SIGRID ZEINER'S DEBUT EP IS 'UNCOMFORTABLE'

Music tastemakers like MTV and BULLET Magazine has already praised her debut album along dynamic and energetic musical styles that showcases her songwriting abilities, powerful vocals and her ability to balance electronic-pop and folk genres.

WOLF ALICE ROARS IN THEIR LA DEBUT

Wolf Alice made their Los Angeles live debut which also marks their first headlining tour on this side of the Atlantic

TEGAN AND SARA @ LEXUS POP UP CONCERT SERIES

Lexus' Pop-Up Concert Series final installment came to a close Monday night featuring Tegan and Sara at the OC Fair and Event Center.

HOUSE UNITED CATCHES FIRE WITH DEBUT ALBUM

House United is bringing back the concept album with Made of Matches - a rock opera that unifies their record with a single theme revolving around a central story of love and heartbreak.

CHARLI XCX @ THE MAYAN THEATER

Friday, night The Mayan Theater in Downtown Los Angeles transformed into a punk rock prom, complete with pink balloons, falling confetti, cheerleaders and a bad girl prom queen in the form of Charli XCX.

Friday, April 24, 2015

CHARLI XCX AND BLEACERS "DO AMERICA" THIS SUMMER

Bleachers' Jack AntonoffCHARLI XCX

Today, tickets went on sale for the first leg of the  "Charli & Jack Do America Tour."   Their summer tour, which starts July 21st in San Diego will go through 14 cities in two months ending in Columbus, Ohio on August 12th.  The first half of the tour will be supported by BORNS.  

If you remember, Charli XCX and Bleachers' Jack Antonoff has collaborated on a couple projects in the past including Complex's In-Ride Sessions  where both of them performed each other's hits - Charli singing "Rollercoaster" by the Bleachers and Antonoff singing Charli XCX's single "Break the Rules."  Since then, they've been anxious to work together again. 


“I love Charli. I love what she does with pop music, how she makes it bizarre. The two of us do totally different things but occupy a similar space -- that's what I loved about the idea to tour together. It makes sense in the fact that it doesn't make sense,” explained Jack about working with Charli.

Charli says, "I love Jack. I love what he does with pop music, how he makes every song feel like a movie. This tour is gonna be cool and weird and fabulous and I really can't wait. ” 


“Charli and Jack Do America” Tour Dates:
July 21st            San Diego, CA              The Observatory North Park
July 22nd            Costa Mesa, CA          Pacific Amphitheatre
July 23rd            Oakland, CA                 Fox Theater 
July 25th            Seattle, WA                   Showbox SoDo 
July 26th            Troutdale, OR                Edgefield 
July 28th            Salt Lake City, UT          The Complex 
July 29th            Denver, CO                   The Fillmore Auditorium
August 4th         Minneapolis, MN            Cabooze Plaza
August 5th         Milwaukee, WI               Eagles Ballroom 
August 7th         Tulsa, OK                      Cain's Ballroom 
August 8th         Kansas City, MO           Starlight Theatre 
August 9th         St. Louis, MO                The Pageant 
August 11th        Detroit, MI                     The Fillmore Detroit
August 12th        Columbus, OH              LC Pavilion 
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

PINS NEWS: NEW VIDEO AND US SUMMER TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT

PINS

Ahead of their June 9th release of their upcoming album Wild Nights, UK's PINS have released their new single "Young Girls."  Also, they just announced their U.S. summer toiur which kicks off June 13rh in New York.  

"Young Girls' is my ode to all the wanna-be's and gonna-be's, it's about having a dream and making it happen," says lead singer Faith Vern.  "In many ways I feel like I am in the middle of a transition and 'Young Girls' is written from that vantage point; its' full of determination, frustration and celebration... much like most days in this band!"

Last year, PINS, consisting of  Faith Vern (vocals/guitar), Anna Donigan (bass), Lois Macdonald (guitar) and Sophie Galpin (drums)  had a breakout year.  Their critically acclaimed debut album Girls Like Us thrusted them into the spotlight, allowing them to go on tour and share the stage with Sleigh Bells, Warpaint, The Growlers and Sleater-Kinney.


Tickets are on sale now.

