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, 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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Thursday, February 19, 2015

BOB'S BURGER CAMEOS ON SLEATER-KINNEY'S "A NEW WAVE" MUSIC VIDEO



"A New Wave" from Sleater-Kinney's new album No Cities to Love with special guest appearances by FOX's Bob's Burgers.  Check it out below.

Amazon http://amzn.com/e/B000AQ19DG
iTunes http://www.itunes.com/sleater-kinney

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NPR STREAMING SCREAMING FEMALES' NEW ALBUM FOR FREE

Screaming Females

Next Tuesday (Feb. 24th), Screaming Females will release their sixth studio album Rose Mountain via Don Giovanni Records.  And currently, the whole album is streaming for free on NPR's First Listen who proclaim, “these songs channel the spirit of punk, but also the density of heavy rock that's had the fat cut out.” 

But seriously, this New Jersey trio can pack a wallop.  Rose Mountain's aggressive and brash sound is balanced by sweet and sugary melodies. It's like getting knocked out by Muhammad Ali while riding a merry-go-round.  It's abusive and bruising but yet, you really don't want to get off this fun and colorful ride. 

Listen to their new album  by clicking right HERE.

National Tour Dates

^ = w/ Priests, Tenement, Vacation
* = w/ Downtown Boys
+ = w/ Shellshag
# = w/ Mitski

2/21: San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern (Noise Pop Festival)
2/24: New York, NY @ Rough Trade (in-store)
2/26: Allston, MA @ Great Scott ^
2/27: Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church ^
2/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory (early) ^
2/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory (late) ^
3/06: Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn *
3/07: Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space *
3/08: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
3/09: Durham, NC @ The Pinhook *
3/10: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight *
3/11: Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge *
3/12: Orlando, FL @ The Social *
3/13: Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic *
3/14: Tallahassee, FL @ All Saints Café *
3/15: New Orleans, LA @ Sisters in Christ Records (Gasa Gasa) *
3/16: McAllen, TX @ GALAX Z FAIR IV *
3/17: Houston, TX @ Walter's Downtown *
3/22: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada (Spillover Fest)
3/24: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room +
3/25: Springfield, IL @ The Black Sheep +
3/26: Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop +
3/27: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle +
3/28: Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch +
3/29: Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox +
4/04: Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes #
4/05: Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater #
4/06: Worcester, MA @ The Firehouse #
4/07: Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery #
4/08: Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz PDB #
4/09: Ottawa, ON @ House of TARG #
4/10: Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar
4/11: Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar

European Tour Dates

4/17: Haarlem, NL @ Klikofest
4/18: Brussels, BE @ Madame Moustache
4/19: Brighton, UK @ The Hope
4/20: Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
4/21: Manchester, UK @ The Roadhouse
4/22: Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
4/23: Bristol, UK @ The Stag and Hounds
4/24: London, UK @ The Lexington
4/25: Utrecht, NL  @ DB's
4/26: Bielefeld, DE @ AJZ
4/27: Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
4/28: Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
4/29: Stockholm, SE @ Lilla Hotellbaren
4/30: Oslo, NO @ The Crossroad Club
5/01: Aalborg, DK @ 1000 Fryd
5/02: Hamburg, DE @ Astra-Stube
5/04: Krakow, PL @ Klub Re
5/05: Vienna, AT @ Fluc
5/06: Muenchen, DE @ Kafe Kult
5/07: Duedingen, CH @ Bad Bonn
5/08: Lyon, FR @ Sonic
5/09: Paris, FR @ Batofar
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BABES IN TOYLAND @ THE ROXY

Babes in Toyland

“They are the princesses of punk. They are the matriarchs of metal. They are goddesses of grunge. They were riot grrrls. Now they’re riot moms," Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine said to the sold-out Roxy crowd as he introduced Babes in Toyland to the stage.

Last week, at The Roxy, Babes in Toyland performed for the first time in 14 years with original members Kat Bjelland, Lori Barbero and Maureen Herman.  And I was lucky enough to go to the show and cover it for The Vinyl District.  

You can check out even more pics and the write-up at Vinyl District by clicking HERE!
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Monday, February 16, 2015

NATALIE LA ROSE PROVES SHE’S “SOMEBODY” WITH SCORCHING DEBUT SINGLE

Natalie La Rose
Natalie La Rose pic via Facebook.com/NatalieLaRoseMusic
Already streamed and viewed over 2.2 million times on YouTube/Vevo, Natalie La Rose's re-imagining of Whitney Houston's classic "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" is rising up the charts; shaping up to be a Top 40 hit.  

"Somebody" feat. Jeremih premiered last week and it recently entered the Top 10 on iTunes' Pop Songs chart along with over 3 million Spotify streams.  Pretty impressive for the 24 year-old singer from Amsterdam considered to be one of 2015's breakout stars.

"Somebody" featuring Jeremih
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

LOWELL RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR "I LOVE YOU MONEY"

Lowell

Taking a cue from the rebellious, feminist-punk contemporaries that her messaging has often been compared to (Kathleen Hanna, Beth Ditto), Lowell’s brand of pop conveys the urgency of her subject matter, but her melodies keep songs accessible, optimistic and fun. 

Just watch Lowell's new video for "I Love Your Money," a charming and fun tune set inside a thrift store.  The song is off her critically acclaimed debut album We Loved Her Dearly via Arts & Crafts.  

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FLORENCE + THE MACHINE DROPS NEW VIDEO FOR UPCOMING THIRD STUDIO ALBUM

Florence + the Machine

Florence + the Machine just released a new video for their new song "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" and acts as a tease of what's to come on their upcoming new album.  Their highly anticipated third studio album is the follow-up to their 2011 breakout hit album Ceremonials and should be available for pre-order on iTunes this week.  And when you pre-order the album, you'll get a free download of their single "What Kind of Man Now."

This April, Florence + the Machine will perform at Coachella along with New York's Governors Ball and Bonnaroo in June.  

Florence and the Machine 2015 Tour Dates:
04/12 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/19 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
06/05-07 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
06/11-14 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/19-21 – Scheeßel and Neuhausen ob Eck, DE @ Hurricane and Southside Festivals
06/25-28 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
06/27-07/04 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/16-19 – Benicàssim, ES @ Primavera Sound
07/18 – Lisbon, PT @ Super Bock Super Rock
08/10-17 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
08/11-15 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
08/13-15 – Göteborg, Sweden @ Way Out West
08/14-16 – Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival

"How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" by Florence + the Machine
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Coachella-bound Lights Debuts 'Running with the Boys' Video

photo via Facebook.com/Lights
We all reminisce about the good ol' days of summer, when life was carefree and spending time out with your friends meant the day would last forever.  That's what Lights' new video for "Running with the Boys" feels like - vintage and nostalgic.  The song is off her recent album release Little Machines which is nominated for 'Pop Album of the Year' at the upcoming JUNO Awards - the Canadian Grammys. 

Lights, the multi-instrumentalist, is starting off 2015 with a full plate. Currently playing on her sold-out European tour, the Canadian pop-artist will head back stateside to begin her North American headlining tour in February before performing at this year's Coachella Music Festival in April.

Check out the video for "Running with the Boys" below and tour dates below. 



Lights upcoming tour dates w/ special guest X Ambassadors:
*Select dates w/ special guest Saint Motel

02/13 Kansas City, MO        Arvest Bank Theatre 
02/14  Minneapolis, MN       Mill City Nights
02/15  Omaha, NE               The Waiting Room
02/17  Iowa City, IA              Blue Moose Tap House
02/18  St. Louis, MO            Ready Room
02/20  Dallas, TX                 Granada Theater
02/21  Austin, TX                  Emo's
02/22  Houston, TX              Warehouse Live
02/24  Orlando, FL               Beacham Theater
02/25  Ft. Lauderdale, FL     Culture Room
02/27  Atlanta, GA                The Masquerade
02/28  Carrboro, NC             Cat's Cradle
03/01  Nashville, TN             Rocketown
03/02  Charlotte, NC            The Fillmore Charlotte
03/04  Norfolk, VA                The NorVa
03/05  Pittsburgh, PA           Mr. Small's Theatre
03/06  Columbus, OH           Skully's Music Diner
03/07  Indianapolis, IN          Deluxe at Old National Centre
03/09  Cleveland, OH           House of Blues - Cleveland
03/10  Grand Rapids, MI      The Intersection
04/11  Indio, CA                    Coachella Week 1
04/14  Phoenix, AZ               Marquee Theatre*
04/15  San Diego, CA           The Irenic*
04/16  Sacramento, CA         Ace of Spades*
04/18  Indio, CA                    Coachella Week 2

Lights as special guest to OneRepublic:

04/20  Montreal, QC             Bell Centre
04/21  Ottawa, ON                Canadian Tire Centre
04/22  London, ON               Budweiser Gardens
04/24  Toronto, ON               Air Canada Centre
04/25  Sudbury, ON              Sudbury Arena
04/27  Winnipeg, MB            MTS Centre
04/29  Edmonton, AB           Rexall Place
04/30  Calgary, AB               Scotiabank Saddledome 
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

JULE VERA SIGNS WITH PURE NOISE RECORDS; RELEASES NEW SINGLE

Jule Vera

Jule Vera just released their new song "One Little String."  Currently streaming at AltPress, "One Little String's" melody is minty-cool with an infectious beat.  And it's that great song writing that  that has helped this five-piece band from Alabama land a featured spot at this year's Vans Warped Tour.  

“We are so stoked to release our first single on Pure Noise Records!  We love all of their bands and are so glad to be part of the family!  We're really excited to play One Little String and the other songs from our forthcoming EP for you on Warped Tour 2015!  We can hardly believe all that is happening and want to thank you guys for all your love and support. We can't wait to see you at Warped!” - Jule Vera

They also just signed to Pure Noise Records out of Berkeley.  Jule Vera consists of Ansley Newman, Jake Roland, William Stacey, Kyle Horvath and Austin Jones.  Forming two years ago, Jule Vera's influences include The Killers, Queen and No Doubt which you can expect to hear on their upcoming EP which drops this summer.
  
Listen to "One Little String" below:


"One Little String" by Jule Vera
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DIANA ROSS ANNOUNCES LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY AT THE VENETIAN APRIL 1-18

Diana Ross


LAS VEGAS (January 26, 2015) – AEG Live and The Venetian Las Vegas announced a special nine-show engagement at The Venetian Theatre with world-renowned legend Diana Ross. The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade will perform April 1-18, 2015. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 30, at 10 a.m.

Diana Ross’ famed and remarkable career spanning almost five decades has included major awards and accolades, and music history milestones. One of the most prominent women in popular music history, Ross is inarguably a consummate performer and significant contributor to the world of pop culture music in the late 20th century.  

The legendary singer will perform nine show dates: April 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, and 18

“Las Vegas attracts the biggest names in the world, so it is only fitting that one of the most remarkable entertainers of all time brings her talent to a uniquely intimate stage,” said John Nelson, senior vice president, AEG Live Las Vegas. “This limited engagement will allow audience members an unforgettable experience with a living legend.”

A unique presentation designed especially for The Venetian Theatre, The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fadewill highlight the original diva’s illustrious career that has spanned more than five decades. From Motown classics (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”) to pop favorites (“I’m Coming Out”) and heartfelt hits (“Endless Love”), the limited engagement production features a carefully curated set list covering Ross’ musical milestones. Set inside the intimate Venetian Theatre, audiences will feel as though they can “Reach Out and Touch” the singer, who Billboard named "Female Entertainer of the Century."

“The Venetian Las Vegas has established itself as a premier luxury destination, which includes some of the finest entertainment offerings on the Strip,” said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer for The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo.  “We are looking forward to adding to that reputation when Diana Ross steps onto the stage of The Venetian Theatre on April 1.”

Beginning in the ‘60s, as lead singer of the world-renowned group, The Supremes, Ross achieved the unprecedented feat of 12 number-one singles in the U.S. becoming the most successful American group in history and rivaled only by The Beatles for the position of the biggest hit group of that generation. DianaRoss went on to achieve six number-one singles as a solo artist amassing a total of 18 number-one hits. Diana Ross’ phenomenal music career is marked by chart and commercial successes. In the U.S. alone, to date, she has tallied 31 Top Ten singles and 14 Top Ten Albums selling over 100 million units around the globe. 

Career milestones include induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Songwriters Hall of Fame, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) Hero Award, NAACP Entertainer Award, Billboard’s Female Entertainer of the Century Award, The Soul Train Legend Award and International Lifetime Achievement at the World Music Awards. The icon is forever cemented in history with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  “Stop! In The Name of Love,” “Where Did Our Love Go” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” have all been inducted into the NARAS Hall of Fame.  “Stop! In The Name of Love” and “You Can’t Hurry Love” are among The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Songs that Shaped Rock & Roll. In February 2012, The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences bestowed one of its highest honors to Ms. Ross by presenting to her the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tickets, starting at $59.50 (plus applicable fees), go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at any Venetian or Palazzo Box Office, online at Venetian.com/DianaRoss or by calling (702) 414-9000 or (866) 641-7469.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WOLF ALICE ROARS IN LOS ANGELES DEBUT

Wolf Alice
Wolf Alice roared into their  Los Angeles debut at Bardot Hollywood.
Wolf Alice marched into Bardot's Hollywood with a full on guitar-assault and roaring vocals from front-woman Ellie Roswell.  

It was a day of firsts for Wolf Alice.  Earlier in the day, they made their U.S. radio debut on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Ecclectic."  Last night was their Los Angeles live debut and this tour marks their first headlining tour on this side of the Atlantic - all unfamiliar and new from this four-piece band from London. What was familiar to them was the rain that greeted them all day. "We brought the rain with us," joked Roswell.  But the rain didn't stop die-hard fans from seeing Wolf Alice; packing Bardot from wall-to-wall.  Half the crowd had to watch from monitors in the adjoining room.  

Wolf Alice got the crowd into a frenzy, launching straight into "Moaning Lisa Smile," one of their biggest and loudest hits. While most of their set included songs off their Creature Songs and Blush EPs, Wolf Alice did tease the crowd with new songs "You're Love's Whore," "Giant Peach" and "You're a Germ," which are off their upcoming debut album which should drop later this year. Also this night, they pulled out something from the way back machine - "90 Mile Beach," a song they rarely play anymore but relearned it after learning it was getting a lot of airplay on KCRW. 

Wolf Alice's Ellie Roswell
Wolf Alice's Ellie Roswell performs at the Bardot Hollywood.
photos by Picksysticks
Currently working on their debut album, we'll likely get to hear their new songs when Wolf Alice returns to tour the U.S. again next month.

Wolf Alice continue their U.S. tour in New York where they've already sold out the Mercury Lounge on Jan. 30th.  On March 14th, they return to Los Angeles when they perform at the Bootleg Theatre  before they make their second appearance at this year's SXSW in Austin. 

Bardot setlist:  Moaning Lisa Smile / Your Love's Whore / Storms / 90 Mile Beach / You're a Germ / Blush / Giant Peach / Bros / Fluffy


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Monday, January 26, 2015

KELLY CLARKSON ANNOUNCES MARCH 3RD AS RELEASE DATE FOR 6TH STUDIO ALBUM 'PIECE BY PIECE'


Being crowned the first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson has always had that special place in my heart.  She's also my favorite winner to come out of Idol in it's 14 seasons.  And considering she's had this long career while most of the Idol's failed to launch their careers, Clarkson seems to be getting better and better with each album release.  

Today she announced that March 3rd will be the release date for her upcoming album Piece by Piece.  It'll be her sixth studio album in a career that has seen her sell over 20 million albums worldwide, nabbed 3 Grammy awards and seen 10 singles reach the top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

Below, you can listen to her first single "Heartbeat Song" which is available now on iTunes right here: http://smarturl.it/HBSiT

"Heartbeat Song" by Kelly Clarkson
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