Top 5 Modern-Day Supergroups

Just when you thought music couldn’t get better…

October 20th, 2015
Kristen Meza
Category: News, Staff Pick

It’s always been fascinating to me when individually successful artists decide to team up and make music together. The most recognized supergroups traditionally have been rock and roll bands, but so many other great collaborations have happened in recent years that maybe you just didn’t know about.
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Play This Playlist: The Best of Disney

All aboard the nostalgia train!

October 19th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Disney music

Regardless of how old you are, there’s a good chance you spent a sizable chunk of your childhood watching Disney movies. For close to eight decades, Disney features have been delighting children of all ages with their innovative approach to family-friendly films that are not only enduring symbols of the respective eras they were created in, but also timeless classics that have the power to captivate generations later.
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Throwback Thursday: Muse’s Absolution

One of the 2000s most iconic hard-rock albums

October 15th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: News, Staff Pick

Although lately it seems like arena-filling rock acts are getting rapidly overtaken by arena-filling DJ sets, there is one band that will for the foreseeable future have no problem whatsoever selling out massive venues like the Staples Center several times over: Muse. These three Britons have amassed a monumental fanbase over the course of seven albums with their symphonic rock opuses and legendary live shows, which often rank in the “best of” lists of anyone who’s had the pleasure of seeing them (if you haven’t gotten around to doing that yet, you’ve got a chance to this December at the Staples Center).
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Top Five Los Angeles Rappers Right Now

Today’s best of the best in West Coast hip hop

October 13th, 2015
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: News, Staff Pick
Kendrick Lamar

Los Angeles is like the Mecca of hip hop and gangster rap. From N.W.A to Tupac, West Coast music has influenced rappers across the nation with its innovative sound and raw lyrics. Although the music has changed, one thing has remained the same: Southern California is still home to the best music in hip hop.
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Throwback Thursday: Celebrating John Mellencamp

Pay homage to the godfather of heartland rock

October 8th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Born and raised in Indiana, John Mellencamp, the artist behind such songs as “Jack & Diane,” “Pink Houses,” “Small Town,” and “Hurts So Good,” really is an all-American boy. He consistently delivers catchy, truthful hooks, and his use of traditional instruments keeps his sound organic and accessible. Even Johnny Cash respects the guy, calling Mellencamp “one of the best songwriters in music.”
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Top Five Bands At Taste of Chaos

Can’t-miss emo-rock bands to see this Saturday!

October 2nd, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: News, Staff Pick
Taste of Chaos 2015

Tomorrow one of the most epic lineups of emotional rock festivals comes to the San Manuel Ampitheater: Taste of Chaos. The fest brings with it a full day of some of the biggest names in emo and indie rock, and after singing along to recordings of all of these heavy-hitters at Taking Back Tuesday, I look forward to singing along with the bands themselves, the people that made me first fall in love with music in the early 2000s.
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Throwback Thursday: Van Halen’s “Eruption”

The greatest solo of all time. Period.

October 1st, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: News, Staff Pick

The fact that Van Halen is due to play a couple of Hollywood Bowl shows this weekend may come as something of a surprise, not so much for the fact that they are rock dinosaurs (they are far from the only old timers still bringing in the money) but because they have such tumultuous history.
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Throwback Thursday: The Chronic

Dr. Dre’s debut album with Death Row Records

September 24th, 2015
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: News, Staff Pick
dr dre dre day

There is no question that I was way too young when I first heard Dr. Dre’s The Chronic album. Although the iconic record was released four months before I was even born, my dad was still bumping it in his truck as I was growing up years later. With all the hype surrounding the new film Straight Outta Compton and the release of Dre’s new album, Compton, it is only right to throw it back to 1992 this week.
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Play This Playlist: TV Theme Song Favorites

The 10 best intro songs from the past 10 years

September 23rd, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Mad Men

What makes a quality TV show these days? Strong, nuanced characters, an uncontrived storyline, well-paced plot developments, fresh, exploratory dialogue, and above all else, a venerable, expertly scored intro. HBO is notorious for slow-burning, Spaghetti Western-style theme songs as exhibited by True Blood, The Wire, and True Detective to name a few, and a quality, indelible opening track has almost become synonymous with a well-produced TV show, or at least viewers may make that assumption.
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Top Five Weezer Songs Named After Women

But really, aren’t all Weezer songs about girls?

September 22nd, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: News, Staff Pick

If we want to cut to the chase, most pop songs have historically been about girls, in one way or another. Yes, of course there are exceptions to this rule, but let’s be honest: there are more songs out there about women than not.
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