LIVE REVIEW: THE DRUMS- San Francisco, CA 7/26/19

The Drums returned to San Francisco with a bang! Last spring, The Drums (singer Jonathan “Jonny” Pierce, bassist Johnny Aries, guitarist Tom Haslow, and drummer Bryan de Leon) supported Alvvays at The Fox Theater in Oakland following the release of their fourth album Abysmal Thoughts. Now out with their fifth record Brutalism, The Drums headlined two shows at the intimate August Hall on Thursday, July 25th and Friday 26th. Friday night packed the sold-out house as loyal fans old and young found their spots early as they eagerly awaited the New York indie surf pop band to walk on stage. The audience was

PHOTOS: Capitol Hill Block Party 2019 Dominates, Diverse Lineup Impresses

The 23rd edition of the Capitol Hill Block Party(CHBP) dominated two block of E Pike in Seattle amidst great weather, providing a perfect setting for the three day event. The artist lineup for CHBP continues to include buzz worthy artists along with recognizable names who are making noise in the mainstream. 2019 is hands-down the year for Lizzo, who finally cracked the mainstream with her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, released earlier this year. With the crowds overflowing and residents hanging out of apartment windows, she was clearly the main attraction for the weekend and

ALBUM REVIEW: Two Door Cinema Club – “False Alarm”

Two Door Cinema Club has released their fourth studio album, False Alarm, on June 21, 2019. It is the first album from the Northern Irish indie-rock band since the release of their third album, Gameshow, three years ago. On February 11, the band released a teaser video on their social media accounts with the caption, "Album 4 - who's ready?" and they soon released the album's first single, "Talk", on March 18 and their second single, "Satellite", on April 24. Shortly after, the band released two extra singles before the album's release, "Dirty Air" on May 21 and "Once" on June 19. False Alarm

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Phono Del Sol – 06/15/19 – San Francisco, CA

After a one-year hiatus, The Bay Bridged and Noise Pop has brought back Phono Del Sol to the Potrero Del Sol park. San Francisco Magazine has called Phono Del Sol the "Best Music Festival" in San Francisco as it promotes both well-known bands and local music talent at the same time. The festival brought in people from all backgrounds to take in local and emerging artists on a Saturday afternoon. Blues Lawyer The first band to play at Phono Del Sol's Mission Stage was Blues Lawyer, an Oakland-based indie rock band. The band's guitar strumming had constant rhythmic flows as their music is

LIVE REVIEW: Jimmy Eat World & Third Eye Blind- San Francisco, CA 6/15/19

The nostalgia was running strong in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium where Arizona natives Jimmy Eat World and local band Third Eye Blind captured the essence of late 90s/early 00s alternative music in one intimate night. Kicking off the night was New York group Ra Ra Riot, who opened up with "Beta Love", which got the crowd going right from the start. Frontman Wes Miles joked after finishing their song, "Thanks for coming on-time" when they jumped back into their next baroque pop song "Absolutely". Ra Ra Riot proved to be a worthy opener as they showcased

ALBUM REVIEW: AURORA – “A Different Kind of Human (Step 2)”

On June 7, 2019, Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer AURORA released the second chapter of her second studio album titled, A Different Kind of Human (Step 2). It is the sequel to the album's first chapter, Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1), which came out on September 28, 2018. Aurora continues making a name for herself in the electro-pop scene since 2015 when she released her debut EP, Running with the Wolves, which preceded the release of her debut studio album in 2016, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend. AURORA confirmed the release of A Different Kind of

LIVE REVIEW: Local Natives – Brooklyn, NY 6/6/2019

In the midst of their “Spiral Choir Tour”, Local Natives returned to Brooklyn, New York for two sold out shows at Brooklyn Steel. The Southern California band recently released their latest album, Violet Street back in April, many tracks of which fit seamlessly with the band’s catalog of songs. Anticipation was high right from the start of the night, with opener Middle Kids performing to a crowd that came early to get a good viewing spot and a night that would turn into many sing-alongs and enthusiasm. The Australian band was engaging and were a great fit to open the show

