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Review: Run The Jewels at Troubadour

January 2nd, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Late last month, Red Bull Sound Select and Filter Magazine came together to curate a fantastic hip-hop show featuring El-P with a special guest appearance from Killer Mike. What I thought would be a 30 minute set from headliner El-P turned into a 45 minute to 1 hour set of Run The Jewels the collaborative alternative hip-hop duo of El-P and Killer Mike, two super talented and super underrated rappers who came up big that night with impeccable flow, dope production that might be some of the best in hip-hop in 2013 and overall pleasing the crowd with their antics and high energy set.

Run The Jewels put out one of the most impressive free albums of 2013 with their self-titled debut and I sure hope El-P and Killer Mike jump back into the studio to work on some more cuts together while they are on tour (schedule below) as Run The Jewels as they bring two sorta different hip-hop audiences together with El-P one of the old school alternative hip-hop acts and founder of Definitive Jux label (signing Murs and Aesop Rock) while Killer Mike is on the cusp of mainstream attention, with features on some of the top acts like Big Sean, Kanye West, Mike Posner and much more. In fact, some details have surfaced regarding Run The Jewels 2.

Anyways, I loved the show and want to give a shout out to @Lauralista for hooking me up with tickets. Stream and download (FREE) the full Run The Jewels album below, my favorite tracks are “Run The Jewels” and “Sea Legs”.

Here’s the upcoming tour dates for Run The Jewels:

Mon, Jan 27 – Laneway Festival – Auckland, NZ
Tues, Jan 28 – Laneway Festival (Side Show) – Wellington, NZ
Fri, Jan 31 – Laneway Festival – Brisbane, AUS
Feb 1 – Laneway Festival – Melbourne, AUS
Feb 2 – Laneway Festival – Sydney, AUS
Tues, Feb 4 – Laneway Festival (Side Show) – Sydney, AUS
Thurs, Feb 6 – Laneway Festival (Side Show) – Melbourne, AUS
Fri, Feb 7 – Laneway Festival – Adelaide, AUS
Sat, Feb 8 – Laneway Festival – Freemantle, AUS
Fri, April 25 – Counterpoint Festival – Kingston Downs, GA

Preview + Giveaway: Culture Collide Festival, October 10-12, 2013

October 7th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Daily Mix, Dance, Disco, Electronic Rock, Electropop, House, Rock, synthpop |

This Thursday through Saturday in Echo Park, Los Angeles is the upcoming Culture Collide Festival put together by the wonderful people at Filter Magazine who have graciously offered us a pair of wristbands to giveaway! Email us at with the subject including Culture Collide and who you are most excited to see to win the pair, winners will be selected Wednesday at 5pm. Check out for more info and purchase tickets on Ticketfly, it’s only $30 to see around 70 musicians perform!!!

This will be my 3rd year attending the diverse weekend music festival which features musicians all over the world. Several acts I’ve become huge fans of after hearing them at Culture Collide include Icona PopRoyal Teeth, PoolsideClassixxCSSAsteroids Galaxy Tour, and Datarock.

This years lineup continues the tradition of diverse musicians from all over the world which includes several personal favorites of ours including Miami HorrorPlastic Plates, The Silent Comedy, Chateau Marmont, GRMLN, Gemini Club, Mystery Skulls and Ghost Wave.

Review: Culture Collide 2012 Festival Block Party

October 15th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electropop, Pop, Rock, synthpop |

Last Sunday on October 7, I attended the last day of Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide 2012 Festival. I saw many acts which included: Icona PopColorfeelsClass Actress, The Royal Teeth, Niki & The Dove, Poolside, The Moog and Of Montreal. Read my full review of these acts below and shout out to Filter Magazine for giving me press access and distributing most of the pictures you see below. (more…)

Contest: Win two tix to Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival!

September 25th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Guest Mix |

Filter Magazine has once again given us two passes to their annual Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles! Culture Collide’s line-up boasts 63 artists from 25 countries, converging in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood October 4-7. If you love discovering new music from a diverse group of artists and sounds, this is an event you won’t want to miss and we got two tickets for you and a friend for all four days of the event! View the entire performance schedule here:

Read below to find out how you can win tickets to Culture Collide Festival (or purchase tickets here if your not feeling lucky). (more…)

Culture Collide Festival review pt. 2 *Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Clap Yours Hands, Hypernova, Datarock

October 13th, 2011 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Reviews |

We attended Day 3 and Day 4 of Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival. Below is my Day 4 review featuring The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Hypernova and Datarock.

We got there at about 5:45 and immediately walked around and just took in all the stuff going on, which including trying out the video game, Everybody Dance, on PS3, tons of artwork and three different stages, two outside which were for the larger acts and one on the inside for more of the alternative smaller acts.

