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Preview: Brokechella 2014 *best LA value festival of 2014

April 4th, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Guest Mix |

A festival I had an unforgettable experience at because of the art, the underrated music, the hospitality of event staffers and overall fun in such a local scene was Brokechella 2012. Last year I couldn’t attend because of Coachella and this year personally won’t be able to attend but that doesn’t mean I won’t have awesome friends covering the festival for me while I enjoy Coachella weekend 2.

For those in Southern California that can’t afford Coachella and are into more intimate festival scenes, then Brokechella is for you! With over 50 musicians performing and even comedians this year, it’s sure to be a festival worth going to. For $10, that’s less than 50 cents an artist and you know the people of cARTel know how to throw a super fly dope fun event for all. Now it’s in 4th year, Brokechella is sure to be one of the most talked about and underrated events of the season in Los Angeles and I highly recommend any music and/or comedy fan to check it out as you will have as great a time I did two years ago attending this Downtown LA event.

For more info on Brokechella, visit and purchase tickets here. Because I’m pretty pumped the event has continued for the 4th year in a row, I’ve created a playlist of 15 artists from Brokechella to look forward to including BtB favorites Azad RightWarm BrewVerbs and many more! (more…)

Greenhorse @ The Satellite, 5/11

May 15th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review |

Greenhorse‘s performance at the Satellite was more than just a typical opening band on a Friday night. Sharing their home state with popular headliners Gauntlet Hair (its Wyoming), Greenhorse also recognized how monumental this moment really is: “It’s kind of exciting because when we first moved to L.A, we came to Spaceland and we were like, ‘I hope we get to play here someday.”

The trio played to a dark room, each member merely lit by their own spotlight, which caters well to their industrial style. Their eruption of sound is breathtaking, especially given that the only actual abrasive instrument they involve are Joel’s array of drums. Greenhorse started things off with their familiar track, “White Dust,” which can only be compared to the THX introduction at the movie theater to offer any sort of accurate description. Their sound is characterized by the abundance of layers, which their recordings hardly do justice for when juxtaposed with their live performance. “Breathing Machine” provided insight into just how much each band member is doing at any given time – while Chris is busy with his set of synths and vocals, Shawn multitasks between a drum machine and fingerpicking keys, and Joel hits his various drums so hard I still can’t believe the skins didn’t split!

Despite the heaviness of their genre-straddling tracks, these guys are quite upbeat and entertaining characters. They didn’t let their shy crowd deter them from cracking jokes or good-natured banter: when describing their fifth song, “Unbroken,” Shawn and Chris admitted the short list of ears that had heard it including “my grandma, I did share it with her.” This is especially entertaining when one imagines a grandmother handling the hard snare hits and combination of a sweet two-bit breakdown with bass-driven instrumentals that are so vigorous the vocals are plainly inaudible. This, however, had nothing on “Hidden Love,” where the audience was treated with Joel’s insanely buff (and shirtless) body at the head of the stage with a floor tom around his neck. Sure, the hollowness of the floor tom pairs well with the champagne cymbals and all-around lightness of the song, but the shadows of the spotlights make the song ironically haunting.

Greenhorse is a pleasant and much welcomed surprise that ended abruptly with a horn-driven orchestral outro. They blow your mind for just long enough to leave you dazed yet refreshed.

Listen to my favorite Greenhorse song, “Happiness” below. (more…)

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