LA Music Blogcast: Peking Duk

The Aussie EDM duo gets “High” on our podcast!

February 25th, 2015
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, News
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Australia can be a funny place, but it can also be pretty damn serious in regards to its music scene, which reaches from major cities to the tiniest villages. EDM duo Peking Duk sort of sits squarely in the middle, and while they are just about ready to explode into popularity with some huge support from big names and festivals, their earnestness keeps them cool and grounded.
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New Album Releases: February 24, 2015

Big Sean, Emile Haynie, Gang of Four, and more!

February 24th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, News
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Now that the Oscars are over, the red carpets are rolled up and the traffic has been upgraded from “don’t bother leaving your house” to “normal hour-long commute.” The movies have had their moment in the spotlight, and now it’s time to shine a light on the musicians with albums coming out this week!
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Liturgy Returns To Los Angeles

Love-em-or-hate-em Brooklyn act readies new album

Jay Chirinos
Category: News
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It’s been four years now since Brooklyn metal band Liturgy courted acclaim and controversy in equal measure with their album Aesthethica. There were almost as many people (including myself) that embraced that album’s strangely uplifting take on black metal as there were critics who accused the band of being “hipster metal” and bandwagon jumpers. In hindsight, it’s funny how this same dichotomy occurred with Deafheaven’s magnum opus Sunbather, and it’s easy enough to see Liturgy as a forerunner for that band’s success.
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Iggy Azalea Remixes Tinashe’s “All Hands on Deck”

Teaming up on a track before they team up on tour!

Winnie Fan
Category: News
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Tinashe’s debut album, Aquarius, was released to critical acclaim last year, so it’s no surprise that she’s picked up a few new fans. Apparently, Iggy Azalea is among those fans, and the Aussie rapper has not only recruited Tinashe for her upcoming Great Escape tour, she also jumped on Tinashe’s “All Hands on Deck” for a remix.
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New Music: Ta-Ku x Jaden Smith – “Beast Mode”

The force is strong with this one…

Marcus Slater
Category: Lead Story, News
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Mark your calendars, folks. February 23rd is the day the world learned to take Jaden Smith as a rapper seriously.

At least I will from this day forward.
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Desert Daze Announces 2015 Lineup

Annual music fest returns May 2nd in Mecca, CA

February 23rd, 2015
Angelica Corona
Category: News
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Coming back for their fourth year, Desert Daze decided they’d take on the challenge of fitting as many amazing bands as they could into their one-day lineup. Warpaint, DIIV, Fever the Ghost, freaking Bass Drum of Death, Plague Vendor, Mystic Braves…I could go on, or you could just keep scrolling for the full Desert Daze 2015 lineup.
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Kill/Hurt Records Launches Kill/Hurt/Live

The Diamond Light kicks off label’s new series

Anthony Marks
Category: Lead Story, News
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Kill/Hurt Records is gaining momentum and quickly. It’s no surprise, though. In a world where throwbacks seem restricted to Thursdays, Kill/Hurt’s entire approach is a throwback as they focus primarily on releasing cassettes and vinyl records instead of CDs and digital streams, taking a truly authentic, DIY approach that is needed in our current world of instant gratification.
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Sam Phillips & Joe Henry To Perform At The Largo

Music producers show legendary LA venue love

February 20th, 2015
Melissa Karlin
Category: News
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Attention fans and lovers of mellow, folksy, slightly experimental, guitar-based music: Sam Phillips is playing two shows with singer-songwriter/producer Joe Henry this Saturday night! The show, aptly titled Sam Phillips & Joe Henry: Alone and Together – Sharing a Band and The Evening, is going to take place twice that night, first at 7PM and again at 10PM. Both sets will be fabulous because when is something at the Largo not the best?
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Sufjan Stevens Is Back In The Saddle

Multi-instrumentalist announces new single/album

February 19th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: News
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Sufjan Stevens, an artist who usually enjoys using a lush variety of instruments to produce music, has decided to let it go for his new single “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross,” which he recorded at his home in Brooklyn with just an acoustic guitar, his distinct voice, and a freely blowing fan in the background.
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Throwback Thursday: Modest Mouse’s “Float On”

Band floats on with new album after 8-year hiatus

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
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After an eight-year hiatus that felt like an eternity to diehard fans, Modest Mouse is just one month away from releasing their new LP, Strangers to Ourselves, via their Epic Records label. Although we’ll have to hold our collective breath until March 17th to see what the band has been cooking up during their epic hiatus, their new single, “The Ground Walks with Time in a Box,” should momentarily satiate fans’ appetites.
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