KITTEN CELEBRATES DEBUT ALBUM @ EL REY

Kitten are finally releasing their highly-anticipated debut album June 24th via Elektra Records.

KIESZA HEADLINES PEREZ HILTON'S 'ONE NIGHT IN LOS ANGELES'

Perez calls Kiesza his favorite singer of 2014. Nominated for an MTV VMA for her video "Hideaway" for Best Choreography Kiesza video has already amassed over 92 million views!

JANA KRAMER AND AMERICAN YOUNG AT 5 TOWERS

It was a good ol' Ameican country fest last Thursday at Universal CityWalk's 5 Towers stage featuring American Young and Jana Kramer.

BURGER A-GO-GO CELEBRATES WOMEN WITH FESTIVAL

Burger A-Go-Go was more like Litith's evil twin-sister- a punk rock extravaganza that proves that these riot girls can rock out even more so than their male counterparts.

SAMSAYA BREAKS 'STEREOTYPES'

Samsaya was on tour supporting her recently released self-titled EP (via BMG) that echoes her Bollywood heritage and her love of hip-hop and pop. It's a fusion of all the music she grew up with and when you listen to how she melds all the genre's together it's catchy as hell and will be hard to get out of your head.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CHAOS CHAOS PREMIERE NEW SONG "BREAKER"

Smoosh perform at SXSW in 2011.
Sisters Asya and Chloe who make up Chaos Chaos are somewhat of legend in the music blogosphere, championed by music taste-makers who gush in wonderment at their raw talents. 
Only in their early 20s, they've already toured with Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney, Cat Power and Pearl Jame.   We first saw them when they performed as Smoosh at SXSW.  Now, the siblings, who tout a cult-like following just previewed their synth-pop single "Breaker" and it's easy to see why they have so much buzz surrounding them.  It premiered today on Noisey and you can listen to the single right HERE.  "Breaker" is off their upcoming EP Committed to the Crime which is expected to drop on October 7th. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

ZOLA JESUS' NEW VIDEO FOR "DANGEROUS DAYS" IS POP-TASTIC!!

Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus performs at 2012's Culture Collide.
photo by picksysicks
Zola Jesus just debuted her new video on Vogue.com.  Her new video for "Dangerous Days" is surprisingly very pop-centric which is a contrast to her usual calming melodies which are peppered with delicate synths painting a rustic and industrial landscape.  According to Vogue, Zola Jesus (aka: Nika Danilova) experiments with pop music for her upcoming album Taiga which drops October 7th. 
 Check out the video below.

"Dangerous Days" official video by Zola Jesus
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NEW VIDEO: GRIMES' "GO" FEATURING BLOOD DIAMONS


Recently, Pitchford named Grimes' song "Oblivion" as the best song of the decade so far beating out powerhouse bands like Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" with Pharrell, Kanye West's "Monster," Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Frank Ocean.  

That song was off her third studi album Visions which dropped in 2012.  Currently, she's working on the follow-up to Visions with a reported release date of Sept 9th. Today, she released a new video for "Go" featuring Blood Diamonds.  Check it out below. 


"GO" feat. Blood Diamonds by Grimes
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ELLIPHANT NEWS: TOUR AND NEW VIDEO

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 "Ciant Hear It" that  has brought the attention from Diplo, Dr. Luke and even Skrillex who all, have since worked and written songs together. Her tunes, like her live shows, are filled with attitude and  struts in your face unabashadly.   Recently, she released the official music video for "Only Getting Younger" which was produced by Skrillex.  The video shows Elliphant reacting to anesthesia  during a dentist visit where she wakes up to demented visuals of dancing doctors and a rave-plagued dentist office. Check out the video below.

This week, Elliphant launched her fall tour supporting Charli XCX.  21 cities which will take her through major cities like Boston, New York, Toronto, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

"Only Getting Younger" by Elliphant feat. Skrillex.

