Andrew McMahon Releases New Solo Music

Former Something Corporate frontman in the wild

July 23rd, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: News
Andrew McMahon

Right at the peak of pop punk came this rush of bands who sounded kind of sad. The genre came to be known as “emo.” As terms tend to do in our culture (socialism, selfie, tweener, Yezus…), “emo” became somewhat misconstrued. What began as a musical genre featuring songs based on emotion (usually sappy feelings toward a girl) spiraled into a widely negative lifestyle concept focused on teenagers wearing black and cutting themselves. While this style did apply to some of the bands in the “scene,” a slew of others featured legitimate songwriters creating good music that spoke for their time.
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New Album Releases: July 22, 2014

La Roux, Nico Vega, White Fence, & more!

July 22nd, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
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Between a new Nico Vega album and a La Roux full-length, I’m not sure where to start with this week’s new album releases. Check out our list of the best albums hitting shelves today below, and be sure to let me know in the comments what you’ll be listening to first!
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Preview: La Santa Cecilia @ Pico Union Project

Free Voices of LA show with Yuval Ron Ensemble!

July 21st, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
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Getting back into the swing of things at work after a fun weekend can be rough, but next week you can make your Monday a little sweeter by wrapping your day at the Pico Union Project with La Santa Cecilia and Yuval Ron Ensemble. Even sweeter yet? The show is FREE!
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The Crowdfunding Training Site for Musicians

Make the most of your Kickstarter campaign

July 18th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: News
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From Kickstarter to PledgeMusic to IndieGoGo, today’s musicians have no shortage of platforms for hosting crowdfunding campaigns. But how can someone who’s more used to rocking out than raising funds be sure they’re getting the most out of their online campaign? That’s where Launch and Release comes into play.
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MTV Announces Nominees For 2014 VMAs

Queen Bey dominates, obviously

Sarah Bellman
Category: News
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MTV announced the nominees for their long-standing Video Music Awards, and it looks like Beyoncé will reign supreme.
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New Music: Dave All The Rave – “Cassanova”

Bassy house music and…a Space Jam remix? What?

Marcus Slater
Category: News
Dave All The Rave

First things first: Dave All the Rave is a great name for a DJ. Even if his specialty were spinning golden-era jazz classics, I’d think it’s a great name. He doesn’t, though, and his music lives up to his spectacular title. Dave makes rave music. That’s…pretty much it. Fortunately, he’s good at it.
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Win Tickets To Glen Hansard At The Hollywood Bowl

With Iron & Wine and The Head & The Heart!

Gerry Doot
Category: News
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One of the first shows I had the privilege of covering for LA Music Blog was an intimate evening at The Sayers Club with Glen Hansard and Sam Beam of Iron & Wine. It was one of the most amazing music experiences I have ever had, and next month KCRW’s Summer Concert Series brings both acts together again in a slightly larger venue.
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Weekend Jumpstart: July 18-20, 2014

Rock and rave all weekend long!

July 17th, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: News
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Lots of fun stuff to do this weekend, including a few great rock shows. One of which is free! How awesome is that?!
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Show Preview: The Wild Reeds @ The Troubadour

LA folk favorite’s album release show on 8/9!

July 16th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: News
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When I saw The Wild Reeds open for Little Green Cars nearly a year ago, I knew they were something special. The combination of pure and simple songwriting, angelic harmonies, and diverse instrumentation created the perfect landscape for a style of indie folk that felt like home.
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