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.


Winter's new album Supreme Blue Dream is the ideal soundtrack to your summer..

Monday, December 28, 2009

THE HAPPY HOLLOWS in Samsung Mobile Commercial

First it was The Submarines' songs showing up on the iPhone's 3Gs commercials. Now The Happy Hollows is featured in the latest Samsung Mobile commercial which highlights the SWYPE technology on the Omnia II - only offered on Verizon wireless cells. Check out Sarah Negahdari rockin' out with bassist Charlie Mahoney and drummer Chris Hernandez performing "High Wire" in this cool commercial. Unfortunatlety, I'm on neither AT&T's iPhone nor Verizon. But if my favorite bands keep plugging these cells, I may have to switch carriers. I'm on Sprint (maybe Killola can do a commercial for Sprint! Wishful thinking...)

Happy Hollows plays the Bordello
photo by picksysticks


 Chhom Nimol of Dengue Fever
Chhom Nimol of Dengue Fever performs at the Echoplex
photo by picksysticks

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett has chosen the song “One Thousand Tears of A Tarantula” from Cambodian-American band Dengue Fever for his Rolling Stone magazine Best Music Of The Decade Ballot. Selected the #2 song of the decade in order of importance, “Tears” sits between Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place” and Mastodon’s “Oblivion” [link]

Dengue Fever’s music is a combination of classic Cambodian pop, Ethiopian jazz and Bollywood blitz, with lyrics mostly sung in lead singer Chhom Nimol’s native language of Khmer. “One Thousand Tears of A Tarantula”, originally released on 2005’s Escape from Dragon House, and again on the 2009 soundtrack to the band’s documentary DVD/CD soundtrack Sleepwalking Through The Mekong is a blistering jam with trance-like lyrics.

While there is no plan (yet) for Dengue Fever to cover “Call of Ktulu” from Metallica’s Ride The Lightning, the band would certainly love to have Hammett guest on the track during the band’s upcoming West Coast tour. Dengue Fever guitarist Zac Holtzman said, “It’s a real honor to have Kirk Hammett pick “One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula” as the second best song of the decade. It’s kind of mind-blowing actually. It also happens to be my mom’s favorite song. We’d love to have Kirk come up onstage and take a solo when we hit the Bay Area next month.”

Chhom Nimol of Dengue Fever
Dengue Fever's Chhom Nimol at the Echoplex
photograph by picksysicks

And after what is sure to be a rockin' New Year's Eve show in hometown LA at The Mint (tickets still available at, Dengue Fever heads up the coast in support of a new project out January 12 called Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia. Confirmed shows are as follows:

12/31 @ The Mint
01/07 @ SoHo, Santa Barbara, CA
01/08 @ The Independent, San Francisco, CA.
01/09 @ Berbati's Pan, Portland, OR
01/10 @ Neumo's, Seattle, WA

Dengue Fever combed through their personal collections of rare Cambodian cassettes and selected their fourteen favorite tracks for this compilation, featuring artists such as Sinn Sisamouth, Pan Ron, Ros Sereysothea and Dara Chom Chan.

Proceeds from this album will be donated to Cambodian Living Arts which supports the revival of Cambodian traditional art forms and works to inspire contemporary artistic expression.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


All Wrong and the Plans Change
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

All Wrong and the Plans Change
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 Conway’s restrained but forceful vocals . Check out “I Get Down” and “Lately.” And while you’re at it, listen to “All Night Takes So Long” and “Hands” from her previous band No Love Letters. They won’t disappoint! Be sure to check out All Wrong and The Plans Change when they play Spaceland on December 30th.

Here's All Wrong and the Plans Change performing "I Get Down" at the Viper Room December 13th.

vid by 405east


ambre leigh – vocals

bay dariz - guitar/vocals/bass/keys

drew milford - bass/keys

joe herrera – drums

Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions>
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>
Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions
photograph by picksysticks

Monday, December 7, 2009


Nico Vega - Gravity (Live @ The Roxy) from MySpace Records on Vimeo.

Nico Vega performing "Gravity" live at The Roxy in Hollywood, CA.
Directed & Edited by: Narumi Inatsugu

Nico Vega may be the best, most explosive live band you've never seen but with their latest live video for their current single Gravity, here is a little sneak peek to their on stage fantasticness.

Filmed at The Roxy in Los Angeles, the band's hometown, director Narumi Inatsugu captures the band in all their glory on stage.

