Top Five Albums You Might Have Missed This Year

Some of 2015’s most underrated highlights

July 3rd, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: News, Staff Pick
Mbongwana Star

Somehow this has become a bit of an annual thing for me, surveying the vast landscape of albums that have been released to date and trying to pick out a few of the gems that we might not have covered on our site this year. As always I’ve tried not to focus on one genre, instead offering up several appetizers from very different food groups. So without further ado, if you’re looking for something a little different to add to your collection, here are five albums that make for very contrasting starter points.
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Throwback Thursday: Kaskade Through The Ages

Kaskade announces 9th album and special pre-order

July 2nd, 2015
Twila Grissom
Category: News, Staff Pick
Kaskade

Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon) has long been a pioneer in the electronic dance music industry. The four-time GRAMMY nominated artist was the first DJ from the United States to secure a Las Vegas residency, the first solo electronic dance artist to sell out Barclays Center, and the first dance artist to sell out Navy Pier and the Staples Center (during his Freaks of Nature Tour). He also shows no signs of slowing down, having just announced that his ninth studio album is set to come out in the fall.
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Play This Playlist: Life is Beautiful 2015

Get hyped for the best fest of the year

June 29th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL 2015

Coachella’s swell and all, but if you ask me whose butt is on the best-music-festival-in-the-country┬áthrone, that’s without a doubt Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas.
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Throwback Thursday: The Strokes’ Is This It

Reflecting on the rockers’ career-making album

June 25th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
the strokes

The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. is releasing his third solo album, Momentary Masters, next month, and the effort’s first single, “Losing Touch,” indicates a cleaner, poppier sound that deviates ever-so-slightly from what fans of the band may be familiar with. Still, elements of the style that earned The Strokes such a warm reception when they emerged on the scene around the turn of the century can still be found within the track; the hook-filled chorus maintains the gritty, melodic garage rock vibe that put the prep-school Manhattanites on everyone’s radar.
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Play This Playlist: Songs About Flying

Aviation-themed songs for summer travel

June 22nd, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Top Gun

The summer is officially upon us. It’s time for crisp beers, beach parties, BBQs, and travel. Many people take to the skies during these vacationing months so they can enjoy the blazing weather on a beach or a lake far from home. Some even travel thousands of miles just to enjoy an air-conditioned house while sipping lemonade with distant cousins. Whatever the reason, air travel is at full throttle during this time of year, so here’s a playlist to piggy-back off that theme and remind you that everyone flies.
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Top 5 Lesser-Known Acts To Catch At EDC Las Vegas

Underrated performaners that shouldn’t be missed

June 19th, 2015
Twila Grissom
Category: News, Staff Pick
edc 2015

It’s that time of year again — thousands of people are making their annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas┬áto dance under the electric sky at the Electric Daisy Carnival. While more widely known acts such as Above and Beyond, Kaskade, and Armin Van Buuren will be performing, a veritable treasure trove of artists that you may not have heard of yet will also be delivering the goods.
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Throwback Thursday: xx

Forever a sucker for The xx’s debut

June 18th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: News, Staff Pick
The xx_Photo by_Jamie-JamesMedina

Jamie xx’s recently released debut album, In Colour, is definitely a testament to his talent as a solo artist and producer, but it’s also a reminder (especially on tracks that feature his The xx bandmates Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim) of how great his work was with The xx.
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Play This Playlist: Sub Pop’s Latest & Greatest

The Seattle label that keeps on trucking

June 15th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: News, Staff Pick
Sub-Pop-logo

The website for Seattle indie giant Sub Pop Records includes the wonderfully self-effacing tagline “We’re Not The Best, But We’re Pretty Good.” It’s indicative of the label’s approach and also woefully misleading, as Sub Pop has long been (and continues to be) a ridiculously reliable record label.
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Top Five Summer Tours Your Dad Is Gonna Dig

Take a dad rock retreat this Father’s Day!

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
steely dan

He says all he wants this year is some peace and quiet, a relaxing day in front of the TV surrounded by loved ones and tortilla chips. He asks for nothing but your unconditional love and the occasional phone call home. But you know him better than that. You know what he is really asking for are seats at The Hollywood Bowl where he can relive his guilty pleasure dive bar days with his buddy Alan, just a stones throw away from Heart belting “Barracuda.” Yep. We know him, and we know him well. He is DAD.
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Top Five Songs For Starry Nights

“Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” not included

June 5th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: Staff Pick, Video
eclipse_blue_screenshot

I’ve always been a night owl, and summer brings with it warm, clear nights that are perfect for staying out late and stargazing. It’s not always easy to see stars of the celestial variety in LA, but you don’t have to travel too far beyond the city limits to find places where the number of visible stars can get almost overwhelming.
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