Sparrow Sleeps: Punk-Rock Songs Turned Lullabies

Rock baby to sleep with soothing pop-punk covers

May 25th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: News
Sparrow Sleeps

It’s strange to think my father, now a straight-laced accountant, was formerly a fan of The Grateful Dead. But then again, all the fans that I share the pit with eventually become adults (in varying degrees). When longtime pop-punk lover Casey Cole had his first daughter, Sparrow, in 2013, he scoured music libraries for lullabies outside of the standard classics like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Disappointed, the new father took it upon himself to expand his limited playlists and create lullaby renditions of the music he loved for his infant.
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LA Music Blogcast: Coachella Wrap-Up and RSD 2015

The Blogcast crew attempts to wrap-up April

May 22nd, 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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WE KNOW. Coachella 2015 is over for most, save for the people that just want to re-live the sets that did not include Drake or Madonna (we feel that is most of you out there). We’re moving on into summer fests like FYF and Splash House, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take one last listen to what Coachella brought to us here at the Blog.
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Top 5 Bob James-Sampling Hip-Hop Songs

The jazz musician behind some of hip hop’s best

Sean Kramer
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Jazz great Bob James has been popping up in the media the last few weeks as he is slapping Stones Throw producer Madlib with a lawsuit over the latter’s song “Sparkdala,” which samples James’ classic 1974 tune “Nautilus” without clearance. The whole sampling debate has been done to death at this point, so we won’t be delving into the argument here, but it is excellent fodder for this week’s Top 5, in which we will examine some of the best hip-hop songs to sample Bob James.
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Throwback Thursday: Thee Oh Sees

How I fell for this garage-rock band

May 21st, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: News, Staff Pick
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My brother introduced me to Thee Oh Sees almost 10 years ago, and in honor of their May 18th release of Mutilator Defeated At Last, I decided to make this awesome band the subject of this particular throwback.
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New Album Releases: May 19, 2015

Hot Chip, Brandon Flowers, Tanlines, and more!

May 19th, 2015
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
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Excited for the upcoming three-day weekend? Even more excited to find out all about the new albums you can spend it listening to? Read on for all the info you need on the week’s best new releases, including LPs from Hot Chip, Brandon Flowers, and more!
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Tetra To Release Meter EP On June 11th

Electro-pop artist brings the hooks

May 18th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: News
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I’m not the biggest fan of electronic-pop music. It’s one of those genres that rarely holds my attentions or keeps me intrigued, which is why the upcoming EP by Tetra has me feeling confused. Because I like it.
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B.B. King Leaves Us At Age 89

Legendary blues guitarist passes away quietly

May 15th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Lead Story, News
BB King

Sad day for the music world as The King of the Blues has passed.
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Stream D’Angelo’s New Live EP On Spotify

Featuring Black Messiah cuts and a Prince cover

Sean Kramer
Category: News
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We all rejoiced when we learned that D’Angelo would be hitting Club Nokia on June 8th on his long-awaited Second Coming Tour, but let’s be real – that’s weeks from now, and the anticipation is at an all-time high for a guy who hasn’t done a proper US tour in about 15 years and recently released what just might be the best album of his career.
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Five Reasons Underworld Live Is Going To Be Insane

Highly-anticipated act to play the Bowl on June 21

Lesley Park
Category: News, Staff Pick
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More than 20 years before a leather-clad Kate Beckinsale first slayed werewolves in the film series that has since hijacked its name, Underworld began what has since become one of the most respected and illustrious careers in dance music history. Thirty-five years later, they’ll be throwing down a set at the Hollywood Bowl that will almost certainly go down as one of the best of 2015.
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