Lily Moayeri

music journalist since 1992 | educator since 2004 | podcaster since 2020 | Iranian American since birth

The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Record Store

Contributed a chapter to the anthology: The Life, Death and Afterlife of the Record Store: A Global History on “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, It Will Be Taped: Popular … Continue reading

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New Documentary Illuminates the Heart and Soul of Disco

Series director Grace Chapman and DJ/producer Nicky Siano interviewed about the BBC Studios and PBS documentary series, Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution for SPIN‘s “Watch Me” series: New Documentary Illuminates the Heart and … Continue reading

June 18, 2024 · Leave a comment

Seven Music Documentary Films and Series From 2024 to Watch (and Three to Skip)

List of must watch music documentaries and series released in 2024 including a few to skip for Under the Radar: Seven Music Documentary Films and Series From 2024 to Watch (and … Continue reading

June 16, 2024 · Leave a comment

Women-Run Shows to Watch

List of must-watch women-created, -led and -run series that are far superior to Fleabag for Book and Film Globe: Women-Run Shows to Watch The next generation of women-led streaming series, … Continue reading

June 13, 2024 · Leave a comment

Pictures of Lily Podcast (Vintage Edition): Episode 5.84: Blur Damon Albarn 1997 Interview

In the 84th episode of the Pictures of Lily Podcast, we continue our new format where I share my experience about a specific interview from my 32-year archive. In this … Continue reading

June 12, 2024 · Leave a comment

How Music Got Free (Paramount+)

Reviewed for Under the Radar: How Music Got Free (Paramount+) Watch the official trailer for the docuseries.

June 11, 2024 · Leave a comment

“Let Yourself Be Idiosyncratic”: Moby Talks New Album ‘Always Centered At Night’ & 25 Years Of ‘Play’

Moby interviewed about the 25th anniversary on his landmark album Play and his new album always centered at night for Grammy.com: “Let Yourself Be Idiosyncratic”: Moby Talks New Album ‘Always Centered At … Continue reading

June 11, 2024 · Leave a comment

Here’s How Nile Rodgers ‘Chic-ed’ Up Alfie Templeman’s New Single “Just a Dance”

Alfie Templeman interviewed about his song, “Just a Dance,” a collaboration with Nile Rodgers for SPIN‘s “Singles” series: Here’s How Nile Rodgers ‘Chic-ed’ Up Alfie Templeman’s New Single “Just a … Continue reading

June 7, 2024 · Leave a comment

Queenie (Hulu)

Reviewed for Under the Radar: Queenie (Hulu) Watch the official trailer for the series.

June 6, 2024 · Leave a comment

New Cyndi Lauper Doc Highlights How Wonderfully Unusual She Really Is

Let the Canary Sing director Alison Ellwood interviewed about the Cyndi Lauper documentary for SPIN‘s “Watch Me”: New Cyndi Lauper Doc Highlights How Wonderfully Unusual She Really Is We sat … Continue reading

June 4, 2024 · Leave a comment

SPIN’s Best Albums of 2024 (So Far)

For SPIN‘s Best Albums of 2024 (So Far) write ups on: RIDE Interplay The Last Dinner Party Prelude to Ecstasy

June 3, 2024 · Leave a comment

Camden (Hulu)

Reviewed for Under the Radar: Camden (Hulu) Watch the official trailer for the docuseries.

May 29, 2024 · Leave a comment

Peter Gabriel on Iranian Rapper Toomaj Salehi: ‘This is Barbaric and Must Stop’

Feature on how creatives in the West are joining forces to save dissident Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi‘s life for SPIN: Peter Gabriel on Iranian Rapper Toomaj Salehi: ‘This is Barbaric … Continue reading

May 22, 2024 · Leave a comment

On Streaming, Classic TV Shows Are Dropping the Needle Drops

Music supervisor Gary Calamar of Go Music and music publisher Mara Kuge of Superior Music Publishing interviewed about the disappearance of needle drops on classic series now on streaming for … Continue reading

