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J. Roddy Walston and the Business [NEW MUSIC]

You ever go to a bar, walk in, musics blaring and sadly its just a crappy cover band bangin’ away in the corner and like 20 drunk local- yokels destroying pints over in the other corner nodding along to the bands fifth time playing a slurred “Proud Mary” with one extremely unattractive -poor excuse for a truck drivers wife- dancing alone in the middle of the floor?  Then you punch yourself in the face for paying Cletus a pointless 5 dollar cover at the door and just take the loss and walk out?  Well that doesn’t happen often, but when it does it’s just the complete and utter worst thing in the whole world.  I don’t mean to go all “Martin Luther King Jr.” on you but, I have a dream.  I have a dream that one day I will walk into the shadyest of dive bars, pay 5 dollar cover to Cletus and right before I punch my self in the face I will hear sweet sounds J. Roddy Walston and the Business.  Get after it.

Used to Did – J. Roddy Walston and the Business

With that said Baltimore’s J. Roddy Walston and the Business are the real deal.  They are loud and in your face.  Great piano, great guitars and J. Roddy himself has an awesomely distinct voice.  That first track I posted for you is the third track on their self titled release which came out about a year ago.  The next track I’m going to post is how the record opens.  It’s arguably one of my favorite songs in existence at the moment.  It’s called “Don’t Break The Needle” and if this doesn’t make you want to hear more you’re not human.

Don’t Break The Needle – J. Roddy Walston and the Business

J. Roddy Walston is backed by Billy C. Gordon on guitar with Steve “The Sleeve” Colmus (Drums) and Logan Davis (Bass) holding it down in the rhythm section.  They play rock and roll, simple as that.  This record is really outstanding.  Song after song I find myself not only getting lost in the music but nodding along the whole way.  As I said before J. Roddy has a distinct voice.  I think his voice completely makes this record.

His high energy matches the high octane of the band.  The rhythms are relentless and catchy.  If you like rock and roll and you need some music to throw on to keep a dying party going at say 3am I think you might find refuge in this record.

Full Growing Man – J. Roddy Walston and The Business

J. Roddy is playing The Satellite in Silverlake tomorrow night in LA.  I’ll be going.  I’ll be the guy right up front dancing my ass off.  If you want to dance come find me I’ll be hard to miss.  I’ll be dancing hardest to this song.

Brave Man’s Death – J. Roddy Walston and The Business

The band is currently in the middle of a US tour which looks like it stops at Austin City Limits.  Their tour page is HERE.  You can buy their self titled release HERE.  It’s only 7 bucks.  If you don’t buy it you are a stupid.

Next time you walk into a bar after paying a cover you regret and you’re about to punch yourself in the face.  Pull your iProduct out of your pocket and crank ‘J. Roddy Walston and The Business’ and pretend the poor excuse for a band is as good as them, which is impossible.  This band is going to be huge.  MARK MY WORDS.  Here’s the last track and a video.  And oh yea, a cover of my favorite Queen song, “Fat Bottomed Girls.” with a drunk guy singing in the background.  Boom.

Use Your Language – J. Roddy Walston and The Business

Qualities not terribly amazing, but you get the point.  Enjoy

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

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Left Lane Cruiser “Junkyard Speed Ball” [NEW MUSIC]

So I was at the liquor store today buying myself some delicious treats.  I sauntered though the whiskey and bourbon aisle perusing the selection.  Wasn’t in the mood.  Last night wasn’t supposed to be one of those “what the hell happened and why do I have a tattoo of a ninja turtle on my rear end” kind of nights.  I got home and saw a text that read “Left Lane Cruiser, get after it.”  Checked my e-mail and there was a zip file with the same title.  I listened, without a word walked across the street, bought every single bottle of whiskey they had in stock and yelled “Cowabunga!” while a man named “Sneaky Dave” drew a terrible rendition of Michaelanglo on my ass just because I already knew where this night was going.  This is the blues, this is loud, this is Left Lane Cruiser.

Set Me Down – Left Lane Cruiser

Am I right or am I right?

