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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.

Day 1

Arriving around 3:15/3:30ish to catch end of Preservation Hall Band. I don’t love Jazz but I know this band brings it so I’m curious to see a few of their songs before heading to John Mayall. My friend Tim said he’s pretty good and after listening to a few songs, I’m looking forward to some of his set. If I’m not digging John Mayall, then it’s time to see Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra because Jeff Goldblum is awesome and who doesn’t want to see the dude play some music at a festival!? After Goldblum seems like a good time as any to grab a mid-day drink, some food, and a bathroom break because I want to see most of, if not all, the next band’s sets.

Dawes at 5:25, not missing much of that. I’m excited to hear some of their newer stuff and I’ve only heard good things from an old high school classmate of mine who works with the band. After Dawes, it’s time for some soul with Charles Bradley. I’ll probably only catch several of his songs, but that’s fine, I’m sure it will touch my heart and I’ll feel all the feelings.

Then it’s Alabama Shakes time and honestly this act I’m most excited about as I have their two first albums on vinyl. Dinner time after Alabama Shakes and hoping I can listen to The Meters while eating. Lastly, it’s Tom Petty and I’m stoked to see him, who has too many hits to list.

Most excited to see on Day 1: Tom PettyAlabama ShakesCharles BradleyDawes

Day 2

I’m getting there earlier on day 2 of ASW, around 1 pm so I don’t miss a minute of Magic Giant. I can’t wait for their happy harmonic folk-pop vibes, this will be my 4th or 5th time seeing the trio. Then it’s lunch time before seeing another 7-9 acts on Sunday. 2:20 catching The Mowgli’s who I’ve seen a couple times and always bring a happy poppy vibe that is hard not to like.Then it’s time for Con Brio, who I probably wouldn’t have seen except their publicity hit me up, gave me some songs to get into and I think I’m now a fan. Then it’s time for ZZ Ward, hoping she will do some upbeat songs but I’ll have to leave her set a bit early because I don’t want to miss rising genre-bending band The Revivalists whose hit “Wish I Knew You” is incredibly infectious and even after hearing it on the radio several times a day, I’m not getting sick of this song!

Then it’s time for some top 40 pop from Andy Grammer. Everybody will be smiling when he plays “Keep Your Head Up” but he’s got several other hits that are catchy and worth seeing live. After Grammer finishes the next acts I see will be a major toss up based on mood, what the people I’m with want to see and generally how everybody is feeling. My goal is to catch some of Lukas Nelson as a jam band is always a good time at a festival but will see most of Fitz & The Tantrums as they have a catchy pop vibe that is hard not to like and they are locals who I’ve seen once and enjoyed.

After Fitz, it’s dinner time and hopefully, I can eat while enjoying the funk jam band vibes of Lettuce. However as soon as it’s 7 pm, I’m jetting over to the main stage to see Weezer. I’ve seen them 3-4 times, ALWAYS a great show, they have more hits than the average festival goer expects and they should be one of the highlights of this inaugural festival. When Weezer finishes, it’s time to see some of The Shins. I love “Simple Song”, “Phantom Limb”, and “New Slang” but I’m excited to get into the rest of their setlist and find new favorites. Unfortunately, I’ll probably leave The Shins set about 2-3 songs early so I can get a great spot for Mumford & Sons, easily the band I’m most looking forward to. I’ve been in love with their harmonic folk vibes and ever since I watched the Mumford & Sons Live At Red Rocks DVD, I’ve been hooked! Hope they do a song from that Johannesburg EP they put out last year but either way, I’ll be satisfied with their performance as I love the folk vibes at a music festival.

So there you have it; that’s my schedule for Arroyo Seco Weekend. Thank you Goldenvoice for putting this together!

Watch: Magic Giant – “Set On Fire” acoustic *mesmerizing!

March 15th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop, Rock |

My favorite emerging band Magic Giant. Yes, my favorite emerging band who continues to climb higher and higher in the mainstream music scene and whose tours are lasting longer and longer have released a new video and I love it!

