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Review: We Are The West and Morello in The Underground Series

August 24th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Pop, Rock |

Garage Aug 22 1 600x412 Review: We Are The West and Morello in The Underground SeriesLast Saturday I worked the merchandise and food & beverage table at We Are The West‘s “The Underground Series” a monthly concert done in an underground parking garage on a Saturday night in Santa Monica, California that features We Are The West and a different opening act each month. It was my first time attending this intimate unusual concert and I absolutely loved it, not only making money selling popcorn and drinks to people but getting to enjoy some diverse music that is still hard to put into a single genre.

Both bands that performed, Morello and WE ARE THE WEST, have diverse sounds that have folk and Americana yet also have blues rock and pop stylings as well. The show started with lead singer Malcom Cross and Morello performing with lead singer Cross doing a couple songs on his own then the rest of the band jumping in to create something pop, folk, singer/songwriter and really all over the place composition wise. I’ll give you their most recent music video and tell you to check out their soundcloud for more. Also like them on Facebook if you dig Malcom Cross and Morello.

After Morello killed it with Cross’s voice to the instrumentation to them just jamming out with alternative pop vibes, then came We Are The West who are seriously experienced performers. My friend Tim works with the band and had been trying to get me to come to their show so I was honored when he asked if I wanted to make a few extra bucks to work merchandise and sell popcorn and drinks. I got to meet many of We Are The West‘s fans and the band who were really nice and appreciative of my help. However I was super appreciative of their music and the experience they provided us music fans as they were absolutely wonderful. It felt like going on an unusual road trip when they performed, that was almost never ending as each song was so diverse composition wise, the sound invoked different feelings and I highly recommend seeing this band live, they kick ass and are super wonderful people! So close your eyes and listen to their latest 3-song EP below. Also below that is their latest music video.

Follow We Are The West on Facebook and Soundcloud for much more!

Review: Echo Park Rising *Harriet Brown, Happyness, Survive

August 17th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, R&B, synthpop |

Harriet Brown2 600x399 Review: Echo Park Rising *Harriet Brown, Happyness, SurviveLast weekend I attended Echo Park Rising for a few hours and caught acts that were mostly forgettable except for Harriet Brown, an Asian male with a bowl cut who might be the 2nd coming of Prince! Here’s my review of the acts I saw below.
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Review: Ben Browning (of Cut Copy) live at Santa Monica Pier

August 11th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, synthpop |

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Here’s my favorites from Ben Browning.

If you like the above music, follow Ben Browning on Facebook.

Review: Mike Posner and Main Attrakionz at Bardot

June 1st, 2015 by | Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, R&B |

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Mike Posner was last to close out the night and he didn’t perform his hit single, Cooler Than Me, but performed many hit songs he wrote for Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne and others as well as “Please Don’t Go”, easily one of my favorites he did and what I feel should have been another hit single. I also really liked his striped down version of “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” which was fun to hear him partying with DJs and other famous music folk. (more…)

Review: Coin, Pretty Sister at Bardot

May 20th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, R&B, Rock, synthpop |

mg02762 600x400 Review: Coin, Pretty Sister at BardotJune 9, indie rockers COIN, made their LA debut performing at KCRW’s It’s A School Night at Bardot in Hollywood, CA. They rocked out and performed some future hits and were a lot of fun to see live! My favorite song by far was “Run”, their single that’s hitting alternative stations on satellite radio and is a hit single!

Watch the music video for “Run” below. (more…)

Review: Milo Greene at The Echo

May 3rd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Rock |

FO 1HGEUA17H1W11 600x399 Review: Milo Greene at The EchoIn late April I caught the fantastic energetic Los Angeles indie folk rock band, Milo Greene, who played many songs from their new album while also wowing the crowd with old favorite, “1957″.

Headliner Milo Greene entranced the crowd with their complex brand of indie folk rock, replete with four-part harmonies and gorgeous male and female vocals.

My favorite songs included “On The Fence”, “1957″ and “Lie To Me”.


BtB Episode 9 featuring Tahsan Scott of Groundsounds.com

March 18th, 2015 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Ambient, Before the Bigs Radio, Dance, Disco, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Pop, R&B, synthpop |

Screen shot 2012 09 17 at 8.20.33 PM e1349404648655 BtB Episode 9 featuring Tahsan Scott of Groundsounds.comBefore the Bigs Music Podcast episode 9 was a bit shorter (around an hour versus hour and 5 minutes like the other episodes) but it was packed full of great new tunes in hip-hop, dance, alternative and much more variety as Tahsan Scott of Groundsounds.com came on the show and brought with him a few new tracks from Action Bronson featuring Chance The Rapper and produced by Mark RonsonTimothy Rhyme and Tuxedo.

