KITTEN CELEBRATES DEBUT ALBUM @ EL REY

Kitten are finally releasing their highly-anticipated debut album June 24th via Elektra Records.

NEW VIDEO: CHLOE HOWL'S "DISAPPOINTED"

Chloe Howl just released her new music video for her single "Disappointed" which is off her highly anticipated debut album, set to drop later this year via Columbia/Sony Music.

BROODS @ THE OBSERVATORY

The music insdustry are taking notice of another band from New Zealand - Broods, a brother/sister pop-duo hailing from Aukland, New Zealand.

BETTY WHO, MARY LAMBERT AND AZEALIA BANKS KICK OFF LA PRIDE

In it's 44th year, the LA Pride festival is a three-day event, kicking off on Friday with a free concert featuring Betty Who, Mary Lambert and Monogem - all who have been big supporters raising awareness in the TLGBT community.

NEARLY DEADS RELEASE EXCELLENT NEW VIDEO FOR "I SAID"

The Nearly Deads has premiered their new official video for "I Said," the first single off Invisible Tonight which pays homage to the 1992 film Wayne's World.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

JANA KRAMER AND AMERICAN YOUNG @ UNIVERSAL CITYWALK'S 5 TOWERS


It was a good ol' Ameican country fest last Thursday at Universal CityWalk's 5 Towers stage featuring American Young and Jana Kramer.

5 Towers is one of the largest free outdoor venue in the country which hosts today's top musical acts in the industry that, in the past, included Jason DeRulo, CeeLo Green, John Legend, Justin Beiber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ludacris and Wiz Khalifa.


On Thursday, emerging country duo American Young kicked-off the show.  Consisting of country music veterans Kristy Osmunson and Jon Stone, American Young has written songs for Rascal Flatts (Me & My Gang), Blake Shelton (Kiss My Country Ass), Kenny Chesney (Seven Days) and Lee Brice (Woman Like You.)  Now, the veteran duo looks to take center stage with their recently released EP which includes their hit single "Love Is War."  

Recently, Kristy and Jon performed "Love Is War"  on ABC's "Bachelorette" last month during one-on-one dates in Belgium.  

Later that night, country-rocker Jana Kramer proves that she doesn't just command the silver screen, she's also a talented singer/songwriter who also commands the stage.  Already with a successful debut album which spawned hits "Why Ya Wanna," "Whisky" and "I Won't Give Up" Kramer is set to release her follow-up record this fall.  Her new single "Love," expected to be on the new album is currently rising up Billboard's Country charts. 

Jana Kramer
Jana Kramer is heating up Billboard's Hot Country Chart with her song "Love Is War."
photos by picksysticks
Her set included songs from her 2012 self-titled, debut album, showcasing her country-rock tunes which included her hits "Why Ya Wanna," "Whiskey," "I Won't Give Up," and "I Hope It Rains."  She even surprised the fans with an inspiring rendition of Alanis Morisette's "Ironic."  

The actress turned singer has appeared on CW's "One Tree Hill," and "90210," HBO's "Entourage"  and "Click" starring Adam Sander to name a few.  Jana is currenlty on tour with stops in Ohio, Illinois, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New England next month. 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LIGHTS ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM AND U.S. TOUR

LIGHTS

Lights is one artist that I've always wanted to catch live but for whatever reason either had other plans or just plain couldn't.  Now, with the announcement of her new album Little Machines, dropping September 23rd, Lights will head out on tour to support the album from Warner Brosthers Records.

The tour will kick kick off  this October making her way through Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and ending in Seattle on November 11th.

This is the third studio album from the Canadian pop multi-instrumentalist, finding successes from her last two albums The Listening and Siberia which reached Certified Gold status and shared the stage with Kaskade and Deadmau5 while also being named as a featured performer at the famed Vans Warped Tour.

"Up We Go" is the first single off Little Machines which is available digitally or as a free download when you pre-order Little Machines right HERE.  Check out the single below.

Lights Fall 2014 US Tour Dates:
10/24 Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
10/25 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
10/29 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
10/31 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
11/01 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
11/02 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
11/04 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
11/05 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
11/07 Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
11/08 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
11/11 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
11/13 San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom at Regency Center
11/14 Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
11/15 Seattle, WA - Showbox At The Market

"Up We Go" by Lights
.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NEW VIDEO: JADEN MICHAELS' OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR "WALK ON"

Jaden Michaels

Here's the official music video for "Walk On" from Jaden Michaels. Shot in beautiful black and white, Michaels sings to the camera stoically about empowerment and taking control of your life.  

