FIVE KNIVES @ THE TROUBADOUR

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

PINS ANNOUNCE U.S. SUMMER TOUR

Ahead of their June 9th release of their upcoming album Wild Nights, UK's PINS have released their new single "Young Girls." Also, they just announced their U.S. summer toiur which kicks off June 13rh in New York.

ZELLA DAY @ THE TROUBADOUR

Zella Day has released her debut album Kicker and she celebrated with a sold out show at LA's famed Troubadour last week.

MAKE MUSIC PASADENA SHINES IN ITS 8TH YEAR

Last Saturday, over 150 bands made their journey to downtown Pasadena to take part in Make Music Pasadena (MMP), billed as the largest free, all-day music festival on the West Coast.

WINTER @ THE ECHO

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

Thursday, July 23, 2015

PIXAR'S GOOD DINOSAUR TRAILER FEATURES SONG "CRYSTALS" BY OF MONSTERS AND MEN

photo via facebook.com/ofMonstersandMen
I'm a big fan of Pixar films. Today Disney dropped the new trailer for "The Good Dinosaur." It asks the question: What if Earth was never hit by an asteroid that killed off all the dinosaurs?  In this animated feature film, we're taken on a journey with a dinosaur who befriends an unlikely human friend.  The film hits theaters this December.

The trailer also features the song "Crystals" by Of Monsters and Men.  It's from their second studio album Beneath the Skin which dropped last month.  Check out the trailer and the video below.

Pixar's The Good Dinosaur trailer featuring the song "Crystals" by Of Monsters and Men.

Official video for "Chystals" by Of Monsters and Men.
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Monday, July 20, 2015

SCREAMING FEMALES UNLEASH NEW "EMPTY HEAD" VIDEO



Earlier today, SPIN premiered a new video from Screaming Females.  The New Jersey DIY-punk trio released their critically acclaimed sixth album Rose Mountain, earlier this year and are taking their blazing punk rock heroics on a national summer tour. Kicking things off July 27th in Cleveland, the band will make stops in Chicago, Omaha, Seattle, Los Angeles, Nashville, DC and more.

Today, the band shares a new video for album track “Empty Head” which features life-size puppets of characters created collaboratively by director Tobias Stretch and the band. Drummer Jarrett Dougherty shares, “Tobias Stretch is an amazing video artist and we were very excited to work with him. He has developed a unique style of life-sized stop motion animation that uses the real world around us as the location. To fuse our esthetic with Tobias' style, Marissa and Tobias worked together to create two dimensional characters. We all worked to turn these characters into life-sized puppets and Tobias directed, shot and edited the video over many months. We are very pleased with the final look!" 





Thursday, July 16, 2015

CHVRCHES ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, RELEASES NEW SONG



CHVRCHES was selling out venues even before they released their debut album The Bones of What You Believe in 2013. When that album finally came, it definitely exceeded expectations and then some.  This Scottish trio are now gearing up for their highly anticipated sophomore album called Every Open Eye  due September 25th via Universal and they've given up a sneak peak with a new lyric video for "Leave a Trace." 

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NEW VIDEO: MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS' "BLUE"


"Blue" is from Marina and the Diamonds latest album FROOT which was released earlier this year. Froot was Marina's first album to break US's Billboard 200 chart debuting at #8, her highest ever.  After a whirlwind tour promoting Froot which included stops at SXSW and Coachella, Marina and the Diamonds already announced her return with her Neon Nature Tour that launches in October with stops in Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Canada.

Check out the video for "Blue" below.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

RYN WEAVER @ THE EL REY THEATRE


Ryn Weaver, on her first ever U.S. headlinig tour, hit the famed El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on Monday to a sold out crowd.  

On tour since March, Weaver just released her highly anticipated debut album The Fool last month.  

Recently named an MTV Artist to Watch as well as one of Time's "15 Artists To Watch In 2015" and one of Huffington Post's "25 Artists You Need To Start Listening To In 2015," Weaver rose to prominence after her debut single "OctaHate" was released online last year. Since, "OctaHate" has been streamed more than 6 million times on Spotify.

Born and raised in SoCal, this night felt special, like a homecoming of sorts with the sold-out crowd not just singing along to her hits songs "Promises" and "Octahate" but every other song which Weaver made note of. 

She even took a break to joke about the fascination of social media and how everyone has thousands of  'internet" friends yet "real friends" are few and far between.  She then asked everyone to turn and introduce themselves to at least two strangers.  It was a special gesture in a night where everyone in the room, at least, had one thing in common - the love for Ryn Weaver. 

With her father and brothers in attendance,  the highlight of the night was when Ryn turned it down a notch to perform "The Travelling Song" which she wrote in honor of her grandfather. 

And when, at the end of the night, she burst into "Octahate" fans rushed the stage to dance and sing with Weaver. 

El Rey Setlist: Runaway / Pierre / Sail On / Stay Low / The Fool / Free / Traveling Song / Promises / Here is Home / Octahate /  New Constellations


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ICONA POP WILL PERFORM FOR FREE AT SANTA MONICA'S VERIZON GRAND OPENING

Icona Pop

As part of the grand opening of the new Verizon store on Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade, Icona Pop will perform live on July 18th at 7pm.  