We also played new releases from Toro Y MoiCape LionSatellite Stories, Von SellArmorsCon Bro Chill and A.W.O.L. featuring Freedom Fry. Also we go in depth with the future of Years and Years and electronica trio from the UK whose crafting a sound similar to fellow UK producers Rudimental and Disclosure combining 90′s R&B elements with house sounds that I’m absolutely loving lately.

Before the Bigs Podcast Episode 9 by Beforebigs.Com on Mixcloud

BtB Podcast Ep 8 with Joel from Lights & Music Entertainment!

March 5th, 2015 by | Ambient, Before the Bigs Radio, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Guest Mix, House, Pop, Remix, synthpop |

1669924 666567206733687 1071705365 o 600x600 BtB Podcast Ep 8 with Joel from Lights & Music Entertainment!This week I had my friend Joel from Lights & Music Entertainment, a concert promoting/music production company that is on the rise with parties in LA, Seattle and Portland. Joel Albers is taking concerts to another level by creating dance-able vibes through indie pop vibes. I attended the last night of 8th Grader’s residency at The Satellite through Joel’s Dance Yrself Clean party in Silverlake and had a fantastic time singing and dancing a bit along to 8th Grader‘s Neo R&B/indie electro pop vibes. We also talk his new showcase, KILLER DISKO, more info here.

Before the Bigs Podcast Episode 8 with Joel from Lights & Music Entertainment by Beforebigs.Com on Mixcloud

Stream the podcast in full above where Joel and I talk not only 8th Grader but we get an exclusive preview of 8th Grader‘s collaboration with TouchTone who Joel calls the most underrated disco producer in LA, new edit from JRocc (of The Knocks) to Tuxedo‘s “Do It”. We got lounge house from PANG, new song from Scarlett Johansson/Este Haim’s The Singles collaboration which is produced by Dave Sitek, new remixes from Shook, Cats Hero, Monsieur Adi and Chimes to songs I absolutely love. Also Joel introduces me to machineheart, plus we close out the show with a feel good electro house pop song from Goldhouse and disco funky vibes from Falcon Punch. Stream most of the tracks played on the podcast on soundcloud below.

BtB Podcast Episode 7 ft Griz, Big Data, Galantis, Viceroy, and much much more!

February 26th, 2015 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Ambient, Before the Bigs Radio, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Dance, Disco, Drum & Bass, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, House, Pop, synthpop |

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Before the Bigs Podcast 7 is out and it’s a doozy full of 15 tracks as I hosted the show solo but found some great hidden gems to play for you. Included in this episode are new tracks from GRiZBig DataGalantisViceroy featuring K.flayUrban Cone, Great Good Fine OkMax And the MoonPr0filesBad Wave, the black and the whiteA-L-X and Broken Witt Rebels. Didn’t particularly focus on any one artist and played a variety of upbeat music including Coleman Hell whose producing a new kind of alternative dance.

Before The Music Podcast Episode 7 by Beforebigs.Com on Mixcloud

BtB Podcast Ep 6 feat. Aloe Blacc, Gavin Turek, Magic Giant, Scavenger Hunt and much more!

February 19th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Before the Bigs Radio, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, House, Pop, Rock, synthpop |

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BeforeBigs.com Podcast Episode 6 by Beforebigs.com on Mixcloud

Before the Bigs music podcast episode 6 is out and while there weren’t any guests co-hosting the show with me, I still had a great time reviewing 3 shows I saw in the past two weeks in Aloe Blacc at The Nice Guy, Magic Giant and Gavin Turek at The Troubadour and Scavenger Hunt, WATERBED and Kid Cadaver at The Bootleg Theater. They were all truly great shows which I talk and play music from those artists on the podcast. Other artists covered include Miami Horror which released their lead single for their upcoming album out April 21st, Royal Tongues have a new song, newcomer DJ Hunter Siegel with a future house banger. Also stream that new new from Life In Film, Nick D’ and the Believers, Kid Astray and Young Buffalo. 15 songs played in the podcast, stream the whole podcast above and below stream the songs played on episode 6 on Soundcloud and most of the songs played on the podcast history on Spotify. (more…)


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