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
The Decemberists

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
Damien Rice

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
cotillon

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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In Defense of Taylor Swift

Starlet is both articulate and inspirational

Mary Bonney
Category: News
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I am a strong feminist that has watched with pride as actresses like Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling have kept discussion of women’s rights and equality in not only the entertainment industry but the world active and engaging.
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New Music: Bonobo – “Flashlight” & “Pelican”

Energetic new tracks from forthcoming EP

Marcus Slater
Category: News
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This upbeat, guitar-infused groove is the title track from Bonobo’s forthcoming EP, Flashlight. WARNING! You will want to dance.
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Hail Mary Mallon Announces Bestiary Tour

Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic bring their skills to LA

November 13th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: News
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Aside from being the hosts of one of the best hip-hop shows I’ve seen in recent years, the cult legend Aesop Rock and his collaborator Rob Sonic have released a second album under the banner Hail Mary Mallon. Bestiary was released this week through the ever-excellent Rhymesayers label, and on the back of that album, the duo has announced a tour that will bring them through this very city.
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