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..

Thursday, January 24, 2008

DENGUE FEVER'S NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!

DENGUE FEVER "VENUS ON EARTH"

Chhom Nimol, vocals
Zac Holtzman, guitar/vocals
Ethan Holtzman, farfisa organ
Senon Williams, bass guitars
Paul Smith, percussion
David Ralicke, horns


Dengue Fever's new album, "Venus On Earth" out now.

"Dengue Fever fuses eastern Cambodian pop with Western retro-60’s lounge music."
Based in Los Angeles and spending the last two years touring the globe, Dengue Fever has finally released their much eagerly awaited third album, “Venus On Earth” which embraces traditional Cambodian culture but still manages to mix in a western, psychedelic feel.

Their roots started way back in 1997 when Ethan Holtzman took a trip to Cambodia where he was exposed to Cambodian pop music of the 60’s. Upon returning home, he reconnected with his brother Zac who had also been listening to compilations of Cambodian pop. When the decision was made to start a band, they both went to the Cambodian community in Long Beach to find a singer. Enter Cambodian-born Chhom Nimol, who in the Cambodian tradition, uses Nimol as her “first” name, was already a pop-superstar in her home country. She moved to Long Beach and sang traditional music at The Dragon House where, eventually, the Holtzman brothers first saw her. They were an immediate hit when they first started playing clubs in Long Beach and L.A and have since been creating buzz on the indie circuit.

Since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2003, Dengue Fever has garnered accolades all over the world. Their sophomore effort, 2005’s “Escape From Dragon House” was named Amazon’s #1 International release of the year and MOJO named the same album into their Top 10 World Music releases of the year and they were named LA Weekly’s Best New Artist in 2002.

In Venus On Earth, their third outing, you can immediately hear Dengue Fever’s East Asian sound. Chhom sings mostly in her native Khmer but don’t let that scare you away. Dengue Fever fuses eastern Cambodian pop with Western retro-60’s lounge music.

One of the few English tracks on the album, “Sober Driver” is a sexy, cool, film noir-ish song, keeping its eastern influence but manages to blend in some western flavor with its jazzy sax. And from the surf-rock inspired songs like “Oceans of Venus,” “Laugh Track,” and “Mr. Orange,” to the sugary ballads of “Monsoon of Perfume” and “Clipped Wings,” Venus On Earth’s eclectic melodies are simple and ridiculously contagious. Chhom’s voice is honey sweet dripping off of smooth porcelain. When she switches off from her native Khmer to English, she doesn’t miss a beat. And without accompanying lyrics from the cd, most of the time it’s nearly impossible to understand what Chhom is singing about. Although I couldn’t understand her, her soulful vocals resonate emotion that is universal to everyone.

It's easy to expect, with the clash of musical genres, that their songs would lack identity but Dengue Fever manages to do the complete opposite, successfully fusing both Cambodian pop and American rock. This time around, on their third album, Venus On Earth, Dengue Fever has paid careful attention to their craft of songwriting. And by doing so, not only have they made a giant leap forward but Dengue Fever are on their way to closing the musical gap between East and West.

WHEN & WHERE
January 31st - Dengue Fever’s Record Release Party at the Echoplex.

TOUR INFORMATION AND ALBUM INFORMATION:
www.myspace.com/denguefevermusic

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

MISS DERRINGER @ The Viper Room

Los Angeles based Miss Derringer is fully loaded with two albums and a recent two song EP, all of which are ammunition tracks that improves with every new release. Their latest single, "Heartbreaks & Razorblades," blend shake-a-bop sounds with Goth satire that would make a mourner sway at a funeral; the lyrics are suicidal sad, but the rhythm is that of a glimmering beach sunrise. Miss Derringer has a sound that one can either hear as half-full of hope or half-empty with hopelessness, or both, depending on the perspective of the listener. This band could be categorized as 60's Motown revitalized with Rockabilly, somewhat like The Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" with a bit of country twang and endless bleeding.


Monday's MISS DERRINGER show at The Viper room did not disappoint. I chose not to take my camera and instead, decided to take the night off to enjoy the evening. It's a good thing I didn't. This place was wall-to-wall packed! And taking my camera would've been too much of a burden to carry around. If you want, you can check out our last Miss Derringer review when they played at the El Rey HERE.


Miss Derringer at The El Rey last November.

MISS DERRINGER begins their west-coast tour at the end of the month beginning in San Francisco, including playing a handful of dates opening up for BAD RELIGION. For more tour info, check out www.myspace.com/missderringer.

A very cool soul was able to take some video at The Viper Room and was kind enough to post it on the YouTube.


Miss Derringer performing "Death Car Ride."



Miss Derringer performing "Heartbreaks & Razorblades. "


Sunday, January 13, 2008

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

"BEAUTIFUL TRAGEDY" VIDEO BY IN THIS MOMENT


Check out www.myspace.com/inthismoment to get thier debut album, "Beautiful Tragedy."

IN THIS MOMENT News!

One of 2007's most talked about new artists, In This Moment are proving that hard work pays off. Since the release of their debut album "Beautiful Tragedy" in March, In This Moment has been on tour for a gruelling year straight with the last three months opening up for Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie. Their "Beautiful Tragedy" video was voted at #4 on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball's Top 20 Videos of 2007 and their single, "Daddy's Fallen Angel" was #5 on Sirius' "The Devil's Dozen" biggest songs of 2007.

The group will will immediately follow this tour up with a short headlining run leading them into a much-anticipated homecoming show at The Whisky February 9th. Then they will head directly to Japan for the first time, which will serve as the final show of the Beautiful Tragedy world tour.

Check out more tour details or get their album at : www.myspace.com/inthismoment


Thursday, January 3, 2008

KILLOLA in UK Magazine REVERB



















Why YOU should LOVE  KILLOLA

The lastest issue of
REVERB MAGAZINE has a cool
article on  KILLOLA.   Go to www.reverbmag.co.uk
or www.myspace.com/killola
to read the entire article.