FIVE KNIVES @ THE TROUBADOUR

It was Five Knives Los Angeles debut. The electro-pop four piece were in town to celebrate the release of their upcoming debut album Savages which drops June 2nd via Red Bull Records.

PINS ANNOUNCE U.S. SUMMER TOUR

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.

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.

WINTER @ THE ECHO

Winter's new album Supreme Blue Dream is the ideal soundtrack to your summer..

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SIRAH FEATURED ON RAIN MAN'S LONG AWAITED VIDEO FOR "VISIONARY"

SIRAH

The long awaited music video for Rain Man's first single and Buygore debut, "Visionary" ft. Sirah, is out now. 

Take a peek below and be on the lookout for big announcements coming from Rain Man this summer.

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MEG MAC ANNOUNCES TOUR WITH D'ANGELO

Meg Mac

I"m such a big fan of Meg Mac.  The past few months has been a whirlwind of good fortune for Australian singer Meg Mac. After being singed to U.S. labe 300 records last February she was quickly wisked away to play a grueling six shows in five days at SXSW.  In what was to be a  short stay became much longer and welcomed stay after she was asked to join Clean Bandit on their tour.   Now, after finishing up that tour, Meg Mac was asked to support D'Angelo and the Vangaurd starting June 7th in Oakland and runs through the end of the month.

"Roll Up Your Sleeves" official music video by Meg Mac

Australia's most buzz-worthy breakout artist, Meg Mac in not on a lot of people's radar stateside just yet.   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.  Her debut EP was released April 7th.  Go check it out!

Meg Mac tour dates with D'Angelo and The Vangaurd
6/7 - Oakland, CA
6/8 - Los Angeles, CA
6/10 - Denver, CO
6/11 - Kansas City, MO
6/13 - Manchester, TN
6/14 - Atlanta, GA
6/16 - Dallas, TX
6/17 - Houston, TX
6/20 - Norfolk, VA
6/21 - Forest Hills, NY
6/23 - Philadelphia, PA
6/25 - Washington, DC
6/27 - Detroit, MI
6/28 - Sayerville, NJ

Friday, May 15, 2015

RYN WEAVER RELEASES 2ND VIDEO FOR "OCTAHATE"


Octahate version 2.0 has been released today by Ryn Weaver.  In a tweet today, Ryn said she hated the original video for "Octahate" and wanted to have a food fight with her best friend instead.  

Octahate, the song that made Ryn Weaver the most buzzed about artist last year after a tweet by Charli XCX helped rocket the single to No. 1 on Billboard's Emerging Artists charts late last year.  Her debut album is set to drop on June 16th.  

"OCTAHATE" official music video by Ryn Weaver
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

FIVE KNIVES @ THE TROUBADOUR


It was Five Knives Los Angeles debut last Tuesday at the famed Troubadour in Los Angeles. The electro-pop four piece  were in town to celebrate the release of their upcoming full-length debut album Savages which drops June 2nd via Red Bull Records. Critics along with music taste-makers like MTV, Entertainment Weekly, Alt Press and Baeble Music have already embraced this band. Their lead single "Sugar" is already a hit right out of the gate. Not only has it been streamed over 320,000 times on Spotify, it reached the Top 5 on Billboard's Club charts while "Savages" is currently no. 28 on the Dance Club songs chart.  


Setting the tone with the fiery, trip-hoppy "All Fall Down" off their 2013 EP The Rising, Five Knives, from the moment they took the stage, performed unrelentingly for nearly an hour holding the crowd's attention while spewing igniting and inventive beats.  Their debut album which they performed almost in its entirety, is everything you can ask for and then some  - frenetic melodies and shuddering bass lines of raw nastiness wrapped in a nice sugary coat to make it go down easy right before it shocks you into submission. 



Keeping audience interaction at a minimum, this night was focused on partying, attacking with laser-like focus with dance tracks like "Savages" and "Sugar" that features rambunctious revolutions of swirling synths that practically drips off the stage. But what sets Five Knives apart from other bands are their seamless fusion of electronica, pop and rock n' roll.  Their more pop-centric songs like the infectious "Dirty Souls" and "Shake My Bones" could easily be playing over mainstream radio stations alongside Paramore and Taylor Swift while "I Love You to Death" and "Criminal" showcases front-woman Anna M'Queen's revved up and commanding vocals in arena-ready, shout-out-loud choruses.  

Usually  there's that middle point during every concert where a band slows down, performs some b-sides to a point where people realize this would be the perfect time to hit the bathroom.  Not this night.  Just when you thought Five Knives would take a breather, they didn't, piling it on even more and going all in with a tidal wave of torchy and acid-laced textures in "Rattatat," "Take My Picture" and their Rihanna-esque track "Money."  

Refreshing, fun and down-right exhausting, Five Knives' modern twist on the  EDM-rock show appeals to the neon-loving, club fans who love to dance while also catering to the mosh-pitt, head-banging sweaty masses of a rock show.  Not only did they leave an impression on the pack Troubadour crowd, they smashed expectations.  

