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THE GRAMMY WHISPERER LOOKS INTO RECORD OF
THE YEAR
Grein's latest fearless forecast (10/16a)
I.B. BAD: NEW BEGINNINGS
Lots of action on the biz chessboard (10/16a)
A&R IN 2017: CUTTING THROUGH THE BULLSHIT
Determining the "it" factor. (10/16a)
AN OPEN LETTER TO
JOHN AMATO
So is this. (10/13a)
REVIEW: SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY
Phil Gallo got a ticket! (10/13a)
HITS GRAMMY SPECIAL
You buy ad now, yes?
WE WILL NEVER EAT PIZZA AGAIN
Of course, we said that last time.
EMINEM
The cypher vs. the cipher.
A WHOLE NEW CHESSBOARD
You can't tell the players without a trade rag.
THE B-SIDE
VOTING YES ON NONA
10/12/17


BY KENZ MEADOWS

Last week, L.A.’s Arts District gem, The Resident, welcomed local band NONA to its stage. NONA is the brainchild of Michael Goldman, who both writes the lyrics and composes the music for all of the group’s songs.

There’s a vintage tone. The music and lyrics, which manage to be a bit wistful, often make me feel like I’m in a teen-movie montage (something I’m routinely aspiring to) or like I should be kicking a rock around, hands-a-pocket, considering my own nature. With moments of yearning, self-pity, confrontation and denial, there’s something for everyone (besides the blindly peppy, but who needs those folk anyway?). I bet you Goldman loves Pavement.

The band, who was opening for Madeline Kenney when I caught them, isn't signed. Their most popular song, “Otherways,” has more than 600k streams, and snagged solid sync placement on podcast Millennials Don’t Suck. It's also landed featured spots on Spotify’s Fresh Finds, New Indie Mix, and Good Indie playlists. Their close work with more widely known acts like Goldroom (who we’ve also got a soft-spot for) is worth noting as well.

Forthcoming EP Otherways—NONA's five-track dip into Goldman’s proverbial pool of youthful philosophizing—will be released 10/20 via WAX ltd.. Mark your calendars now, and whet your appetite with a stream of single "Fathers Day" below.