CULTURES AND MUSIC COLLIDE AT CULTURE COLLIDE:LA

For five years, Culture Collide has been a staple in the Los Angeles music scene, giving artists from around the world a backdrop to perform for music lovers curated by music lovers.

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

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

SHINY TOY GUNS @ ECHOPLEX

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.

CATHEDRALS @ THE ECHO

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.

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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CULTURES AND MUSIC COLLIDE AT CULTURE COLLIDE 2014

MØ

For five years, Culture Collide has been a staple in the Los Angeles music scene, giving artists from around the world a backdrop to perform for music lovers curated by music lovers.  Unique in a way that it doesn't get the headlines as it's more well-known cousins, Culture Collide is the music fest where you can see bands before they head out and play the likes of Coachella or Lollapalooza - ie: MØ, Icona Pop, Phantogram, CSS, Phoenix  and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - all alums who have had their early beginnings at Culture Collide. 

MØ
Over 60 Bands from over 20 countries descend on Los Angeles for three days every October to celebrate music.  Held on October 16-18, Culture Collide celebrates and brings together musical acts from across the globe to perform in clubs and intimate venues in a five-block radius of Echo Park that culminates in an all-day block party to close out the festival.  

As usual, the contingency of female-fronted bands was strong, all traveling from places ranging from Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.K.

MØ kicked off Culture Collide at The Echoplex which also featured openers, LA's own Holychild.  's skyrocketing career has risen super fast, like a V2 rocket flying on all cylinders, since she released her first album last year. Since then, she's been touring Europe and the U.S. non-stop; even making her U.S. television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  

Described as a punk, hard-edged Grimes, the Danish singer's synth pop-songs are contrasting at times; from heavy and aggressive to soft and vulnerable.  But one things is sure, MØ's is quickly gaining a reputation for her explosive stage presence and she's known for getting close with her fans; this night she jumped and sang in the crowd and crowd-surfed twice!  

Just this past week, she performed on SNL alongside Iggy Azalea for her new song "Beg For It" and just this past month, she was featured in Swedish singer Elliphant's new video for "One More." Expect to hear and see more of MØ in the upcoming months.  

MØ’s opening act, LA-based Holychild are the new kids in town, livening up shows with their pop-dance tracks. Lead singer Liz Nistico, dressed as a cheerleader didn't need much to pump up the crowd in her cheerleading uniform. The hometown crowd danced and sang along as though Holychild were the headlining act.  

Holychild
Los Angeles' Holychild cheers up the crowd. at The Echoplex during Culture Collide.
photo by picksysticks
Recently 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 pop-ness 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 their performance on day one of Culture Collide, Holychild are here to stay.

Banoffee
Day two of Culture Collide treated fans with a mixture of electric-pop, acoustic and alternative rock.  Australia brought a strong contingency of artists including Banoffee who seemed tiny as she stood alone on the Taix stage surrounded by speakers and high keyboards.  But her sound was more than enough to make her stand tall, filling the room with her warm synth-pop sound.  Banoffee, also known as a desert pie filled with cream, bananas and toffee is exactly what the singer Banoffee (aka: Martha Brown) sounds like - sweet, sugary and it fills you up with happiness.  There's always room for pie or in this case Banoffee.  

Gossling, another Australian singer, played in Taix's Champagne Room. Bathed in saturated blue lights, Gossling's folk/pop melodies are highlighted by her  stunning and hypnotic vocals. She proves that songs can be dramatic and powerful with the simplest of melodies. Gossling's voice is the first thing that draws you to her; weathered and shiny to the point of showing rust - just like an aged wind chime gently blowing in the wind. It's peaceful and  relaxing but also pierces soothingly through the air which also describes another Aussie, Phebe Starr

Gossling
Gossling performs in Taix's Champagne Room during Culture Collide.
photos by picksysticks
But instead of serene and calmness, Starr's songs soar, backed up by her own powerful vocals.  Starr showcases her sonic landscaping, layering a complicated web of sounds, marrying her synth, drum machine and vocal looper into a seamless track. And what she makes is something beautiful and modern.  It's like watching a live art exhibit transform and change shapes right in front of your eyes.  She's definitely colorful to say the least. 

