Author Archives: Patricia Sanchez

A Reluctant Goodbye to the Queen of Soul

By pcsanchez7505 Whether she was singing a cover or an original, you knew as soon as she opened her mouth that the song was meant to be hers. Aretha Franklin had the ability to lay down vocals and command a song with the utmost ease, and yet, at the same time, give into a melody […]

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‘Lightning Round’: New Bad Bad Hats Album Very Very Good

By pcsanchez7505 Minneapolis natives Bad Bad Hats released their sophomore album, ‘Lightning Round,’ on August 3. The new album takes us deeper into the mind and heart of lead vocalist and lyricist Kerry Alexander as she leads us on a bittersweet journey. Alexander of course, is accompanied by band mates Chris Hoge and Connor Davison, […]

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Arctic Monkeys: ‘Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino’

By pcsanchez7505 Arctic Monkeys played their first show in Los Angeles in over five years on May 5 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The month of May has been huge for Arctic Monkeys fans. The band began touring again, making a highly anticipated stop in Los Angeles, and on May 11, they dropped their sixth […]

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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’ makes Pulitzer Prize History

By pcsanchez7505 On Monday, April 16 Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar made music and Pulitzer Prize history by winning the prestiged award in the category of music for his 2017 album ‘Damn.’ With strong lyrics, well constructed instrumentals and various guest appearances, it’s easy to see why so many music fans and critics agree that ‘Damn’ […]

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Five New Singles You Need to Hear

By pcsanchez7505 If you’re pressed for more music to listen to this month, fear not, there are new singles out with albums following in the next few months. Here are five songs that are great previews to their upcoming albums. 5. “Steampowered Blues” by Phil Cook: Released earlier this month, “Steampowered Blues” is a simple, […]

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A Woman’s Month Playlist

By pcsanchez7505 L.A. artist Bedouin Last year I released a women’s only playlist for Women’s Month (celebrated nationally in March). This year, I’d like to preface the list by addressing a few things. First, the amount of women speaking out about sexual abuse and gender inequality is truly refreshing and much needed. I applaud everyone […]

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Franz Ferdinand craft mostly hits and some misses with new album

By pcsanchez7505 Indie rock band Franz Ferdinand take us up up and away on a slightly bumpy ride with their new album, ‘Always Ascending.’ Released Feb. 9. ‘Always Ascending’ is the fifth studio album for the Scottish band who danced their way into the hearts of indie fans with their 2004 hit “Take Me Out.” […]

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An Album Review: First Aid Kit’s ‘Ruins’

By pcsanchez7505 In their fourth studio album, Swedish folk duo First Aid Kid present a sweet view of reflection and refinement. In ‘Ruins,’ released Jan. 19, the band finds comfort in all its usual sweet spots while also demonstrating a progression in sound. Much of the duo’s strength in this album lies in the songwriting […]

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Top 10 Albums of 2017

By pcsanchez7505 2017 was a mixed bag for most people. While political climates became more temperamental and natural disasters seemed relentless, I can’t help but acknowledge the beautiful things that happened this year. For me, that includes all of the wonderful music released in 2017. I’ll dive right in with the top albums of 2017. […]

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Top Songs of 2017

By pcsanchez7505 It’s that time of year again – lists, lists and lists galore all filled with the best music of the year. In a few weeks, I’ll release my top 10 album list for 2017, but before that I’d like to start by picking my top 10 songs of the year. Artists featured in […]

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