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Hidden Gem: De Lux *post-punk dance like Rapture, Talking Heads

April 9th, 2014 by | Dance, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem |

de lux scion av 600x399 Hidden Gem: De Lux *post punk dance like Rapture, Talking HeadsLos Angeles duo De Lux is back with a new video to “It All Works All The Time”. These guys are a hit in the realm of post punk dance revival acts like RaptureTalking Heads, !!! (chk chk chk) and Scissor Sisters. It’s very fun laid back music that you can dance to.

Watch “It All Works All The Time” from the Innovative Leisure band De Lux.
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Exclusive: Q&A Interview with Thurz

April 8th, 2014 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Hip-Hop/Rap |

image proxy large 3 399x600 Exclusive: Q&A Interview with ThurzLast Friday I attended Red Bull Sound Select’s pop-up show for Chuck Inglish‘s record release party for his latest album, Convertibles. It was a great show (read my review here), and I was afforded the opportunity to interview rising LA hip-hop act Thurz before the show as he was opening for Chuck Inglish. Here’s most of what I (@ImZachSE) talked about with Thurz (@Thurzday) before the show.
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Review: Thurz and Chuck Inglish at The Well *Packed house

April 8th, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

image proxy large 600x399 Review: Thurz and Chuck Inglish at The Well *Packed houseWhenever I think of Thurz, I immediately think of the hook in his song, “Goddamn goddamn” and how catchy that hip-hop song is. Last Friday I got to witness Los Angeles rapper Thurz and his band perform live at The Well in Downtown Los Angeles opening for Chuck Inglish (of The Cool Kids) at the Red Bull Sound Select pop-up Show Friday night. It was my first hip-hop show since March and definitely well worth it. Read more below. (more…)

Hidden Gem: Saints of Valory *upbeat alternative Pop/Rock

April 8th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop, Rock |

1957299 saints of valory 617 409 600x397 Hidden Gem: Saints of Valory *upbeat alternative Pop/RockI don’t know how I discovered this band, I just found four of their songs on my iTunes that I downloaded in December and finally got to. But wow, Saints of Valory‘s four song Possibilities EP is some great upbeat fun that I enjoy very much! This rock/alternative/pop band signed to Atlantic Records and are a hit!

Stream the Saints of Valory‘s Possibilities EP to understand the hype, my favorites are “Kids”, “Long Time Coming” and “Back Up”.

Oh wait, now I remember how I might have discovered them! When I was really into ”Royals” covers, I think I came across theres and became a fan of the band. Watch their Saints of Valory‘s acoustic cover to “Royals”, the harmonized vocals are hot and makes you want to sing along to Lorde‘s catchy lyrics!
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Review: X Ambassadors at Bootleg Theatre *excellent

April 7th, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Rock |

6 600x450 Review: X Ambassadors at Bootleg Theatre *excellentLast Thursday I saw an excellent performance from X Ambassadors, who debuted new tracks off their latest EP, The Reason as well as did a brief cover of “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys to lead into another one of their tracks. They even performed two songs in their encore, including “Brother” off their first EP and a song with Jamie N Commons, “Jungle”, that makes me want to see the film the song was made for.

Overall a very impressive performance from the rising Brooklyn band signed to Kid In A Korner’s label (Imagine Dragons, Skylar Grey, Jamie N Commons), the subsidiary under Interscope led by producer Alex Da Kid. I highly recommend catching X Ambassadors live as they will not disappoint because of their high energy, catchy hooks and the drums and guitar are straight fire throughout the song.

I loved all but 1 song, some acoustic slowed-down jam that I wasn’t in the mood for. Other than that, nearly perfect set and this group is going to blow up once their debut album drops! Stream “Brother” and The Reason EP below, all the tracks on that are STRAIGHT FIRE!

Video+Download: Jhameel – Lion’s Den *Game Of Thrones song

April 6th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Music Video |

unnamed2 600x600 Video+Download: Jhameel   Lions Den *Game Of Thrones songRising indie pop artist Jhameel has released a new song and video that’s a tribute to HBO’s Game Of Thrones series. I’m a little late on this but today’s a good day to release this with the new season of the show starting tonight (CANT WAIT!!!).

The video is for his new single Lion’s Den, the title track off his upcoming album.  It features a flaming torch, a majestic wolf, and some bad-ass armor (to protect him from the haters). I’m glad Jhameel is as obsessed with Game Of Thrones as I and many other fans of the show are!

Anyway watch “Lion’s Den” below, it’s a relaxed song perfect for a Sunday and to get you pumped for GOT returning tonight! (more…)

Covers: Glass Animals (Kanye West), BASECAMP (Ace of Base),CHRVCHES (Arctic Monkeys), Bear Mountain (Tears For Fears)

April 6th, 2014 by | Electropop, Music Video, Pop, Remix, synthpop |

hqdefault Covers: Glass Animals (Kanye West), BASECAMP (Ace of Base),CHRVCHES (Arctic Monkeys), Bear Mountain (Tears For Fears)Got three fairly new covers for you from three very different artists. Listen below to Glass Animals cover Kanye West‘s “Love Lockdown”, BASECAMP cover 90′s Swedish pop group Ace of Base “All That She Wants”, rising electro pop band CHVRCHES cover Arctic Monkeys “Do I Wanna Know” and Bear Mountain cover 80′s band Tears For Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”.
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Video: Ghost Beach – Miracle

April 5th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop, Music Video, Pop, synthpop |

Ghost Beach Miracle Le Youth Remix 600x600 Video: Ghost Beach   MiracleI can’t believe I haven’t posted the new music video from Ghost Beach! What’s wrong with me, this song “Miracle” is a hit, probably one of the catchiest songs I heard in 2013 and now the video is out to get you pumped for their tour.

Watch “Miracle” below and get their debut album Blonde (iTunes).  (more…)

Download: Rob Cantor – GHOST *alternative pop

April 5th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop |

unnamed 431x600 Download: Rob Cantor   GHOST *alternative popQuite an interesting release from Rob Cantor with “Ghost”. It’s fairly different from “Old Bike” and sounds a bit Foals-esque, and I think the build in the bridge is actually pretty fantastic. It’s more laid back and I think Rob Cantor is almost there is making some great music.

Stream and download “Ghost” below.

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Preview: Brokechella 2014 *best LA value festival of 2014

April 4th, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Guest Mix |

brokechella poster final 2 1 485x600 Preview: Brokechella 2014 *best LA value festival of 2014A festival I had an unforgettable experience at because of the art, the underrated music, the hospitality of event staffers and overall fun in such a local scene was Brokechella 2012. Last year I couldn’t attend because of Coachella and this year personally won’t be able to attend but that doesn’t mean I won’t have awesome friends covering the festival for me while I enjoy Coachella weekend 2.

For those in Southern California that can’t afford Coachella and are into more intimate festival scenes, then Brokechella is for you! With over 50 musicians performing and even comedians this year, it’s sure to be a festival worth going to. For $10, that’s less than 50 cents an artist and you know the people of cARTel know how to throw a super fly dope fun event for all. Now it’s in 4th year, Brokechella is sure to be one of the most talked about and underrated events of the season in Los Angeles and I highly recommend any music and/or comedy fan to check it out as you will have as great a time I did two years ago attending this Downtown LA event.

For more info on Brokechella, visit Brokechella.com and purchase tickets here. Because I’m pretty pumped the event has continued for the 4th year in a row, I’ve created a playlist of 15 artists from Brokechella to look forward to including BtB favorites Azad RightWarm BrewVerbs and many more! (more…)


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