Elliphant Tour dates w/Charli XCX
09/26 Orlando, FL - The Social *
09/27 Miami, FL - Culture Room *
09/29 Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live *
09/30 Charlotte, NC - Amo's Southend *
10/02 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
10/03 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts *
10/04 Boston, MA - Royale Boston *
10/07 New York, NY - Webster Hall *
10/09 Montreal, QC - Cabaret du Mile End *
10/10 Toronto, ON - The Hoxton *
10/11 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall *
10/13 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
10/14 St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room *
10/16 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Downstairs *
10/17 Austin, TX - Emo's *
10/18 Dallas, TX - Tree's *
10/20 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *
10/21 San Diego, CA - House of Blues *
10/24 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre *
10/25 San Francisco, CA - Slim's *
10/27 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
* with Elliphant, FEMME
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Monday, August 25, 2014

KIESZA, TOVE LO AND ECHOSMITH FEATURED @ PEREZ HILTON'S 'ONE NIGHT IN LOS ANGELES'


Perez Hilton's "One Night In"  music series had it's early beginnings in L.A. in 2007.  A year later, he took it for the very first time to Austin's SXSW Music festival where it has now become an annual event. And since then Perez Hilton has taken the series and branched it out to cities like Brooklyn and Los Angeles where it has sold out in mere minutes even before an actual lineup has been announced.    

Saturday night, a star-studded event returned to Los Angeles at The Troubadour boasting a star-studded guest list and some of the music industry's hottest musical acts. 


Kiesza
Kiesza headlined "One Night In Los Angeles" hosted by Perez Hilton.
photo by Picksysticks
Perez, a self-confessed music junkie, has been responsible for breaking the biggest artists in the past - Lily Allen, Regina Spektor and Amy Weinhouse to name a few.  And last Saturday was no different, curating a music lineup of his favorites, who if history holds true, will become the most buzzed about acts this year.  Performing this night were Kiesza, Tove Lo, Rixton, Echosmith, Matthew Koma and Bebe Rexha. 


Tove Lo
Perez calls Kiesza his favorite singer of 2014. Nominated for an MTV VMA for her video "Hideaway" for Best Choreography Kiesza video has already amassed over 92 million views!  If you watch it you can see why.  

The video, shot in one complete 5 minute take shows Kiesza walking down the streets of Brooklyn dancing and singing with a cast of other dancers during this catchy dance tune.  Kiesza performs this Tuesday at the sold out Roxy.  

With a highly anticipated debut album Queen of the Clouds dropping on September 30th, Swedish sensation Tove Lo stormed onto the music scene with her critically acclaimed EP Truth Serum, an album that launched worldwide dance hits  "Not On Drugs" and "Habits" which was recently certified RIAA Gold and currently approaching Platinum status.  

Give it to the Swiss to write the soundtrack to our weekend.  Tove Lo is yet another, in a string of recent Scandinavian acts, to bless this world with super catchy, anthem-esque choruses to dance and sing our hearts out to.  

Sydney of Echosmith
Sydney Sierota of Echosmith performs at Perez Hilton's "One Night In Los Angeles" at The Troubadour.
photos by picksysticks
Earlier in the night, Echosmith had a lot to prove after being one of the most buzzed about bands this summer. Their debut album Talking Dreams has rocketed them up Billboard's 'Emerging Artists' chart and the iTunes Alternative Chart with their infectious summer tune "Cool Kids."   With rave reviews from music tastemakers like MTV, Entertainment Weekly, Filter Magazine and Seventeen Magazine, Echosmith is having a breakout year.  Consisting of siblings Sydney, Jamie, Noah and Graham, this SoCal band just will head off on their headlining tour this November. Earlier this year, they recently finished off Van Warped Tour where they were a featured band, performing every single date on the summer tour.  And this October, it was announced, they will be touring Neon Trees and then with American Authors for the Honda Civic Tour.  


