Top Five “You’re a Grown Up Now” Songs

A soundtrack for your adult life

July 18th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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This week I took a pretty big step in my adult life. After booking two national commercials in the past few months, I decided to transition from living in a small apartment to a large house in the Valley! After I inked my signature on the lease and underwent a mild panic attack, I drove home on the 101 with the windows down while blasting the best songs to accompany the feeling that I was a real live “adult.”
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Play This Playlist: Merge Records At 25

A bunch of new material from an old favorite

July 7th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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North Carolina-based indie label Merge Records has been celebrating its unlikely 25th birthday this year. Started way back in the day by two members of Superchunk to release their own records and those of their fellow artists, Merge’s extraordinary longevity is a testament to the duo’s hard work and good taste, evidenced by their launching of a few legendary careers along the way (not least that of the now-enormous Arcade Fire).
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Play This Playlist: Top Karaoke Songs

Get those vocal chords warmed up!

June 30th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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In a music-loving town that’s packed with aspiring performers like Los Angeles is, you can bounce from karaoke night to karaoke night every day of the week. From The Parlor to Happy Endings to Dimples, the venues plentiful, and I have performed at all of them.
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Play This Playlist: Summer Flashback

Enjoy these hits of summers past!

June 23rd, 2014
Megan Driscoll
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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We’re fortunate enough to enjoy eternal sunshine here in Southern California, but the first day of summer still holds all the promise of good times to come. Get your first Monday of the season started with these throwback summer-themed hits, guaranteed to put you in mind of hot dogs and backyards and sandy breezes.
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Play This Playlist: The Best Video Game Music

Old school, new classics, & everything in between

June 16th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Fresh off the heels of a soon-to-be-reviewed Video Games Live (spoiler alert: it was awesome), I’ve been on a video game soundtrack binge. Although the non-initiated whose only exposure to video games is Dance Central may turn up their noses and scoff at the idea of listening to video game music, the truth is there are quite a lot of video game composers who devote themselves to creating memorable and compelling pieces.  
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Top Five Songs By First Aid Kit

A good starting point for any first-time listener

June 13th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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The Swedish sisters of First Aid Kit have a natural chemistry that is unmatched by most bands. Their vocal power and precision is just ridiculous, and beyond their raw talent lies their near-perfect songwriting ability. Pulling from a collection of influences, including country, folk, and occasionally rock, their sound is simple yet full and clean. I saw them at El Rey a few weeks ago and still think about how amazing they were. They are just perfect live.
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Play This Playlist: The Best of Splash House 2014

Groovy summer beats via artists of Splash House

June 9th, 2014
Twila Grissom
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Palm Springs’ poolside festival Splash House is coming up this weekend, and whether or not you’re headed out to the desert, you should know the amazing talent slated to play, so check out my top tracks from a variety of the artists that will be playing at one of the poolside locations in Palm Springs.
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Top 5 Jenny Lewis Songs

A look back in anticipation of The Voyager

June 6th, 2014
Marni Epstein
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Singer-songwriter and former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis just recently released “Just One of The Guys,” the first single off her forthcoming The Voyager LP. The new album marks Lewis’ first solo album in six years, but the song is her second single this year (“Completely Not Me” from the Girls Volume 2 soundtrack was released in January).
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Top Five Albums You Might Have Missed This Year

Give these overlooked LPs a listen

May 30th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Just under a year ago I made a top five list of albums that had been, at that point, completely overlooked by all of us at the LA Music Blog. Sometimes there is just too much good stuff to cover at once, so the (not really) midpoint of the year is a good time to do a quick recap of LPs you might have missed and that all of us at the LAmb have skipped over the last five months or so.
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Play This Playlist: ‘Murica!

A Memorial Day special edition

May 26th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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The Memorial Day holiday is a more than just a 3-day weekend during which Americans BBQ, get drunk, and go camping; it’s a 3-day weekend during which we remember those who have fallen in the name of our country, then we BBQ, get drunk, and go camping!
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