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Review: We Are The West and Morello in The Underground Series

August 24th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Pop, Rock |

Last Saturday I worked the merchandise and food & beverage table at We Are The West‘s “The Underground Series” a monthly concert done in an underground parking garage on a Saturday night in Santa Monica, California that features We Are The West and a different opening act each month. It was my first time attending this intimate unusual concert and I absolutely loved it, not only making money selling popcorn and drinks to people but getting to enjoy some diverse music that is still hard to put into a single genre.

Both bands that performed, Morello and WE ARE THE WEST, have diverse sounds that have folk and Americana yet also have blues rock and pop stylings as well. The show started with lead singer Malcom Cross and Morello performing with lead singer Cross doing a couple songs on his own then the rest of the band jumping in to create something pop, folk, singer/songwriter and really all over the place composition wise. I’ll give you their most recent music video and tell you to check out their soundcloud for more. Also like them on Facebook if you dig Malcom Cross and Morello.

After Morello killed it with Cross’s voice to the instrumentation to them just jamming out with alternative pop vibes, then came We Are The West who are seriously experienced performers. My friend Tim works with the band and had been trying to get me to come to their show so I was honored when he asked if I wanted to make a few extra bucks to work merchandise and sell popcorn and drinks. I got to meet many of We Are The West‘s fans and the band who were really nice and appreciative of my help. However I was super appreciative of their music and the experience they provided us music fans as they were absolutely wonderful. It felt like going on an unusual road trip when they performed, that was almost never ending as each song was so diverse composition wise, the sound invoked different feelings and I highly recommend seeing this band live, they kick ass and are super wonderful people! So close your eyes and listen to their latest 3-song EP below. Also below that is their latest music video.

Follow We Are The West on Facebook and Soundcloud for much more!

Review: Ben Browning (of Cut Copy) live at Santa Monica Pier

August 11th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, synthpop |

Last Thursday I caught Ben Browning, Bassist of Cut Copy, perform for free at Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA. It was a solid show and because I LOVE CUT COPY I had to see Ben Browning’s solo project. It’s not as dance-able as Cut Copy is but surprisingly real catchy electronic pop that’s worth a listen. Although I probably only caught 15 minutes of his set, I really enjoyed his energy and look forward to more from him although if it was Cut Copy, I would be the happiest person on earth seeing them for free again!

Here’s my favorites from Ben Browning.

If you like the above music, follow Ben Browning on Facebook.

Review: Kisses, YACHT and Poolside at the Santa Monica Pier

April 10th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electropop, synthpop |

While I didn’t catch the entirety of the three acts I saw perform at the Santa Monica Pier for All Hands on Deck, I thoroughly enjoyed this show as it was outdoors with the Pacific Ocean in the backdrop and I got to take an awesome chick to enjoy these upcoming acts with myself. Anyways here’s my review of KissesYACHT and Poolside at All Bands On Deck.

Review: Dean Risko & Reazon at The Central SAPC

March 11th, 2013 by | Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

So about 8 days ago, I briefly attended this hip-hop show at The Central SAPC in Santa Monica, California and caught a couple hip-hop acts that you all should keep an eye on, specifically Dean Risko and Reazon. Read my review on the show below.

Review: Go Go Bizkitt! and The Phantom’s Revenge at @TheCentralSAPC

November 27th, 2012 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electro, House, Remix |

Last Wednesday, I experienced the funky sounds of Go Go Bizkitt! and The Phantom’s Revenge at The Central SAPC in Santa Monica, CA. Both DJs were awesome with Go Go Bizkitt spinning that funky disco house vibes all night while The Phantom’s Revenge played mostly disco house with some trap music and some electro vibes. One of my favorite parts of this dance party show was hearing both of the acts remix Daft Punk.

Stream some of my favorite songs from the two rising DJs below.

Contest: Win tickets to Mr. Little Jeans @TheCentralSAPC

August 19th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Dance, Electropop, Pop |

We’re giving away tickets to another show at The Central SAPC that you don’t want to miss out on! This time it’s for Mr. Little Jeans a really hot upcoming act from Norway whose doing a rare live set on Friday at the Santa Monica music venue/dive bar. Show details here.

Here’s how to win two tickets: click the tweet button below

or copy and paste this on twitter:

I want to win two tickets to Mr. Little Jeans at @TheCentralSAPC #MusicFutureNow via @BeforeBigs

Follow @TheCentralSAPC and @BeforeBigs to improve your chances of winning. Contest ends Thursday at Midnight.

