WHY? & Lala Lala – “Siren 042″ Video

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WHY? and Lala LalaOut of all the interviews I’ve done with up-and-coming artists over the years, the name that’s most consistently come up as a musical inspiration is Yoni Wolf, the mastermind behind WHY?. It’s not exactly a surprise — he strikes a balance between art and pop that’s consistently appealing — but it had been a while … More »

Stereogum’s 90 Favorite Songs Of 2018

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Each December, in an effort to celebrate outstanding achievements and commemorate The Year That Was, the pop culture media industrial complex foists lots of lists upon the world. We here at Stereogum are party to that deluge; we shared our collective conclusions about 2018’s best albums a week ago and have been More »

Lala Lala – “Copycat” Video

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Lala LalaWe recently included Lala Lala on our list of the Best New Bands Of 2018 based on the strength of their sophomore album, The Lamb, which came out back in September. They’ve been on the road in the wake of it, and today they’re announcing some headlining dates for early next … More »

Dehd – “Dying For”

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DehdDehd are a Chicago trio comprising Emily Kempf (formerly of Lala Lala), Jason Balla (also of Ne-Hi and Earring), and Eric McGrady. They play a form of dreamy, ramshackle indie rock that flashes me back a decade to the rise of Beach Fossils and Real Estate — or at least they do on “Dying For,” … More »

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2018

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Best New Bands 2018This fall, an artist found her voice. In A Star Is Born, Ally Campana goes from unknown to sensation in under a year. The movie is unrealistic wish fulfillment, but her upward trajectory embodies our hope for all artists, at least on a smaller scale: to become popular enough to follow their muse without sacrificing … More »

Stream Lala Lala’s New Album The Lamb

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Lala LalaThe Lamb is a deeply personal album, about addiction and death and paranoia, but Lillie West treats those unspeakables like an open secret, finding universality in all of that hurt. It’s her second album as Lala Lala, and the Band To Watch has evolved in the years since her 2016 debut, Sleepyhead, both … More »

Lala Lala – “Dove”

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Lala LalaIn a couple weeks, Lillie West is releasing her sophomore album as Lala Lala, The Lamb. We’ve heard two songs from the Band To Watch‘s upcoming LP so far, “Destroyer” and “Water Over Sex,” and today she’s sharing a third single, “Dove.” … More »

Lala Lala – “Water Over Sex” Video

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Lala LalaNext month, the recently-dubbed Band To Watch Lala Lala are releasing their sophomore album, The Lamb. We’ve already heard one track from it already — “Destroyer,” which landed on our list of the best songs of the week — and today Lillie West is sharing the album’s second single, “Water Over … More »

Band To Watch: Lala Lala

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Lala LalaLast year, someone broke into Lillie West’s apartment while she was sleeping. She didn’t wake up. At the time, West was living in a one-bedroom on the ground floor in Chicago and, while everything that was taken ended up being replaceable, a creeping unease settled in. Paranoia took over West’s mind. It made her feel … More »