The band are also still currently on tour with Neon Trees and Inward Eye.

Here are the remaining tour dates:

Dec 7 2009 - The Red and Black, Washington, DC
Dec 8 2009 - The Independent, San Francisco, CA
Dec 10 2009 - TT The Bears, Cambridge, MA
Dec 11 2009 - The Studio at Webster Hall, New York, NY
Dec 13 2009 - Pirates Cove, Cleveland, OH
Dec 14 2009 - Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
Dec 15 2009 - Shubas, Chicago, IL
Dec 18 2009 - Bender's Tavern, Denver, CO
Dec 19 2009 - Burt's Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque, NM
Dec 20 2009 - Wasted Space, Las Vegas, NV

Friday, November 13, 2009

AUDRA MAE signs with SideOneDummy Records!

Audra Mae
Audra Mae performs at Hotel Cafe
photo by picksysticks

Hey' ya'll!! How could've I missed this??!! This is awesome news for Audra Mae and well deserved! Below is the press release from Side One Dummy Records:


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.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Last week, KROQ's own Rodney Bingenheimer (aka: The Mayor of Sunset Strip) hosted a night of great music. It's a little bit of an understatement to say that Bingenheimer knows music. He's been the driving force behind the push of such bands of Oasis, The Strokes, Nirvana, Sex Pistols, The Go-Go's, The Runaways, Coldplay and The Clash, playing them on the radio before anybody else. So on a special Halloween show at the Roxy, Rodney introduced local favorites The Dollyrots, The New Fidelity, The Woolly Bandits and straight from Ireland, We Should Be Dead.

The Dollyrots
Kelly Ogden of The Dollyrots @ The Roxy/photo by Picksyticks

The Dollyrots

The Dollyrots' Kelly Ogden, dressed in, what I like to call her pirate-maiden inspired costume (or was she even dressed for Halloween???? Look at the pic and you decide.) headlined the show and played a bunch of new songs including "California," "California Beach Boy," "Om Nom" and "Some Girls." And if the new songs I heard were any indication of how good their next album is going to be, then their next album is gonna be SA-WEEEEET!

The Dollyrots perform "Om Nom."
vid courtesy of 405east.

The Dollyrots perform "Some Girls" at The Roxy
vid by 405east

Dollyrots perform "California Beach Boy" at The Roxy
video from 405east

(((((UPDATE: Here's another video featuring a new song, "California," from the Dollyrots upcoming new 2010 album:)))))

UPDATE: August 16, 2010 - Dollyrots' new album, "A Little Messed Up" will be released August 17. Click HERE to read about their Aug. 13th record release party at the Bootleg Theater that and cd review .

Earlier in the night, The Woolly Bandits brought out the funk! Everything about The Woolly Bandits oozes seduction - like walking into vamp bar, Fangtasia. Vixen Christa Collins' on-stage presence is hypnotic. Their sound? A cross between pscyobilly and surf-rock. But don't let labels fool you. These Bandits can play. They're currently on tour supporting their new album, "Woman of Mass Destruction."

The Woolly Bandits
The Woolly Bandits at The Roxy.

Straight from Ireland, We Should Be Dead kicked off the night bringing out the punkiness of early Go-Go's laced with the attitude of Joan Jett. Formed in 2007, Dead's infectious, catchy songs will quickly grow on you. Listen to heir single, "Forget Romance, Let's Dance," a song that has been getting regular airplay on KROQ's Rodney on the Roq.

We Should Be Dead
We Should Be Dead performs at The Roxy.

vid by 405 East

"Forget Romance, Let's Dance" video from WE SHOULD BE DEAD.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Singer-songwriter Terra Naomi Announces 2009 U.S. Tour Funded by YouTube Fans

photo by Bob Hilton

With over 15 million views of her homemade videos on YouTube, nearly 35,000 subscribers, and an unparalleled interactive dialogue with fans, Terra Naomi is at the forefront of the new direct artist-to-fan model using social media marketing. After posting a 'Tour Support Fund Drive' video on YouTube, Naomi raised $5,000 in two weeks and is promoting the shows by writing a series of fun "City Songs" for each city on her tour.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 6, 2009 -- Terra Naomi is proof that artists today can use social media marketing instead of a record label to launch and maintain thriving musical careers. After leaving Island Universal Records in 2008, Terra decided to forge ahead with what launched her career as a musical artist: The desire to connect with her fans in a more personal way via numerous online videos and webcasts, and her interactive website.

