Step Rockets Los Angeles Premiere

Minneapolis band Step Rockets made a splash this year with their indie hit “Kisser“, and it’s brought them all the way across the country to play their first show in Los Angeles this week. I had had the privilege of meeting the band during my time as co-host of TC Muzique on the Minneapolis Television Network, and was excited for the opportunity to see how far the band has come.

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The show, sponsored by the We Found New Music radio podcast in partnership with Blind Date LA and the Silverlake venue Bootleg, showcased fellow emerging bands Battle Tapes (Los Angeles), Public (Cincinnati), and Mexico City Blondes (Santa Barbara).

Performing third, Step Rockets received a special introduction from WFNM host Grant Owens, welcoming them to their debut show in the entertainment capitol of the world.

Donning his signature polka dot pants, front man Josh Von Mink graciously took the stage with fellow band members Brady Lillie, Anthony Schulz, and Johnny Syn, making Step Rockets the largest ensemble to hit the stage that night. The crowd, already revved up by Battle Tapes and Public, welcomed Step Rockets eagerly to the forefront of their attention, and, per usual, Step Rockets were not ones to disappoint.

Starting their set off with flying colors, the band won over the crowd with their enthusiastic stage presence, honed musical skill, and sultry hooks that truly did warrant the name – hooking in every audience member from the get-go. Von Mink made sure of this, as he made a point to personally connect with as many people in the room as possible during the 30 minute set.

What perhaps set Step Rockets apart was their expert blend of electronic and rock music, paired with their genius use of “the breakdown”. Every song featured a banging musical midsection that enticed the audience for more. When the crowd was primed and ready, Step Rockets burst forth with their indie hit “Kisser”, setting the crowd dancing and singing along. The showmanship of this band is something to behold, and they held nothing back from their Los Angeles debut.

After a week of touring the coast and making appearances on radio and TV shows, Step Rockets couldn’t have asked for a better reception for their Los Angeles premiere. Now heading back to snowy Minneapolis to work on new material, we hope this lively quartet will make their way back to the West Coast soon.

To learn more about Step Rockets and to follow their social media pages, head to www.steprockets.com

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

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“Ecliptic” EP Release by SIKORA

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This morning I bought the recently released EP by the male-female duo SIKORA, and I have had their catchy hooks happily stuck in my head all day. SIKORA launched their debut EP “Ecliptic” last week, hitting the digital world with four original tracks loaded with bluesy guitar riffs and sultry vocal harmonies.

Self-described as a “pop/alt rock outfit”, the Los Angeles based duo of Matthew Sikora (vocals, guitar, bass) and Liz Forde (vocals, percussion, keyboard) have been collaborating since 2011, and have recently released their newest music under the guidance of LA producer Dean Dichoso.

Their single “Halo”, the second track on the EP, was released as a teaser in March, and boasts the duo’s love for the California rock sound. Liz Forde’s vocals shine with breathtaking precision as she takes on the harmonies and verses of this track.

Another song from the EP, “Comic Book Hero”, brings intense energy through Matthew Sikora’s enthusiastic guitar riffs, layered vocals, and sing-a-long lyrics. The song has been chosen to appear in the USC Thesis Film “O-Star”, directed by Dima Otvertchenko. 

Both “West Coast” and the final track of the EP, “Souldier Boy (Soldier Boy)”, bring a delightful, playful blues sound to the table, which invites the audience to join in with the talented duo until the end. On the whole, I find “Ecliptic” to be a wonderfully relatable, and also diverse album in the four tracks included on the release. From rock, to blues, to pop, SIKORA brings a little something for everyone.

For more on SIKORA and to listen to/purchase “Ecliptic”, visit www.sikoraband.com.
For more on producer Dean Dichoso, visit www.deandichoso.com.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.