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Love Darling

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Alternative Rock




"Independent Music Awards: Fans of Love Darling said “Oh Hell Naw!”"

Love Darling took the popular vote in the indie/alt/rock “Best Album” category last Tuesday with their album “The Occupant Theory” which was successfully funded by a KICKSTARTER campaign in late 2011. The track “Let Go” won “Best Song” in the Alt/Rock category at the OUT Music AWARDS right after Love Darling toured the US in late 2012! Yes, I saw them LIVE twice during the tour :D Am I bragging too much? Too bad, I love their music and they never brag so I take it upon myself to do it for them.

- Party Time Radio

"Review of Love Darling's single "Let Go""

If you're snooty alternative types like us (well, we're not that snooty really) then a good song winning an award is a rarity on a par with pigs flying and finding genuine rocking horse shit. However, Los Angeles band Love Darling won an award for this song. Is "Let Go" a worthy winner? We'd say so....It's a moreish little tune too, there's a definite urge to skip back to the start when the song reaches its end. We're looking at reasonably traditional indie/guitar-pop with nicely double-tracked female vocals and a strong enough melody to appeal to fans of other music too, but without sacrificing any of it's alternative nature for a more mainstream sound. They can add a Sound Of Confusion "thumbs up" to their trophy cabinet.

- Kev W ( - The Sound Of Confusion

"Love Darling gets radio plays on WROM Radio //"

You can't go wrong with anything love Darling...very amazing, cool, badass album! - New Driven: Cruisin Show - WROM Radio //

""Love Darling's first full-length album, "The Occupant Theory" nominated for Best Indie/Alt-Rock Album, 12th Independent Music Awards (IMA)""

Band of Skulls, Ben Kweller, Bright Eyes, Omar Sosa, Little Freddie King, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Killer Mike, Paper Lions, Sarah Cheng-De Winne and Willie Nile Among Nominees of
The 12th Independent Music Awards

More Than 300 Self-Released & Independent Label Artists From Around The World Honored In
12th Annual IMAs

March 19, 2013 – Music Resource Group (MRG) today announced the Nominees of The 12th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent artists and fans.

The nominations in more than 80 Album, Song, Music Video and Design categories were culled from thousands of submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Greenland and Europe.

The 12th IMA Nominees represent an eclectic mix of established and rising talent including Ben Kweller, Band of Skulls, Bright Eyes, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Omar Sosa, Little Freddie King, Willie Nile, Killer Mike, Sarah Cheng-De Winne, Paper Lions and The Congregation, among many other deserving artists whose recordings were released during the 12th IMA program eligibility period.

Nominations also include a number of historic, archival recordings released by Smithsonian-Folkways from distinguished performers including Woody Guthrie, Louis Armstrong and Pete Seeger.

Winners will be determined by a panel of influential artist and industry judges including Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Ziggy Marley, Suzanne Vega, Meshell Ndegeocello, Del McCoury, Pete Wentz, Shelby Lynne, G. Love, Jim Lauderdale, McCoy Tyner, Brandi Carlile, John Medeski & Chris Wood (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Judy Collins, Raul Midon, Andrea Marcovicci, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Bernie Worrell, Jeremy Taggart, Toots Hibbert, Dennis Diken, Joel Madden, Arturo Sandoval, Jonatha Brooke, Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Terry McBride (Nettwerk Music Group), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Jason Olaine (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Dan Storper (Putumayo World Music), Bob Ludwig (Gateway Mastering), Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records) and others. - Independent Music Awards (IMAs)

"Love Darling Interview on LA Talk Radio"

Love Darling is interviewed and several of the new songs from "The Occupant Theory" are featured on the LA Talk Radio show "Sam and Bridgetta in the Morning." - LA Talk Radio

"Interview: Shay Magro of Love Darling"

