SXSW RECAP - GIRLS HIGHLIGHT DAY 4

Friday started off with Filter Magazine's showcases featuring Swedish and British acts held at the Cedar Street Courtyard.

DWNTWN NEWS: NEW SONG AND TOUR NEWS

DWNTWN mixes folk and pop in their upcoming self-title EP which drops April 29th via Jullian Records.

CHECK OUT LONDON GRAMMAR'S NEW VIDEO FOR "SIGHTS"

"Sights" is their new single off their debut album If You Wait.

WATCH CARLY RITTER'S NEW VIDEO FOR "IT DON'T COME EASY"

When Carly Ritter hits the flowy chorus, singing "It don't come easy my love," I feel like I've been transported to the dawn of rock and roll - 50s to be exact...

DIVINYLS "I TOUCH MYSELF" IS THE NEW BREAST CANCER AWARENESS ANTHEM

A year after Chrissy Amphlett's death, her song is having an all-star cast bring the song back to life - as part of Australia's breast cancer awareness campaign.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"IT DON'T COME EASY" OFFICIAL VIDEO FROM CARLY RITTER

Carly Ritter
 photo via facebook.com/carlyrittermusic
When Carly Ritter hits the flowy chorus, singing "It don't come easy my love," I feel like I've been transported to the dawn of rock and roll - 50s to be exact, echoing the innocence and sun-kissed melodies of The Teen Queens, The Bobbettes and The Shirelles.  In Ritter's new video for "It Don't Come Easy," premiering on PopMatters today, she runs her infectious melody through an Instagrammed-esque filter of time-honored folk pastels awash with gentle streams of pop.  But no matter how you spell it, "It Don't Come Easy" is refreshing and vintage all at once.

Recently releasing her debut album, Carly just completed a North American Tour earlier this month and plans on jetting out again in May touring with Nathaniel Rateliff where she'll hit Los Angeles' The Echo on May 22nd. Can't wait!


"It Don't Come Easy" official music video by Carly Ritter

TOUR
5-13   Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
5-15   Vancouver, Canada – Media Club *
5-16   Seattle, WA – Barboza *
5-18   Portland, OR – Bunk Bar *
5-20   San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *
5-22   Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *
5-23   San Diego, CA – Soda Bar *
6-11   Denver, CO – Hi-Dive **
6-16   Toronto, Canada – The Drake Hotel **
6-17   Cambridge, MA – Middle East **
6-18   New Haven, CT – Café Nine **

* with Nathaniel Rateliff
** with Robert Francis
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LILY ALLEN PROCLAIMS HERSELF "SHEEZUS"

Lily Allen

In Lily Allen's latest song, released today, she proclaims to the world that she's back and is still in the game, singing proudly and reminding the world that she blazed the trail that opened doors for such artists as Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Lorde and now she wants her crown back singing... 
"I am born again, now run along and tell all of your friends to come and join us. Give yourselves to me, I am your leader. Let me be Sheezus."
Sheezus, her third studio album, will drop May 6th via Parlophone Records and has since released three singles. 

Last November, Lily Allen released her first single in four years, coming out of  a self-retirement with the release of "Hard Out There" in which she pays homage to Miley Cyrus' twerking.  "L8 CMMR" was the next single which was featured on HBO's "Girls: Volume 2" soundtrack and "Air Balloon" only solidified why Allen should still be mentioned in the same sentences as Britney and Katy Perry.  

Check out "Sheezus" below.

"Sheezus" by Lily Allen off her upcoming album of the same name which drops May 6th.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

AVRIL LAVIGNE PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR 'HELLO KITTY'

Avril Lavigne


Avril Lavigne tries her hand at dub-steppy/pop with her latest video for her single "Hello Kitty."  With hard, edgy guitars and sugary, techno beats, Avril's bold new direction kinda works and I like it.  This song is a far cry from her earlier chorus-driven, pop-rock anthems that rocketed her to fame at 17 when she released her debut album Let Go.  She's now 29  and all grown up.  And let's not overlook her Skrillex-esque head shave. The song if from her self-titled fifth studio album that saw her collaborating with her husband Chad Kroeger, L.A. Reid and Marilyn Manson.  

photo credit: via www.avrillavigne.com/

"Hello Kitty" by Avril Lavigne
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NEW VIDEO: LONDON GRAMMAR'S "SIGHTS"

London Grammar
London Grammar performs at Stubb's during SXSW.
photo by picksysticks
London Grammar's new video for "Sights" is a beautifully shot video, capturing the trio's emotional feel of seeing them live. "Sights" is their new single off their debut album If You Wait. Moody lights and soaring melodies that highlights Hannah Reid's operatic vocals.  Watch the long tracking shot start out on close ups of each member like we're watching a closed, intimate rehearsal.  It isn't until the camera pans out when we see the spell-bounded crowd watching London Grammar at a concert.  

