my favorite performances of the decade

It’s 2020! Now, there is some debate as to whether the new decade starts this year or next, but humans like round numbers, so I’m going with 2020 for the new decade, (and it’s a random Roman’s fault that we have this conundrum, anyway). Will this one roar or suck? Who knows! Not me. But … Continue reading "my favorite performances of the decade"
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L.A. Buzz Bands Show, tonight at 9 on The Independent 88.5 FM

Join me at 9 tonight on The Independent 88.5 FM for this week’s L.A. Buzz Bands Show, featuring new tunes from Moaning, Grouplove, Jonathan Wilson, SOMME, Dustbowl Revival, the Undercover Dream Lovers and Wayne Everett, along with one from The Flaming Lips/Deap Vally collaborative album “Deap Lips.” Also: Some songs from artists on our show radar, including Samantha Sidley, Anna Ash and Mondo Cozmo. Find the playlist below, and if you’re out of FM range, click here to stream the show when the cl...
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TAKE ONE, TAKE TWO (Chicago, January 24, 1929)

I don’t remember in which antique store I found a shiny copy of the record above, except that my boredom (prowling through aisles of overpriced odd fragments of human history) stopped instantly.  It’s a famous recording, because more than twenty … Continue reading →
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Life As A Young, Award-Winning Cellist

Sheku Kanneh-Mason has had quite the life in recent years, what with winning the BBC’s Young Musician Award in 2016 and performing at the wedding of Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle. He says, “A lot of musicians like a beer after a performance. I don’t know why exactly – maybe it’s because they enjoy more what’s well-deserved. The classical composers were often drinking a lot and doing crazy things, but I don’t think their music came out of alcohol – it’s more to do with musicianship often not b...
Tags: Art, Music, Bbc, MEGHAN MARKLE, Sheku Kanneh Mason, Harry Windsor, 01.18.20

Exercise Like Michelle Obama With Her 2020 Workout Playlist

You might not be able to work out with Michelle Obama, but now you can now sweat to the same playlist she uses. The former First Lady and physical activity advocate released a list of her favorite workout music on Instagram Sunday, writing that she wanted to give people “a little inspiration” now that “It’s about that time when New Year’s goals and resolutions get just a bit harder to stick to.” “These songs always seem to give me that extra boost to get through my toughest workouts,” ...
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Joni Mitchell, Billie Eilish, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ honored at 2020 NAMM TEC awards

The NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, or simply TEC Awards, is a mixed bag, as it recognizes the top companies and individuals in several categories for their latest innovations or other creative works. On Saturday night, during the 35th ceremony at the Hilton Anaheim, The Ventures guitarist Don Wilson and legendary folk singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell were given prestigious honors while music newcomer Billie Eilish, Marvel’s Spider-Man and “Game of Thrones” also all walked away wit...
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Jessie Reyez -“No Sweat”

Ending the year with a remix of Pink Sweat$’ “Honesty,” Jessie Reyez…
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Stream: Greatest Hits … This Week (Vol. 139)

Here’s Buzz Bands LA’s latest playlist — Greatest Hits … This Week (Vol. 139), featuring music from Cuffed Up, Best Coast, Thundercat, Jonathan Wilson, Moaning, Somme, Little Dume, Kid Nobody, Marion Belle and a bunch more from in and around the Los Angeles scene. Enjoy it with whatever you’re doing smack dab in the middle of this holiday weekend. And find more info on the artists via the links below the player. Find all of our playlists by following us on Spotify. Cuffed Up, “French Exit” Mo...
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Tonight in L.A.: Elbow, Nada Surf, Somme, Sungazer, 4XFar Festival, Keith Seat, Whitmer Thomas, Tate McRae, Gal Pal, Brenda Carsey, Brian Buckley Band, VST, American Mile

L.A. concerts for Sunday: ► U.K. rockers Elbow visit the Wiltern in support of their latest album “Giants of All Sizes.” Get there early for Jesca Hoop. ► With their new album “Never Not Together” arriving Feb. 7, Nada Surf does the first of two nights at the Troubadour, tonight with Apex Manor opening. ► Somme celebrates the release of her second EP “Memories Burning” [check out the title track here] with a show at the Bootleg Theater, joined by Rebecca Black and Maiah Manser. ► Brooklyn prog-j...
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Watch Angel Olsen’s Solo Piano Cover Of “More Than You Know”

Angel Olsen released one of the best albums of 2019, All Mirrors, and she recently stopped by the SiriusXM studios to perform a cover of "More Than You Know." Olsen has done the cover on her most recent tour, just her and a piano, and she carried over that … More »
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Four Under the Radar Female Artists (& Songs!) to Check Out ASAP

Say hello to your new favorite artists!
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I don’t know what happens today if a young fan writes a letter to Lady Gaga, let us say, requesting a signed photograph or, better yet, asking a question.  That rhetorical question in itself may mark me as hopelessly antique, … Continue reading →
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Listen Up

From a two-sided trip-hop tune to an electro oddity, a few of our favorite tracks from this week U.S. Girls: Overtime Technically a rework of a 2013 release, “Overtime,” as it appears now, is a single from U.S. Girls’ forthcoming seventh album, Heavy Light, out 6 March via 4AD. The soulful experiment by the band (led by multi-disciplinary artist Meg Remy) employs choral vocals as …
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Gobert Nets 28, Jazz Race To Early Lead, Beat Kings 123-101

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert is known for his defense. Against Sacramento, he went to the rim time and again on offense. “Rudy was like a monster, so great on offense and, as usual, defensively protecting all us,” Bojan Bogdanovic said. Gobert had a season-high 28 points and 15 rebounds and the Utah Jazz raced to a 16-point lead in the first quarter and routed the Sacramento Kings 123-101 on Saturday night. Gobert got most of his points on dunks, while Bogdanovic had six 3-pointers on his w...
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