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How Would You Like Your Rock Tonight?

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When Tony Pierce began as editor of LAist in June of 2006, he brought in a new genius noon column called Tonight in Rock. It was needed, this town is most definitely a music town and you can't avoid it. If you have a favorite band, it's just a matter of when they'll be visiting next.

Yet flipping through pages of LA music listings, so many bands feel so anonymous. Great band name, but who the hell are some of these people? What do they sound like? Do they suck or are they going to make my day?

It's now time to look at the evolution of a column. Should it stay the same, should it change? Recently, we've been trying to link to band's MySpace pages so you can get a taste of their music. Then we started to embed music clips right here on LAist so you can experience it directly.

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The question comes down to this: What's most useful to you, the reader? Do the links help, do the embedded music files help? Do you like that we want you to discover new bands that are good and many haven't heard of yet? Do we need a add This Week in Rock, This Month in Rock?

Let it rip in the comments section below; we want to rock you tonight.

Photo by Tom Andrews via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr