Play This Playlist: Merge Records At 25

A bunch of new material from an old favorite

July 7th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Merge 25

North Carolina-based indie label Merge Records has been celebrating its unlikely 25th birthday this year. Started way back in the day by two members of Superchunk to release their own records and those of their fellow artists, Merge’s extraordinary longevity is a testament to the duo’s hard work and good taste, evidenced by their launching of a few legendary careers along the way (not least that of the now-enormous Arcade Fire).
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LA Music Blogcast: July 3, 2014

With guest Lawrence Rothman!

July 4th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, Video
Lawrence Rothman LA Music Blogcast

With a three-day weekend on the horizon, our LA Music Blogcast hosting crew — David Fisch, Mikiel Houser, Marcus Slater, and Lesley Park — gathered at TradioV last night for the first episode of July. On the agenda? Analysis of Death Grips’ sudden break-up (of course), a recounting of the week’s new album releases, and an insightful interview with local electronic artist Lawrence Rothman.
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Check Out Vacationer’s Awesome New Album & Video

Your soundtrack to summer!

July 3rd, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Video

Having been so into pop punk created by 17-year-old kids when I was younger is starting to pay off as many of the bands that were previously releasing innocent and idealized four-chord punk music while sporting Dickies and Fenix TX shirts (pretty much just described my high school self) have matured and brought their songwriting to a modern standpoint.
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The Presets Release Interactive “No Fun” Video

The world’s first six-sided music video

July 2nd, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Video
The Presets

Just when I thought I couldn’t love The Presets any more, they cook up the world’s first six-sided interactive music video. Wait. What?
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Play This Playlist: Top Karaoke Songs

Get those vocal chords warmed up!

June 30th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Karaoke Dimples

In a music-loving town that’s packed with aspiring performers like Los Angeles is, you can bounce from karaoke night to karaoke night every day of the week. From The Parlor to Happy Endings to Dimples, the venues plentiful, and I have performed at all of them.
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LA Music Blogcast: June 26, 2014

LAmb OG Mary Bonney stops by the show!

June 27th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, Video
LA Music Blogcast 062614

Last night our usual hosting crew of David Fisch, Mikiel Houser, and Marcus Slater was joined by a Blogcast noob but LA Music Blog vet, Mary Bonney! Our resident pop-punk expert was onsite at the TradioV studio to recount her experience at last week’s Warped Tour and to contribute to the team’s discussion of the best albums of 2014 (so far).
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Play This Playlist: Summer Flashback

Enjoy these hits of summers past!

June 23rd, 2014
Megan Driscoll
Category: Staff Pick, Video

We’re fortunate enough to enjoy eternal sunshine here in Southern California, but the first day of summer still holds all the promise of good times to come. Get your first Monday of the season started with these throwback summer-themed hits, guaranteed to put you in mind of hot dogs and backyards and sandy breezes.
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LA Music Blogcast: June 19, 2014

With LA favorites Kitten!

June 20th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, Video

Last night’s taping of the LA Music Blogcast was a particularly exciting one for me as our hosts David Fisch, Mikiel Houser, and Marcus Slater were joined by an act I’ve been following for almost as long as this site’s been in existence: Kitten.
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