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Review: JR JR @ The Echo *incredible!!!

May 30th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Pop, synthpop |

Last Thursday I saw JR JR at The Echo in Echo Park, Los Angeles. They were the best band I’ve ever seen perform at that venue and one of the best performances I’ve seen this year. They performed for over an hour and it felt like it was never going to end as they played many tracks they haven’t released yet as well as personal favorites like “Gone”, 2017 release “Same Dark Places”, “Simple Girl”, “If You Didn’t See Me”, “As Time Goes” and “We Almost Lost Detroit”. I loved every song they performed and just wish I knew the songs they haven’t released yet as I loved all of those too. They had tons of energy, good banter in between songs and the live looping the lead singer did to start each song really created such a beautiful sound. You can tell these guys are influenced by The Beatles, punk rock

Stream the songs I mentioned above and many more as you deserve to listen to all of JR JR to get an idea how good they are.

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.

Justin Baron – Change Your Mind (Live) *MUST-WATCH video!

December 9th, 2011 by | Music Video |

Instruments, vocals, background vocals, everything, Justin Baron does it all in this video. It’s crazy when you hear how it all comes together and I have seen very few do this. “Change Your Mind” was looped live in one take!

The song is about trying to get a girl to change her mind and instead of being scared and alone, she should take a chance and fall in love with you. Asking her to “take your time, but change your mind.”

Justin Baron was the official opener of Dave Patten‘s Exposure Tour this Fall and is gearing up to release his next project in 2012.

Stream “Change Your Mind” (Live) below and click more to watch the official video to Justin Baron putting it all together to create such a soulful unique sound through looping. DOWNLOAD
Change Your Mind (Live) by JustinBaron (more…)

Rx Bandits, Maps & Atlases and Zechs Marquise live at Summit Music Hall

August 12th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Remix, Reviews, Rock |

The Orange County based ska-rock group the RX Bandits rocked the house on Sunday, July 24 at the Summit Music Hall.  The group shared so much energy on stage that it is hard to believe that they are calling quits at the end of their “2011 Farewell Tour” in August.

The opening act Zechs Marquise kicked off the show by playing a very experimental and progressive style rock set. This set showed considerably more structure than their first album and left the crowd excited for their upcoming release in late September.

Maps & Atlases took the stage next wowing the crowd with ultra-intricate tap guitar in obscure poly-rhythms living up to their “math rock” genre classification.

The Rx Bandits closed the show by playing a solid set ranging from reggae to punk and even encored with a tribute to Amy Winehouse.  Toward the end of their set there was not a single person in the room standing still and the good vibes and high energy could be felt by every last person in the room.

Although it was marketed as the last tour for the RX Bandits, lead singer Matt Embree hinted at being back soon to support his past and upcoming solo releases.

Here’s my three favorites songs I heard at the show.

Maps & Atlases – Every Place is a House

Rx Bandits – My Lonesome Only Friend

Rx Bandits – Apparition

Vexare live *electronic/dubstep review

August 8th, 2011 by | Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Dubstep, Reviews |

Last Thursday I saw 15-year old DJ Vexare rock a private fan show near Hollywood. His set lasted an hour and a half and I liked a lot of it except for a couple things: too much dubstep and the audience being around the same age as the DJ. However all in all it was a great show and well worth the $10 ticket price.

His set had 2 parts to it, the first was his mix of electronic music which I enjoyed a lot. Then most of the 2nd part of his set included some womping dubstep, which at times sounded great and other times sounded like he was overdoing it. I wish I could remember exactly what songs I loved the most but I was fortunate enough to hear some great originals, remixes and lots of fun even though I might have been the oldest person there besides the parents of the artists performing that night.

Here’s a mini-mix of Vexare‘s upcoming album, Robot Noises Among Other Things, and a couple others from his soundcloud that I really enjoy.
“Robot Noises Among Other Things” Album Minimix by Vexare
Firing by Vexare (DOWNLOAD)
“Vexed” Album Minimix by Vexare

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Hidden Gem: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad *Chill Reggae Jams

June 15th, 2011 by | Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hidden Gem |

When post people think of Reggae, they think of sipping Coronas on the beach in the summer, but there is much more to it, and New York’s Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is showing the world just that. Of course, they can do summer BBQ jams, but they get darker too, with more intense dub stuff as well. Check out a sampler of their Giant Panda’s music after the jump:


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