“Like bathing in the tears of joy from an indie-rock unicorn…” That’s how the members of Love Darling (Shay Magro, Mike Wolpe, and Christian Trujillo) describe their band. Add to that a lesbian frontwoman who watches The Real L Word live in person and a sound that draws influences from everything from Tegan & Sara to PJ Harvey to Smashing Pumpkins to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and you, like us, will want to learn more… - CherryGrrl

"Featured Band: Love Darling"

Last Wednesday Los Angeles’ up and coming indie-rock group, Love Darling came to BANGSTYLE’s headquarters in downtown Los Angeles and greeted our staff with big smiles and a laid back attitude. We had a nice chat with them about the past, present, and future of their musical explorations... -

"Love Darling Vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs"

Love Darling’s lead singer and guitarist is Shay Magro. The band covers a wide array of genres including everything from electro-pop to hard rock. “Last Chance” is a great introduction to the band’s sound. This song features a lot of the aspects that made Yeah Yeah Yeahs so successful: fast tempos, raw and powerful guitar riffs and of course a frantically energetic frontwoman. On their most recent album, Yeah Yeah Yeahs made synthesizers a much larger part of their sound, and Love Darling don’t shy away from the synths either. On “U Can Be Perfect”, the band uses a synthesizer to play the melody while the guitar provides rhythm. Whether the band is rocking out hard or playing soft and reserved, the focus of their songs is always on Magro’s vocals. She has the range, energy and talent to be able to shine in a number of different genres and styles, which is what makes Love Darling such an exciting band to listen to. -

"Love Darling Rocks: New Album Coming Soon, With Your Help"

"Whether jamming out melodic rock songs, mad scientist synth sounds, or performing intimate acoustic shows, Love Darling’s rock-n-roll chemistry comes through loud and clear." -

"Support LGBT musicians and independent thought at San Diego IndieFest 7"

SAN DIEGO -- Bigger and better than ever, San Diego IndieFest returns for its seventh year on March 12-13.

To accommodate larger crowds, the venue has moved from North Park to NTC Promenade at Liberty Station in Point Loma.
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The two-day festival will feature the best-undiscovered musical talent and independent films on Saturday from noon to 11 pm, and films only on Sunday from 12:30 to 8 pm.

The brainchild of Danielle LoPresti and Alicia Champion, IndieFest began as a dream that quickly turned into reality.

LoPresti and Champion met in fall 2003 at San Diego’s Dyke March and instantly hit it off; both identify as openly bisexual artists.

They work together musically as creative producers. Champion also is the guitarist and music director for Danielle LoPresti and The Masses. - San Diego Gay and Lesbian News

"Most Popular Track"

Make Me Wonder and Sign Me Up, tracks from Love Darling's debut EP, Pawnshop Radio ON, have hit home page again! September 2010 - The Sixty One

"Have You Heard? Cute Indie Bands Alert!"

I took up the band’s offer to download their new EP, Sunshine Dust.
And I’m so glad that I did because it turns out that Love Darling is a
band who knows how to write a good hook. I love Love Darling. I have
no idea how popular Love Darling are in their hometown of Hollywood.
Maybe they’re huge, I don't know. If they’re not, I feel like it’s a
matter of time. The EP’s opening tracks seem to favor pulsating synths
and hooks that, when coupled with front woman Shay’s smokey tone, draw
easy comparisons to Metric and at times Uh Huh Her. It’s a sound that
works, however their more unique-sounding tracks like “Dust In My
Pocket” are the ones that make me look forward to what they’ll release
next. - Autostraddle

"Artist Spotlight"

Artist Spotlight: Love Darling...Featured track "This Time" from newest album, Sunshine Dust. - Its All Happening xoxo

"Her Artist September Spotlight: Love Darling"

Ok download this album now. Seriously. The whole thing... When you
hear the new EP Sunshine Dust they are clearly vibing. It’s dynamite.
There is an edge but there is a soft side as well.... Not to be
totally over the top but, it is awesome to hear Shay rock it, and own
it. And I mean really rock it. - Her Beverly Hills

"Covers for Sunday"

Closer by Love Darling (originally by Kings Of Leon). A lovely cover,
very different from the original, one of the nicest covers I've heard
for a while. - Between Thought and Expression