Today she's embarking on a 20-city, fan-funded U.S. solo tour that will kick off on October 15 in San Francisco to promote her upcoming independent EP, "You For Me" (video: The album will be available on iTunes starting in mid-October with a full-length album expected in early 2010.

Here's a message from Terra Naomi via her YouTube channel. She also plays a beautiful acoustic version of "You For Me" off her newest album:

After posting a 'Tour Support Fund Drive' video on YouTube, she raised her $5,000 goal in two week's time. With over 15 million views of her homemade videos on YouTube, nearly 35,000 subscribers, and an unparalleled interactive dialogue with fans, Terra is once again at the forefront of the new direct artist-to-fan model and can't wait to test out the viability of this approach when she hits the road this month.

To promote the shows, Terra is writing personalized "City Songs" for each city on her tour and posting the videos on YouTube. To view the clever and slightly inappropriate collection, visit:

A current list of tour dates is below with new dates confirmed daily on Terra's official website:

Thurs. 10/15 The Rickshaw Stop (San Francisco, CA - with John Wesley Harding)
Fri. 10/16 The Gyspy Den (Santa Ana, CA)
Sun. 10/18 Bourbon Street (San Diego, CA)
Mon. 10/19 The Lost Leaf (Phoenix, AZ)
Weds. 10/ 21 Emo's (Austin,TX - with Nico Vega)
Thurs. 10/22 Fitzgerald's (Houston, TX)
Sun. 10/25 Poor David's Pub (Dallas, TX)
Weds. 10/28 Reggie's Music Joint (Chicago, IL)
Thurs. 10/29 Wilbert's (Cleveland, OH)
Sun. 11/1 Tin Angel (Philadelphia, PA)
Tues. 11/3 The Drake Underground (Toronto)
Weds. 11/4 Cabaret Mado (Montreal)
Thurs. 11/5 Valentine's (Albany, NY)
Fri. 11/6 National Underground (NYC)
Sat. 11/7 TBA (Boston, MA)
Sun. 11/8 The Black Box Theater (Indian Head, MD)
Mon. 11/16 The Walnut Room (Denver, CO)
Thurs. 11/19 El Corazon (Seattle, WA - with Bobby Long)

Terra on YouTube:
Terra on Facebook:
Terra on Myspace:
Terra on Twitter:

Thursday, October 8, 2009



(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.”


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

Monday, October 5, 2009

BOOMKAT in SPIN Magazine

SPIN Magazine had a write up about last month's Sunset Strip Music Festival and Boomkat was featured. Check out the whole article and the other bands who played the festival right HERE!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

COLBIE CAILLAT on A&E's "Private Sessions"

This Sunday, Oct. 4th at 9:00am, A & E’s Private Sessions will feature Colbie Caillat in a one-hour episode that includes as in-depth interview with Colbie, and performances “Bubbly,” “Realize” “Fallin’ For You,” “Fearless,” and “Begin Again.” Plus don’t miss special surprise appearances by Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and Kara DioGuardi!

Also, check out the special “Behind the Scenes” footage now up on the profile page!

You L.A. people can catch Colbie when she finishes up her tour at The House of Blues Sunset on October 27th and October 28th. I'll be there!

THE SUBMARINES' song in newest iPhone ad!

The Submarines
photograph by picksysticks / The Submarines

The Submarines
photograph by picksysticks / The Submarines

"Submarine Symphonika" is the new soundtrack to the latest iPhone app ad! This isn't The Submarines' first song featured on an iPhone 3GS commercial. If you remember, their song, "You, Me and the Bourgeoisie" was also featured in an earlier ad. Both songs are off their newest album, "Honeysuckle Weeks" which you can get on their website HERE! Check out both of The Submarines' iPhone commercials below.

"Submarine Symphonika"

"You, Me and the Bourgeoisie"




Saturday, September 26, 2009


Mika Miko performs FYF Fest / photo by 405 east

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.

vid by 405east

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Check out the new video for "Cracks in the Armor" from KILLOLA! It's pretty AWESOME. Go to their site to see it in glorious HD AND to download their album for FREEEEEEEEE!

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Sooo...can't really sleep tonight. So I was just surfin' the interweb listening to music and watching music videos when I came upon an old favorite from the movie "Streets of Fire." The band is Fire Inc. The song is "Tonight Is What It Means to Be Young." In the movie, Ellen Aim and the Attackers sing the song. Ellen Aim is played by Diane Lane who is kidnapped by a ruthless gang of motorcyle thugs called the Bombers. Why? Maybe they like musicals. Who knows? Confused yet? Don't worry about it. Just know that this is a kick-ass song! And since it's sung by a girl-fronted band, it just gives me an excuse to post this video. And it got me thinking that some band should cover this song - a band like KILLOLA! C'mon, think about it. Wouldn't be just awesome to see Lisa Rieffel belt out this tune, pumping her fists in the air just like Diane Lane did? Oh well...I can dream cant' I? Enjoy!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

THE SUBMARINES @ Sunset Junction 2009

The Submarines
photo by picksysticks / The Submarines

The Submarines
photo by picksysticks / The Submarines
"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 SubmarinesThe Submarines
The Submarines' John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard / photograph by picksysticks

Submarines perform, "You, Me and the Bourgeoisie.”
vid courtesy of 405 east.

Submarines perform, "Swimmng Pool."
vid shot by 405east

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 Submarines
The Submarines' Blake Hazard / photo by picksysticks

Sunday, August 30, 2009

MISS DERRINGER @ Sunset Junction 2009

photograph by picksysticks / Liz McGrath and Morgan Slade of Miss Derringer performs Sunset Junction 2009.

I'll have to admit, Miss Derringer was the main reason I wanted to go to Sunset Junction this year. So much so that I braved the heat that usually accompanies this end-of-summer block party. But as usual, the heat didn't scare away those in attendance. In fact, the crowd seem to grow as the day progressed. Those who came early was treated to Miss Derringer's motown-rockabilly-pop sounds - a great start to a promising day that later saw the likes of Nico Vega, The Submarines and Dengue Fever.

photograph by picksysticks / Liz McGrath of Miss Derringer heats up Sunset Junction 2009.

Miss Derringer performs "Drop Shot Dead" at Sunset Junction.
vid courtesy 405east

In other news, look for Miss Derringer to go back out on tour soon. Until then, you can catch them this Saturday at Santa Barbara's Velvet Jones. And how cool is this? Miss Derringer's new album, Winter Hill, recently received a glowing review from Read the full review right HERE. Here's an excerpt:

"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."

Miss Derringer/photo by picksysticks

Saturday, August 29, 2009

NICO VEGA @ Sunset Junction 2009

Nico Vega
photo by Picksysticks / Nico Vega plays The Sunset Junction.

A bunch of NICO VEGA news! Lets start with Sunset Junction last week. On a super hot weekend, Sunset Junction, usually the sign of the ending summer concert season, kicked off with a BANG! Hundreds braved the scorching heat to watch Nico Vega rock it! There's more photos from Sunset Junction in our pics page here at And check out our past write-ups HERE.

Aja of Nico Vega
photograph by Picksysticks / Nico Vega plays The Sunset Junction.

In other news, Nico Vega is currently on tour. You can catch them next at The Roxy on September 8th , the next day at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach and then on September 12t at the annual Sunset Strip Music Festival. All good shows. Catch 'em while you can.

And check this out! Their song "Beast" is currently featured in the new horror, "The Collector"! Here's the trailer AND their song. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

DOLLYROTS - New Songs & New Album News!!

The Dollyrots
photo by Picksysticks / The Dollyrots plays The Knitting Factory

As we await The Dollyrots' new album, here are a video featuring a new song from their upcoming album. Expect a tour in early 2010. Until then check out this vid featuring "California"!

UPDATE: Here are more videos of The Dollyrots performing new songs (Om Nom, California Beach Boy & Some Girls) for their upcoming album. As usual, these songs ROCK! Can't wait for the new record!!

The Dollyrots perform "Om Nom."
vid courtesy of 405east.

The Dollyrots perform "Some Girls" at The Roxy
vid by 405east


UPDATE: August 16, 2010 - Dollyrots' new album, "A Little Messed Up" will be released August 17. Click HERE to read about their record release party at the Bootleg Theater and cd review.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Electric Valentine's new album, "Automatic" drops August 18th which will be available through their Merch store, iTunes and Hot Topic. And get this, if you pre-order through their site HERE, you'll get a free EV bracelet. Another option gets you the CD, bracelet, signed promo picture and a shirt!

In support of their new album, they'll be heading off on their US tour through October. Check their site HERE for tour dates and location. Below, check out a video for their new song, "Binary Outbreak."

