SXSW 2014 Top 10 Must-See Artists

Posted in looking ahead, music journalism, playlist, rock & roll, sneak peak with tags , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2014 by bex0r

So it’s been a few weeks of combing Soundcloud, Pandora and Spotify playlists for what I consider to be the “must see” bands of South By Southwest this year. As it’s the first year I’ll be attending (after wanting to go for about eight) I think the pressure is even greater to make it count, get the most out of my free ticket as possible. Who knows when I’ll be able to afford to go again? (wishful thinking/potential goal: every year!)

Even if you’re not going it’s a great opportunity to find out about stellar up and coming acts you might not have heard yet. For me, it’s a 50/50 mix of never-before-heards and dear friends 🙂 I’ve put together a playlist of my favorite tracks from this year’s roster of talent announced so far –  so let it stream while you browse my list! If you like what you hear, please return the favor with a follow on Soundcloud or a comment.

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New Year, New Job, New Me…

Posted in looking ahead, looking back with tags , , , on February 14, 2014 by bex0r


2014 dawned pretty awesome for me… spent NYE with my amazing boyfriend Ryan at a lovely gathering of like-minded souls, proceeded to kick butt at a 21 day yoga challenge and general life detox, AND planned and launched the next new chapter of my professional career – Music Grants Canada, a grant writing and music marketing business– eventually to become a full-service à la carte management agency.

I’d been planning on developing my own freelance business for awhile, and had been taking on clients here and there when possible. In addition to a lengthy history of grant writing over the last 10 years (FACTOR, Radio Starmaker, MuchFACT, Canada Council, Community Gaming Grants, Province of BC, and more ) both professionally and for myself as an artist, I also had the opportunity to meet and understand the frustrations of new artists, most of whom were just struggling to be heard and have someone take them seriously.  My work in such close quarters with new and emerging artists taught me so much! Leaving Music BC on mutually-agreeable terms was the best thing that could have happened to me at that precise moment. I needed the push to  really give my new business the time and energy it deserves and needs to flourish, and I’m so glad I did!

So far I have three new clients, a new website, a fully-paid trip to SXSW and the opportunity to speak on a panel about music funding! With a Kindle eBook in the works, as well as an online learning curriculum and a fabulous new business partner, I feel like I’m finally on a road that I recognize as a sustainable and rewarding path to career success.

The Echo Friendly – Same Mistakes

Posted in daily, femme, music journalism on May 7, 2012 by bex0r

you know how sometimes a song just fits perfectly with a certain moment, memory or movie scene? last night’s episode of Girls summed up with this incredible piece of John Hughes’ inflected 80’s shoegaze mastery and it just worked.

the thrumming guitar, repetitive melody, shuffling rhythm and unrepentantly girlish confessional lyrics all make it the perfect placement for a series like Girls, and one that made total sense for this episode in particular. I wonder if Lena Dunham or Judd Apatow chose it or if she has a person doing supervision for the series? (hint hint artists!)

This is *the* show for 2012, and I can only imagine how fast this relatively unknown boy-girl duo are going to blow up because of this tidy little placement. With no full album release and just a handful of catchy alt-pop singles, they join a healthy number of artists who are getting major exposure through internet/TV placements and making it big right out the gate still relatively early in their careers.

check out the echo friendly on tumblr, bandcamp, or tweet @theechofriendly

Your Weekly Playlist – Vol. 5

Posted in music journalism, playlist with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2012 by bex0r

excuse my absence as of late — tings been poppin!
last week I took a few days and visited the city of Portland and blogged all about it here:
but I’m back this week with more choice picks for your listening pleasure 😉
without further adieu.. here is

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New Bassnectar!!

Posted in electronic music, sneak peak with tags , , on April 6, 2012 by bex0r

For a limited time you can stream Lorin’s new release Vava Voom on Rolling Stone.

I’ve been bumping this all morning. it’s fucking sick!

Stand-out tracks: Ping Pong (fucking love that sample!)   What (Ft. Jansten) & Do it Like This (ft. ill.Gates)


Happy Listening!

Your Weekly Playlist – Vol. 4

Posted in playlist with tags , , , , on April 4, 2012 by bex0r

alley sc0rez

what was initially a slow music week has turned into a total deluge in the last 24 hours – so many great releases and release announcements. has me pretty stoked for the next month or so. spring is totally like christmas for music junkies 😉

speaking of christmas, I found this in my alley over the weekend. and it works! now to dig out the antique Advents with matching wood veneer!

here’s my wishlist for this week…

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Time to upgrade?

Posted in electronic music with tags , , on April 2, 2012 by bex0r

Hey all you Ableton users!

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I am a pro Soundcloud user and can’t recommend it enough for active producers and music fans alike. It’s a great way to share your work and there’s an amazing built-in community right there waiting to devour everything you produce. It’s also a great way to share music (via their dropbox service) and collab on new projects.

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