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Preview: Arroyo Seco Weekend 2017

June 22nd, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Before the Bigs Radio, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Daily Mix, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Pop, Rock |

It’s Friday, we are one day away from my first music festival of 2017 and I am so excited! I made a playlist last week and have been adjusting it so I can give you the best songs from the artists I’ll be seeing at Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena this upcoming weekend of Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. Below I’ll give you my schedule of acts I’m catching and when to eat/drink. Purchase tickets here.

Day 1

Arriving around 3:15/3:30ish to catch end of Preservation Hall Band. I don’t love Jazz but I know this band brings it so I’m curious to see a few of their songs before heading to John Mayall. My friend Tim said he’s pretty good and after listening to a few songs, I’m looking forward to some of his set. If I’m not digging John Mayall, then it’s time to see Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra because Jeff Goldblum is awesome and who doesn’t want to see the dude play some music at a festival!? After Goldblum seems like a good time as any to grab a mid-day drink, some food, and a bathroom break because I want to see most of, if not all, the next band’s sets.

Dawes at 5:25, not missing much of that. I’m excited to hear some of their newer stuff and I’ve only heard good things from an old high school classmate of mine who works with the band. After Dawes, it’s time for some soul with Charles Bradley. I’ll probably only catch several of his songs, but that’s fine, I’m sure it will touch my heart and I’ll feel all the feelings.

Then it’s Alabama Shakes time and honestly this act I’m most excited about as I have their two first albums on vinyl. Dinner time after Alabama Shakes and hoping I can listen to The Meters while eating. Lastly, it’s Tom Petty and I’m stoked to see him, who has too many hits to list.

Most excited to see on Day 1: Tom PettyAlabama ShakesCharles BradleyDawes

Day 2

I’m getting there earlier on day 2 of ASW, around 1 pm so I don’t miss a minute of Magic Giant. I can’t wait for their happy harmonic folk-pop vibes, this will be my 4th or 5th time seeing the trio. Then it’s lunch time before seeing another 7-9 acts on Sunday. 2:20 catching The Mowgli’s who I’ve seen a couple times and always bring a happy poppy vibe that is hard not to like.Then it’s time for Con Brio, who I probably wouldn’t have seen except their publicity hit me up, gave me some songs to get into and I think I’m now a fan. Then it’s time for ZZ Ward, hoping she will do some upbeat songs but I’ll have to leave her set a bit early because I don’t want to miss rising genre-bending band The Revivalists whose hit “Wish I Knew You” is incredibly infectious and even after hearing it on the radio several times a day, I’m not getting sick of this song!

Then it’s time for some top 40 pop from Andy Grammer. Everybody will be smiling when he plays “Keep Your Head Up” but he’s got several other hits that are catchy and worth seeing live. After Grammer finishes the next acts I see will be a major toss up based on mood, what the people I’m with want to see and generally how everybody is feeling. My goal is to catch some of Lukas Nelson as a jam band is always a good time at a festival but will see most of Fitz & The Tantrums as they have a catchy pop vibe that is hard not to like and they are locals who I’ve seen once and enjoyed.

After Fitz, it’s dinner time and hopefully, I can eat while enjoying the funk jam band vibes of Lettuce. However as soon as it’s 7 pm, I’m jetting over to the main stage to see Weezer. I’ve seen them 3-4 times, ALWAYS a great show, they have more hits than the average festival goer expects and they should be one of the highlights of this inaugural festival. When Weezer finishes, it’s time to see some of The Shins. I love “Simple Song”, “Phantom Limb”, and “New Slang” but I’m excited to get into the rest of their setlist and find new favorites. Unfortunately, I’ll probably leave The Shins set about 2-3 songs early so I can get a great spot for Mumford & Sons, easily the band I’m most looking forward to. I’ve been in love with their harmonic folk vibes and ever since I watched the Mumford & Sons Live At Red Rocks DVD, I’ve been hooked! Hope they do a song from that Johannesburg EP they put out last year but either way, I’ll be satisfied with their performance as I love the folk vibes at a music festival.

So there you have it; that’s my schedule for Arroyo Seco Weekend. Thank you Goldenvoice for putting this together!

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…)

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…)

Introducing Joy Downer *dream pop

April 14th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop, Rock |

Joy Downer is the project from Joy Bishop and Jeff Downer, a married duo out of Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by duality; themes of light and dark, man and woman, mind and matter collide to set the backdrop of the sound.

Listen to their new single below, I like it for a relaxing Friday as it’s got this laid back vibe but is still fun and definitely intrigued by what else they will put out. Stream “Stranger Places” below and let me know if you get the Lord of The Rings reference in “Stranger Places”.

Stream: Jukebox The Ghost – Stay The Night *Queen-influenced pop/rock

April 13th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop, Rock |

Jukebox The Ghost recently dropped “Stay The Night”, an infectious pop/rock song that screams QUEEN influence all over it, in a similar vein to “Bohemian Rhapsody”. It’s a wonderfully fun song and I encourage all to listen and follow this band, as “Stay The Night” is a really fun track!

Watch: Fast Romantics – “Why We Fight” *Springsteen/Arcade fire influenced

April 9th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Music Video, Rock |

Toronto-based indie rockers, Fast Romantics are thrilled to announce that their highly-anticipated sophomore LP American Love will be released on April 28 via Light Organ Records. New single “Why We Fight” has this uplifting rock/pop vibe similar to Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire, it’s easy to enjoy the power pop hooks and I can’t wait to hear the full album from these guys!

Watch “Why We Fight” official video below. (more…)

Watch: Magic Giant – “Set On Fire” acoustic *mesmerizing!

March 15th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop, Rock |

My favorite emerging band Magic Giant. Yes, my favorite emerging band who continues to climb higher and higher in the mainstream music scene and whose tours are lasting longer and longer have released a new video and I love it!

They were couch-crashing at a friend’s farm in upstate NY and woke up to this beautiful scene outside their window. It was so serene that it inspired this acoustic arrangement of Set on Fire which you should watch below.
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Introducing Shane Henry *rock blues infusion

March 15th, 2017 by | Hidden Gem, Rock |

Today I want to introduce you to acclaimed blues rock musician Shane Henry. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Henry has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments opening for such artists as BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Edwin McCain and the Destroyers. His new album is produced in part by in part by David Ryan Harris (John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Santana) and Justin Glasco (The Lone Bellow). Henry’s music has been heard on NBC, CBS, Discovery Channel, Hallmark Channel, and the E! Television network.

Here’s his new single, “Save Me”, off his upcoming album, Light in the Dark (due for release April 28). According to the person who reached out with the song, the upcoming album “boasts songs that effectively reflect an upward gaze while offering hope and comfort in a world where challenges abound and confusion often reigns. A mix of the occasionally dark underbelly, some instantly accessible grooves, a host of ready refrains and fiery fretwork, it carries a persistently uplifting theme throughout.”

Stream “Save Me” below and be on the lookout for Shane Henry’s upcoming album. (more…)

Video: Winstons – “Without You” *soulful blues rock

March 10th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Music Video, Rock |

Winstons is a garage-soul duo out of Virginia, residing in Brooklyn. They do love songs, blue songs, and dance songs with drums, guitar, harmonies, and a harmonica.

The lead singer sounds like the lead singer from Kings Of Leon with the soulful rock melodies of The Black Keys and Alabama Shakes. Their sound has drawn comparisons to Screaming’ Jay Hawkins and The Cramps. I really like what they are bringing in “Without You” and can’t wait to hear more, one of my new favorite bands!

Watch the video to “Without You” below.
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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.
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