Echosmith
Echosmith heads out on their headlining tour this November.
photo by picksysticks
The night was also a benefit for VH1's Save the Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring America's instrumental music education programs and raising awareness to the importance of music as part of children's complete education. 
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CHARLI XCX'S NEW VIDEO 'BREAK THE RULES' HAS CAMEOS FROM CHLOE CHAIDEZ AND ROSE McGOWAN

Chloe Chaidez joins Charli XCX onstage at The El Rey.
photo by picksysicks
As an ode to high school cult films like "Carrie" and "Jawbreaker" Charli XCX's new video for "Break the Rules" is her vision of living out her high school fantasy of getting high, skipping class and breaking all the rules.   Rose McGowan, who starred in "Jawbreaker," makes a cameo as an uptight chaperon for the prom.  And Los Angeles' own Chloe Chaidez of KITTEN also stars as one of Charli XCX's bad girls.  Also making cameos are Otto the bus driver from The Simpsons and Cherri Bomb's Miranda Miller playing the guitar.

It's been a banner year so far for the 22 year-old, performing at this weekend's pre-show for the MTV VMA's where she was nominated for five Moon Man trophies which included her hit song "Fancy" which she co-wrote with Iggy Azalea.  Now, with the release of "Break the Rules," Charli is set to release her sophomore album Sucker on October 21st.  
Check out the video below.  


"Break the Rules" official music video by Charli XCX
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CHARLI XCX'S NEW ALBUM SUCKER WILL BE RELEASED OCT. 21ST.


Charli XCX has officially announced October 21st as the release date  for her sophomore album Sucker which will be her first full-length via Neon Gold/Atlantic.  

Known for writing breakout hits for Icona Pop and Iggy Azalea,  Charli XCX's upcoming album 
has already spawned the infectious singles "Boom Clap" and "Break the Rules" and next month will launch her North American tour beginning in Orlando on September 26th.  The tour will take her through major cities like Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, NYC Austin, Los Angeles and will close out in San Francisco on October 25th.  

You can begin pre-ordering Sucker right HERE

CHARLI XCX NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

9/26 - Orlando - The Social 9/27 - Fort Lauderdale - Culture Room 
9/29 - Jacksonville - Freebird Live 
9/30 - Charlotte - Amos' Southend 
10/2 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club 
10/3 - Philadelphia - Theatre of Living Arts 
10/4 - Boston - Royale Boston 
10/7 - NYC - Webster Hall 
10/9 - Montreal - Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre 
10/10 - Toronto -  The Hoxton 
10/11 - Detroit - St Andrews Hall 
10/13 - Chicago - Lincoln Hall
10/14 - St. Louis - The Ready Room  
10/16 - Houston - Fitzgerald's 
10/17 - Austin - Emo's 
10/18 - Dallas - Trees 
10/20 - Phoenix - Crescent Ballroom 
10/21 - San Diego - House of Blues 
10/24 - Los Angeles - Mayan Theatre 
10/25 - San Francisco - Slim's 


"Boom Clap" official music video by Charli XCX
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HAIM REVEALS SECRETS IN NEW VIDEO FOR "MY SONG 5"


Set in a daytime talk show set starring SNL's Vanessa Bayer as the host for "Dallas Murphy Show,"   HAIM's new video for "My Song 5" echoes the tabloid talk show like Maury Povich and Jerry Springer where guests reveal their darkest secrets to their loved ones.  

Also starring is A$AP Ferg who finds out his girlfriend has a girlfriend, KE$HA who really really loves her cat Mr. Boots and Este Haim who's sexually into mimes as well as cameos from Grimes, Big Sean and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. the song is off their debut album Days Are Gone which is out now. Check out the new video below. 

"My Song 5" by HAIM
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Monday, August 18, 2014

COLBIE CAILLAT SETS SEPT 30 RELEASE DATE FOR GYPSY HEART

Colbie Caillat Gypsy Heart
Colbie Caillat's fourth studio album, Gypsy Heart, will be released Sept. 30th.

