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Preview: Sunstock Solar Festival September 9

August 22nd, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Dance, Electropop, Pop, Rock |

Sunstock Solar Festival is proud to announce its first wave of music programming. On the Gold Stage we will see headliners Ra Ra Riot, along with Robert DeLong, Run River North, and Wild Club. The Green Stage, focused on local bands, will feature Trapdoor Social, Freedom Fry, Bloodboy, and The Fuzzy Crystals. Additional acts will be announced soon!

For the first time, a VIP package will be available. For $50, attendees will receive separate entry, Sunstock Tote and Swag, and Access to the “Future is Bright” Lounge featuring a Sustainable Mixology Bar by Award-Winning mixologist, Robin Chopra, Free Food and Drink Tastings, Shaded Seating by Hang High and more!

The festival in partnership with GRID Alternatives will be raising funds to provide a rooftop solar installation for A Safe Place for Youth, a shelter for homeless teens on the west side.

In addition to GRID Alternatives, this year’s non-profit partners include the Sierra Club, SoCal 350 Climate Action, Climate Hawks Vote, South Bay Clean Power, Food & Water Watch, and Rootskeeper, with more to be announced soon. Media Partners include LA Weekly and Alt 98.7.

Sunstock Solar Festival impassions, educates and activates our local communities through music, art, food, discussions and more, all centered around building greener cities and better futures. The event will focus on clean energy, sustainability, and social justice in a positive, engaging way, featuring solar-powered light installations, organic food trucks, immersive art, workshops, games, sustainable vendors, social action opportunities and the headlining feature – music powered by the sun. The all-ages show intends to engage festival-goers with the causes and calls-to-action that we need to protect our future.

Tickets are now on sale! Read more for details! (more…)

Review: Freedom Fry live Good Times at Davey Waynes (Hollywood)

March 30th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Pop |

Last night I had the pleasure of catching one of my favorite emerging folk-pop bands, Freedom Fry at Hollywood bar Good Times At Davey Wayne’s. It’s not every Wednesday I get to catch a band that has such a laid back yet infectious vibe that is easy to cling to.

My favorites I heard them do live was the cover of Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” which was really cool and had a soft poppy vibe that was fun; also enjoyed their latest song release “Brave”, my favorite 2017 song release of theirs, “Awake” and one of my all-time favorites from this rising group, “Shaky Ground”. Stream my favorites below. (more…)

Freedom Fry – Junkie *happy indie pop

March 10th, 2017 by | Alternative/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, I can’t wait for what they are going to bring next. Stream “Junkie” below.

Previous: Freedom Fry – “Awake”

Freedom Fry – “Awake” *fun alternative pop

January 15th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, 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 when life feels vivid and you feel like you’re on the right path.” Freedom Fry

Stream it below! Spotify // Amazon // Apple Music

 

Review: Freedom Fry, Run River North, The Colourist and The Bird And The Bee live in Pasadena

October 13th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, Pop, Rock |

Last Saturday I attended the Taste of South Lake Festival in South Pasadena, California, seeing Freedom FryRun River NorthThe Colourist and The Bird and The Bee for FREE at this community music and food festival that supports local Pasadena businesses.

Not only did I eat delicious local cuisine food that cost little nothing and have a few free samples but I got to sing and dance along to some of my favorite up and coming acts and see The Bird And The Bee live which was pretty fun. Here’s my review. (more…)

Best of Soundcloud September 2015

October 1st, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Dance, Disco, Electronic Dance Music, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Pop, R&B, Rock, synthpop |

Below is a 40-track playlist of my favorite songs released in September 2015 on soundcloud. It’s an eclectic diverse mix and here’s some words on some of the tracks and artists featured.

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BtB Episode 9 featuring Tahsan Scott of Groundsounds.com

March 18th, 2015 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Ambient, Before the Bigs Radio, Dance, Disco, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Pop, R&B, synthpop |

Before the Bigs Music Podcast episode 9 was a bit shorter (around an hour versus hour and 5 minutes like the other episodes) but it was packed full of great new tunes in hip-hop, dance, alternative and much more variety as Tahsan Scott of Groundsounds.com came on the show and brought with him a few new tracks from Action Bronson featuring Chance The Rapper and produced by Mark RonsonTimothy Rhyme and Tuxedo.

We also played new releases from Toro Y MoiCape LionSatellite Stories, Von SellArmorsCon Bro Chill and A.W.O.L. featuring Freedom Fry. Also we go in depth with the future of Years and Years and electronica trio from the UK whose crafting a sound similar to fellow UK producers Rudimental and Disclosure combining 90’s R&B elements with house sounds that I’m absolutely loving lately.

Before the Bigs Podcast Episode 9 by Beforebigs.Com on Mixcloud

Before the Bigs podcast episode 4: Leon Bridges, Coyote Kisses and much more!

February 5th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Before the Bigs Radio, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, House, Mashup, Pop, synthpop |

Before the Bigs episode 4


Before I get to telling you what this latest episode is about, I’m happy to announce that we are on TuneIn so you can easily listen to the podcast from anywhere now!

The latest episode of Before the Bigs Music Podcast has me talking about Columbia Records latest emerging artist you need to follow, Leon Bridges, who just released two songs on iTunes this week that we play on the show, “Coming Home” and “Better Man”, another new (and FREE) song from Venice Beach Folk/Electronic band Magic Giant, who are performing with Gavin Turek and Freedom Fry on Valentine’s Day at The Troubadour (purchase tickets here). Speaking of Freedom Fry, we play a deep house remix from Feast to their song “Shaky Ground”. I talk about and play new releases from Vermont’s Argonaut&WaspCOIN, and FMLYBNDKarl Kling‘s got a new song to be released on his forthcoming debut album.

I even bring my roommate/dance music exper, Sam Aaron, on the show to talk some new dance songs from Body Language, LA beat maker Coyote Kisses, French house/deep house DJ Le Youth, dutch house DJ Funkerman and a new mashup from The Hood Internet. He thought The Hood Internet mashup was from Classixx so I play out the podcast with our favorite Classixx track, “I Get You” featuring Jeppe.

Stream/download the podcast above or if you don’t want to hear what I say about the music, stream the podcast playlist below on Soundcloud and most of the songs I’ve played on all the episodes updated weekly on Spotify.
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Before the Bigs Podcast Episode 3 with TheBurningEar.com

January 29th, 2015 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Before the Bigs Radio, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Remix, synthpop |

Episode 3 of the Before the Bigs Podcast Episode 3 is out and this time I got my man Brandon from TheBurningEar.com and Blind Date LA on the show as we discuss the final Blind Date LA show which featured Buffalo indie pop band Royal Tongues, indie rockers Brown Shoe, new indie alternative pop band Saturn City, and psychedelic electronic alternative duo Waterbed (formerly MVSCLES). We also play and discuss new releases from Body LanguageLennoClient LiaisonPHONY PPLWallaFreedom Fry and Toro Y Moi. Also new album releases from Houndmouth and Milo Greene.

Stream and/or Download Podcast below:


Before the Bigs Podcast ep3

If you don’t want to hear me talk about the songs we play on the show, stream the songs played on episode 3 below and stream the Before the Bigs Podcast Playlist on Spotify which features a majority of the songs played on the podcast!
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