Festival Preview: Treefort Music Fest

Boise suddenly hit your travel list

December 9th, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story, News
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When one thinks of stellar fests, Boise may not be among the first couple locations that spring to mind. Or even the second…or third…or at all, for that matter. Despite that, Boise is hosting its sixth annual Treefort Music Fest and sporting the kind of enviable lineup that would be the pride of any state, much less a Great Plains state in early spring.
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Patti Smith Covering Bob Dylan at Nobel Banquet

The punk-rock songstress will cover “A Hard Rain”

December 7th, 2016
Zein Khleif
Category: News
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Bob Dylan has been making headlines ever since it was announced he will not be flying to Stockholm to collect his award at this month’s Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet due to “other commitments.” It has now been released that Patti Smith, who was originally set to perform one of her own songs at the ceremony, will be covering Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” instead.
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KCRW Reveals Their Best 10 Albums of 2016

A celebration of music in a year of loss

December 5th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: News

Now that LA Music Blog has announced its Top 50 Albums of 2016, it’d be a good time to take a look around town and see who else has taken an inventory of the best albums of the past year.
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Ought Frontman Tim Darcy Is Going Solo

Check out music video for “Tall Glass of Water”

December 2nd, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News
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Canadian quartet Ought made waves last year when they released their incredible sophomore LP, Sun Coming Down, on Constellation Records. The album was praised for its brazen attitude, poetic wordplay, and the taut, fervid vocals of frontman Tim Darcy. So it’s no surprise that the artist, who changed his name from Beeler to his mother’s maiden name Darcy (yep, same guy), would take the opportunity to put his distinct vocal approach and wry, frenetic songwriting front and center on his first solo album, Saturday Night.
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Run the Jewels Issue RTJ3 Details & Release Date

Album dropping January 13.

Sean Kramer
Category: News
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With a slew of successful world tours, music videos, collaborations, and odd feline-related charity projects, anticipation for the latest project from Run the Jewels has been at an all-time high since they released their sophomore effort. Now fans can rest easy because Killer Mike and El-P have announced the official release date for their third record — appropriately titled RTJ3 — for January 13th here in the United States.
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Top 10 Singles of 2016

The songs we came back to all year long

Angelica Corona
Category: Lead Story, News
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Oh 2016, what a year you’ve been. We’ve had our ups, and we’ve had our…incomprehensible. But! If there’s one single thing we’ve loved about our ups, it’s been the music. Yep, those key tracks that kept us biting our nails in anticipation for the new album from The Lumineers, that hit that was one of our first tastes of The Chainsmokers, and the songs that reminded us that Rihanna is purely magnificent.

These are our top singles of the year.
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Top Five Songs for Your Christmas Playlist

Some classic favorites to get you celebrating

December 1st, 2016
Zein Khleif
Category: News, Staff Pick
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I firmly believe every holiday deserves its due celebration time and recovery time (hello, Thanksgiving-food coma), so I have never been one to eat my Thanksgiving meal alongside my already decorated Christmas tree. Instead, I dutifully wait until December 1st before I begin lighting pine-scented candles and listening to my steadfast holiday playlist.
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Preview: Robert Glasper Experiment @ The Fonda

Jazz virtuoso brings hybrid of sounds to the stage

Sean Kramer
Category: News
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We’re not yet at the point when Miley Cyrus’s latest single features a blazing saxophone solo over a swinging rhythm, but jazz has definitely seen a significant resurgence in popular music over the last couple of years. Thank Robert Glasper for that.
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Top 50 Albums of 2016

Our favorites from the past year of music!

Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
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Fifteen of LA Music Blog’s writers came together last month to vote on our favorite releases from the past year of music, and something happened that has never happened before: our collective favorite album didn’t actually score the #1 spot on any individual list.
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Top Five OneRepublic Songs

Top hits of these pop rockers

November 29th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: News
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We here at LA Music Blog have been hard at work building our list of favorite albums released this year, and hands down one of mine came straight from OneRepublic. Their fourth studio album, Oh My My, was released in October, and it hits every OneRepublic fan’s sweet spots with infectious hooks, beautiful acoustic guitars, powerful gospel choirs, and Ryan Tedder’s emotional lyrics sung in typically epic fashion.
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