New Album Releases: June 30, 2015

A great week for lovers of rock!

June 30th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, News
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While some impressive R&B releases are dropping this week, most of the albums below fall on the rock spectrum, blending one of the most popular music genres with folk, indie, and pop. So if you’re a fan of rock music, read on to see what some stand-bys (and new favorites) have in store for listeners this week!
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LA Music Blogcast: The Best Of 2015 (So Far)

We list our favorites from the year’s first half!

June 26th, 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.

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A few truths exist at this point in time: Rick Ross has been arrested for kidnapping and pistol-whipping someone, Taylor Swift handles Apple better than Jay-Z handles TIDAL, and we’re already done with the first half of 2015. It’s hard to believe the year is half-over, but looking back, we might already have one of the best years in music on record, from the industry news to the releases themselves.
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Show Review: Ed Sheeran @ Hollywood Bowl

Sold-out world tour brings mesmerizing show to LA

June 25th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, Review
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Everyone loves Ed Sheeran. I knew the world-famous pop rock star had universal appeal, but it wasn’t until I sat in the sold-out audience at the massive Hollywood Bowl last night that I realized why. I am now one of the millions of people across the globe this incredibly talented, hardworking star has impressed with his unbelievable one-man-band live show.
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Show Review: Underworld @ The Hollywood Bowl

One of the most anticipated shows of the year

June 24th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review
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For those in the know on all things electronic music, Underworld’s Hollywood Bowl stop was easily one of the most anticipated shows of the year. Aside from ranking supremely high on the influence scale amongst other electronic acts, the group, which is legendary for putting on standout live performances, had not been seen in our fair city since 2010.
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New Album Releases: June 23, 2015

Albums from Desaparecidos, Son Lux, & more!

June 23rd, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Lead Story, News
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The more things change, the more they stay the same. The theme tying together the new releases of this week is a return to the past — we’ve got new artists rekindling a sound from an era before their time, veterans of the business returning to etch another marking in their discographies, the return of groups that have been dormant for quite some time, and yes, even a reissue of a Trey Songz album.
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LA Music Blogcast: The One About Apple Music

We break down the next supposed “Spotify killer”

June 19th, 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.

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It was going to happen. You knew we were going to talk about it. The inevitability is unfortunate.
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Taste of Chaos Announces 2015 Lineup

Unbelievable lineup heralds festival’s return

Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, News
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After a five-year hiatus, one-day rock festival Taste of Chaos is returning, and its announced lineup is sending shock waves through the emo-rock community. I’m looking at the lineup with my own two eyes and still can’t believe how many incredible bands are set to take the stage at the San Manuel Amphitheater on October 3rd.
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Festival Review: Splash House – June 2015

Hot weather, music and people in Palm Springs

June 17th, 2015
Marcus Slater
Category: Lead Story, Review
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“Hey…so, tell me how big it is? Is it as big as it looks?”

Two girls in bikinis dripping wet from the pool cornered me on the poolside deck at the Hacienda Beach Club. They stood a little bit too close before asking me a question. One of them grabbed my arm. “Really? Um… Okay, I… Would you, like, come with us please?” She bit her lip. I politely declined. They asked for a selfie together before walking back to their throng of bros under the VIP cabanas. I had either successfully ruined a game of truth or dare or missed out on a really hot threesome. Just another day at Splash House.
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New Album Releases: June 16, 2015

Albums from Giorgio Moroder, Nate Ruess, and more!

June 16th, 2015
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
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From Bay Area metallers to a dance music legend to a pop frontman gone solo, today’s list of new album releases has a little bit of everything. Check out the ten albums that have us excited below, and be sure to let me know in the comments what you’ll be listening to first!
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LA Music Blogcast: The Singer and The Songwriter

Smooth, jazzy folk duo stops by to chat/perform!

June 12th, 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.

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What a difference including the word “the” within your search term makes because simply Googling “Singer and Songwriter” returns page upon page of artists that fall into that category. Searching for “THE Singer and THE Songwriter,” however, will lead you to Rachel and Thu, a dynamic local duo that makes music that is wonderfully mature, jazzy, and silky smooth.
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