Play This Playlist: Celebs That Shred

Actors & actresses who’ve been slappin’ that bass

May 26th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Dead Man's Bones by by Hama Sanders

We’re all familiar with the legion of performers who’ve successfully transitioned from singing to acting or vice versa. Some have even managed to simultaneously establish reputable careers doing both. A handful of the rich and talented that come to mind are Barbara Streisand, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jennifer Lopez… the list goes on.
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Top 5 Bob James-Sampling Hip-Hop Songs

The jazz musician behind some of hip hop’s best

May 22nd, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Jazz great Bob James has been popping up in the media the last few weeks as he is slapping Stones Throw producer Madlib with a lawsuit over the latter’s song “Sparkdala,” which samples James’ classic 1974 tune “Nautilus” without clearance. The whole sampling debate has been done to death at this point, so we won’t be delving into the argument here, but it is excellent fodder for this week’s Top 5, in which we will examine some of the best hip-hop songs to sample Bob James.
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Throwback Thursday: Thee Oh Sees

How I fell for this garage-rock band

May 21st, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: News, Staff Pick
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My brother introduced me to Thee Oh Sees almost 10 years ago, and in honor of their May 18th release of Mutilator Defeated At Last, I decided to make this awesome band the subject of this particular throwback.
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Five Reasons Underworld Live Is Going To Be Insane

Highly-anticipated act to play the Bowl on June 21

May 15th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: News, Staff Pick
Underworld

More than 20 years before a leather-clad Kate Beckinsale first slayed werewolves in the film series that has since hijacked its name, Underworld began what has since become one of the most respected and illustrious careers in dance music history. Thirty-five years later, they’ll be throwing down a set at the Hollywood Bowl that will almost certainly go down as one of the best of 2015.
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Throwback Thursday: Blur or Oasis?

The great chart battle of 1995

May 14th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: News, Staff Pick
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A couple of weeks ago and more than half a decade after a successful reunion, we finally saw a new album from Blur. The Magic Whip was the band’s first LP in twelve years and the first from the original quartet in sixteen years. Its arrival had me making a nostalgic run through Blur’s back catalogue (incidentally, it sounds far stronger now than it did to me as a teenager) and also reminded me of one of the UK’s most overhyped and bizarre chart battles, which took place twenty years ago this summer.
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Play This Playlist: Songs to Sweat To

Perfect pop pieces to pump you up!

May 12th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Summer is rapidly approaching, and as the temperatures start climbing, I am planning the fastest route to our picturesque California beaches. But before I don my bikini and soak up those summer rays, I’ve been hitting the gym for an extra boost of confidence.
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Top Five Songs About Being Young and Confused

Questioning things and feeling dumb? Yep, us too.

May 8th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Bruce Springsteen born to run

Life gets hard. Some days are worse than others. I had a particularly funky day this week, and it reminded me that I’m still young and confused.
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Throwback Thursday: Best Coast’s Crazy for You

It’s Crazy For You part deux

May 7th, 2015
Melissa Karlin
Category: News, Staff Pick
Best Coast Lead

With this week’s release of Best Coast’s new album, California Nights, I think the time is ripe to throwback to the duo’s debut, Crazy For You. The album is quintessential California and, more specifically, Los Angeles. It’s light, fun, breezy, and a fantastic expression of the LA sound.
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Play This Playlist: Nirvana Rarities

Demos, b-sides, compilation tracks, and more!

May 4th, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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After hitting the film festivals and screening in select theaters nationwide, the ridiculously comprehensive and excellent Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck documentary will air on HBO today, May 4. Directed by Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Chicago 10), the film takes a detailed and often-surreal peek into the life of the iconic Nirvana frontman, utilizing a previously-unearthed collection of video tapes, audio recordings, and journal entries from the Cobain estate to give an honest depiction of the man’s life story in a way that has never been done before.
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Play This Playlist: Coachella 2015 Standouts

Ease the post-festival hangover with more music

April 27th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Coachella 2015

I probably should be looking to the future now that Coachella 2015 has passed, but quite frankly, I just don’t think I’m over it yet. Despite having gone to the Indio festival since 2009, I keep forgetting how brutal the post-Coachella reality adjustment is. What do you mean I don’t get to wake up surrounded by music and art every day?
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