"Love Darling: Interview"

Rockband ‘Love Darling’ broke onto the National music scene with their song, “Hazy” when it appeared as the theme song to reality show, “The Real L Word.” As a recapper of the Real L Word (and unintentional expert in all things Power of the Clam-my) the first thing I noticed about the show was the theme song. It was smoother than it’s predecessor’s, “The L Word” choppy, cheesy theme song. It was sexy and upbeat in a casual way. Which is the same way the lead singer of ‘Love Darling’ can be characterized. - Lez Get Real

"New Artist Spotlight"

They can be edgy, hard driving, fun and bluesy all at the same time
and their latest album Sunshine Dust is one of those albums that you
can sit down and listen to it all the way through. However some of my
favorites on this album are Cadence and Dust In My Pocket. Love
Darling rocks! - Urban Outside

"Love Darling, love indeed!"

Shay Magro, Mike Wolpe, and Christian Jovanny Trujillo are the magic
behind indie rock band Love Darling. Sultry vocals and driving guitars
draw immediate comparisons to The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but I promise this
band has more to offer. Choice cut off the album goes to the spacier
"Close To Me" with its steady drum- machine-like beat, keyboard work,
and reverb-laiden vocals but the guitar squealing on "Step Outside"
earned it a close second. - The LA Deli Magazine

"Love Darling - This Time"

What was the best thing about Showtime series The Real L Word? Not
the sex, not the drama, but the music. If you watched the show, I'm
sure you noticed the quality of the theme tune and songs dispersed
throughout the 9 weeks. The band responsible is Love Darling, an
indie-rock trio based out of Hollywood, who are about to tour the US
and have released a new EP full of gems called Sunshine Dust. - My Big Mouth

"Love the Real L Word? Meet Love Darling"

Sunshine Dust is hot. Love Darling is giving the music world a piping
hot injection of awesome. They are hard enough to be rock and soft
enough to appeal to the mainstream. Shay Magro has a sultry voice with
an edge. She sounds a little like Kiyomi from Hunter Valentine, but
smoother and softer. If you love Hunter Valentine, you can’t miss Love
Darling. - Lez Get Real

"New Music Monday Feature!"

A soft acoustic blend of pop and power, This Time by Love Darling is
a smooth enjoyable song that is hard to compare. It is definitely
worth downloading and enjoying. I particularly like lead singer Shay
Magro’s vocals on this track. They are very sultry and inviting. - Rock and Roll Guru

"Featured Artist on FuseTV for the month of Feb 2010"

Love Darling's music video for "Unbelievable" was featured on FuseTV OnDemand for the month of February 2010. - FuseTV

"Love Darling showcases with the theme song for a premiere Showtime series this summer"

Catch appearances and new music from Love Darling on Showtime's new series, The Real L Word, premiering June 20th 2010. - Showtime

"Love Darling Featured in NBC Sports Promo"

Love Darling's (formerly Hotlites) song "Unbelievable" used as featured track for 2008 Olympics re-broadcast. - NBC Universal Sports

"Mike Cameo's Indie Top 10"

Love Darling is a featured artist on "Mike Cameo's Indie Top 10" Internet Radio Show.

Our song "Over It" is the featured track on the March Top 10 Pop Radio show... -

"Finalists in 2008 LA Detour Festival"

Love Darling was chosen as 1 of 12 finalists to showcase at the LA Detour Festival. - LA Weekly

"Airtime on NetteRadio"

Love Darling debut airplay on Nette Radio the week of June 26th 2009. -

"Garageband Indie Rock Track of the Week"

Love Darling tracks "That Story", "Quiet", and "Over it" were selected as Indie Rock tracks of the week on three separate occasions. -

"WTYT960 Band of the Day"

Love Darling is our band of the day with “Let Go” Check out @Love_Darling and -

"Band of the Day!"