Check out the mesmerizing video below.


"Sights" by London Grammar
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Monday, April 21, 2014

KIESZA TOPS UK SINGLES CHART WITH 'HIDEAWAY'

Kiesza
Kiesza photo via  www.facebook.com/Kiesza
Kiesza, the Canadian pop-singer, has topped the UK singles chart with "Hideaway," a retro, disco inspired dance song.  The video is shot in one long four and a half minute take on the streets of Brooklyn highlights how infectious Kiesza's debut single can be.   "Hideaway" has rocketed up the charts since its initial release in February and finds the classically trained ballerina and former code breaker for the Royal Canadian Navy cementing her single as one of UK's fastest selling songs of 2014.  

"Hideaway" by Kiesza
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SKY FERREIRA REVEALS BANDAGED-UP LEG IN NEW VIDEO

Sky Ferreira

In February, Sky Ferreira had to pull out of supporting Miley Cyrus's Bangerz tour after falling off stage during her performance.  After completing her set, she was rushed to the hospital where she received  60 stitches.  Once she heals up, she's expected to rejoin the Bangerz tour.  

Today, she released her new video and you can defintely see the bandage still covering her leg but the good news is that she looks completely healed from the injury, dancing and kicking ass in the new video for "I Blame Myself" which is off her debut album "Night Time, My Time." 

 Check it out below. If the link doesn't work, you can click HERE to watch it on Ssense.com.

"I Blame Myself" by Sky Ferreira
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AFTER 14 YEARS, VERUCA SALT PLANS REUNION TOUR, NEW SONGS

Veruca Salt
Verucal Salt
photo via Facebook
Today, Veruca Salt announced, after 14 years, they'll be back and are going on tour!  The original members released the first batch of tour dates beginning June 22 in Portland.  This news comes before their planned re-release of their limited-edition ten-inch of "Seether" which will mark the 20th anniversary of the single's original release.  It will also include two brand new songs!!  

"Seether" by Veruca Salt

Tour Dates
06/22 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
06/23 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor Tavern
06/24 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
06/26 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06/27 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
07/09 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
07/10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
07/11 - Cincinnati, OH - Bunbury Festival
07/12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
07/13 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
07/21 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
07/24 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
07/25 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
07/26 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
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Monday, April 14, 2014

GONE GIRL TRAILER SONG: "SHE" BY RICHARD BUTLER

Gone Girl Richard Butler
Richard Butler covers "She" on the new trailer for "GONE GIRL"
Sooo excited about this movie "Gone Girl."  Love the book (and the twist) and today the trailer for the movie just premiered. Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, the flick is directed by David Fincher and stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Sela Ward and Tyler Perry.  

The new trailer features the song "She" covered by the THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS' lead singer Richard Butler.  The song was written and performed by Charles Aznavour in 1974 and was made popular again by Elvis Costello which he covered in 1999 for the the Notting Hill soundtrack.  

The movie hits theaters October 3rd.  Check out the trailer below.   

Gone Girl Trailer featuring "She" sung by Richard Butler


"SHE" cover by Elvis Costello from the Notting Hill soundtrack

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DIVINYLS "I TOUCH MYSELF" IS NEW ANTHEM FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Chrissy Amphlett
photo via itouchmyself.org
Chrissy Amphlett died last year after a long battle with breast cancer.  Amphlett, the lead singer of the popular 90's group Divinyls were a worldwide hit after they released their song "I Touch Myself."

A year after her death, her song is having an all-star cast bring the song back to life - as part of Australia's breast cancer awareness campaign.  Shot in black and white, the video shows celebrities and breast cancer survivors such as Olivia Newton-John singing the song, givng new meaning to Amphlett's famous lyrics "I Touch Myself."  Declaring the song an anthem for the fight against cancer, they have set up a website at http://itouchmyself.org or its #itouchmyselfproject. Check out the powerful video below.

'I Touch Myself' Breast Cancer Anthem #itouchmyselfproject
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Friday, April 11, 2014

DWNTWN RELEASES NEW SONG; TOUR NEWS

DWNTWN
DWNTWN's Jamie Leffler performs at The Satellite.
photo by picksysticks
Oh how I love me some DWNTWN.   It's their romantic melodies that will make you believe in fairytales. Led by Jamie Leffler's delicate vocal harmonies, DWNTWN mixes folk and pop in their upcoming self-title EP which drops April 29th via Jullian Records.  They just released "Missing You" which you can listen below. It's their second single released from the EP.  The first was "Till Tomorrow" which they released in February. Check out both songs below.

