photo by picksysticks
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.
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 has released her debut album Kicker and she celebrated with a sold out show at LA's famed Troubadour last week.
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.
All Wrong and the Plans Change / photograph by Picksysticks
Kassia Conway - vocals, bass, acoustic
Amy Wood - drums
Julian Anderle - bass, guitar, keys
Jim Bowers - guitar, keys, vocals
John Would - plays everything
Kassia Conway of All Wrong and the Plans Change
photo by picksysticks
I’ve wanted to see Kassia Conway sing when I first heard her warm weathered voice singing for No Love Letters. Well, that never happened but I lucked out when she emerged fronting a new band, All Wrong and The Plans Change, along with drummer Amy Wood. Their debut album, “I’m Like Whatever,” released earlier this year, is brewing with gloomy arrangements and catchy melodies that showcases the range of emotions in
Here's All Wrong and the Plans Change performing "I Get Down" at the Viper Room December 13th.
vid by 405east
Here's All Wrong and the Plans Change performing "I Get Down" at the Viper Room December 13th.
ambre leigh – vocals
bay dariz - guitar/vocals/bass/keys
joe herrera – drums
Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions / photo by picksysticks
Performing earlier in the night was the guitar-heavy Some Hear Explosions. Seeing them for the first time, they didn’t disappoint. With their in-your-face anthem-like songs like “It’s Our Time Now,” you’d expect lead singer Ambre Leigh to be drowned out by their abrasive and colorful sounds but she easily rises and pushes forward with her commanding vocals. While in the ballad-esque, “Amazing,” Leigh’s voice resonates like a silky web of barbed-wire. I'll definitely catch them again when they peform.
Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions
photograph by picksysticks
Nico Vega performing "Gravity" live at The Roxy in Hollywood, CA.
Directed & Edited by: Narumi Inatsugu
LOS ANGELES, October 5th, 2009 - SideOneDummy Records has signed singer-songwriter Audra Mae to an exclusive recording agreement. Her first offering for the label will be HAUNT, a five-song digital EP that will be available on Oct.20th. Her full-length debut album is expected in the early part of 2010. On the heels of the EP’s release, Audra Mae will be featured on Chuck Ragan’s annual REVIVAL TOUR, beginning in Chicago on Oct. 25 and running through Orlando, FL on November 22. The tour hits Los Angeles on Nov. 7 at the El Rey Theater.
Audra Mae is currently working on her debut album with producer Ted Hutt (Flogging Molly, The Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones), which will be a stripped-down acoustic affair, spotlighting her voice and her songs. One of the first completed is “Sullivan’s Letter,” based on a note written by a Civil War soldier fighting in the first battle of Bull Run to his wife. She discovered it on the back of a piece of music she was given by her father.
Simply put, Audra Mae is a natural. Once the Oklahoma native opens her mouth and lets loose with that voice, pure and strong, with a hint of country twang and a twinkle of good humor, you realize this is what she’s meant to do; Stand in front of an audience and entertain, not just with her singing, but a distinctive songwriting voice, one that’s capable of relating fully developed characters and stories.
Growing up, show business has been in Audra Mae’s blood, performing in musical theater since the age of 4. She is the grand niece of JUDY GARLAND, her paternal grandmother turned her on to country and folk artists like Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Woody Guthrie, and her maternal grandfather introduced her to jazz.
Last year, the producers of the FX series Sons of Anarchy commissioned Audra Mae to do a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” for the show. She recorded two versions, including one a cappella, which book-ended the series’ next-to-last show, causing an amazing run on her MySpace page when the episode aired. She has since recorded a version of Patti Griffin’s “Mary,” which will be featured in episode 10 of the show’s second season.
Gearing up for her first-ever national tour, Audra Mae has been working out material at a residency at the Vermont in Silver Lake, CA, where she has honed her craft before an ever increasing audience.
“It can be very lonely up there, just me and my acoustic guitar,” Audra says. “But once I get on-stage, the audience’s reaction takes over. I am so excited to hit the road, and do what I was put here to do.”
When you hear Audra Mae sing, you’ll realize how right she is. Audra will also be joining the annual REVIVAL TOUR this fall.
(Los Angeles, CA – September 11, 2009) Following September's release of Bomb in a Birdcage, its acclaimed second album, A FINE FRENZY—led by Alison Sudol—is announcing a month-long national tour, beginning on Tuesday, October 20th at the Parish in Austin, Texas. These dates (see full schedule below) take the band through all major markets from New York to Los Angeles; rising stars Landon Pigg and Among the Oak & Ash will be opening the shows.
The early response to Bomb in a Birdcage (currently sitting at #1 Top Pop Album and reaching #3 on the Top Overall Album iTunes chart and #2 on the Amazon MP3 Best Sellers chart) has been extraordinary. Billboard wrote that the album’s songs “churn like giddy summer romances, nailing the delicate balance of charming and smart,” while Vogue described the album’s first single, “Blow Away,” as “irresistible” and “sunny without being saccharine.” VH1 and MTVU have already added “Blow Away" to their rotations, and the song will be the “Video of the Day” on AOL on September 17.
