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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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Best of August 2015 on Soundcloud *60 songs to get you through the day (and night)!

September 2nd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Guest Mix, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Pop, R&B, Remix, Rock, synthpop |

So I decided the best way to put together all the songs I discovered in August 2015 would be to make an epic playlist dedicated to all those songs. Below is the 60-track playlist which ranges in genre and the popularity of the artist. Read below the playlist to hear my thoughts on several of these artists to keep an eye on. (more…)

Before the Bigs Radio: BtB Podcast Episode 1: Top 14 songs of 2014

January 14th, 2015 by | Miscellaneous |

Before the Bigs Podcast Ep 1

So I’m definitely a little late on a top 14 tracks of 2014 list but better late than never right? Also this is my first episode of a new format we will be reporting awesome music, through podcasting! After four and a half years, writing about music has lost its luster and I’m excited to transition in talking about music and broadcasting it on soundcloud and in partnership with Radio KSCR. So below is the Soundcloud link of episode 1 of the podcast which is 1 hour and 10 minutes long, mostly music and me talking about why I love each of these songs as well as the 14 track playlist on Soundcloud as well if you don’t feel like listening to me.
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To listen to it live on Radio KSCR, tune in at noon PST on Wednesday’s to hear my podcast or stream it on our Soundcloud whenever! Comment on your favorite songs below!

Album review: Strange Talk – Cast Away *Most underrated album of 2014

May 29th, 2014 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Electropop, synthpop |

I thoroughly enjoy almost every single song from Australian indie electro-pop band Strange Talk‘s debut album, Cast Away. This is a group that has loads of potential and will be a headlining act across the US very soon.

The album starts with the track “Cast Away” which has an excellent beat and a catchy hook that get you pumped for what lies ahead on the album. You will be singing fall to the night shortly after hearing it a couple times and the beat will get your hipster ass actually dancing to the song, no more folding your arms as you enjoy Strange Talk. After “Cast Away”, there’s the club jam “Falling In Love” which really gets you amped and this is when you start looking for someone to dance with. “Picking Up The Pieces” is super upbeat and has great rhythm. Then comes two of my three favorite songs ever from Strange Talk, “Eskimo Boy”, a 2011 release that got me falling in love with this Aussie band, and “Young Hearts” their latest single that’s getting love from Snapchat! “Eskimo Boy” is that indie electro pop anthem that is super fun while “Young Hearts” is that timeless electro pop summer anthem that gets you reminiscing about past summer love and you will be surely singing along to the catchy chorus, something Strange Talk are experts in creating in almost all their songs!

“Another Day” may have some of the best instrumentation and is a great track following “Young Hearts” because after you’ve sang the chorus to your summer love in “Young Hearts”, then you can pledge your interest in them by seeking to be with them for “Another Day”. Sounds corny hearing me describe it but trust me, it’s an awesome song with great synths. “So So La La” I think is a song that makes fun of poor communication, almost like playing the telephone game and just writing a song about how frustrating it is to accurately carry a message through several people; it’s silly but if your embarrassed to sing along to this jam, I don’t blame you. What I love about the next track “Is It Real” is the catchy part where the harmonies come about with the band singing How Does It Make you Feeeeeeeeeeeeeeellll, very catchy and I enjoy the beat, very 80’s electro pop influenced. My other top 3 favorite songs ever from Strange Talk is “Climbing Walls” which is so awesome, two music videos were released for the song! I absolutely love this song, probably know all the words to this electro pop jam and when it gets to the chorus where the lead singer goes Oh, I Keep Trying To Run Away From What Your Saying, that’s when you really fall in love with this track.

