Ryan Key of Yellowcard Starts Kickstarter

Aims to build recording studio and record solo EP

August 25th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: News
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In today’s internet-savvy age, the right YouTube video or viral musing can change anybody into somebody. Artists have tried to harness the power of the online masses to fund their creative endeavors (Amanda Palmer famously raised over a million for her first indie release) and now it’s Yellowcard lyricist and vocalist Ryan Key’s turn.
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Happy Birthday To Robert Plant!

One of the greatest rockstars of all time turns 67

August 24th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: News
Robert Plant

Robert Plant turned 67 on Thursday. The lead singer and lyricist of Led Zeppelin is known for possessing a powerful and wide vocal range, using high pitch octaves, and looking cool as hell while doing it. He is regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock ‘n roll, and the collection of songs many of us have grown up with include at least a few from Zeppelin. Plant is the voice of many generations, influencing many other well-known vocalists such as Chris Cornell, Axl Rose, and Freddie Mercury, and he continues to awe with his newest project, The Sensational Space Shifters.
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LA Music Blogcast: “Break” Into The Music Industry

Blog writer Mary Bonney talks about new short film

August 21st, 2015
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 with me, David “DJ” Fisch, co-host/Blog writer Marcus Slater, and musician Naomi Robin. 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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Mary Bonney has written many pieces for LA Music Blog over the years, and a particularly striking one was her recent article on being a female music journalist. This was the impetus for her to produce, act, and sing in a Kickstarter-fundraised short film called Break: The Musical (the trailer for which you can watch below). When we heard Mary wanted to head down to TuneIn Studios in Venice to join us for an episode of the LA Music Blogcast to talk about her experiences in creating the short, we can admit that we squealed a little.
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New Album Releases: August 21, 2015

Your perfect summer soundtrack is here somewhere

Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, News
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2015 has already been a year of unbelievably strong releases, and this week’s no exception. Whether you’re feeling poppier or looking to rock out to full blown metal, you’re sure to find that perfect album to pair with your summer margarita. Summer’s in full swing; might as well enjoy it while you can!
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Remembering Leroi Moore of Dave Matthews Band

Saxophonist’s legacy lives on

Anthony Marks
Category: News
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Seven years ago this week, we lost a legend.

Leroi Moore, saxophonist of Dave Matthews Band, brought us soul and deep emotion for 20 years of the jam band. He had an eclectic, stylish way of performing that was very unique and palatable. DMB climbed the ladder thanks in part to his signature sound, resulting in them being one of the most popular live bands of all time. Many players were inspired by Moore, which really came to light after his death.
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Get Friendzoned: The Chainsmokers Announce US Tour

DJ duo will bring EDM jams coast to coast

August 20th, 2015
Nori Meisner
Category: News
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Hailing from The Big Apple, DJ duo The Chainsmokers are no strangers to flashing lights and big dreams. Luckily for them, the pair has found a way to make their concrete-jungle-dreams come true.
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Black Thought and Crew Drop “Mad Men Jam Boys”

The Roots frontman leads Mad Men-sampling cut

Sean Kramer
Category: News
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One can never accuse The Roots of not being some hard-working musicians. In addition to their duties as the house band on The Tonight Show and their rigorous tour/recording schedule, the group’s members are also known to take part in quite a few side projects. Frontman Black Thought has long made music with his Philly collective, Money Making Jam Boys, where he is joined by rappers Truck North, STS, Dice Raw, and P.O.R.N. — all frequent collaborators on Roots albums themselves.
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Throwback Thursday: Underoath

Reuniting to perform at 2016 Self Help Festival

Mary Bonney
Category: News
Underoath

I am a big fan of the softer end of the rock spectrum in shades of pop, indie, and sometimes pop punk. A few bands, however, can lure me into the heavier, headbanging side of things, and the first group that brought me into the hardcore scene was Underoath.
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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats To Tour!

Those S.O.B.’s are getting rowdy at The Regent

Gerry Doot
Category: News
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The documentary Austin To Boston gives an honest perspective of life on the road as a modern-day working musician. Not everyone has the luxury of a tour bus, and as a handful of bands cram into several VWs, audiences are introduced to a few new faces in the realm of modern country and folk. Among them are Ben Howard, The Staves, and Nathaniel Rateliff.
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