Play This Playlist: Best Covers Of Kanye

“And I love you like Kanye loves Kanye.”

April 11th, 2016
Kristen Meza
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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To say it was a momentous weekend for hip hop would be an understatement. Not only was N.W.A. inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Hame, but Kanye West made headlines for landing his 7th consecutive #1 album with The Life of Pablo. You may be wondering why this is such a big deal, but TLOP is the first album to take the top spot on the Billboard 200 thanks to over 50% streaming units.
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Top 5 Phife Dawg Moments on Wax

A look back at A Tribe Called Quest’s best

April 6th, 2016
Sean Kramer
Category: News, Staff Pick
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When A Tribe Called Quest member Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor passed away just a few weeks ago, the music community (and in a grander sense, the hip hop-influenced world) felt the impact of a deep and emotional loss. The legacy of A Tribe Called Quest has been well-documented, with much of the credit going to Q-Tip — praise that is, of course, well-deserved due to his role as the leader of the Native Tongues group — but make no mistake: Phife was no second fiddle.
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Top Five Los Angeles Acts At FYF Fest 2016

Check out these locals at FYF in August!

April 5th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: News, Staff Pick
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As the summer festival announcements keep rolling in, we here at LA Music Blog are particularly excited about LA’s FYF Fest, which just released its killer lineup. Although artists are coming in from around the world to perform, we want to give a special shoutout to the Los Angeles bands on this year’s bill.
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Play This Playlist: 2000s Hip Hop & R&B Throwback

The best songs from the turn of the century

April 4th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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The translucent shades and skin-tight metallic bikini tops are in full effect in this 2000s-inspired playlist. This era of hip hop and R&B had the livest songs to jam to while you schooled your friends on Nintendo 64.
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Top Five Undercard Acts of Coachella 2016

Tiny font size, huge talent

March 30th, 2016
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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With just a little more than a couple of weeks to go before the first iteration of Coachella 2016 is upon us, there’s not much else you’ll be hearing Angelenos buzzing about over lattes at Blue Bottle. Naturally, big name acts like the recently reunited LCD Soundsystem or superstar DJ/Taylor Swift beau Calvin Harris dominate the conversation, but anyone who knows me knows I’m always more partial to the undercard performers.
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Throwback Thursday: The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds

A 50th anniversary reissue is on the way

March 24th, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
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The Beach Boys released Pet Sounds as their 11th studio album in May of 1966, but over the years it has become their most celebrated, most influential album to date. Though British publications postulated the significance of Pet Sounds at the time of its release, American audiences took a bit longer to embrace the record.
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Play This Playlist: Warped Tour 2016

Listen to the amazing lineup for this year’s fest

March 22nd, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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This afternoon Kevin Lyman announced this year’s Warped Tour with the help of 3OH3! via a livestreamed webcast. Last year’s festival was below par for the legendary Warped Tour, and it seems Lyman listened to feedback. This year’s lineup is one of the best we’ve seen in years, and I can’t wait to cover it!
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Top 5 Songs For Spring

Spring has sprung. Let’s do this.

Anthony Marks
Category: News, Staff Pick
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The cold fronts are (for the most part) over. It’s time to celebrate that fact and prepare for skimpy clothing, sunglasses, and bodies of water. That’s right, summer is on the way! But first, let’s enjoy some spring, shall we?
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Throwback Thursday: Taking Back Sunday

A reflection on the rock before Taste of Chaos

March 17th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Since 1999, Taking Back Sunday has been creating emotionally-charged rock music filled with screaming choruses of dramatic metaphors. The band’s music has traced frontman Adam Lazzara‘s growth from angsty teen to doting father, and longtime fans have grown up right alongside the band. Some of those fans even host a monthly sing-along gathering of emo lovers called Taking Back Tuesday that has stretched up and down the West Coast, ensuring that the music they love continues to be appreciated by old and new music lovers alike.
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Top 5 Festivals I Want To Attend For The 1st Time

I can’t wait to dance the night away at these

March 16th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Festival season is upon us, and there are so many festivals I want to go to that it’s hard to keep them all straight! Whether you prefer campouts or dancing under the electric sky, there is a festival for everyone. Here are the five I think I’d enjoy the most.
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