Watch: Magic Giant - "Set On Fire" acoustic *mesmerizing!

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...

Stream: Franc Moody - "Dopamine" *disco funk similar to Daft Punk

North West London collective Franc Moody announce their new single "Dopamine" following in the footsteps of their 2016 instrumental EP1. "Dopamine" takes this same lithe funk sensibility and adds a deft vocal and lyrical content that plays with the physical and emotional effects of the song. I love the funky...

Introducing Shane Henry *rock blues infusion

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...

Video: Winstons - "Without You" *soulful blues 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...

Freedom Fry - Junkie *happy indie pop

"Junkie" is Freedom Fry's second single and third new song of the year. In their words, This is our indie pop ode to being in love and hopelessly addicted to someone. - Bruce & Marie. It's a fun indie pop song and every time I hear a new song from Freedom Fry,...

Stream: Tuxedo - "2nd Time Around" *disco/funk

I love the future disco/funk vibes of Tuxedo and I'm so excited to share the first release from their upcoming album Tuxedo II (pre-order) out March 24 through Stones Throw Records. "2nd Time Around" continues the impressive upbeat debut release Tuxedo dropped in 2015 and I can't wait for this 2nd album...

Hidden Gem: Airpark *Groove-heavy rock/pop

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...

Stream: KYKO - Dive In *super vibrant pop

New KYKO is out and I can't stop moving around and bobbing my head listening to the latest from the rising South London musician that has this silky smooth pop vibe with vibrant instrumentals that grow as the song whirls into something quite special. I love that there is African pop vibes,...

Miami Horror - "Leila" *NEW '80s-INSPIRED CONCEPTUAL RECORD

One of my all-time favorite Australian bands Miami Horror has released a new single "Leila" which will be on their new 80's-inspired conceptual record The Shapes out March 17th. Stream "Leila" below which has this upbeat disco vibe that is a lot of "Leila" is the first song released from Miami Horror's new conceptual release...

Hidden Gem: The Yugos *infectious quirky lo-fi pop/rock

Cincinnati based band The Yugos will release their album Weighing the Heart on March 10th via Old Flame Records. When I heard their song "Ingenue" back in early February, I was hooked! I can't wait for their album as I think this band has influences from bands like The Talking Heads, The Psychadelic Furs and The Cure. You might...

Introducing Los Colognes *tropical smooth fun

Nashville-based Los Colognes have just announced their third album The Wave, out May 12th via Big Deal Media / Thirty Tigers. Last month they released the first track “Flying Apart,” which has such a tropical smooth sound I'm hooked on! The band has a run of shows in the US,...

Review: Urban Cone at Bardot *electric catchy pop

Monday night I caught the recently signed to Interscope band Urban Cone as they rocked the intimate stage at Bardot in front of a small but packed house in Hollywood. They were so damn catchy with their infectious electro-pop, I enjoyed just about every song they performed in their short but...

Introducing Chris Youmans and The Sound Agency *funk-pop-soul fusion

Chris Youmans & The Sound Agency came to life in 2013. At the group’s core is a collaboration between Youmans and multi-instrumentalist Colin Deas, who Youmans met while studying music at UC Berkeley. The Sound Agency takes the best elements of classic and modern pop, rock, funk, and soul and...

Video: Faulkner - "Revolutionary" *catchy rock-pop

I had heard of Faulkner doing shows in LA but never pursued it as I didn't know much about them. However, when their team sent "Revolutionary" over, I knew I had to write about this rock-pop track which is getting quite the buzz for an independent artist. The bicoastal four piece have...

Freedom Fry - "Awake" *fun alternative pop

Freedom Fry is at it again with another fun song you would love to hear at a campfire with close friends, road tripping or just some uplifting sing-along pop to make you feel happy! "Awake" is the jam and their first single of 2017! "Awake is our ode to those moments...

Introducing Molly Marlette *electro-pop starlette

I was introduced to Molly Marlette by her manager and once I heard her single "Do Me A Favor" as well as a few demo songs yet to be released, I knew she had a sound that has potential to get radio play as she has a fresh electro-pop sound that...

