New Album Releases: October 21, 2014

Cold War Kids, Jessie Ware, Transit, and more!

October 21st, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
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I couldn’t resist including a pair of cover albums on this week’s list of new album releases, but plenty of original material is being released this week as well, including a new album from one of my favorite local rock bands, a couple of heavier offerings, and a few efforts from across the pond. Check out the full list of new album releases below, and be sure to let me know in the comments what you’ll be listening to today!
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Best Second Screen Apps for Music Lovers

Toggle between screens to influence the charts

Kristin Houser
Category: News
Second Screen Apps

Sure, summer is a great time to be a music fan, what with all the outdoor concerts, big-name album releases, and weekend-long festivals, but for TV lovers, it’s the season when once fertile DVRs transform into barren wastelands of reruns and half-watched Jeopardy episodes.
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Watch Girl Talk & Freeway’s “Suicide” Remix Video

Featuring Freeway and A$AP Ferg as Bart Simpsons

Winnie Fan
Category: Video
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After Girl Talk and Freeway released their collaborative EP, Broken Ankles, earlier this year, A$AP Ferg jumped on the remix for “Suicide,” and now there’s a video to go with it. It features Freeway, Girl Talk, and A$AP Ferg as bastardized, alternate-universe Simpsons characters, and it’s surprisingly fitting for the song.
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Show Review: Safe In Sound @ Hollywood Palladium

Mindblowing festival graces the City of Angels

October 20th, 2014
Alice Carson
Category: Review
Safe In Sound Festival

On any Saturday night in Hollywood, music lovers have at least a dozen enticing opportunities to bask in the exhilaration of a live show. From hip hop to rock and roll, the bars and clubs of Hollywood will satisfy the needs of any type of music fan, and choosing the one event to attend sometimes proves harder than selecting the perfect outfit to wear to the to-be-determined occasion.
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Album Review: Jessie Ware – Tough Love

UK singer/songwriter returns after stellar debut

David Fisch
Category: Review
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Most of us have experienced some form of heartbreak in our lives, and aside from time, music is the next best way to get over it. Jessie Ware’s music, specifically, seems designed to help bring peace to a shattered heart.
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Win Tickets To See Broken Bells At The Orpheum!

Danger Mouse/James Mercer collab hits LA on Friday

Kristin Houser
Category: Contest, Lead Story
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Anyone surprised by the success of Broken Bells clearly hadn’t been following either of its members’ careers prior to their teaming up. Producer/songwriter Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) has been turning heads since the 2004 release of his Grey Album, a mashup of Jay-Z’s The Black Album and the Beatles’ White Album, and that very same year James Mercer, the other half of Broken Bells, found himself in the mainstream spotlight when his indie-rock band The Shins were featured in the film Garden State.
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Play This Playlist: Get To Know Sleater-Kinney

A career-spanning list from Olympia’s finest

Jay Chirinos
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Tomorrow, Sleater-Kinney will be releasing their entire remastered back catalog on vinyl and CD, which in itself would be reason enough for me to post this reminder of just how good a band this trio really was (in my opinion, the greatest American rock band of the last twenty years). However, for those who received pre-orders of the box set, the appearance of a mysterious new 7-inch with “1/20/15″ on the label led many to speculate that the band might well be making a return.
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Show Review: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

SoCo frontman brings new project to The Fonda

Mary Bonney
Category: Review
Andrew McMahon

I owe a lot to Andrew McMahon. When I first saw him in 2006 fronting Something Corporate at a small nightclub in Washington, D.C., I knew I’d be forever changed. That night began my long love affair with piano rock and screaming my lungs out to McMahon’s emotional lyrics (see Something Corporate’s “Konstantine,” “Punk Rock Princess,” or “Hurricane”).
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