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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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Your Weekly Playlist

Posted in electronic music, journal, music journalism, reviews, rock & roll with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2012 by bex0r

Due to the nature of my job and proximity to music all day, every day, all year long- I’m constantly coming across new indie acts and great songs you should be listening to.

I think it would be rude not to share the wealth, no?

so from now on I’m going to be posting a new feature, “Your Weekly Playlist” every Wednesday. It won’t be genre specific, but just anything that is good and current that I think people should know about.

Have a listen and if you think your stuff compares, you can submit your tunes to me in my Soundcloud dropbox.

Send me your sounds

so here’s what’s stuck in my earholes this week:

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zee avi

Posted in reviews, rock & roll with tags , , , , on August 28, 2009 by bex0r

While i persozeeavi_music_cdnally have a love/hate relationship with the online phenom known as YouTube, it undoubtedly has served to provide a launch pad for some amazing and very deserving independent artists. Recently I was tipped off by‘s article on Malaysia wunderkind Zee Avi, a self-proclaimed “minimal postmodern romantic storyteller,” who has been launched to world-wide acclaim after being discovered by manager Ian Montone (MIA, Vampire Weekend, White Stripes,  Raconteurs). Her video of an original Christmas song went viral (it has received over 800,000 views to date!) and since being “discovered” has released her self-titled studio debut on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records.

She effortlessly blends old school jazz vocal chops with a campy modern  pop sensibility. Her sweet melodic style paired with slightly melancholic and clever lyrics create a juxtaposition of themes that in any other artist would sound contrived or pretentious- but not Zee. Her humble beginnings, paired with obvious years of practice have resulted in an album of finely crafted tunes that is both refined and yet pleasantly down-to-earth at the same time. Even the most elementary of listeners will be able to pick out the subtle (and not so subtle) nods to jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James.

The combination of jazz vocals with folk/pop compositions and insightful writing results in an album that will have you spellbound and charmed at first listen, and as you listen to the compelling voice of this talented young singer you will hear the years of hard work that must have gone into honing this sound. It is organic sounding and natural, which I really enjoy. The instrumental backing is minimal and highly complimentary, mostly relying on Zee’s competent guitar skills and acoustic instruments.

“Bitter Heart”

My choice cuts off the album are: Tracks 3 – Honey Bee and Track 10 – Darlin’ It Ain’t Easy.

Head over to iTunes and buy this amazingly talented musician’s album!

vlog post – missy model

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 5, 2008 by bex0r

Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright) – Bob Dylan

Posted in daily, rock & roll with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2008 by bex0r



In prep for my upcoming show *PLUG*



A collaborative look at the figurative art process.

Chapel Arts

(304 Dunlevy Avenue)
Vancouver, BC

7$ Donation at the door
Friday, March 28, 2008 at 8:00pmNegar Hooshmand –make-up

Some highlights of the exhibit/show:n504723451_609514_5014.jpg

– Figurative oil paintings/ Figurative Ink Drawings on Canvas/Figurative Acrylic paintings/Pastel Drawings

– Models will be present/Professional photos of the models(head shots) will be posted.

– Contributing artists (female vocalist, band, dj,photographer, make up artist, videographer)will be visible at the venue, in person as well as through visual representation

– Video will be shown to highlight the models preparing to be photographed, being photographed in preparation for the figurative work.It is also worth noting that it is a collective of people working together; collaborating, sharing, applying creative thought from their own area of specialization. This will allow the audience to see elements involved in the creation of a final piece of figurative art, as it is never a solely individual process.

Featured Artists:

Adrian Fuerth – oil paintings

Nathalie Morin – acrylic/ink paintings

Contributing Artists:

Elisha Clement -photo

Ellen Yang -pastel drawings (figurative)

Sheryda Warrener – poetry

Wiliam D. Amendola -video

Live Entertainment:

Bex- Folk

Never Forget Anyone

DJ Yes, Yes, NO! Yes

Models: Bex Apostoli, Elisha Clement, Ellen Yang, Erin Boswell, Laura Byspalko, Sarah Albrecht, Sara Mullin, Sheryda Warrener, Nikki Reimer