See Kendrick Lamar’s Surprise “For Free?” Video

Butterfly interlude gets the visual treatment

August 4th, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Lead Story, Video
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We’re all still talking about Kendrick Lamar’s video for To Pimp a Butterfly single “Alright,” but if there’s one thing we can expect from the Compton superstar, it’s that he refuses to play by any rules of format. That’s why it’s not incredibly shocking that he just dropped a clip for album interlude “For Free?”
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Play This Playlist: Best of The Chemical Brothers

Best of one of Hard Summer’s biggest headliners

August 3rd, 2015
Twila Grissom
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Hard Summer was this past weekend (stay tuned for the official LAmb recap courtesy of Lesley), and one of the most eagerly anticipated acts of the fest was The Chemical Brothers. This British techno duo has eight studio albums, one live album, five compilation albums, two remix albums, five mix albums, one soundtrack album, and two video albums under their belt, so as you can imagine, narrowing down this playlist of their best tracks to just 10 was quite a challenge.
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The Weeknd Shares “Can’t Feel My Face” Video

Watch Abel Tesfaye go up in flames

July 29th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: Lead Story, Video
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The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” is seemingly unavoidable these days. The track has been sitting comfortably at the top of the charts for weeks now and doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. It makes sense that The Weeknd is finally releasing a video for it, and if you watch carefully, you can catch the continuity between this and his video for “The Hills.”
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Dumbfoundead & Others Collab On “IT G MA” Remix

The turn up is real on Keith Ape’s latest

July 28th, 2015
Marcus Slater
Category: Video
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The original “IT G MA” was, by any measure, a blockbuster success for Keith Ape and The Cohort. It was one of the few hip-hop tracks of recent memory that successfully crossed over the language barrier simply by speaking the universal language of “turnt.” In the process, though, calls of cultural appropriation mixed in with general saltiness from OG Maco inflamed the hype surrounding the tune.
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Janet Jackson Shares “No Sleeep” Video ft J. Cole

Already an instant classic!

July 27th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: Video
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It’s been seven years since Janet Jackson released an album, but she’s back. “No Sleeep” is the first taste of her upcoming album, Conversations In A Cafe, and it’s a slinky slow jam that gives off all sorts of Velvet Rope vibes.
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Play This Playlist: Indie Summer Romance

Set the mood for a summer fling

July 20th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Summer romances are unique in how brief and intense they can be. Maybe it’s the fact that long, sunny days and easy nights are ideal breeding grounds for romance. Maybe it’s that people are just more willing and receptive to knowing other people when it’s nice outside. Whatever it is, the season has a unique quality that’s hard to capture, though many (including me!) will try.
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Cold War Kids Release “One Song At A Time” Video

See the local favorites in LA on Aug. 15 for FREE

July 17th, 2015
Kristin Houser
Category: Video
Cold War Kids

I fell in love with Cold War Kids’ music long before I ever stepped foot in Los Angeles, but since making the West Coast my home, I’ve developed a deeper appreciation for these local gents. Their music is quintessentially LA, a fact frontman Nathan Willett is quick to affirm: “At this point, CWK lyrics and imagery are so tied to the geography of LA, the city is in our DNA. This thread continues on our new EP.”
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Play This Playlist: Summer Party Songs

The perfect songs for chilling poolside

July 16th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Music makes any summer hangout session that much sweeter, and given the perpetual summer here in Los Angeles, I always have a playlist full of sun-soaked pop goodness for times with friends. Summer is the peak of the year for live music as several tours come through Los Angeles, but when you’re not enjoying one of those amazing shows, use these songs to complement your summer hangouts.
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Brick + Mortar Release “Train” Music Video

Iconic love scenes from film recreated in new clip

July 9th, 2015
Kristin Houser
Category: Video
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My love for Brick + Mortar is no secret, but my love for love isn’t something I share with everyone. I keep my hopeless romantic status under wraps for the most part, but sit me down in front of a romantic movie and it’ll bubble to the surface and roll right down my cheeks.
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Play This Playlist: Essential Amy Winehouse

A look back at the singer’s musical highlights

July 6th, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Four years after her tragic death, Amy Winehouse has re-entered the pop culture dialogue thanks to the just-released Amy documentary. The film takes a hard and honest look into the singer’s ascension to fame, as well as the inner demons she struggled with that eventually led to her demise. And although it’s easy to cast Winehouse off as another cautionary tale/member of the “27 Club,” it’s equally easy to lose sight of the fact that her music was, quite simply, amazing.
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