Given the dark, shadowy melodies by New York City's Phantogram, a concert at a cemetery was fitting for New York duo. Friday night, Phantogram performed in front of a sold-out crowd at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.


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!


Fans at the packed Echoplex on Sunday and left sweaty and exhausted after Shiny Toy Guns played for over an hour and fifteen minutes for their hometown crowd.


It's usually rare to see a venue packed very early for an opening band, especially for a band that was only peforming their second show ever.


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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Charli XCX performs at Cedar St. Courtyard during SXSW.
photo by picksysticks
The music portion of SXSW runs from March 17-22  and today, the first round of 2015 SXSW Showcasing Artists has finally arrived! More than 170 artists from all over the world make up one of the strongest first round artist announcements to date.

At SXSW in March, you’ll hear iconic UK post-punk band The Pop Group, soul-influenced Detroit rapper Black Milk, new buzz acts like Madrid's Deers and Austin's own Institute, a minimalist blend of Yoruba music with modern electronic from XL Recordings’ Ibeyi, contagious electronic pop by Charlotte OC and much more. Australian psych-pop legends The Church will also be performing at the SXSW Music Festival to coincide with their interview at the SXSW Music Conference.

Check out the full list right HERE.

Agoraphobia (Boiro SPAIN)
Agosto (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Alvvays (Toronto CANADA)
Angus & Julia Stone (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Babes (New Orleans LA)
Baby In Vain (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires (Birmingham AL)
Ballet School (Berlin GERMANY)
Ball Park Music (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
The Barberettes (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Courtney Barnett (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
James Bay (Hitchin UK-ENGLAND)
Be Forest (Pesaro ITALY)
Big Phony (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Bishop Nehru (New York NY)
Blacklist Royals (Nashville TN)
Black Milk (Detroit MI)
Black Taxi (New York NY)
Bloods (Newtown AUSTRALIA)
Bogan Via (Los Angeles CA)
Bomba Estéreo (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Bonaparte (Berlin GERMANY)
The Boxing Lesson (Austin TX)
Brolin (Yorkshire UK-ENGLAND)
Butcher Brown (Richmond VA)
Buenaparte (Lecheria VENEZUELA)
The California Honeydrops (Oakland CA)
Ben Caplan (Halifax CANADA)
Carl Barat and The Jackals (London UK-ENGLAND)
Ceschi (New Haven CT)
Charlotte OC (Blackburn UK-ENGLAND)
Cheerleader (Philadelphia MN)
ChihiroYamazaki+ROUTE14band (Tokyo JAPAN)
The Church (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Civil Twilight (Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA)
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers (Phoenix AZ)
Coasts (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Crew54 (Killeen TX)
Dark Time Sunshine (Seattle WA)
Deers (Madrid SPAIN)
Dena (Berlin GERMANY)
Diwan Saz (Yodefat ISRAEL)
The Dodos (San Francisco CA)
Cettina Donato & Serena Brancale Group (Messina ITALY)
Dream Police (Brooklyn NY)
Dry the River (London UK-ENGLAND)
East Cameron Folkcore (Austin TX)
Eastern Sidekick (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
El Conjunto Nueva Ola (Los Angeles CA)
El Freaky (Bogota COLOMBIA)
Él Mató A Un Policía Motorizado (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Fatherson (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Marcelo Fruet & os Cozinheiros (Porto Alegre BRAZIL)
Colin Gilmore (Austin TX)
GoldLink (Washington DC)
The Gooch Palms (Newcastle AUSTRALIA)
Jenn Grant (Halifax CANADA)
Haioka (Tokyo JAPAN)
Happyness (London UK-ENGLAND)
Haroon (Islamabad PAKISTAN)
Danny B. Harvey (Austin TX)
Mekaal Hasan Band (Lahore PAKISTAN)
Heat (Montreal CANADA)
Heaters (Grand Rapids MI)
Hey Marseilles (Seattle WA)
