Top Five Hollywood Bowl Shows for 2015

A selection of this season’s highlights

February 27th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: News, Staff Pick
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It may well be the obvious choice, but all things considered, the Hollywood Bowl has to be the best venue in Los Angeles for live music. Its outdoor setting near the Hollywood Hills is glorious, the grounds are the perfect place for a pre-concert meal or drink, and the shows themselves are aided by some of the best acoustics you’re likely to hear anywhere.
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Raising The Heat: Top Five Make-Out Songs

The best background tracks for locking lips

February 25th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Making out is great! Hopefully. Everyone remembers the feeling of their first intimate connection with another person. Your heart flutters. You don’t know how it will start, continue, or finish. Who knows what the kids are calling it these days, but my generation refers to this glorifying experience as “making out,” and it needs a soundtrack.
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Play This Playlist: Electronic Jams About LA

“Down Venice, down Sepulveda, down Mullholland”

February 23rd, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Given that LA is the hub of the music industry — particularly the electronic music industry — in this country, I’m not surprised that the city has had its fair share of songs written about it. The alt-rock crowd has always waxed poetic about tracks like “Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers serving as homages to our fair city, but it seems that electronic tracks are always overlooked in lists of songs about LA.
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The Dubstep Playlist For People Who Hate Dubstep

Wub without worry

February 19th, 2015
Marcus Slater
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Dubstep can be awful. It’s probably the most common kind of electronic music due to its flash of popularity in the mid-00s, and, as a result, the world has been flooded by screechy Skrillex wannabes and aspiring festival DJs ever since. That’s fine for them. As much as smokin’ a J and “turning up” at the nearest festival is, could it be possible — nay, conceivable — for dubstep as a genre to be “listening” music? As in, possible to listen to without wanting a powerdrill to the temple?
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Throwback Thursday: Modest Mouse’s “Float On”

Band floats on with new album after 8-year hiatus

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
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After an eight-year hiatus that felt like an eternity to diehard fans, Modest Mouse is just one month away from releasing their new LP, Strangers to Ourselves, via their Epic Records label. Although we’ll have to hold our collective breath until March 17th to see what the band has been cooking up during their epic hiatus, their new single, “The Ground Walks with Time in a Box,” should momentarily satiate fans’ appetites.
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Throwback Thursday: The Progression of Brand New

More than the emo band you remember from college

Gerry Doot
Category: News, Staff Pick
Brand New

It seems like any time I mention the band Brand New, I get one of two responses. Either the person brings up the band’s second album and says something along the lines of “Oh yeah, Deja Entendu! College was awesome!” or they simply ask, “Who?” Both responses kill me.
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Top Five Songs For A Healthy Sunday

Songs that encourage a lazy, celebratory day off

February 15th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Johnny Cash

We all work hard. Well, most of us do. Sometimes, after five or six days of intense labor (whether it be physical or mental), we need to do a whole lotta NOTHING to recuperate. Some days it seems like it takes a lot to do very little, but when we get the opportunity to celebrate life and just chill, we should take it.
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Top Five Songs About Love

Tunes to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day

February 13th, 2015
Twila Grissom
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Love Songs

Whether you’re in a romantic relationship or not, the celebration of love in February is a great thing, and be it a parent, sibling, neighbor, or co-worker, you can always find someone around you who needs a little love.
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Throwback Thursday: Appreciating Bob Dylan

Living legend releases 36th studio album

February 12th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: News, Staff Pick
Bob Dylan

Who doesn’t love them some Bob Dylan? The songwriter that has been given more lyrical homage than almost any other in the history of music? The guy who wrote “All Along The Watchtower” and “Visions of Johanna”? Come on, people! I hope you love him like the grandfather of music that he is because he released a new album called Shadows In The Night last week, and it’s awesome.
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Play This Playlist: The Best of Relapse Records

Happy 25th birthday to the indie metal giants

February 9th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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In an age in which keeping a label going has never been tougher (especially in the independent scene), there’s something extremely reassuring about watching a label celebrate a landmark birthday. Last year was the turn of Merge Records to celebrate a 25th birthday, and this year it’s the turn of Relapse Records, who in their own words have been “contaminating the masses since 1990″ with a steady stream of underground releases in just about every heavy genre and subgenre you can think of.
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