The duo, consisting of Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt are behind the worldwide hit "I Love It" featuring Charli XCX and have gone on tour with Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry. 

On July 18, be sure to come on down to the Promenade, where they'll also have fitness classes taught by celebrity trainer Kim Lyons, a Game of Skate contest with Dew Tour athletes, and free performances by chart-topping major recording artists! This is a can’t-miss event. Bring your friends and join the party!

Who:     Icona Pop
When:  July 18th
Where: Santa Monica Verizon
             1322 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

JULY 18 OPENING

Grand Opening Celebration!

To celebrate the opening of this high-tech, eco-friendly store, Verizon invites the public to its Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, July 18.

Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m., including:

Performance by a major recording artist (to be announced soon!)
Dew Tour Game of Skate competition and athlete meet & greet
Two free workouts by celebrity trainer Kim Lyons
Live music by renowned LA DJ, Mike Sincere
Design-your-own skateboard deck with artist Thank You X
Free giveaways and much more!
Event Schedule

10:30 AM – Kim Lyons Fitness Class
12:00 PM – Dew TourGame of SKATE Qualifier
12:00 PM – Kim Lyons Q&A
12:15 PM – Kim Lyons Fitness Class 2
1:30 PM – Dew Tour Game of SKATE Semi-Final
1:45 PM – Kim Lyons Q&A 2
2:00 PM – DJ Mike Sincere
2:30 PM – Dew Tour Game of SKATE Bronze Round
3:15 PM – Dew Tour Game of SKATE Gold Round
3:45 PM – Dew Tour Athlete Signing
4:00 PM – Performance by Radial

5:45 PM – Performances by Major Recording Artists Begin

Link:      http://www.verizonwireless.com/mobile-living/inside/santamonica/?CMP=DMC-CSVCS_ZZ_ZZ_E_DO_N_X00001#july-18-opening






Tuesday, July 7, 2015

MY NEW OBSESSION: JANE DECKER "STONEWALLIN'

Jane Decker


So, thanks to BaebleMusic who recently featured her, I now have a new obsession - Jane Decker from Ohio.  Decker has a catchy-synth and slacker-pop-laced sampler that came out just in time for the summer.  I could listen to this forever.   Check it out below. 

GIN WIGMORE ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR DATES AND THIRD ALBUM


GIN WIGMORE


New Zealand's Gin Wigmore will launch her U.S. Tour one week after her highly anticIpated new album Blood To Bone drops on August 28th via Island Records. 

With this new album, Wigmnore recorded it here in Los Angeles taking on more of a producer role while taking the wheel of her career.  It already debuted at #1 in her homeland when it was released last week.  

While her last album Gravel & Wine, released in 2013, borrows from classic Americana with touches of Outlaw Country Rock, Wigmore decided to go much more darker and grittier for her third studio album.  
The whole idea for this album was to write songs that pushed me beyond my comfort zone,”  Wigmore explains. “There were so many genres of music that I was not ready to appreciate prior to making this album. It's like a whole new part of my palette and appetite for music opened up before embarking on the writing of Blood To Bone.”
If you haven't heard of Gin Wigmore, you've probably already heard her without even knowing. Her hit songs "Black Sheep" and "Kill of the NIght" were featured on shows like "Grey's Anatomy," "Revenge," and "Teen Wolf" while "Man Like That" was used in the Heineken commercial that was used during James Bond's "Skyfall" tie-in. 

Check out the first video revealed for "Written in the Water” in which Wigmore and Letlive frontman Jason Butler take on the role of a backwoods Bonnie and Clyde on the run from a vengeful local sheriff – and stay tuned for the second installment of the video, which will be revealed soon.


U.S. TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
9/8: Boston, MA @ Sinclair
9/9: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
9/11: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
9/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Boots and Saddle
9/14: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
9/15: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
9/18: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
9/19: Seattle, WA @ Tractor
9/22: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw
9/24: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
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Monday, July 6, 2015

BIRDY RELEASES ACOUSTIC VERSION OF "WINGS" FROM ABBEY ROAD


Here's Birdy, returning to the Abbey Road Studios to record a live acoustiv version of "Wings" which is off her recent album Fire Within which dropped last September.  

Two years ago, she released live versions of "Wings" and "Light Me Up" from the same studio. The only difference this time around is that this version is more raw and toned down. 

Check it out below.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

JULE VERA RELEASES NEW EP ‘FRIENDLY ENEMIES’

JULE VERA

With a blend of pop and alternative rock, Alabama's Jule Vera released their new EP Friendly Enemies this week via Pure Noise Records.  Currently performing on Vans Warped Tour, Jule Vera, fronted by Ansley Newman, are one of the breakout bands of this year's tour blending an infectious blend of pop and rock. They just dropped their newest EP Friendly Enemies yesterday via Pure Noise Records.  

