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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.

Day 1

Arriving around 3:15/3:30ish to catch end of Preservation Hall Band. I don’t love Jazz but I know this band brings it so I’m curious to see a few of their songs before heading to John Mayall. My friend Tim said he’s pretty good and after listening to a few songs, I’m looking forward to some of his set. If I’m not digging John Mayall, then it’s time to see Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra because Jeff Goldblum is awesome and who doesn’t want to see the dude play some music at a festival!? After Goldblum seems like a good time as any to grab a mid-day drink, some food, and a bathroom break because I want to see most of, if not all, the next band’s sets.

Dawes at 5:25, not missing much of that. I’m excited to hear some of their newer stuff and I’ve only heard good things from an old high school classmate of mine who works with the band. After Dawes, it’s time for some soul with Charles Bradley. I’ll probably only catch several of his songs, but that’s fine, I’m sure it will touch my heart and I’ll feel all the feelings.

Then it’s Alabama Shakes time and honestly this act I’m most excited about as I have their two first albums on vinyl. Dinner time after Alabama Shakes and hoping I can listen to The Meters while eating. Lastly, it’s Tom Petty and I’m stoked to see him, who has too many hits to list.

Most excited to see on Day 1: Tom PettyAlabama ShakesCharles BradleyDawes

Day 2

I’m getting there earlier on day 2 of ASW, around 1 pm so I don’t miss a minute of Magic Giant. I can’t wait for their happy harmonic folk-pop vibes, this will be my 4th or 5th time seeing the trio. Then it’s lunch time before seeing another 7-9 acts on Sunday. 2:20 catching The Mowgli’s who I’ve seen a couple times and always bring a happy poppy vibe that is hard not to like.Then it’s time for Con Brio, who I probably wouldn’t have seen except their publicity hit me up, gave me some songs to get into and I think I’m now a fan. Then it’s time for ZZ Ward, hoping she will do some upbeat songs but I’ll have to leave her set a bit early because I don’t want to miss rising genre-bending band The Revivalists whose hit “Wish I Knew You” is incredibly infectious and even after hearing it on the radio several times a day, I’m not getting sick of this song!

Then it’s time for some top 40 pop from Andy Grammer. Everybody will be smiling when he plays “Keep Your Head Up” but he’s got several other hits that are catchy and worth seeing live. After Grammer finishes the next acts I see will be a major toss up based on mood, what the people I’m with want to see and generally how everybody is feeling. My goal is to catch some of Lukas Nelson as a jam band is always a good time at a festival but will see most of Fitz & The Tantrums as they have a catchy pop vibe that is hard not to like and they are locals who I’ve seen once and enjoyed.

After Fitz, it’s dinner time and hopefully, I can eat while enjoying the funk jam band vibes of Lettuce. However as soon as it’s 7 pm, I’m jetting over to the main stage to see Weezer. I’ve seen them 3-4 times, ALWAYS a great show, they have more hits than the average festival goer expects and they should be one of the highlights of this inaugural festival. When Weezer finishes, it’s time to see some of The Shins. I love “Simple Song”, “Phantom Limb”, and “New Slang” but I’m excited to get into the rest of their setlist and find new favorites. Unfortunately, I’ll probably leave The Shins set about 2-3 songs early so I can get a great spot for Mumford & Sons, easily the band I’m most looking forward to. I’ve been in love with their harmonic folk vibes and ever since I watched the Mumford & Sons Live At Red Rocks DVD, I’ve been hooked! Hope they do a song from that Johannesburg EP they put out last year but either way, I’ll be satisfied with their performance as I love the folk vibes at a music festival.

So there you have it; that’s my schedule for Arroyo Seco Weekend. Thank you Goldenvoice for putting this together!

Stream: “Wilder” by Holmsey *laid back summer vibes

June 13th, 2017 by | Ambient, Chill/Jam/Reggae |

“Wilder” is the debut track from 18-year-old Australian musician Holmsey. Inspired by Australian bedroom producer turned sensation Flume, Mitchel Holmes (aka Holmsey) began developing his own signature sound determined to follow in the footsteps of his idol. Mitchell’s first original track “Wilder” instantly gained traction within numerous Youtube and Soundcloud tastemakers. “Wilder” was inspired by summer and is best consumed during calm warm summer nights.

Stream “Wilder” below.

If you like what you hear, like Holmsey on Facebook.

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…)

Video: Aeroplane & Purple Disco Machine ft. Aloe Blacc – “Counting On Me” *dance

May 13th, 2017 by | Dance, Disco, Electropop, House, Music Video |

Aeroplane Purple Disco Machine got the smooth voice of one of my favorite contemporary singers, Aloe Blacc, as well as a gospel chorus for their latest dance release, “Counting On Me”. This infectious dance track is just what’s needed to turn your party into a dance party and it makes you want to move! It’s a soulful upbeat dance track that reminds me of Disclosure.

Let Aloe Blacc take you higher on “Counting On Me,” below. It’s out Monday, May 15, on Spinnin’ Records.
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M.I.L.K. releases gorgeous debut EP ‘A Memory Of A Memory Of A Postcard’

May 13th, 2017 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Chill/Jam/Reggae, R&B, synthpop |

Copenhagen-based M.I.L.K. releases stunning debut EP A Memory Of A Memory Of A Postcard, a 6-track project filled with sun-soaked summer vibe synth pop with smooth and funky vibes. I discovered M.I.L.K. back in November when I heard “Following The Sun” on a random chill playlist and when his PR team hit me up earlier this week, I knew I had to let you guys know about him after hearing the EP!

Stream A Memory Of A Memory Of A Postcard visual EP on Spotify below. My favorites include “When You Feel Good”, “Following The Sun” and “U and Me”. (more…)

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…)

Introducing Polaroid Summer *uplifting electric indie pop

April 20th, 2017 by | Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop, synthpop |

Happy to introduce Houston indie pop band Polaroid Summer with their debut single, “The Giant”. It’s a fun uplifting track that is easy to sing along to and leaves me wanting more from these guys. I can’t wait to hear what’s next and think they have a really strong debut that should get them on some good local shows. I can’t wait to read about them doing big things at SXSW 2018 as I imagine a year from now the number of people that are fans of these guys will grow immensely.

The upbeat and catchy track is the first official release from Polaroid Summer, the new project from members of Houston bands Lost Element and VerseCity.Stream “The Giant” below.

Follow Polaroid Summer on facebook.

Introducing Louam – “BabyBaby” *R&B/funk/pop fusion

April 7th, 2017 by | Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

This is the second single from Oslo based songwriter and artist Louam, following her debut single “Freaky Things”. The sound of “BabyBaby” is a fusion between old school R&B, funk and modern pop. The song is one of several new singles she will release in 2017 – all to be included on her debut album due in October.

“BabyBaby” is produced by the young and talented German producer LO. The single is now out on Soundcloud as a sneak preview: listen below! (more…)

Stream: Magic Bronson – “Nervous” *pulsating alt electro-pop

April 7th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop |

Finally got around to writing about the latest release from Magic Bronson, this duo is making some interesting alternative/indie electro pop vibes that are pulsating, rhythmic and grab a hold of you and keep you listening. 2016 was a bumpy year and that’s why Magic Bronson decided to draw inspiration from the news and their own real life experiences to create “Nervous.” Stream it below. (more…)


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