Top Five Albums You Might Have Missed This Year

Some of 2015’s most underrated highlights

July 3rd, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Somehow this has become a bit of an annual thing for me, surveying the vast landscape of albums that have been released to date and trying to pick out a few of the gems that we might not have covered on our site this year. As always I’ve tried not to focus on one genre, instead offering up several appetizers from very different food groups. So without further ado, if you’re looking for something a little different to add to your collection, here are five albums that make for very contrasting starter points.
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Throwback Thursday: Kaskade Through The Ages

Kaskade announces 9th album and special pre-order

July 2nd, 2015
Twila Grissom
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon) has long been a pioneer in the electronic dance music industry. The four-time GRAMMY nominated artist was the first DJ from the United States to secure a Las Vegas residency, the first solo electronic dance artist to sell out Barclays Center, and the first dance artist to sell out Navy Pier and the Staples Center (during his Freaks of Nature Tour). He also shows no signs of slowing down, having just announced that his ninth studio album is set to come out in the fall.
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On Being A Female Music Journalist

My experiences with sexism in the world I love

July 1st, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: News
Mary Bonney at Warped Tour

I have the coolest job. I get to write about music in Los Angeles, one of the most vibrant cities in the world and one that lands on every band’s tour schedule. It’s the city that launched iconic acts like The Doors, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, and Thirty Seconds to Mars. It’s a city where amazing local bands perform every night of the week in unique venues. I love this job so much I even wrote a musical short about it that will be released later this summer.
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New EP On The Way From The Maybe Somedays

Local LA rockers are back in the studio

June 30th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: News
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LA-based rock and roll band The Maybe Somedays (singer/songwriter Billy McIntyre, drummer Dan Moore, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Yan Clermont, and bassist/backing vocalist Aaron Medina) was born when Moore and McIntyre combined forces in the winter of 2011. Their mission was to be loud, fun, and “save rock ‘n’ roll.” I know a lot of us are on the same mission, but these guys just might be able to do it. They’re pretty good and really cool, too.
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New Album Releases: June 30, 2015

A great week for lovers of rock!

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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Yasiin Bey & Electric Wire Hustle Make “Marigolds”

Delivering dope vibes and beautiful tunes

June 26th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: News
mos def

Did you catch the artist formerly known as Mos Def’s verse on A$AP Rocky’s latest album? That shit was fire, and it looks like Yasiin Bey is at least a little interested in making more good music.
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Lianne La Havas Announces Sophomore Album

Three LA dates on her upcoming tour!

Gerry Doot
Category: News
Lianne La Havas

One of the first shows I reviewed for LA Music Blog was one of Lianne La Havas’ first shows in Los Angeles. It seemed to be a magical experience for both of us. Her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough, was still fresh to the ears of many and had been picking up awards and nominations internationally, and the sold-out show felt like it was one of the first times La Havas realized the effect her music and personality could have on a crowd.
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LA Music Blogcast: The Best Of 2015 (So Far)

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

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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Throwback Thursday: The Strokes’ Is This It

Reflecting on the rockers’ career-making album

June 25th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
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The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. is releasing his third solo album, Momentary Masters, next month, and the effort’s first single, “Losing Touch,” indicates a cleaner, poppier sound that deviates ever-so-slightly from what fans of the band may be familiar with. Still, elements of the style that earned The Strokes such a warm reception when they emerged on the scene around the turn of the century can still be found within the track; the hook-filled chorus maintains the gritty, melodic garage rock vibe that put the prep-school Manhattanites on everyone’s radar.
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Sundance Next Fest 2015 Lineup Announced

A super-sweet combo of movies and music in LA!

Jay Chirinos
Category: News
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As someone who is as crazy about film as he is about music, the prospect of film screenings paired with live musical performances is one of those increasingly common and extremely welcome entertainments, which makes the announcement of Sundance’s NEXT FEST even more exciting.
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