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Matoma - Public Works, SF

Matoma - Public Works, SF

Team Audio Troupe went to the Matoma concert at Public Works in San Francisco. This is the start of our Current Events and Upcoming Events series at Audio Troupe. Apart from our blog, we will be focusing on local artists and main national concerts where coolest music is going on. Matoma’s music combines hip-hop or R&B songs with a refreshing twist. This artist from Norway brings a little soul back to the world which is ever so plagued by pop commercial music.

A sample of his music can be found on his SoundCloud. Having over 179,000 Fans (and counting!) surely means he’s doing something right and we loved the live show.

For those who can't hear him live, we have just the right headphones to make the whole experience worthwhile at home, at work, or on your commute. Just take a listen to the song below!

Is there anybody out there?

Is there anybody out there?

- Lakshmi Srinivas

I was in my early teens when my friend introduced me to Pink Floyd. At first, I hated it. I felt it was too slow and that their music lacked soul. Obviously, I was an ignorant mushy headed teenager who listened to some music that I can’t even remember right now.

But then eventually I grew up. I stumbled upon the same old CD that my friend had gifted years ago and decided to give it another shot. And then, I ended up listening to it again, and again, and again. Eventually I did the Pink Floyd-athon (similar to the Zep-athon that Jack Black hailed at the annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony) where you sit your ass down and listen to all the Pink Floyd albums in a row. It took me a whole week to do that because they have THAT many numbers of songs.

However, it was actually after I picked up a few guitar lessons is when I could truly, thoroughly appreciate their music. Their chord constructions are psychedelic, atypical and not as predictable as many other artists in the same category. They have originality, superior lyrics and for some reason, extremely, extremely long songs. I totally love all of their songs but some of my personal favorites are Echoes, Shine on you crazy diamond, Comfortably Numb, High Hopes, Bring the Boys Home, Another Brick in the Wall and Pigs on the Wing. When I listen to their music, I completely immerse myself in the music unlike any other.

Once you get hooked onto Pink Floyd, your mind gets flooded with a definite overwhelming feeling of awe. Do lend an ear to the songs listed above, if you haven’t heard them already. And make sure to watch out this space for more music love and reviews.

My headphone choice

My headphone choice

- Deven Desai

I am all about headphones. I happen to be all about music, too. At the end of the day, they’re a utility for me. And if you’re honest, they’re pretty much a utility for you too. Headphones, more than anything, need to work. Of the 8765 hours in a year, on the eleventh hour when you really need those headphones...they better work and without fail.

I also need my headphones to be portable, practical and stylish. So here’s my shameless plug for a pair of headphones from our lineup. Of the whole range that Audio Troupe offers, I chose the Kransen Plus. They’re exactly what I need. I’ve had the fortunate benefit to try more pairs than most people. For some reason, I have an affinity for these simple white colored in-ear headphones. They have a nice way to neatly roll up the fabric wiring and the two ear buds click together to make sure they’re not salsa dancing in my pocket.

Here’s a cool video from Urban Ears that shows you what I’m talking about:

Kransen Plus by Urban Ears

My Experience with Audio Troupe

My Experience with Audio Troupe

- Lakshmi Srinivas

I spend about 1/3rd of my wake time listening to music, podcasts or watching YouTube videos on my phone. For all that time spent with headphones in my ear, it’s definitely not a pleasant experience if you don’t have the right and comfortable ones, especially for someone with freakishly small earholes.

This is when I decided to give on-ear headphones a chance – something I hadn’t used in a long time. Like anyone who is looking to buy headphones, I was going through the usual cycle – talk to my friends, read a bunch of reviews, visit stores and all the pizzazz. That’s when I came across Audio Troupe. All I had to do was let them know about my music preference, the times I usually listen and my budget. Their service sent me three headphones based on my criteria – LSTN Troubadours, LSTN Fillmores and Kransen Plus. I must say, they looked sexy! Though I didn’t end up buying from them (my husband kind of already had a surprise in store for me), I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the process. I got to keep all the three headphones for a week to try them out completely, during my commute, gym and such. Their consulting was very apt and useful. Their shipment was on time whilst in good condition. The return was made quite easy, as I just had to drop the package off at UPS. Overall, I believe Audio Troupe has eased my crazy cycle of buying a headphone and sticking with it.

Once my current headphones wear off, I will definitely be using their service again. I look forward to trying out some awesome headphones that fits my taste and budget very soon!

The perfect solution!

- Pranav Khadilkar

A few months back, my search for a good pair of headphones made me come across a really cool idea. It would reveal to me an entirely new perspective of buying consumer electronics.

I happen to be an avid trance and electronic music fan and I also happen to travel a lot on BART to and from my workplace. (One of the many joys of living in the San Francisco Bay Area) I tend to listen to music all the time I am on the train and a set of headphones is something that can make that entire journey either boring or quite enjoyable.

So here I was searching through headphone reviews on Google and getting confused with all the technical specifications when a friend mentioned Audio Troupe (Deven happens to be my colleague at my workplace too). So I had to fill up a really short and easy form to tell Audio Troupe what I was looking for in my headphones. 

It turned out perfectly well, I think something like headphone choice is totally based on personal tastes in music, style, comfort etc. reading a ton of user reviews and specifications on the internet doesn’t really enable one to know what the actual experience would be like, i.e. the way they sound, the style and comfort factor. Typically it’s only after buying the headphones and using them would one know if they are suitable. With premium headphones, this could be a costly gamble. Audio Troupe solved this issue entirely, trying out premium headphones like Sennheiser and Ultrasone, I knew which one suited me exactly and now I totally look forward to the otherwise monotonous hour long BART journey.

Audio Troupe’s idea of allowing customers to try out consumer electronics before making a purchase, coupled with my own experience of using it totally caught my interest especially in knowing the inner workings of the whole process, the supply chain, the delivery and the payment mechanism. I started having discussions with Deven about these and given my own technical background in CMS and eCommerce, I decided to try to contribute to enhancing Audio Troupe to make it an even better, smoother and awesome buying experience.

St. Lucia - Treasure Island Music Festival

St. Lucia - Treasure Island Music Festival

- Deven Desai

I happened to run into a familiar band when I was at Treasure Island Music Festival in 2014.

As the song above started playing, I thought of all the memories I had in the back of Chicago cabs as the Squarespace commercial would run with this song on a tiny 7-inch screen. Until that moment, I had never made the connection that it was this group that was the catchy tune I was engraining into my brain.

That was a moment which I felt that I will remember for a while. A band for which I was growing interest playing a familiar tune to the backdrop of the San Francisco skyline at sunset. Very few moments transcend an emotional memory. As I had just moved to SF from Chicago, the withdrawal symptoms were quite obvious and I was missing the hell out of a city I had lived in for many years. Listening to St. Lucia helped me normalize to my new life.

Every time I want that feeling again, I put on a pair of my in-ear headphones, plug them into my phone and let the streaming begin. Closing my eyes with that song, even as I write this post, takes me back to that moment...every. damn. time.