New Album Releases: August 28, 2015

The Weeknd, Beach House, Atlas Genius, & more!

August 28th, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Lead Story, News
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Yes, it’s summer, everybody loves the summertime, blah blah blah…listen, it is hot as fuhhhh outside. Let’s stop pretending that this isn’t a problem. If you’re like me, you’ve been thinking of creative ways to stay inside for as long as possible, and sometimes it seems like air conditioning isn’t enough.
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Matt Lange Drops Mesmerizing “Lying to Myself”

Glitchy, detailed dance music from mau5trap

Marcus Slater
Category: News
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There’s a lot to like on this latest cut from Matt Lange. Slick composition, some crazy mixing and micro-stutters, and smooth vocals come together in a deep, moody slice of electronic music.
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When Worlds Collide: Culture Collide 2015

International music and food mega-expo returns

Nori Meisner
Category: News
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I’m super excited to share the dates for this year’s Culture Collide! From October 8-10, the travel-magazine-turned-festival will seek to bring together different cultural backgrounds and ethnicities through creative expression and the help of a variety of sponsors.
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Indie Record Label smallHOLIDAY Launches

Release show at Grand Old Echo this Sunday 8/30!

Mary Bonney
Category: News
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Our hometown of Los Angeles is bursting with musical talent, and the DIY scene is growing rapidly as bands take it upon themselves to create opportunities. Such is the case for Chris Sousa, one half of psychedelic rock band Sumeau and the founder of the newest indie record label in Los Angeles, smallHOLIDAY. Sousa’s label aims to “support and sustain artists that we feel are creating new interesting sounds,” and there’s no better place to make that dream come true than Los Angeles.
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LA Music Blogcast: The Second Howl

LA-by-way-of-Miami alt rockers describe new EP

David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, News
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The LA Music Blogcast — the official podcast of LA Music Blog — posts on the Blog every Friday with me, David “DJ” Fisch, co-host/Blog writer Marcus Slater, and musician Naomi Robin. If there are any musical topics or questions that you would like to hear us talk about on future episodes – and likely have them answered by musical guests and industry professionals – please let us know by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook and tweeting us on Twitter with #LAmbCast.

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The opening track to The Second Howl’s new EP, You Fit In, storms the floodgates much in the way My Bloody Valentine’s “Only Shallow” ripped open Loveless. But The Second Howl aren’t just looking to shred and usher in a completely new genre. Instead, the band stands tall as a fresh-faced, tough-as-nails act in alt-rock that delivers confidence on all production fronts.
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CRSSD Festival Announces Phase 2 Lineup

Spoiler alert: it’s awesome

August 27th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, News
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When the fall iteration of CRSSD Festival announced its lineup, it was already filled with noteworthy names well worth the trip down to San Diego (an impressive feat considering its inaugural event just happened in March). Well, it looks like festival organizers have been doing the opposite of sitting on their laurels because they’ve just announced phase two of the lineup. My two cents: is it October yet?
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Throwback Thursday: Francoise Hardy, ’60s Icon

Revisit the French beauty before a 5-album reissue

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
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After listening to Joanna Newsom’s new track “Sapokanikan,” I realized I’ve been distracted by so much over-produced, instrumentally-dense music these days that I’ve been depriving myself of the sincere beauty of the avante-garde female vocalist. That’s probably just me, but still, what’s the next move once you’ve exhausted Sharon Van Etten and Fiona Apple’s most recent releases? Throw it back, of course, to a simpler time, a French time, an iconic time during which “yé-yé girl” Françoise Hardy was making everyone’s hearts melt.
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Festival Review: FYF Fest – Day Two

The utterly triumphant conclusion to the festival

Jay Chirinos
Category: Lead Story, Review
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If day one of FYF Fest provided the sight and feel of the organizers trying to shake off the twin blows of the previous year’s logistical issues and a last-minute headliner withdrawal, day two always felt like it could be a triumph. The lineup for Sunday was so stacked that it is with regret that I had to miss the likes of Badbadnotgood, Spiritualized, Neon Indian, Toro Y Moi, and Flume. Not to mention the headliner Morrissey, who was skipped for a lineup on the Lawn Stage that was just too tempting.
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City and Colour Releases New Single

Dallas Green proves that he is still on fire

Nori Meisner
Category: News
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Dallas Green can do it all. Originally the vocalist for post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, Green has since more than proved that his skills go far beyond the obvious.
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Sub Pop Reissuing The Album Leaf’s In A Safe Place

A post-rock classic gets another pressing

Marcus Slater
Category: News
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Vinyl is so hot right now. The fever that has been gripping the country is showing no signs of breaking, meaning re-releases of music that’s been out of pressing for some time is becoming more and more common. As such, Sub Pop is re-releasing one of their best (meaning, my personal favorite) post-rock records of all time: The Album Leaf’s In a Safe Place.
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