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (Brooklyn NY)
Ibeyi (Paris FRANCE)
The Inspector Cluzo (Mont de Marsan FRANCE)
Institute (Austin TX)
Jared & The Mill (Tempe AZ)
Jitterbug Vipers (Austin TX)
Alexz Johnson (New York NY)
JoyCut (Bologna ITALY)
Dustin Kensrue (Orange County CA)
Khumariyaan (Peshawar PAKISTAN)
Hanne Kolstø (Oslo NORWAY)
Krypol Haze (Austin TX)
Ben Kweller (Austin TX)
Kydd (Austin TX)
La Orquesta Vulgar (Mexico City MEXICO)
The Last Bison (Chesapeake VA)
Howie Lee (Beijing CHINA)
The Lonely Wild (Los Angeles CA)
Lost Midas (Los Angeles CA)
Demi Louise (Boronia AUSTRALIA)
Love Inks (Austin TX)
Low Cut Connie (Philadelphia PA)
Low Roar (Reykjavik ICELAND)
Luluc (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Lust for Youth (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Lydia (Phoenix AZ)
Mai Dhai (Thar Parker PAKISTAN)
Marching Church (Copenhagen DENMARK)
MC Lars (Oakland CA)
Mew (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Mini Mansions (Los Angeles CA)
Miss Chain & The Broken Heels (Thiene ITALY)
Modestep (London UK-ENGLAND)
Moon Duo (Portland OR)
Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step (San Francisco CA)
mothercoat (Fukaya JAPAN)
Mr.Kitty (Austin TX)
Nakia (Austin TX)
Jay Nash and Josh Day are the Contenders (Los Angeles CA)
Natural Child (Nashville TN)
Nightmare Air (Los Angeles CA)
No Brain (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Noveller (Austin TX)
Ocellot (Barcelona SPAIN)
The Octopus Project (Austin TX)
Panda Elliot (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
The Parrots (Madrid SPAIN)
Pharmakon (New York NY)
Pommez Internacional (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Poor Rich Boy (Lahore PAKISTAN)
The Pop Group (London UK-ENGLAND)
Publicist UK (Longmont CO)
Quantic (New York NY)
Que (Atlanta GA)
Rangleklods (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Residual Kid (Austin TX)
Roddy (New Orleans LA)
Royal Teeth (New Orleans LA)
Sain Tanveer Brothers (Sialkot PAKISTAN)
Sertified (Austin TX)
Seven Davis Jr (Los Angeles CA)
Sexores (Barcelona SPAIN)
Silk Rodeo (Austin TX)
Charanjit Singh (Bombay INDIA)
Skinny Lister (London UK-ENGLAND)
Sleep ∞ Over (Austin TX)
Luisa Sobral (Lisbon PORTUGAL)
Songhoy Blues (Bamako MALI)
Sorne (Austin TX)
The Sour Notes (Austin TX)
The Stone Foxes (San Francisco CA)
Suboi (Saigon VIETNAM)
Suicideyear (Baton Rouge LA)
숨[su:m] (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Summer Heart (Malmo SWEDEN)
Sy Ari Da Kid (Atlanta GA)
Tanya Tagaq (Brandon CANADA)
Talking To Turtles (Leipzig GERMANY)
Talkshow (Bratislava SLOVAKIA)
The Big Pink (London UK-ENGLAND)
Thee Oh Sees (Los Angeles CA)
Jonathan Toubin (New York NY)
Tourmaline (Portland OR)
Transit (Calgary CANADA)
Hailey Tuck (London UK-ENGLAND)
Twerps (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
The Twilight Sad (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Twin Peaks (Chicago IL)
Txarango (Barcelona SPAIN)
Ume (Austin TX)
Vaadat Charigim (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
Vampillia (Nihon'odori JAPAN)
Vockah Redu (New Orleans LA)
Vuurwerk (Brussels BELGIUM)
Wand (Los Angeles CA)
Jessie Ware (London UK-ENGLAND)
Warm Soda (Austin TX)
Lewis Watson (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
Weekend Money (New York NY)
Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts (Los Angeles CA)
Hank West & the Smokin Hots (Asheville NC)
Whitehorse (Toronto CANADA)
Jess Williamson (Austin TX)
Emily Wolfe (Austin TX)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


photo via
It's been 9 years since Sleater-Kinney released their last album The Woods.  Now, the Olympia, Washington band, formed in 1994 by Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss just released the first single off that album along with an accompanying lyric video. 

Part of the riot grrrl indie rock scene that was prominent in the 90s that included L7, Hole, Bikini Kill and Babes in Toyland, Sleater-Kinney are gearing up to release their eight album on January 20th. 

