Play This Playlist: De La Soul’s Best Music Videos

Four decades of hip-hop greatness

May 17th, 2016
Sean Kramer
Category: Staff Pick, Video
De La Soul

With the impending release of their long-awaited, crowdfunded new album And The Anonymous Nobody slated to see the light of day later this year — along with last week’s 25th anniversary of the classic album De La Soul Is Dead — there’s no better time to look back and appreciate the catalog of De La Soul.
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Five Female Producers You Need To Know

The women behind some of today’s greatest beats

May 3rd, 2016
Kristen Meza
Category: News, Staff Pick
tokimonsta by Nikko Lamere

It’s incredible how far technology has advanced — it’s gotten to the point where no one needs to go to a studio to record or produce — but even with this greater access to equipment and software, music production continues to be a male-dominated field. Female producers are an endangered species in the music industry and too rarely will you see a woman’s name on the album credits under “Recording Engineer,” but women are responsible for producing some of today’s greatest songs.
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Lemonade

The hidden facts behind Beyoncé’s new visual album

April 26th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: News, Staff Pick
beyonce lemonade

This past Sunday, Beyoncé premiered her visual album Lemonade on Tidal and HBO. Although she had revealed a trailer and cover art for her project, fans were shocked at the level of visual artistry and raw music she delivered.
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Play This Playlist: Best Covers of Prince

Bidding farewell to a pioneering artist

April 25th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
prince again

Prince was never one to jump on the bandwagon, but by joining the growing list of tragic celebrity deaths filling up 2016, I suppose he finally did.
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From Netflix To Behind The Decks: 4 Celebrity DJs

Actors turned DJs or musicians who happen to act?

April 22nd, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: News, Staff Pick
tv star djs

Whether it’s rappers like Ice Cube who later become actors or TV stars who put out an album or two, there’s no denying that the line between the music scene and silver screen can be more confusing than Donald Trump’s politics. Now, with the rise of electronic music and DJs becoming celebrities in their own right, it only makes sense there would be a Hollywood crossover.
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Throwback Thursday: Bob Dylan’s 4/20

The original praise song for marijuana

April 21st, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: News, Staff Pick
bob dylan

“Well, they’ll stone ya when you’re trying to be so good /
They’ll stone ya just a-like they said they would”

In honor of this week’s stony holiday, 4/20, let’s light up in remembrance of the first song that openly glorified the smoking of pot and encouraged us to get high because, according to Mr. Dylan, EVERYBODY must get stoned.
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Throwback Thursday: Selena Gomez Music Flashback!

A look back to when Selena Gomez went by Selly

Ashlee Burke
Category: News, Staff Pick
selena gomez

Ahhh 2008. For Selena Gomez that year involved filming Wizards of Waverly Place, pickles, popcorn with hot sauce, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, amazing eyeliner, a huge crush on Shia LaBeouf, and filming a vlog with childhood friend Demi Lovato.
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Top 5 Films To Watch That Aren’t HBO’s Vinyl

Movies about rock that are actually on point

April 19th, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick

The fictional series about the rock ‘n’ roll renaissance in 1970s NYC was perhaps one of the most anticipated shows of the year prior to its release. It had Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger attached as producers, and Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos) on board as the series showrunner, not to mention the charismatic Bobby Cannavale and stunning Olivia Wilde as central characters. So what went wrong?
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Five LA Acts To Check Out At Coachella ’16!

Think local, LA!

April 15th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
LA acts at Coachella

Los Angeles never has a shortage of the following: kale, Uggs, traffic, and talented musicians. As Hollywood is preparing to descend upon Indio for the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend at the Empire Polo Club (headliners for 2016 including Sia, Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris, Guns N’ Roses, and even Ice Cube), I wanted to shine a spotlight on some of the local Los Angeles artists who will be making the trek to the Indio Valley alongside the heavy hitters.
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Throwback Thursday: The Beatles’ Chart Domination

The Fab Four takes the Top Five

April 14th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
the beatles can't buy me love

The Beatles made Billboard history when their songs filled the top 5 spots on the charts during the first week of April in 1964:

No. 1: “Can’t Buy Me Love”
No. 2: “Twist and Shout”
No. 3: “She Loves You”
No. 4: “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
No. 5: “Please Please Me”
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