Throwback Thursday: Reminiscing on Rilo Kiley

On being a better son/daughter, more adventurous

October 16th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Jenny Lewis just announced additional tour dates to promote her latest solo effort, The Voyager, and I’m excited to see that she’ll be swinging by LA again for her last show of the year. It seems appropriate given that she got her start here as the frontwoman of Rilo Kiley, and even though Lewis recently confirmed that the band is definitely done, I’m definitely not done with them.
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Seven Good Reasons To Listen To Internet Rap

Radio rap is so lamestream. Get online.

October 13th, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: News, Staff Pick
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I don’t blame the average person for being sick of rap. I get it, truly. In the normal course of the day, it’s likely that the only hip-hop and rap music you’re going to hear are the same twelve songs currently being pumped into the airwaves 24/7.
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Play This Playlist: Piano-Rock Songs

In celebration of Andrew McMahon’s return to LA

Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Andrew McMahon

I’ll always remember my first concert: Something Corporate, Straylight Run, and The Academy Is… at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. I watched in awe as John Nolan screamed his lungs out while sister Michelle DaRosa played an emotional piano track. It was Andrew McMahon, however, lead singer of Something Corporate, who truly floored me. As the opening riff of “Hurricane” rang out, I knew my life was forever changed.
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Top 5 Impressively Academic Rockers

Surprisingly scholarly shredders and songwriters

October 10th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Guitars and Erlenmeyer flasks may seem like an unlikely pair, but for some rocker slash academics, they’re a part of the everyday routine. In between writing choruses and chords, they’re reading up on virus replication and evolution for their thesis defense. Some of these scholarly songwriters include…
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Throwback Thursday: John Lennon and Abbey Road

Two magnificent icons both birthed in October

October 9th, 2014
Alice Carson
Category: News, Staff Pick
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For once, a trending hashtag is perfectly timed. For this Throwback Thursday, I am celebrating John Lennon’s birthday. The late musician arrived on this beautiful planet on this date in 1940, meaning he would have been 74 years old today. Lennon gave this world so much love, an incredibly amount of hope, and so many wonderful songs, how can we not celebrate his birthday?
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The Decade’s Top Five Most Shocking Music Videos

The clips that made the internet collectively gasp

October 6th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Maroon 5 Animals

I fell in love with Maroon 5 upon first listen of their rock-infused debut Songs About Jane. I’ve marveled at the fact that they’ve managed to never stray far from top 40 radio throughout their twenty-year career, adapting to music trends and staying at the forefront of entertainment culture (frontman Adam Levine has been a judge on all seven seasons of NBC’s hit singing competition The Voice).
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Play This Playlist: Trance Classics – Part 2

Throwback to the last two decades of trance music

Twila Grissom
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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On this lovely fall morning, I’ve been enjoying going through my old playlists of tracks from the last 20 years of trance. Hearing how the genre has changed from then until now is pretty amazing, but it’s also great to hear that many newer tracks maintain the genre’s original sound.
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Top Five OK Go Music Videos

Celebrating the 10/17 release of Hungry Ghosts!

October 3rd, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Staff Pick, Video
OK Go The Writings On The Wall

OK Go’s music is underrated. The production on their albums is pretty amazing, the writing is quirky while still featuring smart, pop-based melodies, and the lyrics are cutting and thoughtful. The group’s live show is great, too. Their set at The Echo in July featured great screen projections and more confetti than the Super Bowl. But none of those things are what OK Go is known for.
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Play This Playlist: Life is Beautiful 2014

One of the best festival lineups of all time

September 29th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Life Is Beautiful 2014

Yo, Life is Beautiful 2013, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but the Life is Beautiful 2014 lineup is one of the best lineups of all time.
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Top Five Music Videos From Film Soundtracks

In case you forgot how great the late-90s were

September 26th, 2014
Alice Carson
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Think about how many soundtracks have stuck out to you after seeing a movie. Forrest Gump (1994), for instance, has one of the best soundtracks of all time because the songs so appropriately aid the storytelling. Film series like The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter feature musical scores that are so unique, they’re recognizable after hearing only a few measures of the title song. Music can help take an audience to a tangibly more emotional place, and the power of music in film should never be underestimated.
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