Warped Tour 2015 Announces Full Lineup

Decent lineup, but missing a few favorites

April 10th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: News
Vans Warped Tour 2015

The full lineup for the twenty-first iteration of the legendary summer music festival Vans Warped Tour has been released! While it looks like the “leaked” lineup proved to be false, the list is as extensive and varied as previous years’.
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Throwback Thursday: Revisiting Sufjan’s Illinois

Come on, come again, feel the Illinoise

April 9th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Sufjan Stevens’ latest album, Carrie & Lowell, has only been out for about a week, but it’s already shaping up to be one of the best, if not THE best, of his career. Before his newest album blew me away, though, my favorite Sufjan Stevens album was definitely 2005’s Illinois.
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Indiana Music Community Speaks Out Against IRFRA

Indiana’s controversial law criticized locally

April 7th, 2015
Gerry Doot
Category: News
Indiana

With Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s recent signing of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (IRFRA), it’s clear that America still has a lot of maturing to do as a country.
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New Album Releases: April 7th, 2015

Albums from Toro y Moi, Matt & Kim, and more!

Anthony Marks
Category: Lead Story, News
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April is a beautiful month. Spring has sprung, people are excited for summer, and artists are releasing new music for summer. Here are some noteworthy new albums being released today. Take a listen, and gear up for the sunshine!
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Win Tickets To See Swans At El Rey!

With support from beloved folk artist Angel Olsen

April 6th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News
Swans

4/13 Update: Congratulations to our winner Eric Peterson, and a big THANK YOU to everyone who entered!

The reemergence of experimental no-wave outfit Swans was sparked during a performance by Angels of Light, one of band leader Michael Gira’s follow-up projects after Swans’ initial disbanding. Angels of Light was a markedly more melodic project than Swans, which was known for its raucous, discordant progressions and aggressive, invasive live performances. Frankly, Gira realized that he missed the rambunctious and visceral nature of Swans’ live shows and wanted to revisit his musical roots.
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Show Preview: Shamir @ The Echo

XL Recording’s new signee plays debut LA show

Sean Kramer
Category: News
Shamir

The music itself is fun enough (an uptempo, catchy bed of electro dance grooves and lyrics that lend themselves to group chants on the dance floor). And the image isn’t anything too far out there (a glance at his music videos reveals a quirky young personality unafraid to explore territory both cartoonish and cutting-edge). But it’s something about the combination of Shamir’s music and visuals that seems to garner the most attention from fans and haters alike.
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Eat | See | Hear Kicks Off 2015 Season

Bring your pooch to see Pitch Perfect on May 9th!

Melissa Karlin
Category: News
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From May 9th to September 12th, the Eat|See|Hear outdoor movie festival will surely be the series that everyone will be talking about in LA. Now in its fourth year, the series features an amazing lineup of food, music, and cinema with 19 films shown on a 52-foot wide movie screen at various venues across the city, including The Autry, Greek Amphitheater, and Pasadena City Hall. The event is dog-friendly, and while the musical acts won’t be announced until a later date, the film lineup is now available for viewing and sure to feature at least one of your favorite movies.
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Top Five ?uestlove Drum Beats

His five best beats with The Roots

April 3rd, 2015
Gerry Doot
Category: News, Staff Pick
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A while back I wrote a Top 5 Dave Grohl beats article that got mixed reviews in the comments. Writing that list was an incredibly fun way to go back through my history as a student drummer as so many Nirvana and Foo Fighters songs played an important role in my playing and style. I wanted to make a similar list for another drummer who has had a massive impact on my playing: Amir “?uestlove” Thompson.
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LA Music Blogcast: To Pimp A Butterfly

We take a fierce look at Kendrick Lamar’s latest

David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, News
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We all thought it was going to be released when they said it was going to be released: March 23rd. But we should’ve known better than to assume that, in this heyday of surprise releases and emotional highs, Kendrick Lamar would stay the course for such a highly anticipated album. The night of March 15th, the aptly named To Pimp A Butterfly, the second major studio album and third overall from the Compton-based rapper, was released, and the world listened intently.
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