ALESSIA CARA MAKES HER LOS ANGELES DEBUT @ THE TROUBADOUR

Canadian Alessia Cara made her highly anticipated Los Angeles debut at The Troubadour. Signed to Def Jam records based on her Soundcloud page that included covers of Lorde, The Neighbourhood, Sam Smith and Justin Bieber, this show marked Alessia's first headlining gig.

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..

Sunday, December 30, 2007

YEAR IN PICTURES

PICKYSTICKS YEAR IN PICS!

What an amazing year guys! Happy new year! From The Dollyrots, KILLOLA, Miss Derringer, The Mulhollands and to the end of Kiss or Kill, this has been one amazing year in grrrrrl-rock! I'm looking forward to catching more great bands next year. Here are some amazing bands I was able to check out this year. Click on each pic to see a larger version and check out more pics at www.myspace.com/picksysticks










































































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The Dollyrots



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KILLOLA



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KILLOLA



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KILLOLA



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Lots of Love



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Lots of Love



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Chrissy DePauw


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Chrissy DePauw


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Chrissy DePauw


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Beatmo


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Beatmo


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A.M.E.


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Happy Hollows


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Happy Hollows

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Miss Derringer
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The Mulhollands
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The Mulhollands
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Underwater City People
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MIDWAY
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The Randies
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BANG sugar BANG
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Gliss
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Mather Louth


Saturday, December 29, 2007

LAST KISS OR KILL SHOW

THE VERY LAST KISS OR KILL
December 12, 2007
El Cid

I happened to discover KISS OR KILL when I first started PICKSYSTICKS. In my search for bands fronted by women, Kiss Or Kill was a godsend. You name them, about every rockin’ girl band played here. Think of it as a one stop shop of great bands playing any given Wednesday night.

So imagine my disappointment when I found out Kiss or Kill announced they were closing its doors. This last Kiss or Kill show brought back band favorites, Underwater City People, Silver-Needle, MIDWAY, The Randies and Bang Sugar Bang - all of them who have been with Kill or Kill from the very beginning.

Looking for a community where musicians and music lovers alike would support each other, Kiss or Kill, named after a lyric in the X classic, “We’re Desperate,” was the brainchild of members from Bang Sugar Bang and Silver Needle. An alternative to the pay to play clubs usually found on Sunset Blvd. where fans would usually just watch one band (often their friends) and then leave, Kiss or Kill cut the $10-$15 cover charges to about $5 and guaranteed a night of great bands playing great music. And what they created was a scene not seen in Los Angeles in a long time – a scene where everyone seemed to know one another and supported every band that came through to play. First a monthly concert, it grew in popularity and it soon became a weekly event. Now, after five years, three national tours, two compilation cd’s and after creating one of the best clubs in L.A., Kiss or Kill was closing it’s doors.

Last Wednesday, I, along with hundreds of fans made a final journey to El Cid to celebrate Kiss or Kill’s five year run. As usual, we were treated to amazing music and given a sneak peak at an upcoming Kiss or Kill documentary filmed by Dave Palamaro which is due out in late 2008 or early 2009. No sad faces this night. People were there to rock and have fun! First up -



The tandem vocals of Celeste Kim and Jon Rustad is what makes Underwater City People a treat to watch. The UCP can quickly go from hard, heavy punk to a sweet alternative sound on a dime. This trio consisting of Kim of bass, Rustad on guitar and Jon Rygiewicz on drums, played their catalogue along with some cover tunes. Later in their set, they brought out Daniel Allen of “Silver Needle” to sing a few songs. It was obvious this night wasn’t about promoting themselves, every band there was there for what Kiss or Kill did for them and most importantly, did for Los Angeles.

SILVER NEEDLE

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I may have to break my rule of just writing about gal-fronted bands and write about Silver Needle. This band is too good. This band blew me away. ‘Nuff said. Bass player, Johnny 99 co-founded Kiss or Kill. I went home that night and bought their new cd on itunes. Still trying to figure out where I can get their first two. Digging their latest songs off their third album, “Halo.” I’ll definitely be catching their next shows. I swear, this night was rock-solid, wall to wall full of awesome music it almost made my head explode!


MIDWAY featuring Jonna Apelacio



Now this was a band I was actually looking forward to seeing. Their sound could be best described as a house party in an arcade. This night consisted on what they called, “MIDWAY KARAOKE,” their way of thanking the fans that have supported the band for half a decade. Fans paid tribute by taking the mic and singing MIDWAY favorites such as PU$$Y COW’s Joe Dana opening up the set with “Order Up,” Jon Rustad (UCP) with “Shadows,” Celeste of Underwater City People singing “Off to School” and Randies’ Sienna pumping up the crowd with the Karate Kid inspired “Karate Chop.”


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Sienna of The Randies sings MIDWAY'S "Karate Chop"


Cooper Gillespie (Bang sugar Bang) sings MIDWAY'S "Electricity"

It’s a testament to how contagious and fun MIDWAY’S songs really are. They created songs that were sung for the masses. Now, five years later, their songs were being sung by the masses. A shell of what they once were, MIDWAY proved why they had a large cult following and showed why they have created a permanent footprint in the L.A. music scene.



Just recently coming off their own tour and then heading off on the Vans Warped Tour in support of their second album, “Saw The Light,” the Randies proved why they’re one of the hardest working bands in Los Angeles AND one of the sexiest.

The Randies perform "Born Again."

