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Review: Ocelot Robot album release party at Molly Malone’s

September 30th, 2013 by | Concert/Festival Review, Pop, Rock |

Last Thursday, I witnessed one of my favorite emerging pop rock acts out of Los Angeles in Ocelot Robot. This group knows how to shred as they headlined a kick ass concert at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles for their new album release, Etheldo (iTunes).

I love how their set started with harmonized vocals really getting the crowd to sing along to new hits like “Undercover” and “Lost in L.A.”. Ocelot Robot is kind of a throwback band and unlike many of the new bands coming out in that you know your going to get a kick ass show seeing the quartet of drummer, guitarist, bassist and lead vocalist. However they jam out, are super fun to watch and even did an unexpected rocking cover of Rihanna‘s “Stay”, which everybody seemed to enjoy.

Look out for an upcoming music video from the band but until then, stream Etheldo below. My favorite songs are “Back To Buffalo”, “Undercover”, Lost In L.A.” and “Black Mini Skirt”. Stream and DOWNLOAD below.

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Hidden Gem: The Fates *rock/pop

August 25th, 2011 by | Hidden Gem, Pop, Rock |

Been getting pretty sick of all these MCs showing they are better rappers than Kreayshawn by rapping over her 1-hit, “Gucci Gucci”. So I look to my rock and pop bands and indie/alternative acts to help offer more meaning in the music.

The Fates are a talented up-and-coming rock/pop band from Boston with an eclectic sound reminiscent of Charlotte, NC rockers Paper Tongues. However as The Fates are a fairly young band, I think they have time to further define their sound and offer new types of music as their career progresses. Jam out to these three tracks from The Fates.

The Fates – Ms. America (DOWNLOAD)

The Fates – Jump! (DOWNLOAD)

The Fates – Atmosphere (DOWNLOAD)

Read more to see a video of The Fates performing “Ms. America” live at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Hidden Gem: Graffiti6

January 30th, 2011 by | Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop, Rock |

Graffiti6 hasn’t released anything in 2011 yet, but that doesn’t mean they are not going to break out and become huge stars in the US. The London-based rock/pop duo, Graffiti6, formed in 2008 and has garnered national attention lately with MTV listing the band on their artists to watch in 2011 list so credit them on finding this dope artist.

Above is the music video for “Stare Into The Sun” (Download), a catchy neo-soul jam filled with catchy pop instrumentals and lyricism. Below are a couple of my other favorites from Graffiti6.

Graffiti6 – Stone In My Heart

Graffiti6 – Annie You Save Me

In the fall 2010 Graffiti6 released their full-length debut album, Colors, which got great reviews and some of the songs were featured in American TV shows, Greys Anatomy and CSI: NY. Purchase Colors if you like the three songs I posted above and follow Graffiti6 on facebook and twitter.

Featuring B.o.B *new J. Cole & The Script

January 23rd, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, R&B, Remix |

Whenever B.o.B is on a song, he kills it and turns the song into gold. Ok maybe that’s an overstatement but Bobby Ray is a talented hip-hop/R&B artist that, when featured on a song, usually makes the song better.

Below are three examples.
The Script – Walk Away Remix Ft B.o.B (right-click to download)
Passing Me By (ft. B.o.B.) – J. Cole
Lloyd Ft. B.o.B & Rock City – Lay It Down (Remix)

If your a big fan of The Script, their latest album, Science & Faith, came out last tuesday and is available on iTunes.

Introducing Be Like Pablo *the next Weezer

January 13th, 2011 by | Music Video, Pop, Rock |

I forgot how I stumbled on Be Like Pablo but while listening to their single “Julianne” I kept thinking, this sounds like a younger Weezer, which is funny because on the Scottish band’s facebook, one of their influences is old Weezer.

Hopefully I’m not the only one who hopes the band came up with the name from their appreciation for Pablo Sanchez from the Backyard Sports series. Either way, Be Like Pablo is a young up-and-coming rock/pop band that you should all know about.
Download “Julianne”

Hidden Gem: The Dance Party

December 14th, 2010 by | Hidden Gem, Pop, Rock |

The band’s name is pretty much how their music sounds. Above is the music video for “Sasha Don’t Sleep”, one of the big reasons this band is one to watch out for.

They create a dance party with their party rock/power pop music. The Dance Party hails from DC and has put out a couple albums in 2007 (Friction! Friction! Friction!) and 2010 (Touch, purchase).

Below are a couple of their best tracks.

If You Can

Sasha Don’t Sleep

Follow The Dance Party on facebook and twitter.

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