Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

Arts and Entertainment

LAist iPod Essentials

Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.


These tracks were in heavy rotation in our iPod this week. Fire up iTunes and take a listen.


Run Run Run
Download: Fade Into You, from Endless Winter EP.
Spaceland audiophiles will recognize Run Run Run as the resident Monday night band. With songs ranging from sonic to soft, they've garnered deserved praise from critics. We've got our eyes and ears on the band as well.

Support for LAist comes from

Modern Rock
Nada Surf
Download: Comes a Time from The Weight Is a Gift.
Though best known for their MTV hit "Popular," Nada surf have quietly been honing their skills, producing quality music that rarely makes it to mainstream radio. If you dig this track, try Inside of Love as well.


David Gray
Download: Now and Always from Life in Slow Motion.
Gray is still finding his voice after the success of White Ladder. On Life in Slow Motion Gray continues to explore darker themes of love and loss. The CD is appropriately named: Gray is musically and lyrically taking pause. We can't wait to see what's next.


Damian Marley
Download: the title track from Welcome to Jamrock.
Marley is a household name in Reggae. This time we're not talking about Bob, but rather one of his children, Damian. He's is making a name for himself, and escaping the shadow of his father, with his latest release.


Alicia Keys
Download: Unbreakable
(Single from her MTV Unplugged performance).
Alicia embodies a style, class and vocal presence missing in most other R&B performers today. She doesn't need anything but a piano and a microphone to justify her status.

What's playing in your iPod?