The first artist we took in was Danish pop band The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. They have this retro pop sound with real interesting vocals from lead singer Mette Lindberg. I really enjoyed their energy, the variety of instruments used and how they have this retro pop sound yet it sounds new and fresh. Here’s my two favorites, “Major” and “Around The Bend”.
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Major

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour — Around the Bend

Next came Clap Your Hands Say Yeah which is probably the coolest and nerdiest name for a band. They have great energy and as most of the members are multi-instrumentalist’s, its real cool watching several of them continuously switching instruments from keyboard to guitar to banging on a drum and so forth. At a couple points they did get the audience to clap their hands at which point I had to say “yeah” while I was clapping along. Here’s my two favorites, “Maniac” and “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth”.
Maniac by CYHSYband

The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth by CYHSYband

Next we stopped briefly inside for New York-based Iranian rockers Hypernova. I only heard a couple songs but was real intrigued as they had this catchy rock tune and although it was crowded and not the most enjoyable atmosphere to be at for more than five minutes, I enjoyed the five minutes I got to listen to them. Here’s the song I liked the most from Hypernova, “Fairy Tales”.

Hypernova – Fairy Tales

The last act I saw on the final day of Culture Collide Festival was Datarock who were in my top 2 for the day with The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. Norway’s Datarock have an indie electro-pop sound that just makes you want to dance, which is what they got most of the crowd doing, either dancing or cheering for more. Their sound is infectious and Datarock has a good persona with all the members of the band wearing flashing red blazers/jumpsuits. I liked almost every song I heard from them but my three favorites were “Catcher In The Rye”, “California” and “Fa-Fa-Fa”.
DATAROCK – Catcher In The Rye (Extended Version)

DATAROCK – California

Datarock – Fa-Fa-Fa

Did you enjoy this review? Then check out yesterday’s review of Day 3 of Culture Collide Festival.

Culture Collide Festival review pt.1 with Classixx, Harvey, CSS

October 12th, 2011 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Dance Music, Electropop, House, Pop, Reviews, Rock, Techno |

Last weekend featured the 2nd annual Culture Collide festival, a 4-day event in Los Angeles presented by Filter Magazine. I went on Saturday and Sunday and it was a lot of fun.  Multiple venues such as Echoplex, Taix, The Echo, ReFORM, and many more featured various acts from all over the world which were all very enjoyable to listen to. On Saturday I saw Classixx, DJ Harvey, and CSS perform and wow did they impress.

Classixx is an electronic duo from Los Angeles.  They are absolute beasts and have a very bright future ahead of them. Their laid back and unique style make for great music live and in the headphones. The two remix a lot of great tracks adding in some of their original work creating great vibes with their beats as well as very upbeat and heaving dancing tracks. Check out two of my favorite of theirs below.

Reginald’s Groove – “Cosmic Kids” (Classixx Remix) [Download

“Into the Valley” (featuring Karl Dixon) [Download

DJ Harvey from Cambridge, England has been very influential with disco house all over the world for many years. This guy is a very old school electronic music man but in a good way. He loves playing super long sets and I was extremely impressed by his energy and great original tracks. He still continues to sell out shows in different continents and for good reason. His chill/laid back vibes with his energetic style equals a great electronic sound. Check out what I’m talking about below with a couple awesome tracks by him.

Locussolus (DJ Harvey) – “Little Boots”

Locussolus (DJ Harvey) – “I Want It”

CSS which is an abbreviation of Cansei de Ser Sexy is a rock band who comes from Sao Paulo, Brazil. They were the headliners of this show and absolutely killed their set. In a packed EchoPlex venue they lit it up with their energy and pizazz. The have a great alternative rock/pop sound with Brazilian flavor which is why it is no surprise that they have had much success in the United States as well as all over the world. My two favorite tracks  by them are below.

“Lets Make Love and Listen to Death From Above” [Download]

“Move” [Download]

Look out for part 2 tomorrow of our Culture Collide Festival review provided by siegZ.

Ticket giveaway! Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival

September 28th, 2011 by | Before Bigs Exclusive |

We got a free wristband (ticket) giveaway for two lucky people to attend the 4-day Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles from Thursday October 6 to Sunday October 9. Shout out to Filter Magazine for hooking it up with tickets to their festival.

How to win tickets to attend Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival:

Enter our Culture Collide Festival Ticket giveaway contest by tweeting out @beforebigs @FilterMagazine and mentioning a reason you want to go to the Festival with the hashtag #CultureCollide included in the tweet. A winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday October 4 at 5:00pm.

Over 70 artists from over 20 countries will be performing; here’s three reasons we are attending the festival:

1) Brazil’s CSS brings their indie/electronic rock sound, including a song, “Hits Me Like A Rock” that will be on mainstream radio once it gets some more placement in American media.
CSS – Hits Me Like A Rock
2) If you missed SXSW, this is a great chance to see some of the better acts from the festival including my favorites, Electra (Israel), Holger (Brazil), Classixx (USA) and much much more!

3) Not only will there be tons of music at this 4-day festival but happy hours, free giveaways at the festival and tons of awesome people there including us and our friends SuperGoodMusic!

Here’s a little bit more about it:

In just over a week, FILTER Magazine’s second annual Culture Collide festival will take over Echo Park with performances by artists from 24 countries. The schedule kicks off at 4:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 6 closing at midnight on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Full lineup of events, artist set times and more fun news after the jump. (more…)

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