Play This Playlist: Best Of The ’80s Glam Bands

From head banging rock to powerful ballads

January 13th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Los Angeles is home to one of the most jam-packed music scenes in the country. Leave it to one-of-a-kind band Steel Panther, however, to rise above the noise by creating a captivating spectacle in tribute to the 1980s glam scene.
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The Very Best Of David Bowie

My favorite tracks from a true icon

January 12th, 2016
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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With his predilection for envelope-pushing experimentation, David Bowie was a generation- and genre-spanning inspiration to anyone who has ever struggled to embrace their own inner weirdness. Throughout his staggering 25-album career, Bowie invented, reinvented, and re-reinvented himself tirelessly as a musician, actor, and visual artist. A pioneer was lost with his passing on January 10, 2016.
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Artists Perform ‘Blind Covers’ In New Web Series

Bands record covers of songs they’ve never heard

January 7th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Video
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2016 has just begun, and I’ve already found my new favorite web series: Blind Covers. Every episode features a band covering a song they’ve never heard based solely on the lyrics. The band has just one hour to write and record their own version. Host Mitch Thompson interviews the band prior, providing the audience with a brief glimpse into the featured act. This series guarantees unique covers that will satisfy fans across music genres.
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Aretha Franklin Performs “A Natural Woman”

Brings house down and Obama to tears

January 5th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Video
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I was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and The Kennedy Center Honors was one of the most celebrated entertainment awards in the area, comparable to any glamorous event in Los Angeles. It is taped earlier in the year but airs annually in December and honors artists of all kinds for their contributions to the world of entertainment.
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Watch Kanye West Audition For American Idol

Spoiler Alert: He makes it to Hollywood

Kristen Meza
Category: Video
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We may not have Kanye West’s latest album SWISH to listen to yet, but you can finally see his full American Idol audition after months of teasers. One tweet from wife Kim is all it took for the Internet to start buzzing about this momentous occasion.
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Play This Playlist: Best Radiohead Covers

Tracks by Bilal, John Mayer, Weezer, and more

January 4th, 2016
Sean Kramer
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Might 2016 be the year that we see a new album from Radiohead? It’s certainly plausible, as it’s been a few years since their last full-length release, The King of Limbs, and the band has been in and out of the studio working on the follow-up.
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Play This Playlist: LA’s Best End of 2015 Concerts

Ten acts to catch before December ends

December 14th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Another year is rapidly coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cap it all off with a musical bang. Given that we have the insane good fortune of living in LA, there are more than a handful of awesome shows you can catch from now through New Year’s Eve, ranging from the dreamy grooves of ODESZA to the psychedelic jams of The Grateful Dead.
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2015’s Must-Watch Music Videos

The ten best videos from the past year in music!

December 10th, 2015
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, Video
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Sure, a ton of great music was released in 2015, but some of our favorite artists delivered treats for our eyeballs as well as our ear(balls) over the past 12 months. Some of these clips are artsy, several are funny, and a couple are all-too-real. In no particular order, these are the ten music videos the LA Music Blog staff couldn’t stop watching in 2015.
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Play This Playlist: Under-The-Radar Xmas Covers

Christmas classics with a twist

December 8th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Now that Christmas music starts being played everywhere the day after Halloween, so many Christmas originals are overplayed. Letting the holiday pass by without hearing some of these traditional tunes is depressing so don’t be that way, but I understand your frustration at hearing the same old versions of these songs, which is why I’m providing a playlist of Christmas covers!
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Play This Playlist: Best of Heavenly Recordings

An indie label with a budding roster of rock acts

December 1st, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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It’s prime time for independent record labels to flourish, especially amongst bands that want to retain creative control and make weird, eccentric, artful music that may be a bit too out there to force feed to the mainstream. UK label Heavenly Recordings has been nailing this recipe for years, giving rise to such bands as The Vines, The Head and The Heart, and Doves, while continuing to cultivate both minimalistic acoustic acts, such as Eaves, and more experimental, psychedelic outfits, including LA locals Fever the Ghost.
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