LIVE REVIEW: Marianas Trench – San Francisco, CA 06/03/19

Marianas Trench is one of the few Canadian bands that have achieved mainstream success in both Canada and the United States. Lead vocalist Josh Ramsay created Marianas Trench in 2001 in Vancouver and since then, the pop-punk band has produced five studio albums and attained multiple nominations and awards, especially at the Juno Awards and the MuchMusic Video Awards, Canada's leading music awards ceremonies. Some of their awards include "Group of the Year" at the 2013 Juno Awards and "Your Fave Video" and "Pop Video of the Year" for their respective songs, "Stutter" and "Desperate Measures", at the 2013 MuchMusic

PREVIEW: PHONO DEL SOL 2019

The "Best Music Festival" is back in San Francisco! Noise Pop and The Bay Bridged resurrected the long missed Phono Del Sol after a year hiatus. The free event takes place in San Francisco at Potrero Del Sol Park (2827 Cesar Chavez) on Saturday, June 15th from 12pm-7pm. Phono Del Sol will have ten various genre acts performing from a mix of good local bands (hip-hop SOL Development, folk Boy Scouts, math rock Covet, experimental SPELLING, and raptress Queens D. Light) to recognized out- of- state groups ( New York's electro synth-pop Porches and Seattle's indie rockers Chastity Belt) for the

LIVE REVIEW: Billie Eilish Kicks Off Sold-Out North American Tour in San Francisco, CA 5/29/2019

What seems like a meteoric rise to stardom for Billie Eilish in the last year has actually been many years in the making. The track “Ocean Eyes” was released online in 2014 and became a viral hit, leading to a record deal with Interscope and a handful of EPs that were strategically released to build up her audience. Not only did the singles from the EPs resonate, they received massive attention that led up to an instant chart-topping debut album, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? that was released in March. Eilish performed a noteworthy set at Coachella

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Shaky Beats 2019 Left Us Shaken

Shaky Beats came and went but still has us 'shook'. Giving great previews of what to expect this 2019 festival season, the stacked electronic music festival over delivered and surprised. Top notch performances yielded a phenomenal non-stop concert over two days. Atlanta flaunts that it doesn’t have to be mid-summer for it to bring the heat. RÜFÜS DU SOL closed the first day with anthems including "You Were Right” which echoed throughout almost every other performance that weekend. On the second night,  bangers from Tiesto’s prodigy- Martin Garrix maxed out the dance-floor overlooking the Midtown skyline. Other memorable headliners included Galantis, San Holo, Big

PHOTO REVIEW: ionnalee – San Francisco, CA 05/09/2019

Swedish electro-pop artist, ionnalee (Jonna Lee) creates a distinctive musical style that showcases her skillful blending of her vocals with various instruments such as the guitar, keyboards, and drums. She released her first album, 10 Pieces, 10 Bruises, in 2007 after Swedish record label Razzia Records signed her. Although she released a five-track EP titled, This War, in 2008 and another album, This Is Jonna Lee, in 2009 with Razzia Records, she later formed her own independent label in 2010 called, "To whom it may concern" (TWIMC), which also led her to create an audiovisual project named, "iamamiwhoami", with Claes Björklund.

ALBUM REVIEW: Vampire Weekend – ‘Father of the Bride’ Uplifts, Heightens Positivity

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For the first time since the release of their third studio album in 2013, "Modern Vampires of the City", Vampire Weekend has released its fourth studio album today. Titled 'Father of the Bride', the album has 18 tracks and involves contributions from other artists such as iLoveMakonnen, Danielle Haim, and Vampire Weekend ex-member Rostam. Some notable tracks from 'Father of the Bride' include "Harmony Hall", "Sunflower", "Flower Moon", and "Unbearably White". To emphasize, the album's tracks discussed various topics that are affecting today's society, ranging from the rise of populist politics to the omnipresence of social media. In "Harmony Hall", the song

REVIEW: Coachella 2019 Showcases Diversity On Global Scale

The first weekend of Coachella 2019 is in the books and certainly didn't disappoint. Headliners Tame Impala, Childish Gambino and Ariana Grande brought their A-game, the up-and-coming acts H.E.R., Billie Eilish, Dermot Kennedy and Men I Trust gave memorable performances on top of surprise guests that included Halsey, Selena Gomez, Cardi B, Tears for Fears and Chilli from TLC amongst others who blew away audiences. This year's lineup certainly expanded the lineup for a broader appeal with international acts, Blackpink, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, HYUKOH and Burna Boy amongst the highlights. The crowds this year reflected the