May 21, 2024 · Leave a comment

Purple Rain Book Author Recalls the ‘Playful’ and ‘Soft-Spoken’ Side of Prince

Andrea Swensson, author of Prince and Purple Rain: 40 Years, interviewed about her book and her experiences with Prince for SPIN‘s “Read Me” series: Purple Rain Book Author Recalls the ‘Playful’ and ‘Soft-Spoken’ … Continue reading

May 21, 2024 · Leave a comment

Dillon Francis & Diplo In Conversation: 5 Things We Learned From The GRAMMY Museum Event

Five things learned from Dillon Francis and Diplo In Conversation at the GRAMMY Museum on May 15, 2024 for GRAMMY.com: Dillon Francis & Diplo In Conversation: 5 Things We Learned … Continue reading

May 20, 2024 · Leave a comment

From Dylan to Radiohead, Kate Hudson Lists Her 10 Essential Songs

Tenth installment of my column for SPIN called “The Essentials” where artists provide an annotated non-music list of essential items, featuring movie star turned rock star, Kate Hudson: From Dylan to Radiohead, … Continue reading

May 20, 2024 · Leave a comment

Sexism, Feminism, and the Movement: Kathleen Hanna Doesn’t Hold Back in New Memoir

  Kathleen Hanna interviewed for her memoir, Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk, for SPIN: Sexism, Feminism, and the Movement: Kathleen Hanna Doesn’t Hold Back in New Memoir In … Continue reading

May 14, 2024 · Leave a comment

Mina Alikhani Represents the Islamic Republic’s Capital Offense of “Crimes Against God” Using the Female Form

Iranian American visual artist Mina Alikhani interviewed ahead of her exhibition Crimes Against God for Fine Art Globe: Mina Alikhani Represents the Islamic Republic’s Capital Offense of “Crimes Against God” Using … Continue reading

May 9, 2024 · Leave a comment

Pictures of Lily Podcast (Vintage Edition): Episode 5.83: The Cure Robert Smith 1997 Interview

In the 83rd episode of the Pictures of Lily Podcast, we continue our new format where I share my experience about a specific interview from my 32-year archive. In this … Continue reading

May 8, 2024 · Leave a comment

Fest Quest: Your Guide to SoCal’s Best Music Events

Round up of Southern California festivals for Los Angeles Magazine’s May 2024 Issue: Fest Quest: Your Guide to SoCal’s Best Music Events From Beach Life this weekend to No Values next … Continue reading

May 3, 2024 · Leave a comment

Rolling Stones Muse Anita Pallenberg ‘Was a Real Tornado, Didn’t Give Two Fucks’

Alexis Bloom and Svetlana Zill, directors of the documentary, Catching Fire: The Story of Anita Pallenberg, interviewed for SPIN‘s “Watch Me” series: Rolling Stones Muse Anita Pallenberg ‘Was a Real Tornado, … Continue reading

May 2, 2024 · Leave a comment

Kat Calls Lily Moayeri

Join me and writer extraordinaire Kat Bein on her live video Q&A show which streams on YouTube and Twitch. You can watch the episode after it airs here. Subscribe to … Continue reading

April 29, 2024 · Leave a comment

Relatives and Associates of Toomaj Salehi, Iranian Rapper Sentenced to Death, Speak Up: ‘He Has Been Condemned to Death for His Music’

Feature on the imprisonment and death sentence of dissident Iranian rapper, Toomaj Salehi, with input from his family and friends for Variety: Relatives and Associates of Toomaj Salehi, Iranian Rapper … Continue reading

April 29, 2024 · Leave a comment

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Tommy Lee

Mötley Crüe‘s Tommy Lee interviewed about the group’s single, “Dogs of War” for SPIN: Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Tommy Lee The Mötley Crüe drummer on the band’s new single, working … Continue reading