Nina Persson

Nina Persson
From Australia, we travel north to catch Sweden's Nina Persson,  lead singer of The Cardigans, performing across the parking lot at The Echo Park Methodist Church which began to fill up with anticipation.  It's been nearly 10 years since The Cardigans released their last album Super Extra Gravity in 2005.  But those waiting for a Cardigans album were rewarded when Nina Persson released her solo album Animal Heart via End Records earlier this year. 

The Church was ideal for Persson as it made her performance feel like a religious experience especially when she sang her hit singles "Animal Heart" and "Dreaming of Houses."  She even made a comment about how quiet it was and wondered if everyone was afraid of angering a higher power.

The final day of Culture Collide started in the afternoon with a good ol' Aussie BBQ at The Echo featuring Australia's best artists.  

Phebe Starr, Gossling and Banoffee were on hand to perform under The Echo's disco ball whom I saw the day before.  (All were so good I wanted to see them again.)

Banoffee
Aussie Banoffee performs at The Echo.
photo by picksysticks
Rapper and hip-hop artist Tkay Maidza was another Australian I didn't want to miss out on.  After overhearing a few excited fans the day before talking about Tkay's upcoming show at The Echo, I knew  I needed to watch her performance.  And I wasn't disappointed.  She mixes out of this world, starry, electro-beats and rhymes with infectious energy. And get this. She's only 18. Being this talented so young, there's no telling how far she can go.   Complex recently premiered her new animated video for "Switch Lanes" which is off her mixtape Switch Tape. 

Tkay Maidza
Australia's Tkay Maidza stormed the Echo with her electric energy.
photos by picksysticks
No Sinner from our neighbors up north were hard, unapologetic and just badass - especially lead singer Colleen Rennison who has a weathered yet powerful voice that's sounds like she's lived a lifetime’s worth of pain.  The only thing is, she's only 26.  So when you listen to her sing, the rawness in her voice, the hurt, the pain, the yearning you hear will just blow you away and you try and imagine where, deep in her gut, she pulls her energy from.  

No Sinner
No Sinner, from Vancouver, is good ol' classic blues/rock.  Heavy and guitar driven, No Sinner started at the Champagne Room with Rennison belting out her vocals.  She didn't care, nor did she notice, a near-empty room while she performed.  But that didn't last. Curious people outside couldn't help but hear the Joplin-esque vocals coming from inside.  After a few songs, the Champagne Room at Taix was nearly filled with people jamming along with No Sinner.  

Every year, Culture Collide ends the three-day fest with a block party outside complete with a large Ernie Ball stage out in the parking lot.  This year, bands from eight countries would play on that stage including Takeoffs and Landings, the five-piece band from Peru.  

They just formed late last year and have yet to release an album so Culture Collide attendees are fortunate that they will the very first to see this group play live.  Their sound? More like alternative rock with a dash of shoegaze as evidenced by their wall of sound with mysterious synths ever present in the background.  Takeoffs and Landings, consisting of Dennis (guitar), Sergio (guitar), Christopher (drums), Naama (vocals), and Christian (bass),  were one of the few bands I actually saw twice during Culture Collide. They were that good.  Currently, they're recording their first album which is set to drop later this year. 

Takeoffs and Landings
Alternative rockers  Love X Stereo from Seoul, Korea.
photos by picksysticks
Danceable Alternative Rock best describes Love X Stereo. Based out of Seoul, Korea, Love X Stereo sounds like a blast from the past, fusing 90s sunny, alternative rock with a more modern dance-pop beat.  K-Pop this isn't .  Love X Stereo is made up of Toby (guitar), Sol (bass) and Annie (vocal and synth) who uses electro beats to drive their songs forward.  And because of this,  their infectious songs created a buzz that had the music industry talking.  That, in turn, gave them the opportunity to  share the stage with KDMS, Asobe Seksu and, soon after, were awarded  featured spots at SXSW and New York's CMJ Music Marathon. 

