Throwback Thursday: 25 Years of Ace of Base

Reliving the apex of ’90s pop

July 30th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: News, Staff Pick
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For me, growing up in sunny Southern California in the ’90s could succinctly be summed up by Saved by the Bell and many, many car rides to school spent listening to 102.7 KIIS FM, my mom’s radio station of choice. It was this mother-daughter tradition that kickstarted my now-twenty-something-year-strong music obsession.
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Top Five Miguel Guest Features

Featuring songs by Janelle Monae, Big Sean, & more

July 21st, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: News, Staff Pick
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With the recent release of his third album, Wildheart, and its subsequent debut at number 2 on the Billboard 200 charts, it seems like everybody is talking about Miguel these days. An accomplished artist and songwriter in his own right, the Los Angeles-native has added his distinct vocals to a pretty extensive catalog of songs by other artists as well, so for this Top Five, let’s look at some of Miguel’s career-best collaborations.
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Play This Playlist: Indie Summer Romance

Set the mood for a summer fling

July 20th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Summer romances are unique in how brief and intense they can be. Maybe it’s the fact that long, sunny days and easy nights are ideal breeding grounds for romance. Maybe it’s that people are just more willing and receptive to knowing other people when it’s nice outside. Whatever it is, the season has a unique quality that’s hard to capture, though many (including me!) will try.
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Play This Playlist: Summer Party Songs

The perfect songs for chilling poolside

July 16th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Music makes any summer hangout session that much sweeter, and given the perpetual summer here in Los Angeles, I always have a playlist full of sun-soaked pop goodness for times with friends. Summer is the peak of the year for live music as several tours come through Los Angeles, but when you’re not enjoying one of those amazing shows, use these songs to complement your summer hangouts.
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Throwback Thursday: Pulp’s “Common People”

The definitive Britpop classic turns twenty

Jay Chirinos
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Before immigrating to the US in 2011, I spent my last six years in England living in the fine city of Sheffield, one of many Northern cities with a rich and diverse heritage of music. To give you some idea just how diverse, I should point out that Def Leppard, The Human League, and The Arctic Monkeys are amongst Sheffield’s many exports. Arguably the band that stands above them all, though, is Pulp, the alternative-pop act that got swept up in Britpop mania back in the mid-nineties to become the kind of overnight success that occurs after five albums and almost two decades of existence.
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Top 5 Grateful Dead Songs You Should Know

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the trip

July 7th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: News, Staff Pick
Grateful Dead

I’m not surprised that the jam-band scene has persevered through five generations of evolving music. The committed community of followers who backpack through America to join in on these shows, which tend to have a “celebratory” vibe, keep it alive. Bands like Phish, The Allman Brothers, String Cheese Incident and Widespread Panic have been a part of the family for years and years. All of them, though, have followed in the footsteps of the jam band prototype, the leaders of the pack: The Grateful Dead.
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Play This Playlist: Essential Amy Winehouse

A look back at the singer’s musical highlights

July 6th, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Four years after her tragic death, Amy Winehouse has re-entered the pop culture dialogue thanks to the just-released Amy documentary. The film takes a hard and honest look into the singer’s ascension to fame, as well as the inner demons she struggled with that eventually led to her demise. And although it’s easy to cast Winehouse off as another cautionary tale/member of the “27 Club,” it’s equally easy to lose sight of the fact that her music was, quite simply, amazing.
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Top Five Albums You Might Have Missed This Year

Some of 2015’s most underrated highlights

July 3rd, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Somehow this has become a bit of an annual thing for me, surveying the vast landscape of albums that have been released to date and trying to pick out a few of the gems that we might not have covered on our site this year. As always I’ve tried not to focus on one genre, instead offering up several appetizers from very different food groups. So without further ado, if you’re looking for something a little different to add to your collection, here are five albums that make for very contrasting starter points.
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Throwback Thursday: Kaskade Through The Ages

Kaskade announces 9th album and special pre-order

July 2nd, 2015
Twila Grissom
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon) has long been a pioneer in the electronic dance music industry. The four-time GRAMMY nominated artist was the first DJ from the United States to secure a Las Vegas residency, the first solo electronic dance artist to sell out Barclays Center, and the first dance artist to sell out Navy Pier and the Staples Center (during his Freaks of Nature Tour). He also shows no signs of slowing down, having just announced that his ninth studio album is set to come out in the fall.
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Play This Playlist: Life is Beautiful 2015

Get hyped for the best fest of the year

June 29th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Coachella’s swell and all, but if you ask me whose butt is on the best-music-festival-in-the-country throne, that’s without a doubt Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas.
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