The EP is available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon and julevera.merchnow.com, and can be streamed at http://bit.ly/1C0idnA.

Be sure to check out "One Little String," one of my favs!


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Monday, June 29, 2015

TAT DROPS NEW SONG "ANXIETY"

TAT

TAT, the London-based band, has just released their new single "Anxiety."  After years away from the spotlight, this punk-inspired trio are returing in a big way. First off, they're currently touring on select shows on the Vans Warped Tour and are also prepping the release of their second album which is expected to drop early next year.  

"Anxiety" will be available for download on July 15th.  Check it out below.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

KITTEN @ THE TROUBADOUR


In April, in what was supposed to be two straight nights of shows at the famed Troubadour, Kitten's Chloe Chaidez struggled through night one, barely able to to sing with what was later diagnosed as having nodules on her vocal cords.  She postponed night two to get some much needed rest.  Flash forward earlier this month, when Kitten returned with a vengeance for their sold-out, make-up show that lasted two hours and saw Chloe doing her usual Kitten-esque thing; climbing rafters, serenading and pulling fans onstage to dance with and topping it off the night with a crowd-walk inside the sold-out Troubadour.  Definitely one of her best shows and cemented her electrifying stage presence that got her to tour and share the stage with almost every cool and influential band out there - Paramore, Charli XCX, Garbage, No Doubt and Courtney Love. 

KITTEN performs to a sold-out crowd at The Troubadour.
photos by picksysticks
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

KISS ME DEADLY DROPS DEBUT ALBUM AND TOUR DATES

Kiss Me Deadly
Kiss Me Deady
photo by Andrew Thames
With David Lynch-esque noirish melodies, Kiss Me Deadly makes you feel like you've walked into some mysterious and dark world filled with seductive harmonies, raspy guitars, raw beats and a whole lot of attitude.  With the fun sounds of swamp rock and the vintage colorful sounds of what you would expect from pulp fiction novels, their music plays like the soundtrack to classic gangster films.  

The Cleveland trio, consisting of Jen Poland, Madelyn Hayes and Evan Lieberman just dropped their highly anticipated debut album What You Do In The Dark (via Kingswood Records) and it recalls a time when music was best heard in clubs, before the internet, television and above all - no auto-tune.  It's a welcomed flashback. 



And to celebrate their release, Kiss Me Deadly has announced a 2-week, 15-city North American tour beginning this Saturday (6/27) in their hometown of Cleveland and then hit major cities like New York, Boston, Toronto, Montreal and Philadelphia before finishing off back in Cleveland on July 11th.  


TOUR DATES
6/27 – Cleveland, OH @ Waterloo Arts Fest
6/27 – Akron, OH @ Highland Tavern (10pm)
6/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
6/29 – Washington D.C. @ Treehouse Lounge
7/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Grape Room
7/02 – New York, NY @ Pianos
7/03 – Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
7/04 – Boston, MA @ The Midway
7/05 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey House
7/06 – Montreal, CAN @ Bar Pub-St Denis
7/07 – Ottawa, CAN @ Pressed Cafe
7/08 – Toronto, CAN @ The Smiling Buddah
7/09 – Detroit, MI @ Smalls
7/10 – Toledo, OH @ House Concert
7/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Becky’s Bar


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Thursday, June 18, 2015

RYN WEAVER RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR "TRAVELING SONG"

RYN WEAVER

Ryn Weaver's highly anticapted debut album "The Fool" was officially released on Tuesday. Her highly anticipated album includes her hit songs "Octohate" and "Promises."  But today, she premiered a video for "Traveling Song" in honor of her grandfather Max which incorporates much of his family home videos.  

Named on many 'Top Artists to Watch' lists in 2015 by such outlets like MTV, Huffington Post and Time, Ryn Weaver continues to amaze audiences and critics; most recently at this years' SXSW, Coachella and Bonnaroo music festivals.  Currently, she's on her summer tour and hits Los Angeles' famed El Rey nexts month.  Check out her new video below as well as her upcoming tour dates.


RYN WEAVER TOUR DATES:
June 18 Dover, Del. Firefly
July 11 Costa Mesa, Calif. Constellation Room
July 13 Los Angeles, Calif. El Rey
July 17 Seattle, Wash. Neumos
July 19 Denver, Colo. Bluebird
July 21 Minneapolis, Minn. Triple Rock
July 23 Philadelphia, Pa. TLA
July 24 Washington, D.C. U Street Music Hall
July 25 Brooklyn, N.Y. Music Hall of Williamsburg
July 28 Boston, Mass. Sinclair
July 29 New York, N.Y. Bowery Ballroom

August 4 Toronto, ON The Garrison

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NEW SONG: DRAGONETTE'S "LET THE NIGHT FALL"


Canadians Dragonette owned the world in 2010 as their hit single with Martin Solveig  "Hello" basically played everywhere you turned.

Today, they offer up another contagious dance hit.  After a seemingly long hiatus, they released their first original track called "Let the Night Fall."  They also drop news that they have a few shows next month.  Check out the track below. 

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