Check out the lyric video below:

“Bury Our Friends” from the January 2015 Sleater-Kinney album, No Cities to Love (video featuring Miranda July)

Friday, October 10, 2014


Little Daylight
Little Daylight performs at SXSW earlier this year.
photo by picksysticks
From Brooklyn, Little Daylight's tunes basks in sunny synth-pop melodies.  Their songs shine and sparkles like lights bouncing off sequins jumpsuits that are layered with the free-floating  vocals from lead singer Nikki Taylor. To get a feel of what their music sounds and feels like all you have to do is read  the titles of their songs – “Glitter and Gold” and “Name In Lights” and now "My Life," their newest song featuring The Griswolds and Young Rising Sons.     

Formed in the spring of 2012 by Nikki Taylor, Matt Lewkowicz and Eric Zeiler, Little Daylight has released the “friends edit” of “My Life,” a high-energy track from their latest album, Hello Memory.  

Currently, Little Daylight are on tour supporting their new album with a featured spot at this year's upcoming CMJ Music Festival in New York later this month. 

Little Daylight Live Dates:
Oct 21 - Balcony TV Showcase at Webster Hall
Oct 22 - ASCAP Showcase at Webster Hall
Oct 25 - Wild Honey Pie Showcase at Brooklyn Night Bazaar

"My Life" official music video by Little Daylight

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Jessie J

October is ramping up to be the month Jessie J will be taking over television, radio and the internet!

For starters, Jessie just released the official music video for "Burnin' Up" today.  It's the second single off her latest album Sweet Talker which drops next Tuesday (Oct. 14th) and it features rapper 2 Chainz.  "Burnin' Up" follows the heels of her platinum hit single "Bang Bang" which featured a collaboration of all stars Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

And to spread the word on her upcoming record, Jessie will appear this Friday on GMA and next week she'll have a full plate with appearances at Live! With Kelly & Michael followed up with Dancing with the Stars on the 13th, Ellen on the 17th and then The Queen Latifah show on Oct. 27th.  

Next Tuesday (Oct. 14th), Jessie will head to Los Angeles to perform at the famed El Rey Theater. 

Sweet Talker, which is available for pre-order and available for preview on iTunes now, will be available in stores and through all digital retailers on October 14th, 2014. The album will feature appearances from De La Soul, 2 Chainz and American violinist Lindsey Stirling and was produced by the likes of Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ilya, Diplo, Tricky, The Dream and more.

"Burnin' Up" official music video by Jessie J feat. 2 Chainz

Monday, October 6, 2014



With a Ramones-esque beat, Charli XCX has released her latest punk/pop song that infuses an electro-dance beat along with fast  power chords.   "London Queen" marries the raw sounds of renegade punk and the colorful new wave songs of the 80s.

With her new album set to be released later this year, it was speculated, after she collaborating with Weezer's Rivers Cuomo and Vampire Weekend, that  Charli XCX would make more of a rock album, utilizing more of an aggressive sound with live instruments.

"London Queen" by Charli XCX 

But a few months ago, she's since gone back to her pop roots, telling Pop Justice, “I was making a punk album! I was over the music industry, I was over all of it. And I went to Sweden and made a punk album...but now I’ve made a pop record."

Her recent releases seem to prove the pop direction with the release of her most recent hit "Boom Clap" and "Break the Rules" which are expected to be included in the new album.

And this week, it was announced that Lorde, who is curating the upcoming "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" soundtrack, has tapped Charli XCX to include on of her songs to the album.

Currently on her North American tour, Charli XCX will hit all the major cities including New York, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

October 7- New York, NY @ Webster Hall 
October 9 - Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre 
October 10 - Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton 
October 11 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall 
October 13 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall 
October 14 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
October 16 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Downstairs
October 17 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
October 18 - Dallas, TX @ Trees 
October 20 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
October 21 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues 
October 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theatre 
October 25 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's 


The Staves

The Staves are able to pack a punch with so very little.  With whispering, acoustic guitars the sisters, consisting of Emily, Camilla and Jessica , showcase their ever sooo smooth and silky vocal harmonies that makes you feel like you're travelling on their emotional journey with them.  

London's The Staves has gained popularity here in the States when they opened up for The Civil Wars in 2012 and has gained more loyal followers since their strong showing at last year's South By Southwest  in Austin, Texas while also supporting Bon Iver during his North American tour.  Their debut album Dead & Born & Grown was released in November 2012.

Listen to their new track "Open" exclusively at Line Of Best Fit right HERE.  It's off their upcoming EP The Blood I Bled which drops Oct. 27th via Atlantic Records.