US Tour Dates
June 13 - New York, NY - Rough Trade
June 15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
June 16  - San Fransisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop
June 18 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
June 19 - Seattle, WA - SODO Lounge
June 23  - Denver, CO - Hi-Drive
June 22 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
June 25 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
June 26  - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
June 27 - Ferndale, MI  - The Loving Touch
June 29 - Washington, DC - DC9
June 30  - Allston, MA - Great Scott
July 2  - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
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The Red Viper (Pedro Pascal) and Heidi Klum stars in Sia's new video

Director Francesco Carrozzini, Heidi Klum and Pedro Pascal
I always get excited for Sia's new videos.  Not because her songs are always so great but because her videos always have that theatrical feeling, full of emotional visuals that you can't take your eyes of off.   Well, her newest video for "Fire Meet Gasoline" gives you that same feeling.  Starring Game of Thrones Pedro Pascal and everyone's favorite reality host (and supermodel) Heidi Klum.

"Fire Meet Gasoline" from the album 1000 FORMS OF FEAR by Sia is directed by Francesco Carrozzini for Heidi Klum Intimates.  Check out the video below.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

SHONEN KNIFE BRINGS BACK ORIGINAL MEMBER

Shonen Knife
pic via Facebook.com/shonenknifeofficial
Legendary all-female pop/punk band Shonen Knife will be without bassist Ritsuko while she attends to her maternity leave which leaves the band bringing back original member Atsuko (young sister of lead singer Naoko) for the first time in nearly a decade for their upcoming stateside tour.  This news comes on the heels of Shonen Knife's upcoming US tour with CJ Ramone. 


Below are statements from the band and Ritsuko.

A message from Shonen Knife:

There is some exciting news in the world of Shonen Knife, this month our bassist Ritsuko will be going on maternity leave. Mother and baby are in good health. We are praying for her safe delivery and quick return to the band. 
For Shonen Knife's US Tour 2015 in June w/ CJ Ramone, original member Atsuko will be joining the band as bassist for the shows. It will be a unique opportunity for US fans to see Atsuko performing on bass for the first time in nearly a decade in the US. 
Also, for the upcoming show on May 31st at Fandango, Osaka and our annual 712 DAY PARTY tour in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, our friend NARU will play the bass.
Thank you very much for your support and encouragement.

A message from Ritsuko:

I have a baby on the way!!!  
Am I following similar "got pregnant stories" frequently made public recently in the gossip columns? No!! Mine is the real happy love story!!  
I am very happy now, even though I will miss the upcoming North American tour. I am grateful to Atsuko-san for rejoining Shonen Knife in the upcoming tour.  
Also, I know that Naru-san is the most charming and talented bassist who will take my part from now on. I am very happy to recall that I have been given a part in the activities of Shonen Knife together with the charming members and staff of Shonen Knife. I do hope I will have a chance someday to return to the stage and perform in front of the enthusiastic Shonen Knife fans.  
I will remain unchanged as one of the most dedicated fans of Shonen Knife. 
Thank you. Ritsuko

SHONEN KNIFE / CJ RAMONE US TOUR 2015

6/3 Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room (SK Only)
6/4 Cleveland, OH - The Happy Dog (SK Only)
6/5 Sandusky, OH - Collosalcon14, Kalahari Resort (SK Only)
6/6 Columbus OH - Ace of Cups
6/7 Chicago IL - Bottom Lounge
6/9 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
6/10 St Paul MN - Amsterdam Bar and Grill
6/11 Lincoln NE - Vega
6/13 Nashville, TN - Mercury Lounge
6/14 Atlanta GA - HELL at The Masquerade
6/16 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
6/17 Louisville, KY - The New Vintage
6/18 Cincinnati, OH - The Woodward Theater
6/19 Baltimore MD - The Metro Gallery
6/20 LongBranch, NJ - Brighton Bar
6/21 Philadelphia, PA - Black Box in Underground Arts
6/22 NY, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
6/23 Hamden CT - The Space Ballroom
6/24 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CHARLI XCX, TY DOLLA $IGN and TINASHE DROP FRISKY NEW VIDEO

Charli XCX

I first heard the catchy club-hip/pop song "Drop That Kitty"  when Charli XCX performed during last weekend's MTV Movie Awards featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Tinashe which she shared a writing credit on.

Now we get to watch the official music video, shot on the streets of Downton Los Angeles with super-imposted cats heads on dancers.  The song is produced by Cashmere Cat it's off of Ty Dolla $ign's upcoming debut album Free TC.  Check out the video below. 

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

‘SHIP TO WRECK’ PREMIERES by FLORENCE + THE MACHINE


Ahead of the June 2nd release of "How Big How Blue How Beautiful," Florence + the Machine premiered their new single "Ship To Wreck." 

“I was thinking about my own self destructive side, and how you can make something only to tear it down, enjoy/destroy, create/devastate etc. When you're in that whirlwind, you often end up breaking the thing you love the most”.