“Come Back Home” is the slow jam that you slow dance to with your dance partner but your dancing will probably get interrupted by the chorus because Come Back Home, ‘Cause I’ve Been Waiting, Waiting for You is so god damn sexy to sing to someone you truly care about! “Morning Sun” is that fun synth pop jam where I love how the singer saying “Morning Sun” gets louder and louder as the track begins and it’s a song about post-hooking up/love making/getting it on. It’s a bit corny but to play this song after sex to remind your lover that you both should wake up early enough to catch sunrise is a great way to be romantic or creepy, however you pull it off is your thing but next time I have some sweet love making, don’t be surprised if I tell my lover “If we make it through the night, let’s watch the morning sun” “Wanted (Dead Or Alive)” is that 80’s synth jam with once again a super catchy chorus. The last song, “Take Me As I Am”, is one of the more forgettable songs but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it; it’s about being yourself and asking those to accept you for who you are, unless you have no soul, there’s no reason not to enjoy that message!

I absolutely love this album, love this band and hope everybody reading this becomes a larger fan of Strange Talk. Stream Cast Away (iTunes) below which includes 12 of the 14 tracks from the album.

Listen: Strange Talk – Young Hearts *must listen electro pop

February 7th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop, Music Video, synthpop |

Australia indie electro pop band Strange Talk is back with a new song, titled “Young Hearts”, off their upcoming debut album, Cast Away (Pre Order), which I can’t wait to come out on April 29th. “Young Hearts” has their signature indie electro pop vibes that remind me of Cut Copy, Empire Of The Sun and Passion Pit, acts that Strange Talk will reach in popularity once their debut drops and their worldwide touring begins. This band is built for stardom and ever since I saw them at The Satellite back in November, I’ve been dying to hear more new releases from them.

Stream “Young Hearts” below and you will understand why I dig these Aussie rockers so much.

By the way, if you haven’t seen their latest music video for “Eskimo Boy”, you MUST WATCH IT! This is one of their best songs and the reason I fell in love with their music back in 2011!
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Review: The Griswolds and Strange Talk at The Satellite

November 12th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, Music Video, Rock, synthpop |

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of seeing two rising Australian acts at The Satellite, The Griswolds and Strange Talk.
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Contest: Win tickets to Strange Talk & The Griswolds at The Satellite Thursday

November 5th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Dance, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Rock, synthpop |

Courtesy of Wind-Up Records, they’ve given us two tickets to giveaway for Thursday’s show to see two rising bands out of Australia, including one of my absolute favorite acts, Strange Talk and another I’ve slowly become a fan of, The Griswolds.

To win 2 tickets to see Strange Talk and The Griswolds this Thursday at The Satellite, email beforebigs@gmail.com with subject CONTEST and mention why you deserve tickets to see both Australian acts at the Satellite on Thursday. Contest ends Thursday at noon PST and if you don’t win, I highly recommend going to the show, more details on it here.

Below read more about both bands including links to my favorite songs from each! (more…)

Video: Strange Talk – Cast Away *must-listen electro-synth-pop

September 20th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Dance, Electropop, Music Video, synthpop |

The new song from Strange Talk, “Cast Away” has amazing synths, excellent beats and if it doesn’t get your head bobbing, then something is wrong with you. I’ve been in love with Strange Talk‘s music for over 2 years and their music continually seems to get better and better!

With “Cast Away”, they’ve made their next catchy fun dancing electro-synth-pop hit, if only American radio respected their music enough to play it like Australia does

This is the first single from Strange Talk’s debut album which will be released in early 2013.Watch the video to “Cast Away” below. (more…)

Covers from Manicanparty, Minus Ned and Strange Talk

June 27th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Music Video, Pop, Rock |

Three covers from three very different electric sounding music groups that everybody needs to follow. One group I’ve been a huge fan since 2010, (Strange Talk), another I’ve been a fan of since early this year (Manicanparty), and another I became a fan of today (Minus Ned).

Watch/listen to the three cover songs below in which Manicanparty covers Miike Snow, Minus Ned covers Talking Heads and Strange Talk covers The Police, all groups I absolutely dig covered by three acts I’m loving lately. (more…)

Strange Talk Mixtape 2012

April 4th, 2012 by | Daily Mix, Music Video |

Here’s a recent radio mix that my favorite up-and-coming indie electronic act, Strange Talk, made. I can’t wait to hear these guys release new music but until then, here’s something that you should all enjoy.

Click more to watch Strange Talk‘s last music video, “Climbing Walls”, which should be what turns you into a fan of this Australian bands music. (more…)


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