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Preview: Sunstock Solar Festival September 9

August 22nd, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Dance, Electropop, Pop, Rock |

Sunstock Solar Festival is proud to announce its first wave of music programming. On the Gold Stage we will see headliners Ra Ra Riot, along with Robert DeLong, Run River North, and Wild Club. The Green Stage, focused on local bands, will feature Trapdoor Social, Freedom Fry, Bloodboy, and The Fuzzy Crystals. Additional acts will be announced soon!

For the first time, a VIP package will be available. For $50, attendees will receive separate entry, Sunstock Tote and Swag, and Access to the “Future is Bright” Lounge featuring a Sustainable Mixology Bar by Award-Winning mixologist, Robin Chopra, Free Food and Drink Tastings, Shaded Seating by Hang High and more!

The festival in partnership with GRID Alternatives will be raising funds to provide a rooftop solar installation for A Safe Place for Youth, a shelter for homeless teens on the west side.

In addition to GRID Alternatives, this year’s non-profit partners include the Sierra Club, SoCal 350 Climate Action, Climate Hawks Vote, South Bay Clean Power, Food & Water Watch, and Rootskeeper, with more to be announced soon. Media Partners include LA Weekly and Alt 98.7.

Sunstock Solar Festival impassions, educates and activates our local communities through music, art, food, discussions and more, all centered around building greener cities and better futures. The event will focus on clean energy, sustainability, and social justice in a positive, engaging way, featuring solar-powered light installations, organic food trucks, immersive art, workshops, games, sustainable vendors, social action opportunities and the headlining feature – music powered by the sun. The all-ages show intends to engage festival-goers with the causes and calls-to-action that we need to protect our future.

Tickets are now on sale! Read more for details! (more…)

Preview: Arroyo Seco Weekend 2017

June 22nd, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Before the Bigs Radio, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Daily Mix, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Pop, Rock |

It’s Friday, we are one day away from my first music festival of 2017 and I am so excited! I made a playlist last week and have been adjusting it so I can give you the best songs from the artists I’ll be seeing at Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena this upcoming weekend of Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. Below I’ll give you my schedule of acts I’m catching and when to eat/drink. Purchase tickets here.
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Review: JR JR @ The Echo *incredible!!!

May 30th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Pop, synthpop |

Last Thursday I saw JR JR at The Echo in Echo Park, Los Angeles. They were the best band I’ve ever seen perform at that venue and one of the best performances I’ve seen this year. They performed for over an hour and it felt like it was never going to end as they played many tracks they haven’t released yet as well as personal favorites like “Gone”, 2017 release “Same Dark Places”, “Simple Girl”, “If You Didn’t See Me”, “As Time Goes” and “We Almost Lost Detroit”. I loved every song they performed and just wish I knew the songs they haven’t released yet as I loved all of those too. They had tons of energy, good banter in between songs and the live looping the lead singer did to start each song really created such a beautiful sound. You can tell these guys are influenced by The Beatles, punk rock

Stream the songs I mentioned above and many more as you deserve to listen to all of JR JR to get an idea how good they are.

Hidden Gem: Jordan Mackampa – “Battlecry” *thoughtful folk-pop

April 27th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Pop |

After hearing “Battlecry” and “Saint” and the songs from his Physics EP, I’ve become a huge fan of Jordan Mackampa and am happy to share his music!

He’s got this unique gospel-tinged vocal that is mesmerizing and he pairs that with soulful folk-pop instrumentation, and delivers a track in “Battlecry” that is motivating and I could see it getting licensed on a ton of media (commercials, TV shows, films, etc.). I love the handclapping instrumentals that move along as Jordan Mackampa delivers his soulful voice.
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Introducing Polaroid Summer *uplifting electric indie pop

April 20th, 2017 by | Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop, synthpop |

Happy to introduce Houston indie pop band Polaroid Summer with their debut single, “The Giant”. It’s a fun uplifting track that is easy to sing along to and leaves me wanting more from these guys. I can’t wait to hear what’s next and think they have a really strong debut that should get them on some good local shows. I can’t wait to read about them doing big things at SXSW 2018 as I imagine a year from now the number of people that are fans of these guys will grow immensely.

The upbeat and catchy track is the first official release from Polaroid Summer, the new project from members of Houston bands Lost Element and VerseCity.Stream “The Giant” below.

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Introducing Joy Downer *dream pop

April 14th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop, Rock |

Joy Downer is the project from Joy Bishop and Jeff Downer, a married duo out of Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by duality; themes of light and dark, man and woman, mind and matter collide to set the backdrop of the sound.

Listen to their new single below, I like it for a relaxing Friday as it’s got this laid back vibe but is still fun and definitely intrigued by what else they will put out. Stream “Stranger Places” below and let me know if you get the Lord of The Rings reference in “Stranger Places”.

Stream: Jukebox The Ghost – Stay The Night *Queen-influenced pop/rock

April 13th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop, Rock |

Jukebox The Ghost recently dropped “Stay The Night”, an infectious pop/rock song that screams QUEEN influence all over it, in a similar vein to “Bohemian Rhapsody”. It’s a wonderfully fun song and I encourage all to listen and follow this band, as “Stay The Night” is a really fun track!

Introducing Louam – “BabyBaby” *R&B/funk/pop fusion

April 7th, 2017 by | Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

This is the second single from Oslo based songwriter and artist Louam, following her debut single “Freaky Things”. The sound of “BabyBaby” is a fusion between old school R&B, funk and modern pop. The song is one of several new singles she will release in 2017 – all to be included on her debut album due in October.

“BabyBaby” is produced by the young and talented German producer LO. The single is now out on Soundcloud as a sneak preview: listen below! (more…)

Review: Crystal Fighters live at El Rey Theatre

April 6th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, Pop |

Last Friday, I enjoyed the fun poppy sounds of Crystal Fighters. It was such a good vibes party with positive, peaceful happy pop songs that were infectious and super fun to sing and move along to. I loved every moment and while it’s hard to choose my favorite songs, you can find my 5 favorites they did live below in order of when they were performed (first to last!
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Review: Freedom Fry live Good Times at Davey Waynes (Hollywood)

March 30th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Pop |

Last night I had the pleasure of catching one of my favorite emerging folk-pop bands, Freedom Fry at Hollywood bar Good Times At Davey Wayne’s. It’s not every Wednesday I get to catch a band that has such a laid back yet infectious vibe that is easy to cling to.

My favorites I heard them do live was the cover of Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” which was really cool and had a soft poppy vibe that was fun; also enjoyed their latest song release “Brave”, my favorite 2017 song release of theirs, “Awake” and one of my all-time favorites from this rising group, “Shaky Ground”. Stream my favorites below. (more…)


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