Play This Playlist: Relax Attack

Tracks to help you unwind after a stressful day

January 5th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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After an all-too-brief holiday break, Los Angeles is back to work, and for yours truly, that means back on set in production. A twelve-hour workday (or longer) is fairly typical in this industry, so I often return home contemplating a to-do list twice as long as the day before’s.
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Play This Playlist: Calendar Jamz

Now you too can time travel via YouTube playlist!

December 29th, 2014
Sean Kramer
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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We’re just a few short days away from turning the lights off for 2014 and welcoming in its spry little successor, 2015. At this point, you’re either fondly looking back at what was an awesome year or wistfully lamenting how nothing went right these last 12 months. Perhaps you’re looking ahead, confident that this coming new year is going to be “your year.”
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Top 5 Classic Electronic Albums

Prepare yourself for warm, fuzzy, nostalgic feels

December 19th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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It’s pretty clear that electronic music has blown up in a big way in the US. What was once a subculture comprised of tunes oft listened to in a dingy warehouse has exploded into mainstream, radio-friendly hit singles played to hundreds of thousands over the course of multiple days while fireworks and lasers blast off into the sky.
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Throwback Thursday: Above & Beyond

A brief look at the trance trio’s past

December 18th, 2014
Twila Grissom
Category: News, Staff Pick
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With the launch of their Acoustic album at the beginning of the year (which landed a spot on our Top 50 Albums of 2014), a new album announcement, national tour announcement, and historical show at Madison Square Garden, 2014 has been a big year for Above & Beyond. But where were they before they were these huge international DJ/producers? Let’s take a look back.
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Top Five Christmas Songs Of The 2000s

Warm and fuzzy turn-of-the-century holiday tracks

December 17th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: News, Staff Pick
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When I moved across the country from Virginia to California, I knew the only snow I’d be seeing here in Los Angeles would be on movie studio backlots. But with the dipping temperatures and white Christmas lights strung on all our palm trees, I can’t deny the Christmas season is upon us.
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Top Five Musical Moments On Twitter In 2014

A look back before moving forward

December 15th, 2014
Twila Grissom
Category: News, Staff Pick
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2014 was quite a year for music. While many social media platforms are great places for music lovers, Twitter is one of the more powerful platforms for engagement with the music scene. Hashtags allow fans to easily see what everyone else is saying, and musicians themselves are on Twitter, sharing their own microblogging thoughts.
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Play This Playlist: A Very Indie Christmas

Indie rock takes on Xmas one unicorn at a time

Winnie Fan
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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In case you weren’t aware, there are only ten days left until Christmas, which means that pretty much any place you can go has been blasting holiday music since at least Thanksgiving. Sure, the Christmas classics are great, but sometimes you need a break. Why not enjoy your reprieve while boosting your indie cred as well?
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Top 5 Songs For A Rainy Day In LA

Precipitation preparation for the rare LA drizzle

December 5th, 2014
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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As we all know, rain in LA is an extremely rarity. It can be a catastrophic deviation from the norm for some, or a hot topic by the water cooler for others. You can choose to either embrace the occasional retreat from sunshine monotony or hole yourself up from the parade of ill-equipped LA drivers. Regardless of how you react to this surreal weather phenomenon, I highly recommend that you listen to the following five tracks so that your mood matches the forecast.
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Throwback Thursday: Warped Tour 2005

Looking back at the bands from my first Warped!

December 4th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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The Vans Warped Tour, my favorite summer musical festival, just announced the first five bands set to play the annual event in 2015, and the list includes two of my favorite up-and-coming pop punk bands: Handguns and Neck Deep.
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Top 10 Music Videos of 2014

The videos we couldn’t take our eyes off in 2014

December 3rd, 2014
David Fisch
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A lot of attention was given to music videos in 2014, but not in the way you might think. Services such as Vevo and YouTube signed new deals with labels and other publishers to promote new and existing content, and this news kind of overshadowed the actual videos themselves. Let’s not forget, however, that several creative artists did shine through the behind-the-scenes industry dealings to release truly great visual accompaniments to their aural creations.
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