Top Five Halloween Weekend Events in SoCal

Pair music with your spooky festivities this year!

October 31st, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: News, Staff Pick
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If you’re like me, you just finished elbowing strangers at a party store to get the last beret for your artist costume and are now planning what will certainly be the greatest weekend of the year. (Halloween is on a Friday? What more could you want?!)
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Play This Playlist: Get Creeped Out

A little Halloween warm-up…

October 27th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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When I started making this list, I thought it would be pretty fun, just a nice little playlist of Halloween favorites from The Great Pumpkin and Young Frankenstein, something that would make listeners giggle a bit as they prepped their 3rd TNMT costume. This did not end up being that list.
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Top 5 Must-See Acts At Escape: All Hallows’ Eve

Don’t miss these sets on Halloween weekend!

October 24th, 2014
Twila Grissom
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Halloween weekend is just one week away! Whether or not you have your costume all pulled together, if you’ve grabbed your tickets to Insomniac’s Escape: All Hallows’ Eve party, you have a multitude of options for what you’ll be listening to while you show it off.
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Throwback Thursday: Remembering Orbital

So long, Orbital, and thanks for all the raves!

October 23rd, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: News, Staff Pick
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A few days ago, electronic duo Orbital hung up their hats for the second and presumably last time. Ravers across the world, young and old, please join me in a moment of silence.
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Play This Playlist: Get To Know Sleater-Kinney

A career-spanning list from Olympia’s finest

October 20th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Tomorrow, Sleater-Kinney will be releasing their entire remastered back catalog on vinyl and CD, which in itself would be reason enough for me to post this reminder of just how good a band this trio really was (in my opinion, the greatest American rock band of the last twenty years). However, for those who received pre-orders of the box set, the appearance of a mysterious new 7-inch with “1/20/15″ on the label led many to speculate that the band might well be making a return.
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Throwback Thursday: Reminiscing on Rilo Kiley

On being a better son/daughter, more adventurous

October 16th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Jenny Lewis just announced additional tour dates to promote her latest solo effort, The Voyager, and I’m excited to see that she’ll be swinging by LA again for her last show of the year. It seems appropriate given that she got her start here as the frontwoman of Rilo Kiley, and even though Lewis recently confirmed that the band is definitely done, I’m definitely not done with them.
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Seven Good Reasons To Listen To Internet Rap

Radio rap is so lamestream. Get online.

October 13th, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: News, Staff Pick
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I don’t blame the average person for being sick of rap. I get it, truly. In the normal course of the day, it’s likely that the only hip-hop and rap music you’re going to hear are the same twelve songs currently being pumped into the airwaves 24/7.
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Play This Playlist: Piano-Rock Songs

In celebration of Andrew McMahon’s return to LA

Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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I’ll always remember my first concert: Something Corporate, Straylight Run, and The Academy Is… at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. I watched in awe as John Nolan screamed his lungs out while sister Michelle DaRosa played an emotional piano track. It was Andrew McMahon, however, lead singer of Something Corporate, who truly floored me. As the opening riff of “Hurricane” rang out, I knew my life was forever changed.
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Top 5 Impressively Academic Rockers

Surprisingly scholarly shredders and songwriters

October 10th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Guitars and Erlenmeyer flasks may seem like an unlikely pair, but for some rocker slash academics, they’re a part of the everyday routine. In between writing choruses and chords, they’re reading up on virus replication and evolution for their thesis defense. Some of these scholarly songwriters include…
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Throwback Thursday: John Lennon and Abbey Road

Two magnificent icons both birthed in October

October 9th, 2014
Alice Carson
Category: News, Staff Pick
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For once, a trending hashtag is perfectly timed. For this Throwback Thursday, I am celebrating John Lennon’s birthday. The late musician arrived on this beautiful planet on this date in 1940, meaning he would have been 74 years old today. Lennon gave this world so much love, an incredibly amount of hope, and so many wonderful songs, how can we not celebrate his birthday?
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