“I can’t promise you anything”

September is always a busy month with both LouFest & Life Is Beautiful taking place. This year there were a few bands who were at both of these festivals (as typical). One of the bands who has stuck with me since I started listening to them before LouFest is LA based Mondo Cozmo. The band is the brainchild of Josh Ostrander who is not new to the music life having been in two previously signed bands. While touring, Mondo Cozmo includes a live band including former Imagine Dragons drummer Andrew Tolman. Prior to LouFest as I was listening to the bands who would be playing, I was struck by the honest lyrics and powerful songs. Hearing and seeing the songs performed at both Life Is Beautiful and LouFest exceeded expectations. After having watched a couple of the music videos that accompany the songs, I am even more enamored with Mondo Cozmo. I am excited to see them again in November for the Emerge Music + Impact conference.

My favorite song prior to LouFest is “Hold on To Me”. It can be found on the recently released Plastic Soul. This video is beautiful, and it hits close to home for me. I needed this song and this video.

“Shine” is raw and Josh Ostrander has an almost Bob Dylan quality in his voice during this song. I believe I heard the term “hippie jesus” used in reference to this song at Life Is Beautiful.

My favorite lyric from “Shine” is “My friends are so alone, it breaks my heart. My friends don’t understand we all are lost”. Pure poetry.

“Plastic Soul” is a song I will find myself humming and thinking about all day long. When I first heard it, I had swore I had heard it before. Maybe I had, but one thing is clear, the song sticks with me.

Mondo Cozmo is currently touring, and it seems like they will not be stopping any time soon. If you get the chance, check them out!

Life is Beautiful Spotlight: Dawes

For a 2 day brand spanking new festival, Life is Beautiful has over 40 bands on tap. I am not going to lie, I am a bit skeptical of how this is all going to play out. Despite that, there are many bands which I am greatly looking forward to. Once the schedule comes out (any day know folks), I will know which bands I will be able to see, and which acts I may lose out on. One of the bands I am hoping to see is SoCal based “folk-rock” outfit Dawes (most of the band was previously in the similarly named Simon Dawes). I’ve waded in and out of Dawes’ land for the last few years, and renewed my interest when seeing that they were on the bill for LIB. Life Is Beautiful is on the tail end of a summer filed with festivals and shows crisscrossing the US.

The band released their 3rd LP Stories Don’t End in April.

From watching some of their live videos this low-key sounding band puts on a pretty good show. They are also kicking off the Grills & Guitars Kick-Off Party which is one of the many premium add-on’s to the Life if Beautiful tickets.

Check out: “Time Spent in Los Angeles”:

and my personal favorite “When My Time Comes”. I am pretty sure this one song will make their show for me: