Luna Aura

This is probably the best story to show you how random the way I find new artists can be sometimes. I jumped on Snapchat to avoid doing the actual things I needed to do, like we all do on a Sunday night when the case of the Monday’s are already creeping up on you. Anyway, I’m going through my friend’s snaps… dogs, food, babies, art, selfies, the usual, but then my friend starts sharing all these photos of a pool party. I, of course, immediately get interested when I see a slice of pizza floaty in the pool. Then the next snap is a girl jumping around on stage, so I turn my volume all the way up. Within seconds of hearing Luna Aura on that pool party stage I know I have to know who she is. The next snap is her covering a song that I can’t quite remember right now but I distinctively remember that she had a different sound I had to hear more of. Once I go through the snaps I message my friend asking who it was. He answers and goes on about how great she was. By then I was already looking her up. I’m actually not even sure I responded with anything more then a thank you because I was so engrossed .

Luna Aura, based on what her website says (because her Instagram is private), is that she’s from Phoenix, is pretty new in the game and she seemingly writes all her own music. Her new album is called “Supernova”. I instantly fell in love with her sound. I porbably listened to every song 3 times.

This is not music to fall asleep to by any means. Mostly every song makes you want to take your pants off and dance around your apartment in your socks. (Maybe that was just me?) Electronica based, with pop beats and hints of rap moments.  Even the slower songs still make you wanna move though.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the girl can spit some rap out. Her song “Blow” gave me flashbacks to the young female rappers that are big in the Northern California bay area. The parts where she’s rapping she’s giving you upbeat lines quickly instead of a harsh in your face rap which is refreshing and a little easier for the non rap fans to enjoy.

In other songs she reminded me of Lana Del Ray, who I actually don’t enjoy listening to but probably should. It was quite confusing for me at times how much she reminds me of Lana Del Rey and it didn’t bother me. Her voice matches in that smooth, soft, cool manner. She can undoubtedly bring you into that whole ‘high on life in the 1960’s’ world.

She’s a relatively new artist with an interesting sound. She falls into the category I’ve been noticing has been gaining listeners, which is the young female singers who mash up electronica, pop, alternative, hip hop and rap influences. I personally believe that they’re the generation that has grown up with having the world at their fingertips and chance to be influenced by so many different types of music easily. That’s probably a whole other post just waiting to happen, but for now think Bishop Briggs, Lorde, Tove Lo, MOONZz, and a hint of Ke$ha to reference.

She doesn’t have much music out or any upcoming shows listed but she’s got enough songs to play on repeat happily for a few hours. Hopefully she gets on a tour for the summer soon so I can see her for myself in L.A. instead of snippets of snapchat videos. Moral of the story is, always play your snaps with the sound up high! Just kidding…but really, you can miss a lot if it’s on silent.

Personal favorite songs: “Blow”, “Radio”, “Eyez”, “Dancing With Your Ghost”, and “Trigger”



Weenie Roast 2016

It was the last Weenie Roast and one of the last shows ever to be played at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine. The venue previously was known to us as the Verizon Amphitheater….where no one with Verizon had cell service. Sadly, it will be demolished soon into homes or businesses, so I’m glad the final Weenie Roast could send it off with such a great line up. Who you ask? Well here’s the list:

Bud Light Stage:

Bear Hands, Bishop Briggs, Nothing But Thieves, The Strumbellas, Lukas Graham

Main Stage:

Miike Snow, Fitz and the Tantrums, Cold War Kids, Garbage, The Lumineers, Panic! At the Disco, Empire of the Sun, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, with special surprise guest (who I totally call on the way over) Blink 182!

Best of the nights were:

Bishop Briggs absolutely came out of nowhere and killed it. I had been anticipating seeing her live for a few months, to the point I even got my best friend obsessed with her too. She may look small and meek on that stage but she moves and belts out that voice like the best of them. If you haven’t heard her yet you will soon. Her music is a beautiful representation of what I think Alternative Pop is kinda becoming. Each song has such a hard bass that it will make you bob your head like any rap/hop hop song, with a hint of electronica sounds and topped with her smooth cool voice. And I have to say her songs are catchy as hell and make you wanna sway!

Oh Fitz and the Tantrums… Every show  (and I’ve seen a lot) is a pure dance party with them. It seemed to me that they got on stage and started the party all the way up in the lawn. They have catchy songs, dance moves and even one you can clap along to conveniently named “Handclap”. Both Fitz and Noel danced around and sang their hearts out. They definitely never disappoint.

Then came the time I was excited for, Cold War Kids took the stage. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not new to the party but man did I fall in love with their new album “Hold My Home” hard. Full disclosure, I’m listening to them right now and have been probably every moment for the last few months. Something felt different about this album.  It was a great set, they played their new stuff mixed with their warm and fuzzy, oh so nostalgic older songs. I’d say live they go just a hair harder than on the album but the raw, realness in their sound was amazing to see.

Garbage. I mean, Shirley Manson fell off the stage and didn’t even miss a beat. The band just kept playing which makes me think this might happen often. On the stage or on the floor they are incredible. The last time I saw them, about a year ago, it was one of their first shows in a very long time and she stayed on the stage pretty well so who knows? Needless to say they were amazing and I could sing their praises all day.

The Lumineers started as I was standing in the blasted bathroom line, which ladies, we all know is hell. However, the line of hell was a thousand percent more tolerable with them playing. I had seen them a few times before so I knew they’d be great. They followed Garbage so it was a hard act to follow, especially with having such a different, more mellow sound but they sounded great. My friend entered the show slightly annoyed by them and left being obsessed with them so that should speak volume. The other day we were in the car and I swear she stopped listening to me when “Ophelia” started playing. I can’t blame her though, it’s a great song, so catchy!

EMPIRE OF THE SUN!!!!…Sorry, I just get really excited about them. The music, ugh, it just takes you to this wonderful other world where you can just dance around and hit every high note he does. Needless to say, I didn’t stop dancing during their set one bit like every other time I’ve been blessed to see them. If you haven’t seen them preform before let me just tell you it’s a show. There’s a headdress, white makeup over his eyes and a long sweeping coat he wears as he graces the stage. They seem to have gained popularity lately seeing as their song “Walking on a Dream” has been topping the charts in the US and it came out in 2008.  Just go see them already, you’ve been missing out on so much for so long already!

Blink 182 was the surprise act who I have to say, I’ve never really been a fan of but was thoroughly impressed by them. They still have “it”, or maybe they never lost it? Either way, I never realized how many of their songs I knew every word to. It was kind of shocking. The crowd went wild when they realized it was them. It was great to have the whole lawn area jump to their feet and sing and dance around together screaming the lyrics. Can’t quite say I’m a fan of them now but I have a new found appreciation for them.


I had so much hope for The Strumbellas after obsessing over their song “Spirits” for months, but man they got on and let’s just say, it wasn’t great. Maybe it was just an off day? Maybe it was the audio? A lot of people seemed to be having problems that day….I don’t know. Either way, I was crushed but if they’re on the bill at some other festival I’ll still try again. I wont give up that easy!

And last but not least, the biggest disappointment of all, NOT SEEING THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS! I was heartbroken when Flea came to the stage and announced that they would not be playing that night due to a medical emergency with Anthony Kiedis. Even Flea looked as disappointed as we all were. He left the stage and I looked at my friend with my sad eyes and we decided to skip Weezer and just head home on a high note after Blink 182.

Overall, the KROQ Weenie Roast was a great line up with great performers. It had a little bit of everything for their audience. Who knows where the next one will be? We’ll just have to wait till next year!