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CROSSCURRENTS, PART THREE
The Motown story (3/25a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: "RING" IN THE IDES OF MARCH
The full Monte yet again. (3/22a)
NOT IN HITS LIST
We use only the highest-quality click bait. (3/22a)
COLUMBIA SPRINGS THE COUNTRY TRAP
A whole new wrinkle (3/22a)
THE ROOTS OF ROCK & SOUL, SONG BY SONG: THE LATE ’50S
The saga continues. (3/22a)
THE NEXT RECORDING ACADEMY HEAD IS...
(The envelope, please.)
IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT MARKETSHARE
But it is, really. Isn't it?
WHAT IF I DON'T STREAM?
First of all, don't panic.
WHO ORDERED THIS PIZZA?
Seriously, come get it now or we're eating it.
THE B-SIDE
LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE: PHASE 2 LINEUP
3/14/19

Lightning in a Bottle—the North American music and arts festival presented by Do LaB—has rolled out its complete 2019 lineup. This was revealed alongside an announcement of the festival’s new location and dates; the event will take place on the swim-friendly shoreline of Buena Vista Lake from May 8-13.

The 2019 LIB lineup is topped by electronic, house, techno and bass giants such as Disclosure, Elohim, Toro y Moi, Lane 8 and CloZee. Attendees can expect to enjoy immersive art installations amongst grassy topography. [Editor's Note: The definition of "grass" is up to interpretation.] Tier 1 General Admission is still available, here.

FUTURE LIILY LOVERS, LISTEN UP
3/8/19

BY SAMANTHA HISSONG

Back in January, I had the immense pleasure of getting slapped in the freakin' face by the utter breath of fresh that is Liily. This buzzing alt/rock band, comprising four 20ish-year-olds, took over L.A.'s beloved Echo for a month-long residency that drew seriously packed crowds.


And they're worth the hype, churning out sharp, confident and fun-as-hell bangers that appear impressively polished, thanks to top-notch production, while being delivered with punk-rock grit on just-released EP, I Can Fool Anybody in This Town (Flush Records). Maybe I'm the one being fooled, but I sure do pray that's not the case. These guys, repped by Present Artist Management, spark hope in what's left of my fractured heart for the future of instrument-wielders and evaders of pop homogenization everywhere. Sure, they still have room to grow, but that just makes the moment even more exciting. I look forward to seeing (and hearing) what's next for these for these inciters of sparkling frenzy. It's just the beginning, and I choose to keep the faith. 

If you're looking for an excellent excuse to carelessly flail about, go check 'em out on their current tour, which includes a stop at L.A.'s Roxy as soon as tomorrow. And they'll be making the SXSW rounds next week, so you really don't have a single valid excuse to avoid diving into some cooler-than-you vibes that simultaneously promote exhilaration and glorify the moody. I mean, really, what else could you ask for?

QUINCY JONES PRESENTS
3/7/19

A new PBS SoCal production brings together Quincy Jones, Sheléa and David Foster for a special pledge program. QUINCY JONES PRESENTS: SHELÉA, executive produced by Maura Daly Phinney, premieres on PBS stations this month. The special showcases the vocalist, songwriter pianist, arranger and producer Sheléa as she performs for a live audience at L.A.’s Downtown Majestic.

Her debut album, Love Fell On Me, was released in 2015, included features from Stevie Wonder, Brain McKnight and Narada Michael Walden and housed the single, “I’ll Never Let You Go.”

Performances of tracks highlighted in QUINCY JONES PRESENTS: SHELÉA include "Make Me Rainbows,” “Misty” and “Love Fell on Me”—with Sheléa on piano. There's also a Whitney Houston medley with Foster, “The Easy Way,” featuring Greg Phillinganes, and an Aretha Franklin spotlight that covered “Say a Little Prayer,” “Natural Woman” and “Respect.”

Check your local listings for the March premiere here.