Top 5 Must-See Acts At Escape: All Hallows’ Eve

Don’t miss these sets on Halloween weekend!

October 24th, 2014
Twila Grissom
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Halloween weekend is just one week away! Whether or not you have your costume all pulled together, if you’ve grabbed your tickets to Insomniac’s Escape: All Hallows’ Eve party, you have a multitude of options for what you’ll be listening to while you show it off.
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Watch El-P Audition Cats for Meow the Jewels

A classic combo of cat videos and the Internet

October 23rd, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Video
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Meow the Jewels is an actual thing that is happening now, which means that my dream of marrying cat videos to aggressive rap tracks is coming true. It also means that Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) need to find some cats stat, and luckily Mass Appeal was on hand to film part of the audition process.
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Watch Girl Talk & Freeway’s “Suicide” Remix Video

Featuring Freeway and A$AP Ferg as Bart Simpsons

October 21st, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Video
Girl Talk simpsons

After Girl Talk and Freeway released their collaborative EP, Broken Ankles, earlier this year, A$AP Ferg jumped on the remix for “Suicide,” and now there’s a video to go with it. It features Freeway, Girl Talk, and A$AP Ferg as bastardized, alternate-universe Simpsons characters, and it’s surprisingly fitting for the song.
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Play This Playlist: Get To Know Sleater-Kinney

A career-spanning list from Olympia’s finest

October 20th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Tomorrow, Sleater-Kinney will be releasing their entire remastered back catalog on vinyl and CD, which in itself would be reason enough for me to post this reminder of just how good a band this trio really was (in my opinion, the greatest American rock band of the last twenty years). However, for those who received pre-orders of the box set, the appearance of a mysterious new 7-inch with “1/20/15″ on the label led many to speculate that the band might well be making a return.
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Play This Playlist: Piano-Rock Songs

In celebration of Andrew McMahon’s return to LA

October 13th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Andrew McMahon

I’ll always remember my first concert: Something Corporate, Straylight Run, and The Academy Is… at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. I watched in awe as John Nolan screamed his lungs out while sister Michelle DaRosa played an emotional piano track. It was Andrew McMahon, however, lead singer of Something Corporate, who truly floored me. As the opening riff of “Hurricane” rang out, I knew my life was forever changed.
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LA Music Blogcast: October 9, 2014

With musical guest Act As If!

October 10th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, Video
LA Music Blogcast Act As If

Last night’s taping of the LA Music Blogcast included possibly my favorite five seconds in the show’s entire history when cohost Naomi Robin delivered her impression of frequent Blogcaster (and my husband) Mike Houser. Maybe I’m too close to the subject, but her Kentucky accent and fish tank reference had me floored.
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Top 5 Impressively Academic Rockers

Surprisingly scholarly shredders and songwriters

Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Guitars and Erlenmeyer flasks may seem like an unlikely pair, but for some rocker slash academics, they’re a part of the everyday routine. In between writing choruses and chords, they’re reading up on virus replication and evolution for their thesis defense. Some of these scholarly songwriters include…
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Gerard Way Releases “Millions” Music Video

Second clip from solo debut, Hesitant Alien

October 7th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Video
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Ever since My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way announced his solo career this summer, fans have been eagerly awaiting his debut album, Hesitant Alien. That LP was released just last week through Warner Brothers Records, and now Way has released his second music video from the effort, this time for the song “Millions.”
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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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