Top Five Songs for Your Christmas Playlist

Some classic favorites to get you celebrating

December 1st, 2016
Zein Khleif
Category: News, Staff Pick
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I firmly believe every holiday deserves its due celebration time and recovery time (hello, Thanksgiving-food coma), so I have never been one to eat my Thanksgiving meal alongside my already decorated Christmas tree. Instead, I dutifully wait until December 1st before I begin lighting pine-scented candles and listening to my steadfast holiday playlist.
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On Ho99o9 and The Shape of Punk to Come

Welcome to the Death Kult

November 16th, 2016
Lex Voight
ho99o9cover

Sometimes, while observing something, a line from The Aviator, Martin Scorsese’s haunting portrait of Howard Hughes, returns to me. The very last scene of the film, as has happened before, the obsessive, disturbed innovator gets stuck on a certain phrase, which he seems incapable of stopping and repeats it compulsively despite his own and the people around him’s distress. He makes it to a bathroom and still can’t stop, and, staring into the mirror, he persists — the movie going black while he is still stuck in this episode.

“The way of the future. The way of the future. The way of the future…”
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Play This Playlist: Songs for Unity

All we’re saying is give peace a chance. Really.

Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
bob-marley

Ok, it’s official — I’ve NEVER seen social media (or the world) like this. I know many are shocked that our president-elect is Donald J., but it’s not the apocalypse. Or is it?
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Five Songs To Get You Through Election Day

Politically charged tracks and soothing melodies

November 8th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Today is a surreal day in American history. It is election day here in the United States, and after months of vitriolic campaigning, email scandals, up-to-the-minute poll number reports, and endless debating between friends and family, America will elect our next president, and the two nominees couldn’t be more different. Most of my friends are fearful of what could potentially happen, myself included, as I learned several family members are voting for a candidate that will work to end America’s history of inclusivity and diversity.
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Electronic for People Who Hate Electronic

Artists so good you’ll see past your prejudice

November 2nd, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: News, Staff Pick
edm

I am not kind to music I dislike. I may note its merits, but I’m pretty adamant about my preferences when it comes to music in general. I have, more than once, taken a critical view of electronic music in my scribblings for this website, and in person, I assure you, I am even more vociferous.
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Top 5 Workout Songs for November

Holidays are creeping up & we gotta relieve stress

November 1st, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
lady-gaga-a-yo

It depresses me that a year moves so fast. It’s a beautiful existence that flies by. Just yesterday, it felt like summer. Now, I’m looking toward Christmas with anxiety and angst. And you know what helps me to battle this anxiety? Working out.
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Top 10 Songs I Discovered This Fall

Now I am going to go catch up on sleep…

Kyle B. Smith
helado-negro

The wondrous blur of October/Rocktober has mercifully come to a close, as fun as it was. Time to reflect. I’ve put together a list of the top 10 songs I discovered at shows or perhaps in my traffic-laden travels to and from. Now I am going to go catch up on sleep. Cheers!
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Play This Playlist: Bands That Have Banned Trump

There’s a lot, but we’ll just enjoy a handful

October 27th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
trump-feat

Every 4 years, there’s drama in America. But in this election cycle, the heat got turned up.

Ok, I’m not going to get into foreign policy or talk details of this crazy election. We all know it’s as unique as the new digital world we live in. Of course, on both sides, there are always campaign rallies where a candidate uses a song from an artist (usually a progressive artist) and that artist gets upset, subsequently asking the candidate to STOP using their music.
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Happy Birthday to Chuck Berry!

He is the father of rock ‘n’ roll

October 19th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Mr. Chuck Berry is 90 years old this week, but at the same time, not a day over fabulous.

There aren’t too many artists that inspired The Beatles, Elvis, Led Zeppelin, ELO, and every rock band thereafter. But without Berry’s bombastic “Johnny Be Good” or “Roll Over Beethoven” or even “Maybelline,” many of these bands would have never surfaced. Yeah, he’s THAT big of a deal. The number of classic rock bands that have covered Berry is impressive in itself.
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Play This Playlist: Desert Trip 2016

Feel young while listening to the old

October 10th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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As many of you know, there was a classic rock concert at The Empire Polo Club in Indio this weekend that brought together some of the most storied names in the game. Paul McCartney, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, Roger Waters, and many more graced the young and the old with their presence and musical precision at Desert Trip. Never in history have these acts shared a festival stage before. It took them long enough, but better late than never.
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