Instead of sulking, the person in the song takes control of her life singing "Too many tears I've cried. What happened to our paradise. We built our walls too high. Nobody can say I didn't try...This is the last goodbye. Turn down the lights and walk on. I think it's better you walked on."   

The video, premiering today on USA today, is Michaels' debut single off of MP45 Records. Already a successful songwriter, writing songs for Jennifer Lopez, Lea Michele and Naya Rivera as well as American Idol's Jessica Sanchez and Candice Glover, Michaels is now ready to step into the spotlight with her own song and is currently working on her debut album. 

"Walk On" official music video by Jaden Michaels
.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BROODS RELEASE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR "MOTHER AND FATHER"

BROODS

Broods just competed their US tour in May supporting their hit EP Bridges which they released February.  Now it looks as though they're hard at work readying their highly anticipated debut album as evidenced with the release of their new song "Mother & Father."

The new official music video features the brother/sister duo, shot in beautiful black and white and the first official song off their new album, is an emotionally beautiful tune with slow, simmering melodies set to precise marching beats

The song deals with the feeling of being lost (in life and in love) and remembering the comforting and safe, nurturing environment of youth as lead singer Georgia Nott sings in her soft and delicate voice, "The nights are getting shorter / I don't know where to go / I am getting older and I'm starting to show."


"Mother & Father" official music video by The Broods
.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

ALVVAYS STREAMING DEBUT ALBUM ON NPR

ALVVAYS

NPR is currently streaming Alvvay's debut album right now!
"Music is at its most potent when it expands, dissolves, changes and challenges borders. Separations of genre, geography, politics — none are a force more powerful than people getting together to make music in a room. That borderlessness is sewn into the fabric of the self-titled debut album by Alvvays, a Toronto band whose beach-pop seems to come straight from the California shore. 
The quintet's closest sonic cousins are the dyed-in-the-wool Californians in Best Coast. Bethany Cosentino makes her physical roots more obvious than her Canadian counterparts do — naming her songs, albums and band after her native land — but the sun Cosentino's Californians find "in our teeth and in our hair" clearly found its way north, and coruscates from every surface of Alvvays." - NPR
Read the rest of the excerpt and listen to the entire album at NPR right HERE!
.

Friday, July 11, 2014

MARY LAMBERT NEW "SECRETS" LYRIC VIDEO

MARY LAMBERT

Mary Lambert's new lyric video for her new song "Secrets" was just released and it's yet another catchy and heartwarming tune from the singer that gave us "Same Love."  The tune celebrates individuality, saying that your 'secrets' or those things that make you who you are make you special.
"They tell us from the time we're young
To hide the things that we don't like about ourselves
Inside ourselves
I know I'm not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else
Well I'm over it"

Check out the video below. 

"Secrets" official lyric video by Mary Lambert
.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

LISTEN TO THE WEEPIES NEW SONG "MEND" OFF THE "WISH I WAS HERE" SOUNDTRACK

WEEPIES

Wish I Was Here is Zach Braff's follow-up to the 2004 indi hit Garden State.  The film was fully funded via Kickstarter and being a true music lover, Braff has compiled an all-star musical lineup that includes The Shins, Bon Iver, Jump Little Children, Cat Power, Paul Simon and my favorite The Weepies.

Currently, EW is streaming the songs for free with commentary from director Zach Braff himself. Click HERE to listen to all the songs including The Weepies' new song "Mend" off the Wish I Was Here soundtrack. 


.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

5TH ANNUAL CULTURE COLLIDE ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVES OF ARTISTS


Culture Collide, the annual music festival held in the hipster arts district of Echo Park has just announced its first wave of artists.  In its fifth year, Culture Collide is Los Angeles' premiere music festival, uncovering new talent while bringing in the best bands from around the world.   This year, the music festival runs for four days from October 16-18 and stretches across Echo Park's famous and intimate venues.  

This year's lineup features bands from over 25 countries including Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Japan, Norway, The Netherlands, UK as well as the U.S.  The first wave of artists announced are:  

Cloud Nothings (USA), Nina Persson (Sweden), Quantic live (Colombia), Until the Ribbon Breaks (UK), PINS (UK), Go Back to the Zoo (The Netherlands), Beat Connection (USA), In the Valley Below (USA), Glen Check (Korea), Glass Towers, (Australia), PUP (Canada), Alphabetics (Costa Rica), KLP (Australia), The Mystery Lights (USA), Love X Stereo (Korea), MONOKINO (The Netherlands), BAD//DREEMS (Australia), Taymir (The Netherlands), SiMoN (Japan), Big Phony (Korea), Fractures (Australia), From the Airport (Korea), Level & Tyson (Norway), Mark Bonafide (Singapore) and Rock N Roll Radio (Korea). Many more to be announced. 