The accompanying video, which will drop this week,  was filmed in Florence's own home.  This Sunday, Florence + the Machine will take the Main Stage as Coachella before Drake.  

The new album ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ is a collection of songs, written and recorded over the course of 2014. Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) with contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill, the third album by Florence + The Machine is live-sounding, tune-rich, unhinged in all the right places and powerful in all the best ways. In voice and, ultimately, outlook Florence has never sounded better.


Monday, April 6, 2015

MAKE MUSIC PASADENA ANNOUNCES 2015 LINEUP

The West Coast’s Largest Free Music Festival Returns on Saturday, June 6th


Best Coast performs on the Main Stage at Make Music Pasadena in 2011.
photo by picksysticks
The 8th Annual Make Music Pasadena just announced the lineup for this year's festival which takes place on June 6th, from 11 am until 11 pm.  Make Music Pasadena is one of my favorite festivals of the year, boasting over 150 bands performing on 5 main stages as well as over 30 additional stages and performance venues all over downtown Pasadena.  A free show, which attracts more than 50,000 people a year,  Make Music Pasadena has, in the previous years, featured some the best musical acts in the music industry such as Best Coast, Grimes, Grouplove, Soko, Zola Jesus and The Cults.

This year, Make Music Pasadena will return with another doozy of a lineup that will feature Nick Waterhouse, How to Dress Well,  Kishi Bashi, Sir Sly and Hundred Waters. 

Make Music Pasadena is a 100% non-profit event, generously funded by our sponsors and donations from our supporters. Donating just became easier with a quick link on the website:  www.makemusicpasadena.org/donate

Confirmed Acts at Make Music Pasadena Include:

How to Dress Well
Sir Sly
Kishi Bashi
Hundred Waters
Nick Waterhouse
Kaleo
Caroline Smith
Lydia Ainsworth
Avid Dancer
Making Movies
Dark Waves
Hidden Charms
The Moth & the Flame
Opus Orange
Mudbug Brass Band
Belmont Lights
Boroughs
Raspin Stuwart
Sanglorians
LA Takedown
Professor Possessor
Emby Alexander (Phoenix)
Sugar Candy Mountain (Oakland)
Big Wild Wings (Salt Lake City)
Bon Wrath (Cambodia)
Brendan Eder Ensemble
Crystales
MrK
Pasadena Symphony and POPS


      + surprise guests and more to be announced

Sunday, April 5, 2015

KITTEN @ THE TROUBADOUR

KITTEN

After spending the last two months on the road  KITTEN entered the Troubadour on Friday for what was to be the first night of a two night sold out homecoming shows.  But a day later and hours before their second consecutive show, frontwoman Chloe Chaidez posted via social media that Saturday's show was postponed due to nodules on her vocal chords on doctor's orders.
" Kill us to do this, but we must post pone tonights show due to a medical emergency. I have nodules and if I were to do another show tonight i could possibly lose my voice for a very very long time. Another date will be set as soon as possible and we will see you soon for an amazing show. You guys killed it last night "
And it was apparent early on that 20 year-old singer Chloe Chaidez was battling through the loss of her voice which was noticeable during her acoustic performance of "Kill The Light."  But other than her  vocal problems, Chloe gave it her all, playing to a hometown crowd that lifted her and carried her through (literally) the night, playing older songs as well as new songs from their debut album while also performing covers of David Bowie's "Heroes" and "Purple Rain" by Prince.  

Their postponed show will be rescheduled which will take place in a couple weeks.  

Chloe Chaidez of Kitten
KITTEN performs at The Troubadour during their hometown show.
photos by picksysticks

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Monday, March 30, 2015

MITSKI ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR AND RE-RELEASE OF BREAKOUT ALBUM

mitski
Mitski
photo by Daniel Dorsa
To celebrate joining Don Giovanni Records, NYC-based artist, Mitski will re-release her breakout album Bury Me At Make Out Creak on April 7th which will also include unreleased bonus material.  Also, today she shares the intimate bonus track “Square” (live solo piano version) which you can here below.

From Bury Me At Makeout Creek deluxe edition on Don Giovanni Records.

Considered one of the highlights of this years' SXSW, Mitski will now embark on a National Spring Tour with Screaming Females and Speedy Ortiz that starts today in Ohio and will last through March, ending at Atlanta's Shaky Knees Festival on May 8th.  

Creating a unique sound all her own  Mitski's songs have been labeled as "addictive" and "gritty" while music tastemakers like Rolling Stone and The Gaurdian has compared her to Mazzy Star and Kate Bush.   Be sure to catch her live this Spring. 

