Weekly Beats!

Swamped with school, work, girlfriend drama, or just in need of some new tunes? Check out my Weekly Beats published every Friday giving you the highlights of what’s up in the world of music. I’ll be sure to slip in upcoming event info in the Bay Area, reviews of shows I’ve attended, links to download music and my current personal playlist that’s updated every week! 

PORTER GODINSON? After seeing Porter Robinson last Friday at the Fox Theater in Oakland I’ve come to one conclusion, that he is a total tease.  Calm down people, I don’t mean this in the normal “sexual” connotation (although I wish that was the case); rather it is in the fact that he waits forever to drop his songs.  If you don’t know what a drop is, then get on the dubstep train and Google it.  Although I didn’t appreciate this “teasing” when I was at the show, reminiscing about my experience I realized how much of a badass this kid is.  That’s right I said kid; maybe because Porter Robinson is only…let’s see…19 years old! Besides being one of the youngest and most well-known DJs in the electronic scene, he also knows how to get a crowd going like no other DJ I’ve ever seen before.  Maybe the key to the crowd’s enthusiasm was him dropping the overly popular “Levels” by Avicci or mixing in some Daft Punk with the classic “Better, Harder, Faster, Stronger”.  Or, it could have possibly been the guest appearance from fellow artist Penny who sang her famous track “All I Ask of You” which is featured on Skrillex’s album Scary Monsters and Sprites released in 2010. Overall, this show definitely topped my list of favorite performances, not only because Porter Robinson proved his “boss-like” DJ skills, but also because his openers, The M Machine and Adventure Club hands down KILLED IT as well.  Both of these less known DJs tore it up as they spun sick beats including “Collect Call” by Metric, making it a truly memorable show that seriously blew me away!

RAD RELEASES: HOLY CRAP I am totally obsessed with fun.’s single “We are Young”.  It honestly sounds like some sort of epic youthful ballad that justifies acting ridiculous and enjoying life to its fullest before the pressures of the real world affect us. The rest of the album is enjoyable as well, featuring a variety of sounds that have an overall upbeat feel that are totally suitable for your stroll to campus on a beautiful sunny day.  Fun. offers a kind of futuristic vibe that even includes auto-tuning that surprisingly works.  Released on February 21, 2012, their album Some Nights is now available on ITunes.

Light It Up EP – Flinch
Put Your Back N 2 It­ – Perfume Genius
King of the Wave – Little Barrie
Mr. M – Lambchop
Interstellar – Frankie Rose

Frankie Rose – Interstellar *
Madeon – Icarus*
Kill the Noise & Datsik – Lightspeed*
fun. – Stars*
Flight Facilities – Crave You (Adventure Club Remix)
White Rabbits – Temporary*
Knife Party – Internet Friends
Sabi – Wild Hearts (Zeds Dead Remix)
Sinkane – Runnin*
Evy Jane – Sayso*
Dan Black ft. Kid Cudi – Symphonies
Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know
*Oww oww (Recently Released)

Yusek – “Off the Wall”

3.6 Soft Swells @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
3.8 Rebecca & Fiona @ Ruby Skye
3.9 BT @ Ruby Skye
3.10 Thomas Gold @ Ruby Skye
3.10 Flogging Molly @ The Fox Oakland
3.10 LA Riots @ Vessel
3.12/3.13 The Joy Formidable @ The Independent
3.15 Willie Nelson @ The Fox Oakland
3.15 Madeon @ Ruby Skye
3.16 Feed Me @ The Regency Ballroom
3.17 Umphrey’s McGee @ The Fox Oakland
3.19 Skream & Benga @ The Regency Ballroom
3.24 Say Anything @ The Regency Ballroom
3.24 The Magnetic Fields @ The Fox Oakland
3.26 White Rabbits @ The Independent
3.28 fun. @ The Independent
3.30 Beats Antique @ The Fox Oakland
3.31 Spencer & Hill @ Ruby Skye

4.9 Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) @ The Fox Oakland
4.12 Gotye @ The Independent
4.16 SBTRKT @ The Independent
4.20 Zeds Dead @ The Regency Ballroom

☮ Sarah Agopian.


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