Concert Preview: Beat Connection

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Beat Connection, a four-piece group originally formed by college friends Reed Juenger and Jordan Koplowitz, began in their garage. Garageband to be exact. After compiling songs and testing out various DJing styles, Reed and Jordan self-released their debut EP Surf Noir in 2010.

The band has evolved over the years in more ways than one–and not just in their musical style. Originally an indie-electronic duo (composed of solely Jordan and Reed) based in Seattle, Jordan eventually left the band and was replaced by drummer Jarred Katz, singer Tom Eddy, and bass player Mark Hunter.

picSince the success of their debut EP, they’ve released two more records: The Palace Garden in 2012, and Product 3 in August 2015. In addition, they’ve opened for bands such as Rhye and Years & Years all over the U.S. With a retro-electric sound similar to bands such as Glass Animals, Alt J and Tame Impala, Beat Connection are a guaranteed to be a concert crowd pleaser on their ongoing Northwest Fall 2016 Tour.

polaroidAn impressive amount of synthesizers and keyboards cover the stage during their live shows, and lead singer Tom Eddy’s gruff, engaging vocals have no problem captivating the crowd. Beat Connection does just what their band name suggests–connects and engages the crowd with a variety of unique beats and harmonies. A few personal favorites of mine are “Hesitation,” “For the Record,” and “So Good.” If you’re into bands like Flume, Grouplove, or any of the bands mentioned above, you’ll fall in love with Beat Connection.

(Photos by Megumi Arai, Conner Lyons, and Beat Connection’s Instagram.)

Follow the band’s tour here!

Wanna see them in Portland? Get tickets to their show at the Doug Fir Lounge here. ($12, 21+ show)

Listen to the band’s latest record on Spotify here.

Follow Beat Connection on Twitter here.

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Concert Preview: Emily King

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Born in New York City, Emily has been surrounded by music her entire life. Her parents, Marion Cowings and Kim Kalesti, were a traveling singing duo while she was growing up, and Emily herself began to pursue music at the age of just sixteen. Her debut album, titled East Side Story, was released in August of 2007. USA Today rated it four out of five stars, and it was even nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Contemporary R&B Album of the Year. And Emily’s success didn’t stop there. Also in 2007, Emily toured with John Legend, opened for a few iconic artists such as Alicia Keys and Chaka Khan, and even Maroon 5! In 2012, she opened for singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. (One of my favorites!)

Egi-F7vB5wni3XQF2Ern1XXy-HHOGEdsricDj-VxKykEmily’s distinct style and image have caught the eyes and ears of fans around the world. Although Emily was initially working with a record label until 2008, she’s worked on her music independently since, and her latest album, The Switch really reflects that. And I’ve got to say, this album is absolutely brilliant. The Switch features some killer bass, simple-yet deeply-emotional lyrics, and hypnotizing harmonies sung by Emily herself. Fans of Alabama Shakes, Kitten, and London Grammar will appreciate Emily’s breathy, compelling voice that truly fills your headphones in a way I haven’t ever heard before.

emily-king-the-switch-lp-stream-715x715Emily will be performing songs off her latest record, The Switch during her tour this summer, which was released just this last month on the 24th of June. A few of my personal favorites off this album are “Already There,” “Off Center,” “Distance,” and “The Switch.” Each song tells a relatable, descriptive story and Emily’s vocals make each song absolutely unique in their own way. This album is heavily influenced by indie, soul, and R&B musical style, and Emily’s soulful  vocals makes this album a perfect soundtrack for your summer. It’s been on repeat for me the past few weeks!

With a strong, charismatic stage presence, some killer tunes, a phenomenal new album, and simply an amazing, refreshing voice, Emily King is guaranteed to put on an amazing show this August. Make sure you grab your tickets now while they last, and feel free to tweet me pics & reactions to the show when you’re there!

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