Throwback Thursday: Above & Beyond

A brief look at the trance trio’s past

December 18th, 2014
Twila Grissom
Category: News, Staff Pick

With the launch of their Acoustic album at the beginning of the year (which landed a spot on our Top 50 Albums of 2014), a new album announcement, national tour announcement, and historical show at Madison Square Garden, 2014 has been a big year for Above & Beyond. But where were they before they were these huge international DJ/producers? Let’s take a look back.
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Top Five Christmas Songs Of The 2000s

Warm and fuzzy turn-of-the-century holiday tracks

December 17th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: News, Staff Pick

When I moved across the country from Virginia to California, I knew the only snow I’d be seeing here in Los Angeles would be on movie studio backlots. But with the dipping temperatures and white Christmas lights strung on all our palm trees, I can’t deny the Christmas season is upon us.
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Top Five Musical Moments On Twitter In 2014

A look back before moving forward

December 15th, 2014
Twila Grissom
Category: News, Staff Pick

2014 was quite a year for music. While many social media platforms are great places for music lovers, Twitter is one of the more powerful platforms for engagement with the music scene. Hashtags allow fans to easily see what everyone else is saying, and musicians themselves are on Twitter, sharing their own microblogging thoughts.
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Play This Playlist: A Very Indie Christmas

Indie rock takes on Xmas one unicorn at a time

Winnie Fan
Category: Staff Pick, Video

In case you weren’t aware, there are only ten days left until Christmas, which means that pretty much any place you can go has been blasting holiday music since at least Thanksgiving. Sure, the Christmas classics are great, but sometimes you need a break. Why not enjoy your reprieve while boosting your indie cred as well?
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Top 5 Songs For A Rainy Day In LA

Precipitation preparation for the rare LA drizzle

December 5th, 2014
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Rain by george hodan

As we all know, rain in LA is an extremely rarity. It can be a catastrophic deviation from the norm for some, or a hot topic by the water cooler for others. You can choose to either embrace the occasional retreat from sunshine monotony or hole yourself up from the parade of ill-equipped LA drivers. Regardless of how you react to this surreal weather phenomenon, I highly recommend that you listen to the following five tracks so that your mood matches the forecast.
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Throwback Thursday: Warped Tour 2005

Looking back at the bands from my first Warped!

December 4th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video

The Vans Warped Tour, my favorite summer musical festival, just announced the first five bands set to play the annual event in 2015, and the list includes two of my favorite up-and-coming pop punk bands: Handguns and Neck Deep.
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Top 10 Music Videos of 2014

The videos we couldn’t take our eyes off in 2014

December 3rd, 2014
David Fisch
Best music videos of 2014

A lot of attention was given to music videos in 2014, but not in the way you might think. Services such as Vevo and YouTube signed new deals with labels and other publishers to promote new and existing content, and this news kind of overshadowed the actual videos themselves. Let’s not forget, however, that several creative artists did shine through the behind-the-scenes industry dealings to release truly great visual accompaniments to their aural creations.
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Top 10 Singles of 2014

The songs we had on repeat this year!

December 2nd, 2014
Angelica Corona
Top singles of 2014

Bands’ schedules are constant. After the writing, recording, releasing, and supporting of album releases, the cycle doesn’t offer much opportunity for rest for the weary. Once an artist debuts a record, they hit the road, and from that point on, fans get a couple of local shows and an album to play on repeat until we’re blessed by that next taste of what’s to come: the new single!
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Top 50 Albums of 2014

Our favorites from the past year of music…

December 1st, 2014
Kristin Houser
Top 50

With the beginning of December comes the inevitable refection on the past year of music, and this year, the LA Music Blogcast crew may have assembled our most eclectic “Best of” list yet. With so many independent and lesser-known artists putting out music worthy of being considered amongst the best of the year, our writers’ individual lists ending up comprising over 170 albums. Consensus on a Top 50 wasn’t easy to come by in 2014, but like Michael Scott himself, somehow we managed.
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Play This Playlist: The Best Of Kill Rock Stars

The little indie label that could…

Jay Chirinos
Category: Staff Pick, Video

The recent Sleater-Kinney revival (in the form of both an entire vinyl back catalogue reissue and a new album/ reunion announcement) was a reminder of the band’s close relationship with the still-going-strong independent label Kill Rock Stars. Although that band in now on Sub Pop, it is not the only example of the way in which the Portland and Olympia-based label has shaped modern American independent music.
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