Review: Erykah Badu + St. Vincent @ Hollywood Bowl

Indie rock + neo-soul explosion!

September 3rd, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Lead Story, Review
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The casual observer might take a quick listen to the music of St. Vincent and Erykah Badu and feel that they couldn’t be more diametrically opposed in style and approach. The former blends elements of rock, jazz, and classical into polyrhythmic art-house material, whereas the latter is a veritable queen of neo-soul who is undeniably influenced by hip hop and has made recent excursions into the electronic world.

However, while their songs may not share the same tempos and arrangements, they definitely are a pair of kindred musical spirits, as evidenced by their co-headlining show at The Hollywood Bowl on Sunday.
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New Album Releases: August 28, 2015

The Weeknd, Beach House, Atlas Genius, & more!

August 28th, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Lead Story, News
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Yes, it’s summer, everybody loves the summertime, blah blah blah…listen, it is hot as fuhhhh outside. Let’s stop pretending that this isn’t a problem. If you’re like me, you’ve been thinking of creative ways to stay inside for as long as possible, and sometimes it seems like air conditioning isn’t enough.
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LA Music Blogcast: The Second Howl

LA-by-way-of-Miami alt rockers describe new EP

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 with me, David “DJ” Fisch, co-host/Blog writer Marcus Slater, and musician Naomi Robin. 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.

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The opening track to The Second Howl’s new EP, You Fit In, storms the floodgates much in the way My Bloody Valentine’s “Only Shallow” ripped open Loveless. But The Second Howl aren’t just looking to shred and usher in a completely new genre. Instead, the band stands tall as a fresh-faced, tough-as-nails act in alt-rock that delivers confidence on all production fronts.
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CRSSD Festival Announces Phase 2 Lineup

Spoiler alert: it’s awesome

August 27th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, News
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When the fall iteration of CRSSD Festival announced its lineup, it was already filled with noteworthy names well worth the trip down to San Diego (an impressive feat considering its inaugural event just happened in March). Well, it looks like festival organizers have been doing the opposite of sitting on their laurels because they’ve just announced phase two of the lineup. My two cents: is it October yet?
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Festival Review: FYF Fest – Day Two

The utterly triumphant conclusion to the festival

Jay Chirinos
Category: Lead Story, Review
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If day one of FYF Fest provided the sight and feel of the organizers trying to shake off the twin blows of the previous year’s logistical issues and a last-minute headliner withdrawal, day two always felt like it could be a triumph. The lineup for Sunday was so stacked that it is with regret that I had to miss the likes of Badbadnotgood, Spiritualized, Neon Indian, Toro Y Moi, and Flume. Not to mention the headliner Morrissey, who was skipped for a lineup on the Lawn Stage that was just too tempting.
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Festival Review: FYF Fest – Day One

The opening day of a festival at a crossroads

August 25th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Lead Story, Review
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The long term build-up to this year’s FYF Festival had centered around how well the organizers had dealt with some of last year’s more glaring logistical issues following the move to Exposition Park as a venue, yet on the eve of day one the story was unavoidably about the man who wasn’t there. Those who were eagerly anticipating Frank Ocean’s only live appearance of the year would be left hugely disappointed following what was suspiciously dismissed as a “scheduling conflict.” I’m sure there will be more to come out about what exactly happened there.
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LA Music Blogcast: “Break” Into The Music Industry

Blog writer Mary Bonney talks about new short film

August 21st, 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 with me, David “DJ” Fisch, co-host/Blog writer Marcus Slater, and musician Naomi Robin. 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.

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Mary Bonney has written many pieces for LA Music Blog over the years, and a particularly striking one was her recent article on being a female music journalist. This was the impetus for her to produce, act, and sing in a Kickstarter-fundraised short film called Break: The Musical (the trailer for which you can watch below). When we heard Mary wanted to head down to TuneIn Studios in Venice to join us for an episode of the LA Music Blogcast to talk about her experiences in creating the short, we can admit that we squealed a little.
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New Album Releases: August 21, 2015

Your perfect summer soundtrack is here somewhere

Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, News
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2015 has already been a year of unbelievably strong releases, and this week’s no exception. Whether you’re feeling poppier or looking to rock out to full blown metal, you’re sure to find that perfect album to pair with your summer margarita. Summer’s in full swing; might as well enjoy it while you can!
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CHVRCHES Stun With “Leave A Trace”

Video release sets the tone for new album

August 18th, 2015
Nori Meisner
Category: Lead Story, Video
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If you want to know what “authenticity” really means, then let’s talk about CHVRCHES.
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Play This Playlist: FYF Fest 2015

The best of the rest of this year’s lineup…

August 17th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
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It is finally happening! The year’s biggest music festival in Los Angeles takes place this weekend when thousands of revelers will descend upon the Exposition Park area of the city for this year’s installment of FYF Fest. Last week I picked out a few of the smaller bands to watch, but today I’ve compiled a short playlist of highlights from the rest of the lineup, including our two headliners.
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