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

May 24th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Music Video, 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 females rocked out to Mother Mother.

Each song they performed felt like an epic hard rock ballad, I hope this band can perform in arenas and larger venues because their sound is best suited to be played loud and they will definitely be playing in venues larger than the Troubadour. But for every fan there last night, we were delighted with a long set of hard rocking songs that reminded me of bands like QueenYoungblood Hawke and Coheed & Cambria.

Yes, I mentioned three bands that don’t have much in common but while enjoying Mother Mother‘s set, I felt like they were a mix of rock, with influences of electro, punk and some pop with the harmonies. Many of the songs felt like awesome roller coaster rides of sound, sonically dynamic and exhilarating!

It’s hard to pick a favorite because I enjoyed most of them and sometimes it was hard to hear what they were singing so hard to remember many of them but their new single “Love Stuck” is catchy and probably my favorite. Watch the official video for it below and learn about all the songs Mother Mother played in their set last night! (more…)

Video: Aeroplane & Purple Disco Machine ft. Aloe Blacc – “Counting On Me” *dance

May 13th, 2017 by | Dance, Disco, Electropop, House, Music Video |

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 to move! It’s a soulful upbeat dance track that reminds me of Disclosure.

Let Aloe Blacc take you higher on “Counting On Me,” below. It’s out Monday, May 15, on Spinnin’ Records.
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M.I.L.K. releases gorgeous debut EP ‘A Memory Of A Memory Of A Postcard’

May 13th, 2017 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Chill/Jam/Reggae, R&B, synthpop |

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 hit me up earlier this week, I knew I had to let you guys know about him after hearing the EP!

Stream A Memory Of A Memory Of A Postcard visual EP on Spotify below. My favorites include “When You Feel Good”, “Following The Sun” and “U and Me”. (more…)

Hidden Gem: Tors *folk harmonies like British Fleet Foxes

May 12th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hidden Gem, Music Video |

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 well.

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Review: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness live at Belasco Theater

May 11th, 2017 by | Miscellaneous |

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 to the music he and his band were playing. It was a great performance that I felt like was never going to end and he did nearly every song I love from him, except “I’m Ready” from his Jack’s Mannequin catalog. But I’ll forgive him for not playing that as he introduced me to many new songs of his that I’m a big fan of now.

My favorites in his set were his latest single, the catchy “Fire Escape”, which he opened with; fun love song “Dead Man’s Dollar”, dance pop song “So Close”, “Synesthesia” which was so beautiful as there were a variety of colorful lights and I just love the song title of this uplifting pop song and most well-known song “Cecilia and the Satellite”. Also, he did a fantastic cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire”, getting the opening band Night Riots performing it with his band.

Listen to my favorite songs below! (more…)

Hidden Gem: Jordan Mackampa – “Battlecry” *thoughtful folk-pop

April 27th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, 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 and I could see it getting licensed on a ton of media (commercials, TV shows, films, etc.). I love the handclapping instrumentals that move along as Jordan Mackampa delivers his soulful voice.
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Video: Winston Surfshirt – “Be About You” *hip-hop/dream pop/rap

April 27th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video, synthpop |

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 Winston Surfshirt.

“Be About You” is suave, has this chill vibe and I’m low-key swaying my head as I’m listening to this song and writing about it. Definitely looking forward to hearing more. Watch the video to “Be About You” below. (more…)

Introducing Bokito *London Tropical Indie

April 21st, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem |

“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 Kuti, Justin Timberlake and Queens of the Stone Age to bring a little of the rousing Celtic spirit of lead singer Moses’ Irish homeland to London’s global soundscape. The thrilling results proved irresistible to Lost In The Manor Records, which added Bokito to its roster as a signing sure to put a rocket under 2017.

Stream “Better At Getting Worse” below.

Can’t wait for more weird music from them, definitely an intriguing sound, probably in big part to producer Brad Spence who has worked with some big names like Alt-J, Sigur Rós, Radiohead and Take That.

Introducing Polaroid Summer *uplifting electric indie pop

April 20th, 2017 by | Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop, synthpop |

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 should get them on some good local shows. I can’t wait to read about them doing big things at SXSW 2018 as I imagine a year from now the number of people that are fans of these guys will grow immensely.

The upbeat and catchy track is the first official release from Polaroid Summer, the new project from members of Houston bands Lost Element and VerseCity.Stream “The Giant” below.

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

April 17th, 2017 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hidden Gem, Rock |

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 greats including Shuggie Otis, Vangelis, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones. There’s a summer west coast vibe to their sonic output, mixed with some sleazy Americana, but ultimately the band is spearheading something unique; they’re putting their British take on a US heritage sound – and it works.

The new EP ‘Waiting At The Corner’ is an introduction to Club Kuru and you can stream it below! (more…)


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