Electric Valentine - Binary Outbreak Promo Video

Monday, August 3, 2009

SUNSET JUNCTION 2009: Miss Derringer & Nico Vega!!!

This year's Sunset Junction on August 22nd & 23rd is gonna ROCK! Check out more info and the lineup HERE!

On Saturday, on the BATES STAGE, Miss Derringer plays at 12:50pm and Nico Vega then hits the stage at 4:10pm.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


MISS DERRINGER is out on tour promoting their upcoming album, "Winter Hill" which drops July 14th! They have a new song, Bulletproof Heart which you can listen to right HERE! As usual, it pretty much R-O-C-K-S-! Check it out AND also check them out on tour. Below are their tour dates. Here's our past review and photos of their show HERE!

Jun 13 2009 8:00P
Ground Zero ALL AGES w/ Girl In A Coma Spartanburg, South Carolina

Jun 14 2009 8:00P
Milestone 18+ w/ Girl In A Coma Charlotte, North Carolina

Jun 16 2009 8:00P
Red and Black 21+ w/ Girl In A Coma Washington, Washington DC

Jun 17 2009 8:00P
Khyber 21+ w/ Girl In A Coma Philedelphia, Pennsylvania

Jun 18 2009 8:00P
Brighton Bar 21+ w/ Girl in A Coma Long Branch, New Jersey

Jun 19 2009 7:00P
Highline Ballroom EARLY SHOW ALL AGES w/ Girl In A Coma New York

Jun 20 2009 8:00P
Iron Horse ALL AGES w/ Girl In A Coma Northampton, Massachusetts

Jun 21 2009 8:00P
Harpers Ferry 18+ w/Girl In A Coma Allston, Massachusetts
Jun 23 2009 8:00P
Bernie’s Distillery ALL AGES w/ Girl In A Coma Columbus, Ohio

Jun 24 2009 8:00P
The Crofoot (Pike Room) ALL AGES w/ Girl In a Coma Pontiac, Michigan

Jun 25 2009 8:00P
Radio Radio 21+ w/ Girl In A Coma Indianapolis, Indiana

Jun 26 2009 9:00P
Sazerac Lounge Grand Rapids, Michigan

Jun 27 2009 9:00P
Subterranean Chicago, Illinois

Jun 29 2009 4:00P
Milwaukee Summer Fest Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Jul 1 2009 8:00P
7th St Entry 18+ w/ Girl In A Coma Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jul 2 2009 8:00P
The Waiting Room ALL AGES w/ Girl In A Coma Omaha, Nebraska

Jul 3 2009 8:00P
Riot Room 21+ w/ Girl In A Coma Kansas City, Missouri

Jul 4 2009 1:30P
80/35 Festival Des Moines, Iowa

Jul 6 2009 8:00P
Three Kings Tavern 21 + w/ Girl In A Coma Denver, Colorado

Jul 7 2009 8:00P
American Legion ALL AGES w/ Girl In A Coma Casper, Wyoming

Jul 8 2009 8:00P
Burts 21+ w/ Girl In A Coma Salt Lace City, Utah

Jul 9 2009 8:00P
Neurolux 21+ w/ Girl In A Coma Boise, Idaho

Jul 10 2009 8:00P
El Corazon ALL AGES w/ Girl In A Coma Seattle, Washington

Jul 11 2009 8:00P
Doug Fir 21+ w/ Girl In A Coma Portland, Oregon

Jul 13 2009 8:00P
Lost on Main 21+ w/ Girl In A Coma Chico, California

Jul 14 2009 8:00P
The Fire Escape 21+ w/ Girl In A Coma Citrus Heights, California

Jul 15 2009 8:00P
Blank Club 21+ w/ Girl In a Coma San Jose, California

Jul 16 2009 8:00P
Bottom Of The Hill 18+ w/ Girl In A Coma San Francisco, California

Jul 17 2009 8:00P
Alex’s Bar 21+ w/ Girl In A Coma Long Beach, California

Jul 18 2009 8:00P
Knitting Factory ALL AGES w/ Girl In A Coma Los Angeles, California

Jul 21 2009 8:00P
Casbah w/ Girl In A Coma San Diego, California

Jul 22 2009 8:00P
Beauty Bar w/ Girl In A Coma Las Vegas, Nevada

Jul 23 2009 8:00P
Hollywood Alley w/ Girl In A Coma Mesa, Arizona

Jul 24 2009 8:00P
Plush w/ Girl In A Coma Tucson, Arizona

Here's a vid shot last year of Miss Derringer performing "Bulletproof Heart" and my favorite, "Black Tears." Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Lisa D'Amato
Lisa D'Amato / photograph by Picksysticks

VH1 recently announced the new cast for Season 3 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. One person on that list is L.A.'s own Lisa D'Amato.

