• Life Advice from Young the Giant

    When I heard that one of my current favorite indie rock bands, Young the Giant, was making a surprise appearance at a local high school, I was all over it! I spent my lunch break at a Santa Ana high school, where the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens had arranged for a “surprise” at Godinez High School, as part of its Graduate for Más™ program. Through the program, the foundation is committed to inspiring and enabling America’s teens to graduate and accomplish great things through its programs, partnership, and direct financial assistance. I didn’t make it to the allotted media time slots with the band but I did it just…

  • Music Monday | Mistaken for Strangers | The National

    Mistaken For Strangers and The National

    Months later and I am still thinking about it. I watched the National in concert at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. As expected, the music was phenomenal. But what made the show extra special was the screening of “Mistaken for Strangers,” a documentary movie by Tom Berninger, who happens to be the younger brother of Matt, lead singer for the critically-acclaimed rock band The National. Painfully honest and comical at times, “Mistaken for Strangers,” tells the story of two brothers. It could be any two brothers in the world! The differences between two siblings, the unbreakable bonds, the joy and pain in any sibling relationship are universal. This film…

  • The Airborne Toxic Event Makes Waves with the Pacific Symphony

    It’s no secret. I’ve professed my devotion to The Airborne Toxic Event (TATE) across social media. And if you meet me in person, I’ll let you know too. So when the day finally arrived for their show in Orange County as part of the Wavelength Festival, I was ecstatic. The writer sitting next to me had shared that the Keb Mo/Bonnie Raitt performance the night before was amazing. He was a Keb Mo fan. He asked me to describe TATE and I started off with saying “Well, they are a rock band.” “Like Nirvana?” he asked. “Well no, more melodic,” I said, “there’s a violinist in the band for one…

  • Games, Music and Magic: Pacific Symphony + Video Games Live

    Watching a Pacific Symphony show is always memorable, and watching any show outdoors under the night sky is always extra special. So when the Pacific Symphony presented “Video Games Live” at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater last week, it was quite an experience! My tween son and I arrived just in time for the show to start. The sun had just began to set and onstage there was a pre-show costume contest which was won by a young Mario brother. A video screen showed funny clips like the video of Ms. Pac Man being chased down New York streets by ghosts; and later throughout the show there were funny clips from…

  • Music Monday: Summer Sounds 2013

    Maybe it’s the jangly guitars in one song, the Beatlesque-ness of another, or simply the hand claps somewhere in this mix, but here is my latest list of ear candy. I’ll probably tire of some of them or add more songs over the next few weeks but for now, this new music makes up my summer jam. Artists include Fitz and the Tantrums, the Mowglis, Surfer Blood, the 1975, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Temples.

  • Pacific Symphony Presents Wavelength Festival of Music in August

    I do enjoy me some mash-ups. And I’m not talking about the kind Mr. Shue assigns on ‘Glee.’ Instead, I like when two genres come together. So you can imagine my excitement about the first ever Wavelength Festival this summer – it is a concert series that will blend contemporary and Pacific Symphony musicians.  Collaboration, that’s what it’s all about. Performances Include Bonnie Raitt, The Airborne Toxic Event with Pacific Symphony, KCRW’s Jason Bentley and The Music of Pink Floyd – “The Dark Side of the Moon” played in its entirety with Pacific Symphony. Wavelength Festival of Music is part of the Pacific Symphony’s 35th Anniversary Season initiatives, and will…

  • Music Monday: Visit the GRAMMY Museum in Downtown L.A.

    I was between event at LA Live on Saturday when I decided to check out the Grammy Museum in Downtown LA. And let me tell you, the $12.95 admission price was well-worth it, especially if you are a music lover, or if you are a tourist looking for things to do in Los Angeles. I am not a tourist but I might as well be, coming from Orange County. Navigating freeway traffic from our close counties makes me sometimes wish I could hop on plane, after all! But I definitely am a music lover. Photo below taken from http://instagram.com/thegrammymuseum/ Explore 166 genres of #music on this interactive table … #FeelThePowerOfMusic…

  • 3 Social Media Tips for Next Year’s Grammy’s

    Like a nut, I stayed up to watch The Grammy Awards. I didn’t care too much for the nominees or the winners, this year or years before. Like Kelly Clarkson, I didn’t know who the heck Miguel was. And I had only a vague idea who Ed Sheeran was either. But I’ve long accepted that though the Grammy World may not be to my musical taste, I love a good show. Like that Marley Medley and Jack White’s number! The social media strategist in me was a wee bit excited every time LL Cool J asked people to get social and mentioned hashtags and what not. But since I was…

  • Music Monday: Alt J for Your Listening Pleasure

    Just a quick SoundCloud of new tunes on this Music Monday. You wonder, what do these three songs have to do with each other… first of all, I like them. Second, they share this quality of sounding like multiple songs in just one track. They start slow, then fast, then rock hard and then sound totally different somewhere in the middle. It’s almost like ADHD songs – (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Is this a new trend? Take a listen to British band Alt J, and American indie bands Cloud Nothings and Foxygen.

  • Music Monday: The Return of the Boy Bands

    We were on a bus somewhere between Italy and Spain, when Andi started singing, then Michelle joined in. So really I had no choice and before I knew it, we had everyone on the bus singing “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men in 4-part harmony. Yeah, just like that scene in Pitch Perfect. It was the ‘90s, after all, we were young and on the road. Life was good plus it’s a catchy tune. Can you blame us? “It’s so natural, you belong to me…” well, you know the rest. When news of “The Package Tour” also known as the summer tour featuring New Kids on the Block…