From Snoop to Metallica: The 171st LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from VNSSA, hip-hop from Snoop Dogg and Rich the Kid, punk from Pat Todd & the Rank Outsiders and the Neverland Ranch Davidians, metal from Metallica and Dangerous Toys, and so much more.

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No Rules

Sylvan Esso (Graham Tolbert)

From Snoop to Metallica

Also this week:

Amelia Meath of print stars Sylvan Esso told us that, “When Electric Lady asked us if we wanted to do a session, we immediately thought like, ‘Oh this will be a great opportunity to have full string arrangements in a studio, live. And we can do it in a way that we like doing band recordings, where we record everything live’”. To have it be a true performance, a thing that is an expression in the moment. One of the best parts about the Electric Lady session was that we hadn’t heard the string arrangements yet. So as we were recording, we were hearing the arrangements for the first time, and it was such a joy.”

In “Not Another DJ,” VNSSA said, “‘Touch me’ was recorded towards the beginning of the year in my home studio in Los Angeles. When I wrote it I had been listening to a lot of Orbital, Chemical Brothers, and the Prodigy, so it has a lot of that old school rave influence, especially the gritty synths. I wanted to make something catchy that could be played during an opening set, peak time, and closing, while still maintaining a driving energy.”


















































































































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