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Latest faves (7/4-7/14)

For the latest version of the best new music from emerging artists, I got a 20-track mix to hit play below. Have you hit play yet? Good, let's get to it: At the top of the list is a new song from white boy reggae-pop band Seranation. Based out of South Florida,...

Latest favorites (6/24-7/3): Omar Apollo, Paco Versailles, Friendly Fires, Royal Teeth, Cold War Kids and much more!

FIRST, click the play button below and then read on :) I slacked a bit but here's the latest favorites of the past week.. and a half :) Anyway, my take on the emerging artists but 1st have you heard the new Cold War Kids single, "Complainer"!? Another smash, I sure hope this rises...

Favorite of the Week (6/17-6/23): Gethen Jenkins, Half The Animal, Injury Reserve and more!

Welcome back to another edition of my favorites discovered on Spotify for the week. We start off with a traditional Country artist in Gethen Jenkins who has his latest song, "Basket Case" off his upcoming album, Western Gold, produced by Grammy Award Winner Vance Powell (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Old 97's, Buddy Guy)....

June 9-16, 2019 Favorites of the Week (Playlist)

Here are my favorite songs of the week I discovered on Spotify. Some I'd like to highlight include Dirty Heads new single, "Super Moon" off their upcoming record of the same name. Produced by Dave Cobb, I've heard samples of this album and I gotta say this will be one of their...

Preview: Sunstock Solar Festival September 9

Sunstock Solar Festival is proud to announce its first wave of music programming. On the Gold Stage we will see headliners Ra Ra Riot, along with Robert DeLong, Run River North, and Wild Club. The Green Stage, focused on local bands, will feature Trapdoor Social, Freedom Fry, Bloodboy, and The...

Arroyo Seco Weekend Day 2: Magic Giant, The Mowgli's, The Revivalists, Fitz & The Tantrums, Weezer, The Shins, and Mumford & Sons

Here's my review of the acts I saw on Day 2 of Arroyo Seco Weekend which includes Magic Giant, The Mowgli's, Alice Smith, The Revivalists, Jamtown, Fitz & The Tantrums, Weezer, The Shins, and Mumford & Sons. Arrived at about 1:25, a song or two into one of my favorite emerging acts, Magic Giant. They engaged the crowd, unlike...

Arroyo Seco Weekend Day 1: Tom Petty, Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, Dawes, and Jeff Goldblum

Here's my recap of my experience of Day 1 of the inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend, Saturday June 24, in which I saw Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, Dawes and Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Arrived a little after 4pm, checked out press/media area, hydrated and then went over the the Willows stage...

Preview: Arroyo Seco Weekend 2017

It's Friday, we are one day away from my first music festival of 2017 and I am so excited! I made a playlist last week and have been adjusting it so I can give you the best songs from the artists I'll be seeing at Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena...

Stream: "Wilder" by Holmsey *laid back summer vibes

"Wilder" is the debut track from 18-year-old Australian musician Holmsey. Inspired by Australian bedroom producer turned sensation Flume, Mitchel Holmes (aka Holmsey) began developing his own signature sound determined to follow in the footsteps of his idol. Mitchell's first original track "Wilder" instantly gained traction within numerous Youtube and Soundcloud tastemakers. "Wilder"...

Vampire Weekend new album in 2017?

I've been hearing rumors that Vampire Weekend will be releasing a new record in 2017 as they've inked a deal with Columbia Records recently. Lead singer Ezra Koenig gave an update to Pitchfork in regards to this, saying the album is tentatively titled Mitsubishi Macchiato. This would be the band's fourth album...

Review: JR JR @ The Echo *incredible!!!

Last Thursday I saw JR JR at The Echo in Echo Park, Los Angeles. They were the best band I've ever seen perform at that venue and one of the best performances I've seen this year. They performed for over an hour and it felt like it was never going to...

Review: Mother Mother live @ Troubadour *high energy hard rock!

5-piece indie rock band Mother Mother surprised the shit out of me with high energy hard rock, getting the whole crowd banging their heads along with the five-piece band. It was a packed house last night at the famous Troubadour in West Hollywood as an equal number of males and...

Video: Aeroplane & Purple Disco Machine ft. Aloe Blacc - "Counting On Me" *dance

Aeroplane & Purple Disco Machine got the smooth voice of one of my favorite contemporary singers, Aloe Blacc, as well as a gospel chorus for their latest dance release, "Counting On Me". This infectious dance track is just what's needed to turn your party into a dance party and it makes you want...

M.I.L.K. releases gorgeous debut EP 'A Memory Of A Memory Of A Postcard'

Copenhagen-based M.I.L.K. releases stunning debut EP A Memory Of A Memory Of A Postcard, a 6-track project filled with sun-soaked summer vibe synth pop with smooth and funky vibes. I discovered M.I.L.K. back in November when I heard "Following The Sun" on a random chill playlist and when his PR team...

