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Year End Wrap-Up

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Year End Wrap-Up

The 20 Best L.A. Concerts of 2013

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Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 8:03 AM

TIMOTHY NORRIS
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Whether you're a raver, a rocker, a Low End Theory devotee, a jazz connoisseur or all of the above, our sonic melting pot of a city offers excellent live music options nearly every night of the week, all year long. (You can hear about them here!)

So yeah, we went to a lot of concerts this year. And some of them were tell-your-grandchildren excellent. These are the 20 best L.A. concerts of 2013.

See also: The 10 Best L.A. Albums of 2013

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Ka - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Ka
Hip-hop has been on the upswing in the last two years, artistically expanding in both a lyrical and sonic sense.

But though there are a number of gifted teenagers making excellent work, the old guard reigned supreme in 2013. This list, the top ten rap albums of 2013 -- from anywhere, not just L.A. -- is populated heavily by both late bloomers and vets soaring on their second wind.

See also: The 10 Best L.A. Albums of 2013

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hip-Hop

Top 5 Hip-Hop Singles of 2013

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Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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  • Chance the Rapper
Some have said hip-hop in 2013 feel short, but just because it wasn't the money machine it was in 2010 and 2012 doesn't mean it was a boom-bap wasteland. There were still plenty of great albums, and perhaps even more so great singles; here are five we couldn't get enough of.

Top 5 Rap Videos of 2013

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Hip-Hop

The Top 5 Rap Videos of 2013

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Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 4:05 AM

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As another year of the Willenium comes to a close, there are now more ways than ever to watch rap videos, and they (along with videos from other genres) are arguably more relevant than they have been in years.

Some have refined, innovative concepts, others are literally shot on cell phones. Either way, you can't open your window without seeing a rap video these days! Here are our picks for the five best of the year.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Year End Wrap-Up

The 10 Best L.A. Albums of 2013

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Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Youth Code - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Youth Code
Los Angeles' place in the national music scene has been questioned in recent years; for a while, our hip-hop scene was said to have fallen off, and then we were an indie rock wasteland.

But nobody can seriously claim that Los Angeles isn't an important player in the music conversation right now, if not dominating it. Pretty much across genres, local acts had some of the year's best albums in 2013, and not just transplants either, but primarily homegrown folk. What we're saying is that we probably could claim Yeezus if we wanted to, but there were so many other great local albums, we couldn't be bothered. -Ben Westhoff

See also: The Year's 10 Most Ridiculous Album Covers

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2013 was a weird and wonderful year after dark in Los Angeles, and we've all seen the late-night selfies, Vines and Instagrams to prove it!

Our evolution in previous years has not always been so graceful: 2012, for example, was the year dubstep over-stepped its welcome. This year, however, there was something for just about everyone.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Metal

The Best L.A. Metal Albums of 2013

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Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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  • Holy Grail
Los Angeles is a great town for metal, and continues to produce some of its most vital bands, across any number of subgenres.

Below are our picks for the best L.A. metal albums of the year. Some are doing things that have already been done in new and interesting ways, some offer sheer brutality. One band, meanwhile, is helping to push the genre forward.

See also: The Year's 10 Most Ridiculous Metal Album Covers

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Jazz

Best Jazz Albums of 2013

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Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 3:45 AM

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  • Albert "Tootie" Heath, center
Assessing the jazz world every year is a challenge, and the following albums can at times sound like George Duke, Wendy Carlos Williams, Bill Evans and Radiohead. That's a hell of a wide net.

This was supposed to be a list of five, but there were so many good ones that we turned it into seven. They represent the best of 2013; it was a good year.

See also: Top Ten Jazz Albums for People Who Don't Know Shit About Jazz

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Metal

The Year's 10 Most Ridiculous Metal Album Covers

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Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 3:55 AM

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Do the people who conceived and designed these metal album covers not give a fuck, or do they give too many fucks? It's not entirely clear, but that's what makes them so awesome. Behold, the 10 most ridiculous metal album covers of the year.

See also: The 10 best metal albums of 2013

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Metal

The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013

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Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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  • In Solitude
This past year had just about everything when it came to metal: Pioneers making monumental comebacks, bands taking huge risks progressing their sound, and groups stripping things down to bare bones.

Picking our 10 best metal albums of 2013 -- from anywhere, not just L.A. -- was extremely difficult. Here are our choices.

See also: The 20 Greatest Metal Albums in History

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