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Introducing Chris Youmans and The Sound Agency *funk-pop-soul fusion

February 7th, 2017 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Pop |
Chris Youmans & The Sound Agency came to life in 2013. At the group’s core is a collaboration between Youmans and multi-instrumentalist Colin Deas, who Youmans met while studying music at UC Berkeley. The Sound Agency takes the best elements of classic and modern pop, rock, funk, and soul and weaves them around Youmans’s infectious songs.

The band released their debut EP, Make Things Right, in February 2016 to a sold out crowd at Neck of the Woods in San Francisco. Following the release, the band moved from Berkeley to Los Angeles and has begun touring tirelessly on the west coast. This summer they will be making their debut at several California festivals and working on their next release.

The Make Things Right EP is currently streaming below on Bandcamp; my favorite song includes the title track.

CHRIS YOUMANS & THE SOUND AGENCY TOUR DATES
2/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint LA
3/4 – San Diego, CA @ Seven Grand SD
3/10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Hotel Utah Saloon

If you like what you hear above, listen to Chris Youmans and his band cover “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley below. (more…)

Kyko *tropical electronic pop/rock

November 28th, 2016 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

The latest Hidden Gem I got for you is London outfit Kyko. Formed in 2014, this young pop band is crafting a sound that keeps getting better. They just released “Nature” which is very Vampire Weekend/Paul Simon‘s Graceland-esque and I LOVE IT! They released “Nature” earlier this month and before that have had excellent releases on their soundcloud.

I discovered this band through a reddit post about people looking for music influenced by Graceland and African artists that influenced Paul Simon in making that classic album. I first heard Kyko’s “Animals” and fell in love with the tropical laid back pop/rock vibe that is very easy to groove to. Once I heard “Nature” and the several other songs on their soundcloud, I was hooked and hand to feature them on BtB.

Stream “Nature”, “Native” and “Animals” below. (more…)

Sturgill Simpson at The Wiltern *my first “country” concert!

November 21st, 2016 by | Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Music Video, Rock |

So I’m honored to share that I attended my first “country” concert as I saw alternative/folk country artist, Sturgill Simpson slay at The Wiltern last Wednesday! Even though he is considered a country music artist, he jammed out for over 2 hours performing large chunks of his discography which includes covers to Led Zepellin, The Allman Brothers, Nirvana and much more!

As my first so-called “country” concert there’s some things I need to share with you about it below.
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Best songs on Soundcloud November 2015 *Miike Snow, Run The Jewels and more!

December 1st, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Ambient, Before Bigs Exclusive, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Daily Mix, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, New Wave, Pop, R&B, Remix, Rock, synthpop |

Last month we had some great releases on Soundcloud, here’s my 30 favorite song releases below to stream (and some to download!).

Ok let’s get to discussing some of my favorites and ones that got personally sent to us.
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Half Moon Run impresses big time in Sold Out show at Bootleg Bar

November 23rd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Rock |

Last Thursday I caught Canadian indie rock band Half Moon Run perform to a sold out audience at the intimate Bootleg Bar. It was an impressive sight to see and I got the set list from somebody so I’ll be posting their set below.
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Young Creatures Live at The Bootleg Bar

November 19th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Rock |

Last night I watched indie psychedelic rock band Young Creatures entertain us with some tracks at their show at The Bootleg Bar. I thought they started the set off strong with some of their more memorable tracks like “Give Me A Reason” and “Fear All The Things”. This is a quality band to see in LA, I hope they  can open for some really big psych rock band to give them more exposure.

Listen to their album below, the first two tracks are my favorites.

Review: Con Bro Chill, Magic Giant and Monogem at The Troubadour

October 22nd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, synthpop |


Last night I was fortunate enough to get put on the guest list to cover indie electronic folk band Magic Giant who combine the harmonic grassroots elements of folk with some dubstep-type beats in parts of some of their songs. But what makes Magic Giant really stick out is there high energy performances from each member for the 4-piece band. This was my 4th time seeing them live, the first time over a year ago at the first ever (and best) Daybreaker LA when not only did they perform but Eric Sharp played the best morning dance set ever. Listen to that set in the morning and it will bring you the best vibes to start your day. Anyways I’m getting off topic. Below is my review of the show in which I saw Monogem perform a couple songs, Magic Giant perform about 6 songs including an Outkast “Hey Ya” cover and Con Bro Chill bring their neon lights party that maybe showed me what partying in the 80’s was like as every song they performed was about partying.
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Stream: Magic Giant – Set On Fire *must-listen uplifting folk

October 21st, 2015 by | Chill/Jam/Reggae, Pop |

My favorite local folk band Magic Giant has released a new single, “Set On Fire” and it’s a must-listen. It’s an uplifting upbeat folk song that makes you want to sing and dance. Stream it below.

Tonight Magic GiantMonogem and Con Bro Chill are performing at Troubadour in West Hollywood. I’ll be there and hope to see you as well. Here’s the details: facebook event page

Review: Jeremy Loops and Brick + Mortar live at The Roxy

October 15th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Drum & Bass, Pop, Rock |

Last night I got to catch two artists I’ve never seen or really dug deep into to be quite honest. However after the show, I left a huge fan, scanning the internet for as much of their material as possible as Brick + Mortar and Jeremy Loops were two incredible bands that got the party started on hump day last night at The Roxy in West Hollywood. This was the first night of their tour together and both DIY artists really impressed the young millennial audience by crafting jams that were hand-clapping, raise your fist in the air pop/rock fun. (more…)

Review: Freedom Fry, Run River North, The Colourist and The Bird And The Bee live in Pasadena

October 13th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, Pop, Rock |

Last Saturday I attended the Taste of South Lake Festival in South Pasadena, California, seeing Freedom FryRun River NorthThe Colourist and The Bird and The Bee for FREE at this community music and food festival that supports local Pasadena businesses.

Not only did I eat delicious local cuisine food that cost little nothing and have a few free samples but I got to sing and dance along to some of my favorite up and coming acts and see The Bird And The Bee live which was pretty fun. Here’s my review. (more…)


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