Not Just (White) Boys Fun: T. D. B.

Fuck your binary

June 27th, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: News, Staff Pick
LJG

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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Top 5 Summer Tours To Attend With Your Dad

Give dad the Father’s Day he’s always dreamed of

June 16th, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
guns

It’s the time of the season for dad rock to reign. It always happens around Father’s Day — bands reunite, old crooners show they’re still kicking, Bob Dylan delivers a commendable but hard to watch and barely discernible performance — and this year is no different.
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Series Intro: Not Just (White) Boys’ Fun

In which we see what the road ahead is paved with

June 13th, 2016
Lex Voight
NotJustCover

People reading my articles will most often find me decrying the absolute dearth of minority representation in the genres I care about most. It’s a familiar topic in media to anyone with an Internet connection and more than a single firing neuron. From the cinema to science and from hip hop to grindcore, across the board there is a lack of awareness, knowledge, or visibility to anyone not of a certain mold. *cough* straightwhitemale *cough*
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Top 5 Songs With “June” In The Title

These summer jams aren’t really summer jams

June 7th, 2016
Sean Kramer
Category: News, Staff Pick
jamiroquai

Discussion over just what the “song of the summer” is going to be each year has been the driving force behind many a listicle/think-piece on these here interwebs. And while determining what song totally embodies the soundtrack to arguably the best season of them all is certainly worth figuring out, it’s also worth noting that some of the songs that explicitly wear their summer identity on their sleeves are actually far from the sunny, light-hearted tunes you might expect them to be. Especially when we’re talking about the month of June.
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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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