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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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BeforeBigs.com Podcast Episode 6 by Beforebigs.com on Mixcloud

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…)

Review: Cut Copy opens up Red Bull’s #30DaysInLA

November 3rd, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electropop, Music Video, Rock, synthpop |

image proxy large 600x392 Review: Cut Copy opens up Red Bulls #30DaysInLAOn Saturday November 1st, Red Bull Sound Select’s #30DaysInLA kicked off with Australian dance pop/rock band Cut Copy headlining a fantastic show at the Downtown Los Angeles Luxe Hotel parking lot across the street from LA Live. I absolutely love Cut Copy, they are in my top 5 favorite artists I’ve seen live with their upbeat, catchy fun dance tunes and lyrics that are easy to sing along to and uplifting.

I loved almost every single song they played and after seeing them for the first time since 2011, I was so excited to be able to take my close friend @MikeRips, who saw Cut Copy with me back at Pacific Festival 2011 so I knew I had to invite him again. Thanks to Grandstand Media for hooking me up with press passes and I can’t wait to attend further Red Bull Sound Select shows in LA this month and beyond!

Below are a few must-listen Cut Copy tracks. (more…)

Preview: Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days In LA *MUST-SEE Shows!

October 30th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B, Rock, synthpop |

unnamed1 Preview: Red Bull Sound Selects 30 Days In LA *MUST SEE Shows!So we are soon approaching something very awesome in LA featuring over 60 musicians in a 30 day period in November. Starting November 1st through November 30th, Red Bull Sound Select has put together 30 concerts showcasing various talents and I can’t be more excited. My coworkers at The Grammys and I have been talking about this constantly about what shows were going to, as I’m really excited not only because of the musical variety that RBSS has curated during the month of November but highlighting local acts that need more attention and curating shows at venues all over this vast city of Angels. Below I’m here to tell you which 5 shows you definitely can’t miss! (more…)

Review: Make Music Pasadena 2014 featuring Saint Motel, Run River North, Yuna and The Record Company

June 10th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Pop, Rock |

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Stream: The Griswolds – Beware The Dog *new indie pop-rock single

May 20th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop, Rock |

artworks 000078845514 8749c2 t500x500 Stream: The Griswolds   Beware The Dog *new indie pop rock singleMy favorite up-and-coming Australian band, The Griswolds, released their latest single off their debut album, “Beware The Dog” and it’s so much fun! I love the pop-rock vibe that is just so catchy and sounds a bit tropical, like your dancing on a raft floating down a tropical Amazonian river with exotic animals and tribal people following you along the river dancing and cheering as you are dancing on this raft floating down some exotic river outside your comfort zone.

Stream the new Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83) produced single ”Beware The Dog” from The Griswolds below.

I can’t wait for The Griswolds debut album to come out, it’s going to be great!

Review: De Lux at The Echo *sold out post-punk dance party

May 3rd, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Rock |

12945628945 cf0eecd907 o Review: De Lux at The Echo *sold out post punk dance partyA few weeks ago I saw post-punk dance band De Lux perform live at Los Angeles venue, The Echo. This Los Angeles-based band, signed to Innovative Leisure, is poised to breakout once they start touring more and open for a similar band like !!! (chk chk chk), Rapture, and Talking Heads. (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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