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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: Penguin Prison live at Echoplex

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

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Thank You Thursday #2 – Thanksgiving Edition

November 28th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Electronic Dance Music, House, Music Video, New Wave, Pop, Rock |

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It’s Thanksgiving (or close to it… hey we all got things to do!) and it wouldn’t be right to not give a quick THANK YOU to some dope ass artists that have done some dope ass shit this year.  To keep it nice and concise I’m just gonna touch on one dope thing they did that was original and/or creative and/or unique and/or interesting.  If you don’t know what this is or why I do it please go here for a quick explanation.

Noir x Lomez x Atnarko – Lost Again (Feat. Symbol)

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. Is pretty much all I can say. This shit is so damn sexy and cool and right it kinda hurts.  Production, Melody, Composition, bass chord progression, lyrics, etc. Not to mention it has that new wave vibe to it that I have always absolutely love.  One of the best parts of the song is the very tasteful bridge that comes in and introduces a whole new section of the song and it kinda almost takes off (if that makes any sense) at 2:55. Pretty cool that Pete Tong made this an Essential New Tune also. Thankful to have worked with Symbol in the past. Great shit has been made here.

Walking Shapes – Keep

The whole video is ridiculously well shot and the song is amazingly well written.  The first thing (along with many) that struck me as impressive was the whole Indie aesthetic of the video to go with the indie-rock song. Nate HoHo (lead singer/front man in the video) had a stellar performance coupled in with the tasteful nudity that was 100% well placed all made sense.  Great pay off at the end too. Dude is a visionary. Much respect, THANK YOU! slightly NSFW

Pre10d *Full Album*

16 minutes for a whole album? Yes, I could take a few lessons in this. Thank you for showing me that a short and concise album can be done and effective. Interesting beats, direct (and indirect) lyrics at times that actually are saying a lot (and nothing) all at the same time. Got a dope track with him and LAZERlibby coming out in 2014. THANK YOU!

Carolyn Malachi – Finally
Love this lyrics video & song. Love the over the top dramatic facial features of every word. Love her whole brand packaging.  THANK YOU!

Lazerbitch – Bass Goes Boom [Feat. Symbol]
Music don’t always gotta be so cereal, right?! Great Beat, Great Rhymes, Great Hook. But the video… very very well done with very minimal resources. The strip club shots were all pro looking. NSFW?! maybe. 100% dope though. THANK YOU!

“Two of the most powerful words in the English language for bringing about change, Daren, are “thank you.” Especially when offered before the change even occurs and everything still looks pretty much like it did yesterday. ”
(c) The Universe

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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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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Review: Go Go Bizkitt! and The Phantom’s Revenge at @TheCentralSAPC

November 27th, 2012 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electro, House, Remix |

3922491835cf11e2974722000a1fb774 7 600x600 Review: Go Go Bizkitt! and The Phantoms Revenge at @TheCentralSAPCLast Wednesday, I experienced the funky sounds of Go Go Bizkitt! and The Phantom’s Revenge at The Central SAPC in Santa Monica, CA. Both DJs were awesome with Go Go Bizkitt spinning that funky disco house vibes all night while The Phantom’s Revenge played mostly disco house with some trap music and some electro vibes. One of my favorite parts of this dance party show was hearing both of the acts remix Daft Punk.

Stream some of my favorite songs from the two rising DJs below.




Hidden Gem: Kids At The Bar *rising electro duo

November 12th, 2012 by | Electro, Hidden Gem, House, Remix |

KidsAtTheBar e1290928996278 copy Hidden Gem: Kids At The Bar *rising electro duoI’ve been following Kids at The Bar since seeing them live in late 2011 in which they opened for disco house DJ Treasure Fingers at Avalon Hollywood. Since then, they released some massive remixes and in the last month released tow electro bangesr you need to hear!

The latest is an original they released with Whiiite that you can get on beatport. It’s called Tormet and has an electro-house vibe that builds real smoothly into a high energy EDM banger.

Then a few weeks back, Kids at the Bar released a remix to one of their all-time favorite tracks, Justice‘s “DVNO”. It’s a massive banger and been getting positive feedback everywhere they’ve played it.


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