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.


With stirring vocals and world-weary pathos, soul singer Gaela Brown holds your attention with her commanding stage presence.


Lexus' Pop-Up Concert Series final installment came to a close Monday night featuring Tegan and Sara at the OC Fair and Event Center.


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.


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.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Anna Donigan of PINS

PINS, in a recent Facebook post, revealed that bassist Anna Donigan was struck by a  car, injuring her leg and damaging her bike.  The UK band hopes for a speedy recovery in time for next year's shows. Here's their post via Facebook:

"Please send lot's of love and kisses to Anna. 2 nights ago she was hit by a car leaving her bicycle and leg in a tangled mess. She is hoping to be on two feet again in time for next years shows but won't be joining us on Saturday at The Castle."


Monday, December 15, 2014



I love this song, showing Nicki Minaj's more vulnerable side.  Listen to this new song from Nicki Minaj featuring Skylar Grey which she performed on today's Ellen.  This beautiful song is called "Bed of Lies" and it's off her new album The Pinkprint.  "Bed of Lies" which was the fourth single off the album tied her with Madonna and Dionne Warwick for the third most entries among women on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"Bed of Lies" 

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Yesterday, the brother/sister duo known as The Broods announced that they will be returning to the States for their very own headlining tour.  One thing this announcement confirmed is that they will not be performing at SXSW, which I'd hoped, which takes place between March 17-22.  Looks as though they'll be on the east coast and Canada during that week. 

The Broods just released their debut album Evergreen after breaking out in a big way earlier this year with the hit EP.  Evergreen hit #1 in the charts in their homeland of New Zealand.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Head over to iTunes Radio at this LINK right now to stream Charli XCX's new album Sucker a week early!!  It drops December 15th and includes hit songs like "Boom Clap," "London Queen" and "Break the Rules."

"Breaking Up" by Charli XCX off her new album Sucker.

Sunday, December 7, 2014


House United

House United, hailing from Nashville, Tenn – has debuted their first album Made of Matches and it  has the feeling of listening to a veteran band who has been playing for years.   Led by 16 year-old lead singer Carmel P. Buckingham and backed by an explosive band consisting of Brandon Adams (guitar), Joe Gregory (bass) and Austin Arnold (drums),  House United uses igniting and inventive arrangements to present  their thoughts of destruction and loss.

In a time that the art of the album has been lost with most contemporary rock albums feeling unconnected with a bunch of songs thrown together to make an 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.   

Setting the tone  is their first lead single "Catastrophe" a rock ballad which plays loud and soft, with Buckingham crooning over an unhealthy relationship, over a love she admits is wrong when she sings "I've made the mistake of letting you in...But I'll do it all over for a love like we've had..Sorry I fell for a perfect catastrophe."  That, in turn, leads to dealing with the intense emotions of falling in love in their  single "Emergency."

In the fast power rock "Stay Alive," Buckingham admits finding love is no fairytale and is willing to fight to work it out until there's the quick realization that love is a delusion in "Girls Who Can't Have Fun" as she sings "Love is for the dreamers searching for the one."

The turning point rears its head in "Phoenix,' the rousing arena-ready rock anthem with shout-along choruses and spewing guitars. Even though emotionally hurt and bruised, Buckingham roars confidently like a phoenix rising from the ashes.   And with aerial guitar riffs that evokes hope, the whole album swells to a rising close in "Who Am I. " Once dependent and broken, Buckingham's journey through insecurities, broken relationships and heartbreak has led her to become stronger, wiser and more independent.  Rather than telling someone, she seems to be affirming to herself "I will be happy. I stood for something...Who am I if I had to hide." 

"Emergency" from the debut album Made of Matches by House United. 

Made of Matches also showcases the band's ability to cross musical genres.  "Emergency" and "New Hampshire"  echoes the punk attitude of Paramore and Tonight Alive, "Who Am I" whispers My Chemical Romance.  "Fallin" borrows from reggae while "Out of Time" hints at sunny pop with the likes of Sara B areilles. But it's their more vulnerable songs like "Come Back Home" that hits the hardest.  Over teardrop piano this sweeping ballad recounts the heartbreak of a broken relationship and showcases House United's talents transitioning from bruising rock to vulnerable tunes in a heartbeat.

