Top 10 Singles of 2016

The songs we came back to all year long

December 2nd, 2016
Angelica Corona
Category: Lead Story, News

Oh 2016, what a year you’ve been. We’ve had our ups, and we’ve had our…incomprehensible. But! If there’s one single thing we’ve loved about our ups, it’s been the music. Yep, those key tracks that kept us biting our nails in anticipation for the new album from The Lumineers, that hit that was one of our first tastes of The Chainsmokers, and the songs that reminded us that Rihanna is purely magnificent.

These are our top singles of the year.
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Top 10 Music Videos of 2016

The most epic and rewarding visual experiences

December 1st, 2016
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, Video

When Jasper from The Simpsons unthaws from days being stuck in the Kwik-E-Mart freezer thinking he’s been cryogenically frozen, he discovers the sugary bread snack Moon Pie and utters, “What a time to be alive.” The internet has now plastered that saying everywhere as a meme, but really, that concept goes deep in 2016, a year that saw social unrest, political wrestling matches, and an obnoxious number of hard-hitting deaths in the entertainment world.
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Top 50 Albums of 2016

Our favorites from the past year of music!

Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News

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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Bedstock 2016 Is Here!

Artists take to their beds to fight cancer

November 29th, 2016
Zein Khleif
Category: Lead Story, News

Advertised as “Bigger and Bedder,” cancer-fighting music festival Bedstock is back for its third year! Musicians play from their beds to raise funds and awareness for MyMusicRx, a flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association. It aims to enhance the lives of children with cancer by bringing music to their bedside — whether through in-hospital sing-along programs and live concerts or online music lessons, digital concerts, and games.
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Preview: Emo Nite’s Two-Year Anniversary Event

Celebrate sadness at The Echo + Echoplex on 12/6

November 28th, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story, News

It’s hard not to admire Emo Nite’s ingenuity and determination. In the last two years, the people behind the regular event have spun a nostalgia-based DJ guest session into a minor empire. Their two-year anniversary is coming up on December 6th, and there’s a lot one might expect from such an occasion.
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LAmb Sessions: Adam Friedman

Beachy vibes just in time for winter

November 23rd, 2016
Lex Voight

Adam Friedman is irrepressible. The singer-songwriter brought his summery tunes and tight songwriting chops to LAmb Sessions, along with a near incessant stream of well-meaning, self-effacing, and aware jokes. He managed to turn everything into a song. Nothing from the (then a joke, now a horrible reality) candidacy of Donald Trump to his antics on tour to his friend and PR person were safe from having an incredibly catchy song being spontaneously created satirizing them.
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Kanye West Cancels Remainder of Saint Pablo Tour

The rapper shocks fans with the announcement

November 21st, 2016
Zein Khleif
Category: Lead Story, News

Kanye West has canceled the remaining 21 shows of his Saint Pablo Tour, effective immediately. No reason has been given for the cancelation. The announcement comes after a tumultuous week of bizarre performances from the rapper, as well as the cancelation of his rescheduled Los Angeles show on Sunday at The Forum.
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Show Review: Car Seat Headrest @ Teragram Ballroom

Will Toledo & co. deliver set of acerbic prep punk

Kyle B. Smith
Category: Lead Story, Review

After an Oberstian gestation period of 12 self-released independent albums, Will Toledo’s Car Seat Headrest signed to Matador Records in 2015 and released the widely acclaimed Teens of Denial earlier this year. Last week, Toledo brought his band to Teragram Ballroom as part of the ongoing 30 Days of Music Red Bull Sound Select series.
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The Orwells Tour to Promote Terrible Human Beings

Playing the Resident Sunday before their UK run

November 18th, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss

It’s rare for a pretty straight-forward indie rock band to achieve rapid success and then be able to maintain and grow it while still growing up themselves. In 2011, when the gritty, audacious teens of The Orwells landed their first record deal, on Justin Gage’s Autumn Tone records, they were still in their senior year of high school.
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Show Review: Haim @ The Fonda Theatre

Triumphant homecoming for LA’s favorite sisters

Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review

For sisters Alana, Este, and Danielle Haim, the three years since the release of their critically lauded debut Days Are Gone have been nothing short of a whirlwind. From their BBC Sound of 2013 win to sold-out arena tours with Taylor Swift, these Angelenos have in a comparatively short period of time cultivated an enviably large fanbase, a small fraction of which showed up to fill The Fonda to capacity as part of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in LA.
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