Last 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…)
Last 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.
Last 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. (more…)
Last 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!
Last 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…)
June 9, indie rockers COIN, made their LA debut performing at KCRW’s It’s A School Night at Bardot in Hollywood, CA. They rocked out and performed some future hits and were a lot of fun to see live! My favorite song by far was “Run”, their single that’s hitting alternative stations on satellite radio and is a hit single!
Before the Bigs music podcast episode 6 is out and while there weren’t any guests co-hosting the show with me, I still had a great time reviewing 3 shows I saw in the past two weeks in Aloe Blacc at The Nice Guy, Magic Giant and Gavin Turek at The Troubadour and Scavenger Hunt, WATERBED and Kid Cadaver at The Bootleg Theater. They were all truly great shows which I talk and play music from those artists on the podcast. Other artists covered include Miami Horror which released their lead single for their upcoming album out April 21st, Royal Tongues have a new song, newcomer DJ Hunter Siegel with a future house banger. Also stream that new new from Life In Film, Nick D’ and the Believers, Kid Astray and Young Buffalo. 15 songs played in the podcast, stream the whole podcast above and below stream the songs played on episode 6 on Soundcloud and most of the songs played on the podcast history on Spotify. (more…)
Episode 3 of the Before the Bigs Podcast Episode 3 is out and this time I got my man Brandon from TheBurningEar.com and Blind Date LA on the show as we discuss the final Blind Date LA show which featured Buffalo indie pop band Royal Tongues, indie rockers Brown Shoe, new indie alternative pop band SaturnCity, and psychedelic electronic alternative duo Waterbed (formerly MVSCLES). We also play and discuss new releases from Body Language, Lenno, Client Liaison, PHONY PPL, Walla, Freedom Fry and Toro Y Moi. Also new album releases from Houndmouth and Milo Greene.
If you don’t want to hear me talk about the songs we play on the show, stream the songs played on episode 3 below and stream the Before the Bigs Podcast Playlist on Spotify which features a majority of the songs played on the podcast! (more…)
Here’s a brand new podcast for you, episode 2 of BeforeBigs.com’s radio show/podcast which I’m super excited to share with you. Got my friend Jordan to guest host with me and we had a lot of fun reviewing the LAMP 2-year anniversary dance party, new songs from side projects with Capital Cities, Mayer Hawthorne, a collaboration between Hanni El Khatib and Freddie Gibbs as well as features on rising LA artists Zak Waters and Magic Giant. Below you will find the youtube link to the podcast and soundcloud playlist of the 15 songs I played, several of which you can download FOR FREE!!! (more…)
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