Don’t Miss The Tear It Down Music Series

A traveling series of jazz, art, and energy

June 24th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: News
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So there’s this genre of music called “jazz” that many overlook. I think maybe that’s because it can sometimes be hard to define. Jazz makes heavy use of improvisation and off-meter timings, making intellectuals hail it as “one of America’s original art forms.”
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Taylor Swift “Saves” Apple Music

Swift battles music streaming once again

June 23rd, 2015
Christine Perez
Category: News
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In the long-standing war between Taylor Swift and streaming services, Swift has won a pretty substantial battle, and in the process, she just might have saved Apple Music.
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New Album Releases: June 23, 2015

Albums from Desaparecidos, Son Lux, & more!

Sean Kramer
Category: Lead Story, News
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The more things change, the more they stay the same. The theme tying together the new releases of this week is a return to the past — we’ve got new artists rekindling a sound from an era before their time, veterans of the business returning to etch another marking in their discographies, the return of groups that have been dormant for quite some time, and yes, even a reissue of a Trey Songz album.
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Rolling Stones Clear Vinyl & Lithographs Launch

A celebration at Mr MusicHead Gallery

June 22nd, 2015
Melissa Karlin
Category: News
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As I previously reported last week, Thursday night Mr MusicHead hosted an event celebrating the release of three new Rolling Stones vinyl pressings.
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Top 5 Lesser-Known Acts To Catch At EDC Las Vegas

Underrated performaners that shouldn’t be missed

June 19th, 2015
Twila Grissom
Category: News, Staff Pick
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It’s that time of year again — thousands of people are making their annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas to dance under the electric sky at the Electric Daisy Carnival. While more widely known acts such as Above and Beyond, Kaskade, and Armin Van Buuren will be performing, a veritable treasure trove of artists that you may not have heard of yet will also be delivering the goods.
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LA Music Blogcast: The One About Apple Music

We break down the next supposed “Spotify killer”

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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It was going to happen. You knew we were going to talk about it. The inevitability is unfortunate.
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Taste of Chaos Announces 2015 Lineup

Unbelievable lineup heralds festival’s return

Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, News
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After a five-year hiatus, one-day rock festival Taste of Chaos is returning, and its announced lineup is sending shock waves through the emo-rock community. I’m looking at the lineup with my own two eyes and still can’t believe how many incredible bands are set to take the stage at the San Manuel Amphitheater on October 3rd.
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Miguel Offers Peek At Upcoming Wildheart LP

Hear three new songs from forthcoming album

Sean Kramer
Category: News
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If you’ve listened to Miguel’s music at all, you can tell he’s a pretty giving guy…right, ladies??? Just kidding — get your mind out of the gutter. Jokes aside, the critically acclaimed singer is gearing up to release Wildheart, the follow-up to his 2012 album, Kaleidoscope Dream, and apparently he doesn’t want fans to have to wait until the record’s June 29th release date to hear what he’s been cooking up.
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Happy Birthday, Paul McCartney!

Thank God you were born. We love you.

June 18th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: News
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Sir Paul McCartney turns 73 today. Remember how much of a novelty it was when he turned 64? His 1967 hit “When I’m 64” had new meaning that day — he had made it to the future! Of course, time flies and now it’s almost 10 years later. But has our love for the Beatle/worldwide musical inspiration faltered in the slightest? Nope. Actually, I think it’s grown.
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Brick + Mortar Announce Dropped EP Release Date

Duo premieres new track: “Staying Gold”

Kristin Houser
Category: News
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While New Jersey experimental-pop duo Brick + Mortar has long injected their music with a positive message, I never expected “sunny” to be the first adjective to spring to my mind when listing to “Staying Gold,” the latest sampling from their just-announced Dropped EP (out July 17th via Merovee Records). Previous releases were typically gritty and ominous in tone, while there’s no denying that the jangly, upbeat “Staying Gold” sounds downright bright, particularly in comparison to the tracks on 2013’s Bangs EP.
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