When I heard that John Robert Cocker p/k/a “Joe Cocker” passed away two days before Christmas, my heart broke a little.
Ever since Snarky Puppy beat my favorite neo-soul band of 2013, Hiatus Kaiyote for the Best R&B Performance Grammy this year, I had to look them up and figure out who they were. I’ll admit … the first video clip supporting their release of “Family Dinner- Volume 1”. It was Lalah Hathaway singing a song titled “Something” … and she harmonized with herself… let me … Read More Snarky Puppy | The Troubadour | 8/2/14 [PHOTOS]
One of my favorite female rock vocalists is Nina Diaz. Usually the front woman for the punk rock band Girl In A Coma, she’s decided to take a little hiatus from the band to record some music solo. The results are a set of music that is wrought with emotional expressions of melody that act as confessional.
KILLER COVER: BON IVER COVERS BONNIE RAITT I featured this cover in a prior blog entry, but Bon Iver does a heartbreaking cover of Bonnie Raitt’s classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. Chills. MUSIC INSTA-BABE: VICTORIA JUSTICE Victoria Dawn Justice (born February 19, 1993) is a singer-songwriter who actually got her start in the entertainment industry with acting stints on various Nickelodeon shows. Follow this beauty on Instagram: @victoriajustice. … Read More Your Weekly Weekend Music Mix | 7/25/14 [MUSIC NEWS]
There’s so much music out in the world today, it gets a bit hard, even with Spotify, or other similar streaming services, to find music that really speaks to you. I’ve always believed in the notion that the music finds you, and sometimes when it finds you, it leaves a lasting impression that can stick with you for the rest of your life. In … Read More Typhoon | El Rey Theatre | 3/6/14
I’ve been a big fan of J Dilla’s since Slum Village released “Fantastic Vol. 2“, so whenever someone posts some new J Dilla material, or music inspired by J Dilla, I take the time to check it out. The video clip above released on Youtube back on December 20, 2013, but I just stumbled upon it. I’d never heard of BINKBEATS until now, but I’ll have to say that he’s … Read More BINKBEATS Performs and Recreates J. Dilla Beats Solo. Dope. (VIDEO)
If you are visiting Los Angeles, and music is your thing, hitting up a show at the Troubadour (or another iconic performance venue) should be on your list of things to do. If you are a Los Angeles resident, and you haven’t been to the Troubadour … shame on you. I kid … kind of. With a maximum capacity of 400, the Troubadour has … Read More Robert Glasper Experiment | The Troubadour | 1/24/14
A tip for any avid concert goer living in Los Angeles: ALWAYS find a concert or two to go to during Grammy Week. During the week immediately preceding the awards ceremony, amazing musical talent from all over the world flocks to Los Angeles to join in the celebration of music, whether to attend the ceremony as a nominee, to perform in the city of … Read More Terrace Martin | The Virgil | 1/22/14
Opening for Terrace Martin at the Virgil, were three acts: Quiz, Yung Miss and Yancy Deron. Each held their own, performing their sets admirably and with good energy, positively setting the table and mood for the evening’s headliner. Below are video clips of their performances and a slideshow with some pictures from the evening. I was particularly impressed with Yung Miss’ set. Her vocal ability … Read More Yancy Deron, Yung Miss & Quiz | The Virgil | 1/22/14
Have you ever thought about what you would say or do if you were in a room with one of your childhood idols? One of my childhood idols was Stevie Wonder. I discovered his music by way of the 1993 cover of “Lately” by Jodeci. When I started doing some research browsing the CD racks at the local library, the first CD I pulled … Read More Stevie Wonder | Songs In The Key Of Life | Nokia Theatre L.A. Live | 12/21/13
I spend a lot of money to go to a lot of concerts each year, so it takes a lot for me to want to see the same band or recording artist perform more than once a year. This year, I went to see two acts three times. One of them was Hanni El Khatib. I saw Hanni El Khatib open for The Black Angels in … Read More Hanni El Khatib| El Rey Theatre| 10/25/13
Years ago, back in 2009, I got to see one of my favorite bands growing up, Depeche Mode, perform at the Hollywood Bowl. It was a concert that I hadn’t purchased a ticket for, but I was lucky enough to have friends who, for one reason or another, couldn’t go, and I was the lucky recipient. For that show, I literally had the “last seat” … Read More Depeche Mode | Staples Center | 9/29/13