This whiskey fueled two-man frenzy of blues-driven rock’n’roll noise straight from Fort Wayne, Indiana promise to hit you like a shock wave and show you a foot-stompin’ good time.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  With Freddie J IV completely shredding on guitar and Brenn “Sausage Paw” Beck on “drums, trash and hollering” this two man duo is a machine that will chew you up and spit you out without hesitation or effort.  They have released 4 records and their most recent record “Junkyard Speedball” is a complete monster.  If your going to call a record “Junkyard Speed Ball” it better be fast, it better have raw emotion, it better have grit and it better have… well I’ll just let them show you.  They would have punched me in the face for talking to much already anyway.

Justify – Left Lane Cruiser

There’s not much I have to say that the band hasn’t already said.  The gritty vocals, the DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY guitar, the pounding drums and the trash just come together and make me cross-eyed with pleasure.  The volume is awesome, this is good mood blues at 100 miles per hour.

I’d definitely compare these guys to the likes of ‘The Black Keys’ because they have that same two man dynamic with no bass guitar.  I would ‘un-compare’ them to ‘The Black Keys’ because I hate having to make comparisons in the first place and these guys are just different.  Yes the instrumentation is the same.  Left Lane Cruiser is fast, faster than everyone else.  They have a certain whiskey fueled anger to their music.  They site the North Mississippi Hill Country Blues as an influence.  I’m already familiar with the Dickinson Family and the North Mississippi All Stars (you should be too) and man does that just click and make sense.  This song is called “Big Momma.”  Time for 5 more shots.

Big Momma – Left Lane Cruiser

So basically all I have to say is, you’re welcome.  If you like rock and you like the blues Left Lane Cruiser is for you.  Honestly I haven’t been this excited about a band in a while.  Go out and buy their music.  They are on iTunes HERE.  I received the “Junkyard Speed Ball” from a friend, but I definitely coughed up a couple bucks to hear what else these guys have to say and trust me its worth it.  They are currently bar hoping and playing a bunch of smaller festivals in the Mid West.  Tour page is HERE.   If you live there I envy you like I have never envied anything before.  This band will give you a hangover.  This band is heavy.  Enjoy.

Heavy – Left Lane Cruiser

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Anvil “Juggernaut Of Justice” [NEW MUSIC]

I was feeling a bit nostalgic today.  I looked back on a couple old blogs I have written and I was reading the other awesome stuff on this site when it finally hit me.  There is NOT ENOUGH METAL on this blog!  Now I am not a metal-head by any means, but who doesn’t like to turn it to 11 and destroy shit?  There’s only one metal band in my opinion that continues to embody the spirit of what Beatplay is all about.  They are called Anvil and they have just dropped a gem called “Juggernaut of Justice.”  Do me and your neighbors a favor and TURN. IT. UP.

Turn It Up – Anvil

Anvil has come back from Metal oblivion (although with 17 full length releases I believe they have never gone away) with an amazing documentary released last year covering all things Anvil and the difficulties of relentless touring and the ideas of “what could have been” taunting a band still trying to make it huge after 20+ years and being considered one of the best in the business with out the cash to show for it.  Anvil is one of the originals, simple as that.

They have been playing fast, loud and crazy music for decades.  This most recent release dominates.  It’s non stop and in your face.

Fuken Eh! – Anvil

It’s hard to review this record.  Problem #1: my hands literally won’t stop playing air guitar and air drums.  Problem #2:  I just threw my desk across my apartment and my computer was on top of it.  Problem #3:  My elderly (expletive) of a neighbor just came up and told me to turn it down to which I said nothing and awkwardly/ slowly closed the door in her wrinkled face.  All great problems to have and my luckily indestructible computer survived so I can continue.  But first…

When Hell Breaks Loose – Anvil

Hell has broken loose.  It’s time to stand up and give these guys the respect the have deserved for years.  They have great lyrics and great hooks.