Considering House United has been a band for less than a year, they have accomplished in their first album what most bands strive to accomplish by their third or fourth album.   Their aptly named debut Made of Matches, right off the bat, holds your attention with an aggressive sound balanced with the tenderness of Buckingham's radiant vocals, unleashing bruising rock with dramatic flourish.  And it's going to be exciting, to say the least, to see what the future holds.  Made of Matches could be the spark that rockets House United into the stratosphere. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014



SOOOOOOOO excited about this news. Wolf Alice just announced that they are touring the U.S. for the first time.  Earlier this year, they made their stateside debut at SXSW, playing a few dates.  Now, they return this January performing in Los Angeles and New York.

Tickets go on sale this Friday but the Los Angeles show at Bardot's School Night is usually free with RSVP.  Can't wait!

Wolf Alice announces U.S. tour dates.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


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Sydney-based songstress Gabby Huber is well known to Australia's larger music community for her previous endeavours as a band member, touring and playing abroad as a keyboardist and vocalist. 

Now, after several years of quiet and careful craft, she is stepping into the world as Maples with her debut single 'Stars', and now, its accompanying music video. Check it out below.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014


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Wow.  Check out the new trailer for Warner Bros. movie "Pan" starring Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook and Levi Miller as Peter Pan.  Also starring Amanda Seyfriend, Rooney Mara and Cara Delevingne, the trailer uses the song "I Believe" by Christina Perri off her second studio album Head or Heart which dropped in April.

PAN is set to hit theaters summer 2015. Check out the trailer below.

"I Believe" by Christina Perri (lyric video)



Yesterday, the delux reissue of Paramore's 2013'S self-titled album was released with an accompanying music video for "Hate to See Your Heart Break" featuring former Civil Wars singer Joy Williams.  

Check it out below.


Monday, November 24, 2014



Billboard just premiered the newest song from The Bangles' upcoming compliation album Ladies and Gentlemen.  It's called "The Real World" and it's part of a collection of early demos covers and live tracks.

Ladies and Gentlemen drops Thanksgiving day. Check out the song at Billboard right HERE

Sunday, November 23, 2014


On Thursday, Sky Ferreira took to the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles with Cherry Glazerr as part of her West Coast tour.  

For someone who makes a living as a model, gracing magazine covers across the globe while also pursuing a musical career performing in front of thousands of people, Sky Ferreira is sure self-consious about herself.  

Each time, I've seen her perform live, she has played in near, complete darkness except for a lone spotlight and quick strobe lights that gives you a glimpse of the enigma that is Sky Ferreira.  Her songs are really good. Just check out her recent album, Night Time, My Time that dropped last October and 2012's Ghost EP. It's packed with dark, sparkly, indie-pop melodies that showcases her talent in writing.  But it seems like she doesn't have the confidence in her music, partly ashamed that no one will take her seriously from transitioning from model to singer that bleeds into her low-energy stage presence.  

Maybe she's still trying to find her genre.  She's dabbled with a variety of sounds earlier in her career - from pop  ("Obsession") then synth-dance with 2009's "One" and also some hard rock like "Red Lips" and even covering Hole's "Asksing For It."  

Personally, I like her dark, moody side - the side that gave us "You're Not the One," "Sad Dream" and "Lost in My Bedroom" - all songs that came off her last two albums. But honestly, it'd be nice to, at least, see her during her live shows but you know what? If she keeps writing gems like these then I wouldn't mind is she performs in the dark.

Sky ends her west coast tour next week at San Francisco's The Independent before she heads back into the studio to work on new record. 


Friday, November 21, 2014


Lexus' Pop-Up Concert Series final installment came to a close Monday night featuring Tegan and Sara at the Orange County's Fair & Event Center.  A free show powered by Pandora, the Pop-Up concert was part of a series of four shows put on by Lexus to connect loyal fans to today's top musical acts which included Magic!, Nico & Vinz and Kongas.  

