Throwback Thursday: Celebrating Roy Orbison

Honoring the timeless musician’s 79th birthday

April 23rd, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
lonely and blue

Roy Orbison was a pioneer of American rock music, but his life was marred by a series of tragic incidents that were reflected in his melancholic musical style and vulnerable, emotionally driven lyrics.
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Play This Playlist: Songs For Outdoor Fun

Spring has sprung, so let’s get bouncy

April 20th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
beach boys cover

It’s the time of the season for loving. The time of year that ignites plans for summer and starts the movement of Midwestern hermits from their heated apartments to the outdoors. Time to wake up and smell the roses. Really, it’s time for the roses!
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Throwback Thursday: Purple Rain

Prince & The Revolution’s iconic album and movie!

April 16th, 2015
Gerry Doot
Category: News, Staff Pick
prince purple rain

When I saw Prince at Coachella, I’ll admit it… I cried. I may or may not have been sober for the occasion, but when that little dude got all emotional and said the classic line, “If you know what I’m singin’ about, come on and raise your hands!” it was like he was talking directly to me. My hands shot up. My eyes welled up. “Purple Rain! Purple Rain!!” Magic.
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Play This Playlist: Profound Lore Records

A selection of the metal label’s best

April 13th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Profound Lore Records

About 18 months ago, I compiled a playlist for Tri-Angle Records, a label that had a remarkably high quality gauge in the field of underground electronica despite its small size. Swap out the word “electronica” with “metal” and pretty much the same can be said for the excellent Profound Lore Records.
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Top 5 Affordable (And Local) Late-Spring Fests

Check out these under-the-radar, low-stress fests

April 10th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
desert daze

With Coachella kicking off today, other fests gradually releasing their lineups, and the sun blazing just a little hotter each day, music festival season is about to kick into high gear. The volume of festivals seems to be increasing rapidly, and musicians have finally caught on that being a part of the scene is a full-proof way to actually be seen.
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Throwback Thursday: Revisiting Sufjan’s Illinois

Come on, come again, feel the Illinoise

April 9th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: News, Staff Pick
sufjan-stevens-stars

Sufjan Stevens’ latest album, Carrie & Lowell, has only been out for about a week, but it’s already shaping up to be one of the best, if not THE best, of his career. Before his newest album blew me away, though, my favorite Sufjan Stevens album was definitely 2005’s Illinois.
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Play This Playlist: Music For Spring!

For when it’s warmer, but not deathly hot just yet

April 6th, 2015
Melissa Karlin
Category: Staff Pick, Video
She and Him

Easter has now bounced on past, and Passover is sticking around for another six days, so that can only mean one thing: spring is truly here! Though we don’t get many weather changes in the seasons in Los Angeles, we can still enjoy all the connotations that come with it, and what better way to bring in the season than with a playlist of sunny, breezy songs both classic and contemporary?
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Top Five ?uestlove Drum Beats

His five best beats with The Roots

April 3rd, 2015
Gerry Doot
Category: News, Staff Pick
questlove

A while back I wrote a Top 5 Dave Grohl beats article that got mixed reviews in the comments. Writing that list was an incredibly fun way to go back through my history as a student drummer as so many Nirvana and Foo Fighters songs played an important role in my playing and style. I wanted to make a similar list for another drummer who has had a massive impact on my playing: Amir “?uestlove” Thompson.
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Seven EDM Anthems For Festival Season

Because sometimes you just gotta party

April 2nd, 2015
Marcus Slater
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Ultra LEAD

Some time ago, the masses decided that EDM music needed a drop. I’m not complaining — I love a big, fat electro-banger as much as the next candy kid — but it strikes me as “roller coaster music.” You have the build-up, the drop, the ride, the breakdown, another build-up, drop… And you’re back where you started. As such, it’s kinda turned the main stage at a lot of these festivals into the sonic equivalent of Six Flags.
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