Grammy-winning artist Colbie Caillat is set to release her fourth full-length studio album September 30th.  This comes off the heals of her newsmaking music lyric video for "Try," an inspiring song about self-acceptance featuring the like of celebrities like Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Sara Bareilles, Christina Perri and Kelly Osbourne with little or no makeup.  The official video, seen below, since its release,  has already amassed over 20 million views.

For her new album titled Gypsy Heart (Republic Records), Colbie worked with legendary producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.  And to support Gypsy Heart's release, Colbie will head out on tour ahead of it's release beginning August 27th in Denver and end a month later in San Diego on September 28th.

iTunes Purchase Link: iTunes.com/Colbie
Device Aware: http://smarturl.it/GypsyHeartSideA


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NEW VIDEO: IGGY AZALEA'S "BLACK WIDOW" FEATURING RITA ORA


Iggy Azalea's new video for "Black Widow" featuring Rita Ora just premiered.   Along with Iggy and Rita, the video stars Michael Madson, T.I.,  and it pays homage to Tarantino's "Kill Bill" showing Iggy as the assassin looking for revenge on Michael Madsen with Rita Ora racing to help out her girl Iggy.  

"Black Widow" official video by Iggy Azalea
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Monday, August 11, 2014

PANDORA® SUMMER CRUSH FEATURING IGGY AZALEA, RITA ORA, AND MAGIC!

Iggy Azalea

Cold weather couldn't stop loyal fans from flocking to the Santa Monica Pier for one of the hottest concerts this summer.  This past Saturday, Pandora, the leading internet radio service, hosted a free concert featuring exclusive performances by breakout artists Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora and Magic!.  Other than being the most popular artists in the music industry today, all have had Number One songs in the United States.

Rita Ora
Earlier in the day, fans gathered and lined-up at Santa Monica's Civic Center to get their tickets - free tickets which were all snatched-up when they became available early last month.  Of course, that was before Pandora even knew that Toronto-based Magic! would eventually land the top spot on Billboards Hot 100 Chart a couple weeks later with the song "Rude," making Magic! the first Canadian band to score a number one song since Nickelback did it in over a decade.  

It goes to show how well in tune Pandora is with what's who's about to become the next breakout star. As proof, way back in March during Austin's annual SXSW, Magic! performed at Pandora's Discovery Den showcase.

Singing songs off their debut album Don't Kill the Magic, the band warmed the crowd with their reggae-inspired songs, reminding everyone on this unusually cold day, of warm, sandy beaches and sun rays browning your skin.  Don't Kill The Magic, released earlier this year from Sony Music Entertainment also spawned hits songs like "No Evil" and "Let Your Hair Down." 

Rita Ora
Rita Ora
UK's Rita Ora mesmerizes the crowd at Santa Monica Pier for Pandora Presents.
photos by picksysticks
Rita Ora was singed to a record contract at age 18 by Jay-Z's Roc Nation.  Since then, the now 23 year-old has been a staple on UK's top charts giving her the high distinction of scoring the most UK number ones by a British female solo artist (tie with Geri Halliwell). 

Iggy AzaleaNow, with her eyes set on America, the now 23 year-old has already claimed the top spot on Billboard's Dance Club Chart with "How We Do (Party)" and her newest hit single "I Will Never Let You Down" which the lead single to her upcoming second studio album. 

Led by powerful vocals, Rita's songs are driven by pop melodies and infectious dance beats.  To highlight her voice, Rita sang an acoustic version of her song "Radioactive" before belting into her hits songs and crowd pleasers "How We Do (Party)" and "I Will Never Let You Down."

There's no doubt that Australian Iggy Azalea is the hottest artist in the world right now. With hits like "Fancy," "Black Widow" and "Work" taking over every music chart, Azalea brings an unrivaled confident and bold stage presence with her. This in turn shows in her music.  