Lips is the lead singer/ guitar player.  His voice is like razor blades ripping through a wall of guitar and drums.  This band embodies metal.  They live it.  From the start of this record, title track “Juggernaut of Justice” though the final punch in the face “Tonight is Coming” Anvil just doesn’t stop.  ALL the songs are heavy.  ALL the songs are fast.  ALL of my brain cells have turned to mush.  I feel bad I wasn’t a fan/ didn’t know about this band earlier in my life.  Granted they have been around since before I was a fetus.  Who knows?  I may have just become a metal-head from the start.  Here’s the last track from “Juggernaut of Justice.”

Tonight is Coming – Anvil

Anvil currently has a couple US dates on their TOUR PAGE and are touring heavily in Europe.  “Juggernaut of Justice” was released back in May so go buy it right now.  It was recorded not to far from my house at Dave Grohl’s Studio up in Northridge, CA, which makes it even cooler in my book.  So throw the devil horns up and repeat after me.  Long Live Metal but most of all  LONG LIVE ANVIL.

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Danielson “Best of Gloucester County” [NEW MUSIC]

I bought a pair of wooden sunglasses today.  I also heard a band called ‘Danielson’.  Both happenings made my day.  ‘Danielson’ has a great, fresh sound.  One part loud perfect imperfections  and the other part pretty rockin’ for a folky acoustic outfit.  Danielson is weirdly religious.  I am not however, so this blog with be pure music…

Grow Up – Danielson

Daniel Christopher Smith is ‘Daneilson’.  He has an ever revolving family of musicians he plays with.

“Danielson has, during the five years, let go (reluctantly, perhaps) of some family collaborators—namely his brothers Andrew and David, the percussionists, and childhood friends Chris and Ted, on keys and bass/guitar respectively. While sisters Megan and Rachel and Daniel’s wife Elin, the essential chorus for many a Danielson Famile song, still appear, the bulk ofBest of Gloucester County revolves around a completely new “team.”

His new band consists of musicians from in and around Gloucester County in New Jersey.  Evan Mazunik plays piano and organ while Joshua Stamper holds it down on bass with Patrick Berkery rounding out the rhythm section on drums.  Andrew Wilson plays electric guitar and the one and only Sufjan Stevens plays banjo which is pretty incredible.  Pretty awesome instrumentation and extremely talented musicians support Danielson making this record really professional, fun and exciting to listen to.

Lil Norge – Danielson

I like the “obla-di-obla-da”-ness of the tune ‘Lil Norge’.  It’s a fun bouncy little tune complimenting the heavy hand of “Grow Up,” which come before it on the record.  One awesome thing among many on this record is that the songs individually are completely unique.  I think thats what drew me in.  I listened to the first couple tracks because they were loud and in my face.  As I continued into the guts of “Best Of Gloucester County” I got completely swept away.  Each song was different in its own awesome unique way (I know I already used it once, but it’s true so deal).  The guitar definitely drives this record.

Danielson’s sometimes piercing vocals actually work with the guitars and the choppiness of the music.  A good example of this is the song ironically is called “But I Don’t Wanna Sing About Guitars.”

But I Don’t Wanna Sing About Guitars – Danielson

As the record continues it get a little quieter and quieter.  Songs like ‘You Sleep Good Now’ and ‘Denominator Bluise’ are quiet simple as that.  I don’t really know why the track list isn’t mixed a little bit better, but there’s obviously a reason in ‘Daneilson’s’ head.  Artists intuition I guess.  It’s not bad, but I just expected the end of the record to be a little bit like the beginng.  All in all it’s a solid effort straight though.  The song writing is fantastic and with musicians like Sufjan Stevens playing banjo on your record ‘Danielson’ holds his music to a very high standard.  This is the bands fifth release and although I can’t speak for their prior releases I will say that “Best of Gloucester County” is worth while feel good music to listen to.  With that said I’ll leave you with a soft end to the record, “Hosanna in the Forest”

Hosanna in The Forest – Danielson

Check out Danielson’s tour page for more info on that although it doesn’t look like they have anything coming up too soon.  Do yourself a favor and download “Best of Gloucester County” HERE.  I guess it must be the old punch your listener in the face and then play quiet nice music to relax them and get them to forgive you method.  For me it’s working.  I forgive you.

