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Hidden Gem: Kaka *next reggae superstar

September 28th, 2012 by | Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hidden Gem, Music Video |

I got a friend backpacking through Europe and first musician he tells me about while he’s there is Kaka, a reggae artist from Copenhagen, Denmark who is young and has a catchy new song you need to hear. We don’t post much reggae mostly because you have to be high to enjoy most reggae out there. However Kaka has made an upbeat reggae song called “BANG BANG” which is so catchy and easy to like.

If your from Europe and specifically Denmark, sorry if you already know about Kaka but if not, I can almost guarantee you haven’t heard of Kaka.

Watch the video to “Bang Bang” below and buy the song on iTunes if you dig it. (more…)

Chris Webby – CT 2 Shaolin ft. Method Man + Bars On Me

September 28th, 2012 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Got two new Chris Webby songs off his upcoming mixtape, Bars On Me. The first track on the mixtape is “Bars On Me” and the fifth track on the tape is “CT 2 Shaolin” featuring Method Man. “Bars On Me” is just Webby going off over a sick beat from Cardo, whose produced many Wiz Khalifa tracks while “CT 2 Shaolin” has such a vintage Wu-Tang Clan sound except with a white rapper on the beat with Method Man. Chris Webby’s upcoming mixtape comes out Sunday, September 30.

Stream “CT 2 Shaolin” and “Bars On Me” below.

Shout out to @NMcCay for sharing the “Bars On Me” song.

PZB spins the night away @theCentralSAPC

September 27th, 2012 by | Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Dance Music |

Last weekend, DJ PZB once again had a great performance at The Central SAPC in Santa Monica. In his third installment of PZB & Friends, he rocked a packed house with lots of energy and intensity. His tunes were awesome as usual, making this Saturday night even more special.

The Central is always a great venue for music with an awesome atmosphere. PZB always makes it better. His music will surly gain more popularity in the near future. If you missed last Saturday’s show, your in luck as PZB & Friends Present: gLAdiator with Das Tapes, Bear Fight! and Bastille. This is a must-attend show if you like to dance and don’t want over-priced entrance fees for nightclubs in Hollywood that night, especially since gLAdiator is a DJ duo you wouldn’t find at a less expensive venue like The Central. For more info on the next PZB & Friends, visit the facebook event page.

Hidden Gem: Adventure Galley + upcoming show at @TheCentralSAPC

September 27th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Dance, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Rock |

The next upcoming indie dance band you need to follow is Oregon indie dance rock band Adventure Galley. I first heard “Weekend Lovers” sometime over the summer but somehow got lost in the shuffle of dance music that I love moving to.

However @BenOprstu contacted me about Adventure Galley doing a show at my favorite Santa Monica music venue next Monday. I watched the “Weekend Lovers” video and realized why I dig their upbeat electro-synth indie rock vibes so he asked me if @BeforeBigs wanted to co-produce the show with From The Hip LA. After watching “Weekend Lovers” and listening to “Marooned” and “Addict”, I knew this was a special band making music they like to call Glow Wave.

To attend this 21+ event at The Central SAPC this upcoming Monday, purchase $8 advance tickets or pay $10 at the door. Now onto some fun music! (more…)

Download: Xaphoon Jones Mixtape Volume 3

September 27th, 2012 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Daily Mix, Hip-Hop/Rap, Mashup, Remix |

One of my favorite up-and-coming producer, Xaphoon Jones (one half of Chiddy Bang) has released his latest solo full-length project, Xaphoon Jones Vol. 3 (DOWNLOAD). It’s 16-tracks remixed, produced and mashed up by Xaphoon and it’s a must-download for the hip-hop and beat heads.

Stream below.

Previous: Ellie Goulding – High For This (Produced by Xaphoon Jones), XV – Be There, Be Square (Prod. by Xaphoon Jones)

Video: Smokey Robotic – Schizophrenic DJ *superfuture

September 27th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Music Video |

Once again, Smokey Robotic has released a visually unique interesting music video that’s hard to ignore. Plus the music is always really catchy and intriguing so it goes great with videos. Their music is unique and so are the diverse set of videos they have been releasing for the last couple years. I always can’t wait for what they do next and with “Schizophrenic DJ” they once again impress with the visuals and the song production.

Watch the video to “Schizophrenic DJ” below. (more…)

Hidden Gem: Jez Dior *intriguing hip-hop artist

September 25th, 2012 by | Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

I only just recently became introduced to Jez Dior when Jess Johnson of RTV sent me the video and mp3 for “Candles”, his first release and music video as a solo artist, and I was instantly impressed.

“Candles” is the first release from Jez Dior’s upcoming mixtape entitled Scarlett Sage. It was the first song recorded for the record and instantly picked as the first single. It contains a hook sampled from the Indie group Daughter. The video was shot earlier this year in San Francisco with director Stephen Mallet who won 1st place at the Los Angeles Movie Awards for the JMSN – Jameson video.

Watch the “Candles” video below and read a brief bio on Jez Dior.

Contest: Win two tix to Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival!

September 25th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Guest Mix |

Filter Magazine has once again given us two passes to their annual Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles! Culture Collide’s line-up boasts 63 artists from 25 countries, converging in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood October 4-7. If you love discovering new music from a diverse group of artists and sounds, this is an event you won’t want to miss and we got two tickets for you and a friend for all four days of the event! View the entire performance schedule here:

Read below to find out how you can win tickets to Culture Collide Festival (or purchase tickets here if your not feeling lucky). (more…)

Review: Ari Herstand live at Moishe House LA

September 24th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review |

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of being invited to an intimate performance by singer/songwriter and live-looping musician Ari Herstand. I usually stray from singer/songwriter performances but Ari Herstand is a musician you need to see because of his diverse live-looping techniques, unique lyrics and amazing vocals.

If you never seen live-looping before, it’s something you need to experience and Ari Herstand takes full advantage of how awesome live looping is, playing the piano, guitar, horns and then adding beat-boxing and his vocals to make something incredible. It’s hard to explain how it all comes together but when it does, it really sounds fantastic.

Below watch him do an Adele cover in which he loops his vocals several times over some handmade beats and his song “Say What You Will” which shows why you need to see him perform live! (more…)

Download: iSH ft Esthero – Never Gonna Let You Go

September 24th, 2012 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

“Never Gonna Let You Go” is the second release of iSH‘s remix series THR3MIX. It’s got a chill hip-hop/pop vibe that anybody can enjoy and adding newcomer Esthero for the catchy hook just makes this song so fun to listen to.

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