B3SCI’s Favorite Songs of 2018

Thanks for listening in 2018. Please enjoy our favorite songs of the year. Stream them all here on Spotify. See you next week!

In no particular order:

Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)

DJ Koze – Pick Up

Moses Sumney – Rank & File

Patawawa – Patagonia

Puma Blue – Moon Undah Water

Little Elizabeth – G’day for It

Monsune – Nothing in Return

Leon Bridges – Bad Bad News

Anderson .Paak – Til Its Over

Luke Marzec – Say One More Time

Castelle / Nic Hanson – We Don’t Need to Dance

Laurel – Lovesick

James Blake – Don’t Miss It

JMSN – Talk Is Cheap

Jarreau Vandal – Westside

Nao / SiR – Make It Out Alive

Masego – Prone

Maribou State / North Downs – Kingdom

Extremely Bad Man – Up With the Birdies

Lolo Zouai – Challenge

Loyal – Patterns That Fall

Emerson Leif – Twenty2

Goss – Fever Ray

Caius / Neigh – Your Love

Mike WiLL Made It / Bon Iver – Do You Need Power

SG Lewis / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Again

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Playlisting with B3SCI

Hi, we’ve pleased to introduce some new B3-curated playlists on Spotify (with more to come). B3 on Spotify’s new offerings include; Top 10 Songs of the Week (this week’s edition includes new tracks from Billie Eilish, Skott, and Goldwash), three genre-specific playlists (updated weekly) featuring favorites in pop, rock, and r&b and hip-hop, and a playlist featuring the best of the B3SCI Records discography. To get up on our new playlists visit us on Spotify here.

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SXSW 2017 Preview: B3SCI’s 20 Must See Shows

T-minus South by. The 2017 iteration of the Austin, TX music festival begins this coming Tuesday the 14th. B3 will be headed to Texas for the festival and to preview the event, we’ve selected our twenty favorite official showcases. See you there soon.


Rob $tone, Powers, Temples, Earl St. Clair, Sunny Sweeny
The Gatsby – Pandora

Real Estate, Girlpool, Julie Byrne, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Mothers
Empire Garage – Stereogum


Lil Yachty, Noname, Tei Shi, Ian Sweet, NO WIN
Cheer Up Charlie’s – JanSport

Sweater Beats, Ho99o9, Pomo, Sad13, Frankie Rose, Happy Meals, Two Feet, Qualiatik

SOHN, Cherry Glazerr, Middle Kids, Mondo Cozmo, Aquilo, Gabriel Garzon-Montano
Elysium – KCRW

Marian Hill, Minus the Bear, Bishop Briggs Bleached, Beach Slang
Lustre Pearl – Feed the Beat

The Black Angels, Polica, Denzel Curry, Temple, The Big Moon
Mohawk – House of Vans

Bearson, Youngr, James Hersey, The Japanese House, Matt Maeson, Tei Shi, Flint Eastwood
Empire Control Room – Neon Gold

Night Drive, Molly Burch, The Dig, River Whyless, Active Bird Community, Dude York
Maggie Mae’s – Roll Call Records & Turntable Kitchen


Let’s Eat Grandma, Blaenavon, Hippo Campus, Johnny Flynn, Marika Hackman, Odetta Hartman
Blackheart – Transgressive Records

Cam’ron, MadeinTYO, They, Kyle, Pell, TYuS, Warm Brew
Easy Tiger – TuneIn


Metro Boomin, Lil Yachty, Denzel Curry, Dreezy
Antone’s – Universal

IDLES, Catholic Action, The Japanese House, The Vryll Society, Casi, Rag’n’Bone Man
Latitude 30 – BBC Music

They, Alex Wiley, Sundara Karma, Karen Elson, Jacob Banks, Yung Gordon
Buffalo Billiards – Clash Magazine

Rag’n’Bone Man, Charlotte Cardin, Maggie Rogers, Albin Lee Meldau, Agnes Obel, Matt Maeson
St. David’s – Communion Music

Partybaby, Dream Wife, QTY, Weaves, SLOTFACE, Her’s, Splash
Maggie Mae’s – DIY

flor, The Aces, R.LUM.R, FRENSHIP, Bridgit Mendler, POWERS, NIGHTLY, Youngr
Bungalow – We Found New Music


Diet Cig, Shame, Gold Connections, Alexandra Savior, Skott, Noga Erez, Au/Ra
Barracuda – NME

LIFE, Sundara Karma, SuperGlu, Aquilo, Alice Jemima, Anna Meredith
Latitude 30 – BBC Music

Salt Cathedral, Coucheron, The Shelters, Yoke Lore, St. Tropez, Phoria, GIUNGLA
The Sidewinder – The Burning Ear, Fancy PR & Vinyl Moon

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B3SCI on Spotify


Hi. We love Spotify (check out our profile here). You’re probably into it too. Join Team B3 at the big green sphere in the internet/sky on our two brand playlist creations. “Playlist Officiel”, check it out here, features a handpicked assortment of favorite breaking tracks (the sort of music or summat you’d find on B3). We’re also curating a selection of B3SCI Records tracks from label artists past and present incl. Jungle, Zella Day, Marian Hill, Aquilo and POWERS (check that here). Thanks for reading and we can’t wait to see y’all on Spotify!

