Seven EDM Anthems For Festival Season

Because sometimes you just gotta party

April 2nd, 2015
Marcus Slater
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Ultra LEAD

Some time ago, the masses decided that EDM music needed a drop. I’m not complaining — I love a big, fat electro-banger as much as the next candy kid — but it strikes me as “roller coaster music.” You have the build-up, the drop, the ride, the breakdown, another build-up, drop… And you’re back where you started. As such, it’s kinda turned the main stage at a lot of these festivals into the sonic equivalent of Six Flags.
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Play This Playlist: Coachella 2015 Vibes

A playlist for preparing to head to Indio

March 30th, 2015
Twila Grissom
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Coachella

It’s about that time again — the great pilgrimage to the desert for musical discovery is about to commence! Whether you’re going for weekend one,  weekend two, or both, you have the opportunity to catch some great artists at Coachella this year. To get you in the mood for some sunshine, dancing, and awesome food, I’ve pulled together a little playlist of the best of the best on the Coachella 2015 lineup.
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Jamie xx Shares Video for “Loud Places”

Jamie xx skateboards out of the shadows

Winnie Fan
Category: Video
Jamie XX by Flavien Prioreau

For “Loud Places,” the latest single from his upcoming solo album, In Colour, Jamie xx enlisted the help of a familiar face: his xx bandmate Romy Madley Croft. Not only is the track a reminder of how well the two work together, but it’s also a showcase of how talented Jamie is on his own.
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Play This Playlist: The Best David Bowie Covers

Ten contemporary takes on the ever-evolving artist

March 24th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Photo credit: Jimmy King

David Bowie’s career, which spans from 1962 to the present day, has had its highs and lows, but no one can deny that he has been instrumental in influencing today’s music. He introduced the world to his eclectic brand of art/glam/experimental rock, transcending any previous limitations to music and forever changing the rock genre.
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Modest Mouse Shares Video For “Lampshades On Fire”

Modest Mouse throws a manic party

Winnie Fan
Category: Video
Modest Mouse © 2015 Ben Moon

Few things can match the frenetic energy that Modest Mouse injects into their music, but their video for “Lampshades On Fire” captures the manic panic perfectly.
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Play This Playlist: Noided – Death Grips’ Top 8

Prepare for the powers that b

March 23rd, 2015
David Fisch
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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I feel like Death Grips collectively died when they released Government Plates in late-2013. The Sacramento-based experimental hip-hop group art piece enigma had a tumultuous run from late-2010 until 2014 when they announced a new double album, released the first half, and then broke up.
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Throwback Thursday: Happy 20th, Exit Planet Dust!

The Chemical Brothers’ debut album 20 years later

March 19th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Video
chemical brothers

So here’s the thing. Electronic music is really, really, ridiculously big in the US now. You have three-day massives selling out before lineups are released, DJs getting booked for a cool million per night, and KIIS FM playing Avicii at normal hours of the day all attesting to the vast bigness of it all.
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Jill Scott Releases Video For “You Don’t Know”

The Lady shows her soul in a live setting

Gerry Doot
Category: Video
jill scott

I’ll admit it… I have thing for Jill Scott. When someone has the ability to convey that kind of energy, power, soul, grace, and sensuality through their music, it takes me to another world. Her sensitive honesty goes beyond her music and art. Anytime she is interviewed, it is clear that she is a genuine soul who loves what she does.
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Play This Playlist: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Guinness, corned beef, and redheads!!

March 16th, 2015
Gerry Doot
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Due in part to the casually abusive evolved nature of St. Patrick’s Day, we tend to forget what we are actually celebrating with this very special holiday. St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was British. When he was young, he was actually captured by Irish pirates, escaping six years later only to eventually move back to Ireland as a missionary. We celebrate him on the estimated day of his death.
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Muse Releases Single and Video For “Psycho”

Muse is back with a politically charged lyric vid!

Melissa Karlin
Category: Video
muse featured

Someone once said to me that Muse is just loud Radiohead. Well, with their newest single, “Psycho,” they’ve made a left turn into Depeche Mode territory. That being said, the track is also reminiscent of very early Muse, circa their incredible, Radiohead-influenced album, Showbiz, and it also exhibits a hint of their breakthrough album, the rock and roll ballet Absolution. In other words, the track is a combination of the old Muse sounds that made me fall in love with the group in the first place.
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