Last Saturday I witnessed one of the best hip-hop producers of all time, Pete Rock, reunite with CL Smooth to perform many of their classic hits as well as hear Camp Lo perform some oldies but goodies in hip-hop. It was a show with people of all ages and colors, mostly dudes and latin folk but overall a good sold-out vibe that was impossible not to sweat in the cosy confines of The Roxy in West Hollywood.
Overall it was a fun show but I’ve learned that I will never love a hip-hop show over other genres if I can’t rattle off most of hte lyrics to most of the songs. It’s why I’ve never become a big fan of Busta Rhymes or Twista, their dialect is just too quick in rapping for me to repeat and follow along. However the production behind the old school hip-hop acts I saw, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and before them Camp Lo, really made me appreciate how the older hip-hop acts sampled quality old school jazz, soul and blues rhythms to create the songs that made them special.
It’s hard for me to quite remember my favorites that I didn’t already enjoy because like I said earlier, for me it’s tough to rap along to lyrics I hadn’t previously heard. Below is my favorites from the acts I saw last Saturday at The Roxy. (more…)
Last Friday night I saw indie dance pop band Capital Cities perform their last LA show for a long time as they prepare to hit the studio to record their next album. It was a packed audience with lots of passionate fans who sang along to most of Capital Cities releases and while this was my 3rd time seeing them live, they continued to impress with a more upbeat slightly improved set list, more dancing on stage among the founding duo of the band with a uniform clothing style of all band members wearing gold/yellow jackets.
It felt almost magical seeing them live as most of the audience and I knew this would be Capital Cities last Los Angeles show for the year and maybe the next several months. I loved the show because it was the fans way of getting to celebrate Capital Cities recent signing under the Capital Records imprint.
Big things continue to happen for Capital Cities and if you haven’t seen them live, I suggest you try to do so soon before they start selling out arenas all over the world.
Here’s a great why you should see them live: “Safe & Sound”.
On election night last week, I saw buzzworthy indie electro-rock act Gold Fields. The opened the show because it was on Election night and just jammed out in front of a packed crowd at The Viper Room.
Not only did Gold Fields bring their massive sounds on the tiny stage of The Viper Room but Obama won so after their set, everybody got free shots! Gold Fields music was upbeat and intense indie dance rock that you can’t help but move to! The whole band just rocked out and one of the band members even brought out a cowbell during the set!
I highly recommend catching Gold Fields live as this is a group that is going to be performing all over the world and brings such an upbeat fun indie dance vibe live.
Stream and download my three favorites below: “Dark Again”, “Moves” and “Treehouse”.
Currently Gold Fields is embarking on a nationwide tour with St. Lucia, make sure you catch them live when they come to your town!
Last Sunday BeforeBigs.com was present at the 2nd Annual Hudson Block Party in West Hollywood. The Hudson is a bar which is a Los Angeles staple. It was already extremely popular. However, adding this block party to the mix made took the stop to a whole other level. It was really simple for them as all they did was rent the parking lot of the Bank of America next door and essentially blocked off part of the street to connect it with the Hudson.
There were two stages, food, beverages and all around fun. I was only there for a about four hours but saw two really good acts that I have been following for a while. They were DWNTWN and Saint Motel, both Los Angeles based and very up-and-coming. They are exactly what electro-pop and alternative rock should be. They bring tons of energy and both have a very original sound, unique in their own ways.
As a whole this event was a huge success and is only going to get bigger as each year goes by. For it being only the second year in existence, roughly around 1,000 people showed up which is REALLY good. I can only image what the crowd will be like next year. Take a listen to my favorite song by DWNTWN and Saint Motel performed at this event.
DWNTWN – “Dark Transition”:
Saint Motel – “1997″
New project from King Fantastic, SocioPoliticalPimpTalk. It’s a 4-track EP that’s worth listening to as it has that trademark West-Coast Synthesizer Beach Bum Gangster Music that KF has been bumping forever. Stream and DOWNLOAD the EP below.
For Los Angelino’s, head on down to The Viper Room tomorrow to catch King Fantastic Live. Details below. (more…)