National Tour Dates
3/30: Oberlin, OH @ Oberlin College
4/3: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place (WYBC Event)
4/4: Asbury Lanes Asbury Park, NJ (w/ Screaming Females)
4/5: Spark City Providence, RI (w/ Screaming Females)
4/6: The Firehouse Worcester, MA (w/ Screaming Females)
4/7: Space Gallery Portland, ME (w/ Screaming Females)
4/8: Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz PDB (w/ Screaming Females)
4/9: House of TARG @ Ottawa, ON (w/ Screaming Females)
4/22: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair (w/ Speedy Ortiz)
4/24: Hamden, CT @ The Space (w/ Speedy Ortiz)
4/25: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (w/ Speedy Ortiz)
4/26: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's (w/ Speedy Ortiz)
5/8: Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TOVE LO COLLABORATES WITH HILARY DUFF ON "SPARKS"


Tove Lo


Hilary Duff's stars in a new TV Land original series called "Younger," created  "Sex and the City's"  Darren Star.  Although the series premieres March 31st, Hilary is giving us a sneak peak of her new single "Sparks" which, apparently, will be featured on the show. 

"Sparks" it was was revealed yesterday, via Hilary Duff's Twitter page, was a collaboration with pop-artist Tove Lo, Bloodshy and Peter Thomas. Listen to a sneak peak below.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LOLLAPALOOZA 2015 LINEUP ANNOUNCED



Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + the Machine, Sam Smith, Bassnectar and The Weeknd To Headline Lollapalooza 2015

A Limited Number of Single Day Tickets On-sale at 10am CT

Lollapalooza will once again transform Grant Park, the crown jewel of Chicago into North America's biggest live music extravaganza, featuring, Paul McCartney in his first Lolla appearance, Metallica, gracing the Lolla stage for the first time since 1996, Florence + the Machine hitting the main-stage after a life-altering performance in 2013, four-time Grammy Award winner Sam Smith, Bassnectar and The Weeknd.

Other all-stars topping the over 130-artist strong lineup include, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, Brand New, TV On The Radio, twenty-one pilots, G-Eazy, Gary Clark Jr. and Kygo.

"The heart of Lollapalooza has always been the music. The brotherhood and sisterhood of musicians is getting stronger and the unexpected surprises and collaborations are cementing magical moments that will live on in music history. Having young talented artists performing alongside legends is all I could ever ask for and I'll be grinning from ear to ear the entire weekend," said Lolla founder, Perry Farrell

Perry's namesake stage will deliver Chicago's greatest all-day dance party with the likes of, Kaskade, Alesso, NERO, Dillon Francis, Carnage, Nicky Romero, DJ Snake, Chet Faker, Logic, The Chainsmokers and many more!

In the ongoing spirit of artist discovery, Lollapalooza's lineup offers fresh faces to fall in love with, including, MisterWives, Ryn Weaver, Catfish and the Bottlemen, BØRNS, Travi$ Scott and ODESZA.

Lollapalooza will also feature some of Chicago's own hottest acts, including: Twin Peaks, Jack Novak and Mick Jenkins, as well as international artists, including Django Django, James Bay and George Ezra from the U.K., BROODS from New Zealand and Australia's Alison Wonderland.

Lollapalooza 3-Day General Admission Passes sold out on March 24th within an hour of going
­­­on sale. A limited number of Single Day General Admission Passes will be available today, March 25th at 10am CST. VIP and Platinum Passes, as well as Travel Packages, are available now at
 lollapalooza.com.

Fans worldwide who can't make it to Grant Park will be able to enjoy The Official 2015 Lollapalooza Livestream presented by Red Bull TV on a number of supported devices - Android, iOS, Samsung Smart TV's, Xbox and more! The full schedule of bands will be announced this July on lollapalooza.com.

Lollapalooza 2015 is generously sponsored by: Samsung Galaxy, Red Bull Sound Select, Bud Light, Palladia,Toyota, BMI, Robert Mondavi Private Select, f.y.e. and CamelBak.

