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.

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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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

NEW VIDEO: HOWLS' "WHITE NOISE"


I've been following singer Annalee Fery's career since she fronted LA's popular indie-synth-rock band Monsters Are Waiting and then later to Lonely Trees. 

Now, Ferry, along with Christian Stone (who was also part of Monsters Are Waiting),  has a new outfit called Howls in which we see Fery transition from lush-pop to dark and moody but still manages to throw in some fun, upbeat melodies while layering them with her mesmerizing vocals.

Recently Howls dropped their self-titled debut album and released the official music video for "White Noise."  Check it out below. 

"White Noise" by Howls
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

GRIMES RELEASES UNRELEASED SONG "REALiTi" FOR FANS


Earlier this week, Grimes released a new song "REALiTi" as a special thanks to her Asia fans.  "REALiTi" is actually a song she wrote in 2013 that was never released.  Below is what she said:

"since this is no longer gonna be on the album, I’m releasing it as a special thank you to everyone in Singapore, KL, Manila, Jakarta, HK, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo who came out to the shows! It was an honor to play with a bunch of amazing bands and travel to places I would never otherwise be able to go  
This song was never finished. its a demo from ~ the lost album ~, recorded early 2013. i lost the ableton file, so its not mixed or mastered. i tried to doctor the mp3 into a listenable state, but it was poorly recorded in the first place and never meant to be heard by anyone, so its a bit of a mess haha."xo

"REALiTi" by Grimes





Saturday, March 7, 2015

BROODS @ FONDA THEATRE

Caleb and Georgia Nott of BROODS

The stars aligned at last Thursday's Broods show at the Fonda Theatre. 

It was only a year ago when the Broods, consisting of New Zealand siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott, played a free show at the very tiny Bardot's in Hollywood.  Now, they're selling out venues like The Fonda Theatre that saw celebrity fans Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding, Chloe Grace Moretz and Haim's Este Haim watching and singing along from the upper mezzanine.  

Caleb, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift, Este Haim and Georgia Nott of Broods
Caleb Nott, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift, Est Haim and Georgia Nott at The Fonda Theater.
pic via Instagram.com/BroodsMusic
Singing mostly songs off their debut album Evergreen, Georgia,  dressed in a white, sheer one-piece, seemed to flow onstage, matching the silky, white streamers which billowed upwards, from behind, towards the ceiling.  During the show the brother/sister duo recounted their first U.S. show at the Bardot and loving the fact that everyone knew their lyrics. 

Broods' Georgia NottBroods' Georgia Nott
Caleb Nott of the Broods
Caleb Nott of the Broods
photos by Picksysticks
Earlier in the night, Mikky Ekko not only warmed up the crowd as the opening act, he surely picked up a lot of new fans, including myself with his rousing vocals and pop-soulful melodies.  It's quite a feat when an opening act still stays in my mind after a few days. 

The Broods' Georgia Nott
The Broods
The Broods' Georgia Nott
Mikky Ekko
Mikky Ekko opening up for The Broods at The Fonda Theatre.
photos by picksysticks
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MADYX's NEW EP IS A MIXED BAG OF EVERYTHING

Madyx
MadyX's EP is a mixed bag of contagious pop/rock and dance elements.
photo via Facebook.com/MadyxMusic
Madyx's five-song EP is a mixed bag of contagious pop/rock and dance elements with each track offering up  infectious shout-out-loud, sing-along choruses that's ready-made for arena audiences.  

It's no wonder she lists the likes of Brody Dale and Melissa Etheriege to Katy Perry and Pink as influences. She can go from fun pop in "Some Kisses" and synth-dance in "Breathe For Me" while easily transitioning to the rock-ballad single "Beauty in You." 

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Friday, February 27, 2015

IGGY AZALEA IS "TROUBLE" IN HER NEW VIDEO FEAT. JENNIFER HUDSON

Iggy Azalea


Premiering today, check out Iggy Azeala's new video for "Trouble" featuring Jennifer Hudson and was filmed on the  6th Street Bridge in Downtown Los Angeles.  Iggy is on the run and being chased by Jennifer after Iggy breaks her bank robber boyfriend out of jail.

"Trouble" by Iggy Azalea feat. Jennifer Hudson
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

NEW ARTIST ALERT: SIGRID ZEINER's DEBUT EP IS "UNCOMFORTABLE"

Sigrid Zeiner

"Powerrights," the newest single from Sigrid Zeiner is hauntingly hypnotic. It's like travelling on an interplanetary journey across the galaxy, gliding into a swirling tunnel of  laser-like melodies that leaves an electric afterglow of sparkling, vintage melodies.  

The song is from Norwegian-born, electro-pop artist Sigrid Zeiner and it's off her debut EP Uncomfortable which includes her breakout single of the same name - "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.  

Listen to "Powerrights" and the video for "Uncomfortable:" below.  



"Uncomfortable" by Sigrid Zeiner
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WHO IS FANCY? SCOOTER BRAUN'S NEXT BIG ARTIST?

GOODBYE BY WHO IS FANCY?

Who is Fancy? That's the million dollar question since the release of "Goodbye" last month.  Now we get another clue. Well, actually it's three clues in the form of three separate music videos - each featuring three different people singing the song "Goodbye"  in a warehouse prepping to shoot a music video.

It's the mystery behind this whole marketing campaign that has everyone from Meghan Trainor, Lucy Hale to Kacey Musgraves wondering "Who is Fancy?"  But it achieves a lot more than just asking 'who is the singer?'  In today's music industry where label's force onto the public a pre-packaged pop-singer,  Who Is Fancy makes us focus on the actual song - a song, I might add, is actually pretty good. 

Scooter Braun, who represents Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, is reportedly mananging Fancy.  Coincidentally, a Justin Bieber look-alike is featured in one of the three music videos released today. 

In "Goodbye," our singer sings about how the music industry and strip you down and remake you however they want to portray you.  "Goodbye" is about that singer saying goodbye to being a puppet and to start being himself or herself. 

Check out the three videos below for "Goodbye" and try and guess (if any of the three) is Fancy...




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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ACE OF BASE SET TO RELEASE 'HIDDEN GEMS' ALBUM



20 years ago, Ace of Base ruled the Billboard charts with their hit song "The Sign" and "All That She Wants."  The Swedish foursome was the first group ever to debut #1 on both the album and singles Billboard charts.  Today, news that the group  will release a new album of hidden gems - unreleased songs taken from the Ace of Base vaults that have never been heard before.  Also, the band has recently been presented and received a multi-platinum award for 25 million sold copies of their debut album ‘The Sign’/’Happy Nation’. 

Hidden Gems will drop March 6th via their their website.  

"The Sign" by Ace of Base
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Monday, February 23, 2015

LAST CHANCE TO CATCH SCAVENGER HUNT'S FINAL SHOW OF THEIR BOOTLEG RESIDENCY

Scavenger Hunt


If you don't have any plans tonight or even if you do, I highly recommend you check out Scavenger Hunt's final residency show at The Bootleg Theater.  It's totally free and you'll be able to say you saw this five-piece band before they were huge!!

Signed to Jay-Z's record label Roc Nation last year, Scavenger Hunt, founded by Dan Mufson and Jill Lamoureux had a meteoric rise after their debut single "Lost" found its way to music tastemakers on radio and music blogs.   They just completed their first tour supporing Capital Cities and just released their debut EP  featuring "Lost" and "Dreamers" 

"Lost" by Scavenger Hunt
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