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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Play This Playlist: Phoenix Favorites

Revisit this FYF headliner’s catalog

May 19th, 2014
Marni Epstein
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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The FYF festival lineup was just announced last week, and Phoenix will be headlining Day 1 of the LA festival (catch The Strokes on Day 2). That said, there’s no better time to take a trip down memory lane and revisit the best of Phoenix and their airy, Frenchified, emotional take on dance tunes.
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Top Five Musical Movie Cameos

Your favorite stars in your favorite flicks

May 16th, 2014
Megan Driscoll
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Nothing beats a great movie — or hell, even a stupid movie — featuring a surprise appearance from a famous musical artist you love. What better way to start the weekend than by looking back at a few of my favorite musical movie cameos?
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Word to Your Mother: Songs About Mom

Paying tribute to that perennial legend: your mama

May 12th, 2014
Megan Driscoll
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Mother’s Day was this weekend, and if you’re not a complete monster, then you at least sent yours a few carnations or an Olive Garden gift card to show how much she truly means to you. (Or maybe you are a complete monster, sprung motherless from the depths of hell — I don’t know your life.)
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Play This Playlist: 2014 Newcomers

Think of it as a newbies mixtape

Jay Chirinos
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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We all love new music, right? I presume that’s why most of us are here. So for today I’ve put together a playlist consisting solely of artists who just have or are just about to release their debut albums. I’ve tried to include a little bit of everything, and you’ll have seen some of these guys get love on our site previously. Without further ado, for your listening pleasure, here are some tunes that are fresher than a six a.m. croissant.
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Weekend Jumpstart: May 9-11, 2014

Spring time fun time edition!

May 9th, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: Staff Pick
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Remember! This is Mother’s Day weekend, so before you scroll down to figure out how you’re going to party, consider that you’ll probably have to call your Mom at some point on Sunday. I’m just saying, don’t forget.
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Top 5 Late-90s Boy Bands

Tearin’ up my heart when I’m with you

Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Love them or hate them, boy bands were an incredibly formidable force in the music industry during the late-90s. Sure, they were often aptly criticized for being record label-produced pretty boys, but if you were an American female pre-teen growing up in the era of the boy band, then you very likely had (and, admit it, still have) a special place in your heart for some of these Tiger Beat-worthy centerfolds.
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