Top 50 Albums of 2016

Our favorites from the past year of music!

December 1st, 2016
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
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Fifteen of LA Music Blog’s writers came together last month to vote on our favorite releases from the past year of music, and something happened that has never happened before: our collective favorite album didn’t actually score the #1 spot on any individual list.
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Ought Frontman Tim Darcy Is Going Solo

Check out music video for “Tall Glass of Water”

December 2nd, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News
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Canadian quartet Ought made waves last year when they released their incredible sophomore LP, Sun Coming Down, on Constellation Records. The album was praised for its brazen attitude, poetic wordplay, and the taut, fervid vocals of frontman Tim Darcy. So it’s no surprise that the artist, who changed his name from Beeler to his mother’s maiden name Darcy (yep, same guy), would take the opportunity to put his distinct vocal approach and wry, frenetic songwriting front and center on his first solo album, Saturday Night.
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Run the Jewels Issue RTJ3 Details & Release Date

Album dropping January 13.

Sean Kramer
Category: News
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With a slew of successful world tours, music videos, collaborations, and odd feline-related charity projects, anticipation for the latest project from Run the Jewels has been at an all-time high since they released their sophomore effort. Now fans can rest easy because Killer Mike and El-P have announced the official release date for their third record — appropriately titled RTJ3 — for January 13th here in the United States.
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Top 10 Singles of 2016

The songs we came back to all year long

Angelica Corona
Category: Lead Story, News
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Oh 2016, what a year you’ve been. We’ve had our ups, and we’ve had our…incomprehensible. But! If there’s one single thing we’ve loved about our ups, it’s been the music. Yep, those key tracks that kept us biting our nails in anticipation for the new album from The Lumineers, that hit that was one of our first tastes of The Chainsmokers, and the songs that reminded us that Rihanna is purely magnificent.

These are our top singles of the year.
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Top Five Songs for Your Christmas Playlist

Some classic favorites to get you celebrating

December 1st, 2016
Zein Khleif
Category: News, Staff Pick
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I firmly believe every holiday deserves its due celebration time and recovery time (hello, Thanksgiving-food coma), so I have never been one to eat my Thanksgiving meal alongside my already decorated Christmas tree. Instead, I dutifully wait until December 1st before I begin lighting pine-scented candles and listening to my steadfast holiday playlist.
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Preview: Robert Glasper Experiment @ The Fonda

Jazz virtuoso brings hybrid of sounds to the stage

Sean Kramer
Category: News
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We’re not yet at the point when Miley Cyrus’s latest single features a blazing saxophone solo over a swinging rhythm, but jazz has definitely seen a significant resurgence in popular music over the last couple of years. Thank Robert Glasper for that.
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Top 10 Music Videos of 2016

The most epic and rewarding visual experiences

David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, Video
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When Jasper from The Simpsons unthaws from days being stuck in the Kwik-E-Mart freezer thinking he’s been cryogenically frozen, he discovers the sugary bread snack Moon Pie and utters, “What a time to be alive.” The internet has now plastered that saying everywhere as a meme, but really, that concept goes deep in 2016, a year that saw social unrest, political wrestling matches, and an obnoxious number of hard-hitting deaths in the entertainment world.
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Top Five OneRepublic Songs

Top hits of these pop rockers

November 29th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: News
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We here at LA Music Blog have been hard at work building our list of favorite albums released this year, and hands down one of mine came straight from OneRepublic. Their fourth studio album, Oh My My, was released in October, and it hits every OneRepublic fan’s sweet spots with infectious hooks, beautiful acoustic guitars, powerful gospel choirs, and Ryan Tedder’s emotional lyrics sung in typically epic fashion.
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Bedstock 2016 Is Here!

Artists take to their beds to fight cancer

Zein Khleif
Category: Lead Story, News
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Advertised as “Bigger and Bedder,” cancer-fighting music festival Bedstock is back for its third year! Musicians play from their beds to raise funds and awareness for MyMusicRx, a flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association. It aims to enhance the lives of children with cancer by bringing music to their bedside — whether through in-hospital sing-along programs and live concerts or online music lessons, digital concerts, and games.
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Preview: Emo Nite’s Two-Year Anniversary Event

Celebrate sadness at The Echo + Echoplex on 12/6

November 28th, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story, News
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It’s hard not to admire Emo Nite’s ingenuity and determination. In the last two years, the people behind the regular event have spun a nostalgia-based DJ guest session into a minor empire. Their two-year anniversary is coming up on December 6th, and there’s a lot one might expect from such an occasion.
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