XTRMST Releases Self-Titled Debut On Dim Mak

Hardcore AFI side project will blow your mind!

November 26th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: News
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Over the course of nearly 25 years, AFI grew from the ranks of the straight-edge punk scene in the East Bay Area (alongside bands like Rancid and Green Day) to find hard-earned success by steering their sound a bit more toward the pop format. The group still subscribes to the clean and pure tenets of their original style, though, and after years of success as AFI, frontman Davey Havoc and his AFI cohort Jade Puget have created a hardcore album that celebrates the unique nature of the straight-edge lifestyle and culture.
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New Album Releases: November 25, 2014

Rick Ross, Circa Survive, and more!

November 25th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
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The short workweek (yay!) is being balanced out by a short list of new album releases (boo!), but despite the Thanksgiving holiday, the artists below decided to release new albums today, and for that, we can be thankful. Check out this week’s truncated list of new album releases, and let me know in the comments what you’ll be listening to first!
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Top Picks For Record Store Day: Black Friday 2014

The five records you should pick up this Friday

David Fisch
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Thanksgiving is this Thursday, so you know what that means: this Friday is Black Friday, the both loved and loathed event that takes place the day after the most thankful holiday of the year. Black Friday is celebrated by waking up early out of your tryptophan slump to wait in long lines with hordes of people to get items that are marked down at ridiculously low prices. Regardless of your thoughts on the “holiday,” it’s an event that most Americans partake in, and Record Store Day has now been a part of it for the last few years.
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Jingle Bell Rocks! Unveils A Christmas Obsession

Holiday music gets revamped in new documentary

November 21st, 2014
Alice Carson
Category: News
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Immediately after Halloween ends, America changes course and begins to prepare for Christmas. Each year it seems as though Christmas inches closer to taking over Halloween altogether, bringing tinsels and ornaments to store shelves and reindeer onto front lawns. Some people try to hold off as long as possible, but no matter your personal preference, the holiday season is unavoidable…and so is Christmas music.
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Throwback Thursday: Revisiting The Decemberists

Flashback 8 years to get pumped for the new album

November 20th, 2014
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
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The Decemberists are gearing up to release their seventh studio album, and they are hitting the road hard. They have already announced upcoming tour dates for their European and North American run and released their first single, “Make You Better,” which features Colin Moloy’s trademark crooning, inspired vocals, but lacks the distinct quirkiness that made their earlier albums so unique.
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Show Preview: Netsky @ El Rey Theatre

Pre-Thanksgiving D&B face-melt? Yes, please!

November 18th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, News
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With the explosion of dubstep and trap, it’s been annoyingly difficult to hear good ol’ unadulterated drum and bass around these parts lately. All that’s going to change next Tuesday, November 25th, when Belgian producer Netsky (pronounced net-sky) brings his signature blend of funkadelic liquid D&B to El Rey Theatre for Netsky LIVE!
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Damien Rice Announces US Tour!

Irish singer/songwriter to play The Greek in April

Gerry Doot
Category: News
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With his third album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, receiving almost universal praise, Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice is sitting pretty.
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New Album Releases: November 18, 2014

TV On The Radio, Ariel Pink, Andy Stott, and more!

Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
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We’re more than halfway through November now, which means the holidays are just on the horizon. For music fans, this means a dearth of quality releases as soundtracks, holiday albums, and other such nonsense take over the new release lists. Fortunately, we aren’t there quite yet, and I’m willing to bet you can find something to like on our list of the week’s notable releases below. Let me know in the comments if I’m right!
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Odessa – “I Will Be There” (Phantogram Remix)

Phantogram’s Josh Carter turns light into darkness

Marcus Slater
Category: News
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So diiirty. God. Phanotgram’s Josh Carter is a monster producer. I don’t think anyone was complaining about the work he’s been doing with Sarah Barthel as Phantogram proper, but this remix of Odessa’s “I Will Be There” is just him showing off.
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Dream-Pop Band Cotillon Releases New Single

Chet “JR” White of Girls produces band’s debut LP

November 17th, 2014
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News
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Cotillon is the brainchild of Jordan Corso, an LA native whose soul-sucking office job drove him to write and record original tracks on his iPhone during his lunch breaks. He took those songs home after work, recorded them properly, and when he was confident with his compositions, quit his day job to form a band and start playing live shows around town.
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