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Complete Lineup

PAUL MCCARTNEY • METALLICA • FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
SAM SMITH • BASSNECTAR • THE WEEKND
• ALT-J • ALABAMA SHAKES
OF MONSTERS AND MEN • KASKADE • ALESSO • TAME IMPALA
A$AP ROCKY •  KID CUDI •  BRAND NEW • TV ON THE RADIO
NERO •  DILLON FRANCIS •  KYGO • CARNAGE •  TWENTY ONE PILOTS
G-EAZY • GARY CLARK JR. • NICKY ROMERO • FLYING LOTUS • HOT CHIP
THE WAR ON DRUGS •  FATHER JOHN MISTY •  WALK THE MOON
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS •  TYLER, THE CREATOR •  FKA TWIGS
THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH • COLD WAR KIDS • LORD HURON • GOGOL BORDELLO
STROMAE •  DJ SNAKE •  BANKS •  SYLVAN ESSO •  MS MR •  CHET FAKER
STURGILL SIMPSON • TOVE LO • DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 • TORO Y MOI • ODESZA
CHARLI XCX •  LOGIC •  GLASS ANIMALS • ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES
THE CHAINSMOKERS •  DJANGO DJANGO •  BOYS NOIZE •  FIRST AID KIT
DELTA SPIRIT • DJ MUSTARD • WILD BELLE • TWIN PEAKS • RL GRIME • JAMES BAY
ANGUS & JULIA STONE •  BROODS •  MISTERWIVES •  GEORGE EZRA •  GIVERS
STRAND OF OAKS • RYN WEAVER • MOON TAXI • TRAVI$ SCOTT • SHAKEY GRAVES
CAKED UP •  WHAT SO NOT •  HERMITUDE •  SZA •  GALANTIS •  JAMESTOWN REVIVAL
WET •  PHILIP SELWAY •  HOLYCHILD •  NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927 •  YOUNG THUG
ALISON WONDERLAND • CIRCA WAVES • COASTS • DMA'S • DESTRUCTO • CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN
ZELLA DAY •  SHEPPARD •  MAKO •  BØRNS •  SKYLAR SPENCE •  BADBADNOTGOOD
MT. EDEN •  THE WOMBATS •  HALSEY •  MIGHTY OAKS •  JESSICA HERNANDEZ & THE DELTAS
BEAR'S DEN •  SNBRN •  ELLE KING •  LION BABE •  BEAT CONNECTION •  MICK JENKINS
PEKING DUK •  BLACK PISTOL FIRE •  RAURY •  JACK NOVAK •  BLACK TIGER SEX MACHINE
PELL • VÉRITÉ • SPOOKYLAND • JACKLNDN • ZEBRA KATZ • THE LONELY BISCUITS • WHITE SEA
HIPPO CAMPUS •  COIN •  GABRIEL GARZÓN-MONTANO •  SIRENXX •  IN THE WHALE
ATARAH VALENTINE •  KYLE THORNTON & THE COMPANY •  THE NEW PACIFIC •  DAYE JACK
THE POP UPS • DANNY WEINKAUF • MOTOWN PETE • Q BROTHERS • SCHOOL OF ROCK ALLSTARS
THE JIMMIES •  MISTA COOKIE JAR AND THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS •  THE HELMETS
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GARBAGE ANNOUNCE 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Garbage

Earlier this week Garbage announced that they were heading out on tour to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the release of their debut album.  The multi-platinum album was released in 1995, spending over a year on both the US and UK charts and spawned the hit singles "Vow," "Stupid Girl" and "Only Happy When it Rains."

Although shows in the UK have already been announced, here's hoping that Garbage will make their way across the pond and perform here in the States.

Writing on their official Facebook Page, Garbage says they intent to perform the entire debut album from the top as well as some B-sides released when the record came out such as "Alien Sex," "Fiend," "Girl Don't Come and "#1 Crush."

Stay tuned for tour dates. 

"Stupid Girl" by Garbage
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Charli XCX "Famous" premiere via YouTube Music Awards

Charli XCX

Charli XCX's new video "Famous" which premiered via The YouTube Awards,  shows the growing dependence on social media versus reality  and highlighing the ugly side of constantly living through the digital age.

For the video, which Charli XCX filmed exclusively for the YouTube Awards, she brought on actor/director Eric Wareheim whose credits include MGMT, Major Lazer and Beach House to create her vision.

“I love Eric Wareheim and I was so excited when I found out he wanted to work with me. I don't need to explain the video - just watch it. It's gross" says Charli XCX.

Critically acclaimed all over the world, Charli XCX has received over 250 million Spotify streams, 241 million YouTube views and sold over 615,000 albums worldwide.  

"Famous" official music video by Charli XCX
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KREWELLA RELEASES NEW TRACK "SOMEWHERE TO RUN"

Krewella

Today, Chicago-based duo Krewella released their first new song of 2015 - the band new track titled "Somewhere to Run."   Known for their genre-bending style of lacing rock and dance elements into their songs, Krewella, consisting of sisters Jahan and Yasmine, will next perform at Miami's Ultra Music Festival and will unveil an all new stage set-up. 