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Every year the CMJ Marathon takes place in New York City and plays host to some of the best emerging music talent from around the globe. B3SCI will be in at full force at this year’s festivities; between tracking our favorite choice artists, the abundance of great performances from past and present B3SCI Records artists including Moses Sumney, Zella Day and Marian Hill, as well as a rad co-presenting show w/ Kate Boy, Banoffee, Safia and more. Sample our list of favorite CMJ 2014 artists below and you can get a great breakdown of schedules and parties HERE at the CMJ website or HERE at Oh My Rockness. Also check out this stellar list of music blogger parties featured by the Hype Machine

B3SCI Records @ CMJ 2014

Zella Day
New Shapes: Santos Party House (Basement), Thu, October 23, 7:30 PM > 8:15 PM
Wild Honey Pie: Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Sat, October 25, 11:00 PM > 11:45 PM

Marian Hill
Communion @ Glasslands – Thu October 23, 8 PM
Red Bull @ Warsaw – Thu October 23, 9:45 PM




George Maple


Kite String Tangle

Lil Silva


Seinabo Sey

She Keeps Bees


Tei Shi



B3SCI Presents is also excited to announce that it’s helping promote The Green Room at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory along with The Most Definitely, Beautiful Buzz, and Binary Records. The showcase takes place on Friday, October 24 and you can get info on tickets HERE

The Green Room line-up and set times:

8:00PM – Greighwolfe
9.00PM – Banoffe
10:00PM – PROM
11:00PM – Fractures
12:00AM – SAFIA
1:00AM – Kate Boy

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GIVEAWAY: Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles, CA. October 16-18

FILTER Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival is preparing for the fifth annual installment of its International Music celebration headquartered in the streets and venues of Echo Park, Los Angeles. This October 16-18, the fest welcomes live performances from artists from a variety of participating countries. Having again raised the talent bar, Culture Collide LA will play host to live sets from Cloud Nothings, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, //Fractures, Quantic and many many more. If you’re a B3SCI regular then you already know that Culture Collide is a yearly highlight.

We are excited to announce that this year we’ll be giving away a pair of passes to Culture Collide 2014! That’s right! One lucky B3SCI reader will win a pair of passes to the October 16-18th Culture Collide Festival. Enter to win the contest by emailing us HERE and letting us know that you’d like to be entered in the Culture Collide Prize Pack Giveaway. (One entry per person). We will be picking our winning submission at random this coming October 15th, so keep an eye on your inbox! You can also get more details on purchasing tickets to the festival HERE

Culture Collide california (INFO + TICKETS)

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B3SCI Presents: Teleman w/ White Dove on Tuesday, September 30 @ Bootleg HiFi in Los Angeles!


UK collective Teleman follow up their busy summer of festival dates across the pond with select State-side shows in support of their great debut album ‘Breakfast’. The NME darlings will make their way to the Bootleg HiFi in Los Angeles on Tuesday, September 30 to perform a dazzling set of Brit inspired pop for concert-goers with support coming from Cali rock collective White Dove. Doors for the event are at 8:00pm, and tickets are $10 in advance – $12 day of show. Ages 21+. More details for the show can be found HERE.

*OR* you can try your luck with us and enter to win a pair of tickets to the show PLUS White Dove’s new White Iris Records single ‘Caroline/Sarah’s Song’ on 7-inch (you can jam out to the stellar tracks below). To win just email us HERE and let us know you’d like to be entered in the ‘Teleman / White Dove Giveaway’. Our winner will be picked at random from the pool of submissions by Tuesday morning on September 30, so keep an eye on your inbox (one entry per person). Good luck!

Bootleg HiFi (Event Info)

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B3SCI x Noise Pop Present: WATERS w/ Zella Day, Bilinda Butchers, Wild Ones and HUNNY at Soda Bar in San Diego on 9/11/14

B3SCI Presents SDMT Banner

We’re excited to announce that B3SCI is teaming up with Noise Pop to present the Opening Party for this years’ San Diego Music Thing Conference in, you guessed it folks, sunny San Diego, CA. This Thursday night September 11, the iconic Soda Bar stage will host a kick-ass line up of indie talent including WATERS, Zella Day, The Bilinda Butchers, Wild Ones, and newcomers HUNNY. This show is a don’t miss! Info on the show and tickets can be found HERE. Get in the mood and have a listen to our San Diego Music Thing playlist below, and we’ll see you on Thursday!

San Diego Music Thing california (TIX) (Official) (Facebook) (Twitter)

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B3SCI Presents: The Dirty Nil w/ Hunny and LAPD on Thursday 7/24 @ Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles!

the dirty nil

Canadian 3-piece The Dirty Nil have taken to the States in support of their 4th 7″ single ‘Cinnamon / Guided By Vices’ (Fat Wreck Chords). This Thursday in Los Angeles, B3SCI is proud to Present The Dirty Nil’s LA debut at the Bootleg Bar with a killer line-up of support talent which includes on-the-rise local bands Hunny (soon to be tourmates with Bad Suns) and Los Angeles Police Department aka LAPD (…the band folks, not the police). We’re stoked to say the very least, and if you’re looking for a face ripping evening of indie rock this Thursday, then look no further! Have a spin at some jams below.