For the final installment, free tickets were snatched up in minutes to see the twin sisters from Canada.  Fans lined up early to get a prime position inside The Hangar to watch the duo perform their last show in California this year before heading back into the studio to begin recording their new album.  

Tegan and Sara
Tegan and Sara performs during the final installment of the Lexus Pop Up Concert Series Powered by Pandora.
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During their 15-year career, Tegan and Sara's loyal fans has helped them sell over a million records worldwide.  But it was their 7th studio album Heartthrob, released in 2013, that propelled them into the mainstream infusing their indie-rock sounds with pop in hits like "Closer," "I Was a Fool" and "How Come You Don't Want Me." 

"Our last two years has been so incredible for us. We obviously tried something really new and different and yet a lot of our old fans have stuck with us and we have so many new people who are listening to Tegan and Sara," said Tegan Quinn.  "What's really cool is that Sara and I; our number one goal throughout the last 15 years is just to make music we really enjoy making."

Tegan and Sara mostly performed songs off their 2013 breakthrough album Heartthrob, opening with "Drove Me Wild," a song Tegan has to abruptly stop because, as she said, she was distracted by all the dancing and the brand new cherry-red 2015 RC 350 F Sport Lexus off to the side.

Lexus Pop Up Concert Powered by Pandora feat. Tegan and Sara
Lexus Pop Up Concert Series Powered by Pandora feat. Tegan and Sara.
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During their 50-minute set, although hey did pepper the night with some oldies, like "The Con," "Alligator" (2009's Sainthood) and "Living Room" (If It Was You, 2002), the night  showcased more of the new and the future of their music and music in general.   

The event, powered by Pandora, is playing a big part connecting fans to their favorite artists like Tegan and Sara.  Over one million people has made a station with their name and their songs has been spun over 3.5 million times on Pandora.  

"We think the future of music, whether you like it or not, is going to be online...and it's going to be playlists and sharing and streaming and digital," Tegan said.  "I just really want to say that Sarah and I really embrace the future of music. we think the future is terrifying but also kind of cool." 

And with that, Tegan and Sara closed out their set with their hit "Closer" off their newest album Heartthrob. 

And with that, before launching into their closing song "Closer," Tegan and Sara teased  a new record coming out in 2016.   And with a career spanning over a decade, Tegan and Sara are sure to continue their global dominance.

Lexus Pop Up Concert set list (Nov. 19th):  Drove Me Wild / I Couldn't Be Your Friend / Monday Monday Monday / Back in Your Head / I Was A Fool / Alligator / How Come You Don't Want Me / The Con / Living Room / Closer 

Monday, November 17, 2014


Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara will release a very special 10th Anniversary edition of their breakthrough album So Jealous, entitled So Jealous X, on December 23rd on Warner Bros. Records.

Said Tegan and Sara: "Because So Jealous changed the course of our sound, our career and most importantly our lives, we didn't want to just re-release the record. Instead we wanted to re-ignite the fire that inspired us to make the record in the first place and hopefully allow it to reach a whole new audience."

To that end, So Jealous X comes with a 110-page hardcover book that looks back at the album through photos and written recollections from Tegan and Sara, their band members and crew, and industry colleagues. It features essays, original journal entries from the time period, never-before-seen photos, a catalogue of merchandise, and tour posters and laminates in addition to the music. The three discs feature the original So Jealous album and a 22-track bonus audio CD that includes five new electronic remixes, three cover songs from artists Tegan and Sara love, plus five B-sides and nine demos from that time period. It also includes a DVD of a live concert and other tour documentaries that Tegan and Sara released in 2006 called "It's Not Fun, Don't Do it!" 

So Jealous X is currently available for pre-order in several different configurations here.

Having just wrapped a tour with Katy Perry, Tegan and Sara are currently out on their final headlining run of 2014, before breaking to begin writing the follow-up to Heartthrob in 2015.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Seriously, you have to listen to this newest single from Screaming Females. It's called "Ripe" and its filled with mutated guitars and driving, high-octane drums.  That's the power that drives this New Jersey trio led by thrasher extroidinaire Marissa Patermoster.  