PS.  I got to include this video of “Did I Step On Your Trumpet”.  It’s so wierd.

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

J. Irvin Dally “Despitado” [NEW MUSIC]

Longest day of my life, people.  First day at a new gig.  Not that you need to know/ care at all, but whatever its a set up for today’s blog.  I came home and ate a pretty nasty sushi roll from Trader Joes and oh yea I stepped in a pile of what I obviously have to assume was steamy french poodle shit.  Great work day, long, but really awesome work day.  Can’t knock the people who pay the bills.  I just needed to unwind.  Now I hate admitting this, but I’m going to.  Sometimes I sit down to write this blog completely inspired by a new band or by a recommendation that gets the ole gears a grindin’ but tonight I must have been at a loss, I scoured my iTunes library to see if I had missed anything or acquired anything new.  I HAD RUN OUT OF INDIE BANDS TO WRITE ABOUT.  Ok I really didn’t.  There are about 8.7 million indie bands in LA.  After like 8.7 million F-bombs in my head and out loud realizing that I would let down the almost 8 people who read my portion of this site (hi dad) I decided to just take a shot in the dark.  There’s a showcase at the Echo (my now favorite venue in this town) on Monday nights so I checked out who was playing, bought their record completely blind for 5 bucks and I was left with J. Irvin Dally and his most recent release ‘Despitado.’  Man I hope it’s good.

Brasil (adelir de carli) – J. Irvin Dally

I’ve been listening to this guy for an hour and I guarantee after one song you feel just as relaxed as I am.  His high tenor voice is almost ghostly.  It pleasantly interacts with the euphoric and reverbial (is that even a word?) guitar tones.  Did I hear a little calypso influence there?

This record has a mellow unpolished finish to it.  You know like people who spend a lot of time once they get out of bed just to look like they just got out of bed?  That’s the vibe I get.  The instrumentation and effects are well placed and with the support of simple yet effective guitar work this music hits the spot for me.

The Little Ones – J. Irvin Dally

‘The Little Ones’ is my favorite song.  A great opening for the record.  Upbeat or at least as upbeat as J. Irvin seems to get.  He plays the kind of music you can sit down listen to and get lost in.  The first two songs on the record are full bodied ‘indie folk’ in all its glory.  Toward the end of the record J. Irvin switches it up a little with a tune called ‘Think Red Yellow Glasses’.  Clocking in at 2:38 its a great example of how deep he is willing to go into the reverbial (F-it, it’s a word… my word) nature of his music.

Thick Red Yellow Glasses – J. Irvin Dally

Needless to say this music was a delightful surprise and a great way to end my day.  Perfect quiet music to listen to.  The man has a gift for putting me in a relaxed state, but like not in a weird, creepy, I hope you fall asleep to my music because I’m staring at you from a distance way.  It looks like I’m also lucky in that although I missed the show at the Echo tonight he’s playing the west coast for the next few weeks.  J. Irvin Dally’s tour page is HERE.  You can buy ‘Despitado’ HERE.  It’s five dollars so you basically don’t have a choice.  Before I drift into a foreseeable coma I’ll leave you with the last tune as usual from J. Irvin Dally’s ‘Despitado’.  I guess sometimes laziness turns to luck and in this case we all get to listen to awesome new music.  So until next time, good luck.

Shanidar – J. Irvin Dally

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Foster The People “Torches” [NEW MUSIC]

I hate Ticketmaster.  I hate Ticketmaster with the fieriest of passions.  With that said I also pride myself on being an actual “ticketmaster.”  I’m that guy who signs into the site like 30 minutes before a show goes on sale, pulls up a world clock and does a quick stretch of my index finger for optimal ‘submit’ clicking capability.  I’m really f-bomb good at it and rarely does a show come around that I don’t get a ticket or tickets for.  With that said let me introduce you to an LA band called Foster The People.  Two nights at the El Rey (one of my all time favorite venues) completely sold the double f-bomb out and I can’t get a ticket… anywhere.  Did I mentions the shows are in July?  WHAT?  After hearing their new record I can see why.