$30 gets you in for all three days.  You can purchase your wristbands right HERE.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

LONDON GRAMMAR RETURNS FOR TO THE U.S. FOR THEIR HEADLINING TOUR

LONDON GRAMMAR

Heavenly would be the word when describing London Grammar's  music.  The trio, consisting of Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dot Major, just announced that they are returning to the US for their headlining tour this November.  

Their album If You Wait, released last year debuted at #2 on Billboard's UK chart and spawned off their hit singles "Strong" and "Wasting My Young Years." 

Check out their dates below and you can get your tickets right HERE.

11/7 - Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
11/8 - Philadelphia @ Electric Factory
11/11 - New York@ Terminal 5
11/12 - Portland, ME @ Port Cit Music Hall
11/17 - Boston @ House of Blues
11/18 - Montreal @ Club Soda
11/19 - Toronto @ Danforth Music Hall
11/21 - Indianapolis @ Deluxe at Old National Center
11/22 - Minneapolis @ First Avenue
11/25 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
11/26 - Salt Lake City @ In the Venue
11/28 - Portland @ Roseland Theater
11/29 - Oakland @ Fox Theater


.

BETTY WHO ANNOUNCES 'HIGH SOCIETY TOUR' THIS OCTOBER


Australian pop-sensation Betty Who, today, just announced her upcoming North American Tour.  Her High Society Tour starts in October and will visit 17 cities including New York, Chicago, Vancouver and ends in Southern California with stops at the House of Blues in Los Angeles and Anaheim.  Along for the tour are New York's very own Joywave and Great Good Fine Ok.  

Tickets go on sale this Friday right HERE

BETTY WHO'S "THE HIGH SOCIETY TOUR"
10/7 - Fillmore, DC
10/8 - Irving Plaza, NY
10/10 - Paradise, Boston
10/11- Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia
10/13 - The Mod Club, ON, Canada
10/14 - House of Blues, Chicago
10/15 - Deluxe @ Old National Centre, Indianapolis
10/17 - Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis
10/18 - The Granada, Lawrence, KS
10/20 - Marquis Theater, Denver
10/21 - The Complex, Salt Lake City
10/24 - Hawthorne Theatre, Portland
10/25 - Venue, Vancouver, BC
10/26 - Neptune, Seattle
10/28 - The Fillmore, San Francisco
10/29 - House of Blues, Los Angeles
10/30 - House of Blues, Anaheim
.

Monday, July 7, 2014

FOXES RELEASES 'GLORIOUS' NEW MUSIC VIDEO


Check out Foxes' Glorious new music video for the title track of her new album Glorious.  People bathed in pastels and displaying the ideal lifestyle, 

Foxes (aka: Lousia Rose Allen) sings over soaring instrumentals as the video depicts the ideal lifestyle with people dressed in soft pastels.  But although something seems a little off - like the people in the video are cookie-cutter cut-outs, images of what we, as a people, believe happiness looks like.  Do we strive and settle for this fake display of happiness or do we break out and find the life we truly, really love as Foxes sings "Don't give it up, don't give it up...it's glorious."

"GLORIOUS" by Foxes
.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

DANITY KANE WILL KICK-OFF UNIVERSAL CITYWALK'S MUSIC SPOTLIGHT SERIES @ 5 TOWERS

ECHOSMITH
Echosmith performs at "5 Towers" at Universal CityWalk
photo by picksysticks
Universal CityWalk just announced their 2014 Free Music Spotlight Concert Series kicking off with multi-platinum's Danity Kane on July 10th.  As the largest free concert venue in the nation, "5 Towers" stage will feature an array of musical performances and dance nights every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday starting next week and will run through the end of August.

5 Towers at Universal CityWalk is quickly becoming the place to be for the world's top musical acts to perform when in Los Angeles.  With top named acts such as Cee Lo Green, John Legend, Justin Beiber, Carly Rae Jepson and Ludacris (to name a few) gracing the stage and recently, the international hit-makers, Icona Pop performed at "5 Towers" earlier this year.

