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Review: Culture Collide 2012 Festival Block Party

October 15th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electropop, Pop, Rock, synthpop |

Culture Collide balloon 600x400 Review: Culture Collide 2012 Festival Block PartyLast Sunday on October 7, I attended the last day of Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide 2012 Festival. I saw many acts which included: Icona PopColorfeelsClass Actress, The Royal Teeth, Niki & The Dove, Poolside, The Moog and Of Montreal. Read my full review of these acts below and shout out to Filter Magazine for giving me press access and distributing most of the pictures you see below. (more…)

Review: Carousel at Abbott Kinney Festival

October 8th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, synthpop |

dce53c0410d611e29ed51231381b333c 7 600x600 Review: Carousel at Abbott Kinney FestivalAbbott Kinney Festival is an annual street fest in the Venice Beach area filled with hippies and young socialites. It was my first year going and after getting to see my favorite up-and-coming band out of Boston perform, Carousel, I walked up and down the closed off Abbott Kinney Boulevard and saw tons of herbal medicine booths, a “Vote for Rosanne Barr for President” as part of the Peace and Freedom (and Stoner) party, and tons of other people selling massages, clothing, artwork and other stuff you’d normally find along the Venice Beach boardwalk. There were also a ton of cops, a ton of hipster parents and tons of children.

However I came to Abbott Kinney Festival to see Carousel, an up-and-coming indie/electro-pop trio out of Boston who has a sound similar to Miike Snow and will become a huge mainstream act once they get in some more touring and shoot some videos for their songs, which are all great!

I caught most of Carousel‘s set which the crowd seemed to enjoy even if only a few knew their music and many enjoyed their “Dancing On My Own” Robyn cover (which I hope they release). Stream and download my two favorites I heard them perform.

Previous: Carousel – Let’s Go Home (Video)

 

Adventure Gallery @TheCentralSAPC

October 6th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop |

 Adventure Gallery @TheCentralSAPC

Earlier this week, Portland based Adventure Gallery rocked the night at the renowned, The Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club in Santa Monica.

They have an 80′s rock/pop feel mixed with a modern day electro pop sound. Perfect for the people with 80′s nostalgia looking for a new and fresh sound. This group is small now but has the makings to do some big things down the road. It will be interesting to see how they progress.

Enjoy some of the tracks they performed that night below.

Hidden Gem: Adventure Galley + upcoming show at @TheCentralSAPC

September 27th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Dance, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Rock |

oct 1 revised 463x600 Hidden Gem: Adventure Galley + upcoming show at @TheCentralSAPCThe next upcoming indie dance band you need to follow is Oregon indie dance rock band Adventure Galley. I first heard “Weekend Lovers” sometime over the summer but somehow got lost in the shuffle of dance music that I love moving to.

However @BenOprstu contacted me about Adventure Galley doing a show at my favorite Santa Monica music venue next Monday. I watched the “Weekend Lovers” video and realized why I dig their upbeat electro-synth indie rock vibes so he asked me if @BeforeBigs wanted to co-produce the show with From The Hip LA. After watching “Weekend Lovers” and listening to “Marooned” and “Addict”, I knew this was a special band making music they like to call Glow Wave.

To attend this 21+ event at The Central SAPC this upcoming Monday, purchase $8 advance tickets or pay $10 at the door. Now onto some fun music! (more…)

Contest: Win two tix to Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival!

September 25th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Guest Mix |

CC 2012 9x575 430x600 Contest: Win two tix to Filter Magazines Culture Collide Festival!Filter Magazine has once again given us two passes to their annual Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles! Culture Collide’s line-up boasts 63 artists from 25 countries, converging in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood October 4-7. If you love discovering new music from a diverse group of artists and sounds, this is an event you won’t want to miss and we got two tickets for you and a friend for all four days of the event! View the entire performance schedule here: http://bit.ly/NAGpT0

Read below to find out how you can win tickets to Culture Collide Festival (or purchase tickets here if your not feeling lucky). (more…)

Review: Moshav, Purdue Avenue at the @MintLA

September 17th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review |

jf6 moshav Review: Moshav, Purdue Avenue at the @MintLALast Thursday, I attended The Mint in West Los Angeles to see Purdue Avenue and Moshav. This was truly a special night of music filled with plenty of up-and-coming American-Jewish musicians including Yael Mayer whose been featured on MTV and had songs licensed in many huge commercials.