The new album is the follow-up to 2007’s One Cell in the Sea, which reached Number One on Billboard’s “Heatseeker” charts, and received rave reviews in publications from Entertainment Weekly to Paste to People. A Fine Frenzy was chosen as a VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist; appeared on The Tonight Show, The CBS Early Show and The Late Show with David Letterman; and toured extensively alongside the likes of Rufus Wainwright and Brandi Carlile.
Born in Seattle and raised in Los Angeles, 24-year-old singer and songwriter Sudol was active on Twitter (@AFineFrenzy) long before it became a cultural phenomenon—to the point that she now has over a million followers, making her one of the top ten musicians on the service, alongside super stars like Britney Spears and John Mayer. Now she is looking forward to connecting with all of these fans on the road.
“On the last tour,” Sudol says, “I discovered that I love rocking out and having a good time. So this time, I wanted to stretch and grow and push myself. I wasn’t interested in doing more of the same, that doesn’t inspire me. And now, I can’t wait to get on the road with this stuff! It’s going to be quite an undertaking, but I’m up for it.”
A FINE FRENZY ON TOUR
Tuesday, Oct 20 Austin, TX The Parrish
Thursday, Oct 22 New Orleans, LA Parrish @ HOB
Friday, Oct 23 Atlanta, GA The Loft
Saturday, Oct 24 Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree
Sunday, Oct 25 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Wednesday, Oct 28 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
Friday, Oct 30 Philadelphia, PA World Café
Saturday, Oct 31 Washington, DC Birchmere
Monday, Nov 02 Boston, MA Paradise
Wednesday, Nov 04 Chicago, IL Park West
Thursday, Nov 05 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
Monday, Nov 09 Seattle, WA Neumos
Tuesday, Nov 10 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
Thursday, Nov 12 San Francisco, CA Great American
Friday, Nov 13 Sacramento, CA Boardwalk
Sunday, Nov 15 Phoenix, AZ Martini Ranch
Tuesday, Nov 17 Los Angeles, CA El Rey
Wednesday, Nov 18 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
As the Los Angeles fires raged off in the background in the hills, thousands ascended downtown in a barren city park to the sixth annual FYF Fest, ironically to save the environment, specifically benefiting California state parks. Over 30 bands. Three stages. It was hot. It was sticky. There was no shade to ease us from the sweltering summer heat. There was a slight breeze though coming from Mika Miko's set. But this wind was no salvation from this heat as a dust wind erupted form the center of the mosh pit that grew frenetic with each song.
Hailing from L.A. Mika Miko's dirty-punk sounds are like sour patch gummi bears. That first bite is hard to swallow but after a few more, you can't get enough of them and you start popping them in your mouth like vicodin. Known for their live shows of raw energy, Mika Miko's take no prisoners attitude punished the senses along with a few good people in the pit.
Recently getting a rave review from Rolling Stone for their newest album, "We Be Xuxa," you can catch them Mika Miko next at El Rey October 7th. It's sure to be pretty wild. Until then, enjoy this video of Mika Miko performing "Sex Jazz" at this months FYF Fest.
"The Submarines led by lead singer Blake Hazard and guitarist-husband John Dragonetti weave simple, intricate melodies. Add to that the angelic vocals of Hazard and the Submarines’ sound conjures up images of two butterflies skipping along, side-by-side, in a field of daisies."
The Submarines' first album, Declare a New State, was released in 2006 and their latest, Honeysuckle Weeks, dropped last year, so apparently I was late to this ‘Submarine Party.’ It’s like tagging along with a friend to a party where you hardly know anybody. At first, in a room where everyone knows everybody, you’re feeling uncomfortable, out of place and not knowing what to expect. But it isn’t long that you feel as though you’ve known the Submarines, as though they were long lost friends greeting you with open arms. Of course, I fell into their arms unconditionally. That’s how the Submarines’ music makes you feel. Many, just like me, are quickly discovering this band, introduced to most by their songs being featured in “Grey’s Anatomy,” the indie-film, “ Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” and the iPhone commercial featuring their song, “ You, Me and the Bourgeoisie.”
The Submarines' John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard / photograph by picksysticks
So imagine my surprise when I attended Sunset Junction two weeks ago in Silverlake, Ca. It’s as though a cool refreshing breeze blew out towards the crowd as soon as they starting playing on a scorching-hot, summer day. The Submarines led by lead singer Blake Hazard and guitarist-husband John Dragonetti weave simple, intricate melodies. Add to that the angelic vocals of Hazard and the Submarines’ sound conjures up images of two butterflies skipping along, side-by-side, in a field of daisies. Their songs from their latest album, Honeysuckle Weeks is like an adrenaline shot of happy, complete with indie-pop songs that are a refreshing combo of sugar sweet melodies and pixie-dust arrangements. Sharing lead vocal duties is Dragonetti who compliments Hazard’s delicate, satiny voice with his cool soothing vocals in such songs as Xavia, Maybe and The Wake Up Song.
