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Review: Oliver Riot at The Satellite

October 8th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae |


So instead of catching Kid Cadaver for their residency at Bootleg Theater this past Monday, I skipped out after SOTRW to see my friend Ben and his band Oliver Riot jam out with their raw acid folk which was quite fun. I don’t remember any of the original songs quite well but my favorite was their “Riptide” cover by Vance Joy. The crowd was asking for it and they played it; it was so awesome and a lot of fun to hear that song.

Here’s a video of them performing on The Tomorrow Show with their song “Alcatraz” which now I remember them playing Monday at The Satellite and just jamming out. This is my favorite original song from them. (more…)

Review: Body Language live at The Satellite

September 29th, 2015 by | Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electropop, synthpop |

Last Saturday night, after attending Tarfest (review here) and going out to dinner in K-Town, we arrived at Dance Yourself Clean at The Satellite to see Powers  and Body Language. We ended up seeing only Body Language and the fantastic Dance Yourself Clean DJs spinning indie dance pop tunes but what a wonderful show it was. Here’s my review of Body Language.
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Review: Scavenger Hunt, Carousel and DWNTWN at The Satellite

February 3rd, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Electropop |

A few weeks ago just before GRAMMY Week started for me, I was able to catch three upcoming indie electro pop acts in DWNTWNCarousel and Scavenger Hunt. Read more for my brief review of their performances at The Satellite in January.
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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…)

Review: Zak Waters, The Mowgli’s and Grizfolk live at The Satellite

September 27th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electropop, Pop |

A week and a half ago, I caught Zak Waters 2nd night of his free September Monday residency at Silverlake venue, The Satellite. It was a great show and I a big reason I went was to find out who the secret surprise guest would be, which turned out to be The Mowgli’s! Read my review of each act below.
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Greenhorse @ The Satellite, 5/11

May 15th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review |


Greenhorse‘s performance at the Satellite was more than just a typical opening band on a Friday night. Sharing their home state with popular headliners Gauntlet Hair (its Wyoming), Greenhorse also recognized how monumental this moment really is: “It’s kind of exciting because when we first moved to L.A, we came to Spaceland and we were like, ‘I hope we get to play here someday.”

The trio played to a dark room, each member merely lit by their own spotlight, which caters well to their industrial style. Their eruption of sound is breathtaking, especially given that the only actual abrasive instrument they involve are Joel’s array of drums. Greenhorse started things off with their familiar track, “White Dust,” which can only be compared to the THX introduction at the movie theater to offer any sort of accurate description. Their sound is characterized by the abundance of layers, which their recordings hardly do justice for when juxtaposed with their live performance. “Breathing Machine” provided insight into just how much each band member is doing at any given time – while Chris is busy with his set of synths and vocals, Shawn multitasks between a drum machine and fingerpicking keys, and Joel hits his various drums so hard I still can’t believe the skins didn’t split!

Despite the heaviness of their genre-straddling tracks, these guys are quite upbeat and entertaining characters. They didn’t let their shy crowd deter them from cracking jokes or good-natured banter: when describing their fifth song, “Unbroken,” Shawn and Chris admitted the short list of ears that had heard it including “my grandma, I did share it with her.” This is especially entertaining when one imagines a grandmother handling the hard snare hits and combination of a sweet two-bit breakdown with bass-driven instrumentals that are so vigorous the vocals are plainly inaudible. This, however, had nothing on “Hidden Love,” where the audience was treated with Joel’s insanely buff (and shirtless) body at the head of the stage with a floor tom around his neck. Sure, the hollowness of the floor tom pairs well with the champagne cymbals and all-around lightness of the song, but the shadows of the spotlights make the song ironically haunting.

Greenhorse is a pleasant and much welcomed surprise that ended abruptly with a horn-driven orchestral outro. They blow your mind for just long enough to leave you dazed yet refreshed.

Listen to my favorite Greenhorse song, “Happiness” below. (more…)

DWNTWN & The Knocks Rock The Satellite

January 16th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electronic Dance Music, Electropop, Pop |

After the release of Best You’ve Never Heard 5 late last month, I began listening to DWNTWN like crazy. When I heard they were performing with The Knocks at The Satellite in Silver Lake, I knew I had to be there. It was my first time at this venue and I was very impressed with the set up. It has a very intimate and amazing atmosphere with a diverse crowd. Anyone will have a great time!

I first arrive with DWNTWN beginning their set. They are a very unique duo with a indie/electro/pop sound. They are extremely talented and have great stage presence. Even though they performed well, I do believe they need a third member of their group (at least for live performances). Their instrumentals are amazing. However if they had a drummer or beat maker for live performances, it will make an already amazing group even better. Check out my favorite track by DWNTWN below.

DWNTWN – “Transition” (Download)

Right after DWNTWN killed it, New York based disco/house duo The Knocks came on stage and lit it up! Not only are they great at producing and remixing, they are also legitimate singers as well. They have great vocals and lyricism. When they come on stage, the whole atmosphere turns into a big party immediately. Their music will soon be on the radio. Below is their best track. Enjoy!

The Knocks – “Dancing With The DJ” (Download)


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