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Preview: Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days In LA *MUST-SEE Shows!

October 30th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B, Rock, synthpop |

So we are soon approaching something very awesome in LA featuring over 60 musicians in a 30 day period in November. Starting November 1st through November 30th, Red Bull Sound Select has put together 30 concerts showcasing various talents and I can’t be more excited. My coworkers at The Grammys and I have been talking about this constantly about what shows were going to, as I’m really excited not only because of the musical variety that RBSS has curated during the month of November but highlighting local acts that need more attention and curating shows at venues all over this vast city of Angels. Below I’m here to tell you which 5 shows you definitely can’t miss! (more…)

Review: Culture Collide Festival (Miami Horror, Mystery Skulls, Gemini Club, Plastic Plates, Maya Vik, and Ghost Wave)

October 15th, 2013 by | Concert/Festival Review |

Late last week I caught Filter Magazine’s 4th Annual Culture Collide Festival. I went to days one and two of the three day festival and thoroughly enjoyed most of the acts I saw, although this years lineup didn’t have the same sexiness that previous lineups had, although Maya Vik is one sexy lead singer/guitarist! Read more below for reviews on the acts I enjoyed, which included: Maya VikGhost WavePlastic PlatesMiami Horror (DJ Set + live band), Gemini Club and Mystery Skulls.

I was going to write reviews of every band I saw but I didn’t enjoy every band and feel it’s better to not saying anything at all on them if I have nothing good to say.

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.

Hey Champ remixes and features *Passion Pit, Mike Posner & much more!

September 30th, 2011 by | Ambient, Disco, Electro, Electropop, New Wave, Pop, Remix, synthpop |

I’m a huge fan of Hey Champ, they may be my favorite music trio from Chicago. A couple weeks back, we introduced you to them with their best original material. Now here’s five of the best songs they are either featured in or they have remixed.

Let’s begin with their electro-pop remix to Mike Posner‘s “Cooler Than Me”. It’s got a pretty cool vibe, mostly enjoy this because I love the original so much. Although I prefer the original, this is a minimalistic remix that provides a change of pace than all the other versions of “Cooler Than Me”. DOWNLOAD
Cooler Than Me (Hey Champ Remix) 

Next comes a song Hey Champ is featured in, “Getting You Off”, which is by 80kidz. Another pop song with smooth enjoyable instrumentals, almost reminds me of Empire Of The Sun but more relaxed vocals. Download

Next comes one of my favorite Passion Pit songs, “Little Secrets”, which Hey Champ remixed by changing the instrumentals to a downtempo vibe. If you like Passion Pit, you will really enjoy this! DOWNLOAD
Passion Pit – Little Secrets (Hey Champ Remix)

(F-K) Guide to SXSW

March 10th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, R&B, Rock |

Another edition of my guide to SXSW 2011 continues with artists starting from F through K. Monday I did A-B and Tuesday I did C-E artists.

Just a reminder that almost all the artists I blog about on these guides I have never blogged about and many I haven’t heard before until I downloaded this SXSW 2011 torrent.

Fake Problems has a chill indie rock feel, “Soulless” is a catchy song, that I could easily hear on a film soundtrack. However this Florida-based rock band is influenced by a variety of rock music and is a band that you will probably hear more of on here.
Fake Problems – Soulless
Canadien band The Flatliners remind me a big of Less Than Jake with their punk rock sound but with a bit less ska. “Monumental” is a catchy rock song, I like the instrumentals, the lyrics ain’t band and the chorus is super catchy.
The Flatliners – Monumental
Indie Electro band Gemini Club has an interesting sound. Not the biggest fan of the vocals except for the chorus. Mostly a huge fan of their electronic rock/pop instrumentals.
Gemini Club – Mirrors
God-Does and She is an interesting hip-pop/soul duo from the Midwest that has music I can see a lot of people dancing to at SXSW.
God-Does & She – Love Machine
Guitar Shorty is a 71-year old blues aritst with a rocking sound. If you can’t jam with Guitar Shorty, you need to dig down and find yourself some soul.
Guitar Shorty – We The People
Hadag Nahash is my favorite artist from Israel, which isn’t saying much since I know of probably 4-5 other artists in Israel. Even though the song is in Hebrew, not English, the instrumentals are great, you can tell Hadag has some good rap skills much like Tony Parker in French.
Hadag Nahash – Not Enough
Hector Ward & The Big Time has a chill jam band kind of vibe. You might stumble upon them if you were going to SXSW and be surprised how much you like them.
Hector Ward & the Big Time – Dirty Soul Shaker
Jesse Malin & The St Marks Social have an alternative punk  feel. “Burning The Bowery” takes a little time to pick up but once you get to the chorus you will be singing along at the irish pub. Remind of of Dropkick Murphys, which remind me of getting drunk at an irish pub or partying in Boston.
Jesse Malin & The St Marks Social – Burning The Bowery
JIM-E-O is an R&B/Rap artist. More a fan of his R&B vocals and the chill lounge beat than the rapping.
Lastly Kid Carnaveral gives us a fun alternative song with what sounds like children singing in the simple chorus. I love the title of this song and the instrumentals are cool and you can along to the chorus.
Kid Canaveral – You Only Went Out To Get Drunk Last Night
Tomorrow I will do L-N artists.

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