Play This Playlist: Songs About Los Angeles

“We’d like to welcome you all to Los Angeles, CA”

February 1st, 2016
Kristen Meza
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From the beaches to the women to, of course, the weather, Los Angeles has long been an inspiration for many artists. Randy Newman even admitted in his 1983 song “I Love LA” that the sunshine was what motivated him to move to Los Angeles: “Hate New York City / It’s cold and it’s damp / And all the people dressed like monkeys / Let’s leave Chicago to the Eskimos / That town’s a little too rugged.”
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Top Five Panic! At The Disco Music Videos

Count down the band’s most memorable clips

January 26th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Panic! At The Disco is sitting on top of the world this week. The band scored their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 Chart and the iTunes chart with their recently released Death of a Bachelor. The record is filled with theatrical tracks ranging from party anthems to Rat Pack-era tunes, and the band has always honored their unique, whimsical sound with stunning music videos.
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Play This Playlist: The Best Of Kanye West

Your favorite Kanye West songs in one place

Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Given his recent releases of “Real Friends” and “No More Parties in L.A.,” Kanye West has evidently pushed through his writers block and is ready to deliver more amazing music via his forthcoming album, Swish.
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Throwback Thursday: Andra Day Covers “No Make-Up”

A new spin on Kendrick Lamar’s 2011 track

January 21st, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Singer Andra Day brought us back to Kendrick Lamar’s 2011 album Section.80 by covering one of that album’s tracks. Her rendition of Lamar’s “No Make-Up (Her Vice)” has compelling lyrics on top of his dope beat. Day gives the song a female perspective and delivers an interesting twist at the end of the track.
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Top Five “Hello” Songs Of All Time

Adele’s not the first one to say “Hello”

January 19th, 2016
Sean Kramer
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt not only heard Adele’s ubiquitous smash hit “Hello,” but also probably read about how it’s shattering records left and right (it was recently declared the fastest video to reach 1 billion views on Vevo). America clearly likes the British singer and her sung tales of heartbreak and relationship problems.
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Play This Playlist: Patti Smith’s Best Covers

Smith pays tribute to the artists that inspire her

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
Patti Smith

Last week Patti Smith could be seen at The Wiltern, kicking her shoes off and spitting on the audience, wrapping up a tribute tour that commemorated the 40th anniversary of her seminal album Horses. The audacious rocker turned 69 years old just a few days prior, but her voracious spirit renders her an ageless anomaly.
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Throwback Thursday: Remembering Jay Reatard

The prolific punk artist passed away 6 years ago

January 14th, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Jimmy Lee Lindsey, Jr.’s decision to change his stage name to Jay Reatard was prompted by one of his punk idols, The Ramones, whose members changed their surnames to their band name. He never subscribed to the idea that it was punk or die, though, always in the mindset of taking chances with his music.
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Play This Playlist: Best Of The ’80s Glam Bands

From head banging rock to powerful ballads

January 13th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Los Angeles is home to one of the most jam-packed music scenes in the country. Leave it to one-of-a-kind band Steel Panther, however, to rise above the noise by creating a captivating spectacle in tribute to the 1980s glam scene.
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The Very Best Of David Bowie

My favorite tracks from a true icon

January 12th, 2016
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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With his predilection for envelope-pushing experimentation, David Bowie was a generation- and genre-spanning inspiration to anyone who has ever struggled to embrace their own inner weirdness. Throughout his staggering 25-album career, Bowie invented, reinvented, and re-reinvented himself tirelessly as a musician, actor, and visual artist. A pioneer was lost with his passing on January 10, 2016.
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5 Songs That Keep Me On The Treadmill

Running sucks but your music doesn’t have to

Ashlee Burke
Category: News, Staff Pick
Dillon Francis

I (like many people) have fallen into the cliche of joining a gym in January. Whether you have found yourself in the “new year, new me” mindset or are on a particularly devilish revenge body regimen (like I am), at some point or another you will find yourself on a treadmill.
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