Some music from Mr. Little Jeans and the other acts performing on Friday at The Central is below. (more…)

Review: The Hood Internet at @TheCentralSAPC

August 6th, 2012 by | Concert/Festival Review, Mashup, Mashup Monday |

Last Friday, I attended my favorite music venue in Santa Monica, The Central SAPC, for a dj set from mashup duo, The Hood Internet. However, only 1 member of The Hood Internet spun,  STV SLV as I experience when I saw them last time as well.

Even with 1 dude spinning, Hood Internet took over the event, with people cramming in the main room of the venue to dance to their indie-electronic/hip-hop mashups. Hood Internet spun for over an hour and he didn’t just press play like I saw White Panda, Steve Aoki and many other DJs do.

Hood Internet also had rapper Kenan Bell come on stage for an original track they worked on together so it was nice to see that Hood Internet has diversified their music with remixes and originals added to the live set with the mashups.

My 3 favorites from the night although I love all their mashups live, truly a fun dance party!

Tate Tucker – Go It Alone ft. Beck *indie/hip-hop

July 30th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hip-Hop/Rap |

“Go It Alone” is the first single off Tate Tucker‘s next project, indie/hip-hop EP WEST/RIDGE. The track is produced by P.D. (a former Trumpet player in the Long Beach State Orchestra) and features a sample from Tate’s favorite Beck song “Go It  Alone”. The video is shot all over Los Angeles including Venice Beach and Santa Monica where Tate was raised.

Not only do I dig the production on this track but the video brings out the song’s chill vibes. Not sure if I dig the song’s message that much but I love how chill this song is as Tate Tucker is probably one of the most underrated up-and-coming rappers in the game, plus he goes to school so I have much respect for a musician that does school and music at the same time.

Stream and DOWNLOAD Tate Tucker‘s “Go It Alone”.

Watch “Go It Alone” below. (more…)

Review: Mind the Gap at The Central SAPC

February 13th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Pop, Rock |

BYNH 5 feature Mind the Gap began their February residency at The Central SAPC last Tuesday in what will be a rewarding experience for music fans on the westside of LA hoping to catch the up-and-coming alternative band.

I had the pleasure of catching their opening residency at the Central, seeing the band perform live for the second time. Here’s my favorite from them, “Once You Leave”.

Click more for my full review of their performance. (more…)

Show Review: Reazon, Weapons of Audio and Sims/Lazerbeak at Central SAPC

October 3rd, 2011 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Reviews |

Last Saturday we attended and were a part of the excitement that occurred at The Central Social Aid & Pleasure Club in Santa Monica. The show featured hip-hop, electronic, rock and some synthesized soul for an exciting night that featured five different artists, including three members of Minneosta music collective, Doomtree.

The opening act was Reazon, a rapper/songwriter/producer/sound designer  from Minnesota who once worked with Foster The People. He performed for about 15 minutes to get things started and did mostly freestyles that not only showed his solid rap flow but his production skills.

We have been following Weapons of Audio for a while now and I was extremely grateful to be a part of their very first show in Southern California when they performed at the Central Social Aid & Pleasure Club in Santa Monica on Saturday September 24th. They were amazing and their unique style of genre blending classic rock and hip-hop truly shows their high level of talent. My two favorite tracks they performed were“Night Light”,  and “If You Want Me”.

Download: Weapons of Audio – “Night Light” (featured on our BYNH 4 mixtape)

Download: Weapons of Audio – “If You Want Me”

Next came Doomtree member, Cecil Otter, who I admit we didn’t get to see much of as we were putting away our camera equipment after getting the opportunity to film Weapons of Audio‘s first LA show (video coming later this month!). However from the 5 minutes I did see of him, I felt he was very interesting and has something about him which makes him standout. Here’s my favorite Cecil Otter song, “1999”
Cecil Otter of Doomtree – 1999

Lastly I saw Lazerbeak & Sims, two of my favorite members of Doomtree who dropped bombs and dropped rhymes throughout their set. First Lazerbeak came on stated he was going to drop some bombs which he did for about 10 minutes and the whole crowd was dancing, shaking and moving to his production.

Then Sims came out and rapped his ass off, spit some jokes in between songs and overall made it real enjoyable understanding the scene at Central SAPC, making references to the hipsters there and the Cali culture. Overall the energy was buzzing throughout the show and I highly recommend checking out  I enjoy almost all of their music so here’s my three favorites I heard live from Sims and produced by Lazerbeak.

If you missed Weapons of Audio performance at this show or you didn’t but want to hear more of their “Synthesized Soul”, then be sure to check out their upcoming shows in the month of October, especially the Bonfire Acoustic Session at Dockweiler State Beach. We are sponsoring that event and we would love your support. By the way, it will be Weapons of Audio’s first ever acoustic performance so you won’t want to miss it plus it’s a party on the beach!

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