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Review: Scavenger Hunt, Carousel and DWNTWN at The Satellite

February 3rd, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Electropop |

A few weeks ago just before GRAMMY Week started for me, I was able to catch three upcoming indie electro pop acts in DWNTWNCarousel and Scavenger Hunt. Read more for my brief review of their performances at The Satellite in January.

Stream: Carousel – Into The Night *upbeat synth-pop

November 19th, 2013 by | Electropop, synthpop |

New track from Carousel called “Into The Night”. It’s got this upbeat synth-pop vibe that really grooves well and is easy to have a subtle hipster-type dance to it. It’s got that traditional Carousel sound until this 80’s guitar solo drops in about 3 minutes to the song which is a nice addition.

Carousel keeps growing as a band and I can’t wait to hear more from them and see them live again! Stream “Into The Night” below.

Review: Carousel & Trails and Ways live at Bootleg Theatre

March 15th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Rock |

Last Saturday I had the pleasure to catch indie electro pop duo Carousel and dream pop quartet, Trails and Ways, live at the Bootleg Theatre near Downtown Los Angeles. Read my review below. (more…)

Listen: Carousel – Stay Awake *chill indie pop

December 6th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop |

A couple days ago Carousel dropped “Stay Awake”, their next catchy soft pop song that you will love after listening to it several times.

I’m a big fan of Carousel and it’s only a matter of time until a major record label starts calling to sign them.

Listen to “Stay Awake” below.

Previous: Carousel live at Echoplex

Goldroom, Ghost Beach & Carousel Light Up the Echoplex

November 2nd, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, synthpop |

(Pictured Above; Ghost Beach)

Last Thursday, I was blessed to see a great show at the Echoplex in Silverlake. Goldroom, Carousel and Ghost Beach absolutely rocked a packed house full of energetic hipsters. All three have a style each unique in it’s own way.

Originally apart of synth pop trio NightWaves, Goldroom of Los Angeles provided a laid-back disco feel similar to Poolside. It is perfect for the typical Southern California vibe and even though it is not summertime anymore, it sure felt like it when he was on stage. Below is my favorite track of his from the night.

Goldroom – “Morgan’s Bay”:

Brooklyn based electro-pop duo, Carousel will soon become house hold names in the music industry. Their catchy and genuine sound  got the crowd dancing their shoes off.This was the first time I have ever seen them live but certainly not the last. Check out my favorite track of theirs from the night that will surly be getting some radio time soon.

Carousel – “Open Road”:

By far the best performance of the night that I saw was that of Ghost Beach. Hailing from New York City, this tropical grit pop group provides an 80’s rock influence with a modern day alternative rock sound. They were featured on our Best You Never Heard 7: Summer Underdogs mixtape back in August. This group is going places and I look forward to seeing them perform live again. My favorite track of theirs from the night is below.

Ghost Beach – “Tear Us Apart”: 

As a whole, this show featured some great electro-pop up-and-comers that are worth taking a closer look. I cannot wait to see how they progress as artists.



Review: Carousel at Abbott Kinney Festival

October 8th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, synthpop |

Abbott Kinney Festival is an annual street fest in the Venice Beach area filled with hippies and young socialites. It was my first year going and after getting to see my favorite up-and-coming band out of Boston perform, Carousel, I walked up and down the closed off Abbott Kinney Boulevard and saw tons of herbal medicine booths, a “Vote for Rosanne Barr for President” as part of the Peace and Freedom (and Stoner) party, and tons of other people selling massages, clothing, artwork and other stuff you’d normally find along the Venice Beach boardwalk. There were also a ton of cops, a ton of hipster parents and tons of children.

However I came to Abbott Kinney Festival to see Carousel, an up-and-coming indie/electro-pop trio out of Boston who has a sound similar to Miike Snow and will become a huge mainstream act once they get in some more touring and shoot some videos for their songs, which are all great!

I caught most of Carousel‘s set which the crowd seemed to enjoy even if only a few knew their music and many enjoyed their “Dancing On My Own” Robyn cover (which I hope they release). Stream and download my two favorites I heard them perform.

Previous: Carousel – Let’s Go Home (Video)


Carousel – Let’s Go Home *video

May 23rd, 2012 by | Ambient, Music Video |

Connected and educated at the esteemed Berklee College of Music, Jackson, Kevin and Tyler have quite a reputation to live up to. Luckily Carousel prove their natural skills through their ambient electronic music that hooks instantly. Their newest track, “Let’s Go Home,” features throbbing synths and clapping keys with a combination of melody and lyrics that inspire the travel bug in you – whether its actually going home or finding a home somewhere new. Combining the buoyancy of Passion Pit and the intricate composition of Miike Snow, there’s no way you won’t be dancing when the beat drops.

Watch the official (and quite cinematic) video below. (more…)

Best You Never Heard 6: Spring Fling *exclusive Before Bigs mix!

April 10th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Daily Mix, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Dance Music, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Pop, R&B, Remix, Rock, synthpop |

1st, shout out to Hunter Reece of Mister Mistress for the slick cover art above! Our 6th edition of Best You Never Heard is here! This time we contacted each artist and asked permission to put their song on bandcamp, which is where we intend to release all our mixes from now on.

With Best You Never Heard 6: Spring Fling we once again selected artists that as of April 1, had less than 5,000 facebook fans and hadn’t been signed by major record labels… yet!

Listen and download the 15-track Best You Never Heard 6: Spring Fling below.

Carousel – Where Have You Gone *must-listen!

April 3rd, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop, Pop |

New track from Carousel!!! “Where Have You Gone” has that smooth indie electronic pop sound that kept me and plenty of new fans coming back for more from the up-and-coming Boston band.

Listen and download “Where Have You Gone” below.

Previous: Carousel – Open Road (my favorite song from them)

Carousel – Open Road *must-download electronic pop

February 15th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop |

Got a new track from Carousel called “Open Road”. It’s almost inspiring, reminds me of Miike Snow a lot with the lyrics and some of the production and overall is a MUST-DOWNLOAD. I find it hard not to like this song, so listen and download “Open Road” below to get an idea what I’m talking about.

Previous: Hidden Gem: Carousel

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