Watch Kendrick Lamar Teach The Value Of Hard Work

For when you need a little inspiration in your day

January 22nd, 2016
Kristen Meza
Category: Lead Story, Video
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To say that Kendrick Lamar had a great 2015 would be an understatement. His latest album, To Pimp A Butterfly, not only earned 11 Grammy nominations but is already being categorized as a classic. How could we not give it the #1 spot on our Top 50 Albums of 2015 list?
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New Album Releases: January 22, 2016

Plenty of concept albums this week!

Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, News
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2016 has just begun, but it already seems that artists are pushing their artistic limits this year. Several of the releases this week are concept albums that explore some pretty dark topics, including dystopia and suicide. But have no fear! There are plenty of upbeat pop albums to even out your music listening as well.
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Dear Boy Releases New Single

Local boys woo with “Local Roses”

January 21st, 2016
Lindsey Shay
Category: Lead Story, News
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Just in time for their sold-out show at The Echo last Tuesday, Blog favorites Dear Boy released a new single from their highly anticipated sophomore EP, which is due this March. The track, “Local Roses,” quickly captivated listeners, reaching The Hype Machine’s Twitter Top 10 the day before its official release.
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2016 Marks The Return Of At The Drive-In

Band plans new music + world tour

Sean Kramer
Category: Lead Story, News
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I’m no Chinese zodiac expert, but it’s safe to say now that 2016 is the year of the drive-in. Post-hardcore band At The Drive-In has announced that this year will not only see them playing festivals and shows across the globe, but also releasing new music for the first time since their excellent 2000 LP, Relationship of Command.
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Brokechella Changes Its Name To Broke LA

Even Pinterest couldn’t make a better DIY fest

January 15th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: Lead Story, News
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Missed getting tickets to a certain sold-out festival in April? Make up for it with Broke LA (formerly known as Brokechella)! 2016 is the sixth year the festival has been held in Los Angeles, but this year marks its first year under the new Broke LA moniker. The DIY interactive music and art festival is slated for Saturday, April 23rd, and the best part: it won’t cost your rent to get a ticket!
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New Album Releases: January 15, 2016

Anderson .Paak, Panic! at the DIsco, and more…

Sean Kramer
Category: Lead Story, News
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We’re just a couple of weeks into the new year, and you know what that means. After the relative lull of the holiday season, we can start to expect a gang of new album releases.
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Interview With The Brinks

Newly formed LA duo is gaining traction for 2016

January 14th, 2016
David Fisch
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We’re two weeks into 2016, and I’m trying to put my finger on “the sound” that will define the year. BBC Music predicts it will be something along the lines of Jack Garratt or Alessia Cara, but my money’s on The Brinks.
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The World Loses An Icon: David Bowie Dead At 69

The legend is once again stardust

January 12th, 2016
Gerry Doot
Category: Lead Story, News
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As I sit and write this in between teaching drum lessons, I am realizing it’s going to be impossible to find music in our modern era that isn’t influenced by David Bowie, who passed away at the age 69 on Monday. Going through my standard teaching playlist, which features the likes of Prince, Weezer, and Nirvana, it’s obvious that we lost not just a singer in Bowie, but an integral part of music’s bloodline.
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Interview With Bryce Avary Of The Rocket Summer

New Zoetic LP a solo effort with a shift in style

January 8th, 2016
Mary Bonney
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I’ve been a fan of The Rocket Summer, the brainchild of Bryce Avary, for nearly a decade. From the moment I heard the piano pop rock and impressive vocals of Hello, Good Friend, I knew I had found an artist that would carry me through my adolescence and well into my adulthood.
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7 Music Resolutions To Kick Off The New Year

Take a new, healthier approach to music in 2016!

January 7th, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss
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It’s Day 7 of 2016, so now that you’ve had a week to settle in, get ready to round out those New Year’s resolutions with a few music-centric vows that are totally feasible!
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