Thursday, October 2, 2014


Conway performs at The Echo.
photo by picksysticks
Conway is the complete package.  Her emotionally charged songs have a simmering explosiveness that she reflects onto her high octane live performances.

If you haven't seen Conway live  yet, then you're missing one of the freshest, most exciting, most in-your-face performers in music today.  Pop music she ain't.  You're likely to get a good work out just trying to keep up. 

In her video that was released today for "Shut Up," Coway's bruising vocals pack a wallop and takes no prisoners in her newest rebel anthem.  It's off her latest EP which dropped last month and is availabe on iTunes right HERE.  

"Shut Up" official music video by Conway.



Here's the newest video from Jamaica's beloved songstress, Etana.  "Richest Girl," off Etana's upcoming fourth studio album is an infectious Caribbean love ballad set to smooth beats and highlights Etana's silky vocals. 

Her new album I Rise will be released October 28th with a collection of classic love songs - all filled with catchy melodies that infuses her emotionally charged lyrics.

"Richest Girl" by Etana, off her upcoming album I Rise.


The Bulls
The Bulls
pic via Facebook/TheBullsMusic
Los Angeles-based duo The Bulls are currently in the studio finishing up their debut EP. Today, they gave us a tease of what's to come with the release of "Come Unwound," their debut single, which echoes late 80s and 90s new wave. The single is set to be released on Oct. 14th.  

The Bulls are a collaboration between multi-instrumentalist Anna Bulbrook and guitarist Marc Sallis.

Listen to "Come Unwound" below.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Cathedrals' Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin

This video works on so many levels, perfectly capturing the sound and mood of San Francisco-based band Cathedrals.  In the new video for "Unbound," a ballerina who dances and seems to float on air is softly illuninated by a sugar cubs light sculpture, set to delicate layers of vulnerable synth-pop melodies.  

"Unbound" official music video by Cathedrals.
directed by Sam Pressman

Consisting of Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin, Cathedrals have been together for about a year, releasing their debut EP in September.  Their songs does so much with its sheer simplicity before soaring into a wall of ethereal soundscapes.

Cathedrals previously revealed "Harlem" and "Unbound"  via their Soundcloud page, and both songs shot to the #1 position on the Hype Machine chart in no time.   

In October, Cathedrals will play their first ever East Coast shows at New York's CMJ music festival.  

Monday, September 29, 2014


Zola Jesus

New York Times is currently streaming Zola Jesus' full album TAIGA for a limited time. Press Play is the place where The New York Times debuts noteworthy new music. TAIGA drops October 7th, a day before she launches her record release world tour in San Francisco on Oct. 8th which also takes her to major cities across the globe including stops in Los Angeles, New York, England, Germany, France and Switzerland through November. 

TAIGA, her fifth studio album, is very pop-centric and accessible 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.  Rolling Stone describes it as “a surprising set of 11 pop songs, replete with catchy beats and stuck-in-your-head hooks,” and Paste says, "The whole album thrives on a sense of clarity for the singer/songwriter." 

Listen to TAIGA in its entirety at New York Times' Press Play righT HERE

"Dangerous Days" official music video by Zola Jesus.

10/8 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s w/ Operators
10/9 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey w/ Leech
10/16 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall w/ The-Drum
10/17 – Washington, DC – Hirshhorn Museum
10/19 – New York, NY – Webster Hall w/ Martin Rev (Suicide) & Lee Bannon
10/29 – Bristol, England – Colston Hall
10/30 – Leeds, England – Belgrave Music Hall
10/31 – Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo
11/1 – Manchester, England – Manchester Cathedral - Columns
11/4 – Paris, France – Badaboum
11/5 – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
11/6 St Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
11/7 Geneva, Switzerland – l’Usine
11/8 – Reims, France – La Cartonnerie
11/10 – Köln, Germany – Gebäude 9
11/11 – Berlin, Germany – Berghain
11/12 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel and Gefährlich
11/13 – Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
11/14 – Brussels, Belgium – La Nuit Botanique
11/15 – Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
11/18 – London, England - KOKO



Today, Lorde premiered her new single for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1" film.  The single, called "Yellow Flicker Beat" is the lead song off the soundtrack and it now available on iTunes now.

"Yellow Flicker Beat" is a moody, synth-pop tune, fitting for the Hunger Games franchise that launches into a military-like beat with a rising chorus that lifts from the dark ashes.

