Win Tickets To See Jamie T At The Roxy Theatre

Brit makes rare LA appearance on 12/3!

November 24th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Contest, Lead Story
Jamie T

Coming into 2014, I had no clue it’d be the year I finally got a chance to see one of my favorite artists, punk/hip hop/folk-influenced singer-songwriter Jamie T, live for the first time. The Brit had become a bit of a media recluse since releasing his sophomore album, Kings and Queens (my favorite record of 2009), but apparently he just needed those five years to prepare for what was to come next, his Carry On The Grudge full-length.
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Show Review: The 1975 @ The Hollywood Palladium

UK indie-pop group sells out two LA stops

Mary Bonney
Category: Review
The 1975 at The Palladium

Matt Hayley is drunk. Or maybe the mesmerizing lead singer of The 1975 is just pretending to be as he takes swigs from a bottle of wine onstage, seductively wipes his mouth, and slurs his thanks to the crowd.
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Play This Playlist: Thank You Songs

Songs to get you in the Thanksgiving holiday mood

Twila Grissom
Category: Staff Pick, Video
thanksgiving

The ability to express gratitude is essential to a happy life, but then again, so is the ability to give a sarcastic send off to those who’ve done you wrong. Musicians, in particular, seem to understand this as they’ve been writing about thankfulness (in both literal and not-so-literal contexts) for ages.
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Sonny and The Sunsets Endearing, Offbeat New Video

From the first single off their forthcoming album

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Video
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Sonny and The Sunsets have a way of making me love them more with each new song they release and each quirky, bizarre new video. While I desperately want everyone to appreciate Sonny Smith’s brilliantly offbeat musical lyricism and instrumentation, I also want to selfishly keep the band to myself.
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Jingle Bell Rocks! Unveils A Christmas Obsession

Holiday music gets revamped in new documentary

November 21st, 2014
Alice Carson
Category: News
Jingle Bell Rocks Wayne Coyne

Immediately after Halloween ends, America changes course and begins to prepare for Christmas. Each year it seems as though Christmas inches closer to taking over Halloween altogether, bringing tinsels and ornaments to store shelves and reindeer onto front lawns. Some people try to hold off as long as possible, but no matter your personal preference, the holiday season is unavoidable…and so is Christmas music.
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Win Tickets To See Miyavi At El Rey Theatre!

Catch the J-Rocker in LA on Dec. 14th!

November 20th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Contest
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Way, way back in the day when I was a little too interested in Japanese culture, I stumbled across Miyavi. His single “Pop is Dead” was a rebellious, spastic piece of work that captured what I loved about visual-kei and J-Rock. But, oh, how times have changed.
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Album Review: Ariel Pink – pom pom

The eccentric lo-fi artist comes through on new LP

David Fisch
Category: Review
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Ariel Pink is one of a very unique class of characters in the music world, specifically those of the vividly experimental, progressive, and incredibly eccentric variety. Not in the way Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips is, per se, but more like Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, whose experimentations with song structure and leaps into multiple genres made you focus more on the attention to instrumental detail and production than the highly satirical and oftentimes hilarious lyrics.
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Throwback Thursday: Revisiting The Decemberists

Flashback 8 years to get pumped for the new album

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
The Decemberists

The Decemberists are gearing up to release their seventh studio album, and they are hitting the road hard. They have already announced upcoming tour dates for their European and North American run and released their first single, “Make You Better,” which features Colin Moloy’s trademark crooning, inspired vocals, but lacks the distinct quirkiness that made their earlier albums so unique.
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Win Tickets To See Angel Olsen At El Rey Theatre

Dec. 4th show will be her biggest in LA to date

November 19th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Contest
Angel Olsen

There’s something bittersweet about seeing an artist go from well-kept secret to widely sought-after performer, but in the case of Angel Olsen the experience is more sweet than bitter.
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Review: Diarrhea Planet – Aliens in the Outfield

Nashville rockers release shamelessly fun EP

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Review
DIARRHEA PLANET

Now that people have finally gotten over Diarrhea Planet’s absurdly vulgar band name, they can focus on how entertaining the group’s music is. The six-piece Nashville band broke onto the scene in 2009, quickly turning heads with their unconventional musical assembly and rowdy live shows. With not one but four guitarists in the mix, their layered guitar riffs and energy-fueled performances give way to a vigorously fun experience.
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