Here's the rest of the cast:
  • "One Day at a Time" actress Mackenzie Phillips
  • former NBA star Dennis Rodman
  • country singer Mindy McCready
  • actor Mike Starr
  • 'Real World: Hollywood' cast member Joey Kovar
  • 'America's Next Top Model' contestant Lisa D'Amato
  • Playboy Playmate Kari Ann Peniche
  • former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.
  • Actor Tom Sizemore
The next season of the Vh1 reality show “Celebrity Rehab” will premiere in early 2010. Here's the official release from VH1:




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.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Taryn Manning of Boomkat / photo by picksysticks

Imagine my surprise when I went to The Mint to catch Boomkat, only to find out that The Mulhollands was also on the bill. Oh yeah!! Apparently a last minute addition, The Mulhollands fronted by Sarah Jeanette took the stage with a new look and new songs.

They always put on a great show. You can check out our past review of The Mulhollands riiiiiight HERE!

the Mulhollands
photo by picksysticks
Sarah Jeanette of the Mulhollands
Sarah Jeanette of The Mulhollands
photograph by picksysticks

But of course, the highlight of the night was Boomkat. Led by Taryn Manning and her brother Kellin Manning, Boomkat makes it look easy with their latest album, A Million Trillion Stars, with their urban/hip-pop sounds of soothing ballads and straight-up electric pop songs that will sure to make you dance.

Originally signed by Dreamworks records until it shut down 2005, their songs have been featured in films like 8 Mile, Mean Girls, Crossroads and The Italian Job. Now, straying away from the major record label, Boomkat has decided to release their new album, A Million Trillion Stars, independently and, in a sense, controlling their music and how it reaches their loyal following.

Taryn Manning of Boomkat
photo by picksysticks

Inspired by hip-hop, 80’s and Brit Pop, Boomkat is the real deal, their sound constructed with catchy and stimulating tunes. Whether it be the hypnotic sounds of "Lonely Child" and "Runaway" or the head-numbing beats of "Run Boy," Boomkat creates trance-inducing, simmering beats and melodies. Add to that Taryn’s windswept vocals in songs "Elated" and "Not My Fault" to mesmerize you into submission.

Although Taryn is well known from her 'other job,' she stresses that she doesn't want to be categorized as an actor/singer. But judging by Boomkat's latest record and live performance her presence and talent shines onstage and if this 'acting' thing doesn't work out, she sure seems content to continue living life moving forward with her true passion - music.

Here's Boomkat's video for "Run Boy."

And here's their performance of "Run Away" recently on Live Direct TV.
Boomkat on Live Direct TV

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Jesca Hoop's Farewell Shows

Jesca Hoop / photo by Frank Ockenfel

We're sorry to hear that Jesca Hoop is moving from L.A. to Manchester, England. So she has decided to play final farewell gigs at The Hotel Cafe starting tonight! Let's wish her good luck and I'm sure we'll be seeing AND hearing her in the future. She is currently working on her new album. Here's what she says on her myspace blog.

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 !!!

April 1 - Hotel Cafe
April 9 - Hotel Cafe
April 16 - Hotel Cafe
April 29 - Hotel Cafe

Friday, March 27, 2009


Evil Beaver performs at The Roxy.

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 Download and crank deaf the tunes into your ear canals and while you’re at it, get out to their live show!

Evil Evie of Evil Beaver
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)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

SXSW 2009 - Mandi Perkins @ Gibson Bus Sessions

Mandi Perkins dropped by the Gibson Sessions for a quick interview and performed, "Why Pretend" and "Behind Blue Eyes" from The Who. Enjoy!

SXSW 2009: MEIKO @ The Parish

Last Thursday during Austin's annual South by Southwest music and film festival, The Parish hosted The Hotel Cafe showcase featuring Caitlin Crosby, Holly Conlan, Anya Marina, Lisa Hannigan, Thao With The Get Down Stay Down, Jim Bianco, Lenka, Meiko, Greg Laswell, Cary Brothers, Gomez and more. Here's a video of L.A. local Meiko performing "Boys with Girlfriends."