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Why I Love Me Some Bruno Mars

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 04.02.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I'm only watching the Super Bowl for ONE reason this year: Bruno Mars. Let me give you some background on that.

21 Rock Song Titles That Would Make Terrible Bar Pickup Lines

John K. Herr | Posted 03.28.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

"I want you to want me." -- Cheap Trick "Don't stand so close to me." -- The Police "I wanna be sedated." -- The Ramones "I know what boys like." -...

Musician Mark Stoney: On a Trail Of Second Chances

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 03.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Stoney was about eighteen years old when he bravely took his first self-made record to a local music shop. This is where he first caught the bug. And, like most creative bugs, the bug did not go away.

Top 10 Hits from the Sixties: Who Played on 'Em

Harold Bronson | Posted 03.16.2014 | Entertainment
Harold Bronson

Studio musicians often augmented existing groups or replaced them entirely during recordings. When fans saw their favorite rock groups miming to their records on TV, they didn't know that often the performers hadn't played on them.

The Bestest: Tunage 2013

Marc Ruxin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Marc Ruxin

I'll focus on the handful of albums (yes I still tend to listen to albums -- albeit in a digital form) that stood out and made 2013 another great year.

When Susie Woke Up -- My Foreverly Brothers

Sabine Reichel | Posted 03.08.2014 | Fifty
Sabine Reichel

The mark of a true fan is the relentless repetition of playing favorite songs over and over again, and it is to my mother's credit that she tolerated the daily Everly Bothers assault.

That One Time I Saw Andy Allo in Frankfurt

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

Before the actual show I got to sit in on the sound check, and chat and exchange some laughs with Ms. Allo. And THAT my friends was the beginning of my "ALLOhigh".

Albert Hammond Jr. on new EP AHJ, 10th Anniversary of the Strokes' Room on Fire

Alex Koenig | Posted 02.03.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Koenig

It's apt that he spoke as the van was in forward motion, as it unraveled the journey of a man possessing a focused rear-view mirror when it came to his past and polished dashboard when it came to his future.

What Your Style Says About You

Mimi Raad | Posted 01.25.2014 | Style
Mimi Raad

I've adopted various styles: punk, rebel, grunge, minimalist, funky, bohemian, edgy rock -- confusing people into thinking my style was eclectic. In fact, I was being true to my current state of mind, en par with my evolving taste.

The Funk Embassy: What Would James Brown Think?

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 01.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

At best, one would expect to get a brand new bag out of The Funk Embassy. But instead, a fusion of Blues, Soul, Rock, Jazz, R&B, a bit of hip hop, and a bit of rap is what one gets.

Fear of Plucking: Violins and Electric Guitars

Limor Tomer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Limor Tomer

In an age where fusion of musical genres are increasingly commonplace, and where "mash ups" are regular DJ fare, there are still too few collaborations that jump disciplines and genres.

In This Moment Challenges Metal's Gendered Norm

Chris Sosa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Chris Sosa

Maria Brink leads an all-male band. These band members embody an extreme masculinity, but Brink complicates this by maintaining her leadership of the stage, their gendered power irrelevant to the proceedings. This isn't to say they're disparaged. Quite the opposite: The effect is symbiotic.

New Music Venue For An Old Crowd

Mark DeCarlo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Mark DeCarlo

There's a new live music venue in the heart of Beverly Hills that is bringing the Boom back to the Baby Boomers.

Neil Young Celebrates 68

Posted 11.12.2013 | Entertainment

Few people have had such a dynamic effect on the rock, folk, and country music scenes as Neil Young. As he celebrates his 68th birthday today (Nov. 12...

5 Vacation Spots Inspired by San Fermin's New Record

Rock Genius | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Rock Genius

We open the album with our protagonist recovering from a break up and wandering around Venice, Italy. Things are not well. "Another day to tiptoe on the balustrade/ Get over you, like anything I ever could." Stay off the buoy balustrade.

Who Loves the Sun: Remembering Lou Reed

Marc Ruxin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Marc Ruxin

For some people it was the death of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain or Jerry Garcia that made time stop. For me it was Lou Reed.

Guitar Center Workers Rock the Shop Floor

Michelle Chen | Posted 12.24.2013 | Arts
Michelle Chen

If your 9-to-5 job revolves around your life's passion, the satisfaction of being surrounded by what you love can offset the daily grind. But such pas...

New Indie Music Gems From LA's Underground

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Happily, L.A.'s locally grown music scene is as vibrant and diverse as ever with a slew of recent independent E.P.s and L.P.s so fresh and creative, they deserve your love and attention -- and airplay (KCRW and KCSN are you listening?).

Mendoza, Home of Wine and Rock

Daniel Altman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
Daniel Altman

People in Mendoza, the province that makes the lion's share of Argentine wine, care a lot about rock. They care about the kind that underpins great terroir, but they also care about the kind you can blast from your stereo. Wine and music are inseparable in Mendoza -- but why?

A Night That Rocked My Soul

Melissa Manchester | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Melissa Manchester

Last week, I had an evening that reminded me not just of the power of music, but of that greater power only to be found in theatre, where story emboldens the songs and familiar melodies are suddenly lifted and filled with new purpose, seizing the intention of a specific moment.

Interview: Rubylux on Their Newest Album The World Goes Quiet

Lydia Hughes | Posted 05.29.2014 | Entertainment
Lydia Hughes

As daunting as it is, we need to get it together. We've started writing already. We need to keep it going. Musically, we'll take it up another level...

Whose Country Is it? Aaron Lewis Questions the Answers

Johnny Nevin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Johnny Nevin

Last November, Aaron Lewis followed up Town Line with his first full length Country album, The Road.

10 Reasons Why Lorde's Pure Heroine Is a Lyrical Masterpiece

Rock Genius | Posted 11.30.2013 | Entertainment
Rock Genius

Her realist, jaded approach to life, as opposed to the happy, glamorized parties in other pop videos, is now put to the test. Does she live up to the hype?

Hackamore Brick: The Return of One of Rock's Great 'Missing Links'

Steven Rosen | Posted 11.20.2013 | Fifty
Steven Rosen

Look at the website All Music's artist-biography page for Hackamore Brick, which released one album in 1970, and it's pretty impressive for a band too obscure to even be called "cult."

Life to the Pixies!

Scott Thill | Posted 11.17.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Thill

Keep calm and rock on, to mangle the cliche. That's what you're going to do. After 20 years of the Pixies' impressive cultural capital, Black Francis has done just that. And honorably, I would argue.