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Kyko *tropical electronic pop/rock

November 28th, 2016 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

Kyko FI 600x450 Kyko *tropical electronic pop/rockThe latest Hidden Gem I got for you is London outfit Kyko. Formed in 2014, this young pop band is crafting a sound that keeps getting better. They just released “Nature” which is very Vampire Weekend/Paul Simon‘s Graceland-esque and I LOVE IT! They released “Nature” earlier this month and before that have had excellent releases on their soundcloud.

I discovered this band through a reddit post about people looking for music influenced by Graceland and African artists that influenced Paul Simon in making that classic album. I first heard Kyko’s “Animals” and fell in love with the tropical laid back pop/rock vibe that is very easy to groove to. Once I heard “Nature” and the several other songs on their soundcloud, I was hooked and hand to feature them on BtB.

Stream “Nature”, “Native” and “Animals” below. (more…)

Sturgill Simpson at The Wiltern *my first “country” concert!

November 21st, 2016 by | Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Music Video, Rock |

sturgill Sturgill Simpson at The Wiltern *my first country concert!So I’m honored to share that I attended my first “country” concert as I saw alternative/folk country artist, Sturgill Simpson slay at The Wiltern last Wednesday! Even though he is considered a country music artist, he jammed out for over 2 hours performing large chunks of his discography which includes covers to Led Zepellin, The Allman Brothers, Nirvana and much more!

As my first so-called “country” concert there’s some things I need to share with you about it below.
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PNAU – Chameleon *Empire of the Sun side project release

November 9th, 2016 by | Dance, Electro, Electropop, Music Video |

unnamed 600x399 PNAU   Chameleon *Empire of the Sun side project release“Chameleon” is the first single from acclaimed electronic act PNAU in over four years and it’s a fun electro pop track. Constantly inspired by the emotional weight of our world, “Chameleon” is spiritually anchored in the medicinal plant culture of the Peruvian Amazon and laced with all the energy we expect of the Australian outfit comprised of Nick Littlemore, Peter Mayes and newest member Sam Littlemore.

Not shy of output over the last 12 months, Nick Littlemore has dropped new Empire Of The Sun material (also produced by Mayes), a White Shadows EP (Nick and Sam Littlemore’s project with The Vines’ Craig Nicholls) as well as a forthcoming ambient collaboration with Celia Pavey, aka Vera Blue, all of which provide a true picture of PNAU’s expanding interest, influence and creative energy. Sam Littlemore (multi-ARIA Award-winning super producer) joins the inseparable duo of Nick and Peter to bring a wealth of new material into fruition. Having been involved as producer for their 2007 self-titled album, Sam is an integral part of PNAU, all genetics aside. The single “Chameleon” also welcomes the addition of Shakira Marshall, previously a dancer and back-up singer for Ms. Lauryn Hill on vocals bringing a new and electrifying layer to the band’s vision for 2016.

Watch the music video for PNAU’s “Chameleon” below.
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Boy & Bear, Cobi live at Teragram Ballroom

November 4th, 2016 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Music Video, Pop, Reviews, Rock |

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Thursday I witnessed two emerging musicians rise to the responsibility of putting on a great energetic show in Los Angeles as Cobi and then Boy & Bear played fun, engaging sets that were easy to sing and/or dance along to. Read my review below! (more…)

Video: Anderson .Paak – Come Down

November 1st, 2016 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |


Anderson .Paak‘s new video is out for “Come Down” off his critically acclaimed album Malibu (iTunes/Spotify). I love this track and the video is so fun! I love the song, the album is great and this guy is definitely going places!

Hidden Gem: Cobi *emerging soulful pop act similar to Hozier!

October 31st, 2016 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop |

unnamed 576x600 Hidden Gem: Cobi *emerging soulful pop act similar to Hozier!Shout out to Go Lightly Media who keeps pitching me really talented emerging artists and the latest I present to you today is Cobi. His first single, “Don’t You Cry For Me” has garnered over 15 million streams on Spotify since debuting in May and I love the track!

Cobi reminds me of three other emerging artists I really dig in Hozier (similar voice and production), Leon Bridges (similar soulful vibe) and Jamie N Commons (similar instrumentals and arranging). I think Cobi can achieve similar success as these artists and even rise to heights beyond what they’ve currently achieved and I love Leon Bridges and Jamie N Commons!

