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Hidden Gem: De Lux *post-punk dance like Rapture, Talking Heads

April 9th, 2014 by | Dance, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem |

de lux scion av 600x399 Hidden Gem: De Lux *post punk dance like Rapture, Talking HeadsLos Angeles duo De Lux is back with a new video to “It All Works All The Time”. These guys are a hit in the realm of post punk dance revival acts like RaptureTalking Heads, !!! (chk chk chk) and Scissor Sisters. It’s very fun laid back music that you can dance to.

Watch “It All Works All The Time” from the Innovative Leisure band De Lux.
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Hidden Gem: Saints of Valory *upbeat alternative Pop/Rock

April 8th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop, Rock |

1957299 saints of valory 617 409 600x397 Hidden Gem: Saints of Valory *upbeat alternative Pop/RockI don’t know how I discovered this band, I just found four of their songs on my iTunes that I downloaded in December and finally got to. But wow, Saints of Valory‘s four song Possibilities EP is some great upbeat fun that I enjoy very much! This rock/alternative/pop band signed to Atlantic Records and are a hit!

Stream the Saints of Valory‘s Possibilities EP to understand the hype, my favorites are “Kids”, “Long Time Coming” and “Back Up”.

Oh wait, now I remember how I might have discovered them! When I was really into ”Royals” covers, I think I came across theres and became a fan of the band. Watch their Saints of Valory‘s acoustic cover to “Royals”, the harmonized vocals are hot and makes you want to sing along to Lorde‘s catchy lyrics!
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Hidden Gem: Cousin Matt *chill electronic duo

March 31st, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Electropop, Hidden Gem, synthpop |

image0011 Hidden Gem: Cousin Matt *chill electronic duoI was going to post this yesterday when I was experiencing a very lazy Sunday and overall withdrawal from a long fun weekend but I got lazy, what a surprise. Anyway I’d like to introduce you to Cousin Matt, a brand new Brooklyn/Atlanta based duo that have twinkling production, seductive vocals and a dreamy feel that really caught my ear. They’ve only released three tracks and I just heard their latest “Soft Science” yesterday and immediately became a fan of this emerging music duo.

The cousins New York and Atlanta confluence is felt, with a style and sound that brings to mind D’angelo and Sufjan Stevens, and an attitude and approach not unlike early LCD Soundsystem.
Here’s the three songs they’ve released so far. My favorites are “Pelicans” and “Soft Science”.


Follow Cousin Matt on facebook.

Thank you Thursday #1 | Gabe & Sunny

November 7th, 2013 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, R&B |

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INTRO

Thank You Thursday is a random Thursday (ie; whenever I feel inspired to write) note to just thank an artist for creating something. That could be a song, an album, a video, poetry, or even visual art.  It’s just a “hey thanks for doing something cool and contributing to the artistic society. I really appreciate it”. There will be no hate or negative criticism from me in these notes.  There will also be no “coulda woulda shoulda” from me. I feel as though art gets judged too much like a test.  Especially independent music by mostly unknown artists.  It’s hard enough being a nobody artist :cough: ME :cough: and to have your friends, family, and music associates tell you that you need to do this that and the third doesn’t help.  How about we just celebrate artists for doing some cool ass shit and say THANKS!

MY BACKGROUND

I have always wanted to review albums but felt that since I was a musician it was “Wrong”. Yup, got over that shit quick.  I love listening to music and dissecting it just as I do creating and producing it.  I especially love when music is interesting, creative, and original. I really don’t care what genre it is as long as it has “BALLZ”. What are “Ballz” you may ask? BALLZ are kind of this x-factor that a song, artist, or album has. It’s what seperates it from the norm. There are certain pop songs and pop artists that have BALLZ too.  An example of an album with BALLZ (just my opinion y’all) would be Kanye West – Yeezus.  You have either heard it or heard about it. You either love it, hate it or give zero fucks. But, this album has some serious juevos. It just really doesn’t care at all.  An example of a pop song with BALLZ (just my opinion y’all) that came out this year would be Taylor Swift – Trouble. Extremely damn well done. I mean from the production to the lyrics, to the composition to the arrangement. It’s just has this edge to it even though it’s catchy as fuck and straight up pop (can you get anymore pop than Taylor Swift?!). tumblr inline mvuc7xCDUQ1qmn07l Thank you Thursday #1 | Gabe & Sunny

But those are mainstream artists. This note is exclusively for the BEFOREBIGS blog which means that they have to still have some underground cred to their names and well… be unknown to most people.  So with that I’m going to give a huge thank you to GABE & SUNNY’s album “FREE CANDY”. This album has some serious BALLZ. Gabriel Niles (who is a long time music friend and collaborator) freaked the shit out of this project. He somehow combined dream pop, indie shoe gaze, hip hop, and electronic music into this pretty much genreless (or too many genres?!) work of art.  I think I’m on listen 10 or 11 of the whole album but as with most thing, this shit ages with time.  The creativity lies within how you don’t know what is a sample and what was played.  The originality factor is within the lack of a defined genre but you can hear every genre that he is pulling from, and the interesting credit goes to how well he utilizes Sunny’s vocals. They are sparse at times, and very in your face at other times. This is one of those albums where you can actually hear and feel the producers executive reach and power.  This is the type of album that I strive to make when collaborating with other like minded artists.  I wouldn’t say I’m jealous but I’m quick to say that this album is a huge inspiration and wake up call to me that anything can be done. Stream Free Candy below.

