The Ranch is an epic live music benefit party, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains of Los Angeles. In the spirit of the music scenes that came together in LA’s canyons, The Ranch Party allows you to come camp out at the top of Mulholland Drive for a full day & night of LA bands, Artists, DJs, food and drinks. The one-day festival takes place Saturday, music starting at 2pm and goes through the whole night with many emerging acts we are big fans. I’m most looking forward to seeing The Internet (of OFWGKTA), Mansions On The Moon, the drummer from Miami Horror (Good Night Keaton), Tropicool and Zak Waters.
For more details on the event, RSVP on facebook and visit TheRanchParty.com. It’s the best value concert coming up in LA as you can enjoy over 20 musicians in an all-day and night event for as little as $40 ($50 if you decide you want to camp out).
Here’s a 10-track playlist of the songs I can’t wait to hear live at The Ranch.
The playlist above doesn’t even include the chill summer vibes I expect Tropicool to spin, the electro house from Bones, and the trap from Neo Fresco.
Click read more to find out how you attending The Ranch Party benefits the youth community of LA! (more…)
A couple days ago Carousel dropped “Stay Awake”, their next catchy soft pop song that you will love after listening to it several times.
I’m a big fan of Carousel and it’s only a matter of time until a major record label starts calling to sign them.
Listen to “Stay Awake” below.
Previous: Carousel live at Echoplex
Last Friday night I saw indie dance pop band Capital Cities perform their last LA show for a long time as they prepare to hit the studio to record their next album. It was a packed audience with lots of passionate fans who sang along to most of Capital Cities releases and while this was my 3rd time seeing them live, they continued to impress with a more upbeat slightly improved set list, more dancing on stage among the founding duo of the band with a uniform clothing style of all band members wearing gold/yellow jackets.
It felt almost magical seeing them live as most of the audience and I knew this would be Capital Cities last Los Angeles show for the year and maybe the next several months. I loved the show because it was the fans way of getting to celebrate Capital Cities recent signing under the Capital Records imprint.
Big things continue to happen for Capital Cities and if you haven’t seen them live, I suggest you try to do so soon before they start selling out arenas all over the world.
Here’s a great why you should see them live: “Safe & Sound”.
I’m really proud to share Jhameel‘s new music video for “Shadow of a Man” with you. The video captures Jhameel‘s raw emotionality as he watches a loved one crushed under the weight of an abusive relationship. Shadow of a Man was directed, shot, conceptualized, and edited in-house by Jhameel and his team with no outside support or funding, making it a fully independent project. The video was shot amidst the wrecked and abandoned buildings of Salton City, a desolate California ghost town left to decay by its inhabitants in the 1970′s.
Watch the official music video to “Shadow of a Man” below. (more…)
Sometimes greatness is subtle; sometimes it reveals itself most brilliantly through its simplicity. Sitting with a cup of coffee (or some good whiskey) and watching the rain fall outside is coupled perfectly by the music of Kris Orlowski, a Seattelite who is slowly but surely turning heads and making himself known; and it’s no doubt why with a voice like his.
And if listening to his voice alone isn’t enough, his vulnerability and unguarded, palpable lyrics are sure to move you. He speaks from the soul about life below the surface, things we wish we heard more of.
On that note (literally), Andrew Joslyn is also a Seattle musician and fully loaded with talent. He has been playing violin since he was 5 and graduated from Berklee College of music with a Masters in Music Business. Now a seasoned performer, composer, and arranger, he has worked with some of the most iconic Northwest musicians and beyond, a few recently being Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Orlowski and Joslyn have teamed up in order to release a five-song orchestral folk rock record. Pieces We Are is now available on iTunes and you better go get it. Here are a few songs off the EP:
Notable Upcoming Release Shows:
-Hotel Café, Los Angeles (Nov. 9th)
-Hotel Utah, San Francisco (Nov. 10th)
-Williamsburg Knitting Factory, Brooklyn (Dec. 7th)
-NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall (Dec. 8th)
Following their much talked about showcases at CMJ this past week in New York, Skipping Girl Vinegar‘s critically acclaimed debut US album ‘Keep Calm Carry the Monkey’ is released digitally today! This is SGV’s sophomore album and was written across two continents and recorded on the Victorian coasts. Full of dreamy soundscapes, haunting melodies of heartache and hope, and layered with deep intricacies SGV render the human connection of love and loss.
These up-and-coming indie darlings are comprised of siblings Mark and Sare Lang and their respective childhood friends Chris Helm, Amanthi Lynch, Kelly Lane, and Scott Mullane. They have been noted by the Sydney Telegraph as the “most impressive DIY band in OZ.”
Take a listen to their track “You Can” off their new album:
Last Sunday on October 7, I attended the last day of Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide 2012 Festival. I saw many acts which included: Icona Pop, Colorfeels, Class Actress, The Royal Teeth, Niki & The Dove, Poolside, The Moog and Of Montreal. Read my full review of these acts below and shout out to Filter Magazine for giving me press access and distributing most of the pictures you see below. (more…)