Play This Playlist: LAmb HARD Summer 2014 Mega Mix

HARD goes deep for 2014

July 29th, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: Staff Pick
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HARD Summer is this weekend, LA ragers! Are you ready to have your FACES melted CLEAN OFF by the imminent HARDNESS? YEAH!

Wait, wait, wait a second. This year’s lineup is a lot less ragey and a lot deeper. I mean, this is still Hardfest, so expect the usual suspects of Skrillex, Nero, Jack Beats, and Destructo to fuck things up at maximum volume as per usual, but this lineup also makes HARD the premier “deep” music festival in LA this year by miles.
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Show Review: OK Go @ The Echo

Fun, theatrical band rocked an LA crowd

Gerry Doot
Category: Review
ok go at the echo

OK Go seems to have more fun than most bands. Not only have they found great success writing and creating music, they have also tapped into their nerdy sides, creating all kinds of toys and visuals to accompany their live shows, not to mention their epic series of viral music videos. With a new EP out and an album on the way, Los Angeles’ own visual rockers played two shows last week at two of the town’s best venues, The Troubadour and The Echo.
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Three Easy Ways to Nab the Set List

The best tricks to getting the set list every time

Janelle Miranda
Category: News
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You just finished watching the most epic live musical performance you have ever seen! How will you commemorate this fantastic experience and grab a one-of-a-kind souvenir at no cost to you? You need to hustle and get your hands on the set list.
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Show Review: White Lung @ Los Globos

Vancouver punk quartet brings the noise

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
white lung

Despite the amount of attention paid to the band’s most recent album, the righteously brilliant Deep Fantasy, White Lung remains something of a well-kept secret. While that is a little exasperating in one sense, it does mean that the venues for the group’s shows remain pretty small and that their punk-rock essence remains intact. This was in evidence at Los Globos, a venue in which the gap between the stage and the audience is pretty much non-existent, and where taking photos involves balancing yourself on a stool and hanging over a raging mosh pit.
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Free Show Alert: Jagwar Ma @ The Santa Monica Pier

Beachside gig from psychedelic Aussie trio on 8/7

Lesley Park
Category: News
jagwar ma

It’s understandable that comparisons would be drawn between Sydney-based psychedelic trio Jagwar Ma and their compatriots Tame Impala (anyone who’s listened to Lonerism ought to know that such a comparison is pretty lofty praise), but you’d be mistaken to write off the former as more of the same from Down Under.
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Win Tickets To Made In America Fest!

With Imagine Dragons, Kanye West, Weezer, & more!

Kristin Houser
Category: Contest, Lead Story
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Back in April we shared the news that the Jay Z-curated Made In America fest would be expanding to two coasts this year with a Los Angeles iteration at Grand Park joining the Philadelphia one on Labor Day weekend. Since then, the lineup for the LA version of the fest has been announced, and with Imagine Dragons, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, and so many other great acts on the bill, this is one fest you don’t want to miss. Now even the most cash-strapped amongst our readership has a chance to attend because we’re giving away a pair of passes!
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New Album Releases: July 29, 2014

Tom Petty, Jenny Lewis, & more!

Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
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Happy Tuesday! New albums out today from several West Coast acts, as well as an all-star compilation bringing the work of a legendary songwriter to life. Check out the ten albums we’re most excited to listen to today below, and be sure to let me know in the comments if we may be missing out on a stellar new release!
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Top Five Obscure Music Genres

“Wait. That’s a real genre?”

July 28th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: News, Staff Pick
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One of the many reasons I love writing for the LA Music Blog is that I am constantly exposed to a myriad of diverse artists and music genres I would never discover on my own. When I sat in on a taping of the LA Music Blogcast last month, we discussed the many obscure music genres in the world, most of which were complete surprises to me.
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Show Review: PAPA @ The Santa Monica Pier

Last hometown show before heading into the studio

Angelica Corona
Category: Review
PAPA Featured

The Santa Monica Pier has been a SoCal staple for three decades now, but over the past few years the iconic carousel that backdrops countless tourist selfies and family photos has taken on a new purpose as the setting of the Twilight Concert Series. Myspace (that’s right, Myspace) presented PAPA and Cayucas at the Pier this past week, and those of you who follow LA Music Blog know we wouldn’t miss a PAPA performance.
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