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Review: Years & Years and Tei Shi live at The Wiltern

October 5th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electropop, Pop, R&B |

IMG 5665 600x600 Review: Years & Years and Tei Shi live at The WilternLast Wednesday I went to The Wiltern to see Tei Shi and Years & Years live at The Wiltern. It was a great show and mostly worth the price of admission as Years & Years was incredible and Tei Shi was pretty decent in getting the crowd in the right mood for the sold out show. Read more for my review.

Review: Spirit Animal at Bootleg Theater *emerging alt-rock band

September 29th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Rock |

12072772 10153201093932058 3847234741065839700 n Review: Spirit Animal at Bootleg Theater *emerging alt rock bandLast night I caught alternative rock n roll band Spirit Animal at The Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles. It was a free show and it was totally worth it seeing this emerging band who I think will be on a local radio station by the end of 2015 or sometime in 2016. Their latest song, “Regular World” which they should have finished with, is a radio-friendly upbeat rock song that has some catchy rock vibes that I can see on a KROQ Locals Only playlist. I also loved when they played “Party In The Back” which is an upbeat electro rock vibe and “The Black Jack White” is an excellent dance rock track that can make you feel wild. The lead singer and the band has great energy, even having some simple choreographed dance moves during some of their tunes and really engaging the audience as the lead singer is a wild man on stage, a plus for getting the crowd into your music!

Their upbeat style reminds me of the funkiness of Jack White made a baby with Red Hot Chili Peppers. Stream “Regular World” and “Party In The Back” below.

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Review: Body Language live at The Satellite

September 29th, 2015 by | Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electropop, synthpop |

12032229 531538523689445 1736101832892188866 n 600x400 Review: Body Language live at The SatelliteLast Saturday night, after attending Tarfest (review here) and going out to dinner in K-Town, we arrived at Dance Yourself Clean at The Satellite to see Powers  and Body Language. We ended up seeing only Body Language and the fantastic Dance Yourself Clean DJs spinning indie dance pop tunes but what a wonderful show it was. Here’s my review of Body Language.

Review: Tarfest 2015 with Gavin Turek and The Shelters

September 28th, 2015 by | Concert/Festival Review, Disco, Electropop, Pop, Rock |

Tarfest 2015 127 600x399 Review: Tarfest 2015 with Gavin Turek and The SheltersLast Saturday I caught two shows in one day. The first show I went to was a mini-festival free at La Brea Tar Pits called Tarfest. It was the 13th Annual Tarfest and this year they had sexy singer/dancer Gavin Turek headline and emerging psychedelic rock band The Shelters perform before her. We caught these two acts and they were both delightful to the diverse all-ages crowd. It was truly a fun experience going to Tarfest and seeing these two acts so let’s get to my review of them. (more…)

Review: Tune-Yards at Santa Monica Pier *Must-see band

September 17th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review |

tUnE yArDs Santa Monica Pier 2015 12 600x367 Review: Tune Yards at Santa Monica Pier *Must see bandLast Thursday for the final Twilight Concert Series show at Santa Monica Pier, I saw Tune-Yards bring their best under the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Tune-Yards dazzled the crowd with upbeat yet unusual beats, weird instrumentals and overall some fun almost ritualistic music that really drew the crowd in to have odd dances. It was a lot of fun watching Tune-Yards perform live and near the last few songs, they all got on percussions and really jammed out drum-style, which I really loved as it got even more people dancing. However this group would be best viewed in doors with a better sound system so if you missed this show no worries, catch them live soon though, they are a MUST-SEE band!

Below are my three favorite songs I heard them perform. (more…)

Review: Fool’s Gold and Isaac Rother & The Phantoms at Echoplex

August 31st, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Pop, Rock |

FO 1JQ5ASQS11W11 600x399 Review: Fools Gold and Isaac Rother & The Phantoms at EchoplexLast Thursday I witnessed Isaac Rother & The Phantoms and Fool’s Gold live at The Echoplex as part of Red Bull Sound Select’s monthly LA concert series showcasing underrated bands. It was truly a great show with Isaac Rother & The Phantoms bringing a 60′s and 70′s psychedelic rock pop variety that was catchy and fun. (more…)

Review: We Are The West and Morello in The Underground Series

August 24th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Pop, Rock |

Garage Aug 22 1 600x412 Review: We Are The West and Morello in The Underground SeriesLast Saturday I worked the merchandise and food & beverage table at We Are The West‘s “The Underground Series” a monthly concert done in an underground parking garage on a Saturday night in Santa Monica, California that features We Are The West and a different opening act each month. It was my first time attending this intimate unusual concert and I absolutely loved it, not only making money selling popcorn and drinks to people but getting to enjoy some diverse music that is still hard to put into a single genre.

Both bands that performed, Morello and WE ARE THE WEST, have diverse sounds that have folk and Americana yet also have blues rock and pop stylings as well. The show started with lead singer Malcom Cross and Morello performing with lead singer Cross doing a couple songs on his own then the rest of the band jumping in to create something pop, folk, singer/songwriter and really all over the place composition wise. I’ll give you their most recent music video and tell you to check out their soundcloud for more. Also like them on Facebook if you dig Malcom Cross and Morello.

After Morello killed it with Cross’s voice to the instrumentation to them just jamming out with alternative pop vibes, then came We Are The West who are seriously experienced performers. My friend Tim works with the band and had been trying to get me to come to their show so I was honored when he asked if I wanted to make a few extra bucks to work merchandise and sell popcorn and drinks. I got to meet many of We Are The West‘s fans and the band who were really nice and appreciative of my help. However I was super appreciative of their music and the experience they provided us music fans as they were absolutely wonderful. It felt like going on an unusual road trip when they performed, that was almost never ending as each song was so diverse composition wise, the sound invoked different feelings and I highly recommend seeing this band live, they kick ass and are super wonderful people! So close your eyes and listen to their latest 3-song EP below. Also below that is their latest music video.

Follow We Are The West on Facebook and Soundcloud for much more!

Review: Echo Park Rising *Harriet Brown, Happyness, Survive

August 17th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, R&B, synthpop |

Harriet Brown2 600x399 Review: Echo Park Rising *Harriet Brown, Happyness, SurviveLast weekend I attended Echo Park Rising for a few hours and caught acts that were mostly forgettable except for Harriet Brown, an Asian male with a bowl cut who might be the 2nd coming of Prince! Here’s my review of the acts I saw below.

Review: Ben Browning (of Cut Copy) live at Santa Monica Pier

August 11th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, synthpop |

Ben Browning @ Santa Monica Pier 5 600x399 Review: Ben Browning (of Cut Copy) live at Santa Monica PierLast Thursday I caught Ben Browning, Bassist of Cut Copy, perform for free at Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA. It was a solid show and because I LOVE CUT COPY I had to see Ben Browning’s solo project. It’s not as dance-able as Cut Copy is but surprisingly real catchy electronic pop that’s worth a listen. Although I probably only caught 15 minutes of his set, I really enjoyed his energy and look forward to more from him although if it was Cut Copy, I would be the happiest person on earth seeing them for free again!

Here’s my favorites from Ben Browning.

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Review: Mike Posner and Main Attrakionz at Bardot

June 1st, 2015 by | Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, R&B |

Mike Posner Bardot Hollywood 05252015 750x410 600x328 Review: Mike Posner and Main Attrakionz at BardotLast Monday, I caught cloud rap duo Main Attrakionz and Mike Posner perform new songs to much delight of the Hollywood crowd at Bardot. Main Attrakionz opened things up quite nicely with wave-y beats, solid rhymes and just a really good presence, I’m super excited for their debut album to come out on Vapor Records later this month. Here’s a song off the upcoming album.

Mike Posner was last to close out the night and he didn’t perform his hit single, Cooler Than Me, but performed many hit songs he wrote for Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne and others as well as “Please Don’t Go”, easily one of my favorites he did and what I feel should have been another hit single. I also really liked his striped down version of “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” which was fun to hear him partying with DJs and other famous music folk. (more…)

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