Throwback Thursday: Looking Back on Built To Spill

In anticipation of their first album in 6 years!

February 5th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: News, Staff Pick
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The last time I saw Built To Spill was at Boise’s inaugural Treefort Music Festival in 2012. They hadn’t released an album in three years at that point, but they still played magnificently for their hometown, and the crowd loved them.
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Top Five Coachella Acts Playing LA

All the fun, none of the travel!

February 4th, 2015
Gerry Doot
Category: News, Staff Pick
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In all reality, it’s kind of embarrassing that the two-hour drive to get to Coachella is such a deterrent, but that doesn’t mean it’s not. People decided to not to attend this year’s festival for other reasons, too. For many, the lineup was just subpar. AC/DC and Jack White make great headliners, but Drake? Really? Who wants to pay that much for a ticket to a show you don’t really want to see?
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Play This Playlist: The Glamorous ’80s

Let’s face it — hair metal was kinda great!

February 2nd, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Van Halen

Once in a while, I think, “Man, being a kid in the ’80s was kinda cool, but being an adult would have been SO MUCH COOLER!” Maybe I’ve been told too many “glory days” stories by my dad. Aside from the cocaine, big hair, and bedazzled belts, there was some serious rock ‘n roll brewing in that decade, and the emotionally crazed hair metal scene carried weight all over the world.
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Songs That Inspire Travel and Destination

This playlist will awaken that travel bug in you!

Melissa Karlin
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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This playlist, my first for LA Music Blog and millionth in life, is one that combines my two loves of music and travel. Most often when traveling, I listen to music on the way or as I walk around and explore my new surroundings. You can see pictures of me in places like Italy, Germany, Portugal, and Peru with a headphone cable sticking out of one ear (partially obscured by giant hair).
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Top Five ’90s R&B Groups

Because nostalgia for the ’90s is so “en vogue”

January 23rd, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Nostalgia for the ’90s is at an all-time high. Friends is on Netflix, Jurassic World is coming to theaters soon, and crop tops are back with a mighty vengeance. It’s not just film and fashion either; Sleater-Kinney just released a new album, and D’Angelo dropped Black Messiah in December to remind us that the ’90s were a great time for music, too.
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Throwback Thursday: Beastie Boys’ Music Videos

A look back at the Boys’ best clips

January 22nd, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Earlier this month, an unreleased music video for the Beastie Boys’ “Too Many Rappers” was unearthed and leaked onto the Internet. The clip — a Nas collaboration from their final album, 2011’s Hot Sauce Committee Part Two — may not have been the most earth-shattering video that they’ve ever released, but it was certainly a treat to see something from a group that arguably has the best video catalog of all time. Need proof? Here we go.
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Play This Playlist: Songs To Lull You To Sleep

A list of tracks to help tuck you in at night

January 19th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Staff Pick, Video
mazzy Star

Living in the real world can often be daunting and mentally draining, and if you’re anything like me, you may find it increasingly difficult to fall asleep as the stresses of adulthood loop on a perpetual soundtrack in your head.
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Top Five Music Resolutions For 2015

Making the new year in music the best ever

January 16th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Now that we are fully in 2015 and I’ve already broken my New Year’s resolution (not eating takeout for every meal in one day…set myself up for a loss there), I’ve turned to my resolutions for music. That’s right. As a music journalist, it’s only fitting I have a whole list of resolutions for 2015 that have to do with what is such a large passion of mine.
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Throwback Thursday: Looking Back On The Prodigy

First LP in 6 years coming later this year

January 15th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
The Prodigy

Decades before the laser-and-fireworks-riddled explosion of EDM in the US of A, a then-little-known band from across the pond began making some waves with their signature blend of industrial-tinged big beat.
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Top Five LA Artists Nominated For GRAMMYs

Throw your support behind these hometown acts

Kristin Houser
Category: News, Staff Pick
LA Artists at The Grammys

Between the Golden Globes and the NFL playoffs, I found myself fully in touch with my inner fan last weekend, cheering for my favorites when they won and lamenting their losses. In just a few shorts weeks, I’ll be doing the same thing for several of my favorite LA-based musicians when they gather at Staples Center for the 2015 GRAMMY Awards, and while the safe money to win may not be on the below, these local acts deserve your support on Feb. 8th.
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