Helena Beat – Foster The People

At the time I found out about this band I had only heard one song and thought I would check them out just for the sake of this blog, why not right?  New band, catchy electro pop?  Great!  I’ll check em out and see what happens.  Embarrassing for me I’m jumping on the “Foster” band wagon a little late because they are massive in LA right now and gaining momentum.  I had no idea.  Good news is their first full legnth release “Torches” was released today.  Holy shit.

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People

In 2009 keyboardist, guitarist and singer Mark Foster started making sweet sweet dancy rock pop with bassist Cubbie Fink, and drummer Mark Pontius.  They basically make radio friendly great hit potential music.  I rarely say that about any band.  All danceable fun songs.  Honestly there isn’t a weak link on this record.  Their sound is extremely popular at the moment and this record is a great example of a band using this type of music to their advantage.  ‘Waste’ is my favorite track and in my opinion is the best song on the record.

Waste – Foster The People

I’m pissed I didn’t know about these guys earlier.  I guess you can’t win em all, but what you can do is see this band live.  I haven’t had the privilege yet, but they are playing a FREE in store show TOMORROW at Amoeba Records (greatest record store on the planet) on Sunset in Hollywood.  I will be there seeing as how I can’t get a friggin’ ticket to see them anywhere else.

Houdini – Foster The People

Foster The People are playing a bunch of festivals this summer including Lollapalooza in Chicago, Outside Lands in San Fran and Sasquatch up in Washington State as well and a bunch of dates on their own.  Their live page is HERE.  Hopefully they are coming to a city near you.

If you like to dance, buy this record.  Simple as that.  If you like to pretend you can dance, buy this record.  If you like to watch people pretend to dance, buy this record and play it for them so they can do so.  It’s 8 bucks on iTunes right now.  One of the best purchases I have made music wise since the dawn of time.  To far?  Just buy it HERE.  Here’s the last tune from “Torches”.  Front to back this record is a party and honestly I couldn’t find a sour note throughout. NOW SOMEONE PLEASE GET ME A TICKET TO ONE OF THE LA SHOWS!!!

Warrant – Foster The People

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Milo Greene “The Hello Sessions” [NEW MUSIC]

Early on in my concert going career I found myself saying “yea, they won’t go on until 9.  We can skip the opener.  Blah, blah blah…”  Nowadays I say “I have to get out of work early so I can get down to the club and see the opener.”  In this case the club was LA’s Troubadour and the opening band was Milo Greene.  I was there to see Lord Huron who I have the biggest musical hard on for right about now so I was already amped for the show, but Milo Greene impressed me beyond belief.

1957 – Milo Greene

For those wondering this is how the band got together:

andrew knew marlana; he met robbie and curtis in school, and was introduced to graham at the greene house. andrew is milo greene.

marlana knew andrew; she was introduced to curtis, doesn’t remember how she met robbie, and welcomed graham into the greene house. marlana is milo greene.

graham met robbie over sushi; he was introduced to marlana, curtis  and andrew at the greene house. graham is milo greene.

curtis and robbie and andrew were school friends; robbie introduced graham to curtis, and andrew introduced curtis to marlana. curtis is milo greene

robbie met andrew and curtis at school; robbie introduced graham to marlana, curtis and andrew at the greenehouse. robbie is milo greene

who is milo greene?

Milo Greene is kinda like Hootie from Hootie and the Blowfish.  He doesn’t actually exist, but he makes for a really cool band name.  This band is very young but the fact they came together in such an organic fashion is interesting and it definitely shows in their music and live shows.  They have only released two songs.  One of which is “1957” and the other is “Don’t You Give Up On Me,” which I will post below.  Right off the bat I hear the influences of today’s LA music scene.  A little bit of Local Natives (o.k. fine a lot-a-bit) and maybe a little Edward Sharpe (o.k. fine not really a lot at all) brewing together creating fantastic harmonies and a light pleasant listening experience.  These two songs are driven by  poppy drums/ rim shots (gotta love those rim shots) and the airy guitars that support the out standing vocal efforts.  When I saw them live I was pretty blown away by the harmonies.  It drew me closer to the stage and I guess if they can do that with just their voices imagine what they will do when they put out a full length release.

