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Review: Miniature Tigers at The Roxy Theatre *They were AMAZING!

March 31st, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Pop, Rock |

127c6ea8b84911e3be071265523e6823 8 600x600 Review: Miniature Tigers at The Roxy Theatre *They were AMAZING!Maybe the best performance I’ve ever seen at The Roxy Theatre occurred last Saturday when I went to see Miniature Tigers perform at the classic West Hollywood venue. Read more of my review below.
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Listen: Strange Talk – Young Hearts *must listen electro pop

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

artworks 000067907322 fkeq6r t500x500 Listen: Strange Talk   Young Hearts *must listen electro popAustralia 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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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 |

04.03.strangetalk 1 Contest: Win tickets to Strange Talk & The Griswolds at The Satellite ThursdayCourtesy 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…)

Hidden Gem: Jake Troth *emerging alternative pop star

October 7th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop |

860798342aff11e3bc2722000a1faee5 8 600x600 Hidden Gem: Jake Troth *emerging alternative pop starLast Monday, the Recording Academy staff had the pleasure of getting a showcase performance from singer/songwriter/producer Jake Troth. He was an absolute joy to see live as most of us hadn’t heard of him and didn’t know what to expect. He performed 4 songs and although my co-workers didn’t enjoy all of them and said the last two were way better than the first two, I felt all four songs were pretty good. However the songs that stuck with me were “On My Way” and “Material Things”.

Keep an eye out on the alternative pop performer as he’s already worked and performed with rapper Big Boi on the track “Apple Of My Eye“, has his upcoming album Double Black Diamond coming out soon and will be signed to a major record deal sooner than later.

Watch the music videos for “On My Way” and “Material Things” below. (more…)

Watch: Vokab Kompany – Don’t Owe You

December 10th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop, Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

artworks 000034993992 w3kox2 t500x500 Watch: Vokab Kompany   Dont Owe YouOur favorite hip-hop group from San Diego, Vokab Kompany, has released, “Don’t Owe You” their latest single and video from their upcoming collaboration album with Crush Effect. The album, titled VKCE, drops December 18 and I can’t wait for it. If the previous collaborations with VK and CE are any indication what’s to come between these two exciting up-and-coming acts, then this will be a must-listen album!

Listen to “Don’t Owe You” below.

Watch the official video to “Don’t Owe You” and a special download link for the song below. (more…)

The Pass – Without Warning *indie electronic rock

July 28th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Electronic Rock |

52837 448343367818 7692696 o 600x400 The Pass   Without Warning *indie electronic rockThe Pass recently released the first single off their upcoming album Melt.

Here’s what The Pass had to say to us about the song and the upcoming album:

We’re very excited to share our first single, “Without Warning”, off our second LP, Melt.  For close to two years now we’ve been working on Melt and had the wonderful mixing help of Alex Aldi who recently finished up work with the new Passion Pit and Holy Ghost!.  We’re staying a little mum on the release date/label for now, but wanted to give a taste off our new record which as all bands who send their work to bloggers…we hope you enjoy.

Melt is the culmination of taking a lot of our goals when we started our band and combining it with all the things we learned being together for two and a half years.  Everything you learn on the road……what works and what doesnt……what you like and what you dont, what makes people want to smile or scratch their heads.  Ultimately, our goal was still to make a fun album but also reach new levels of emotion…..nostalgia and intrigue, longing and desire, complacency or heartbrokenness. Some songs have a bit darker or experimental sound than our previous album while others would be very at home at a disco.

Stream and DOWNLOAD “Without Warning” below. It’s a MUST-LISTEN indie electronic rock song!

Previous: The Pass – Vultures

Video: Aer – Like the Way *chill-hop

July 24th, 2012 by | Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

tumblr m6phmiCgFb1qza3qho1 1280 600x600 Video: Aer   Like the Way *chill hopAnother new chill-hop jam from Aer, “Like The Way”. This is off their upcoming album, The Bright Side, dropping next Tuesday July 30th.

I like the chill guitar riff on this, the lyrics are alright, the video is kind of boring but the song is real chill-hop love song. It’s the second single to the album following Aer‘s June 25 release of “Floats My Boat.”

Watch the video to “Like The Way” and if you like the song, buy it on iTunes. (more…)

Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone

July 19th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Rock |

 Two Door Cinema Club   Sleep AloneBrand new FREE single from Two Door Cinema Club‘s upcoming album, Beacon. If you are familiar with the band, download “Sleep Alone” now! This band will blow up on a level similar to Phoenix as they have a somewhat similar catchy indie pop/alt rock sound that is easy to love.

Stream and DOWNLOAD “Sleep Alone”.

Two Door Cinema Club has also announced a North American tour in September and October. Here are the full list of dates below. (more…)

Satellite Stories – Anti Lover

July 13th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Dance, Pop, Remix, Rock |

39366136 Satellite Stories   Anti LoverSatellite Stories are here with first single “Anti-Lover” from their debut album Phrases to Break the Ice, coming up in autumn 2012. Below you´ll find stream and free download of the song + indie-dance style Ryan Riot Remix.


Satellite Stories will be the next breakout indie pop act, much in the mold of Two Door Cinema Club. Watch the official video of “Anti Lover” below. (more…)

Poolside – Why You Wanna *Daytime disco

June 29th, 2012 by | Disco |

Poolside 600x600 Poolside   Why You Wanna *Daytime discoWe got another daytime disco track from Poolside, “Why You Wanna” off their upcoming album, Pacific Standard Time out July 9. Poolside is putting out the best daytime disco with Tropicool‘s mixes being 2nd.

Stream “Why You Wanna” below and keep an eye out for Pacific Standard Time and for Poolside to drop more tracks from the upcoming album.

Previous: Poolside – Slow Down


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