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Boy & Bear, Cobi live at Teragram Ballroom

November 4th, 2016 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Music Video, Pop, Reviews, Rock |

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! (more…)

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

October 5th, 2016 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Rock |

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. For the songs I didn’t know, I learned fast with catchy hooks that they encouraged the crowd to sing along with. And for the songs I knew, I enjoyed the crap out of them, singing, jumping and hollering at all the fun energy they were putting out on stage at the famous Troubadour. It was one of the best shows I’ve seen there and I highly recommend catching this indie band live, they are from Nashville so you know they can jam!

Here’s “Kickin’ The Leaves” which they opened with, and their single “Take It All Back” off their new album Folk Hop N Roll, produced by Dave Cobb. Look up Dave Cobb, the other artists he’s produced have gone onto win awards and are all great acts, Judah & The Lion deserves the same exposure and credit for being really fun nice dudes and awesome live.

Review: Houndmouth live at The Mint *alt folk up and comers

October 13th, 2013 by | Concert/Festival Review, Music Video, Rock |

Last Wednesday, my brother and I caught Indiana folk rock band Houndmouth at The Mint in West Los Angeles. The Mint invited us out and knew I would love the harmonized vocals and positive energy that Houndmouth displayed throughout the set.

Although at times it felt like I heard songs more than once because some of their tunes sound similar, overall I felt encouraged to sing along to many of their tunes because the whole band was singing, which I loved. A quality show on a weeknight, if you happen to see Houndmouth on a lineup at an event, I highly recommend checking them out, especially if you dig folk music. As someone whose never been too much into folk, Houndmouth is one of my few exceptions as they have an upbeat vibe or at least understand that if everybody in the band sings along, their audience will be encouraged and enjoy to sing along with them, it’s fun.

Watch videos to “Penitentiary” and the single off their debut album, From The Hills Below The City (iTunes), “On The Road”.

Review: Jamie N Commons live at The Grammys offices

August 15th, 2013 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Rock |

Probably most of you don’t know but I recently got hired by The Grammys to work in their Awards department and help with the process of all the award submissions they’ve been getting. It’s been an amazing experience and one of my favorite parts of it is when artists drop by to perform a few songs for us. The latest act, Jamie N Commons, was signed by mega-hit producer Alex Da Kid, whose record label, Kid In A Korner, also has Imagine Dragons on the label.

Anyways Jamie N Commons WILL BE A STAR! The dude has a unique voice that as Alex Da Kid described as a “timeless instrument”. Listening to him live was like wandering through nature being lost and then hearing Jamie’s raspy Johnny Cash-like vocals guiding you to the direction you need to take. His voice will take him far and my favorite part of their brief performance was when the pianist and the bassist (who didn’t have his bass) sang with Jamie to create awesome harmonized vocals on some of the choruses. It was a great performance and Jamie N Commons are an extremely humble band to keep an eye on as they are currently in the studio working on their major label debut album.

Below are two songs he performed which I absolutely loved, “Wash Me In The Water” and “Lead Me Home” (which was used in AMC’s The Walking Dead) (more…)

Hidden Gem: Monsters Calling Home *folk rock

September 21st, 2012 by | Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Rock |

Monsters Calling Home will become the next huge folk rock act! With a sound reminiscent to the gentle folk sounds of Of Monsters & Men and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, this six-piece Asian-American act from San Bernandino, California are quickly becoming popular due to an interesting video made inside of their Hondas which led to a fantastic performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week (where I found out about them).

Buzzbands LA wrote a detailed article about their rise which you should read if you want to know more about them. Now after an impressive performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Monsters Calling Home has captured the attention of America.

Stream and buy their two latest songs, “Foxbeard” and “Growing Up” (my favorite)

Watch the video to the song “Fight To Keep” that got Honda executives to book Monsters Calling Home (to the band’s surprise) on Jimmy Kimmel Live. (more…)

J Roddy Walston & The Business – Jesus Gonna Do His Best *folk rock

September 16th, 2011 by | Rock |

Folk Rock Friday!
This is one of those songs you would hear in a commercial of some dude down on his luck, drinking his sorrows by himself at the bar, then he starts walking home with his head down, makes it home, then realizes it’s going to be alright. You know why it’s going to be alright? Because he’s listening to the folk rock song “Jesus Gonna Do His Best” by J Roddy Walston & The Business.

J Roddy Walston & The Business – Jesus Gonna Do His Best


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