LISTEN: WASI- Mama's Gonna Get You

WASI is BL's resident band this month and today they released their newest single, "Mama's Gonna Get You"! Produced by New Beat Fund's Shelby Archer, Paul Laliberte & Jeff Laliberte, the track is bubbly and sun soaked, pure fun staying true to WASI's riot pop sound, bringing the groovy good vibes that New Beat Fund creates. Summer is still two and a half months away but this song has me ready for the beach, and I don't even like the beach!

WASI will be recording a few more tracks with NBF this month, so keep your eyes peeled as we make our way through this residency!


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LISTEN: Royaljag- Jungle

words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Royaljag's latest and only track currently out on the webs, "Jungle", is an indie-rock tune that gets you shamelessly jamming in the driver's seat while tuning in to some blues-y grooves on the 405. You'll definitely feel like you're running in the havoc of the jungle, in the middle of the city full of drive and ambition, through the traffic and past the the lights. 

While you anxiously wait for the band's next groove, listen on repeat below:


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NEW MUSIC: Kid Cadaver- Keep Well

words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Kid Cadaver is that band I've been obsessing over since I first heard of them in January, and now I'm swooning all over again with the release of their newest track, "Keep Well." It stays true to their synth-infused rock that can get you simultaneously dancing your heart out under a disco ball while rocking out in a tiny, heated garage. The trio has been making music for a while, and if they've slipped your radar, it's time you jump on board before you miss out on all the fun they're having.  

Their new EP Roam is out on August 21st, and the play a release show in LA at The Satellite on the 25th! Come dance with us. 


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NEW MUSIC: Freedom Fry- Yeah You

words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Freedom Fry is a duo based in LA, comprised of Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll. Apparently they've been at it for a few years now, but I only discovered them today with the release of their newest track, "Yeah You", a couple days ago.

The track is everything a California summer is destined to sound like, with wispy vocals, a tambourine,  beachy percussion and a sway that'll make you wish you were driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, windows down, wind blowing. 

It's not even spring but Freedom Fry has got me ready for summer.

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NEW MUSIC: Kiki Halliday- Love Notes EP

words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

LA artist Kiki Halliday just released her first EP, Love Notes, today. 

The production is simple and straightforward,  highlighting Kiki's soulful songwriting and emotion. The favorite seems to be the title track, "Love Notes", that got everyone singing along with the catchy chorus at her EP Release Show over the weekend. 

My personal favorite though has to be "Beautiful Soul". The harmonies and general arrangement of the song compliment Kiki's emotional vocals and get you swaying along in no time. (I'm all about that sway-ability!)

First releases like this one are always an exciting time for an independent artist, and we can't wait to see what's next!


Take a listen here and let us know what you think!


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"I/O believes human experience can be too beautiful and grotesque, inspiring and abhorrent, heartwarming and traumatic, to put into words."

Who: Tyler Hicks , Mackenzie Tate , Teddy Murphy  , Chatchon Srisomburananont  , Sean Carmago

Where: Boston, MA

It was love at first sound when I took a listen to I/O this morning. They're a five-piece post-rock band and their music is very much in the same vain as Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, Brand New, Hammock and El Ten Eleven. They came out with their first album Saudade back in February, but it's never too late to share great music!

Based in Boston, MA where the band met in college, each member hails from a different corner of the world brought together by their mutual feel for music.

"Mackenzie is from Australia, Chatchon is from Thailand, Teddy is from Ohio, Sean is from Maryland, and [I'm] from Utah. When we met each other it was mostly just us asking what music the other was into and then saying "We should jam sometime." As soon as we started playing together we became fast friends. "- Tyler Hicks

Each track of their debut album has its own feels, from hopeful to nostalgic to warm to gut-wrenchingly blue, and I can easily see I/O writing the soundtrack to my life.  Take a listen to their full album here and if you like what your hear, buy their music on Bandcamp!


DISCOVER: Kiki Halliday- One California Day

by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Remember Kiki Halliday? She played an exclusive Acoustic Session for us a couple weeks ago and she just released her very first single, "One California Day", off her first EP Love Notes coming out in the fall. 

The single is the perfect summer jam, with the right blend of a beach-y acoustic guitar, a groovy riff and Kiki's soulful vocals. In Kiki's own words: "This is about my everlasting love and fascination of this wonderful place." It embodies Cali culture to the T, and it leaves us wanting more! Summer can last forever with this song.

Recommended: Go for a drive, get yourself to the coast, roll down the windows and blast this tune. :)

Take a listen, and stay tuned for Kiki's EP coming out in a few months!



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Artist Spotlight: The Moderates

Who: Josh Taylor (guitar, lead vocals), Wes Mathison (bass) and Garret Huff (drums)

Where: Long Beach, CA

In One Sentence: "We're an alternative, indie-rock band who is seeking to be the best that we can be; push ourselves, captivate people and make a difference."

How they met

Wes: " I knew Josh in 3rd grade, when we first met. And we just hung out by default because our parents were friends and we were both homeschooled. We just grew up playing music together. And once we got into high school, I met Garrett on the wrestling team and just hit it off right off the bat. [...] I went to his house one day; he had a drum set and I was like, "I have a guitar we should jam!" So we started jamming together, and then we brought Josh into the mix. Then we got that great idea and went, "Let's start a band."