Based on their strong EP 2013 debut The Rising, Nashville-based Five Knives, consisting of Anna M’Queen, keyboardists/programmers Nathan Barlowe and Zach Hall, and drummer Shane Wise have since shared the stage with the likes of Smashing Pumpkins and Icona Pop. Their debut full-length album, produced by Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons) is set for launch on June 2nd. You can pre-order right now on iTunes right HERE and immediately get three tracks (Savages, Sugar & Money) for download.  

Troubadour Set list:
All Fall Down / Criminal / Dirty Souls / Rattatat  / Sugar  / Take My Picture / Shake My Bones / Money / Savages / Messin' With My Mind / I Love You to Death


Five Knives performs at The Troubadour.
photos by picksysticks
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CATCH ROCK SHAPESHIFTER'S ROCK-CIRCUS' LAST TWO SHOWS THIS WEEKEND


SHAPESHIFTER, the ground-breaking rock-circus, that sold-out its performances last year, has returned with new death-defying feats aerial stunts and new songs.

From the creative mind of aerialist Jordan Baker and accompanied by an explosive soundtrack by LA's own The Shakers, Shapeshifter tells the story of lost souls in search of self-realization, struggling to find their way out of the darkness.  Featuring songs from The Shakers' full-length album Rescue Team, lead-singer Jodie Schell acts as the Shaman who helps guide the souls on their quest.  

“This show is so unique in the way it touches people,” said Schell. “The feats are larger than life, but it ignites something personal in every audience member. I love watching that each night.”

Shapeshifter a 360-degree experience that attacks the senses featuring intricate and stunning choreography set over 60 feet in the air.  Visually captivating, Shapeshifter has re-invented the modern rock show allowing the audience to become part of the show instead of being mere observers while taking them on a magical journey. 

Catch the last two shows this Friday and Saturday (May 15th and 16th).  Tickets are available right HERE


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Sunday, May 10, 2015

WINTER @ THE ECHO

Winter's Samira Winter

If you missed Winter's April residency at  The Echo, then you'll have another chance to catch them when they return to the Echo on May 13th for Froth's record release show.  Lead singer Samira Winter's infectious stage presence will have you dancing and smiling along with her.  Their new album Supreme Blue Dream is the ideal soundtrack to your summer. Winter's songs, unlike their name suggests, are warm and fuzzy that's perfect for a lazy summer lounging by the pool or on the beach.


Photo gallery - Winter's April Residency at The Echo.



Friday, May 8, 2015

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS WILL DEBUT WORLD PREMIERE OF TAYLOR SWIFT'S NEW MUSIC VIDEO “BAD BLOOD”


Taylor Swift has released posters of Paramore's Hayley Williams, Zendaya and Kate Beckinsale who all will be featured in her brand new vid for "Bad Blood.  And based on these images that  takes a page off of the movie "Sin City," this video is gonna rock.

Billboard  announced today that Taylor Swift, a seven-time Grammy winner, will open the “2015 Billboard Music Awards” with the world premiere of the most-highly anticipated new music video for “Bad Blood.” The never-before-seen video includes multiple starring roles played by a cast of Golden Globe winners, Emmy winners, Grammy winners, an Oscar nominee, blockbuster movie stars, as well as both new and iconic supermodels and was directed by Joseph Kahn. "Bad Blood” is Taylor’s fourth single off her smash hit album, "1989," which has sold in excess of seven million copies worldwide.  



NEW VIDEO: RYN WEAVER IS A 'FOOL'


Ryn Weaver made nearly every music publication's "Artist to Watch" list after the release of her catchy single "OctaHate.  Backed by a team that includes  super producer/writer Benny Blanco, Weaver is set to take the reigns of being the next super-star, pop artist with an upcoming debut album The Fool which drops June 16th. 

Today she releases the official music video for "Fool" which sees her donning a red cape, dancing in the woods while trying to escape from a free-forming, invisible cloak figure.  Confused? Check it out below.  


"The Fool" by Ryn Weaver
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

ECHOSMITH TO PLAY AMERICAN IDOL FINAL ON MAY 13TH; GETS THE MUPPETS TREATMENT

Echosmith

Cool Kids Echosmith are confirmed to perform during the live telecast of American Idol's fnale on May 13th.  They'll be appearling alongside Fall Out Boy, Jamie Foxx, Vance Joy and many more during this star-studded, two-hour show.  

Their song "Cool Kids" which was Certified Platinum was recently covered by none other than the Muppets and YouTube star Mike Tompkins.  


Following American Idol, Echosmith will head to Las Vegas for Rock In Rio USA's Pop Weekend. They perform Friday, May 15, alongside Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, Jessie J., and more.

