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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…)

Best of Soundcloud September 2015

October 1st, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Before the Bigs Radio, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Dance, Disco, Electronic Dance Music, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Pop, R&B, Rock, synthpop |

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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.

Follow Spirit Animal on facebook if you like them.

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…)

Best of August 2015 on Soundcloud *60 songs to get you through the day (and night)!

September 2nd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Guest Mix, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Pop, R&B, Remix, Rock, synthpop |

soundcloud billboardbiz 650 600x396 Best of August 2015 on Soundcloud *60 songs to get you through the day (and night)!So I decided the best way to put together all the songs I discovered in August 2015 would be to make an epic playlist dedicated to all those songs. Below is the 60-track playlist which ranges in genre and the popularity of the artist. Read below the playlist to hear my thoughts on several of these artists to keep an eye on. (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: Coin, Pretty Sister at Bardot

May 20th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, R&B, Rock, synthpop |

mg02762 600x400 Review: Coin, Pretty Sister at BardotJune 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!

Watch the music video for “Run” below. (more…)

Review: Milo Greene at The Echo

May 3rd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Rock |

FO 1HGEUA17H1W11 600x399 Review: Milo Greene at The EchoIn late April I caught the fantastic energetic Los Angeles indie folk rock band, Milo Greene, who played many songs from their new album while also wowing the crowd with old favorite, “1957″.

Headliner Milo Greene entranced the crowd with their complex brand of indie folk rock, replete with four-part harmonies and gorgeous male and female vocals.

My favorite songs included “On The Fence”, “1957″ and “Lie To Me”.

BtB Podcast Ep 6 feat. Aloe Blacc, Gavin Turek, Magic Giant, Scavenger Hunt and much more!

February 19th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Before the Bigs Radio, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, House, Pop, Rock, synthpop |

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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…)

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