Don’t You Give Up On Me – Milo Greene

I’m excited about this band.  They are playing a couple local LA shows, most of which are FREE.  Their tour page is HERE and you can download those two tracks for FREE HERE.

Do yourself a favor and try to get there for the opener.  You never know what you’ll stumble upon.  I can guarentee one thing.  I won’t be missing many openeres especially if they happen to be named Milo Grenne.

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

The Belle Brigade [NEW MUSIC]

Ethan and Barbara Gruska are brother and sister and they are also indie folk rock duo The Belle Brigade.

Barbara and Ethan met when Ethan was born. They knew they were brother and sister but they did not know that 19 years in the future they would form a band. — The Belle Brigade 

I received this CD from a friend a few days ago after reading a couple articles about The Belle Brigade.  I wanted to give it a listen because they have opened for some great bands such as Fitz and The Tantrums and Awolnation in LA… at the El Rey Theater.  Hold up.  I was there?  That sounds way to familiar.  Needless to say I was confused.  I looked up a couple pictures of the band to try and jog my foggy memory and of course I recognized them right away!  How could I forget about them?!  Turns out I’ve been trying to remember this bands name/ where I had seen them since last november!  Well I’m glad my dumb luck worked out this time and I stumbled back onto this band.

Where Not to Look For Freedom – The Belle Brigade

The one thing I love about so called “family” bands are the harmonies.  There’s no question siblings seem to have a connection on another level.  It’s basically a male and female version of the same voice and they achieve better cleaner harmonies because of it.   With a signature of quick brush snare hits with sacred steel and fast acoustic strumming the appeal of The Belle Brigade is undeniable.  And with a great backing band morphing the sounds of two people into five it just gets better.

Lucky Guy – The Belle Brigade

This record is a little all over the place.  Not a bad thing, trust me.  They have pure country, a little rock-a-billy and some slow quiet folk tracks.

“We didn’t want to make something small and precious,” Barbara says. “We wanted to make something big and exhilarating. Recording this album was an incredible lesson at walking the line between holding on and letting go. Every note is intentional, but we gave up the reins to let the music go freely where it wanted to go. We wanted to make a record that was personal and aching, but still uplifting, relatable, and fun to listen to.” — Paradigm Artist Bio

Growing up in a musical household Barbara and Ethan were exposed to the likes of Michael Jackson to Dusty Springfield through their father who was a known songwriter in his own right.  With a studio in their LA area home’s back yard artists would come and go allowing the siblings to get inside and first hand experience listening to new music and hearing the process.  On top of that they also site the famed film and TV composer John Williams as a major influence.  To me this sounds about as musically well rounded as it gets.

The southern rock inspiration and country like harmonies are the driving force in this initial release, but I was very impressed with The Belle Brigade’s ability to turn the corner toward straight up rock and roll with a hint of that “indie” sound we all know and love.

Lonely Lonely – The Belle Brigade

And then they follow that tune up with a slow sad tune called “Punch Line,” a song featuring a gentle string arrangement strings and soaring harmonies.  On most records I don’t like it when bands decided to jump in and out of genre’s and have major shifts in volume on their records without easing my ears into it.  The juxtaposition between heavy and light, loud and quiet works very well here.  These two songs are part of a three song set that are my favorite part of the record.  The third song is called “Rusted Wheel” which is a song that starts off where “Punch Line” left off, slow.  Then it builds into a big harmony laden country song with elements from the two previous songs. These three tunes highlight the dynamic range of The Belle Brigade while showing their ability to rock out and have fun and then immediately settle down and bring out a sad song and then ease us right back into the “big and exhilarating” sounds that drive this record.

