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Review: Thurz and Chuck Inglish at The Well *Packed house

April 8th, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

image proxy large 600x399 Review: Thurz and Chuck Inglish at The Well *Packed houseWhenever I think of Thurz, I immediately think of the hook in his song, “Goddamn goddamn” and how catchy that hip-hop song is. Last Friday I got to witness Los Angeles rapper Thurz and his band perform live at The Well in Downtown Los Angeles opening for Chuck Inglish (of The Cool Kids) at the Red Bull Sound Select pop-up Show Friday night. It was my first hip-hop show since March and definitely well worth it. Read more below. (more…)

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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Review: X Ambassadors at Bootleg Theatre *excellent

April 7th, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Rock |

6 600x450 Review: X Ambassadors at Bootleg Theatre *excellentLast Thursday I saw an excellent performance from X Ambassadors, who debuted new tracks off their latest EP, The Reason as well as did a brief cover of “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys to lead into another one of their tracks. They even performed two songs in their encore, including “Brother” off their first EP and a song with Jamie N Commons, “Jungle”, that makes me want to see the film the song was made for.

Overall a very impressive performance from the rising Brooklyn band signed to Kid In A Korner’s label (Imagine Dragons, Skylar Grey, Jamie N Commons), the subsidiary under Interscope led by producer Alex Da Kid. I highly recommend catching X Ambassadors live as they will not disappoint because of their high energy, catchy hooks and the drums and guitar are straight fire throughout the song.

I loved all but 1 song, some acoustic slowed-down jam that I wasn’t in the mood for. Other than that, nearly perfect set and this group is going to blow up once their debut album drops! Stream “Brother” and The Reason EP below, all the tracks on that are STRAIGHT FIRE!

Preview: Brokechella 2014 *best LA value festival of 2014

April 4th, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Guest Mix |

brokechella poster final 2 1 485x600 Preview: Brokechella 2014 *best LA value festival of 2014A festival I had an unforgettable experience at because of the art, the underrated music, the hospitality of event staffers and overall fun in such a local scene was Brokechella 2012. Last year I couldn’t attend because of Coachella and this year personally won’t be able to attend but that doesn’t mean I won’t have awesome friends covering the festival for me while I enjoy Coachella weekend 2.

For those in Southern California that can’t afford Coachella and are into more intimate festival scenes, then Brokechella is for you! With over 50 musicians performing and even comedians this year, it’s sure to be a festival worth going to. For $10, that’s less than 50 cents an artist and you know the people of cARTel know how to throw a super fly dope fun event for all. Now it’s in 4th year, Brokechella is sure to be one of the most talked about and underrated events of the season in Los Angeles and I highly recommend any music and/or comedy fan to check it out as you will have as great a time I did two years ago attending this Downtown LA event.

For more info on Brokechella, visit Brokechella.com and purchase tickets here. Because I’m pretty pumped the event has continued for the 4th year in a row, I’ve created a playlist of 15 artists from Brokechella to look forward to including BtB favorites Azad RightWarm BrewVerbs and many more! (more…)

Review: Steed Lord and Flower Drums live at Los Globos

April 1st, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Ambient, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electropop, synthpop |

10153855 10202768983764454 1774323253 n 600x554 Review: Steed Lord and Flower Drums live at Los GlobosLast Thursday I saw international music coming to LA in the form of Iceland’s best electro dance pop trio Steed Lord and Australian psychedelic/dream pop band Flower Drums at Los Globos in Silverlake, California. The Icelandic hipsters were out in full force supporting Iceland band Steed Lord and although it wasn’t the largest crowd until the headliner Steed Lord got everybody dancing, it was still a fun show filled with new songs I have come to enjoy.
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Review: Miniature Tigers at The Roxy Theatre *They were AMAZING!

March 31st, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Pop, Rock |

127c6ea8b84911e3be071265523e6823 8 600x600 Review: Miniature Tigers at The Roxy Theatre *They were AMAZING!Maybe the best performance I’ve ever seen at The Roxy Theatre occurred last Saturday when I went to see Miniature Tigers perform at the classic West Hollywood venue. Read more of my review below.
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Preview: Lightning In A Bottle 2014 *Lineup announced!

March 26th, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Music Video |

unnamed 1 388x600 Preview: Lightning In A Bottle 2014 *Lineup announced!

The music lineup for the 9th annual Lightning in a Bottle Music and Arts Festival has been announced, featuring Moby, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Gramatik, Beats Antique, Baauer, Gold Panda, Simian Mobile Disco, Chet Faker and more!

Lightning in a Bottle returns with new dates, from May 22-26 2014, and a new location at San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA  (Google Maps). This new location at Lake San Antonio sits perfectly between Los Angeles and San Francisco in beautiful Monterey County.

The Do LaB just released a new video highlighting the lure and magic of Lightning in a Bottle. Tickets are on sale now and moving fast, so grab yours and stay tuned for more info!

Read more to find out which five acts we are most looking forward to at LIB 2014. (more…)

Review: The Wyld at Bardot’s It’s A School Night

March 26th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

10003278 775430655802913 211101178 n 600x400 Review: The Wyld at Bardots Its A School NightNew Zealand alternative hip-hop trio The Wyld made their US performance debut with an intimate show at Bardot in Hollywood, California to a packed house. During the show, I spotted my friend and rapper @KoshaDillz and we were able to discuss the performance we were watching. To be honest, I hate to talk bad but I wasn’t impressed with The Wyld at all. This is a band I’ve been following since fall 2010 when they came onto the scene with “Revolution” and followed that up with “Full Circle” nearly a month later in late 2010. I became a huge fan and thought they had a ton of potential as they had this Kid Cudi with a Cage The Elephant vibe. They didn’t release anything for a while until fall 2013 with the release of Abstract EP, which really disappointed me as there was only 1 song from it, I’ve since continued to enjoy, “Wake Up” plus their new edit of “Revolution”.
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Review: Das Tapes live at The Spare Room, Roosevelt Hotel

March 24th, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electropop, synthpop |

Bipf9FdCIAA1zeV 458x600 Review: Das Tapes live at The Spare Room, Roosevelt HotelLast Thursday, The Burning Ear put together a fantastic free show with Los Angeles funky brother duo Das Tapes bringing their dance vibes to The Spare Room at The Roosevelt Hotel for Glenn Close’s birthday. It was a fun night and one of the best free shows I’ve been to since Das Tapes and the audience not only sang happy birthday to Glenn Close while she was bowling nearby the stage, but I met actor Michael Pena and told him how I enjoyed his movies, he said thanks and gave me a bro hug, it was awesome! Yet the best part of the evening was hearing Das Tapes perform their new jam, “Fetish” which is an absolute hit that sounds like a mix of ClassixxPoolsideToro Y Moi and Chromeo.

Stream and download the new track from Das Tapes below.

Review: Papadosio & The Main Squeeze live at Echoplex

March 24th, 2014 by | Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review |

f8bc9d1b86795536506abfd8a9db2e14 Review: Papadosio & The Main Squeeze live at EchoplexAbout 10 days ago I witnessed a very laid back almost trippy performance from Papadosio and a ton of fun covers and original tunes from one of the most underrated bands, The Main Squeeze, at Echoplex. Read more below. (more…)


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