Since their debut in the summer of 2012 with the critically-acclaimed Play Hard EP, Krewella has garnered a cult fan base that they endearingly refer to as their "Krew." Their debut album Get Wet opened at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its release in September 2013 while Platinum-certified lead single “Alive” quickly became a Top 10 Pop smash. The song nabbed the #1 spot on Billboard’s Dance Radio Airplay chart and the #9 spot on Billboard's Pop Chart, while the accompanying video has reached over 41 Million views on VEVO/Youtube. Krewella has collectively sold over 1.65 Million combined U.S. tracks to date while becoming world-renowned for their infectious live energy, leading them to headline some of the biggest festivals in the world including Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Lollapalooza and Tomorrowland. 

With "Somewhere to Run" Krewella got some help from Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Korn) and The Pegboard Nerds.  Listen to the new track below.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

SXSW 2015 - BANDS TO WATCH

There's excitement in the air as SXSW is upon us once again.  With today's up-and-coming bands descending to Austin next week, I'm sure you've read all the 'Must See" lists out there by now but if you crave for another list of bands to see at this year's SXSW, I've compiled a list of bands definitely worth checking out this year.  In no particular order, here is my list:


MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS

Aka: Marina Diamandis is my favorite artist at this years' festival.  I just love this woman!! LOVE HER!

Marina has grown as an artist and it shows in her music.  Not only does she write her own songs which is unheard of in the pop world today, she has transformed herself from pop-princess with a lush production to an artist who has matured and found her voice  which shows through her stripped-down and more lyrically vulnerable songs. 




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WOLF ALICE

This UK band are currently on their first headlining tour of the U.S. after being named on the prestigious BBC Sound of 2015 which highlights the best new artists for the year ahead.  Wolf Alice reminds me of early 90s alternative, echoing the sugary sounds of Letters to Cleo, Belly with the moody, grungy melodies of Temple of the Dog.  They play loud and their passion-packed sets pack quite a wallop.   But they're more than a fast and loud band.  Their new songs, which they've been previewing during their live shows off their upcoming debut album, shows that they've become more ambitious, playing around with melody and different musical genres. “It’s 100 percent not a grunge record. It’s a much braver record than that,” lead singer Ellie Rowsell recently told NME.



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THE TING TINGS
pic via Facebook.com/TheTingTings
The English duo, consisting of Katie White and Jules De Martino just released their third studio album Super Critical was released in January to critical praise

The Ting Tings made a big impact in the music industry when they released We Started Nothing in 2008.   We Started Nothing was certified multi-platinum and  peaked at No. 1 on the UK charts with the help of their hit songs "That's Not My Name," "Great DJ" and "Shut Up and Let Me Go."    




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COURTNEY BARNETT
photo via Facebook.com/CourtneyBarnettMusic
There's a reason Courtney is showing up on everyone's SXSW "Must See" list.   Her songs make you want to head bang one minute (Pedestrian at Best) and sway to her hypnotizing slacker-rock the next (History Eraser).  Just make it a priority to check her out not once, but two or three times!  



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MEG MAC


Australia's most buzzworthy breakout artist, Meg Mac in not on a lot of people's radar stateside just yet.   She just signed with US label 300 and is scheduled to make her U.S. debut at this years' SXSW ahead of her release of her debut EP on April 7th.  She's been the talk of the music scene in her hometown in Sydney. Although unknown yet here in the states, Meg Mac has been selling out her tour across Australia.   Other than being nominated for Rolling Stone's "Best New Artist" award, the 24 year-old was named one of Marie Claire's Artists to Watch in 2015 and won Triple J's Unearthed Artist award last year. 





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KATE TEMPEST
pic via Facebook.com/katetempest
Something about UK's Kate Tempest songs that makes me want to listen to more.  Tempest has a knack for writing raw and vulnerable lyrics that fly off the page.   Poet by day, hip-hop singer by night, Tempest will surely make you a believer of the spoken word. 





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SOAK

pic via facebook.com/Soak0fficial
When you hear Soak's emotionally charged melodies you get that feeling that no matter how dark and bleak it gets, her songs have a flicker of hope, like that far-off, distant light at the end of the tunnel.  

This Irish singer/songwriter whose real name is Bridie Monds-Watson was singled out to be included in BBC Sounds' Top 15 artists to watch in 2015.  This annual poll has also  predicted the success of Sam Smith, Haim, Ellie Goulding and Adele (to name a few) way before the mainstream media started writing about them.  That's quite a feat for an 18 year old.  And a panel of music critics, DJs and broadcasters can't be wrong.  