Hidden Gem: Tors *folk harmonies like British Fleet Foxes

It's folk music Friday and I got a fantastic up-and-coming UK band in Tors. If you like Fleet Foxes then read on as this four-piece band from the UK have excellent pitch and harmonies with their sonic abilities in single "Merry Go Round". Stream it below and watch their live video for it as...

Review: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness live at Belasco Theater

Last Wednesday I caught alternative pop artist Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness live at Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. He was electrifying hopping on top his grand piano several times, engaging the audience more than I've seen most other acts ever do and constantly was moving around and getting down...

Hidden Gem: Jordan Mackampa - "Battlecry" *thoughtful folk-pop

After hearing "Battlecry" and "Saint" and the songs from his Physics EP, I've become a huge fan of Jordan Mackampa and am happy to share his music! He's got this unique gospel-tinged vocal that is mesmerizing and he pairs that with soulful folk-pop instrumentation, and delivers a track in "Battlecry" that is motivating...

Video: Winston Surfshirt - "Be About You" *hip-hop/dream pop/rap

Continuing to make waves at home and abroad is Australian outfit Winston Surfshirt, who recently shared their new video for debut single “Be About You”. The video brings their unique blend of hip-hop, rap, and blissful dream pop to life as the band hang out, cut shapes and introduce themselves as...

Introducing Bokito *London Tropical Indie

"Better At Getting Worse" by Bokito, their debut single, is an all over the place song that is impossible to classify into one genre. The London-based five-piece Bokito have coined a phrase for their unique genre mashup: tropical indie. Bokito take inspiration from such diverse sources as J Dilla, Jeff Buckley, Fela...

Introducing Polaroid Summer *uplifting electric indie pop

Happy to introduce Houston indie pop band Polaroid Summer with their debut single, "The Giant". It's a fun uplifting track that is easy to sing along to and leaves me wanting more from these guys. I can't wait to hear what's next and think they have a really strong debut that...

Club Kuru - Waiting For Me EP *sounds like Tame Impala, Mac DeMarco

The new EP from British five-piece band Club Kuru dropped last month, Waiting For Me, which has this psychedelic rock vibe that reminds me of one of my favorite contemporary psychedelic rock bands, Tame Impala. Collectively, the band cites influences from modern day artists such as Mac DeMarco, Tame Impala and Connan Mockasin, to classic...

Introducing Joy Downer *dream pop

Joy Downer is the project from Joy Bishop and Jeff Downer, a married duo out of Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by duality; themes of light and dark, man and woman, mind and matter collide to set the backdrop of the sound. Listen to their new single below, I like it for...

Stream: Jukebox The Ghost - Stay The Night *Queen-influenced pop/rock

Jukebox The Ghost recently dropped "Stay The Night", an infectious pop/rock song that screams QUEEN influence all over it, in a similar vein to "Bohemian Rhapsody". It's a wonderfully fun song and I encourage all to listen and follow this band, as "Stay The Night" is a really fun track!

Watch: Fast Romantics - "Why We Fight" *Springsteen/Arcade fire influenced

Toronto-based indie rockers, Fast Romantics are thrilled to announce that their highly-anticipated sophomore LP American Love will be released on April 28 via Light Organ Records. New single "Why We Fight" has this uplifting rock/pop vibe similar to Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire, it's easy to enjoy the power pop...

Introducing Louam - "BabyBaby" *R&B/funk/pop fusion

This is the second single from Oslo based songwriter and artist Louam, following her debut single "Freaky Things". The sound of "BabyBaby" is a fusion between old school R&B, funk and modern pop. The song is one of several new singles she will release in 2017 - all to be...

Stream: Magic Bronson - "Nervous" *pulsating alt electro-pop

Finally got around to writing about the latest release from Magic Bronson, this duo is making some interesting alternative/indie electro pop vibes that are pulsating, rhythmic and grab a hold of you and keep you listening. 2016 was a bumpy year and that's why Magic Bronson decided to draw inspiration from the...

Review: Crystal Fighters live at El Rey Theatre

Last Friday, I enjoyed the fun poppy sounds of Crystal Fighters. It was such a good vibes party with positive, peaceful happy pop songs that were infectious and super fun to sing and move along to. I loved every moment and while it's hard to choose my favorite songs, you can...

Review: Freedom Fry live Good Times at Davey Waynes (Hollywood)

Last night I had the pleasure of catching one of my favorite emerging folk-pop bands, Freedom Fry at Hollywood bar Good Times At Davey Wayne's. It's not every Wednesday I get to catch a band that has such a laid back yet infectious vibe that is easy to cling to. My favorites I...

Miami Horror - "The Shapes" *artsy concept album

One of my favorite Australian bands is back with some great new music with their new concept album, The Shapes. After a two-year hiatus spent writing, experimenting and exploring, Melbourne's Miami Horror return with their new conceptual project The Shapes. The Shapes comes to life as a sonic / art experience and sees...