So again, THANK YOU mr. Gabriel Niles and Mrs. Sunny Gicz (and a secret shout out to Ced Hughes) for blessing the interwebz with your creation.  I could have written another 5 pages and broken down each song but you know what… I’ll let the cool people that read this do that for themselves.

Til the next Thursday that I feel like being Thankful

-Daren | DLake

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Contest: Win tickets to Strange Talk & The Griswolds at The Satellite Thursday

November 5th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Dance, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Rock, synthpop |

04.03.strangetalk 1 Contest: Win tickets to Strange Talk & The Griswolds at The Satellite ThursdayCourtesy 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 beforebigs@gmail.com 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…)

Hidden Gem: American Authors *the next Imagine Dragons?

October 25th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Pop, Rock |

American Authors 600x400 Hidden Gem: American Authors *the next Imagine Dragons?A group less electronic and more upbeat than Imagine Dragons, the American Authors are about to become huge mainstream acts with alternative pop/rock hits “Believer” and “Best Day Of My Life”. They’ve gotten placements in various large-scale and nationwide commercials as they have this upbeat alternative pop/rock sound that will take them far. In fact, if I were Imagine Dragons I’d bring American Authors on tour with them worldwide as everybody will dig their positive vibes before Imagine Dragons set things off with their dramatic yet uplifting vibes in the alt pop/rock variety.

Anyways, follow American Authors they will be on mainstream radio sooner than you think! Stream American Authors EP and their cover to Lorde‘s “Royals”.

There’s no way you didn’t like what you heard above, so like American Authors on Facebook! I realize they might already be considered mainstream but it’s Friday and I want to spread the weekend love with positive vibe music.

Hidden Gem: Andy Gruhin *emerging singer/songwriter

October 19th, 2013 by | Hidden Gem |

1276942 10151594713286090 1919444412 o 600x398 Hidden Gem: Andy Gruhin *emerging singer/songwriterPerfect for a lazy day, Andy Gruhin is the best up-and-coming artist for some easy listening music. He recently covered the worst song about “Chinese Food“. I actually heard his cover first before finally watching the Alison Gold “Chinese Food” song. After I heard Gruhin’s cover a couple times, I thought it would be so great to approach random strangers with lines from this song, or to fulfill my goal of picking up a chick using cheesy lyrics as pick-up lines.

A little about Andy Gruhin; he graduated in May at my alma mater Syracuse University, signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing and recently released his new song, “Double Cross” on soundcloud. I think he has potential as a songwriter so keep an eye on him, especially when I remind you about the next top 40 single that gets written by him. Also look out for an announcement of a northeast US tour.

Either way, sit back, relax and enjoy in this comical cover of “Chinese Food” and then stream and download his original “Double Cross”.

If you like what you heard above, give Andy Gruhin a like on facebook.

Hidden Gem: Jake Troth *emerging alternative pop star

October 7th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop |

860798342aff11e3bc2722000a1faee5 8 600x600 Hidden Gem: Jake Troth *emerging alternative pop starLast Monday, the Recording Academy staff had the pleasure of getting a showcase performance from singer/songwriter/producer Jake Troth. He was an absolute joy to see live as most of us hadn’t heard of him and didn’t know what to expect. He performed 4 songs and although my co-workers didn’t enjoy all of them and said the last two were way better than the first two, I felt all four songs were pretty good. However the songs that stuck with me were “On My Way” and “Material Things”.

Keep an eye out on the alternative pop performer as he’s already worked and performed with rapper Big Boi on the track “Apple Of My Eye“, has his upcoming album Double Black Diamond coming out soon and will be signed to a major record deal sooner than later.

Watch the music videos for “On My Way” and “Material Things” below. (more…)

Hidden Gem: Story of the Running Wolf *LA Electro duo

January 3rd, 2013 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Electro, Electropop, Hidden Gem, synthpop |

WOLF TRIAGLE 586x600 Hidden Gem: Story of the Running Wolf *LA Electro duoStory of the Running Wolf is an electro duo based out of Los Angeles, CA. A little bit retro, a little bit future, they blend 80′s influences like Depeche Mode and Duran Duran with modern electro-dance elements, creating an infectious sound that’s all their own. After playing their first show at a rooftop party in early 2012, the band began developing a live show experience which has been described as a “John Hughes party on Neptune”, replete with neon lasers, make-up, fog and feathers. Their new self-titled EP is available for free download at www.sotrw.com.

They just dropped their first song/video from their debut EP, “Stratospheric”. Stream and download their EP below.

Watch the video to “Stratospheric” below. (more…)

Hidden Gem: Zak Waters *pop/funk

December 23rd, 2012 by | Electropop, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop |

 Hidden Gem: Zak Waters *pop/funkShout out to @DeanRisko for recommending Zak Waters, a pop/funk artist out of LA with a smooth yet upbeat fun sound. But rather than continue to describe his sound, listen to these songs from Zak Waters below. (more…)


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