PINS
PINS from Manchester
photo by picksysticks
And finally, all the way from Manchester, was the all-girl group PINS. I call them UK's version of the Dum Dum Girls.  Both have attitude.  Both prefer the dark look in their wardrobe. But where the Dum Dum Girls are more dark, dreamy and moody, PINS are more heavier on the dark and moody with piercing guitars but with pop undertones, the unpolished sound of PINS projects a rawness and truthfulness in their songs.  They call it 'dark-pop.'  And on the strength of their debut EP LUVU4LYF, PINS were able to tour Europe and followed that by releasing their full-length album Girls Like Us a year later to critical praise. 

PINS
UK's PINS closing out Culture Collide on the last day.
photos by picksysticks
This year, Culture Collide, which was born out of Filter Magazine founders Alan Sartirana and Alan Miller, saw some big changes.  Filter folded this summer and the two co-founders decided to go separate ways.  Sartirana left to start another music and culture magazine called Anthemic while Miller stayed on to continue Culture Collide brand. Now in it’s fifth year, Culture Collide continues to grow, adding two festivals in San Francisco and New York.  And although the two original founders split ways, Culture Collide will always be a music celebration for music lovers put on my music lovers.


Culture Collide Photo Gallery
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Monday, October 27, 2014

HAERTS DEBUT ALBUM OUT TODAY; ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR

Haerts

Today, NYC-based band Haerts released their debut album and to celebrate they've also announced their 16-date tour with Mikky Ekko and St. Lucia.  The tour, which kicks off Nov. 19th in New York will hit major cities like Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle and San Francisco and ending on Dec. 20th in Minneapolis.

Last fall, Haerts, consisting of Nini Fabi, Ben Gebert, Garrett Ienner and Derek McWilliams, created a buzz when they released their EP Hemiplegia selling out their first-ever hometown headlining show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg.  They also kept very busy performing at music festivals such as SXSW, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Firefly while sharing the stage with London Grammar and Bastille.  

You can now grab your copy of Haerts' debut self-titled album here: http://smarturl.it/haertsitunes.  

Listen to their hit song "Giving Up" below:




HAERTS On Tour: 
*w/ St. Lucia
# co-headline w/ Mikky Ekko

11/19 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 *
11/24 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts *
11/25 – Washington D.C. – 9:30 Club *
11/26 – Washington D.C. – 9:30 Club *
11/29 – Chicago, IL – Schubas #
11/30 – Columbus, OH – A&R Bar #
12/2 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club AE #
12/5 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Purgatory #
12/6 – Nashville, TN – Marathon #
12/8 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird #
12/9 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar #
12/12 – Portland, OR – Star #
12/13 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile #
12/16 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw #
12/18 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge #
12/20 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry #

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

CHARLI XCX @ THE MAYAN THEATER

Charli XCX

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.  But if you thought Charli XCX was bubble-gum pop, think again.  She's more like if someone had spit out that bubblegum-pop and then someone came walking by and stepped on that gum.  


Charli XCX
Charli XCX performs at The Mayan Theater.
photo by picksysticks
Playing for a little over an hour, Charli stepped out, along with her band, in cheerleading uniforms with Sucker written on them - the name of her upcoming album.  Earlier in the night, Elliphant and Femme opened up. 

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. Her tunes like her live shows are filled with attitude and  struts in your face unabashadly.  In an unexpected moment, Elliphant stopped in the middle of a song when she noticed someone in the crowd fainting and handed her bottled water. 


Charli XCX
Charli XCX celebrates her new upcoming album SUCKER, out this January 2015.
photos by picksysticks
When Charli XCX finally came on stage, it eerily echoed high school prom all over again. The extra-large, mutated crystal ball hanging above added to the prom feel of twisted innocence, raging hormones and spiked punch. It also included a special celebration for Charli's mom, who was in attendance, when the everyone in the sold out Mayan Theater sang her Happy Birthday. 