April 26, 2024 · Leave a comment

Justice Still Have Plenty of New Textures to Share

Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspar Augé of Justice interviewed for their album, Hyperdrama for FLOOD Magazine: Justice Still Have Plenty of New Textures to Share Following two weekends at Coachella, Gaspard Augé and Xavier … Continue reading

April 23, 2024 · Leave a comment

DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs 2024: Avalon, Soundcheck, Hakkasan, ZEROTOKYO

Write ups on Avalon Hollywood (#41), Soundcheck (#53), Hakkasan (#56) and ZEROTOKYO (#63) for DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs 2024 Avalon Hollywood Soundcheck Hakkasan ZEROTOKYO

April 23, 2024 · Leave a comment

Under the Bridge (Hulu)

Reviewed for Under the Radar: Under the Bridge (Hulu) Watch the official trailer.

April 17, 2024 · Leave a comment

Your Guide to Music Festivals That Aren’t Lollapalooza

Curated a list of destination festivals that aren’t necessarily the marquee names for SPIN: Your Guide to Music Festivals That Aren’t Lollapalooza

April 15, 2024 · Leave a comment

Blur Works Out the Kinks in Real Time at Pre-Coachella Warm-Up Show: Concert Review

Blur at Fox Theater in Pomona reviewed for Variety: Blur Works Out the Kinks in Real Time at Pre-Coachella Warm-Up Show: Concert Review Listen the the Blur episode of the … Continue reading

April 11, 2024 · Leave a comment

Pictures of Lily Podcast (Vintage Edition): Episode 5.82: Electronic: Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner 2000 Interview

In the 82nd episode of the Pictures of Lily Podcast, we continue our new format where I share my experience about a specific interview from my 32-year archive. In this … Continue reading

April 10, 2024 · Leave a comment

Give Me the Libertines or Give Me Death

The Libertines‘ Carl Barât interviewed for their album, All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade, for SPIN: Give Me the Libertines or Give Me Death ‘Oh Shit’: The Libertines are back with … Continue reading

April 8, 2024 · Leave a comment

Khruangbin and the Melodic ‘Time Capsule’

Khruangbin‘s Donald “DJ” Johnson interviewed for the trio’s album, A LA SALA, for SPIN: Khruangbin and the Melodic ‘Time Capsule’ We spoke with Donald “DJ” Johnson, Jr. about the Texas … Continue reading

April 5, 2024 · Leave a comment

The Art of Busking: Why the Streets of L.A. Are Among the Best Places to Play

Feature on busking in Los Angeles featuring Katie Ferrara, Sunny War and Eric Burton of Black Pumas for Los Angeles Magazine: The Art of Busking: Why the Streets of L.A. Are … Continue reading

April 4, 2024 · Leave a comment

Skipping Coachella? April Is Blooming With Big Band One-Off Shows All Over SoCal

Round-up of concerts happening in Southern California before, in between and after Coachella 2024 weekends for Los Angeles Magazine: Skipping Coachella? April Is Blooming With Big Band One-Off Shows All Over … Continue reading

April 4, 2024 · Leave a comment

Folky-Americana-Meets-Country-Soul Style: The Secret Sisters Come Full Circle On New Album

The Secret Sisters‘ Laura Rogers and Lydia Slagle interviewed for their album, Mind, Man, Medicine, for SPIN: Folky-Americana-Meets-Country-Soul Style: The Secret Sisters Come Full Circle On New Album The duo’s latest, ‘Mind, … Continue reading

March 29, 2024 · Leave a comment

K-Pop Superstars IVE Tell Us How They Tour in Style

Ninth installment of my column for SPIN called “The Essentials” where artists provide an annotated non-music list of essential items, featuring K-pop superstars, IVE: K-Pop Superstars IVE Tell Us How They Tour … Continue reading

March 26, 2024 · Leave a comment

Gossip on Putting the Necessary Care Into Real Power

Gossip‘s Beth Ditto interviewed for their album, Real Power, for FLOOD Magazine: Gossip on Putting the Necessary Care Into Real Power With the release of the dance-punk band’s first new album in 12 … Continue reading

March 22, 2024 · Leave a comment

Palm Royale (Apple TV+)

Reviewed for Under the Radar: Palm Royale (Apple TV+) Watch the official trailer for the series.

