Courtesy of Wind-Up Records, they’ve given us two tickets to giveaway for Thursday’s show to see two rising bands out of Australia, including one of my absolute favorite acts, Strange Talk and another I’ve slowly become a fan of, The Griswolds.
To win 2 tickets to see Strange Talk and The Griswolds this Thursday at The Satellite, email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject CONTEST and mention why you deserve tickets to see both Australian acts at the Satellite on Thursday. Contest ends Thursday at noon PST and if you don’t win, I highly recommend going to the show, more details on it here.
Below read more about both bands including links to my favorite songs from each! (more…)
A week and a half ago I saw emerging electronic pop/rock act Basic Vacation. Based on what I heard in their 5-track debut EP and their intimate performance at Bardot for the KCRW curated It’s a School Night, they will become a huge mainstream act in the realm of Imagine Dragons mixed with Fun. I repeat, this group will become a huge mainstream act!
I actually dug almost everything they performed including their hit, “I Believe”, “It’s All Happening” (probably their next single), “You’re In My Head” and “Worlds Collide”. These 4 tracks are on their 5 track EP which I highly recommend listening to below. Their live set was fun alternative pop rock with many people singing the oohs and other words that are easy to sing along to. I also enjoyed when Basic Vacation covered “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears, thanks @JakeCraney for the reminder of that classic gem getting cover treatment.
Actually Bardot didn’t do this band justice, they deserve to play in front of way larger crowds and I feel very lucky to get to see them free on a Monday night in Hollywood at a venue that holds no more than 200 people. Stream the Basic Vacation EP (iTunes) below and watch their video for “I Believe”.
I highly recommend attending It’s A School Night, it was my first time there and I had a nice time getting to see a band that wouldn’t normally be free to see. They usually curate shows getting artists before they blow up, I wish I had KCRW’s resources to do something like that.
This 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 email@example.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 Pop, Royal Teeth, Poolside, Classixx, CSS, Asteroids 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 Horror, Plastic Plates, The Silent Comedy, Chateau Marmont, GRMLN, Gemini Club, Mystery Skulls and Ghost Wave.
On election night last week, I saw buzzworthy indie electro-rock act Gold Fields. The opened the show because it was on Election night and just jammed out in front of a packed crowd at The Viper Room.
Not only did Gold Fields bring their massive sounds on the tiny stage of The Viper Room but Obama won so after their set, everybody got free shots! Gold Fields music was upbeat and intense indie dance rock that you can’t help but move to! The whole band just rocked out and one of the band members even brought out a cowbell during the set!
I highly recommend catching Gold Fields live as this is a group that is going to be performing all over the world and brings such an upbeat fun indie dance vibe live.
Stream and download my three favorites below: “Dark Again”, “Moves” and “Treehouse”.
Currently Gold Fields is embarking on a nationwide tour with St. Lucia, make sure you catch them live when they come to your town!
Krisp is a 4-piece indie/dance/chillwave/dance rock band from Miami. @FreedzyBaby sent me their stuff after seeing them open for Reptar recently. I listened to all their soundcloud stuff and I got to say, I’m impressed with the fun upbeat catchy electronic rock vibes.
Stream and download Krisp‘s 4-track EP below.
The 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.
A couple Sunday’s ago, I attended Pacific Festival 2012: The Dunes, featuring Mayer Hawthorne, Poolside, Bag Raiders, Capital 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.