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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!

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.

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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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.

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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…)

Review: Crystal Fighters live at El Rey Theatre

April 6th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, Pop |

Last Friday, I enjoyed the fun poppy sounds of Crystal Fighters. It was such a good vibes party with positive, peaceful happy pop songs that were infectious and super fun to sing and move along to. I loved every moment and while it’s hard to choose my favorite songs, you can find my 5 favorites they did live below in order of when they were performed (first to last!
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Miami Horror – “The Shapes” *artsy concept album

March 24th, 2017 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Electropop, New Wave, synthpop |

One of my favorite Australian bands is back with some great new music with their new concept album, The Shapes. After a two-year hiatus spent writing, experimenting and exploring, Melbourne’s Miami Horror return with their new conceptual project The Shapes.

The Shapes comes to life as a sonic / art experience and sees the band delve deep into rhythm and percussion with influences ranging from the art pop and lyrical wit of Talking Heads to Caribbean funk and African beats.  The first taste from The Shapes, “Leila” embodies the glitzy, glamorous sunshine of LA, draped in 80s synth melodies and topped with those iconic Miami Horror vocals, it’s a fitting first single.

Stream The Shapes below.

Previous: Miami Horror – “Leila”

Watch: Speelburg – “Pulse Of A Million” *alternative psychedelic pop

March 16th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Dance, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop |

When I first heard this song, I thought it was weird yet grabbed me because of its upbeat nature and I like the alternative, almost psychedelic vibes with uplifting lyrical content. Speelburg is intriguing, cool, strange, awesome and exciting! I really want to hear more from them and catch Speelburg (real name Noah Sacré) live!

Watch “Pulse Of A Million” below.
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Stream: Tuxedo – “2nd Time Around” *disco/funk

March 8th, 2017 by | Disco, Electropop, Pop, R&B, synthpop |

I love the future disco/funk vibes of Tuxedo and I’m so excited to share the first release from their upcoming album Tuxedo II (pre-order) out March 24 through Stones Throw Records. “2nd Time Around” continues the impressive upbeat debut release Tuxedo dropped in 2015 and I can’t wait for this 2nd album as it will be wholly original yet still draw influence from the future funk wobble of Zapp, Gap, Jam/Lewis and Junie Morrison, while nodding lyrically to Mtume, Jodeci and Cameo.

Tuxedo is Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One. The crystallization of their 2nd album’s concept comes courtesy of its message of universal love; thanks to the signature combination of soul and pop sensibility that have come to define Mayer’s hook. I can’t wait to hear the full length, definitely buying this album when it drops!

Stream “2nd Time Around” below, watch them perform it live on Jimmy Kimmel Live and peep the upcoming tour dates, you do not want to miss this duo live! (more…)


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