After a few minor equipment malfunctions, The Randies show that the music is the most important thing mixing in the harsh guitars of L7 with the vocal harmonies of the Go Go’s. With Sienna DeGovia front and center on bass and Laura Cataldo and Laurita Guaico on guitars, they took the stage and charged full steam ahead, sharing vocal duties and playing songs from both their albums. The Randies have a knack for writing catchy melodies, evidenced in such songs as their hypnotic head-banging “Born Again” and their rock ballad “Up in Lights.” The sold out crowd loved every minute of their intense and electrifying set.

BANG sugar BANG



BANG sugar BANG performs "Follow The Zombies"

Just when the show couldn’t get any better, Bang Sugar Bang took the Kiss or Kill stage for the very last time. Since founding it and being the first band to play a Kiss or Kill show, it was only fitting that Bang Sugar Bang end it. And they ended it in style. Inspired by the 60’s British Invasion and the L.A. punk scene, Bang Sugar Bang epitomizes punk-rock with their anthem-like lyrics and crowd-pleasing live shows as fellow musicians and fans screamed along to every song.



As the night neared its end, Bang Sugar Bang played its final song, “Sunday Night” at Kiss or Kill. Sang hundreds of times before this night, the song took on new meaning as the levity of the night began to sink in. Driven to tears, Cooper Gillespie invited anyone and everyone on stage to take part in this historic night. During a time when no one invited them to their party, they created their own party. And now with their doors closing for the last time, they wanted to share it with their fans who supported them all these years.


BANG sugar BANG perform "Sunday Night"

Co-founders of Kiss or Kill, Cooper Gillespie (vocals/ bass player) and Matt Southwell (vocals/Guitar) and Johnny 99 (Silver Needle) have created a musical community where everyone knew and supported each other. Going to Kiss or Kill felt like a local pub where everyone knew your name, where beers were cheap and everyone stayed until the last call. It was no different this night. Not one person left El Cid, staying for the last song of the night. It was a testament to what Kiss or Kill represented. Not only did they create an invigorating scene of like-minded musicians and fans they, in a sense, created a family.

Here's the trailer for the upcoming Kiss or Kill documentary filmed by Dave Palamaro.


Check out the rest of the photos from that night HERE at www.myspace.com/picksysticks

VIDEO OF THE WEEK!

"HYPNOTIZED" by Underwater City People

Monday, December 24, 2007

THE MULHOLLANDS @ The Viper Room

“Welcome to Hollywood! What's your dream? Everybody comes here – this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don't; but keep on dreamin' – this is Hollywood.”
- PRETTY WOMAN

It’s the dream. The dream to do what you love. Some do it for fame. Some do it for passion. Like so many bands in Los Angeles, it’s this dream that makes them play night after night at clubs, bars and bowling alleys. You name it and they’ve played there, often playing for nearly nothing but simply just for the love of playing music.

Sarah Jeanette of The Mulhollands
The Mulhollands performs at The Viper Room
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One such band is The Mulhollands. They took their name after Hollywood’s famed street, known for its long winding road high above the City of Angels with picturesque views. It’s also were The Mulhollands would often meet and write songs together.

With her striking eyes and model good looks, lead singer Sarah Jeanette is no stranger to Hollywood. Her mom is Susan Richardson, best known for her role on Eight Is Enough. Her godfather is Dick Van Patten. Growing up in Pennsylvania, she was reportedly offered several modeling jobs (which she turned down) and even acted in her high school play. But after graduation, Jeanette moved to Los Angeles to pursue a different dream – music. Here she met guitarist Jeremy James who also moved to L.A. from Nashville to pursue his dream in music. Together, along with bassist Jeff Mizushima and drummer Danny Alfaro, The Mulhollands have created a power pop sound with a punk attitude.

Last Friday, in support of their first EP “With Our Eyes Closed,” The Mulhollands played their final show of 2007 at The Viper Room. This night’s slate included OK Stranger and The New Hotness. This electrifying night also included surprise guests in the crowd including Jodie and Jeff from The Automatic Music Explosion and Gram Rabbit quietly sitting in a corner booth. Jodie even took the stage to sing a couple songs with The Mulhollands.

Sarah Jeanette of The Mulhollands
The Mulhollands performs at The Viper Room
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It’s hard not to like The Mulhollands. Jeanette’s stage presence seemed natural and unforced, probably due to her upbringing by her famous mother. And with lyrics like, “It’s just another sunny day in Southern California” and soaring arrangements in songs such as “Baby Its Alright” and “Beautiful Night” it’s only natural that, with their SoCal sound, they list the Beach Boys as one of their influences. Their songs are laced with addicting melodies and catchy lyrics. No doubt about it, The Mulhollands are a SoCal band, their sound reminiscent of an ending road-trip driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, hair blowing in the wind with the top down. Their songs are that good which is not too overpowering but yet still able to generate enough punch to rock your socks off. If the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ laid back sound did what it did to identify SoCal rock, The Mulhollands are doing the same by injecting a romanticizing feel to it.

In a city where there are more downs than ups, The Mulhollands are destined for success, their songs such as “Malibu” recently being featured on television shows. They’re having fun and playing music on their own terms through pure talent and perseverance. Like the long windy road that they’ve adopted as their name, The Mulhollands are perched high atop the City of Angels, admiring the view and enjoying the ride.

The Mulhollands Official Site: www.myspace.com/themulhollands
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Sunday, December 16, 2007

VIDEO OF THE WEEK!

Here's the music video for "Baby Its Alright" from The Mulhollands. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

THIS MONDAY! THE SPORES & THE HAPPY HOLLOWS



Check out past PICKSYSTICKS reviews of THE SPORES here and of The Happy Hollows here!