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Review: Grizfolk at Troubadour *Must-see band!!

February 4th, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review |

b3rr 600x450 Review: Grizfolk at Troubadour *Must see band!!Last Wednesday I saw an incredible indie/alternative band that is quite hard to fit into a specific genre in Grizfolk. This band has an upcoming debut EP, From The Spark, dropping through Virgin Records on February 25th and headlined a SOLD-OUT show at Troubadour that was well worth checking out.

I’m very happy I attended this show as I’ve been intrigued by Grizfolk ever since I heard “The Struggle” last summer and have been craving new tunes from them! Their set went by fast as they never stopped playing the music, only stopping once to congratulate a friend on their wedding engagement. Other than that, this band went from song to song as a set that felt like 30 minutes actually went well over an hour at The Troubadour!

I was recommended this band by a few friends and I’m so happy to have seen them live as they got the crowd singing with their  alternative Americana-rock vibe that is easy and fun to sing along to and yet can get the hipsters moving a bit. I was disappointed by the crowd in not everybody clapping at the last song when the band encouraged everybody to clap but other than that, this was a very pleasant show and I can’t wait to hear their debut EP which I’m guessing was heavily featured in their set last week.

It’s hard to describe their music because at times it felt country folk rock while other times more electro-pop and I highly encourage everybody to check them out because their music feels so unique yet seeing them you eel you are seeing a band that will headline a worldwide tour and perform at festivals all over the world in the near future, Grizfolk is that good live!

Watch Grizfolk‘s latest video release for “The Struggle” below. (more…)

Review: Run The Jewels at Troubadour

January 2nd, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

f1baceda695b11e383c00efc39c3a684 8 600x600 Review: Run The Jewels at TroubadourLate last month, Red Bull Sound Select and Filter Magazine came together to curate a fantastic hip-hop show featuring El-P with a special guest appearance from Killer Mike. What I thought would be a 30 minute set from headliner El-P turned into a 45 minute to 1 hour set of Run The Jewels the collaborative alternative hip-hop duo of El-P and Killer Mike, two super talented and super underrated rappers who came up big that night with impeccable flow, dope production that might be some of the best in hip-hop in 2013 and overall pleasing the crowd with their antics and high energy set.

Run The Jewels put out one of the most impressive free albums of 2013 with their self-titled debut and I sure hope El-P and Killer Mike jump back into the studio to work on some more cuts together while they are on tour (schedule below) as Run The Jewels as they bring two sorta different hip-hop audiences together with El-P one of the old school alternative hip-hop acts and founder of Definitive Jux label (signing Murs and Aesop Rock) while Killer Mike is on the cusp of mainstream attention, with features on some of the top acts like Big Sean, Kanye West, Mike Posner and much more. In fact, some details have surfaced regarding Run The Jewels 2.

Anyways, I loved the show and want to give a shout out to @Lauralista for hooking me up with tickets. Stream and download (FREE) the full Run The Jewels album below, my favorite tracks are “Run The Jewels” and “Sea Legs”.

Here’s the upcoming tour dates for Run The Jewels:

Mon, Jan 27 – Laneway Festival – Auckland, NZ
Tues, Jan 28 – Laneway Festival (Side Show) – Wellington, NZ
Fri, Jan 31 – Laneway Festival – Brisbane, AUS
Feb 1 – Laneway Festival – Melbourne, AUS
Feb 2 – Laneway Festival – Sydney, AUS
Tues, Feb 4 – Laneway Festival (Side Show) – Sydney, AUS
Thurs, Feb 6 – Laneway Festival (Side Show) – Melbourne, AUS
Fri, Feb 7 – Laneway Festival – Adelaide, AUS
Sat, Feb 8 – Laneway Festival – Freemantle, AUS
Fri, April 25 – Counterpoint Festival – Kingston Downs, GA

Review: Chiddy Bang live at The Troubadour

February 27th, 2012 by | Concert/Festival Review, Reviews |

CB troubadour 600x410 Review: Chiddy Bang live at The TroubadourLast Wednesday I was fortunate enough to catch most of Chiddy Bang‘s show at The Troubadour in Southern California. Click more to read my review of it.
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The Hood Internet and Wallpaper. live at Troubadour

July 27th, 2011 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Mashup, Pop, R&B, Remix, Reviews |

 The Hood Internet and Wallpaper. live at TroubadourI was surprised by how entertained I was after seeing this show for about 1 hour. Here’s my recap of last Friday’s show at the Troubadour featuring The Hood Internet and Wallpaper.:

Got to the Troubadour about 5 minutes into The Hood Internet‘s set and immediately I notice how almost everybody is dancing and has their hands in the air. Although only one-half of The Hood Internet was present for the show but he still got the party started with upbeat mashups that showed his good ear for mixing vocals of a hip-hop song with instrumentals from a song in a completely different genre. I was a bit surprised The Hood Internet wasn’t the headliner since they have more facebook fans than Wallpaper but with only one of two members performing, it was still highly entertaining and fun. Here’s some of my favorites which I enjoyed hearing live.
Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks (The Hood Internet Remix feat. Hollywood Holt)
The Hood Internet – Ignition (Keep It Remixing Louder) (R. Kelly x Major Lazer)
The Hood Internet – Good Ol’ Fashion Rump Shaker (Beastie Boys x Matt & Kim)

The headliner was electronica/dance hip-pop group Wallpaper., who I saw perform three songs, most of which were real smooth and had some really catchy elements. He’s got great stage presence, with him and his 4-piece band in a real interesting combination that included two drummers and two vocalists. Ricky Reed, the lead singer, had a variety of vocal sounds from singing to rapping and the other vocalist as the back-up vocals and sidekick worked out well in “Shotgun”, which I have been listening to many times since hearing it live. Here’s my two favorites I heard live from Wallpaper.
Wallpaper. – “Shotgun”
Wallpaper. – “Gettin Drip”

Overall I understand why Wallpaper. was the headliner, his music was upbeat, a little more engaging and through three songs, I slowly became a bigger fan when I heard them open with “Shotgun”. Being a huge fan of mashups live with all the dancing and fun catchiness, this was a good show for great value at a legendary venue.

Win free Hood Internet tickets!

July 18th, 2011 by | Before Bigs Exclusive |

The+Hood+Internet+hood Win free Hood Internet tickets!This Friday (July 22), The Hood Internet is playing at The Troubadour in Los Angeles and we got two tickets that we are giving away.

Enter to win tickets by simply clicking the tweet button below which reads:

I want two tickets to see @TheHoodInternet live in Los Angeles! #BeforeBigs.com #Contest http://t.co/foZQSPi via @BeforeTheBigs

Contest ends Thursday at 6pm PST. Winner will be chosen at random on twitter so make sure to follow us so we can direct message you if you win.

After the jump, listen to a few of our new favorites from The Hood Internet and a song from the two other acts performing at the Troubadour on Friday night, Wallpaper and Capital Cities. Show details here. (more…)


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