Los Angeles catch me enjoying the soulful vibes of Cobi and Australian indie folk-rock band Boy & Bear at Teragram Ballroom this Wednesday November 2nd. Highly recommend this show as I’m a new fan of what Cobi is putting out there and a HUGE FAN of the headliner, Boy & Bear, who remind me of a mix between The War On Drugs and Houndmouth.  Stream “Don’t You Cry For Me” and “Prophet Story” from Cobi below.
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Hidden Gem: Golden Coast – “Comeback Kid” *Smooth Electronic Pop

October 13th, 2016 by | Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

unnamed 600x421 Hidden Gem: Golden Coast   Comeback Kid *Smooth Electronic PopGolden Coast is officially on my radar with the release of their new single, “Comeback Kid”. The track sports the best of everything this duo has to offer: a dance-able beat, hooky leads, anthemic sing-along breaks and just the right amount of head nod; I LOVE it!

A little more on the band from their publicist:

Golden Coast conjures up its California namesake with danceable drums, sunny synths, verby guitars and just enough rasp in the falsetto to offset the levity. The duo made the trek from the mountains of Colorado and the San Jacinto desert to Los Angeles nearly a decade ago, met in college while producing and writing for various artists before finally deciding to team up and release a project of their own. Golden Coast combines the best of both their skill-sets: a mixture of electronic and organic instruments, tight production, and sanguine themes set to no shortage of instantly hooky melodies.

Golden Coast gives us another indie pop gem with “Comeback Kid.” The second single off of their debut EP set to be released in November, this track sports the best of everything the band has to offer. If any of the other songs on the EP are half as infectious, we’ve got a pretty good feeling about this.

These guys are hidden gems because that’s not their only great track I dig, “Recess” also shows off their smooth electronic pop vibes and I see big potential from this duo! I first discovered the LA-based duo last year with “Futurist” and was hooked. So check out “Recess” and “Futurist” below.

If you like what you hear, like them on facebook for more!

Review: Judah & The Lion at The Troubadour *high energy

October 5th, 2016 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Rock |

IMG 8636 600x399 Review: Judah & The Lion at The Troubadour *high energyLast week I saw alternative folk rock band Judah & The Lion tear the roof off with amazing energy at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. It was a great show not only because we were front row and got high-fives from the band, but they were a lot of fun live. For the songs I didn’t know, I learned fast with catchy hooks that they encouraged the crowd to sing along with. And for the songs I knew, I enjoyed the crap out of them, singing, jumping and hollering at all the fun energy they were putting out on stage at the famous Troubadour. It was one of the best shows I’ve seen there and I highly recommend catching this indie band live, they are from Nashville so you know they can jam!

Here’s “Kickin’ The Leaves” which they opened with, and their single “Take It All Back” off their new album Folk Hop N Roll, produced by Dave Cobb. Look up Dave Cobb, the other artists he’s produced have gone onto win awards and are all great acts, Judah & The Lion deserves the same exposure and credit for being really fun nice dudes and awesome live.

Preview: Downtown Long Beach New Year Eve’s Bash feat. Saint Motel, ZZ Ward, Houndmouth and more!

December 26th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review |
151231 NYE poster FINAL o J6rQq1 388x600 Preview: Downtown Long Beach New Year Eves Bash feat. Saint Motel, ZZ Ward, Houndmouth and more!We’re pleased to let you know about the Downtown Long Beach New Year’s Eve block party! Headlining this year will be Saint Motel, ZZ Ward, Houndmouth, and Vintage Trouble, each bringing guests to perform throughout the evening. Those guests include a special DJ set from OK Go’s Dan Konopka and Tim Nordwind’s project Xia Xia TechniqueFMLYBND, Miles Tackett & The 3 Times, and DJ Sovern-T.

Following last year’s record-breaking New Year’s Eve (NYE) celebration, when 13,500 people descended upon DTLB to ring in the new year, the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) will continue to host the largest party in town as it welcomes a plethora of SoCal’s finest musicians to take part in a three-stage, three-block festival in the heart of Downtown. DLBA has again teamed with the Knitting Factory Entertainment, partner and talent booker for New Year’s Eve, to establish an exciting line-up for the night.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing Saint Motel and Houndmouth, two bands we’ve covered for a long time who only put out great fun tunes. Pre-sale tickets are available for $30 at www.downtownlongbeach.org or by clicking here. Tickets will be available at the gate on the day of the event for $40. It’s well worth the money as this should be a great place to party for New Year’s!

Review: Tanlines at The Fonda *pretty, pretty good

December 12th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop |

IMG 5881 600x450 Review: Tanlines at The Fonda *pretty, pretty goodWas Tanlines great live? Probably not, but were they fun to watch and have some songs that are quite catchy? Absolutely! I got to watch them 14 songs headlining to a small crowd at The Fonda Theatre on a Wednesday night and it was a pretty, pretty good show. My favorites are “Slipping Away”, “Real Life” and “All Of Me”. Setlist above, my favorite songs below.



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