Lorde, the multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning artist from New Zealand, is currenlty on her North American Tour that began at this year's Coachella Festival in August.  She makes her Los Angeles Greek Theater debut on October 6th & 7th. 

9/30 – The Joint, Las Vegas
10/2 – Greek, Berkeley, Calif.
10/6 – Greek, Los Angeles
10/9 – Santa Barbra Bowl, Santa Barbra, Calif.
10/10 – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater, San Diego10-12 – Austin City Limits, Austin (Weekend 2 only) *

* festival performance

Sunday, September 28, 2014


photo via Facebook/MozellaMusic
That catchy song you hear on the new Microsoft commercial is called "Unplug" by MoZella. The ad, for the new Surface Pro 3 Power uses lyrics "Unplug let it out, unplug let it in" to push graphic artists to switch from Mac to Microsoft. 

The song, written by Mozella & Tim Myers was also used in the 2012 trailers for the Judd Apatow film "This Is 40" starring Paul Rudd.

MoZella is behind the worldwide hit song "Wrecking Ball" written for Miley Cyrus.  It was Miley's first number one single in the U.S. and made the year's top lists for Billboard, Rolling Stone, MTV and Spin Magazine.  

"Surface Pro 3 Power" commercial featuring the song "Unplug" by Mozella

"Unplug" by MoZella

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Five Knives Announce Campus Consciousness Tour with Icona Pop

Fall 2014 Campus Consciousness Tour Kicks off Next Month

Red Bull Records artists Five Knives are hitting the road with Icona Pop on the 14th Campus Consciousness Tour (CCT.) This fall, the tour will visit ten schools empowering female student leaders and supporting environmental efforts on campus and nationally. To coincide with the tour, Five Knives have released a new song via Buzznet and Purevolume. Listen to “Sugar” here:

Hailing from Nashville, TN, Five Knives are the perfect intersection of where electronica and rock n’ roll meet.  Front woman Anna M’Queen, keyboardists/programmers Nathan Barlowe and Zach Hall, and drummer Shane Wise grind heavy synth riffs into an undeniably catchy sound that’s rooted in old-school punk, new school electronic and pure, unadulterated pop. Songs from their 2013 EP The Rising have been remixed by Xilent, Damn Kids and more, resulting in a Top 10 Billboard Club Chart hit, and Pretty Lights’ remix of the band’s song “Savages” has received almost 500k plays on SoundCloud. Five Knives are currently finishing their Mark Needham (Imagine Dragons, The Killers)-produced debut album, due out next year.

This semester’s CCT focuses on supporting campus environmental groups, recognizing female student leaders on campus, and bringing attention to national environmental campaigns, with an upbeat and fun approach. The tour will include an opportunity for students to add their voice to the Environmental Defense Fund’s Defend our Future campaign against climate change each day in the student union or campus center, and at each evening’s concert, non-profit group REVERB will set up an interactive Consciousness Village, with a recycled “Trashion Show” Photo Booth, Defend Our Future, student environmental groups, prizes, games, and more.

Fall 2014 Campus Consciousness Tour Dates:

10/15/14 - University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena (students only)
10/17/14 - West Virginia University - Morgantown, WV - Morgantown Event Center
10/18/14 - Cornell University - Ithaca, NY - Barton Hall
10/23/14 - St. Louis University - St. Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena
10/25/14 - Southern Miss - Hattiesburg, MS - Historic Downtown Hatties
10/28/14 – IUP - Indiana, PA - Ohio Room, Hadley Union Bldg.
10/30/14 - Bloomsburg University - Bloomsburg, PA - Nelson Fieldhouse
11/01/14 - Bates College - Lewiston, ME - Gray Gym


Vic and Gab performs at The Soho House at SXSW.
photo by picksysticks
We first saw this sister dou at SXSW earlier this year.  With their cool and refreshing indie-pop, their songs are ohhh sooo catchy. 

For Tegan and Sara fans, Milwaukee's own sister duo Vic and Gab should be added to your playlists.  And just like the Canadian twin sisters, these sisters also trade off and share vocal duties. Infectious playful songs that are beat and bass driven are their forte along with their sweet harmonies that barely rise above a sultry whisper.    

They just released their new video for "Love of Mine" directed by Betty Allen. Check it out below.

"Love of Mine" official music video by Vic & Gab.