Play This Playlist: Best Covers of Prince

Bidding farewell to a pioneering artist

April 25th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Prince was never one to jump on the bandwagon, but by joining the growing list of tragic celebrity deaths filling up 2016, I suppose he finally did.
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Throwback Thursday: The Beatles’ Chart Domination

The Fab Four takes the Top Five

April 14th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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The Beatles made Billboard history when their songs filled the top 5 spots on the charts during the first week of April in 1964:

No. 1: “Can’t Buy Me Love”
No. 2: “Twist and Shout”
No. 3: “She Loves You”
No. 4: “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
No. 5: “Please Please Me”
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Chance The Rapper Drops “Angels” Video Feat. Saba

Chicago native brings it back to the Windy City

April 12th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Video
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Chance The Rapper sets himself apart from many other musicians by making an effort to better his community with the power of his music. His complex lyrics deliver a great message while maintaining an upbeat sound. He continues to put it down for his home city of Chicago in his music video for “Angels” feat. Saba as the two roam around the Windy City, riding trains and floating on a virtual cloud.
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Top Five Modern Child Stars-Turned-Pop Divas

Incredible talents with confidence to match!

Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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The landscape of pop music is filled with divas who were raised in front of the camera as child actors. Some of the biggest stars of the past few decades transitioned from wide-eyed children to confident women on our television screens before moving on to have successful singing careers.
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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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MS MR Explore Raw Emotions In “Wrong Victory”

New music video from synth-pop duo

April 8th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: Video
MS MR Photo credit: Luke Gilford

MS MR is one of those bands I fell in love with in a completely random way. It was a dark and stormy night (or 80 degrees at 9 pm, and I just want to sound cool), and I was watching the exploits of the Pretty Little Liars cast as they *spoiler alert* looked pretty and told a lot of lies. At some point, they got caught in some emotional turmoil while a haunting but beautiful song played in the background. I instantly knew I had to find out who sang it.
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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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Aesop Rock Drops “Blood Sandwich” Music Video

From new album, The Impossible Kid, out April 29

April 1st, 2016
Sean Kramer
Category: Video
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When Aesop Rock first splashed into NYC’s indie hip-hop scene in the early 2000s, one of his trademark calling cards was his dazzlingly dense, abstract lyrics — multiple listens were often required in order to grasp what he was talking about, and to be honest, I’m still discovering new things about some songs over a decade later.

But times change, and with “Blood Sandwich,” the latest single off his forthcoming album, The Impossible Kid, available April 29th on Rhymesayers Entertainment, the wordsmith takes a more straightforward, literal approach.
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Big Grams Drop Adult Swim Animated Video

Featuring Run The Jewels and some trippy visuals

March 31st, 2016
Sean Kramer
Category: Video
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Things have been a little quiet with Big Grams (the supergroup/collaboration between Phantogram and Big Boi) since they released their debut project last year. But now they’re back and quite honestly weirder than ever, thanks to an animated music video that they’ve put together in conjunction with Adult Swim.
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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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