Review: Jeremy Loops and Brick + Mortar live at The Roxy

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Last night I got to catch two artists I've never seen or really dug deep into to be quite honest. However after the show, I left a huge fan, scanning the internet for as much of their material as possible as Brick + Mortar and Jeremy Loops were two incredible bands that got the party started on hump day last night at The Roxy in West Hollywood. This was the first night of their tour together and both DIY artists really impressed the young millennial audience by crafting jams that were hand-clapping, raise your fist in the air pop/rock fun. We got there as Brick + Mortar was about to start and this duo from New Jersey did a good job of getting the crowd involved by explaining what almost every song they performed was about and most of the time getting the crowd to jump in the air, sway their hands in the air or just clap or fist pump as their vibe was upbeat indie electro rock fun that had some drum & bass elements. These self-proclaimed best friends that have known each other since they were 14 were an awesome bunch of underdogs that you couldn't help to root for. They are not the best looking or don't act like they are the coolest yet that approach of not being best in class actually works. They put out a major label debut on Photo Finish Records a couple years ago but are actually doing quite well with their Summer single "Train" being the hit that got them on SiriusXM radio program Alt Nation. Watch the music video to "Train" below and stream their Bangs EP they released a couple years ago. My favorites include "Locked In A Cage", "No I Won't Go" and "Keep This Place Beautiful". After Brick + Mortar got the crowd awake and ready to rock out on a Wednesday night, Jeremy Loops started things off with a harmonica solo that he sampled and I stupidly realized why he's called Jeremy Loops; because he loops his voice, harmonica, guitar and beat boxing as well as perform songs with his band on drums, horns, keys and guitar to create a fascinating, mesmerizing performance that is beyond fun to watch live. I have to admit, I love live looping and it's the most amazing thing ever to see a melody built from about 3-4 instruments and about 6-10 different loops from those instruments. Jeremy Loops will get a major record deal and perform at much larger venues than The Roxy. This was only his 3rd performance in the US for the South African and the first night of his tour with Brick + Mortar so the popularity is only going to grow and I expect the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 to be a huge year for the emerging folk pop/rock artist. It's not fair giving him a few genres because I heard elements of folk, reggae, pop, rock and singer/songwriter material all rolled up into the Jeremy Loops set with uplifting vibes and thumping rhythms guiding his sound. Hard to pick favorites but here's some material from soundcloud that particularly stand out that I heard live. Fall Tour Dates for Jeremy Loops and Brick + Mortar 10.15 San Francisco, CA - Social Hall 10.17 Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge 10.18 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck 10.19 Chicago, IL - Schuba's 10.20 Columbus, OH - The Basement 10.22 Nashville, TN - High Watt 10.23 Atlanta, GA - Vinyl at Center Stage 10.26 Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy 10.27 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair 10.28 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge 10.30 Montreal, QC - Le Petit Campus 10.31 Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall

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