Play This Playlist: Essential Amy Winehouse

A look back at the singer’s musical highlights

Sean Kramer
Category: Staff Pick, Video
amy winehouse

Four years after her tragic death, Amy Winehouse has re-entered the pop culture dialogue thanks to the just-released Amy documentary. The film takes a hard and honest look into the singer’s ascension to fame, as well as the inner demons she struggled with that eventually led to her demise. And although it’s easy to cast Winehouse off as another cautionary tale/member of the “27 Club,” it’s equally easy to lose sight of the fact that her music was, quite simply, amazing.
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Top Five Albums You Might Have Missed This Year

Some of 2015’s most underrated highlights

Jay Chirinos
Category: News, Staff Pick
Mbongwana Star

Somehow this has become a bit of an annual thing for me, surveying the vast landscape of albums that have been released to date and trying to pick out a few of the gems that we might not have covered on our site this year. As always I’ve tried not to focus on one genre, instead offering up several appetizers from very different food groups. So without further ado, if you’re looking for something a little different to add to your collection, here are five albums that make for very contrasting starter points.
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Back To The Future – In Concert @ Hollywood Bowl

30 years later, the film and score still wows

David Fisch
Category: Review
Hollywood Bowl - Back to the Future 

Photo by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

Thirty years ago today a little film called Back To The Future was released into theaters. It became one of the most successful films of the 1980s both critically and financially, and while it ended up kickstarting a full-fledged franchise, the original film remains a classic: a screenplay filled with mind-bending concepts, visuals that defined “movie magic,” fun action and sci-fi shenanigans, and, most importantly, a big heart.
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Win Tickets To See Lord Huron At The Fox Theater

Kicking off their summer tour with Widowspeak!

July 2nd, 2015
Gerry Doot
Category: Contest
Lord Huron

Just a few years ago Los Angeles music fans were buzzing about a new folk-based group with a familiar sound but a unique voice. The group was selling out The Satellite and The Echo, and anyone who was at one of those early shows should count themselves lucky because Lord Huron has grown quickly.
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Album Review: Son Lux – Bones

Son Lux continues brings narrative to chaos

Christine Perez
Category: Review
Son Lux

Bones, the latest album from Son Lux, brings post-rock/avant-pop to a cinematic level. Ryan Lott, the great creator of Son Lux and film composer for films Paper Towns and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, has assembled a new lineup for the band (guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang), and together they undertake the arduous task of making sense out of experimental sounds, doing so with the same chaotic precision Lott exhibited on previous Son Lux albums We Are Rising and At War With Walls & Mazes.
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