Hip-Hop Hilarity in Rap Tribute to Hufflepuff

Hogwart’s house proves to be filled with swagger

December 7th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Video
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After years of working at Universal Studios, whose newest addition, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, has brought fans flocking from around the country, I’ve come to realize one important truth: most people know what house of the famed four they call home. I learned I belong to Hufflepuff, which I describe as those who are “loyal, friendly, and honest,” or as my friend says, “Yeah, that’s why they’re usually stoners, because they love to share!”
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Top 10 Music Videos of 2016

The most epic and rewarding visual experiences

December 1st, 2016
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, Video
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When Jasper from The Simpsons unthaws from days being stuck in the Kwik-E-Mart freezer thinking he’s been cryogenically frozen, he discovers the sugary bread snack Moon Pie and utters, “What a time to be alive.” The internet has now plastered that saying everywhere as a meme, but really, that concept goes deep in 2016, a year that saw social unrest, political wrestling matches, and an obnoxious number of hard-hitting deaths in the entertainment world.
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LAmb Sessions: Adam Friedman

Beachy vibes just in time for winter

November 23rd, 2016
Lex Voight
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Adam Friedman is irrepressible. The singer-songwriter brought his summery tunes and tight songwriting chops to LAmb Sessions, along with a near incessant stream of well-meaning, self-effacing, and aware jokes. He managed to turn everything into a song. Nothing from the (then a joke, now a horrible reality) candidacy of Donald Trump to his antics on tour to his friend and PR person were safe from having an incredibly catchy song being spontaneously created satirizing them.
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Play This Playlist: Songs for Unity

All we’re saying is give peace a chance. Really.

November 16th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Ok, it’s official — I’ve NEVER seen social media (or the world) like this. I know many are shocked that our president-elect is Donald J., but it’s not the apocalypse. Or is it?
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Watch: Common’s “Black America Again” Short Film

21-minute clip accompanies title track to new LP

November 8th, 2016
Sean Kramer
Category: Lead Story, Video
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Common recently released his excellent 11th album, Black America Again, and it’s an extremely timely soundtrack to the turbulent times that we as a country find ourselves navigating (it’s no coincidence that the album was released right around our presidential election).
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Top 5 Workout Songs for November

Holidays are creeping up & we gotta relieve stress

November 1st, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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It depresses me that a year moves so fast. It’s a beautiful existence that flies by. Just yesterday, it felt like summer. Now, I’m looking toward Christmas with anxiety and angst. And you know what helps me to battle this anxiety? Working out.
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Play This Playlist: Bands That Have Banned Trump

There’s a lot, but we’ll just enjoy a handful

October 27th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Every 4 years, there’s drama in America. But in this election cycle, the heat got turned up.

Ok, I’m not going to get into foreign policy or talk details of this crazy election. We all know it’s as unique as the new digital world we live in. Of course, on both sides, there are always campaign rallies where a candidate uses a song from an artist (usually a progressive artist) and that artist gets upset, subsequently asking the candidate to STOP using their music.
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LAmb Session: Emily Estefan

One for the history books…

October 25th, 2016
Lex Voight
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Simply by dint of living in this city of ours, we are, perhaps uniquely, blessed with the not-infrequent rubbing of elbows with the rich, famous, legendary, or the soon-to-be all of the above. This gives us story after story, however superficial, of touching little parts of history, no matter how small or pop-culture-focused.

Being floored by Emily Estefan as she belted out several songs in my cramped, dark room felt like something I am going to be able to look back on in the not-so-distant future with no small degree of satisfaction.
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Must Watch: Break: The Musical – Episode 5

Season finale ends with a secret show!

October 24th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, Video
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Last time on the original musical web series Break: The Musical, Kate (LAmb’s own staff writer Mary Bonney) found out her interview with her idol Carter (America’s Got Talent finalist Brian Justin Crum) was going to be spun by her editor Emma (Princess Rap Battle’s Whitney Avalon). We left her feeling helpless and on the brink of quitting her job!
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Happy Birthday to Chuck Berry!

He is the father of rock ‘n’ roll

October 19th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Mr. Chuck Berry is 90 years old this week, but at the same time, not a day over fabulous.

There aren’t too many artists that inspired The Beatles, Elvis, Led Zeppelin, ELO, and every rock band thereafter. But without Berry’s bombastic “Johnny Be Good” or “Roll Over Beethoven” or even “Maybelline,” many of these bands would have never surfaced. Yeah, he’s THAT big of a deal. The number of classic rock bands that have covered Berry is impressive in itself.
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