Happy Birthday to Chuck Berry!

He is the father of rock ‘n’ roll

October 19th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video

Mr. Chuck Berry is 90 years old this week, but at the same time, not a day over fabulous.

There aren’t too many artists that inspired The Beatles, Elvis, Led Zeppelin, ELO, and every rock band thereafter. But without Berry’s bombastic “Johnny Be Good” or “Roll Over Beethoven” or even “Maybelline,” many of these bands would have never surfaced. Yeah, he’s THAT big of a deal. The number of classic rock bands that have covered Berry is impressive in itself.
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Play This Playlist: Desert Trip 2016

Feel young while listening to the old

October 10th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video

As many of you know, there was a classic rock concert at The Empire Polo Club in Indio this weekend that brought together some of the most storied names in the game. Paul McCartney, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, Roger Waters, and many more graced the young and the old with their presence and musical precision at Desert Trip. Never in history have these acts shared a festival stage before. It took them long enough, but better late than never.
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Top 5 Songs I Discovered This Month

The curse and blessing of endless music

September 22nd, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: News, Staff Pick

Like Cousin Eddie so profoundly put it when proudly gifting Clark Griswold membership in the Jelly of the Month club, some gifts just keep on giving. Music is one of them.
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On The Smiths and Unrequited Hatred

A semi-tongue-in-cheek ode to hate

September 16th, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: News, Staff Pick

We all have bands or genres that we just cannot abide.

For many, it’s the twangy pop of modern country — a genre rife with seeming self-parody that frequently intermingles hip-hop influences with folksy Southern roots amid U2-like pop-rock grandeur with none of the self-aware irony.
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Play This Playlist: Indie Side Projects

Members of your fave indie acts testing new waters

September 15th, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick

Indie rock sometimes gets a little incestuous. Artists from one band will attach themselves to an outlier of another band to create a brand new project that may supersede or fall short of their former act. Or maybe it’s just an artist trying to re-brand themselves as a solo project with a new moniker, such as when Bradford Cox from Deerhunter created Atlas Sound or when Foxygen drummer Shaun Michael Fleming became Diane Coffee.
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Play This Playlist: The Best of Brainfeeder

Featuring Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and more

September 7th, 2016
Sean Kramer
Category: Staff Pick, Video

We’re really excited for the forthcoming Brainfeeder show at the Hollywood Bowl featuring Flying Lotus, Thundercat, The Gaslamp Killer, Shabazz Palaces, and George Clinton (you know that we’re giving away tickets, right?). Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the LA record label’s catalog looking to get even more pumped for the show or a newbie who needs a quick Cliffs Notes on what these guys are all about, enjoy this playlist of some of their most notable tracks.
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Not Just (White)Boys’ Fun: Banshees III – Pt. 2

The epic conclusion to the series!

September 5th, 2016
Lex Voight

This is your final warning!

Despite my bluster last week, I figured it prudent to conclude this two-part season finale of NJ(W)BF with a bunch of bands some of you, dear readers, might actually listen to. While my heart shall always lie with whoever plays hardest, fastest, and loudest, I recognize that, to the vast majority of people, only mid-tempo and slow generally appeals (with a decided lack of screaming).
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Release Of The Week: Jamie T – Trick

Brit fave doesn’t leave us waiting (or wanting)

September 2nd, 2016
Kristin Houser
Category: News, Staff Pick
Jamie T

With lo-fi darling Angel Olsen, Aussie dream-pop duo Big Scary, and long, LONG time LAmb favorites Cymbals Eat Guitars all releasing new albums today, competition for the title of “Release of the Week” was beyond fierce. That alone should tell you just how excited I am about Jamie T’s new album Trick.
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Tunes For A Tuesday…

Hang in there — it’s almost hump day!

August 30th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
rolling stones

It’s only Tuesday, and sometimes, the work week feels never-ending. That’s why we must remind ourselves that life rocks, especially if you’re feeling extra stressed, a little anxious, and maybe even confused. Why am I at this job? Why did I go out on a Monday night? Why is everyone arguing on the internet? Many existential questions can float through your brain on a day like today. Sometimes I just have to remind myself that I have a good life, a good job, and it all just rocks…even though it often doesn’t feel like that.
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Not Just (White) Boys’ Fun: Banshees III – Pt. 1

The beginning of the end (for now)

August 29th, 2016
Lex Voight

Yo! Check this!

As the summer winds down, so too shall this column for the moment. I have a couple more bands I want to shout out before I give my soapbox a well-needed rest. But we are going to do this in the nouveau-trilogy style and break up the conclusion into two parts. Why? Because women are awesome.

And because I said so.

So there.
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