Archive | November, 2012

Five For Friday: Foxygen, Chvrches, Rolling Stones, Wiz Khalifa, Youngbood Hawke and more

30 Nov

Wow, last day of November already!  Crazy how fast this year has flown by.  Lots of great musical moments and one more month to make some more memories.  As for this Five For Friday, get your weekend started with this:

  1. Early this week I posted about Foxygen and CHVRCHES, if you haven’t given a listen already, you definitely need to.
  2. The Rolling Stones are definitely pulling out the guest spots on their 50th anniversary shows.  Last night in London, Eric Clapton and Florence Welch.
  3. Looking forward to next Tuesday when Wiz Khalifa drops his new album, O.N.I.F.C.
  4. In Las Vegas?  Next week, December 6 at The Joint,  X107.5 Holiday Havoc takes place with a bistering line-up: Youngblood Hawke, AWOLNATION, Passion Pit and The Shins.
  5. Big shout out to my friends DJs Roger Gangi and M!KEATTACK who get to DJ the coolest ice skating rink in the west at the BLVD Pool at The Cosmopolitan.  Check it out, wicked sweet setup and great tunes.



Now Playing: CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share”

29 Nov

Cannot get enough of this song and have been listening to it nonstop this week. Check out this trio from Scotland.

Now Playing: Foxygen – “Shuggie”

28 Nov

If you haven’t listened to their EP, Take The Kids Off Broadway, make sure you do that asap and while your at it, you can listen to the below, “Shuggie” (download for free by liking their Facebook page) which has me super excited for their upcoming debut LP, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic to drop on January 23.


Happy Birthday Jimi!

27 Nov

Today would have been Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday! A little salute to the musician I wish I could have seen perform live.

Cool little tribute here via Spinner to.

Happy Thanksgiving!

22 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving!  Wishing everyone a wonderful day filled with family and friends.  So much to be thankful for today and every day!

Last year was all about the classic Adam Sandler “Thanksgiving Song” and this year, how about a song from one of the greatest.


Now Playing: I’m From Barcelona – “Always Spring”

22 Nov

I’m not going to go as far and say they are my new favorite band but I’m From Barcelona are making this week in music so awesome.  I’ve been jamming out to their 2011 record, Forever Today and am hooked to the song “Always Spring” in addition to many more.  Hailing from Sweden, the 29 member band (yes, twenty nine!) toting every instrument including kazoos are a band you should check out.

Music Monday: LBCK – “Native”

19 Nov

Been cranking through the work day listening to this track. Hope you enjoy!


Five For Friday: @LIB_Festival, Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent, The Heist, Tyler Bryant

16 Nov

Wow, what a crazy week in the best way possible!  This week’s Five For Friday is extra special.

  1. Earlier this week we announced the Life Is Beautiful Festival which will be coming to Downtown Las Vegas in fall of 2013.  Aurelian Marketing Group, Another Planet Entertainment (Outside Lands and Treasure Island music festivals), Downtown Project and MAKTUB Marketing.  I’m beyond excited about this and can’t wait to share this experience with everyone! Stay tuned for more info!
  2. Wiz Khalifa, caught his concert at Thomas & Mack Arena last evening.  Wiz is easily one of my favorite hip-hop acts today and this being the third time I’ve seen him live, he’s come a long way in terms of his over performance.  For 90 minutes it was nonstop Wiz and he kept the crowd engaged the entire time while even breaking out some new tunes off the new album due out December 4.  And of course the show was complete with guest spots but his opening acts Juicy J, Chevy Woods, Lola Monroe and more including a very special guest, 50 Cent!
  3. Speaking of 50 Cent, he made the sports section here in the LVRJ today as he applied for a boxing promoters license in Nevada.  Look out for his first promoted event out here in December if all goes well.
  4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – if you haven’t listened to The Heist yet, what are you waiting for!  Get on it now.  Special guest spots from Schoolboy Q and Allen Stone among others.
  5. Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, still can’t get this kid’s guitar skills out of my head.  Check it out, you’ll thank me.


Life Is Beautiful Festival Coming To Las Vegas

13 Nov

Today couldn’t be more of an exciting day at as I can finally talk about Life Is Beautiful, a two-day music, food and art festival coming to Downtown Las Vegas in Fall of 2013!  I have signed on as Head of Music & Live Performances and am working with an incredible team at Aurelian Marketing Group, Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and the Downtown Project.  This is just the beginning so hop on board, it’s going to be one amazing ride!

For more info on the music festival, check out this stellar story on the front page of the Las Vegas Review-Journal written by Doug Elfman.

Here is the official press release.

Life Is Beautiful! does Sunset Sessions

11 Nov

This past week, I had the opportunity to meet and interview a bunch of tomorrow’s big music acts as part of Sunset Sessions.  Arriving in Las Vegas for the first time, Sunset Sessions events are essentially a “convention” that brings together music supervisors and radio programmers from all over the country and expose them to up-and-coming talent as well as music legends.

Working with The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ entertainment team, the stage was set and over the course of three days we conducted over a dozen interviews.  I can honestly say this was an amazing group of individuals on both a personal level and of course a musical level.  I’ll get the videos of the interviews up as soon as they are ready but who I interviewed and who you’ll want to check out:

JJAMZ | Courrier | Beware of Darkness | Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown| Joel Piper | Angels Landing | Doris| Michael Bernard Fitzgerald | Faulkner|  Olivia Olson | Clay Priskorn | SLATER | Cheating Daylight | Feral Vinca



Some artists who have appeared at Sunset Sessions include: Stevie Nicks, k.d. lang, Vanessa Carlton, Jack Johnson, Melissa Etheridge, James Blunt, Chris Isaak, Colbie Caillat, Joss Stone, Sia, Jason Mraz, Third Eye Blind, Five For Fighting, Crystal Bowersox, Jewel, The Black Keys, Ziggy Marley, Rick Springfield, Pete Yorn, John Waite, Ryan Adams, Roseanne Cash, One EskimO, The Zac Brown Band, Stephen Stills, Unwritten Law, Jim Lindberg (formerly of Pennywise), AWOLNATION, Mike Mills of R.E.M., NeedToBreathe, Art Alexasakis (Everclear) Nicole Atkins, Francis Dunnery, John Butler Trio, Tift Merrit, Missy Higgins, Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Bob Schneider, Tyler Hilton, Emerson Hart (Tonic), Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Toots and the Maytals, Dishwalla, Scars on 45, Augustana, Jonatha Brooke, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, The Jayhawks, Jill Sobule, Edwin McCain, Donavon Frankenreiter, Alpha Rev, Nikki & Rich, Robert Francis, John Butler Trio, Alpha Rev, GIVERS, Eric Hutchinson, Sara Watkins (Nickelcreek), Green River Ordinance, Carolina Liar, Jack Tempchin, Bushwalla, Serena Ryder, Ozomatli, John Eddie, Incan Abraham, Salvador Santana, Susan Tedeschi, Dave Barnes & so many more.