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Preview: Sunstock Solar Festival September 9

August 22nd, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Dance, Electropop, Pop, Rock |

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 Fuzzy Crystals. Additional acts will be announced soon!

For the first time, a VIP package will be available. For $50, attendees will receive separate entry, Sunstock Tote and Swag, and Access to the “Future is Bright” Lounge featuring a Sustainable Mixology Bar by Award-Winning mixologist, Robin Chopra, Free Food and Drink Tastings, Shaded Seating by Hang High and more!

The festival in partnership with GRID Alternatives will be raising funds to provide a rooftop solar installation for A Safe Place for Youth, a shelter for homeless teens on the west side.

In addition to GRID Alternatives, this year’s non-profit partners include the Sierra Club, SoCal 350 Climate Action, Climate Hawks Vote, South Bay Clean Power, Food & Water Watch, and Rootskeeper, with more to be announced soon. Media Partners include LA Weekly and Alt 98.7.

Sunstock Solar Festival impassions, educates and activates our local communities through music, art, food, discussions and more, all centered around building greener cities and better futures. The event will focus on clean energy, sustainability, and social justice in a positive, engaging way, featuring solar-powered light installations, organic food trucks, immersive art, workshops, games, sustainable vendors, social action opportunities and the headlining feature – music powered by the sun. The all-ages show intends to engage festival-goers with the causes and calls-to-action that we need to protect our future.

Tickets are now on sale! Read more for details! (more…)

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

June 29th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Electronic Rock, Electropop |

Here’s my review of the acts I saw on Day 2 of Arroyo Seco Weekend which includes Magic GiantThe Mowgli’s, Alice SmithThe RevivalistsJamtownFitz & The TantrumsWeezerThe Shins, and Mumford & Sons. (more…)

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

June 26th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Rock |


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 HeartbreakersAlabama ShakesCharles BradleyDawes and Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

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Preview: Arroyo Seco Weekend 2017

June 22nd, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Before the Bigs Radio, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Daily Mix, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Pop, Rock |

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 this upcoming weekend of Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. Below I’ll give you my schedule of acts I’m catching and when to eat/drink. Purchase tickets here.
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Vampire Weekend new album in 2017?

June 12th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie |

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 and first without Rostam Batmanglij, who has done fantastic work with Hamilton + Rostam, I just love the song, “A 1000 Times”.

Vampire Weekend are anticipated to follow up on the success of their first three albums, with the release of Mitsubishi Macchiato later this year. I can’t wait to hear anything new from VW, I just love this band and the eclectic sounds each of their previous releases have provided.

In the meantime, watch Vampire Weekend perform “Unbelievers” on SNL back in 2013. (more…)

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

May 30th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Pop, synthpop |

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 end as they played many tracks they haven’t released yet as well as personal favorites like “Gone”, 2017 release “Same Dark Places”, “Simple Girl”, “If You Didn’t See Me”, “As Time Goes” and “We Almost Lost Detroit”. I loved every song they performed and just wish I knew the songs they haven’t released yet as I loved all of those too. They had tons of energy, good banter in between songs and the live looping the lead singer did to start each song really created such a beautiful sound. You can tell these guys are influenced by The Beatles, punk rock

Stream the songs I mentioned above and many more as you deserve to listen to all of JR JR to get an idea how good they are.

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…)

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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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…)


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