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HALSEY

This 20 year-old has  already sold out her upcoming headlining tour which includes major cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and New York  and she will go on tour with Imagine Dragons this summer.  She's accomplished all this after releasing her debut EP Room 93 last October and with an album reportedly due this summer, it's best to catch her now so you can  brag to your friends that you've seen her play live before Taylor Swift starts hanging out with her and begins to tweet pictures of the both of them on yachts.   




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HINDS
pic via facebook.com/hindsband
Just when this all-girl band from Spain was gaining momentum and built critical praise from fans and music critics with their surf/garage rock, they were forced to change their names from Deers to Hinds due to another band of the same name.  No matter.  The name may have changed but the music and attitude stayed the same.  NME tapped Hinds as the artist to watch in 2015 calling them "Europe's most exciting new band" and now they're heading to SXSW sandwiched between stops in New York and Southern California.   





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RYN WEAVER
pic via facebook.com/RynWeaver
One single tweet made an unknown singer, Ryn Weaver, the hottest singer in the world late last year.  It was from Charli XCX and she tweeted out Ryn Weaver's new song "OctaHate."   Soon after, the song rocketed to No. 1 on Billboard's Emerging Artists Charts and was shared and championed by other artists like Paramore's Hayley Williams and Jessie Ware.  

She made nearly every music publication's "Artist to Watch" list after the release of her catchy single "OctaHate" and backed by a team that includes Charli XCX, super producer/writer Benny Blanco and Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos, Weaver is set to take the reigns of being the next super-star, pop artist with an upcoming debut album.




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TOVE LO


She was just announced as a feature performer at Perez Hilton's Annual 'One Night in Austin' SXSW event.  Known for her brutally honest lyrics, Tove Lo has confessed lyrically in the past to ''seeing it all..going to sex clubs..getting high all the time and being too easy."

In her new song "Talking Body" Tove Lo doesn't want to play games and waste time speaking to someone to try and get to know them. The only compatibility she's concerned with is how great the sex is because, as she says, "If you love me right. We fuck for life."  The only talking going on is the language of love which, as we all know, is the universal language - Body Talking.

Her song which is off her debut album Queen of the Clouds which dropped in September has a video to accompany the dark and smoky dance beat  where we see Tove Lo going club to club, hooking up with a wanted criminal.  See how it all ends below.  




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ELLIPHANT

Singer Elliphant is the latest musical sensation to come out of the Swedish pop scene.  Influenced by London's urban music environment, Elliphant (aka: Ellinor Olovsdotter) fused those urban sounds with her dance/ dubsteb background to create a sound all her own. And it's those imaginative and catchy melodies in songs like "Can't Hear It" that  has brought the attention from Diplo, Dr. Luke and even Skrillex who all, have since worked and written songs with her. Her tunes like her live shows are filled with attitude while strutting in your face unabashedly.   




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ALVVAYS

Canadian alt-rockers Alvvays' rock ballad "Archie, Marry Me"  is swoony and vintage.  It's off their debut album which dropped last year which also includes reverb-flooding melodies makes you feel like you’re sunbathing in their warmth of alt-punk guitars and slacker-esque harmonies.  And there’s something about lead singer’s Molly Rankin’s bouncy vocals that's soothing to your soul.



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WAXAHATCHEE


Waxahatchee's (aka: Katie Crutchfield) buzzing guitar songs border on melancholy-folk-pop which bleeds emotional and a deep.  And it's in that vulnerability that she shines in its simplicity.  




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SCREAMING FEMALES

The New Jersey trio just released their 6th studio album Rose Mountain and has NPR's First Listen proclaiming, “these songs channel the spirit of punk, but also the density of heavy rock that's had the fat cut out.”

The New Jersey trio who has been featured on Spin Magazine and Rolling Stone will put on a show for the ages, bringing their garage-punk wailings to Stubb's day show on March 20th.  

Tormenting Smashing Pumpkins-esque melodies sewn with sharp, Van Halen-like riffs, pint-sized front-woman Marissa Paternoster screams and thrashes without abandon.  But although it seems like they're raising anarchy onstage it's Screaming Females' sense of control that impresses most, like a well trained knife juggler, you cant' take your eyes off them - sooner or later they may draw blood.





