Category: Artist and Show Reviews

A lot of you out there have heard of the very talented singer – songwriter Bret Levick whose songs have appeared in dozens of TV shows like, Sons Of Anarchy, Shameless and most recently FOX’s Lucifer. But for this week’s Earbits newsletter feature we really wanted to a more intimate exclusive view on this accomplished musician that is quickly becoming a household name around the country. Bret was nice enough to take the time to answer a few questions, and go into some serious personal depth about his early start in music, who he looks up to and is inspired by, his views on the music industry and lastly, what he is currently listening to at this very minute, and actually… a whole lot more!!

With Earbits releasing their new and improved Playlists on Android, I decided it was time to put together a list of my favorite tracks on the platform. After all, I’ve got 100+ Favorites, and having them organized into a Playlist would really make it easy to rock on-demand. I figured I’d spend ten minutes slapping together the songs I have marked over the years, and voila! 240 minutes of perfectly-curated music that will be my go-to soundtrack for months to come. Right?

It’s easy to hear that there is a film about Hendrix with no original music from the man himself and scoff…there’s no way that kind of story could be interesting, purposeful, or even remotely compelling. But in an oddball, aloof, alluring way (maybe much like Jimi himself), “Jimi: All Is By My Side” is one of the most compelling music related biopics I’ve ever seen. But it’s not without damning flaws that are impossible to dismiss.

Barons of Hiddenhausen, is a mysterious and hidden secret, with it’s origins in Vienna.  Although the project sounds like a full-fledged band, the mastermind behind the project is one person: Moritz Kofler.  Kofler is no stranger to the genre – after he recorded “World Withdrawal,”  he collaborated with Digital Noise Academy in L.A., a project by Ken Andrews (Failure, Beck, A.P.C. NIN), Jordon Zadorozny (Blinker The Star, Courtney Love, Melissa Auf Der Maur) and others. That experience shows in this record.

Listen to Barons of Hiddenhausen on Earbits

It’s been a while since rock music has sounded the way Stars In Stereo plays it.  The group approaches its songs with a firm grasp on gritty rock instincts as well as a innate understanding of clean pop sensibilities.  The main attribute of Stars In Stereo, the band’s recently released self-titled album, is that its particular style is difficult to pin down.  It’s not totally heavy and not totally soft, but more a combination of the two than some strange middle-ground.

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Rabbit & The Hare is proof that good things can happen on Craigslist.  The band formed after singer/songwriter Neill MacCallum posted an ad in NYC’s section of the website in search of a “female multi-instrumentalist.”  Marisa Duchowny, a person that happens to fit both of those requirements, also happened to read and respond to that post.  Just like that, with the strange power of the internet, a duo was born.  Marisa became the Rabbit, Neill the Hare.

Listen to Rabbit & The Hare on Earbits!

Embarrassingly enough, when asked to write a review of Bob Wiseman‘s latest solo release, “Some Wise Guy”, I had no idea who he was.  So before agreeing to something I couldn’t stick to with any degree of precision or integrity, I listened to the record.  It’s at this point that I became pretty intimidated to write this review.  Wiseman’s music is decidedly educated and avant… however…after listening again and again I realized it’s not the kind of art pop that talks down to you, rather the type that invites you into the party.  Once you get the joke too, you’re on the inside and it’s smooth sailing from there.

The peeps over at Nerdwallet published a pretty cool article recently, and we wanted to share it with you. As a fan of Dance and Electronic music, you shouldn’t miss this. It could make-or-break your chosen festival’s financial plan.

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I usually give a song 45 seconds to a minute. If it doesn’t hit me, I hit next. If it does, I click to see what else I can listen to. In Greenleaf’s case, their song “Jack Staff” hit me instantaneously and didn’t let go. As I clicked on their release, Nest of Vipers, I could tell after three tracks that I needed to listen to the whole album. I don’t know about you but something I simply can’t resist is the blend of bad ass with catchy. It’s like if you got to be the popular kid and the Breakfast Club bad ass at the same time. Greenleaf is that blend. Indie rock in bed with hard rock ; dirty grunge mixed with sharp punkish attitude ; infectious melodies on top of crunchy guitars and creatively catchy riffs. Tastefully distorted bass that’s anything but stuck-up sounding. Straight ahead vocals that weave over and under the mixes from song to song.

Eso Tre is one-half of the hip hop powerhouse, Substance Abuse

If you were a rapper who lived in or around the 510 area code in the ‘90’s, you knew what it was like to gaze at the beautiful east bay hills with a sense of hope, knowing that being fiercely lyrical and unwilling to “grow up” (a euphemism for when rappers put out boring stuff) was not an impediment to a major label deal and stardom that transcended what rapper Encore referred to as “street buzz”.  As an L.A. transplant living in Oakland I only caught the tail end of this period of optimism, but such were the times and geographic setting that produced one of the Left Coast’s most enigmatic and underrated lyricists, an emcee known as Motion Man.