They were couch-crashing at a friend’s farm in upstate NY and woke up to this beautiful scene outside their window. It was so serene that it inspired this acoustic arrangement of Set on Fire which you should watch below.
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Stream: Best of October 2015 *new Miike Snow, Goldroom, Skrillex & The Game, and Outasight

November 1st, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Daily Mix, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Mashup, New Wave, Pop, R&B, Remix, Rock, synthpop |

Ok so below is a 50 track playlist of my favorite songs that got released in October 2015 on Soundcloud. It’s a huge variety and below the playlist, I’ll touch on some that were personally sent to me or from artists that we’ve written on here before and are big fans.

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Review: Con Bro Chill, Magic Giant and Monogem at The Troubadour

October 22nd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, synthpop |


Last night I was fortunate enough to get put on the guest list to cover indie electronic folk band Magic Giant who combine the harmonic grassroots elements of folk with some dubstep-type beats in parts of some of their songs. But what makes Magic Giant really stick out is there high energy performances from each member for the 4-piece band. This was my 4th time seeing them live, the first time over a year ago at the first ever (and best) Daybreaker LA when not only did they perform but Eric Sharp played the best morning dance set ever. Listen to that set in the morning and it will bring you the best vibes to start your day. Anyways I’m getting off topic. Below is my review of the show in which I saw Monogem perform a couple songs, Magic Giant perform about 6 songs including an Outkast “Hey Ya” cover and Con Bro Chill bring their neon lights party that maybe showed me what partying in the 80’s was like as every song they performed was about partying.
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Stream: Magic Giant – Set On Fire *must-listen uplifting folk

October 21st, 2015 by | Chill/Jam/Reggae, Pop |

My favorite local folk band Magic Giant has released a new single, “Set On Fire” and it’s a must-listen. It’s an uplifting upbeat folk song that makes you want to sing and dance. Stream it below.

Tonight Magic GiantMonogem and Con Bro Chill are performing at Troubadour in West Hollywood. I’ll be there and hope to see you as well. Here’s the details: facebook event page

BtB Podcast Ep 6 feat. Aloe Blacc, Gavin Turek, Magic Giant, Scavenger Hunt and much more!

February 19th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Before the Bigs Radio, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, House, Pop, Rock, synthpop |


BeforeBigs.com Podcast Episode 6 by Beforebigs.com on Mixcloud

Before the Bigs music podcast episode 6 is out and while there weren’t any guests co-hosting the show with me, I still had a great time reviewing 3 shows I saw in the past two weeks in Aloe Blacc at The Nice Guy, Magic Giant and Gavin Turek at The Troubadour and Scavenger Hunt, WATERBED and Kid Cadaver at The Bootleg Theater. They were all truly great shows which I talk and play music from those artists on the podcast. Other artists covered include Miami Horror which released their lead single for their upcoming album out April 21st, Royal Tongues have a new song, newcomer DJ Hunter Siegel with a future house banger. Also stream that new new from Life In Film, Nick D’ and the Believers, Kid Astray and Young Buffalo. 15 songs played in the podcast, stream the whole podcast above and below stream the songs played on episode 6 on Soundcloud and most of the songs played on the podcast history on Spotify. (more…)

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 2: LAMP 2 year party, Zak Waters, Magic Giant & more!

January 22nd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Before the Bigs Radio, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Guest Mix, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Pop, synthpop |

Before the Bigs Podcast ep 2

Here’s a brand new podcast for you, episode 2 of BeforeBigs.com’s radio show/podcast which I’m super excited to share with you. Got my friend Jordan to guest host with me and we had a lot of fun reviewing the LAMP 2-year anniversary dance party, new songs from side projects with Capital CitiesMayer Hawthorne, a collaboration between Hanni El Khatib and Freddie Gibbs as well as features on rising LA artists Zak Waters and Magic Giant. Below you will find the youtube link to the podcast and soundcloud playlist of the 15 songs I played, several of which you can download FOR FREE!!! (more…)


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