Album Review: Alvvays – Antisocialites

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Top Tracks: Bearstronaut – Dogs of Carnaval

In any business, identifying your brand is paramount to establishing how your audience perceives you. Bearstronaut; boasting a brand of good times, bad decisions, and great music, continue to identify who they are and what they’re here to do with their latest music video, “Dogs of Carnaval”, which we are proud to premiere here at Belwood Music. Shot entirely in black and white by Alex Enman and Dylan Law of Bottle Tree Pictures, the band grooves through the performance of the song and are caught in a whirl of quirky illustrations, created by Matt Watkins. Whimsical and nostalgic, “Dogs of Carnaval” appeals to the lovelorn looking for hidden musical treats. US readers can see Bearstronaut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight, August 17th, at 11:35pm local time on ABC.

Bearstronaut’s debut album, Telecoast, can be streamed on Spotify, or purchased at Bearstronaut.com

Interview: Bearstronaut

bearstronaut2Blending solid musicality with enormous stage personality, Bearstronaut are the answer to the demand for better dance music. Hailing from Boston, the four members of Bearstronaut have been working hard; not to set a place for themselves within a current genre precedent, but rather to set their own standard, as well as invite listeners to be a part of the celebration. Sometimes jubilant and exclamatory, other times soulful and expressive, the band’s first album Telecoast, has delivered the brilliant introduction to what promises to be an exciting body of work. After having experienced Bearstronaut at a recent show in Los Angeles, I was excited to speak more with charismatic frontman, Dave Martineau, about the album, the band’s recent successes, and about what comes next:  Continue reading

Live Review: Bent Knee, The Bootleg Theater LA, 5th Aug 2017

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You wouldn’t think much of the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles if you were to merely walk past. Sitting in a neglected neighborhood of the city, the Bootleg barely boasts a front: just a building, with one door, with red marquee letters reading “Bootleg”. Congregating outside the venue before being let in provided me with an opportunity to speak with fans and, as a new fan myself, get to know the band from admirers, friends, and family alike. The overwhelming recurring response that was shared was that this band was electric; an absolute delight to see live, and like no other band to be seen (or heard).  Continue reading

Live Review: Arroyo Seco Weekend 2017

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Pasadena, California is home to The Rose Bowl, an American football stadium, and whose grounds are now home to the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival. The inaugural year of the festival looked mighty impressive on paper: over the course of June 24th and 25th, incredible headliners Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Mumford & Sons would be supported by some of Los Angeles’ favorite bands. It would seem that Southern California lives and breathes for Arroyo Seco’s self indulgent, exhibitionist older sister festival, Coachella, so I was interested in a lineup and experience that seemed more suited to SoCal’s alternative music scene.

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Live Review: Queen + Adam Lambert, The Hollywood Bowl, 26 June 2017

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There are few acts that I would consider worthy of the caliber that the Hollywood Bowl holds. On June 26th the Bowl was lucky to host actual Legends of rock Brian May and Roger Taylor as Queen with current frontman Adam Lambert.

The mere fact that I had tickets to begin with was a miracle, as both shows at the Bowl quickly sold out. I inherited the tickets with eyes-wide from ticket holders who couldn’t make the show, and before I knew it I was in velvet and red lipstick, seated (but only just) at the Hollywood Bowl, waiting to hear classic tracks that had been an integral part of my childhood.

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