But this night was special in other ways. Charli XCX showcased a range that spotlighted her musical styles - from disco, to  pop and finally to punk and rock.  But the highlights of the night didn't come from her hits like Fancy, Boom Clap and I Love It, it came when she unveiled her newer songs from her highly anticipated album Sucker which drops in January.  Admittedly saying her upcoming record is more pop, it's not hard to hear more of a rock/punk sound in her newer songs like the Weezer-esque "Breaking Up" and the punk sounds of the Ramones in "London Queen."  


Elliphant
Elliphant opens up for Charli XCX at The Mayan Theater.
photos by picksysticks
2014 has been a breakout year for the anti-pop princess.  After scoring a worldwide hit with last year's "I Love It" Charli has been winning ever since - this time with Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" and "Boom Clap" which was featured on the Fault in Our Stars soundtrack.  That single rose to the Billboard's top 10 singles chart.  She's one of the most sought after writers with  rumored upcoming collaborations with Rihanna and Gwen Stefani.

Charli XCX returns to Los Angeles on December 5th when she plays Staples Center as part of KIIS FM's  Jingle Ball which also features Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande,Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora. 

Mayan Theater Setlist (10/24/14) - Sucker / Breaking Up / I Love It / Famous  / SuperLove / Black Roses / Lock You Up / Caught in the Middle / Need Your Love  / Stay Away / You (Ha Ha Ha) / / London Queen  / Break the Rules  / Grins / Gold Coins / Fancy / Boom Clap


CHARLI XCX PHOTO GALLERY

ELLIPHANT & FEMME PHOTO GALLERY

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

NEW VIDEO: "PARIS" BY LIZZO

Lizzo
Lizzo photo via: Facebook.com/LizzoMusic

The tempo goes from in your face, punch-out beats to  sugary harmonies to machine-gun quick rhymes in Lizzo's newest called "Paris."   Lizzo showcases her musical range like a painter mixing her paint brush in dabs of colors and then freely stroking the bare canvass into something both beautiful and dangerous.  

The new video premiered on Life+Times with an accompanying interview in which she talks about working with Prince and reveals a possible collaboration with Grimes.

Read the whol article right HERE and check out the official music video for "Paris" below.

"Paris" by Lizzo
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SXSW ANNOUNCE FIRST ROUND OF MUSIC ARTISTS FOR 2015

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)
EE (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)
SSLEEPERHOLD (Los Angeles CA)
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)
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SLEATER-KINNEY RELEASES LYRIC VIDEO FOR "BURY OUR FRIENDS"

Sleater-Kinney
Sleater-Kinner
photo via Facebook.com/SleaterKinney
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 NEWS: NEW VIDEO AND CMJ DATES

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
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

JESSIE J RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR "BURNIN' UP" FEAT. 2 CHAINZ


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
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Monday, October 6, 2014

CHARLI XCX RELEASES PUNK SONG "LONDON QUEEN"; TAPPED FOR HUNGER GAMES SOUNDTRACK

CHARLI XCX

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.

CHARLI XCX TOUR
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 
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THE STAVES PREMIERE NEW TRACK "OPEN"

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 WANTS YOU TO "SHUT UP" IN NEWEST VIDEO

Conway
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.
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ETANA DEBUTS NEW VIDEO "RICHEST GIRL"

Etana

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.
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THE BULLS RELEASE MESMERIZING SINGLE' "COME UNWOUND"

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.


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CATHEDRALS ANNOUNCE FIRST EAST COAST DATES AND DROP NEW VIDEO FOR "UNBOUND"

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.  
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Monday, September 29, 2014

LISTEN AND STREAM ZOLA JESUS' NEW ALBUM TAIGA NOW; DROPS OCT. 7TH

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.

LIVE DATES
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
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