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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…)

Preview: Arroyo Seco Weekend 2017

June 22nd, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Before the Bigs Radio, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Daily Mix, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Pop, Rock |

It’s Friday, we are one day away from my first music festival of 2017 and I am so excited! I made a playlist last week and have been adjusting it so I can give you the best songs from the artists I’ll be seeing at Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena this upcoming weekend of Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. Below I’ll give you my schedule of acts I’m catching and when to eat/drink. Purchase tickets here.
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Review: Mother Mother live @ Troubadour *high energy hard rock!

May 24th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Music Video, Rock |

5-piece indie rock band Mother Mother surprised the shit out of me with high energy hard rock, getting the whole crowd banging their heads along with the five-piece band. It was a packed house last night at the famous Troubadour in West Hollywood as an equal number of males and females rocked out to Mother Mother.

Each song they performed felt like an epic hard rock ballad, I hope this band can perform in arenas and larger venues because their sound is best suited to be played loud and they will definitely be playing in venues larger than the Troubadour. But for every fan there last night, we were delighted with a long set of hard rocking songs that reminded me of bands like QueenYoungblood Hawke and Coheed & Cambria.

Yes, I mentioned three bands that don’t have much in common but while enjoying Mother Mother‘s set, I felt like they were a mix of rock, with influences of electro, punk and some pop with the harmonies. Many of the songs felt like awesome roller coaster rides of sound, sonically dynamic and exhilarating!

It’s hard to pick a favorite because I enjoyed most of them and sometimes it was hard to hear what they were singing so hard to remember many of them but their new single “Love Stuck” is catchy and probably my favorite. Watch the official video for it below and learn about all the songs Mother Mother played in their set last night! (more…)

Review: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness live at Belasco Theater

May 11th, 2017 by | Miscellaneous |

Last Wednesday I caught alternative pop artist Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness live at Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. He was electrifying hopping on top his grand piano several times, engaging the audience more than I’ve seen most other acts ever do and constantly was moving around and getting down to the music he and his band were playing. It was a great performance that I felt like was never going to end and he did nearly every song I love from him, except “I’m Ready” from his Jack’s Mannequin catalog. But I’ll forgive him for not playing that as he introduced me to many new songs of his that I’m a big fan of now.

My favorites in his set were his latest single, the catchy “Fire Escape”, which he opened with; fun love song “Dead Man’s Dollar”, dance pop song “So Close”, “Synesthesia” which was so beautiful as there were a variety of colorful lights and I just love the song title of this uplifting pop song and most well-known song “Cecilia and the Satellite”. Also, he did a fantastic cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire”, getting the opening band Night Riots performing it with his band.

Listen to my favorite songs below! (more…)

Introducing Joy Downer *dream pop

April 14th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop, Rock |

Joy Downer is the project from Joy Bishop and Jeff Downer, a married duo out of Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by duality; themes of light and dark, man and woman, mind and matter collide to set the backdrop of the sound.

Listen to their new single below, I like it for a relaxing Friday as it’s got this laid back vibe but is still fun and definitely intrigued by what else they will put out. Stream “Stranger Places” below and let me know if you get the Lord of The Rings reference in “Stranger Places”.

Review: Crystal Fighters live at El Rey Theatre

April 6th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, Pop |

Last Friday, I enjoyed the fun poppy sounds of Crystal Fighters. It was such a good vibes party with positive, peaceful happy pop songs that were infectious and super fun to sing and move along to. I loved every moment and while it’s hard to choose my favorite songs, you can find my 5 favorites they did live below in order of when they were performed (first to last!
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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”

Video: Faulkner – “Revolutionary” *catchy rock-pop

February 2nd, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Music Video, Rock |

I had heard of Faulkner doing shows in LA but never pursued it as I didn’t know much about them. However, when their team sent “Revolutionary” over, I knew I had to write about this rock-pop track which is getting quite the buzz for an independent artist.

The bicoastal four piece have been getting a ton of love for their newest single, “Revolutionary” (off their debut album “REVANCHIST”) which is everything you could ever want from a grunge infused pop-rock track. The song has been even been featured on iconic L.A. radio station KROQ and has well over two million views on YouTube.

I caught them do a 5-6 song exclusive set in Hollywood, performing a track that will be with a fairly big rapper later this year (sorry I can’t reveal) and a couple others tracks there were quite catchy. They have a good stage presence and hopefully will get some tour dates going so they can gain further exposure.

Watch the music video for “Revolutionary” below. (more…)

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

 

Introducing Molly Marlette *electro-pop starlette

January 4th, 2017 by | Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

I was introduced to Molly Marlette by her manager and once I heard her single “Do Me A Favor” as well as a few demo songs yet to be released, I knew she had a sound that has potential to get radio play as she has a fresh electro-pop sound that is easy to sing and dance along to.

Stream “Do Me A Favor” below.

If you like what you heard above, follow Molly Marlette on facebook and twitter.


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