On Murder By Death And The Future Past Of Music

The only way forwards is backwards

January 11th, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: News, Staff Pick
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“Sometimes in order to go forward, you must go back.”

We’ve all heard something to that effect before and it’s a very Yoda sentiment, but few bands embody the concept quite as fully as Murder By Death.
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7 Music Resolutions To Kick Off The New Year

Take a new, healthier approach to music in 2016!

January 7th, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss
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It’s Day 7 of 2016, so now that you’ve had a week to settle in, get ready to round out those New Year’s resolutions with a few music-centric vows that are totally feasible!
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Play This Playlist: Best Radiohead Covers

Tracks by Bilal, John Mayer, Weezer, and more

January 4th, 2016
Sean Kramer
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Might 2016 be the year that we see a new album from Radiohead? It’s certainly plausible, as it’s been a few years since their last full-length release, The King of Limbs, and the band has been in and out of the studio working on the follow-up.
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Throwback Thursday: Merriest Xmas Rap Songs

Sleighbells will make any beat sound better

December 17th, 2015
Sean Kramer
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At this point in time, the fact that there could be a hip-hop song with a Christmas theme is no longer really a novelty — there are so many of these out there, the real task is picking out the cream of the crop.
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Underground Sounds: 2015’s Best DIY/Punk Albums

My favorite punk records of the year

December 14th, 2015
Lex Voight
Category: News, Staff Pick
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2015 was an awesome year for music; that much is undeniable looking at this year’s lists of the best albums, singles, and music videos, but the crop of punk records released this year was particularly insane in quality (as you will see from the following list, I use “punk” as more of a catch-all term for bands with a DIY culture and connections to the underground hard music scene and not necessary as indicative of a specific sound).
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Play This Playlist: LA’s Best End of 2015 Concerts

Ten acts to catch before December ends

Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Another year is rapidly coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cap it all off with a musical bang. Given that we have the insane good fortune of living in LA, there are more than a handful of awesome shows you can catch from now through New Year’s Eve, ranging from the dreamy grooves of ODESZA to the psychedelic jams of The Grateful Dead.
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Top Five Up-And-Coming UK Acts

Emerging acts with innovative sounds

December 8th, 2015
Kristen Meza
Category: News, Staff Pick
J_HUS

A sudden resurgence of fusion genres is happening in music right now, and it’s brought with it a higher standard for the music that’s being released. Artists have been paying more attention to detail at seemingly every level of their output, from how they create their music to how its released (Kanye, please don’t keep us waiting forever for SWISH).
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Play This Playlist: Under-The-Radar Xmas Covers

Christmas classics with a twist

Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Now that Christmas music starts being played everywhere the day after Halloween, so many Christmas originals are overplayed. Letting the holiday pass by without hearing some of these traditional tunes is depressing so don’t be that way, but I understand your frustration at hearing the same old versions of these songs, which is why I’m providing a playlist of Christmas covers!
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Throwback Thursday: Beach Boys’ Christmas Album

Looking back at a classic holiday record

December 3rd, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: News, Staff Pick
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On November 9th, 1964, The Beach Boys spent a warm night in Los Angeles at Capitol Records. They were awaiting the drop of their seventh studio album, but this release would be different from the six that came before it.
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Top 5 Mixtapes Of The Week

Check out the hottest hip hop and rap out today!

December 1st, 2015
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: News, Staff Pick
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While you were eating turkey and mashed potatoes, several hip-hop and rap artists were releasing some dope mixtapes over the past week. From Trey Songz to Erykah Badu, the variety in style makes for a great set of downloads. These are the top 5 that dropped (in no particular order).
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