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Preview: Downtown Long Beach New Year Eve’s Bash feat. Saint Motel, ZZ Ward, Houndmouth and more!

December 26th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review |
151231 NYE poster FINAL o J6rQq1 388x600 Preview: Downtown Long Beach New Year Eves Bash feat. Saint Motel, ZZ Ward, Houndmouth and more!We’re pleased to let you know about the Downtown Long Beach New Year’s Eve block party! Headlining this year will be Saint Motel, ZZ Ward, Houndmouth, and Vintage Trouble, each bringing guests to perform throughout the evening. Those guests include a special DJ set from OK Go’s Dan Konopka and Tim Nordwind’s project Xia Xia TechniqueFMLYBND, Miles Tackett & The 3 Times, and DJ Sovern-T.

Following last year’s record-breaking New Year’s Eve (NYE) celebration, when 13,500 people descended upon DTLB to ring in the new year, the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) will continue to host the largest party in town as it welcomes a plethora of SoCal’s finest musicians to take part in a three-stage, three-block festival in the heart of Downtown. DLBA has again teamed with the Knitting Factory Entertainment, partner and talent booker for New Year’s Eve, to establish an exciting line-up for the night.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing Saint Motel and Houndmouth, two bands we’ve covered for a long time who only put out great fun tunes. Pre-sale tickets are available for $30 at www.downtownlongbeach.org or by clicking here. Tickets will be available at the gate on the day of the event for $40. It’s well worth the money as this should be a great place to party for New Year’s!

Review: Tanlines at The Fonda *pretty, pretty good

December 12th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop |

IMG 5881 600x450 Review: Tanlines at The Fonda *pretty, pretty goodWas Tanlines great live? Probably not, but were they fun to watch and have some songs that are quite catchy? Absolutely! I got to watch them 14 songs headlining to a small crowd at The Fonda Theatre on a Wednesday night and it was a pretty, pretty good show. My favorites are “Slipping Away”, “Real Life” and “All Of Me”. Setlist above, my favorite songs below.


Best songs on Soundcloud November 2015 *Miike Snow, Run The Jewels and more!

December 1st, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Ambient, Before Bigs Exclusive, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Daily Mix, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, New Wave, Pop, R&B, Remix, Rock, synthpop |

Miike Snow Heart Is Full remix Best songs on Soundcloud November 2015 *Miike Snow, Run The Jewels and more!

Last month we had some great releases on Soundcloud, here’s my 30 favorite song releases below to stream (and some to download!).

Ok let’s get to discussing some of my favorites and ones that got personally sent to us.
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Half Moon Run impresses big time in Sold Out show at Bootleg Bar

November 23rd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Rock |

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Young Creatures Live at The Bootleg Bar

November 19th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Rock |

IMG 5809 600x450 Young Creatures Live at The Bootleg BarLast night I watched indie psychedelic rock band Young Creatures entertain us with some tracks at their show at The Bootleg Bar. I thought they started the set off strong with some of their more memorable tracks like “Give Me A Reason” and “Fear All The Things”. This is a quality band to see in LA, I hope they  can open for some really big psych rock band to give them more exposure.

Listen to their album below, the first two tracks are my favorites.

Smallpools live at The Fonda Theatre

November 18th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, synthpop |

BEST NEW BANDS Smallpools 700 600x322 Smallpools live at The Fonda TheatreSo after I went to dinner with my parents and my girlfriend for my birthday, I won myself a pair of tickets to see Smallpools at Fonda Theatre in Hollywood and walked over to that show after a fine dining experience from Cleo at The Redbury Hotel.

Smallpools was fantastic live, bringing lots of energy with their catchy indie electro pop jams like “Over & Over”, “Dreaming” and one of my favorites “Street Fight”. I seriously loved almost all their songs in their set, except they need to get rid of their “A Real Hero” cover because they are better than that song and the band that performs that song. They should go back to covering The New Radicals “You Get What You Give” or perform a “Closing Time” cover, that’s always fun.

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Review: Walk The Moon, Saint Motel and Holychild at The Greek Theatre

November 3rd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Electropop, New Wave, Pop, Rock, synthpop |

11258028 190690484600661 1148279324 n 600x600 Review: Walk The Moon, Saint Motel and Holychild at The Greek TheatreThe best concert I attended this year was seeing Walk The Moon, Saint Motel and a bit of HOLYCHILD live at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. It was an incredible show mostly because of Walk The Moon, Saint Motel and the perfect weather at the magical outdoor intimate venue of The Greek, where almost a full moon led to an incredible night of catchy tunes.
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Stream: Best of October 2015 *new Miike Snow, Goldroom, Skrillex & The Game, and Outasight

November 1st, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Daily Mix, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Mashup, New Wave, Pop, R&B, Remix, Rock, synthpop |

artworks 000129199036 09lknm t500x500 Stream: Best of October 2015 *new Miike Snow, Goldroom, Skrillex & The Game, and OutasightOk so below is a 50 track playlist of my favorite songs that got released in October 2015 on Soundcloud. It’s a huge variety and below the playlist, I’ll touch on some that were personally sent to me or from artists that we’ve written on here before and are big fans.

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Review: Kero Kero Bonito and Skylar Spence live at The Echo

October 28th, 2015 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Electropop, synthpop |

12093805 455437994661443 1617156632 n 600x600 Review: Kero Kero Bonito and Skylar Spence live at The EchoLast Thursday, I was in for a wild ride of alternative music as alternative dance pop trio Kero Kero Bonito and indie alternative pop band Skylar Spence performed at The Echo in Los Angeles. Even though the show started late and I couldn’t catch all of Skylar Spence’s set because of work the next morning, I still had a great time and discovered a new band I hadn’t heard before, Kero Kero Bonito.
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Review: Con Bro Chill, Magic Giant and Monogem at The Troubadour

October 22nd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, synthpop |

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Last night I was fortunate enough to get put on the guest list to cover indie electronic folk band Magic Giant who combine the harmonic grassroots elements of folk with some dubstep-type beats in parts of some of their songs. But what makes Magic Giant really stick out is there high energy performances from each member for the 4-piece band. This was my 4th time seeing them live, the first time over a year ago at the first ever (and best) Daybreaker LA when not only did they perform but Eric Sharp played the best morning dance set ever. Listen to that set in the morning and it will bring you the best vibes to start your day. Anyways I’m getting off topic. Below is my review of the show in which I saw Monogem perform a couple songs, Magic Giant perform about 6 songs including an Outkast “Hey Ya” cover and Con Bro Chill bring their neon lights party that maybe showed me what partying in the 80′s was like as every song they performed was about partying.
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