Watch: REMI - Lose Sleep Ft. Jordan Rakei *Soul/Hip-Hop

Following the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album Divas and Demons, Melbourne hip-hop outfit REMI share a new video for single “Lose Sleep” featuring London based artist Jordan Rakei – the cherry on top of their biggest year yet. Filmed from both Melbourne and London, the clip features both Jordan...

Kyko *tropical electronic pop/rock

The latest Hidden Gem I got for you is London outfit Kyko. Formed in 2014, this young pop band is crafting a sound that keeps getting better. They just released "Nature" which is very Vampire Weekend/Paul Simon's Graceland-esque and I LOVE IT! They released "Nature" earlier this month and before that have had...

Sturgill Simpson at The Wiltern *my first "country" concert!

So I'm honored to share that I attended my first "country" concert as I saw alternative/folk country artist, Sturgill Simpson slay at The Wiltern last Wednesday! Even though he is considered a country music artist, he jammed out for over 2 hours performing large chunks of his discography which includes covers...

PNAU - Chameleon *Empire of the Sun side project release

"Chameleon" is the first single from acclaimed electronic act PNAU in over four years and it's a fun electro pop track. Constantly inspired by the emotional weight of our world, "Chameleon" is spiritually anchored in the medicinal plant culture of the Peruvian Amazon and laced with all the energy we...

Boy & Bear, Cobi live at Teragram Ballroom

Thursday I witnessed two emerging musicians rise to the responsibility of putting on a great energetic show in Los Angeles as Cobi and then Boy & Bear played fun, engaging sets that were easy to sing and/or dance along to. Read my review below! I came in for Cobi's last few songs but the...

Video: Anderson .Paak - Come Down

Anderson .Paak's new video is out for "Come Down" off his critically acclaimed album Malibu (iTunes/Spotify). I love this track and the video is so fun! I love the song, the album is great and this guy is definitely going places!

Hidden Gem: Cobi *emerging soulful pop act similar to Hozier!

Shout out to Go Lightly Media who keeps pitching me really talented emerging artists and the latest I present to you today is Cobi. His first single, "Don't You Cry For Me" has garnered over 15 million streams on Spotify since debuting in May and I love the track! Cobi reminds me...

Hidden Gem: Golden Coast - "Comeback Kid" *Smooth Electronic Pop

Golden Coast is officially on my radar with the release of their new single, "Comeback Kid". The track sports the best of everything this duo has to offer: a dance-able beat, hooky leads, anthemic sing-along breaks and just the right amount of head nod; I LOVE it! A little more on...

Review: Judah & The Lion at The Troubadour *high energy

Last week I saw alternative folk rock band Judah & The Lion tear the roof off with amazing energy at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. It was a great show not only because we were front row and got high-fives from the band, but they were a lot of fun live....

Preview: Downtown Long Beach New Year Eve's 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 Technique, FMLYBND, Miles Tackett & The 3 Times, and DJ Sovern-T. Following last year’s record-breaking New Year’s...

Review: Tanlines at The Fonda *pretty, pretty good

Was Tanlines great live? Probably not, but were they fun to watch and have some songs that are quite catchy? Absolutely! I got to watch them 14 songs headlining to a small crowd at The Fonda Theatre on a Wednesday night and it was a pretty, pretty good show. My...

Best songs on Soundcloud November 2015 *Miike Snow, Run The Jewels and more!

Last month we had some great releases on Soundcloud, here's my 30 favorite song releases below to stream (and some to download!). Ok let's get to discussing some of my favorites and ones that got personally sent to us. Over the past few years the Parisian beauty, Cocovan, made quite a name...

Half Moon Run impresses big time in Sold Out show at Bootleg Bar

Last Thursday I caught Canadian indie rock band Half Moon Run perform to a sold out audience at the intimate Bootleg Bar. It was an impressive sight to see and I got the set list from somebody so I'll be posting their set below. I just got a record player so the...