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Kyko *tropical electronic pop/rock

November 28th, 2016 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

Kyko FI 600x450 Kyko *tropical electronic pop/rockThe latest Hidden Gem I got for you is London outfit Kyko. Formed in 2014, this young pop band is crafting a sound that keeps getting better. They just released “Nature” which is very Vampire Weekend/Paul Simon‘s Graceland-esque and I LOVE IT! They released “Nature” earlier this month and before that have had excellent releases on their soundcloud.

I discovered this band through a reddit post about people looking for music influenced by Graceland and African artists that influenced Paul Simon in making that classic album. I first heard Kyko’s “Animals” and fell in love with the tropical laid back pop/rock vibe that is very easy to groove to. Once I heard “Nature” and the several other songs on their soundcloud, I was hooked and hand to feature them on BtB.

Stream “Nature”, “Native” and “Animals” below. (more…)

Boy & Bear, Cobi live at Teragram Ballroom

November 4th, 2016 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Music Video, Pop, Reviews, Rock |

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Thursday I witnessed two emerging musicians rise to the responsibility of putting on a great energetic show in Los Angeles as Cobi and then Boy & Bear played fun, engaging sets that were easy to sing and/or dance along to. Read my review below! (more…)

Hidden Gem: Cobi *emerging soulful pop act similar to Hozier!

October 31st, 2016 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop |

unnamed 576x600 Hidden Gem: Cobi *emerging soulful pop act similar to Hozier!Shout out to Go Lightly Media who keeps pitching me really talented emerging artists and the latest I present to you today is Cobi. His first single, “Don’t You Cry For Me” has garnered over 15 million streams on Spotify since debuting in May and I love the track!

Cobi reminds me of three other emerging artists I really dig in Hozier (similar voice and production), Leon Bridges (similar soulful vibe) and Jamie N Commons (similar instrumentals and arranging). I think Cobi can achieve similar success as these artists and even rise to heights beyond what they’ve currently achieved and I love Leon Bridges and Jamie N Commons!

Los Angeles catch me enjoying the soulful vibes of Cobi and Australian indie folk-rock band Boy & Bear at Teragram Ballroom this Wednesday November 2nd. Highly recommend this show as I’m a new fan of what Cobi is putting out there and a HUGE FAN of the headliner, Boy & Bear, who remind me of a mix between The War On Drugs and Houndmouth.  Stream “Don’t You Cry For Me” and “Prophet Story” from Cobi below.
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Review: Judah & The Lion at The Troubadour *high energy

October 5th, 2016 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Rock |

IMG 8636 600x399 Review: Judah & The Lion at The Troubadour *high energyLast week I saw alternative folk rock band Judah & The Lion tear the roof off with amazing energy at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. It was a great show not only because we were front row and got high-fives from the band, but they were a lot of fun live. For the songs I didn’t know, I learned fast with catchy hooks that they encouraged the crowd to sing along with. And for the songs I knew, I enjoyed the crap out of them, singing, jumping and hollering at all the fun energy they were putting out on stage at the famous Troubadour. It was one of the best shows I’ve seen there and I highly recommend catching this indie band live, they are from Nashville so you know they can jam!

Here’s “Kickin’ The Leaves” which they opened with, and their single “Take It All Back” off their new album Folk Hop N Roll, produced by Dave Cobb. Look up Dave Cobb, the other artists he’s produced have gone onto win awards and are all great acts, Judah & The Lion deserves the same exposure and credit for being really fun nice dudes and awesome live.

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 |

12224081 1670133719921451 1300181023 n 600x474 Half Moon Run impresses big time in Sold Out show at Bootleg BarLast Thursday I caught Canadian indie rock band Half Moon Run perform to a sold out audience at the intimate Bootleg Bar. It was an impressive sight to see and I got the set list from somebody so I’ll be posting their set below.
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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.

Anways, here’s videos to my favorite songs performed by Smallpools. (more…)


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