Throwback Thursday: The Beatles Record 1st Album

This day in ’63, the Brits recorded 10 tracks

February 11th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: News, Staff Pick
the beatles

The Beatles’ first album, Please Please Me, was recorded (for the most part) on February 11th, 1963 in less than ten hours. That’s right. Ten tracks in 10 hours. That’s impressive. I record all the time with my band, and we never get more than two or three songs recorded in a day. But then again, the gear and expectations are different now. Still, I can’t downplay the awesomeness of such efficiency. Leave it to Lennon and McCartney, honestly.
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Top 5 Upcoming Hip-Hop Concerts In LA

Check out some low-key shows in town

February 10th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: News, Staff Pick
Joey Badass lead

Now that 2016 is in full swing, tons of artists are out of tour, with many stopping by LA in the next few months. Check out the hip-hop shows hitting our fair city that I think you’d be crazy to miss.
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Ashlee’s “I Don’t Need No Man” Playlist!

Escaping the Valentine’s Day blues through music

Ashlee Burke
Category: News, Staff Pick
beyonce pretty hurts

Being single on Valentine’s Day can be a drag, especially with hearts on every store window and couples being extra affectionate. In fact, if I have to stand behind one more couple groping each other and making out in line at Starbucks…well, let’s face it, I won’t do anything other than shoot daggers at their lucky, love bubble-ensconced, happily ignorant backs while stalking my ex on Twitter.
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Play This Playlist: The Best Of J Dilla

Hip-hop producer lives on through his music

February 8th, 2016
Kristen Meza
Category: Staff Pick, Video
j dilla by Roger Erickson

J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) was one of the most influential hip-hop producers/artists coming up in the ’90s, working with such incredible acts as A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, The Roots, and The Pharcyde. Sadly, the world lost Jay Dee to a rare blood disease on February 10, 2006, but his memory was celebrated this past weekend in Miami, FL with the second annual J Dilla Weekend.
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Play This Playlist: Songs About Los Angeles

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

February 1st, 2016
Kristen Meza
snoop 187

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
panic at the disco

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
Kanye-West

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
andra day by Myriam Santos

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
lionel-richie

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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