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..

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

FRIDAY!! MONSTERS ARE WAITING. See You There!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

FACELIFT LA: Lisa D'Amato, Ultraviolet Sound & Electric Valentine

One of the new best parties in town is Facelift LA and Thursday night at Hollywood’s Play Lounge proved why. It brought out an onslaught of the best club/techno/dance music groups in Los Angeles. What more can you ask for? Other than the event being free (RSVP for over 21 of course) and also having a free vodka bar until 10, on the bill this night was Electric Valentine, Ultraviolet Sound and Lisa D’Amato. Sa-WEEEET!

Lisa D'Amato



Lisa D'Amato and Dancers
photo by picksysticks

Headlining the night was Lisa D’Amato. With the lack of a stage, Lisa didn’t miss a beat. After pushing back the packed house, Lisa and her dancers put on a pulse-pounding visual and electrifying performance.

Lisa D'Amato



Lisa D'Amato
photograph by picksysticks

Best known for her appearance on America’s Next Top Model, Lisa has made the successful transition to music working with the likes of super producer/manager Cisco Adler. The model with attitude backs up her sexy image with a sexy sound that is sure to keep people coming back for more. She recently played at this year’s Coachella and you can catch her next Hollywood show September 9th at The Viper Room. Lisa’s new album is due out in the summer of 2009.

Ultraviolet Sound didn’t disappoint either. They surely know how to put on a good show. Their songs are flawless and their new debut record, O.C.D. is one of the best dance albums put out in recent years. Ultraviolet are fast becoming one of L.A.'s hottest bands around. You may have heard or even seen front-woman Sarah Hudson before. She was a guest judge on the first season of BRAVO's Project Runway and she's reportedly Kate Hudson's cousin. OR you've probably read about these guys from one of their biggest fans, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.


Ultraviolet Sound
photograph by picksysticks



Ultraviolet Sound
photo by picksysticks


Ultraviolet Sound are currently on tour until November. They come back to L.A. when they play The Viper Room on September 9th. That’s gonna be a kick-ass show for sure! And hey! Check this out. Sara Hudson’s song “Girl on the Verge” from her 2004 debut album “Naked Truth” will be featured in the upcoming movie, “The House Bunny,” out August 22nd.

Opening the night was the duo of Lauren Deadly and Chris Deadly, also known as Electric Valentine. You probably also know them as part of the electro-punk group A Kiss Could Be Deadly. The latter was named Alternative Press’ #1 Unsigned Band for 2007 and their album which came out earlier this year has generated rave reviews for their fusion of electronic, dance and pop sounds. Now this is the duo I really wanted to see. Being a fan of A Kiss Could Be Deadly and never being able to catch that band live, I was looking forward to see Lauren and Chris’ new collaboration.


Electric Valentine's Lauren and Chris
photo by picksYsticks

Few bands come out with music as infectious and mesmerizing as Electric Valentine. I dare you not to fall in love with Lauren’s electrifying vocals while Chris pours on more 80’s/synthesized arrangements with beats that are ready-made for the dance floor. If you liked the dance/rock sounds of AKCBD, then you’ll love Electric Valentine. EV is definitely a band to look out for. Their debut EP will be released either late August or early September and will feature their hit single, “A Night With You.” Until then, they’re currently on tour and you can catch them when they return to Hollywood September 4th when they play The Knitting Factory.


Electric Valentine
photograph by picksysticks

There's more pics from that night at www.myspace.com/picksysticks or just click HERE!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: FUJI MINX IS "DUMB"

Check out FUJI MINX'S new music video for "Dumb." And what's better than seeing Fuji Minx's Greta Valenti singing one of my favorite songs? Seeing her with jet black hair, as a platinum blonde and bald!! (well...not so much the bald but you catch my drift.) Enjoy!

FUJI MINX "Dumb" Music Video



UPCOMING SHOWS:
AUG. 30TH - Orange International Street Fair (Main Stage)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

FACELIFT LA Tomorrow!

The place to be this Thursday is FACELIFT LA featuring Ultraviolet Sound and Electric Valentine!


Ultraviolet Sound
photo by Nigel Skeet



Electric Valentine
photo by Mike Margol



Monday, August 11, 2008

OH YEAH!! MIDWAY @ Mr. T's Bowl


Friday, August 8, 2008

MANDI PERKINS is Clear Channel's Artist of the Month!


Mandi Perkins is Clear Channel's "One's To Watch" artist for the whole month of August!! How cool is that! Click the pic or HERE to check it out!

Ms. Perkins' debut album, "Alice in No Man's Land" just came out on Monday!! You can get it at your local Best Buy, Virgin or Amoeba Records. It's also available on Itunes and at her website HERE.







Sunday, August 3, 2008

No More Waiting: MONSTERS ARE WAITING are BACK!

MONSTERS ARE WAITING PLAYS THE GETTY MUSEUM
"FRIDAYS OFF THE 405"


photo: Geoff Moore - www.lamofo.com

Wow, it's been awhile but Echo Park natives, Monsters Are Waiting returns August 29th when they play FOR FREE at the Getty Museum's "Fridays Off The 405" event in Los Angeles in support of their new EP, "Ones and Zeros," which you can pre-order your copy at Kanine Records HERE or just by clicking the album cover below:



LA locals, She Wants Revenge is also on the bill! And as I said, this is a FREE event with a cash bar until 8:30 PM. Enjoy the view and music above L.A. Below are Monsters Are Waiting performing one of my favs, "Fascination." Enjoy!





Saturday, August 2, 2008

TAXI DOLL breaks TOP 5 in charts!


Taxi Doll photo by Bree Warner

TAXI DOLL
Dhana -- Vocals
Jason Graham --Drums
Brian Hendrix -- Bass
Matt Emmer -- Guitar
Gregg Allen -- Keyboards /Producer


LA based rocktronica group Taxi Doll has just reached #5 on the UK Dance Charts with their song, "Be With You!" YAY! I can't wait to see these guys live.



Here's their video for "Be With You." Doesn't it make ya wanna dance? Yep, I thought so.


MIDNIGHT MOVIES in Rolling Stone!



Here's a band that I still haven't seen. For some reason, everytime they play in town, I have other plans. Bummer. Hopefully they'll play again soon. But until then, Midnight Movies were featured in Rolling Stone's "Breaking Artist" music blog in March. Check it out HERE! It includes an interview and video.

The band's new self-titled EP is on iTunes now, along with their first two albums. Below, I've included a video of Midnight Movies playing an acoustic version of "Patient Eye."