Play This Playlist: The Best of Relapse Records

Happy 25th birthday to the indie metal giants

February 9th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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In an age in which keeping a label going has never been tougher (especially in the independent scene), there’s something extremely reassuring about watching a label celebrate a landmark birthday. Last year was the turn of Merge Records to celebrate a 25th birthday, and this year it’s the turn of Relapse Records, who in their own words have been “contaminating the masses since 1990″ with a steady stream of underground releases in just about every heavy genre and subgenre you can think of.
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Play This Playlist: The Glamorous ’80s

Let’s face it — hair metal was kinda great!

February 2nd, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Van Halen

Once in a while, I think, “Man, being a kid in the ’80s was kinda cool, but being an adult would have been SO MUCH COOLER!” Maybe I’ve been told too many “glory days” stories by my dad. Aside from the cocaine, big hair, and bedazzled belts, there was some serious rock ‘n roll brewing in that decade, and the emotionally crazed hair metal scene carried weight all over the world.
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Songs That Inspire Travel and Destination

This playlist will awaken that travel bug in you!

Melissa Karlin
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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This playlist, my first for LA Music Blog and millionth in life, is one that combines my two loves of music and travel. Most often when traveling, I listen to music on the way or as I walk around and explore my new surroundings. You can see pictures of me in places like Italy, Germany, Portugal, and Peru with a headphone cable sticking out of one ear (partially obscured by giant hair).
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AWOLNATION Releases “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)”

Sophomore album, Run, out March 17th!

January 29th, 2015
Kristin Houser
Category: Video
Awolnation

Adding yet another example to the claim that sometimes the simplest concepts can result in the coolest music videos is AWOLNATION with this week’s release of “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf).” The track is the first single off the group’s highly anticipated sophomore album, Run, out via Red Bull Records on March 17th, and it has catapulted the release to the top of my list of most anticipated albums of 2015.
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Death Cab for Cutie Shares “Black Sun” Lyric Video

New album, Kintsugi, out March 31st!

January 27th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: Video
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In late March, Death Cab for Cutie will be releasing Kintsugi, their first album in four years. Fans have already gotten a taste of some of the new tracks during the band’s recent live shows, but now Death Cab is officially releasing “Black Sun,” and the song is a surprising departure from some of their earlier work.
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Top Five ’90s R&B Groups

Because nostalgia for the ’90s is so “en vogue”

January 23rd, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Nostalgia for the ’90s is at an all-time high. Friends is on Netflix, Jurassic World is coming to theaters soon, and crop tops are back with a mighty vengeance. It’s not just film and fashion either; Sleater-Kinney just released a new album, and D’Angelo dropped Black Messiah in December to remind us that the ’90s were a great time for music, too.
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Throwback Thursday: Beastie Boys’ Music Videos

A look back at the Boys’ best clips

January 22nd, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Earlier this month, an unreleased music video for the Beastie Boys’ “Too Many Rappers” was unearthed and leaked onto the Internet. The clip — a Nas collaboration from their final album, 2011’s Hot Sauce Committee Part Two — may not have been the most earth-shattering video that they’ve ever released, but it was certainly a treat to see something from a group that arguably has the best video catalog of all time. Need proof? Here we go.
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Send Medicine Releases Video For “July Eyes”

LA locals peel open the psychedelic parody video

January 21st, 2015
Gerry Doot
Category: Video
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I was introduced to Send Medicine during Valley Queen’s first residency. I had just recently joined the band and didn’t know many of the supporting acts, so I was discovering new groups on a weekly basis. One of those acts, Send Medicine, definitely left an impression on me, as I’m sure they will you!
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Play This Playlist: Songs To Lull You To Sleep

A list of tracks to help tuck you in at night

January 19th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Living in the real world can often be daunting and mentally draining, and if you’re anything like me, you may find it increasingly difficult to fall asleep as the stresses of adulthood loop on a perpetual soundtrack in your head.
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Watch New Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Video

Hilarious new clip for “The Ballad of Mighty I”

Melissa Karlin
Category: Video
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Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds are back with a strange, loopy, unnerving, and sort of hilarious music video for the single “The Ballad of Mighty I.”
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