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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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

Here’s How Este Haim and Christopher Stracey Create the Perfect Studio “Vibe”

Eighth installment of my column for SPIN called “The Essentials” where artists provide an annotated non-music list of essential items, featuring the multi-hyphenate Este Haim and multi-talented Christopher Stracey: Here’s How Este … Continue reading

February 15, 2024 · Leave a comment

Pictures of Lily Podcast (Vintage Edition): Episode 5.80: Oasis: Noel Gallagher 1995 Interview

In the 80th 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

February 14, 2024 · Leave a comment

The New Look (Apple TV+)

Reviewed for Under the Radar Magazine: The New Look (Apple TV+) Watch the official trailer.

February 14, 2024 · Leave a comment

Love you! Give Yourself the Attention You Deserve this Valentine’s Day

Round-up of ways to practice self-love in Los Angeles for Los Angeles Magazine February 2024 Issue: Love you! Give Yourself the Attention You Deserve this Valentine’s Day There are many options … Continue reading

February 14, 2024 · Leave a comment

The Dead South Rise Again

The Dead South‘s Nate Hilts interviewed for their album, Chains & Stakes, for SPIN‘s “On the Record” series: The Dead South Rise Again We spoke with Nate Hilts about the band’s … Continue reading

February 9, 2024 · Leave a comment

Kraftwerk’s Karl Bartos is Putting ‘Silence Into Art

Former Kraftwerk group member, Karl Bartos, interviewed about his soundtrack for the 1920 film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari for SPIN: Kraftwerk’s Karl Bartos is Putting ‘Silence Into Art’ In … Continue reading

February 9, 2024 · Leave a comment

Super Bowl DJ Tiësto Talks Spinning the Big Game: ’200 Million People Watching? Yeah, That’s a Bit of Pressure’

Tiësto interviewed ahead of his appearance as the pre- and in-game DJ at Super Bowl LVIII for Variety: Super Bowl DJ Tiësto Talks Spinning the Big Game: ’200 Million People … Continue reading

February 8, 2024 · Leave a comment

Lo Moon’s Matt Lowell Tells Us About the Song That ‘Felt Like Water’

  Lo Moon‘s Matt Lowell interviewed about their single, “Water,” from their upcoming album, I Wish You Way More Than Luck, for SPIN‘s “Singles” series: Lo Moon’s Matt Lowell Tells Us … Continue reading

February 6, 2024 · Leave a comment

Inside The Exclusive #GRAMMYsNextGen Party During 2024 GRAMMY Week

Recap of the #GRAMMYNextGen party at GRAMMY House during GRAMMY Week 2024 for the Recording Academy/Grammy.com: Inside The Exclusive #GRAMMYsNextGen Party During 2024 GRAMMY Week From the many ‘gram-worthy photo … Continue reading

February 5, 2024 · Leave a comment

Kurt Cobain-Inspired ‘Last Days’ Opera Comes to L.A. for One Night Only

Interview with creators Matt Copson and Oliver Leith about their opera, “Last Days” for a preview feature for Los Angeles Magazine: Kurt Cobain-Inspired ‘Last Days’ Opera Comes to L.A. for … Continue reading

February 3, 2024 · Leave a comment

Stepping Into the Amorous World of L.A.’s Museum of Love

Feature on the Los Angeles Love Museum and Crimes of Passion including an interview with its founder, Dr. Amy Sweetman, for Los Angeles Magazine February 2024 Issue: Stepping Into the … Continue reading

February 2, 2024 · Leave a comment

Luna Luna—1987 Art Amusement Park Resurfaces in Downtown LA

Feature on Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy exhibition in DTLA including an interview with the company’s curatorial director, Lumi Tan, for Fine Art Globe: Luna Luna—1987 Art Amusement Park Resurfaces in … Continue reading

February 2, 2024 · Leave a comment

FEUD: Capote vs The Swans (FX/Hulu)

Reviewed for Under the Radar: FEUD: Capote vs The Swans (FX/Hulu) Watch the official trailer.  

February 1, 2024 · Leave a comment

GRAMMY Museum Honors Ray Charles’ Legacy With A Soulful Ceremony On Recently Renamed Terrace

Recap of the Grammy Museum‘s ribbon-cutting celebration for the renamed Ray Charles Terrace during Grammy Week 2024 for Recording Academy/Grammy.com: GRAMMY Museum Honors Ray Charles’ Legacy With A Soulful Ceremony … Continue reading

January 30, 2024 · Leave a comment

Under the Radar’s Top 40 TV Shows of 2023

Write-ups on The Bear, Beef, Poker Face, The Diplomat, Shrinking, and edited entire list for Under the Radar‘s Top 40 TV Shows of 2023: Under the Radar’s Top 40 TV Shows of 2023

January 30, 2024 · Leave a comment

Netflix’s “We Are the World” Documentary Brings Us Back to That Night

Director Bao Nguyen interviewed about The Greatest Night in Pop the documentary on the making of “We Are the World” for SPIN‘s “Watch Me” series: Netflix’s “We Are the World” Documentary … Continue reading

January 29, 2024 · Leave a comment

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