Doors for the event are at 8:00pm, tickets are $10 and the show is for ages 21+. More details for the show can be found HERE.

The Dirty Nil canada: (Facebook) (Bandcamp)

Bootleg Theater (Event Info)

dirty nil poster

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WRAP: The Great Escape 2014 in Brighton, UK


The Great Escape continues to be an awesome event for new music enthusiasts wanting to get a leg-up on international bands poised to make moves. With the 2014 edition including 400+ bands playing over three days in 30+ venues, there’s no lack of good music to check out. The festival is growing quickly with 100 more bands compared to last year. While The Great Escape (a.k.a. TGE) does share the SXSW danger of becoming too big for its own good, this event (for now) still has far more intimacy than the aforementioned Austin festival. Like always, more bands also means more schedule conflicts, and also like SXSW, even top tier Delegate and Press credentials won’t penetrate lines (or in some cases no lines) at venues. For example, Future Islands sounded great… from outside, and the TGE showcase for Wild Beasts would have been great to review had we also remembered to buy a ticket for it (thought that’s what passes were for)? And so for festivals like this, it seems the best plan of attack is to focus on artists that, to date, either haven’t or rarely play live. Both Bruce and Mike from team B3SCI were on the grounds for TGE and here’s their report:

Some 2014 faves for Bruce included Courtney Barnett, who is not only blowing up in the US but in England as well. She plays a mean guitar as it turns out. The melodic electronic artist East India Youth has been an NME darling this year, and as TGE proved, is doing quite well in England. His one-man show has a clean sound and he’s quite animated on stage. The Isle of Wight brothers, Champs, serenaded us in a church at TGE with their sweet harmonies and were also major highlights. Two UK bands, growing in local buzz, who delivered nicely onstage were Childhood and Jaws. The Australian band Calling All Cars is a metal/electronic hybrid with great songs, and they blew the walls down. Interestingly, they will soon be relocating to Manchester. Fellow Australians Sheppard just had a #1 pop single in their homeland and have a commanding stage presence to back it up. The UK’s Echotape have forsaken their art-pysch direction for a more straight forward rock direction that shows strong potential. Amber Run was a fave (see below). Finally, Portland’s Rare Monk must get a shout out. I joined Mike from B3Sci for their 1:30am set on Saturday night. This Portland band is making major forward strides. Their mid-tempo bluesy rock is played with precise power and competence.

Some 2014 faves for Mike came from both the expected and unexpected. Amber Run won audiences with pitch perfect harmonies and pop songs primed for college campuses throughout the world. The young 3-piece of/from Blaenavon lived up to their radar worthy hype with a stellar rock show to boot – big promise here. Hozier was good, while “Take Me To Church” stole the show; the band dynamic felt a bit on the safe side. After being tipped from a friend, Brussels band BRNS were a favorite surprise of TGE, with an energetic and expressive live show that was, at times, reminiscent of heavy pop pioneers WU LYF and indie rock mainstays Local Natives. Rare Monk’s alluring melange of atmospheric indie rock proved a powerful UK debut. Annie Eve drenched listeners with her knack for clever song and a live band including an accordion no less. Peace performed a pleasant ‘surprise’ set at the NME showcase, which was definitely a highlight, and Khushi was another favorite with his live band set up, showcasing what really counts… his songs.

Have a listen to some of our favorite picks from the TGE Festival below:

The Great Escape england (Official)

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B3SCI Presents: MONOGEM w/ Zella Day, James Alan, Breakfast @ The Bootleg in Los Angeles on Sunday 5/25/2014


The Bootleg, one of LA’s premier live music venues, hosted this month a special Sunday residency featuring buzzy-sparkling pop singer-songrwriter MONOGEM. To round out the month-long series of shows, this Sunday’s finale features a top class slate of acts including rising star Zella Day, local noise makers James Alan and (best band name ever) Breakfast. We know that you don’t have work on Monday, so there’s truly no excuse not to come out and have a full-on fantastic night at the Bootleg Sunday. We’ll see you there!

Doors for the event are at 8:00pm and the show is for ages 21+. More details for the show can be found HERE.

The Bootleg (Event Info)

Zella Day arizona (Facebook) (Purchase 7-inch Vinyl)

MONOGEM maryland (Facebook)

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SXSW 2014: B3SCI’S 15 Most Anticipated Acts


100s (Berkeley CA)


Angel Olsen (Chicago IL)


Arthur Beatrice (London UK)


BANKS (Los Angeles CA)


Chloe Howl (London UK)


Damon Albarn (London UK)


Jungle (London UK)


Kaytranada (Montreal QC)


LIZ (Los Angeles CA)


Sam Smith (London UK)


Sango (Grand Rapids MI)


SOHN (Vienna AUT)


SZA (Los Angeles CA)


The Preatures (Sydney AU)


Tinashe (Los Angeles CA)

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