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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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WATCH: GameBrand- Junkie (Official Music Video)

words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

  I don't usually listen to Hip-Hop, and  I definitely never write about it. But I'm going to make an exception for GameBrand because I've had their newest release on repeat all morning. 

GrameBrand is hip-hop duo Brandon Canada and Derek Gramlam, currently based out of LA, and they just released their newest single, "Junkie". In a smart move they released the official music video for the track at the same time. 

The song itself has got me grooving, but I'm especially liking the video. 

I loved the movement  throughout both in terms of cinematography as well as visually through color and lighting. The party scenes complemented the day shots at the beach, rather than overpowering them, and the overall vibe reminded me of the last  days of college before the start of an endless summer. 

Not to mention, those underwater scenes were too cool. 

Check out the video, download "Junkie" here and share away!

 

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LIVE REVIEW: Soft Swells at The Echo 9/22/14

words and photos by : Shabnam Ferdowsi
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LA-based Soft Swells played their last residency show at The Echo on Monday night 9/22. I'd personally never been to the venue for their renown free monday nights so I had no idea what to expect. 

I got there at 10pm sharp, and already the place was packed: friends hanging in the bar area, couples lounging near the dance floor and solo music-lovers who you could tell where frequent concert-goers. It was that Echo Park vibe that I love and we all know well. 

Soft Swells played what I decided was a dreamy, grooving rock show. I think the sound guys could have checked it better, because the drum levels were a little too overpowering for my taste, but for the live show it only added to the swaying, foot-tapping atmosphere. 

My favorites were obviously "Lifeboats" off their last EP and "Floodlights" off their new album out September 30th (and I say obviously because those are probably their most publicized tracks).

Their month-long tour starts today, so make sure to check them out if you can!

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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: 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!

LISTEN: Parade of Lights- Golden

Parade of Lights have released their first single ‘Golden’ off their upcoming EP and all I want to do is dance! You will too once you take a listen. 

The track was everything I expected and more: upbeat, catchy, sunny california vibes, and a dance party in you ears. Take a listen for yourself and stay tuned for their new EP soon!

Album Release: In Rolling Waves- The Naked and Famous

IT’S OUT!!

The long awaited album has been released and TNAF has not failed. Their indie/electro/pop/rock sounds still prevail.  There’s nostalgia, synth, and sweet vocals. I still miss my dose of Young Blood and Punching in a Dream (Passive /me, Aggressive You 2011), but I have been waiting so long for this album it just feels good to hear these guys again. “Indie Synth Rock” is my jam, and I don’t even know if that’s a genre,

Some of my favorites:  Wellz, The Mess, Grow Old, What We Want, A Small Reunion.

I’m seeing them here in LA at The Wiltern on September 27th, and I know ‘ll be listening to the whole album on repeat.

Take a listen to the whole album, buy it on iTunes, and let us know what you think!

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{to the beat of the lights, to the beat of your life}