March 20, 2024 · Leave a comment

Homeless Crisis Threatens Legendary Hollywood Recording Studio Sunset Sound

Report on the homeless crisis in Los Angeles, specifically Hollywood, threatening the historic studio, Sunset Sound, with owner Paul Camarata, artist/producer Shooter Jennings and producer/mixer Tony Hoffer, for Los Angeles … Continue reading

March 15, 2024 · Leave a comment

Pictures of Lily Podcast (Vintage Edition): Episode 5.81: Daft Punk 1997 Interview

In the 81st episode of the Pictures of Lily Podcast, we continue our new format where I share my experience about a specific interview from my 32-year archive. In this … Continue reading

March 13, 2024 · Leave a comment

The Girls on the Bus (Max)

Reviewed for Under the Radar: The Girls on the Bus (Max) Watch the official trailer for the series.

March 12, 2024 · Leave a comment

“A Revolution On Canvas”—a daughter’s quest to reclaim her dissident father’s paintings from Tehran

Filmmakers Sara Nodjoumi and Till Schauder interviewed about their documentary, A Revolution on Canvas, for Fine Art Globe: “A Revolution On Canvas”—a daughter’s quest to reclaim her dissident father’s paintings from … Continue reading

March 11, 2024 · Leave a comment

The SPIN Interview: Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal interviewed ahead of the release of his album, The Taj Mahal Sextet: Swingin’ Live at the Church, Tulsa for “The SPIN Interview”: The SPIN Interview: Taj Mahal We met … Continue reading

March 6, 2024 · Leave a comment

Libraries (Yes, Libraries!) Are Leading the Crusade for New Music Discovery

Feature on public libraries launching their own music streaming platforms and curating artists from their local talent pool and amplifying their work for SPIN: Libraries (Yes, Libraries!) Are Leading the … Continue reading

February 28, 2024 · Leave a comment

A Woman of Substance

Creative director Sharoz Makarechi interviewed about her activist cannabis brand, Substance, for Pasadena Magazine January 2024 Issue: A Woman of Substance Sharoz Makarechi created a cannabis brand to spur criminal … Continue reading

February 27, 2024 · Leave a comment

Remember Photo Albums? Hollow Coves Pay Tribute on ‘Photographs’

Hollow Coves‘ Ryan Henderson and Matt Carins interviewed about their song “Photographs” for SPIN‘s “Singles” series: Remember Photo Albums? Hollow Coves Pay Tribute on ‘Photographs’ Their new album, ‘Nothing to … Continue reading

February 23, 2024 · Leave a comment

Digitalia and the Archives

Moderator for the “Digitalia and the Archives” panel at Pop Conference 2024 with panelists Michaelangelo Matos, Tamara Palmer and Zoey Greenwald on March 7, 2024 at 1PM at USC Thornton … Continue reading

February 22, 2024 · Leave a comment

LAUSD Education Foundation Launches $15 Million ‘Last Repair Shop Fund’ Inspired by Oscar-Nominated Doc

News item of Los Angeles Unified School District Education Foundation‘s “Last Repair Shop” Fund for Los Angeles Magazine: LAUSD Education Foundation Launches $15 Million ‘Last Repair Shop Fund’ Inspired by Oscar-Nominated … Continue reading

February 21, 2024 · Leave a comment

‘60s Muse Turned Psychologist Jenny Boyd Explores Rock’s Greatest Icons

Jenny Boyd interviewed for the latest printing of her book, Icons of Rock: In Their Own Words for SPIN‘s “Read Me” series: ‘60s Muse Turned Psychologist Jenny Boyd Explores Rock’s Greatest … Continue reading

February 19, 2024 · Leave a comment

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