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Halloween Music Playlist

Pumpkins, orange and black colors, and costumes may be the telling signs of Halloween. But there is nothing like hearing the cackles of a witch or the howls of a wolf to set a creepy – and festive – feel of the holiday. More »

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Album Review: ’1989′

Taylor Swift should probably leave the pop music of the ’80s to Madonna, Paula Abdul and Michael Jackson. Although Swift’s new album, “1989,” is peppy and cheerful, it is a far fall from her four previous studio albums. More »

London-based DJ SBTRKT released his sophomore album, "Wonder Where We Land," in early October. SBTRKT’s strand of electronic music is far removed from the bombastic hits of American DJs, with a far more atmospheric and nuanced sound, better heard in an intimate setting than at a large music festival.
(Courtesy of Dan Wilton)

There’s something about the British Isles that consistently produces musical greatness; it is inherent to the country, its people and its culture. Popular culture has been defined by bands and artists from the UK; they have consistently created new genres and musical subcultures – from the Beatles’ psychedelic rock in the ’60s all the way through to the explosion of dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass in the late 1990s and early 2000s. More »

The Broken Bells' duo of producer Danger Mouse (left) and frontman James Mercer (right) performed Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. (Felicia Ramirez/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Dim lights, high ceilings and a crowd eager to be pleased set the ambience for Saturday’s Broken Bells performance at the Orpheum Theatre. The night began quietly with audience mingling, and few seats were filled when the opening group Austra walked on stage unannounced. More »

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