LA Music Blog Premiere: Valley Queen – “Carnival”

LAMB faves release new video for latest single

November 17th, 2014
Angelica Corona
Category: Lead Story, Video
Valley Queen

Valley Queen brought ethereal bliss to our LA Music Blogcast back in August. During their visit, we not only got to know about the group’s roots, inspirations, and plans for the future, we also got an intimate, 2-song performance, and though space was tight, their soft harmonies and acoustic setup filled the room with melodious perfection that blew hosts Naomi and Mike away.
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Top Five Ska Bands From The ’90s

Break out your checkered suspenders!

November 14th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Yes, I know…ska is not cool anymore. It may have never been legitimately cool, for that matter. But damn was it fun. It’s still fun.
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Watch Les Sins’ Music Video For “Why?”

Dancing in all dimensions!

November 13th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Video
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Chaz Bundick (of Toro y Moi) recently released a solid debut album for his side project/alter-ego Les Sins. Michael is a record of Bundick’s foray into funkier, dancier songs, and one of the album’s standout tracks,”Why?,” now has an accompanying music video.
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Play This Playlist: Parlez-vous francais?

French pop/folk/electro and everything in between

November 10th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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As the LA Music Blog’s resident Francophile, it was only a matter of time before I compiled a full playlist of French songs for your listening pleasure. From Caravan Palace’s frenzied electro-swing beats to Renan Luce’s smooth and swoon-worthy folk tunes, this playlist is just a small taste of the great wide spectrum that is musique française, so sit back, savor that cup of café americain, and enjoy!

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Top Five Blonde Redhead Songs

Looking back at their best tracks before LA show

November 7th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Blonde Redhead is currently on tour to promote their latest album, Barragan, and this coming Wednesday, November 12th, they will be stopping by LA’s Fonda Theatre. I’m excited to hear the new songs live next week, but I’ve been a fan of the group since the release of 23 in 2007, and their storied discography is worth examining in anticipation of the upcoming show.
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Kendrick Lamar Releases Music Video for “i”

There’s dancing, but this is no “Happy”…

November 6th, 2014
Sean Kantrowitz
Category: Video
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Kendrick Lamar had the music world foaming at the mouth in September when he released “i,” the lead single from his highly-anticipated follow-up to 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Driven by a familiar Isley Brothers sample and featuring a decidedly more upbeat and positive sound than his previous material, the song was destined to make some noise and get people talking.
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Play This Playlist: What The Hell Is Vaporwave?

Get your retro-futuristic funk on with this mix

November 5th, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Anime? House music? Disco? What is this, the eighties? Sorta!

I missed out on the whole vaporwave, tumblrwave, seapunk microscene that happened a few years back. Now, with two months left in 2014, I’ve stumbled onto this little corner of musicdom and have found something special. Be still my nostalgic, anime-loving heart. I’ve discovered vaporwave.
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Sharon Van Etten’s “Your Love Is Killing Me” Video

Mesmerizing new music video from Are We There

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Video
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Sharon Van Etten has been crushing it with her fourth studio album, Are We There, which was released back in May and has been praised by critics as her darkest, yet most arresting album to date. The record is definitely bleak, but it’s also packed with a tremendous amount of emotion, making it abundantly clear that Van Etten is not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve.
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Watch FKA Twigs Dance With Death In “Video Girl”

Another staggering music video from FKA Twigs

November 3rd, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Video
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FKA Twigs has been having a hallmark year. Her critically acclaimed debut album, LP1, has already spawned a stunning music video for “Two Weeks,” and her latest video for “Video Girl” is equally stunning in a completely different way. Kahlil Joseph directs the creepy black-and-white video, which — warning — features a graphic depiction of a lethal injection.
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