Punch Line – The Belle Brigade

Rusted Wheel – The Belle Brigade

I’m a big fan of The Belle Brigade and I’m glad I was able to stumble back into their music after a few months of searching.  This new full length release is a testament to good song writing and a partnership of great singing and musicianship.  There are a bunch more tunes on this record that I didn’t post in hopes that you will go out and buy this record.  It’s available on CD/ Vinyl or iTunes HERE.  The Belle Brigade’s tour page is HERE as well.  They are opening some dates for KD Lang all across the US and Canada.

Here’s the last tune from The Belle Brigades most recent self titled release.  It’s yet another example of the dynamic range this band has.

Fasten You To Me – The Belle Brigade

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Frank Ocean – “Swim Good” [MUSIC]

Frank Ocean Nostalgia ULTRA

Most of you are probably already aware of the gangster ass Odd Future crew of Los Angeles, California but I’m sure you weren’t expecting them to have one of this years smoothest R&B artists of the year. I have to admit that it wasn’t until after being heckled over a couple weeks that I actually sat down and listened to the cat. Well my apologies guys, you win. What a great style, and an amazing addition to this years other rising R&B artist, The Weeknd. The future is looking pretty promising for this genre, and we can all hope for some more bangin’ tracks to fulfill that wish. Here is one of his fan favorites remixing a famous MGMT track with his own ‘Nature Feels’.

This is a very big year for the Odd Future crew producing many big names just this year. It’s amazing how quickly they blew up especially after the infamous ‘Yonkers’ video by crew leader Tyler The Creator. Be sure to visit Frank Ocean and grab his latest tracks! This is one of his latest tracks, ‘Swim Good’ off his new album “nastalgia,ULTRA”.

Grouplove [MUSIC VIDEO]

Living in LA is in a word, exciting.  There’s something magical about this city and cool things seem to happen here that normally wouldn’t happen any where else and for some crazy reason I keep getting to experience them.  My dad calls it “falling up,” but I think it’s just dumb luck.  So now imagine this:  A breezy mountain top over looking the Malibu Pier and the ocean with the bright Santa Monica Sky Line looming in the distance as the only sign of real civilization.  I’m standing on top of a roof that extends into a cliff.  The roof belongs to the Lloyd Wright (as in Frank Lloyd Wright) family and the sweet sounds of Grouplove echoing from the large deck/ stage surrounded by giant rocks and streams are creating an experience I’ll never forget.  And to top it all off there was BBQ.  The party was sponsored by Mini Cooper and the headliner was Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, but this blogs not about them.  It’s all about Grouplove and their new amazing self titled EP.

Grouplove – Naked Kids

Released independently last year this record is a party.  Good ole fashion rock and roll with attitude.  Dirty acoutic guitars and the gritty vocals of Christian Zucconi are the driving force.  The band consisting of Hannah Hooper, Sean Gadd, Ryan Rabin and Andrew Wessen add even more awesomeness.  Reminiscent of Modest Mouse or The Raconteurs the talent and potential this band has is obvious.  Their live show was a massive ball of energy that warmed up the crowd on a chilly California night.

Their most recent/ only release is a five song EP.  Top to bottom its solid and a great initial effort.  It’s more then enough to spark attention and make me wait patiently for a full length offering.  My favorite song on the record is called “Colours.”  Lyrics are great and the melody is comletly original.  It’s only been stuck in my head for about a month.

Grouplove – Colours

A lot of bands meet in high school/ college or through people they meet at shows or through common friends.  Grouplove met on the island of Crete and reconviened in LA to create this EP and tour under the Grouplove moniker.  They are gaining momentum world wide having appeared on TV and radio.  This summer they are touring heavily and starting to play some big festivals.

It’s no surprise that a group of globetrotters would be on tour.  They are currently in the UK and on June 3rd they are headlining The Satellite Lounge in Silverlake.  They are also playing spots at this years Lollapalooza (Chicago) and Glastonbury Festivals (UK).  All their tour dates are listed HERE.

You can buy their EP HERE.  It’s cheap and worth it.

Last but not least here’s the last track from Grouplove.

Grouplove – Don’t Say Oh Well

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC