriate bookings ever: On You're the One, a four-track EP released in June by the local indie IAMSOUND, Charli XCX layers her yelpy-but-sensual vocals over......

Robyn, Royksopp

Much of the media coverage surrounding Robyn's 2010 Body Talk trilogy tended to dwell on this Swedish singer's confounding inability to break America à la Katy Perry, whose North American crowds she warmed up this summer. But with a headlining date Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl, it's easy to......

Cap'n Jazz

Fans of the Promise Ring and Joan of Arc — twin pillars of late-'90s Midwestern emo — know that both bands sprang from suburban Chicago's Ca...

Sally Seltmann, Jasmine Ash

This Australian singer-songwriter spent the '00s as New Buffalo, releasing a couple of well-regarded indie-pop discs that eventually led (in one way or anot...
"We have this experience together when we're singing where our voices become one voice": Becky Stark

The Living Sisters: Sibling Harmonies

Because the three unrelated members of L.A.'s Living Sisters harmonize as intuitively as real-deal blood siblings, you might assume that Inara George, Eleni Mandell and Becky Stark share a sort of hive-mind worldview. They don't. We're sitting in a corner booth at Little Dom's in Los Feliz, talking about "Cradle,"......

Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak hasn't really thrilled anybody since his 1989 smash, "Wicked Game" (or perhaps since the Herb Ritts–directed video for his 1989 smash, "Wi...