Follow Us

Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category:

Review: Mother Mother live @ Troubadour *high energy hard rock!

May 24th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Music Video, Rock |

5-piece indie rock band Mother Mother surprised the shit out of me with high energy hard rock, getting the whole crowd banging their heads along with the five-piece band. It was a packed house last night at the famous Troubadour in West Hollywood as an equal number of males and females rocked out to Mother Mother.

Each song they performed felt like an epic hard rock ballad, I hope this band can perform in arenas and larger venues because their sound is best suited to be played loud and they will definitely be playing in venues larger than the Troubadour. But for every fan there last night, we were delighted with a long set of hard rocking songs that reminded me of bands like QueenYoungblood Hawke and Coheed & Cambria.

Yes, I mentioned three bands that don’t have much in common but while enjoying Mother Mother‘s set, I felt like they were a mix of rock, with influences of electro, punk and some pop with the harmonies. Many of the songs felt like awesome roller coaster rides of sound, sonically dynamic and exhilarating!

It’s hard to pick a favorite because I enjoyed most of them and sometimes it was hard to hear what they were singing so hard to remember many of them but their new single “Love Stuck” is catchy and probably my favorite. Watch the official video for it below and learn about all the songs Mother Mother played in their set last night! (more…)

M.I.L.K. releases gorgeous debut EP ‘A Memory Of A Memory Of A Postcard’

May 13th, 2017 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Chill/Jam/Reggae, R&B, synthpop |

Copenhagen-based M.I.L.K. releases stunning debut EP A Memory Of A Memory Of A Postcard, a 6-track project filled with sun-soaked summer vibe synth pop with smooth and funky vibes. I discovered M.I.L.K. back in November when I heard “Following The Sun” on a random chill playlist and when his PR team hit me up earlier this week, I knew I had to let you guys know about him after hearing the EP!

Stream A Memory Of A Memory Of A Postcard visual EP on Spotify below. My favorites include “When You Feel Good”, “Following The Sun” and “U and Me”. (more…)

Club Kuru – Waiting For Me EP *sounds like Tame Impala, Mac DeMarco

April 17th, 2017 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hidden Gem, Rock |

The new EP from British five-piece band Club Kuru dropped last month, Waiting For Me, which has this psychedelic rock vibe that reminds me of one of my favorite contemporary psychedelic rock bands, Tame Impala.

Collectively, the band cites influences from modern day artists such as Mac DeMarco, Tame Impala and Connan Mockasin, to classic greats including Shuggie Otis, Vangelis, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones. There’s a summer west coast vibe to their sonic output, mixed with some sleazy Americana, but ultimately the band is spearheading something unique; they’re putting their British take on a US heritage sound – and it works.

The new EP ‘Waiting At The Corner’ is an introduction to Club Kuru and you can stream it 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!
(more…)

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…)

Miami Horror – “The Shapes” *artsy concept album

March 24th, 2017 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Electropop, New Wave, synthpop |

One of my favorite Australian bands is back with some great new music with their new concept album, The Shapes. After a two-year hiatus spent writing, experimenting and exploring, Melbourne’s Miami Horror return with their new conceptual project The Shapes.

The Shapes comes to life as a sonic / art experience and sees the band delve deep into rhythm and percussion with influences ranging from the art pop and lyrical wit of Talking Heads to Caribbean funk and African beats.  The first taste from The Shapes, “Leila” embodies the glitzy, glamorous sunshine of LA, draped in 80s synth melodies and topped with those iconic Miami Horror vocals, it’s a fitting first single.

Stream The Shapes below.

Previous: Miami Horror – “Leila”

Hidden Gem: Airpark *Groove-heavy rock/pop

March 6th, 2017 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Pop, Rock |

Nashville-based alternative rock/pop duo Airpark released their debut track “All The Time” and I was hooked on them. Inspired by minimalism, melody and groove-heavy percussion, bandmates Michael Ford, Jr. and Ben Ford launched the group in 2016, one year after their previous project The Apache Relay quietly called it quits.

Stream “All The Time” below. It’s off Airpark‘s first EP Early Works, Volume 1, out now via Eugenia Hall Records. In fact, stream the four-track EP, it’s pretty good!

Below find a bio on Airpark, links to follow them, and upcoming tour dates.
(more…)

Review: Urban Cone at Bardot *electric catchy pop

February 8th, 2017 by | Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Pop |

Monday night I caught the recently signed to Interscope band Urban Cone as they rocked the intimate stage at Bardot in front of a small but packed house in Hollywood. They were so damn catchy with their infectious electro-pop, I enjoyed just about every song they performed in their short but jam-packed set.

 

Last week they released the catchy pop hit, “Old School” which should be all over pop/top 40 radio stations and garnering tons of streams online. They’ve been making catchy alternative electro pop tracks for years and it seems with a major label backing, they could finally break out in the US as they continue to gain recognition, they clearly have what it takes and as they got a fun sound that’s hard not to like.

Stream or watch my 4 favorites they performed live below, “Old School”, “Sadness Disease” and “Come Back To Me” and “Urban Photograph”. (more…)

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…)

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.
(more…)


Empowered by My Advanced Settings, by Xhanch Studio