New Album Releases: August 7, 2015

Dr. Dre, Chelsea Wolfe, Mac DeMarco, and more!

August 7th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Lead Story, News
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After growing up in the UK and looking forward to the beginning of the week because Monday meant New Album Release Day, switching the mindset to the American release date of Tuesday took some getting used to, and now I’m having to do it all over again for Fridays, which means a whole new routine of buying an album after work and spending the entire weekend lazing around listening to it. Actually, when you put it that way…
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LA Music Blogcast: Straight Outta Compton

The crew chats about the film, West Coast, & more

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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We were buzzin’ a year or so back when the movie adaptation of the story behind the creation of N.W.A.’s groundbreaking hip-hop album Straight Outta Compton was announced, and the buzz is getting louder now that the film will finally be landing in theaters next week.
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Win Tickets To See Modestep At Avalon!

Electro-rock hybrid hits LA on Sept. 18th

August 5th, 2015
Kristin Houser
Category: Contest, Lead Story
Modestep

The UK is coming to LA next month in the form of London-based quartet Modestep. As part of the US leg of the group’s London Road World Tour, they’ll be swinging by Avalon on September 18th with a full live band in tow to recreate their unique blend of rock, dubstep, and electro for a sure-to-be-pumped audience. According to band frontman Josh Friend, “We cannot wait to bring our live show over. This will be the most energy we have ever brought to the States. We can’t wait.”
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Win Tickets To See Nahko & Medicine For The People

Tribe of love to play The Fonda Theater on 9/17

August 4th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Contest, Lead Story
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Although activism and music do join forces for good occasionally (e.g., during political campaigns, after natural disasters, etc.), few bands form with the idea to use music as medicine, but the crew that makes up Nahko and Medicine For The People started out on their musical journey with that as their goal and main theme.
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See Kendrick Lamar’s Surprise “For Free?” Video

Butterfly interlude gets the visual treatment

Sean Kramer
Category: Lead Story, Video
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We’re all still talking about Kendrick Lamar’s video for To Pimp a Butterfly single “Alright,” but if there’s one thing we can expect from the Compton superstar, it’s that he refuses to play by any rules of format. That’s why it’s not incredibly shocking that he just dropped a clip for album interlude “For Free?”
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Win Tickets To See Blake Mills!

Guitarist/songwriter plays Palace Theatre on 9/17

August 3rd, 2015
Kristin Houser
Category: Contest, Lead Story
Blake Mills

We had the opportunity to chat with guitarist/songwriter/producer Blake Mills a few years ago just as he was prepping to join Fiona Apple for a show at The Hollywood Palladium in a dual capacity — as part of her backing band and as the opening act — and the driven artist has shown no signs of slowing down in the three years since.
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CLOSED: Erykah Badu & St. Vincent Giveaway

Playing The Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 30th

July 31st, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Contest, Lead Story
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UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners Tyler Gross and Monica Hernandez, and a big THANK YOU to everyone who entered!

Few popular artists inject as distinct a mix of unabashed honesty and creative boldness into their music as Erykah Badu and St. Vincent, so the mere fact that these two are doing a show together already had music fans excited. Add in the fact that it’s at The Hollywood Bowl, one of LA’s most iconic venues, and we’re downright salivating.

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LA Music Blogcast: Upcoming LA Music Festivals

Catch amazing lineups (& us!) at these local fests

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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With all of the music news primarily being about music streaming and Kanye West lately, we at the Blogcast felt compelled to have an episode about something — anything — else, so we decided to share a few of the summer music festivals we’ll be attending and that we would have otherwise mentioned earlier in the summer. We hope you don’t miss out on them due to our lack of prior acknowledgement.
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New Album Releases: July 31, 2015

Joss Stone, Titus Andronicus, and more!

Melissa Karlin
Category: Lead Story, News
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It’s Friday, and you know what that means: new music! (It’s still weird, right? It’s not just me?) Anyways, this week we’ve got new LPs from British players Joss Stone, The Maccabees, and Lianne La Havas, a solo release from The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr., some experimental jazz, and a rock opera from Titus Andronicus. This is a good week for music, folks.
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Win Tickets To See Empire Of The Sun!

Catch them at The Hollywood Bowl on 9/20

July 29th, 2015
Twila Grissom
Category: Contest, Lead Story
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On September 20th, Australian electro-pop duo Empire of the Sun will be headlining The Hollywood Bowl accompanied by New York-based synth-pop band St. Lucia, and you have the opportunity to win tickets to the show!
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