Most of the night, Iggy showcased songs off debut album The New Classic but managed to squeeze in some oldies like "Drop That Shit" off her 2011 mixtape Ignorant and "Murda Bizness" from her 2012 debut EP.  

Iggy Azalea

But with catchy melodies that intro verses like "Walk a mile in these Louboutins" to "Classic, Sinatra, bad, Phantom of the Opera," it was songs off The New Classic that Iggy featured this night.  These simple verses from "Work" and "Lady Patra" was all that was needed to prompt the Iggy faithful to sing aloud in unison before DJ Wizz Kidd revved up the explosive dance beat. 

Although Rita Ora opened earlier, she didn't join Iggy onstage to sing "Black Widow" in which she was featured even tough many expected her to sing alongside her.   And with the moist, misty air trying to dampen the excitement, Iggy launched into her #1 song "Fancy,"  that echoed out towards the Pacific Ocean ending her set and ending another successful Pandora Presents event.    

Iggy Azalea
Iggy Azalea headlines Pandora Presents at the Santa Monica Pier.
photos by picksysticks
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Friday, August 8, 2014

NEW VIDEO: LOWELL'S "THE BELLS"

Lowell

With her highly-anticipated debut album set for release on Sept. 16th, Canadian-DJ Lowell teases us with what's to come with her new video "The Bells."  

Labelled as an artist to watch as this year's SXSW, Lowell's synth-infused dance beats are laced with contagious pop melodies that cover feminist issues ranging from sexual abuse, rape, abortion and women's rights.  

We Love Her Dearly will be released via Arts & Crafts on September 16th. In her new video for "The Bells" Lowell shows us her twisted vision of high school, complete with students with skull-faced face paint, roller derby girls and cheerleaders all the while  holding a baseball bat.  Check out the video below and while you're at it, check out one of my favs "Cloud 69" below.


"The Bells" by Lowell


"Cloud 69" by Lowell
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

ELIOT SUMNER'S NEW EP 'INFORMATION' OUT TODAY

Eliot Sumner Information EP
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Eliot Sumner comes from music royalty.  Her father is Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner.  Still doesn't ring a bell?  How about Sting? Yep.  Eliot is the daughter of Sting and actress Trudie Styler and it seems like she's inherited her father's music talent.

Today, Sumner released her new EP Information via Cherrytree/Interscope.  In her new video for the title track, Sumner's dead-of-night meetup is both dark and mysterious.  Two cars with only their headlights illuminating Sumner begs the question, "What are they all after?"  

"The video is a representation of the self, alone and vulnerable in a dark void," she said. "'Information' is a breakup song; it's about not understanding the situation. With social networks these days, everyone needs to know everything, all the time. But the problem is, people are so used to short snippets of information that no one has any attention span any more. I don't, anyway. It's about a quest to know everything."





The Information EP is out now.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

SWEDISH TRIO NONONO ANNOUNCES ROXY SHOW AUG. 12TH

NONONO

Fresh off performing at Lollapalooza, NONONO are set to return to Los Angeles to play the famed Roxy Theater next Tuesday (August 12th).   The Swedish trio have also recently been on the road with Foster the People promoting their debut album We Are Only What We Feel.  That albumm which dropped last month, has spawned the international hit "Pumpin' Blood" along with breakout singles "One Wish," "Hungry Eyes" and "Fire Without a Flame."

Tickets for NONONO's Roxy show are available now right HERE.  And you can watch NONONO perform an acoustic versions of "Pumpin Blood" and "Fire Without A Flame" for All Saints below.



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STEVIE NICKS RELEASES NEW SONG "THE DEALER"

Today, Stevie Nicks surprised us all and released her new song "The Dealer."  Apparently it's off her new solo album 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault.  According to Rolling Stone, the album will focus on songs Nicks wrote between 1969 and 1987.  The new record will be released October 7th via Warner Bros. 

Check out the lyric video for "The Dealer" below.

The Dealer official lyric video by Stevie Nicks.
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