The song is off their upcoming sixth studio album Rose Mountain which drops February 24th via Don Giovani and the video is very direct, letting the music the center of attention, with the band just sitting and standing there staring towards the camera. At first it looks as though it was a photograph of the band until you notice tiny movements and blinking.  

Formed in 2005, Screaming Females is singer/guitarist Marisa Paternoster, bassist Michael Abbate and drummer Jarrett Dougherty. The band has performed alongside Dinosaur Jr., The Julie Ruin, Titus Andronicus + more and just wrapped up a national tour with PUJOL.

"Ripe" by Screaming Females

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Allison Weiss

On November 10th, on the last day of their tour, the passenger van carrying Allison Weiss and her band was blown over by heavy winds while travelling from Denver to Salt Lake City. 

Below is her statement regarding the incident:


I want to preface this by saying we are safe and we are so lucky. 

The Allison Weiss band jokes about being the tamest band on the road. We rarely party. We go to bed early. We always drive slow and we ALWAYS wear our seat belts. I'm a worrier, you know? It's in my blood. I'm constantly preparing for the worst case scenario, going over the what-ifs in my mind like some kind of religious ritual. We all hear the stories, all bands do. We knock on wood and hope it doesn't happen to us, knowing in the back of our minds that in this business it's probably inevitable. You can plan all you want, but when the moment hits, all you can do is hope for the best. 

Yesterday around 10:00am my band and I were traveling from Denver to Salt Lake City. It's a notoriously treacherous stretch of highway and we were braced for bad weather, but when a huge gust of wind hit our 15 passenger van and sent us over a patch of ice, there was nothing we could do. 

I heard Liam yell "Oh no" and I tried to go totally limp (I heard you're supposed to do this instead of bracing yourself). The van hit the median and rolled twice, at least. Fear shot through my body. Here I was on my last day of tour with four incredible people who have dedicated their time and energy to back me up on stage every night and in this moment I had no idea if they were okay. One by one we yelled to each other "Everyone alright?! Is everyone okay?!" My glasses were gone. I couldn't see. I scrambled around completely blind as the snow came through the windows and I felt my head pounding. Someone found my wallet. My phone. My glasses. Pete's phone. Liam's laptop bag. All the doors were jammed but we got outside, and I immediately went back in to get everyone's personal belongings. It all happened in about 30 seconds and the next thing I knew we were hustled across the highway to the cab of a semi truck that stopped to help.

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I'm sitting here now, it's 7:07 am in Laramie WY. My Fest wristband is replaced with a new bracelet, one that says Allison Amling Weiss and my birthday and the name of the local hospital. I have a staple in my head where the doctor patched up a gash I got when I hit the side window. Pete, Liam, and Will are shaken up but okay. Kailynn suffered a small back injury but nothing serious. We are so lucky. We are SO lucky.

Our van, The Gator, is totaled. We had just hit 100,000 miles on this trip. I felt a sense of adventure when it happened a week ago. I couldn't wait for the next 200k. I pictured me and that van, sailing off into the sunset on tour after tour. The Gator was gonna take me to new territories. I'm sad, but it's just a van. It's a thing. We're all walking and talking and breathing and laughing and sighing. We're okay.
I don't know what this will mean for my touring future. I know we'll keep pushing on, but for a small band like myself, this is a huge hit. We've already incurred medical bills and hotel costs, insurance deductibles and the like. We haven't even had a chance to check out our gear yet, and the idea of trying to find a new van makes my brain hurt... or maybe that's the staple...

I've always been able to survive because of the people who follow me and who love my music. This tour has been incredible. The people I've met who sang my words with me every night, completely understanding the songs I wrote alone in my bedroom, those are the people who have kept me going. You are the ones who have allowed me to keep doing this. 

So I come to you now asking for help. If you can spare it, I set up a Paypal donation button where you can send us a few bucks. If you haven't heard my music before, for the next 72 hours my label No Sleep Records is putting 100% of our Bandcamp sales towards our recovery. There are more links below, for my web store and individual records on Bandcamp. Every dollar counts. Your support means the world to me and my bandmates.

To all the bands who are touring this winter, PLEASE be safe. Drive slow. Wear your seat belts. Not everyone ends up as lucky as we did.



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