LA Music Blogcast: Coachella Wrap-Up and RSD 2015

The Blogcast crew attempts to wrap-up April

May 22nd, 2015
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. 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.


WE KNOW. Coachella 2015 is over for most, save for the people that just want to re-live the sets that did not include Drake or Madonna (we feel that is most of you out there). We’re moving on into summer fests like FYF and Splash House, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take one last listen to what Coachella brought to us here at the Blog.
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Win Tickets To See No Joy At Los Globos!

With wickedly talented locals Cold Showers & Roses

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Contest
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“No joy” is a military term used by aviators to convey that their intended efforts have been unsuccessful. The opposite could be said about the eponymous female duo from Canada, which has found rampant success within the indie community and continues to garner incredible support from noteworthy musicians.
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Festival Review: Psycho California 2015 – Sunday

Day three at the Santa Ana Observatory

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review

For most attendees of Psycho California, Sunday was a third straight day of loud-riffing madness, and like most festival day threes, there was a sleepy vibe as the bands began early in the afternoon. Saturday had been an epic day full of wonderful performances, and while Sunday’s lineup did not look quite as deep as the day before’s, there was still plenty to salivate over, and in some ways, it felt like an odd mirroring of Saturday: my afternoon got a nice early boost from the RidingEasy Records roster and ended with bassist and vocalist Al Cisneros entrancing his audience.
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Top 5 Bob James-Sampling Hip-Hop Songs

The jazz musician behind some of hip hop’s best

Sean Kramer
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Jazz great Bob James has been popping up in the media the last few weeks as he is slapping Stones Throw producer Madlib with a lawsuit over the latter’s song “Sparkdala,” which samples James’ classic 1974 tune “Nautilus” without clearance. The whole sampling debate has been done to death at this point, so we won’t be delving into the argument here, but it is excellent fodder for this week’s Top 5, in which we will examine some of the best hip-hop songs to sample Bob James.
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Throwback Thursday: Thee Oh Sees

How I fell for this garage-rock band

May 21st, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: News, Staff Pick
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My brother introduced me to Thee Oh Sees almost 10 years ago, and in honor of their May 18th release of Mutilator Defeated At Last, I decided to make this awesome band the subject of this particular throwback.
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Festival Review: Psycho California 2015 – Saturday

Day Two of the stellar metal festival

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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As a long-time part-time metal fan, my more recent exploration of some of the amazing work happening in the genre (and its many left-of-center subgenres) was rewarded when I saw the lineup announcement a few months ago for the Psycho California Festival at the Santa Ana Observatory, which was, frankly, crazy deep.
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Review: The Temperance Movement @ Bootleg HiFI

Electrifying UK group rocks LA

Mary Bonney
Category: Review

After seeing LA Music Blog’s ticket giveaway for The Temperance Movement, I listened to these UK rockers and instantly fell in love. Their sound was bold, brash, and as electrifying as the classic rock and roll that clearly influenced them, so I made my way to Bootleg HiFi last Wednesday to see these rising rockers live.
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Win Tickets To Robert Glasper At El Rey Theatre

The best musicians you will see all year!

Gerry Doot
Category: Contest
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I first heard of Robert Glasper while reading an interview with ?uestlove in which he describes The Robert Glasper Experiment as “the most dangerous musicians alive.” That was enough for me to check them out, and “Lift Off / Mic Check,” the opening track to the project’s 2012 album, Black Radio, was enough to get me hooked. The song is rhythmic chemistry. Grounded by a head-bobbing groove, it shape shifts into various sections that showcase true jazz chops.
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