Read my full review below. (more…)

Mashup Monday + Ticket giveaway: Kids & Explosions

September 17th, 2012 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Before Bigs Exclusive, Mashup, Mashup Monday |

 Mashup Monday + Ticket giveaway: Kids & ExplosionsWho is Kids & Explosions? K & E is Josh Raskin, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker (I Met the Walrus) turned mash-up artist. His LP Shit Computer offers a collection of some of Raskin’s own favorite tracks, which are reinterpreted and rearranged into glitchy and nostalgia-filled songs (this is his signature strategy). Genres are mixed and numerous samples of various songs turn hybrid in Shit Computer, revealing Raskin’s dexterity in transforming looped layers into tracks that sound fresh and new. Just listen to “Everything”, where he whisks a little of Eminem‘s “Lose It” with Slash’s guitar salute in the GNR classic “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Stream & download Shit Computer below.

If you dig this music and are in the LA area on Wednesday night, see how you can win two tickets to Kids & Explosions at The Central SAPC on 9/19.
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More in-depth review: Pacific Festival 2012

September 12th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Daily Mix, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Dance Music, Electronic Rock, Electropop, House, Music Video, Pop, Remix, Rock, synthpop |

562043 417068355006953 271753665 n 600x222 More in depth review: Pacific Festival 2012A couple Sunday’s ago, I attended Pacific Festival 2012: The Dunes, featuring Mayer HawthornePoolsideBag RaidersCapital Cities and much much more vibe out at the Newport Beach Marina. This was my 2nd time attending Pacific Festival and this year they toned it down on worldwide acts (last year Snoop Dogg, Cut Copy, Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris were some notable favorites) but they moved the location away from an isolated area (from Oak Canyon Ranch to Newport Beach) and really created this unique festival vibe on a beach.

While E-Wish’s review was straight to the point, it only covered half the acts we saw and is very simple.  Read my full review below.
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Review: Pacific Festival 2012: The Dunes

September 9th, 2012 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review |

photo 4 600x450 Review: Pacific Festival 2012: The Dunes

Last Sunday, we had the luxury of attending the Pacific Festival at Newport Dunes. This event was very spread out on a beautiful resort with four different stages and a great beach vibe. It was the first year in this part of Newport Beach but certainly not the last. On top of it all, it was an extremely beautiful day. Perfect for an end of the summer fiesta!

The Pacific Festival had a much different atmosphere than your typical music festival (no drug use, somewhat conservative, kind of quiet, reserved etc.). Regardless, it was truly a great experience.

My favorite acts of the day were definitely Capital Cities, Mayer Hawthorne, Wildcat! Wildcat!, Steed Lord, American Royalty and Poolside many more. Take a listen to the best song of each performer’s set. Enjoy!

Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”:

Mayer Hawthorne – “Held The Hand”:

Wildcat! Wildcat! – “Mr. Quiche”:

SteedLord – “Bed of Needles”: 

American Royalty – “Matchstick”:

Poolside – “Take Me Home:”

Pacific Festival: The Dunes 2012 preview + official festival mix

August 21st, 2012 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Daily Mix, Guest Mix |

Pacific Festival The Dunes Sept 2 2012 385x600 Pacific Festival: The Dunes 2012 preview + official festival mixSouthern California’s Pacific Festival: The Dunes 2012 is quickly approaching and I thought I would provide some details into one of the most underrated festivals in California. Not only is there a great variety of music from retro soul crooner Mayer Hawthorne to daytime disco duo Poolside to probably the best electro-dance pop/rock band ever, Capital Cities, this is a festival you don’t want to miss on Sunday September 2! This festival will be set against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean at The Dunes in Newport Beach with DJ sets from plenty of up-and-comers you need to see live including Bag Raiders, Goldroom andMiami Horror to name a few.

The best way for me to express my excitement for Pacific Festival (which we reviewed last year), is to once again provide the “unofficial” Pacific Festival 2012 mixtape, which features 15 of my favorite songs from the acts performing at this year’s festival. Stream the 15-track mix below as well as the official “Pacific Festival: The Dunes 2012″ mix. Purchase tickets here and visit PacificFestival.com for more info on this must-see event that added the people behind Identity Festival to make this year’s festival even more of a rager! (more…)


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