Throwback Thursday: The Strokes’ Is This It

Reflecting on the rockers’ career-making album

June 25th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
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The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. is releasing his third solo album, Momentary Masters, next month, and the effort’s first single, “Losing Touch,” indicates a cleaner, poppier sound that deviates ever-so-slightly from what fans of the band may be familiar with. Still, elements of the style that earned The Strokes such a warm reception when they emerged on the scene around the turn of the century can still be found within the track; the hook-filled chorus maintains the gritty, melodic garage rock vibe that put the prep-school Manhattanites on everyone’s radar.
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Play This Playlist: Songs About Flying

Aviation-themed songs for summer travel

June 22nd, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Top Gun

The summer is officially upon us. It’s time for crisp beers, beach parties, BBQs, and travel. Many people take to the skies during these vacationing months so they can enjoy the blazing weather on a beach or a lake far from home. Some even travel thousands of miles just to enjoy an air-conditioned house while sipping lemonade with distant cousins. Whatever the reason, air travel is at full throttle during this time of year, so here’s a playlist to piggy-back off that theme and remind you that everyone flies.
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Top 5 Lesser-Known Acts To Catch At EDC Las Vegas

Underrated performaners that shouldn’t be missed

June 19th, 2015
Twila Grissom
Category: News, Staff Pick
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It’s that time of year again — thousands of people are making their annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas to dance under the electric sky at the Electric Daisy Carnival. While more widely known acts such as Above and Beyond, Kaskade, and Armin Van Buuren will be performing, a veritable treasure trove of artists that you may not have heard of yet will also be delivering the goods.
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Throwback Thursday: xx

Forever a sucker for The xx’s debut

June 18th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Jamie xx’s recently released debut album, In Colour, is definitely a testament to his talent as a solo artist and producer, but it’s also a reminder (especially on tracks that feature his The xx bandmates Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim) of how great his work was with The xx.
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Play This Playlist: Sub Pop’s Latest & Greatest

The Seattle label that keeps on trucking

June 15th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: News, Staff Pick
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The website for Seattle indie giant Sub Pop Records includes the wonderfully self-effacing tagline “We’re Not The Best, But We’re Pretty Good.” It’s indicative of the label’s approach and also woefully misleading, as Sub Pop has long been (and continues to be) a ridiculously reliable record label.
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Top Five Summer Tours Your Dad Is Gonna Dig

Take a dad rock retreat this Father’s Day!

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
steely dan

He says all he wants this year is some peace and quiet, a relaxing day in front of the TV surrounded by loved ones and tortilla chips. He asks for nothing but your unconditional love and the occasional phone call home. But you know him better than that. You know what he is really asking for are seats at The Hollywood Bowl where he can relive his guilty pleasure dive bar days with his buddy Alan, just a stones throw away from Heart belting “Barracuda.” Yep. We know him, and we know him well. He is DAD.
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Top Five Songs For Starry Nights

“Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” not included

June 5th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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I’ve always been a night owl, and summer brings with it warm, clear nights that are perfect for staying out late and stargazing. It’s not always easy to see stars of the celestial variety in LA, but you don’t have to travel too far beyond the city limits to find places where the number of visible stars can get almost overwhelming.
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Top Five Warped Tour 2015 Bands To Check Out

Must-see acts hitting Pomona on 6/19!

May 29th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: News, Staff Pick
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In just a few short weeks my favorite summer festival, Warped Tour, will be coming through Los Angeles, and I’m well into planning a day filled with memorable music. While mainstay bands like Motion City Soundtrack, Senses Fail, and The Wonder Years are reason enough to attend the legendary pop-punk festival, a few newcomers have caught my attention as well. You can view the full lineup for yourself, or you can read on to find out the top five bands I can’t wait to check out at the Pomona Fairplex on June 19th (tickets are available now)!
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Play This Playlist: Celebs That Shred

Actors & actresses who’ve been slappin’ that bass

May 26th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Dead Man's Bones by by Hama Sanders

We’re all familiar with the legion of performers who’ve successfully transitioned from singing to acting or vice versa. Some have even managed to simultaneously establish reputable careers doing both. A handful of the rich and talented that come to mind are Barbara Streisand, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jennifer Lopez… the list goes on.
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Top 5 Bob James-Sampling Hip-Hop Songs

The jazz musician behind some of hip hop’s best

May 22nd, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: News, Staff Pick
bob james

Jazz great Bob James has been popping up in the media the last few weeks as he is slapping Stones Throw producer Madlib with a lawsuit over the latter’s song “Sparkdala,” which samples James’ classic 1974 tune “Nautilus” without clearance. The whole sampling debate has been done to death at this point, so we won’t be delving into the argument here, but it is excellent fodder for this week’s Top 5, in which we will examine some of the best hip-hop songs to sample Bob James.
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