The LA-based siblings just returned from a sold-out European tour where they played to crowds of thousands across the U.K., Germany, France, and the Netherlands. In the U.S., new single "Bright," which the band has performed all over national TV, continues to take off at radio. The song is now Top 20 at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio, and in the past weeks has been in the Top 10 gaining records at both formats. "Bright" was recently added at New York's Z100, and is #30 on iTunes overall.

The Sierotas - Sydney (vocals/keyboard), Jamie (vocals/guitar), Noah (vocals/bass), and Graham (drums) - will be on tour for the foreseeable future in 2015, playing festivals around the world including Governors Ball, Austin City Limits, Firefly Music Festival, Bottle Rock Napa, and multiple in Europe. They will head back to the U.S. this fall to tour in support of Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface World Tour.  

"COOL KIDS" BY Echosmith
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

FYF FEST 2015 LINEUP ANNOUNCED FEAT. FRANK OCEAN and MORRISSEY


FYF FEST
AUGUST 22nd & 23rd, 2015
LA SPORTS ARENA & EXPOSITION PARK

Saturday, August 22nd:
Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Chet Faker, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Purity Ring, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Savages, Simian Mobile Disco, Dinosaur Jr, Jon Hopkins, The Drums, Kaytranada, Shlohmo, Cold Cave, Joyce Manor, Joy Orbison, Melody's Echo Chamber, Tennis, Ben UFO, BadBadNotGood, METZ, Alvvays, La Femme, Horse Meat Disco, Mikal Cronin, Broncho, Kevin Morby, DJ Dodger Stadium, Junk

Sunday, August 23rd:
Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Flume, FKA Twigs, Solange, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Mac DeMarco, Death Grips, Toro y Moi, Nicolas Jaar, Dixon, Neon Indian, Battles, thee Oh Sees, Laura Marling, Title Fight, DJ Harvey, Goldroom, Tobias Jesso Jr, HEALTH, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Evian Christ, Lower Dens, Hop Along, Girlpool, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Presented by Goldenvoice & FYF. 

Tickets on sale this Friday, May 8th at 12pm PST

Click HERE for more detals!
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The New Tarot Unleash Their Latest Single -- "Memory Kills"


They've only been a band for less than a year but that hasn't stoped The New Tarot from starting out as street performers to being named by music taste-makers as a band to watch.  
After their buzz-worthy performance at last year's CMJ in New York, The New Tarot has since performed at some of New York's famed venues like Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall and the Bitter End.  

Recently, they just released their latest single which is like a jubilant march set to tender beats that pave the way for New Tarot's sweet and smooth vocal harmonies.   It's from the the sister-fronted rock duo The New Tarot consisting of Monika and Karen Walker and brothers Dave and Dan O'Connor on drums and bass.  It's called "Memory Kills" and you can listen to it below.

Monday, May 4, 2015

SHURA PREMIERES WARPAINT REMIX OF "2SHY"

SHURA

Making the exclusive BBC Sound 2015 list, SHURA is the complete package as producer, singer, remixer and editor.  Last year, Shura's video "Touch" became a viral hit which featured her friends kissing on camera and has since gained over 10 million views on YouTube. 

Now, London's own Shura has unveiled a Warpaint remix of the new single "2Shy" which was also recently covered by Mumford and Sons during one of their radio sessions. 

“Warpaint have been and continue to be one of my favourite bands. Everything they do sounds amazing," she says. "I loved the remix they did for Daughter and I kind of just asked them and kept my fingers crossed, not really ever thinking it would happen. So it's literally a dream come true that they wanted to do it. I'm stoked we're pressing them to vinyl for these shows, as it's my favourite way to listen to music.”

You can listen to the remix below as well as the official music video for "2Shy" which was shot here in Los Angeles.  


2Shy by Shura
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

KREWELLA UNLEASHES NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR "SOMEWHERE TO RUN"

KREWELLA

Here's Chicago-bred, EDM-pop duo Krewella's new lyric videofor their new track "Somewhere to Run."  Featuring live footage from their Ultra Music Festival performance, the song as Idolator says, is "a suitably fiery club-banger with a slight rock twist."  "Somewhere to Run"  is their first release of 2015 and is available now HERE.

Krewella began a run of live shows last month, starting with their residency at the brand new Omnia Nightclub Las Vegas and also a return to the Ultra Music Festival stage in Miami. The duo continues their residency at Omnia Nightclub with shows on May 30 and June 30, along with a performance at Las Vegas’ Wet Republic on May 31.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

PARAHOY, MATES!!! PARAMORE ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL CRUISE


PARAHOY, MATES! Today, Paramore announced their second annaul cruise adventure, setting sail next March for a four-day adventure.  The cruise, which will take place aboard the Norwegian Pearl will travel from Miami to Cozumel Mexico and will also include performances by Paramore and soon-to-be-announced guests.  Last year's lineup featured Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory and Shiny Toy Guns. 

Go to Parahoy.com for more details and to register for pre-sale tickets because this will definitely sell-out.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

CHARLI XCX AND BLEACHERS "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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