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Freedom Fry – “Awake” *fun alternative pop

January 15th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop |

unspecified 600x600 Freedom Fry   Awake *fun alternative popFreedom Fry is at it again with another fun song you would love to hear at a campfire with close friends, road tripping or just some uplifting sing-along pop to make you feel happy! “Awake” is the jam and their first single of 2017!

“Awake is our ode to those moments when life feels vivid and you feel like you’re on the right path.” - Freedom Fry

Stream it below! Spotify // Amazon // Apple Music

 

Introducing Molly Marlette *electro-pop starlette

January 4th, 2017 by | Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

molly marlette 03 Introducing Molly Marlette *electro pop starletteI was introduced to Molly Marlette by her manager and once I heard her single “Do Me A Favor” as well as a few demo songs yet to be released, I knew she had a sound that has potential to get radio play as she has a fresh electro-pop sound that is easy to sing and dance along to.

Stream “Do Me A Favor” below.

If you like what you heard above, follow Molly Marlette on facebook and twitter.

Watch: REMI – Lose Sleep Ft. Jordan Rakei *Soul/Hip-Hop

December 11th, 2016 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

unnamed 399x600 Watch: REMI   Lose Sleep Ft. Jordan Rakei *Soul/Hip HopFollowing the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album Divas and Demons, Melbourne hip-hop outfit REMI share a new video for single “Lose Sleep” featuring London based artist Jordan Rakei – the cherry on top of their biggest year yet.

Filmed from both Melbourne and London, the clip features both Jordan and Remi walking darkly lit streets singing the highly personal lyrics with a reflective sensibility. Watch the soul-infused hip-pop/R&B track below, real smooth on a relaxing afternoon. (more…)

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!


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