Kyle’s Top 5 Songs of 2016 (So Far)

Do songs get bigger and better than these?

July 27th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Staff Pick, Video
top five songs of 2016

Perhaps it is a bit premature to start thinking about this year’s “best of” lists, but the following songs are just too good to sit on until December. If you haven’t yet tried them on for size, let me hang a #5 tag on this dressing room right over here…
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Ashlee’s Playlist For Fighting Internet Trolls

When the trolls try to get you down…

July 25th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: News, Staff Pick
INTERNET TROLL

So yesterday I had the unfortunate pleasure of being trolled. Like many single women, I have recently resorted to plunging into the depths of hell, i.e., online dating. There are many options when it comes to dating apps, but I chose to use a bee-themed one that is supposed to cut down on the number of weirdos and creepers that its brethren fire-kindling-themed app is known for.
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Cover Love: Peter Gabriel’s “The Book of Love”

Things we’re all too young to know…

July 22nd, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Staff Pick, Video
the book of love

In 2011, Peter Gabriel released an album of cover songs that he titled Scratch My Back. Alongside songs by the likes of Paul Simon, Brian Eno, Regina Spektor, and Radiohead was The Magnetic Fields‘ 1999 killer “The Book of Love.” The track is a humorous (“The book of love is long and boring / No one can lift the damn thing”), gorgeous, and altogether poignant and wisdom-filled take on love.
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Not Just (White)Boys’ Fun: Banshees Pt. II

Banshee babes back to rock your face

July 18th, 2016
Lex Voight
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You know the drill.

Beware! Here thar be self-deprecating sarcasm:

As a brief yet triumphant intermission, it occurred to me that perhaps you are not like me. Perhaps you don’t like your music to sound vaguely like someone being attacked by a giant blender. Perhaps bloodcurdling screams are not to your delight. I know. It’s a long shot, but stranger things have happened. Somewhere out there, there is someone saying, “You know what? I like my music to sound sort of human.” And that’s ok. Let us not judge that person.

This is a safe space, after all. Everyone is welcome here. Even fans of *gasp* “normal” rock ‘n’ roll.
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Lineup Wishlist For Sound And Fury 2017

Praying for some kind of influence

July 15th, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: News, Staff Pick
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This year’s Sound and Fury Festival in downtown LA was so good and so well put together that I am still thinking about it nearly a month later. Talking with festival co-founder and organizer Riley, I know there are some special things in store for the upcoming years, but just because the next fest is still almost a year away doesn’t mean it’s too early to start pondering who will make 2017’s lineup.
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Top 5 Songs For A Positive Mood

Flip the switch and get happy

July 12th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: News, Staff Pick
happy

“Everything is amazing and nobody’s happy.” – Louis C.K.

Unfortunately, it couldn’t be truer. So many members of modern society live lives of relative comfort and ease, yet it seems everyone is extra sensitive, quick to demand an apology, and, quite frankly, unhappy.
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Not Just (White)Boys’ Fun: Mind Power

The big take over…

July 5th, 2016
Lex Voight
Mind Power

As a reminder: go ahead and look back at my intro to this series before soldiering on!

In general, history is a team sport. Small moments are made from great convergences of actions, people, motivations, events, ideas, truths, lies, and about a billion other things. That being said, there are star players that you can point to and say, “Here. Here is where it all changed.”

Bad Brains is such a player.
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Not Just (White) Boys Fun: T. D. B.

Fuck your binary

June 27th, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: News, Staff Pick
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As a reminder: go ahead and look back at my intro to this series before soldiering on!

At this point, we should all know that life doesn’t always fall into one category or the other.
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Top 5 Summer 2016 Hip-Hop Concerts Hitting LA

Stay cool and go enjoy some live hip hop

June 21st, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: News, Staff Pick
high road tour

Although California is anticipating a particularly hot summer this year, if you’re a hip-hop head in Los Angeles you can at least look forward to this: with new music comes new tours, and tons of great artists are getting ready to deliver at some of LA’s best venues.
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Not Just (White) Boys’ Fun: Banshees

The women dominating the underground

June 20th, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: News, Staff Pick
Banshees Cover

First things first: check out my epically long intro to this series. Now that that is out of the way…

Feminism is more than important. It’s necessary.
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