Top 5 Albums That Will Make You Want to Go Outside

Enjoy great music in the great outdoors!

March 27th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: News, Staff Pick
the avalanches

It’s only been spring for a week, but temperatures have been going up. Way up. Surely that’s a sign that it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors.
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Album Review: Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire

Rhode Island duo returns with the LOUD

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Featured

The third song on Lightning Bolt’s latest album is called “Horsepower,” and if one word can sum up the appeal of Fantasy Empire, that’s it. After five albums of a very specific and perfectly honed sound, the Rhode Island duo has suddenly upped their game not by making any significant changes to their approach, but by adding horsepower. This is the biggest they’ve ever sounded, and Fantasy Empire’s capturing of their thunderous, galloping power makes Lightning Bolt sound more essential than ever.
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Win Tickets To See Active Child in Los Angeles

Tickets for July 10th show go on sale today!

Kristin Houser
Category: Contest, Lead Story
Active Child

Fans of Active Child (Pat Grossi) are no doubt already counting down the days until the June release of Mercy, the electronic artist’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 debut, You Are All I See, but LA fans have something else to be excited about right now: tickets for Active Child’s July 10th show at Los Angeles’ Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian go on sale at 10am today!
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Album Review: Courtney Barnett

Sometimes I Sit and Think And Sometimes I Just Sit

March 26th, 2015
Melissa Karlin
Category: Review
CourtneyBarnett_FEATURE

I don’t quite know where Courtney Barnett came from. Well, technically I do — she hails from Melbourne, the foodie capital of Australia — but she seemed to just burst onto my music radar from out of nowhere with her song “Avant Gardner.” I fell in love with the track not just because the title is hilarious, witty, and the most amazing name for a song ever, but because the track is just out of this world.
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Vans Warped Tour 2015 Announces More Bands!

We Came As Romans and Memphis May Fire added!

Mary Bonney
Category: News
Vans Warped Tour 2015

As the weather in LA heats up and summer approaches, Warped Tour is slowly releasing its 2015 lineup. The annual tour marks my anniversary of writing for LA Music Blog, so it’s one of my must-see fests each summer, and this year’s lineup is shaping up to be another great stop!
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Show Review: Rubblebucket & Vacationer @ Echoplex

A sweaty co-headlining dancefest!

Gerry Doot
Category: Review
Vacationer

The Echoplex was not as packed as it should have been Tuesday night when two bands, each boasting a massive surplus of talent, delivered a show deserving of a larger crowd that could match their intensity. Those who were in attendance, however, saw how well both bands played and will surely facilitate a larger audience the next time Rubblebucket and Vacationer stop by LA.
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Album Review: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

The return of Compton’s brightest star

March 25th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Lead Story, Review
Kendrick Lamar

More than any other modern genre, critical coverage of hip hop suffers from a need to instantly anoint something as a “classic” without allowing an appropriate amount of time for reflection. This tic was in evidence upon the release of Compton native Kendrick Lamar’s debut album, Good Kid: M.A.A.D. City (an album that left me pretty cold in truth), which seemed to have been accepted into the hip-hop canon within days of its release. It has once again been in evidence with that album’s follow-up, To Pimp A Butterfly, for which there has been a mad rush of acclaim since its surprise digital release last week.
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Festival Review: Beyond Wonderland 2015

A clusterfuck in the best and worst possible ways

Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review
Beyond wonderland 2015

I’m going to start this off by tempering some expectations: this review is going to be much, much shorter than anticipated. First off, I unfortunately wasn’t able to attend day one of the two-day fête that is now Beyond Wonderland since that took place on a Friday, which meant that around the time the event started, I was two counties over plodding away at work.
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Play This Playlist: The Best David Bowie Covers

Ten contemporary takes on the ever-evolving artist

March 24th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Photo credit: Jimmy King

David Bowie’s career, which spans from 1962 to the present day, has had its highs and lows, but no one can deny that he has been instrumental in influencing today’s music. He introduced the world to his eclectic brand of art/glam/experimental rock, transcending any previous limitations to music and forever changing the rock genre.
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