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Preview: Downtown Long Beach New Year Eve’s Bash feat. Saint Motel, ZZ Ward, Houndmouth and more!

December 26th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review |
151231 NYE poster FINAL o J6rQq1 388x600 Preview: Downtown Long Beach New Year Eves Bash feat. Saint Motel, ZZ Ward, Houndmouth and more!We’re pleased to let you know about the Downtown Long Beach New Year’s Eve block party! Headlining this year will be Saint Motel, ZZ Ward, Houndmouth, and Vintage Trouble, each bringing guests to perform throughout the evening. Those guests include a special DJ set from OK Go’s Dan Konopka and Tim Nordwind’s project Xia Xia TechniqueFMLYBND, Miles Tackett & The 3 Times, and DJ Sovern-T.

Following last year’s record-breaking New Year’s Eve (NYE) celebration, when 13,500 people descended upon DTLB to ring in the new year, the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) will continue to host the largest party in town as it welcomes a plethora of SoCal’s finest musicians to take part in a three-stage, three-block festival in the heart of Downtown. DLBA has again teamed with the Knitting Factory Entertainment, partner and talent booker for New Year’s Eve, to establish an exciting line-up for the night.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing Saint Motel and Houndmouth, two bands we’ve covered for a long time who only put out great fun tunes. Pre-sale tickets are available for $30 at www.downtownlongbeach.org or by clicking here. Tickets will be available at the gate on the day of the event for $40. It’s well worth the money as this should be a great place to party for New Year’s!

Young Creatures Live at The Bootleg Bar

November 19th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Rock |

IMG 5809 600x450 Young Creatures Live at The Bootleg BarLast night I watched indie psychedelic rock band Young Creatures entertain us with some tracks at their show at The Bootleg Bar. I thought they started the set off strong with some of their more memorable tracks like “Give Me A Reason” and “Fear All The Things”. This is a quality band to see in LA, I hope they  can open for some really big psych rock band to give them more exposure.

Listen to their album below, the first two tracks are my favorites.

Smallpools live at The Fonda Theatre

November 18th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, synthpop |

BEST NEW BANDS Smallpools 700 600x322 Smallpools live at The Fonda TheatreSo after I went to dinner with my parents and my girlfriend for my birthday, I won myself a pair of tickets to see Smallpools at Fonda Theatre in Hollywood and walked over to that show after a fine dining experience from Cleo at The Redbury Hotel.

Smallpools was fantastic live, bringing lots of energy with their catchy indie electro pop jams like “Over & Over”, “Dreaming” and one of my favorites “Street Fight”. I seriously loved almost all their songs in their set, except they need to get rid of their “A Real Hero” cover because they are better than that song and the band that performs that song. They should go back to covering The New Radicals “You Get What You Give” or perform a “Closing Time” cover, that’s always fun.

Anways, here’s videos to my favorite songs performed by Smallpools. (more…)

Review: Walk The Moon, Saint Motel and Holychild at The Greek Theatre

November 3rd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Electropop, New Wave, Pop, Rock, synthpop |

11258028 190690484600661 1148279324 n 600x600 Review: Walk The Moon, Saint Motel and Holychild at The Greek TheatreThe best concert I attended this year was seeing Walk The Moon, Saint Motel and a bit of HOLYCHILD live at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. It was an incredible show mostly because of Walk The Moon, Saint Motel and the perfect weather at the magical outdoor intimate venue of The Greek, where almost a full moon led to an incredible night of catchy tunes.
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Review: Con Bro Chill, Magic Giant and Monogem at The Troubadour

October 22nd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, synthpop |

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Last night I was fortunate enough to get put on the guest list to cover indie electronic folk band Magic Giant who combine the harmonic grassroots elements of folk with some dubstep-type beats in parts of some of their songs. But what makes Magic Giant really stick out is there high energy performances from each member for the 4-piece band. This was my 4th time seeing them live, the first time over a year ago at the first ever (and best) Daybreaker LA when not only did they perform but Eric Sharp played the best morning dance set ever. Listen to that set in the morning and it will bring you the best vibes to start your day. Anyways I’m getting off topic. Below is my review of the show in which I saw Monogem perform a couple songs, Magic Giant perform about 6 songs including an Outkast “Hey Ya” cover and Con Bro Chill bring their neon lights party that maybe showed me what partying in the 80′s was like as every song they performed was about partying.
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Review: Hozier at the Theatre at Ace Hotel *great band, great voice

October 22nd, 2015 by | Concert/Festival Review, Music Video, Pop, Rock |

Hozier ANW Picture2 600x397 Review: Hozier at the Theatre at Ace Hotel *great band, great voiceHozier is not the best musician I’ve seen live but he is a crowd pleaser, get’s everybody involved in singing along to his tunes and has a great band backing a great voice. I had the pleasure of getting on the guest list for Live From The Artists Den production of Hozier live at Ace Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Hozier performed over 12 songs including an Ariana Grande cover which turned into a mashup with Warren G’s “Regulate”, it was really awesome to sing along to. Also his pleasant cover of Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” was beautiful as were his original songs from the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter. He was magical on stage and I recommend seeing Hozier live. (more…)

Review: Jeremy Loops and Brick + Mortar live at The Roxy

October 15th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Drum & Bass, Pop, Rock |

CRYR9dmUcAAeQS8 600x353 Review: Jeremy Loops and Brick + Mortar live at The RoxyLast night I got to catch two artists I’ve never seen or really dug deep into to be quite honest. However after the show, I left a huge fan, scanning the internet for as much of their material as possible as Brick + Mortar and Jeremy Loops were two incredible bands that got the party started on hump day last night at The Roxy in West Hollywood. This was the first night of their tour together and both DIY artists really impressed the young millennial audience by crafting jams that were hand-clapping, raise your fist in the air pop/rock fun. (more…)

Review: Freedom Fry, Run River North, The Colourist and The Bird And The Bee live in Pasadena

October 13th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, Pop, Rock |

event poster 4601396 600x383 Review: Freedom Fry, Run River North, The Colourist and The Bird And The Bee live in PasadenaLast Saturday I attended the Taste of South Lake Festival in South Pasadena, California, seeing Freedom FryRun River NorthThe Colourist and The Bird and The Bee for FREE at this community music and food festival that supports local Pasadena businesses.

Not only did I eat delicious local cuisine food that cost little nothing and have a few free samples but I got to sing and dance along to some of my favorite up and coming acts and see The Bird And The Bee live which was pretty fun. Here’s my review. (more…)

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.
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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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