L.A. Unheard: Arts & Entertainment offers ‘Just A Little Moore’ (Premiere)


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The band: Arts & Entertainment, an Echo Park-based production duo composed of Astrid Quay and Evan Conway.

The sound: On its debut EP, the R. Stevie Moore covers collection “Just a Little More,” the pair turn the resurgent cult hero’s lo-fi muddling into breezy, lipsticked pop. “Wayne, Wayne (Go Away)” punches up the rough psychadelia of Moore’s original with a crisp drum machine, while the woozier ‘I Need Your Love’ evokes the latter-day Beach Boys (or mid-career Yo La Tengo) after a few rounds of strawberry daiquiris. The Moore adoration and substance-abusing ‘80s feel places the group neatly alongside two of L.A.’s other current pop eccentrics, Puro Instinct and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti.


The random: Arts & Entertainment’s cover bug began on the Manimal Vinyl release ‘As Perfect as Cats,’ a Cure tribute on which Quay took on Robert Smith and Co.’s ‘The Caterpillar.’

The details: “A Little Bit Moore” is out now on vinyl on the local label Sister City Records. The group plans to also release a cassette version, in honor of Moore’s tape tradition.

The music: Download “Wayne, Wayne (Go Away)” below.

Arts and Entertainment -- ‘Wayne, Wayne (Go Away)’


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