Watch Lil Dicky’s “$ave Dat Money” Documentary

He’s a professional rapper…on a budget

October 5th, 2015
Kristen Meza
Category: Video
lil dicky save dat money

Lil Dicky has had the internet buzzing ever since the release of his music video for the track “$ave Dat Money.” In just two weeks, it already has over eight million views, and in case you weren’t aware, the rapper didn’t spend anything to make the music video, which included A-list cameos, a mansion, cars, girls, and more.
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LAmb Premiere: Jam in the Van’s “Head Project”

Up-and-comers team up to collaborate on classics

September 28th, 2015
Nori Meisner
Category: Lead Story, Video
jam van

Jam in the Van is an incredibly unique California-based project that began in 2011. It uses a solar-powered van to serve as a space for artists to perform and then travel to share their work for various audiences at festivals and gatherings all over the country. The goal is to discover and bring new music to everyone, everywhere, in its most organic form. Jam in the Van has grown a respectable fan-base, with thousands watching their videos on Youtube every week. From Gary Clark Jr. to Trampled By Turtles to Jenny O. (and 500 more!), there is never a shortage of feel good tunes for all types of groove.
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Play This Playlist: TV Theme Song Favorites

The 10 best intro songs from the past 10 years

September 23rd, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Mad Men

What makes a quality TV show these days? Strong, nuanced characters, an uncontrived storyline, well-paced plot developments, fresh, exploratory dialogue, and above all else, a venerable, expertly scored intro. HBO is notorious for slow-burning, Spaghetti Western-style theme songs as exhibited by True Blood, The Wire, and True Detective to name a few, and a quality, indelible opening track has almost become synonymous with a well-produced TV show, or at least viewers may make that assumption.
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Play This Playlist: Best Of Motion City Soundtrack

Power pop band touring on new album!

September 17th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Video

Motion City Soundtrack has and will always be a big part of my journey as a music journalist. MCS’s infectious early singles like “The Future Freaks Me Out” and “Everything Is Alright” were on all my high school mix CDs, their heartbreaking tracks like “Fell In Love Without You” and “Hold Me Down” ushered me through painful breakups, and one of my first interviews for LA Music Blog was with frontman Justin Pierre.
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Five Asian Artists Who Are Killing It Right Now

Ethnic lineage aside, these artists are standouts

September 16th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Asian Artists

This is a topic that hits close to home for me. Although I’ve spent much of my life totally engrossed in the expansive world of music, I was always frustrated by its lack of faces that remotely resembled mine while growing up. To go from that era to the present one in which a Sri Lankan artist like MIA can be seen tearing down the Coachella main stage with a highly coveted second line booking is, frankly, fucking awesome.
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The Front Bottoms Release “Summer Shandy”

3rd single off Fueled By Ramen debut, Back On Top

September 14th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Video

I’ve been a fan of The Front Bottoms for years thanks to their hard-hitting lyrics, desperate vocals courtesy of frontman Brian Sella, and electrifying live shows, and now one of my favorite emotional indie-punk bands is gearing up to release their third album, Back On Top, this Friday, September 18th.
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Julia Holter Shares New Video

“Sea Calls Me Home” taken from forthcoming album

Jay Chirinos
Category: Video
Julia holter

Julia Holter definitely feels like an artist out of time. Her last album, Loud City Song, was one that required a deep focus but had substantial payoffs if you were willing to submit yourself to its quiet charms. Her forthcoming album, Have You In My Wilderness, due for release via Domino Records on September 25th, continues in the same vein and will hopefully establish Holter as one of LA’s great recent talents.
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Video Face Off: Taylor Swift vs. Justin Bieber

Pop stars’ new music videos go head to head

September 8th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Video
swift vs. bieber

The dust is continuing to settle after last weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards, and we are still left with so many questions. Why did Nicki Minaj throw shade at Miley Cyrus? Is Kanye West really running for president in 2020? How did Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” earn absolutely any awards?
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Top 5 Toto Songs

Come on, you know you love ’em

Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
toto feat

I witnessed an incredible performance by Toto last night at The Greek Theatre, and now I can’t stop singing their songs. Steve Lukather worked wonders with his guitar, the group’s crowd work was on-point, and the set was just plain perfect.
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The Very Best Lives Up To Its Name

Swedish/Malawian duo’s new album is excellent

September 2nd, 2015
Kristin Houser
Category: Video
the very best

Paul Simon’s Graceland is very near the top of my list of all-time favorite albums, and in general, I’m a sucker for the inclusion of traditional African sounds within other genres of music, so clearly I’m the target audience for The Very Best. However, you don’t have to have a previous inclination toward African music to think that the duo’s latest LP, Makes A King, is pretty damn great.
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