The Decade’s Top Five Most Shocking Music Videos

The clips that made the internet collectively gasp

October 6th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Maroon 5 Animals

I fell in love with Maroon 5 upon first listen of their rock-infused debut Songs About Jane. I’ve marveled at the fact that they’ve managed to never stray far from top 40 radio throughout their twenty-year career, adapting to music trends and staying at the forefront of entertainment culture (frontman Adam Levine has been a judge on all seven seasons of NBC’s hit singing competition The Voice).
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Play This Playlist: Trance Classics – Part 2

Throwback to the last two decades of trance music

Twila Grissom
Category: Staff Pick, Video
tiesto

On this lovely fall morning, I’ve been enjoying going through my old playlists of tracks from the last 20 years of trance. Hearing how the genre has changed from then until now is pretty amazing, but it’s also great to hear that many newer tracks maintain the genre’s original sound.
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Top Five OK Go Music Videos

Celebrating the 10/17 release of Hungry Ghosts!

October 3rd, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Staff Pick, Video
OK Go The Writings On The Wall

OK Go’s music is underrated. The production on their albums is pretty amazing, the writing is quirky while still featuring smart, pop-based melodies, and the lyrics are cutting and thoughtful. The group’s live show is great, too. Their set at The Echo in July featured great screen projections and more confetti than the Super Bowl. But none of those things are what OK Go is known for.
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Play This Playlist: Life is Beautiful 2014

One of the best festival lineups of all time

September 29th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Life Is Beautiful 2014

Yo, Life is Beautiful 2013, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but the Life is Beautiful 2014 lineup is one of the best lineups of all time.
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Top Five Music Videos From Film Soundtracks

In case you forgot how great the late-90s were

September 26th, 2014
Alice Carson
Category: Staff Pick, Video
City of angels

Think about how many soundtracks have stuck out to you after seeing a movie. Forrest Gump (1994), for instance, has one of the best soundtracks of all time because the songs so appropriately aid the storytelling. Film series like The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter feature musical scores that are so unique, they’re recognizable after hearing only a few measures of the title song. Music can help take an audience to a tangibly more emotional place, and the power of music in film should never be underestimated.
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Hip Hop Meets House: Six Rap Songs That Sample

“You remind me of something…I know what it is.”

September 22nd, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Kid-Ink-2013-Show-Me-banner

“Oh man, did you hear that new Drake? HE TOTALLY RIPPED OFF MAYA JANE COLES! How dare he. How. Dare. He.”

This is an excerpt from a heated conversation I had over this new tack from The K.I.D Heat and Mall Mall and Drake and (deep breath) Tyga.
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Top Five Acts Who Stopped Too Soon

These guys, for various reasons, left us hanging

September 19th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Staff Pick, Video
The postal service lead

I could fill reams and reams of paper with a list of bands that went on a lot longer than they should have. (Have the last couple of decades of Mastercard-sponsored arena tours done anything to enhance the reputation of The Rolling Stones? Didn’t think so.) It’s much more interesting to speculate about bands that cut their careers short for various reasons.
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Play This Playlist: Back-To-School Soundtrack

Did you have a nice summer?

September 15th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Rn_SFSKFT

Well, summer is officially over, and it’s that time of year again. Time to buy some new notebooks, backpacks, and Jordans. Time to look back through the yearbook for that girl who wrote “K.I.T. C U next YR.” And time to buckle down and get back to studying!
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Top Five Body-Positive Songs

Embrace your body with these five tracks!

Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
destiny's child

With Meghan Trainor’s pro-body anthem “All About That Bass” hitting number one on the Hot 100 charts, I have been combing through my music library seeking other songs praising curvy girls. Pursuing acting and living in LA has been a one-two punch on my body image, and songs like Trainor’s remind me that it doesn’t matter what your body type is as long as you know how to “shake it shake it.”
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Top 5 Labor Day Weekend Dance Events

The dance acts to catch on the long weekend

August 29th, 2014
Twila Grissom
Category: News, Staff Pick
Gareth Emery Promo

The long weekend is upon us! As per usual, a litany of things are happening all over Los Angeles. If you are staying local and feel like you might want to get down on the dance floor at some point, here are the Top 5 events to get your dance on this Labor Day Weekend.
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