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CATHEDRALS

That tremor you're feeling is from this San Francisco duo, Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin,  and they've been shaking up the music scene in the bay area since they released their debut EP last September.  Their synth-pop singles "Harlem" and "Want My Love" has been generating a lot of buzz in the blogosphere.  Their songs does so much with its sheer simplicity before soaring into a wall of ethereal soundscapes.  Hauntingly beautiful and layered with lead singer Brodie Jenkins' powerful and sultry vocals, their melodies are as colorful as sunlight shining through a stained glass window.  Recently, it was announced that Cathedrals were 1 of 10 new artists picked for Spotify's Emerge program, whose previous winners include Bastille, Atlas Genius and Macklemore.





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HOLYCHILD


Featured by Buzzbands LA as a band to watch, Holychild turned heads with their single "Happy With Me," set to marching beats and anthem-like choruses.  With bouncy popness with real messages, this duo consisting of Nistico and Louie Diller are no fluke.  The EP Mindspeak isn't just an album which is forgotten once the summer is over.  Based on electrifying performances alone, Holychild are here to stay.





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CHARLOTTE OC

CHARLOTTE OC
The UK's newest import is soulful songstress-songwriter Charlotte OC with a powerful voice  and melodies that's dipped in a little goth and a little pop. Her newest EP Strange is full of haunting yet beautiful melodies that will prove to you why she's been tapped by music tastemakers like BBC as the next breakout artist.   




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WELL HUNG HEART
Well Hung Heart pic via SXSW.com
Forged in blood and sweat, their punk/blues and rock concoction will awaken the bad girl (or boy) inside of you.  

This duo consisting of  Greta Valenti and Robin Davey  are the hardest working band in Los Angeles, going out each night playing hard and loud and leaving their hearts and souls onstage.  With a loyal fanbase from both sides of the Atlantic,  Well Hung Heart can go from blistering rock one second and quickly transition to moody ballad the next.   There's a reason they took home Best Live Band Showcase Award at last years' OC Music Awards.



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ZELLA DAY

Enter Zella Day, the LA-transplant with her whimsical folk/pop melodies that conjures images of  fruitful rains on barren landscapes that, in one minute can be cracked dry, and the next, sprouting with bright, lush poppies.  Her songs are simple yet complex but it's her voice that, like someone taking you by the hand and leading the way, draws you into her world.  Listen to her singles "Sweet Ophelia" and "1965" to be transported into her world.



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VÉRITÉ
pic via www.facebook.com/veriteohverite
VÉRITÉ made a grand arrival in the music world when her debut single "Strange Enough" instantly became the #1 most viral on Twitter and crowned her as the #1 artist on Hype Machine. Her second single, "Weekend", matched those accolades on Hype Machine and Twitter, and built up to her debut EP, "Echo", which has collectively racked up 3,500,000+ streams online since its release just a few months ago. She has been featured by Buzzfeed, Refinery29, NYLON, Idolator, and countless other taste-makers including The Line of Best Fit who called her a "rising pop star ready to make her mark", and Neon Gold who said she is "steps towards pop royalty". VÉRITÉ will be releasing a follow up EP surrounding both a US and UK tour in spring/summer 2015. 






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BEGINNERS

Feeling sad and down?  Just listen to "Who Knows," the bubbly-pop single from Beginners with its colorful arrangements and infectious chorus that will turn that frown upside down.  But seriously, this one song alone was enough to make me want to hear more from this LA band.  

Based on their debut EP, released last year, which gained immediate recognition from Rolling Stone, The Gaurdian, Neon Gold Records and Huffington Post, Beginners were able to go on tour and support bands like Walk The Moon, Tove Lo, Yacht and Mr. Little Jeans.  






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DEAD SARA

This is a must-see show.  From what I see, Dead Sara only has one show scheduled  - and it's a day show on the rooftop of Maggie Mae's on March 18th.   Currently, they're in the middle of their own headlining tour.  And since they have shows in Dallas and Houston days before, it looks like they're making a quickstop in Austin before continuing their tour in Columbia, Missouri three days later.  Two years ago, Dead Sara was also in the middle of another tour supporting Muse and performed one night at SXSW before taking their tour bus for a 15 hour trip to Phoenix for a performance the very next day.  Even with their grueling schedule, fans need not worry.  Dead Sara always performs at 110 percent, just like all their shows leaving fans fulfilled and exhausted just as exhausted as lead singer Emily Armstrong who performed with blood, sweat and tears, leaving everything on stage

On March 31, Dead Sara are planning on releasing their new album Pleasure to Meet You.  It's the follow-up to their 2012 breakout self-debut album that showcased their fierce and blistering guitars in rock-anthems like "Lemon Scent" and "Weatherman."  


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