Love Darling is our band of the day with “Let Go” Check out @Love_Darling and -


The Lovejoy EP - 5 songs - not yet released
The Nebula Yearbook - 21 songs - 2014
You Hold a Welcoming Texture - 2013
The Occupant Theory - 10 songs - released on vinyl - 2012
Sunshine Dust - 9 songs - 2011
Pawnshop Radio ON - 8 songs - 2010



Los Angeles based alt-rock electro-pop, Love Darling, dig into the emotional spectrum between seductively intimate and aggressively passionate, with skillfully crafted layers of distorted organs, saturated synths, jagged guitars and bombastic, pulsing drums beneath hypnotic and distinctly soulful female vocals. Love Darling's songs possess a stirring sonic scope fittingly reflected in singer Shay's introspective lyric, "and who are you? A whisper, a drop kick, the feeling blue?"

The alchemist minds of Shay Magro (vocals/guitar), Mike Wolpe (bass/guitar/keys), Nader Naim (drums & percussion) and Dany Elias (guitars) collided to create the current incarnation of Love Darling. The details remain a bit fuzzy, but they collectively recall fitful memories of late night diners, pawnshops, a golden picture frame and a haunted love-tester machine.

Following up their first two self-released EPs, including Sunshine Dust, which was recorded by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor) and featured on Showtime's premiere series, The Real L Word, Love Darling released their first full-length album, The Occupant Theory, back in August 2012 made possible by a successful kickstarter fan-funding campaign. The record was released on vinyl and digitally. The band explains, "it is made of shiny black vinyl and contains subliminal messages intended to inspire unusually surreal and salacious dreams."

After the release of the record, the band was thrilled to have the honor of winning the 12th annual Independent Music Awards Popular Vote for best Indie/Alt-Rock Album with The Occupant Theory. Also, along the way, Love Darling enjoyed performing with such artists as Vicki Martinez, Macy Grey, Shiny Toy Guns, My Satellite, Lynx, Wildling, Lissie, Somer Bingham, Robyn Dell'Unto and Sarah Carter (Sanguindrake).

If you're wondering whether all of this synergy is owed only to the mystical, it actually started years ago in Washington, DC where old friends Shay and Mike grew up. They formed a band and their creation, Moodroom, hit the ground running signing to Fowl Records in 2000. Their debut CD Hung Up on Breathing, enjoyed an impressive string of reviews from Billboard Magazine, CMJ New Music, Time Out, New York Press, Alternative Press, The Village Voice, The Washington Post, and The Washington Times.

As Moodroom, Shay and Mike were able to work with acclaimed producers like Jawbox front man J. Robbins (Clutch, Jawbreaker & Against Me!), Don Zientara (Fugazi, Minor Threat & Bad Brains) and Don Depew (Guided by Voices, Cobre Verde). All of Love Darling has toured the US and Canada, with Shay and Mike even headlining a residency at the Chesterfield Café in Paris, France. These lips are sealed, but much mayhem occurred amidst the bustling streets, eerie catacombs and enchanting old buildings.

As fate would have it a few years went by and both Shay and Mike ended up in Los Angeles. Upon reconnecting, they also joined international forces with rhythmical prodigy, Dany Elias, on guitars and the tastefully musical, Nader Naim, on drums. The musical love-tester lights lit up once again and the new songs quickly flowed. Whether it's making crunchy guitar-laden melodic rock songs, electronic synth-tastic soundscapes or performing more intimate acoustic shows, their creative chemistry channels a cosmic flow.

Love Darling soon released an extended follow up to The Occupant Theory, as The Nebula Yearbook, a 21-song album, comprised of blood, sweat and whiskey infused, nebula-inspired tears creating song videos for each which can be viewed on their YouTube channel.

Love Darling just released their newest 6 song EP, The LoveJoy EP, with exclusive fan bundles available on their Patreon channel at In between releasing new cover-mashes, Love Darling will also be shooting an original interactive music video for one of the singles which fans will help select. This will be the first of many 360 music videos they plan on releasing! Join the fan list at and receive a free music download too!

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