Musical Influences

Garrett: "We listen to all kinds of different things, and when we come together  [...] we put all of our musical influences together into one moderate sound."

Dream Collaborations

Josh: Jon Foreman of Switchfoot. 

Wes: Victor Wooten.

Garrett:  Taylor Hawking of the Foo Fighters.

Dream Venue

Red Rocks in Colorado. "Outdoor, completely natural, [...] carved out of the rock."

Bucket List

Josh: "I say Solar System Tour. Let's play on Mars" 

But in all seriousness, the guys would love to go on a  World Tour. 


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DISCOVER: Young Rising Sons- High

Start your week with this feel-good beat from upcoming band form New Jersey, Young Rising Stars. "High" is sure to get you dancing your way to a happy day :)


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DISCOVER: Berlin Bar Hounds- Le Rambles

by Shabnam Ferdowsi

I was listening to a playlist on 8Tracks the other night when this song came on. I didn't look to see who it was, but the second the vocals came in I thought, "Oh, that's definitely The National." Boy, was I surprised when I checked to see the song title!

Berlin Bar Hounds is the solo project of Jacob Borg, based in Bateau Bay, Australia. He's not on Spotify, or iTunes, and he only has this one track he posted a month ago on Soundcloud. Yet this one track is close to hitting 29,000 plays and 400 likes. Lines like "Barcelona leaves a shadow longer than it needed to" capture the nostalgic bass-lines and Borg's deep vocals pull you into the waves.  Fans are hooked and for good reason.

If you like what you hear, you can buy the track here and give the Facebook a like!

I'm really looking forward to hearing more of their music soon.

DISCOVER: Lovelife- Nova

by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Lovelife calls their own music "Voluptuous heart wrenching pop that will leave you sobbing and clinging to your diary on the bathroom floor. " They couldn't have said it better.The band just released their newest single, "Nova",  showing hints of the same dark yet head bopping electropop flair. Press play below and read on.

How did you come up with the band name?

Lovelife was formed in the wake of two major relationships. Lee and Ally had just ended long term stints and the music reflected that.

If you could collaborate with any artists, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

We’ve been lucky enough to work with some really fantastic artists over the last few years, and I think we like to work with anyone that shares the same passion as us. Who knows who we’ll cross paths with in the future… David Bowie? Elton John? 

As a band, what’s on your bucket list?

We’ve played at a lot of festivals around the world, not necessarily together but in other bands, one of which none of us have done is Coachella. We’re really hoping to get over there some time soon. And I guess we want to play in space? Have Muse done that yet? Maybe we could open? 


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Where to Discover New Music

by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Tired of the radio? Stuck in a rut? Or just simply want more music to add to your library?

It’s so easy to find new music these days; it’s just a matter of knowing how.

As a music blogger and writer, I’m constantly searching for new music. Sometimes I spend hours dedicating my time to finding new tracks and artists. In the past year, I’ve come up with a pretty decent list of outlets I usually hit up during these Discover Sessons:


1.     Spotify Related Artists. Spotify has rocked my world.  Hopefully you’re familiar with the application by now, and hopefully you’re using it daily by now. Every artists has their own page, and on each page there’s a “Related Artists” tab that links you to list of other artists with similar sounds as the artist whose page you’re on. This feature has done me wonders.


2.     Film/ TV Soundtracks. Have you ever been watching a movie or TV show and, all of a sudden, a ridiculously wonderful song comes up in the background? This has happened to me a lot, especially for T.V. shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, The O.C. and Chuck.  The same music supervisor chose most of the soundtrack music for the three shows, which points to why their soundtracks have similar sounds.


3.    8Tracks. Most everyone is familiar with Pandora Radio Station by now. You plug in an artist and a station starts playing with similar artists and genres. 8Tracks runs on the same idea, except it’s run on fan-made playlists. Either type in an artist's name, a genre or a mood (i.e. "chill" or "sleep"), and you’ll be linked to dozens, and sometimes hundreds, of playlists made by other music enthusiasts. It’s like hearing about new bands rom friends you’ve never met before!


4.     Music Blogs. Blogs have become a huge outlet for newer bands to receive free promotion, so blogs have become one of the main sources to hear about the newest releases, the newest bands and the next big thing. My personal favorites are IndieShuffle and The Burning Ear; both are mp3 blogs, and focus on simply sharing new tracks and albums with fans., through a simple and straightforward layout. 


The digital world has created so many opportunities for musicians and fans alike. Getting heard and hearing new sounds are both much easier than it’s ever been before.  Sure, it takes time and a little bit of effort to discover new beats, but hey, it’s a pretty fun hobby if you ask me!

New Music Tuesday: Smallpools - Killer Whales

Smallpools took the music world by storm when they released their first track ever, "Dreaming", last summer. The indie pop tune had people all over the world jamming and dancing instantly. Fans have been waiting for a new release for a whole year, and the band's newest track, "Killer Whales", was finally released today! With hints of Phoenix and dash of 5 Seconds of Summer,  the track still holds true to their dance-y, indielectro-pop vibes.

"Killer Whales" is available for a free download here.

We want to know, what you think about Smallpools' new beat?? Worth the wait?