Currently, we hear the Submarines are already working on a new album and if their first two albums are a sign of what's to come, then I can't wait to see what they come up with.
"The L.A. band plays its parts to the hilt: A sculptor dealing in darkly whimsical phantasmagoria, singer Liz McGrath appears in a sequined baton-twirler leotard with a goth marching-band helmet and prison tattoo for the band's third and best album, Winter Hill... To their considerable credit, Miss Derringer sound exactly like they look and don't need the look to sound good. Just as they mix and match fashions, they blend country, punk, rockabilly, showtunes, cabaret, and New Wave into a surprisingly sturdy and seamless sound."
VH1 HEADS BACK TO REHAB WITH DR. DREW PINSKY FOR A THIRD INSTALLMENT OF
“CELEBRITY REHAB WITH DR. DREW”
Season Three Cast Includes Mackenzie Phillips, Heidi Fleiss, Tom Sizemore, Dennis Rodman, Mindy McCready, Lisa D’Amato, Mike Starr, Joey Kovar and Kari Ann Peniche
Los Angeles, CA – June 1, 2009 – VH1 has once again partnered with Dr. Drew Pinsky for a third season of the hit reality series “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” The series, consisting of eight one-hour episodes, is slated to premiere in early 2010.
Similar to the first two cycles, the third season of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” will follow the real-life experiences of celebrity patients undergoing detoxification and treatment at The Pasadena Recovery Center. The show will follow Mackenzie Phillips (One Day At A Time), Heidi Fleiss, Tom Sizemore, Dennis Rodman, Mindy McCready (Country Music Singer), Lisa D’Amato (ANTM), Mike Starr (Alice in Chains), Joey Kovar (Real World Hollywood) and Kari Ann Peniche (Playboy Playmate).
The series will chronicle the patients’ intensive 21-day program with both group and one-on-one therapy and non-traditional therapies like art and music. Returning to the show to help Dr. Drew are drug counselor Bob Forrest and resident technician Shelly Sprague who have each spent years on both sides of the rehab fence. Dr. Drew is also bringing in some additional prominent physicians to help him give the patients supplementary one-on-one care.
Dr. Drew, who is a highly respected practicing MD and is board certified in addiction medicine, will once again give viewers an unflinching look at exactly how the rehab process works and what it feels like for participants. Dr. Drew hopes to use his celebrity patients to humanize the process and show viewers that treatment is a viable way to break the cycle of addiction.
Dr. Drew is host of the nationally syndicated radio show LOVELINE where he has been taking calls from listeners since 1984. Many people do not know that Dr. Drew is an internist who is board certified in addiction medicine, still runs a private practice, and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine. Although he is an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the KECK USC he is not a psychologist or psychiatrist. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America (Harper Collins) and CRACKED: Putting Broken Lives Together Again (Harper Collins,) that looks at treating addicts from a caretaker’s perspective. Among numerous awards, Dr. Drew was honored with the 2008 Larry Stewart Leadership and Inspiration Award at the 12th Annual PRISM Awards.
hello my friends !
I have scheduled four Farewell Hoop Shows....
Where am i going you ask ?
I think its time i tell you that i have decided to move. As of may 1st 2009
i will be living in Manchester England !!!
I am very excited for the change.
I will continue to work and play here in the states. You have been all so very supportive and i will do everything in my power to build furthur the relationship between myself and my beloved audience here in the U.S.
With that said i would like to invite you all to join me for four farewell shows at my home away home here in Los Angeles the Hotel Cafe in the month of April... see my profile for dates times and cover.
please come.. i so would love to sing thankyou to you !!!
Hey ya'll. 405 East has a wicked cool review of Evil Beaver. Here's an excerpt:
Evil Evie with smoked rough vocals and clenching electric bass guitar fronts a drummer, and that’s it, that’s the bass and bash band that is Evil Beaver. Make it ten years of spitting pissed-off juicy licks of metal, which include six albums and a recorded live performance in Switzerland, and in addition to this list of recordings is the newly compiled round-up of “Beaver fan favz from the 2000 thru 2007” entitled: “7 Yearz of Rock.” And there’s still more blowing out speakers on cakes to come as EB is set to release a new album in 2009.
And if you feel that you’re behind on their spirit of ill-tempered enlightenment, you can currently download all their music for Free! Check out their site at evilbeaver.us. Download and crank deaf the tunes into your ear canals and while you’re at it, get out to their live show!
As for me, there’s a soundtrack of my Evil Beaver favorites that unravels like a scattered thread of lingering thoughts. It started out as a chronological “greatest hits” of Evil Beaver, but then when placed in dramatic order, the music told instead a rather interesting yet abstract story. A sort of rock opera of mixed media imagery. Of course I took artistic liberties on my behalf in the interpretation of their music. My flow of consciousness floating within the frameworks of Evil Beaver yielded a strange output in which the final piece is a trip through the mad funhouse of reality. The sanity ends here.(Check out more of the review at 405East)