DWNTWN TOUR:
Thursday April 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Standard Hotel downtown (Free) 
Thursday April 24 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room 
Friday April 25 - San Francisco, CA @ Neck of The Woods 
Monday April 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ School Night/Bardot (Free, EP Release show) 
Tuesday April 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Sayers Club (Free, 2nd EP Release show)
Thursday May 1 - New York, NY @ Santos Party House 
Friday May 2 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery w/ New Young Pony Club


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

LORDE'S NEW VIDEO FOR 'TEAM' FEATURES MONKEYS

LORDE
Lorde performs at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.
photo by picksysticks
Ha. Just kidding.  The new video is actually a new trailer for Disneynature's "Monkey Kingdom" which is scheduled to hit theaters next April for Earth Day 2015.  In it, the trailer features Lorde's hit single "Team" off her critically acclaimed debut album Pure Heroine.

The song fits nicely with the trailer which will play in front of Disney's Bears which opens next week. 


Disneynature's "Monkey Kingdom"

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SUMMER CAMP @ THE ECHO

SUMMER CAMP
Summer Camp performs at The Echo.
photos by picksysticks
UK's Summer Camp stopped off at The Echo on Wednesday to kick off their U.S. tour; their third ever performance in Los Angeles. Their tour takes them through L.A., then across country to perform in our nations capital on April 11th and then finish off in New York at the Brooklyn Bowl on April 12th and Mercury Lounge on April 14th. They're touring in support of their newest self-titled album which was released late last year.  

"Better Off Without You" by Summer Camp
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AFTER A DECADE, NATALIE MERCHANT RELEASES NEW ORIGINAL MUSIC

Natalie Merchant
photo via Facebook.com/NatalieMerchant
It's been over a decade since we've heard new original music from Natalie Merchant, the former front-woman from one of my favorite bands EVER - 10,000 Maniacs who branched out on a solo career when she released Tigerlily in 1995.

Yesterday, NPR premiered her new song "Giving Up Everything" saying "Rarely is an artist as honest and revealing as Natalie Merchant in her new video and song, 'Giving Up Everything.' " 

It's off her new self-titled album which drops May 6th via Nonesuch Records which you can pre-order on her website right HERE

"Giving Up Everything" by Natalie Merchant
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MOONPOOLS AND CATERPILLARS TAKE THE PHILIPINES

Photo via Instagram @moonpoolsandcaterpillars
Last night Moonpools and Caterpillars played their first show in the Philipines in almost 20 years.  The year was 1996 when the band last performed there; their critically acclaimed debut album Lucky Dumpling was just released a year earlier.  Since then Moonpools and Caterpillars has amassed a large and loyal following to this day and it's not hard to see why. 

In 2013, Moonpools and Caterpillars, consisting of Kimi Ward Encarnacion, Jay Jay Encarnacion, Tim De Palma and Gugut Salazar, reunited and performed to a sold out crowd for the first time in 15 years.  Then this past April, they reunited again at The Whiskey A Go Go but this time it was to help disaster relief efforts in the Philippines which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan which hit the islands back in November. The show raised exactly $21,336.75   with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the Philippine disaster relief. 

When news broke that the band would return to the Philipines, tickets immediately sold out which prompted the addition of two more shows at Amber Ultra Lounge.

“Usually after a really good show, you can say that you killed. But last night, I think you could say that the audience killed. Manila, you were a force. It was such an honor to play in front of you last night,” Moonpools and Caterpillars immediately posted on their Facebook page. “We've never seen anything like it. What a blast from start to finish!!!” 

Check out their closing song "Heaven" from last night's show at the Amber Ultra Lounge. 

"Heaven" by Moonpools and Caterpillars
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NEW VIDEO: FOXES' "HOLD ONTO HEAVEN"

Foxes' new album 'Glorious'
Glorious, Foxes' new album drops in May.
photo by picksysticks
We just love Foxes (aka: Louisa Rose Allen), the Brit that gave us some of our favorite songs in the past year - "Youth," "White Coats" and the Zedd collaboration "Clarity."

This week she released a new music video for "Hold onto Heaven," off her new album Glorious which drops this May.  It's the third single released off this album; the first being "Youth" and the second was "Let Go For Tonight." 

But this single is truly a sad song, delving into how hard it is to let go after  heartbreak and betrayal but still hanging onto the good times of the past.  In the video, Foxes shows her world turned upside down as she tries to make sense of situation as she sings, "I hate what you've done, what you've made me become, no sleep, face the night...I'm holding onto heaven."  

"Holding On To Heaven" by Foxes
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