Icona Pop performs at Universal CityWalk's "5 Towers" earlier this year.
photos by picksysticks
The 5 Towers is one of the largest free venues in the country, boasting state-of-the-art jaw-dropping sights and sounds.  5,000 LED lights encompass the 31 x 24-foot stage that features five 42-foot LED light-towers and to make sure there isn't a bad seat in the house, a large 26-foot monitor is mounted above the stage for all to see. The best part: it’s FREE!  Click HERE to see the summer lineup.


UNIVERSAL CITYWALK SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE:
Thursday, July 10 – Danity Kane – multi-platinum, all-girl pop group
Saturday, July 12 – Local radio station Power 106 – hosts live remote and station giveaway
Sunday, July 13 – West Los Angeles Children’s Choir

Thursday, July 17 – Megan Nicole – YouTube pop sensation
Saturday, July 19 – Local radio station 102.7 KIIS-FM – hosts live remote and station giveaway
Sunday, July 20 – The Mariachi Divas – multi-award winner, including Latin Grammys

Thursday, July 24 – Jana Kramer – country singer and actress known for “One Tree Hill”
Saturday, July 26 – National Dance Day – Flash Mob America will teach choreography to guests and capture video to celebrate National Dance Day at CityWalk
Sunday, July 27 – Gospel Night – local gospel choirs

Thursday, July 31 – Project 46 – electronic dance music DJ act
Saturday, August 2 – Local radio station 97.1 AMP Radio– hosts live remote and station giveaway
Sunday, August 3 – School of Rock – the Burbank chapter

Thursday, August 7 – Heffron Drive – pop/rock group with lead singer Kendall Schmidt of “Big Time Rush”
Saturday, August 9 – J & J Soulful Steps – 90-minute line-dancing lesson
Sunday, August 10 – Descarga – annual series from Telemundo and Mun2 featuring today’s top Latin acts

Thursday, August 14 – EC Twins – electronic dance music duo
Saturday, August 16 – J & J Soulful Steps – 90-minute line-dancing lesson
Sunday, August 17 – USC Thornton School of Music

Thursday, August 21 – Nadia Ali – trance/electronic dance music artist
Saturday, August 23 – J & J Soulful Steps – 90-minute line-dancing lesson
Sunday, August 24 – Descarga – annual series from Telemundo and Mun2 featuring today’s top Latin acts

Thursday, August 28 – Far East Movement – hip-hop group
Saturday, August 30 – World of Dance featuring JabbaWockeeZ – season one winner of “America’s Best Dance Crew”
Sunday, August 31 – Descarga – annual series from Telemundo and Mun2 featuring today’s top Latin acts

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

LILY ALLEN'S TAKES ON ONLINE CRITICS IN NEW VIDEO "URL BADMAN"


Taking on her online critics - Lily Allen just posted her new official video for "URL Badman" in which she takes on her online critics that hide behind a keyboard singing "You're a keyboard warrior that can't spell. I don't like you. I think you're worthless. I wrote a long piece about it up on my Wordpress."

"URL Badman" is off her newest album Sheezus which she just released in May.  Allen begins her North American tour in September with stops in Boston, New York and then finishes it off at  Los Angeles' famed Palladium on October 10th.


Friday, June 27, 2014

FREE DOWNLOAD: GRIMES' NEW SONG "GO" FEAT. BLOOD DIAMONDS

GRIMES

Claire Elise Boucher, aka: Grimes, has a busy summer ahead of her, scheduled to play Canada's Pemberton Music Festival and TIME Festival July 18th & 19th, the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Budweiser's Made In America Festival in Philly and Los Angeles' FYF Festival on August 23rd. That should be a good one.

Until then you can stream and download for free her new song "Go" featuring Blood Diamonds.

.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WATCH NINA NESBITT'S PERFORMANCE OF "STAY OUT" AT POPCRUSH

Nina Nesbitt
Nina Nesbitt performs at The Bootleg Theatre in April.
photo by picksysticks
Already a success in Scotland, Nina Nesbitt released her new EP on April 1st here stateside.   And based off that success and numerous critically acclaimed EP’s, Nina has amassed over 150,000 Twitter followers, 280,000 Facebook likes and nearly four million views on her YouTube channel.  

While touring the U.S. earlier this year with stops at SXSW, Los Angeles and New York, Nina Nesbitt stopped at Popcrush to perform her song "Stay Out."  

Currently, the Scottish singer/songwriter is set to play a string of music festivals including Glastonbury this weekend.

Check out the Popcrush performance below:

"Stay Out" by Nina Nesbitt
.