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Preview: The six must-see musicians performing at Pacific Festival 2014!

August 14th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Dance Music, Electronic Rock, Electropop, House, synthpop |

image002 385x600 Preview: The six must see musicians performing at Pacific Festival 2014!This Saturday August 16 marks the 3rd annual Pacific Festival which will be held at The Dunes in Newport Beach, California. It’s a great location with DJs and bands performing on or near the beach, there should be beautiful weather present and hopefully a laid back fun ambiance in what should be a very fun one-day music festival. This will be my third time attending the Southern California festival in which I’ve discovered some real talented artists. Here’s the set times:

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Below are the six acts I’m most excited to see on Saturday (purchase tickets here)! (more…)

Review: Das Tapes and YNGCULT live at The Mint

April 14th, 2014 by | Ambient, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electropop |

10257578 10151985914097327 737708497133004171 o 600x450 Review: Das Tapes and YNGCULT live at The MintEarlier this month I caught my favorite electro-pop/new funkadelic duo Das Tapes and new electro-pop band YNGCULT live at The Mint, put together by Hunnypot Radio, which does fantastic free shows every week at The Mint! Here’s my review below.
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Review: Das Tapes live at The Spare Room, Roosevelt Hotel

March 24th, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electropop, synthpop |

Bipf9FdCIAA1zeV 458x600 Review: Das Tapes live at The Spare Room, Roosevelt HotelLast Thursday, The Burning Ear put together a fantastic free show with Los Angeles funky brother duo Das Tapes bringing their dance vibes to The Spare Room at The Roosevelt Hotel for Glenn Close’s birthday. It was a fun night and one of the best free shows I’ve been to since Das Tapes and the audience not only sang happy birthday to Glenn Close while she was bowling nearby the stage, but I met actor Michael Pena and told him how I enjoyed his movies, he said thanks and gave me a bro hug, it was awesome! Yet the best part of the evening was hearing Das Tapes perform their new jam, “Fetish” which is an absolute hit that sounds like a mix of ClassixxPoolsideToro Y Moi and Chromeo.

Stream and download the new track from Das Tapes below.

Review: Penguin Prison live at Echoplex

February 25th, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electropop, House, Music Video, synthpop |

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Review: Armand Van Helden at Create Nightclub

October 25th, 2013 by | Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electro, House |

1384154 10151901357046413 663077003 n 400x600 Review: Armand Van Helden at Create NightclubLast Saturday, a few buddies and I caught, Armand Van Helden, aka 1/2 of critically acclaimed DJ duo Duck Sauce, at Create Nightclub in Hollywood.  His DJ set went by super quick although it lasted for over two hours, which shows how entertaining of a set he performed, which was mostly disco and progressive house, lots of fun!

Anyways, I don’t remember a ton of what he spun, but when he performed 2009 Duck Sauce hit “Anyway” and the latest Duck Sauce single, 2013′s “It’s You”. Oh and also his 1996 classic, “The Funk Phenomena”; watch music video’s for those three songs below.


Hidden Gem: Lancelot *Australian Nu-Disco/Dance

October 17th, 2013 by | Dance, Disco, House |

919832 649621955053526 762950066 o 600x395 Hidden Gem: Lancelot *Australian Nu Disco/DanceAbout a month ago on my way home from work, I put on Songza’s Indie Dance & Nu Disco playlist and about 3-5 songs in I hear Australian musician Lancelot‘s “Spoken Word” and immediately fall in love with his tunes. Within that same week I believe I heard another track, maybe “Higher Ground”, which I also dug a lot.

The dude has less than 5,000 Facebook fans, which will change when DJs more well-known than Goldroom and Le Crayon start remixing his tunes or when he starts remixing some mainstream music in Australia and worldwide. Either way, I hope he comes to LA soon, so I can impress my Nu-Disco music friends when I invite them to see Lancelot.

Below is my favorite, “Spoken Word”, his latest project, “Thinking Of You” EP and a 2-track Free EP as well.. I really love the handclaps or finger snaps with the piano to open the song plus I believe I hear children cheering in the background of the song, just lovely dance vibes especially when the guitar riff jumps in, so smooth!


Preview + Giveaway: Culture Collide Festival, October 10-12, 2013

October 7th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Daily Mix, Dance, Disco, Electronic Rock, Electropop, House, Rock, synthpop |

cc 9.18 388x600 Preview + Giveaway: Culture Collide Festival, October 10 12, 2013This Thursday through Saturday in Echo Park, Los Angeles is the upcoming Culture Collide Festival put together by the wonderful people at Filter Magazine who have graciously offered us a pair of wristbands to giveaway! Email us at beforebigs@gmail.com with the subject including Culture Collide and who you are most excited to see to win the pair, winners will be selected Wednesday at 5pm. Check out CultureCollide.com for more info and purchase tickets on Ticketfly, it’s only $30 to see around 70 musicians perform!!!

This will be my 3rd year attending the diverse weekend music festival which features musicians all over the world. Several acts I’ve become huge fans of after hearing them at Culture Collide include Icona PopRoyal Teeth, PoolsideClassixxCSSAsteroids Galaxy Tour, and Datarock.

This years lineup continues the tradition of diverse musicians from all over the world which includes several personal favorites of ours including Miami HorrorPlastic Plates, The Silent Comedy, Chateau Marmont, GRMLN, Gemini Club, Mystery Skulls and Ghost Wave.
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Songs of the Week August 15-22, 2013

August 22nd, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Daily Mix, Dance, Disco, Electropop, House, Music Video, Pop, Remix, Rock, synthpop |

artworks 000055959678 6cd3em t500x500 Songs of the Week August 15 22, 2013Below I’ve listed various new songs that I’m really liking. If you want to read more about the songs and why I dig them, click read more below. If not, stream BtB’s songs of the week directly below.

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This Friday: Miami Horror DJ set at Hotline Comic-Con San Diego

July 18th, 2013 by | Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Dance Music, Electropop |

comiccon21 400x600 This Friday: Miami Horror DJ set at Hotline Comic Con San DiegoHotline Comic-Con is an event based on the popular indie video-game, “Hotline Miami.” The event will be in the midst of San Diego Comic-Con International, starting at 8:30 at 1401 E St. San Diego, CA, 92101 on Friday, July 19th 2013. Sponsored by Sapporo and Nerd Reactor, guests are invited to enjoy beverages while they indulge in live dance music provided by our special guests. Hotline Comic-Con is ages 21+ with an admission price of $15. Tickets can be purchased at: http://oheyemusing.ticketsocket.com

Originally released in the Fall of 2012 by Dennaton Games for PC, “Hotline Miami” was inspired by the 80s aesthetic movie, “Drive.” “Hotline Miami” is now out for Mac, PS3 and PSVita. The game and its accompanying soundtrack has been highly reviewed within the video game community with praise from non-gamers, as well.

Australians Miami Horror DJs (of the band Miami Horror) will be spinning their dance-pop jams at the event as headliner. Miami Horror is known for their 80′s-influenced dance music and single collaborations with artists such as Kimbra and Alan Palomo of Neon Indian.Watch videos to my two favorite Miami Horror songs below. (more…)

Review: Amtrac, Bit Funk and Cooper Saver at Polaroid Thursdays

April 15th, 2013 by | Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electro, House |

604087 10152718562655315 62970914 n 600x490 Review: Amtrac, Bit Funk and Cooper Saver at Polaroid ThursdaysAbout a week and a half ago, I got to enjoy the deep house/disco house/funky house sounds of Cooper SaverBit Funk and Amtrac at Polaroid Thursdays in Couture in Hollywood. Read my review below.
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