Throwback Thursday: Francoise Hardy, ’60s Icon

Revisit the French beauty before a 5-album reissue

August 27th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
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After listening to Joanna Newsom’s new track “Sapokanikan,” I realized I’ve been distracted by so much over-produced, instrumentally-dense music these days that I’ve been depriving myself of the sincere beauty of the avante-garde female vocalist. That’s probably just me, but still, what’s the next move once you’ve exhausted Sharon Van Etten and Fiona Apple’s most recent releases? Throw it back, of course, to a simpler time, a French time, an iconic time during which “yé-yé girl” Françoise Hardy was making everyone’s hearts melt.
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Play This Playlist: Top 10 Bob Dylan Covers

Some of these you’ll most definitely recognize

August 24th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Bob Dylan

He has inspired everyone from Johnny Cash to The Beatles. Anyone who has a name in the music business knows and respects Bob Dylan. And if you’re not one of those people, keep reading my articles — you might learn something.
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Play This Playlist: FYF Fest 2015

The best of the rest of this year’s lineup…

August 17th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
FYF Fest 2015 lead

It is finally happening! The year’s biggest music festival in Los Angeles takes place this weekend when thousands of revelers will descend upon the Exposition Park area of the city for this year’s installment of FYF Fest. Last week I picked out a few of the smaller bands to watch, but today I’ve compiled a short playlist of highlights from the rest of the lineup, including our two headliners.
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Play This Playlist: Summer Heat Wave

Because it’s coming, people, & we have to be ready

August 12th, 2015
Melissa Karlin
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Hot summer crowd

It’s August, LA Music Blog readers, when Valley folk go to the beach and the East Side hipsters switch to cold brew. There’s a heat wave coming, so to prepare your body, mind, and soul for the oncoming onslaught of 105-degree weather, listen to this playlist. Some of the songs on it are about the season, some simply remind me of it, some glorify it, and some lament it. It’s funny, it’s serious, and it has a wee bit of cheese. Ok, a lot of cheese this time. It’s the summer.
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Top 5 Bands To Catch At Echo Park Rising

Plus your chance to win VIP passes to the fest!

August 11th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
Echo Park Rising

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners Sian Mason, Soo Min Jin, & Vannessa Poveda, and a big THANK YOU to everyone who entered!

Echo Park Rising is still an infant, but an infant that’s managed to assemble a massive lineup of burgeoning local and international acts. Taking place at various venues around the Echo Park/Silverlake scene and now entering its fifth consecutive year, this totally free fest is a must-attend, and LA music aficionados really have no excuse to miss it.
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Top Five Small-Print Bands At FYF Fest 2015

Make sure to get to the festival early…

August 10th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
FYF Fest 2015 lead

Excitement is building for this year’s FYF Fest, with its stacked lineup headed by local star Frank Ocean and a man from my own hometown, the legendary Morrissey. The big names on the bill speak for themselves and come adorned with garlands and stellar reputations, but if you are headed to the festival, you might want to get there early as this year’s lineup is deep and rich with talent.
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Top Five Fall Out Boy Singles

See the pop-rock kings at Hollywood Bowl on Monday

August 7th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
fall out boy

I have been an emo girl since I first heard Something Corporate’s “Punk Rock Princess” in 2002, but it was Fall Out Boy that really sealed the deal for me with their infectious hooks and memorable one-liners. I saw them countless times in concert, and my heart broke when they announced their hiatus in 2009, but thankfully, 2013 heralded their return.
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Throwback Thursday: Kanye West’s Late Registration

Yeezy’s sophomore LP turns 10 this month

August 6th, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: News, Staff Pick
kanye late registration

It’s hard to conceive of a time in modern music when Kanye West was not only a new and still relatively unproven musical force, but so much so that many people didn’t even know how to properly pronounce his name. Shocking, perhaps, but make no mistake about it, kids; Yeezy wasn’t always a household name.
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Play This Playlist: Girl Bands Of The Moment

Trending tracks from female-only rock outfits

August 4th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Joan Jett & The Runaways put girl bands on the grid by establishing one of the first commercially successful female-only rock groups to emerge on the American music scene. Though their rise and descent was rather tumultuous and short-lived, their contribution to female musical empowerment was pivotal and long overdue.
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Play This Playlist: Best of The Chemical Brothers

Best of one of Hard Summer’s biggest headliners

August 3rd, 2015
Twila Grissom
Category: Staff Pick, Video
the chemical brothers

Hard Summer was this past weekend (stay tuned for the official LAmb recap courtesy of Lesley), and one of the most eagerly anticipated acts of the fest was The Chemical Brothers. This British techno duo has eight studio albums, one live album, five compilation albums, two remix albums, five mix albums, one soundtrack album, and two video albums under their belt, so as you can imagine, narrowing down this playlist of their best tracks to just 10 was quite a challenge.
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