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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Festival Preview: Treefort Music Fest

Boise suddenly hit your travel list

December 9th, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story, News
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When one thinks of stellar fests, Boise may not be among the first couple locations that spring to mind. Or even the second…or third…or at all, for that matter. Despite that, Boise is hosting its sixth annual Treefort Music Fest and sporting the kind of enviable lineup that would be the pride of any state, much less a Great Plains state in early spring.
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John Mayer Performs on The Tonight Show

“Love on the Weekend” makes its television debut!

December 8th, 2016
Zein Khleif
Category: Video
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It’s happening! It’s finally happening! In anticipation (and definite high anticipation on my end) of the release of his 2017 album, John Mayer has started making his promotional rounds. On Tuesday, December 6th, Mayer performed his newly released single, “Love on the Weekend,” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
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Show Review: Islands @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

10th anniversary show of 2006’s Return to the Sea

Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review
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Considering the cemetery setting, there was a quite a bit of festivity in the air Friday night at Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge where Islands appeared to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of their first album, Return to the Sea. Given Islands’ birth in LA, many friendly characters in the crowd, and a “remember when?” themed slide show, there was a high school reunion feeling to the proceedings.
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Patti Smith Covering Bob Dylan at Nobel Banquet

The punk-rock songstress will cover “A Hard Rain”

December 7th, 2016
Zein Khleif
Category: News
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Bob Dylan has been making headlines ever since it was announced he will not be flying to Stockholm to collect his award at this month’s Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet due to “other commitments.” It has now been released that Patti Smith, who was originally set to perform one of her own songs at the ceremony, will be covering Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” instead.
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Hip-Hop Hilarity in Rap Tribute to Hufflepuff

Hogwart’s house proves to be filled with swagger

Mary Bonney
Category: Video
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After years of working at Universal Studios, whose newest addition, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, has brought fans flocking from around the country, I’ve come to realize one important truth: most people know what house of the famed four they call home. I learned I belong to Hufflepuff, which I describe as those who are “loyal, friendly, and honest,” or as my friend says, “Yeah, that’s why they’re usually stoners, because they love to share!”
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Show Review: James Vincent McMorrow @ The Wiltern

Irish neo-soul at its finest

December 6th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review

Irish neo-soul. Cognitive dissonance? Sure, but also a reality that was validated when James Vincent McMorrow ended the US tour in support of We Move on Thursday night at The Wiltern.
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Show Review: YG @ The Wiltern

Red Bull Sound Select brings Bompton to LA

Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review
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30 Days In LA had the party going for YG at The Wiltern for Day 29. Opening acts Tasha the Amazon and Finding Novyon built the energy with performances of their latest tracks, before YG made a grand entrance and brought out surprise guests DJ Mustard and G-Eazy to join the party.
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Win Tickets To See The Dandy Warhols At The Fonda!

The band returns to LA supporting their 9th album!

David Fisch
Category: Contest, Lead Story
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It’s an impressive feat for any band to release nine studio albums and stick it out for close to two decades, but The Dandy Warhols seem to have made that effort, well, effortless. With the release of this year’s Distortland, the alternative rockers have proven once again why they need to stick around for at least a little bit longer, entertaining the soul with new but very well lived-in psychedelic distortion.
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Show Review: Mondo Cozmo @ Hotel Cafe

Pop mystique meets Philly scrap and hustle

December 5th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Lead Story, Review

Who is Mondo Cozmo?

Despite producing a couple of über catchy songs that wasted no time rising to the ranks of cyclical inclusion in the rarified and coveted air of KCRW’s playlists, Mondo Cozmo (aka Joshua Ostrander) seems enveloped in a certain mystique.
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KCRW Reveals Their Best 10 Albums of 2016

A celebration of music in a year of loss

Kyle B. Smith
Category: News

Now that LA Music Blog has announced its Top 50 Albums of 2016, it’d be a good time to take a look around town and see who else has taken an inventory of the best albums of the past year.
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