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..

Friday, March 27, 2009

EVIL BEAVER @ The Roxy


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 evilbeaver.us. 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."


Monday, March 23, 2009

SXSW 2009: THE DOLLYROTS New Song @ Gibson Sessions

The videos are starting to stream in from this years South By Soutwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. L.A. locals REPRESENT! Check out these performances below. More are sure to come!!



The Dollyrots stop in for The Gibson Bus Sessions last Thursday to perform their new song called "California" (or "Slip Away") off their new upcoming album. They also sing a sa-weeet cover of The Ronettes' "Be My Baby."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

SXSW 2009 - KILLOLA


KILLOLA performs "All of My Idols Are Dead."

SXSW 2009 - THE RESCUES @ One2One Bar


The Rescues perform "Lost Along the Way."

SXSW 2009: EMILY WELLS @ Buffalo Billiards


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Last Chance to Catch KILLOLA!

This is your last chance to catch KILLOLA on their Hell on Heels Tour in L.A. AND before they head to their SXSW dates in Austin Texas later this month. They'll be at the Knitting Factory this Wednesday. This show is gonna be SA-WEEEET!


Friday, March 6, 2009

NICO VEGA @ The Roxy


Nico Vega's new self-titled album. Click image above to buy their album.

Last Tuesday, I was able to catch the NICO VEGA show at The Roxy for their new self-titled CD release show and personally, I've never seen The Roxy THAT packed! Here's a video below(courtesy of 405east) of Nico Vega at the Roxy playing my favorite song, "GRAVITY"!!



This trio, consisting of Aja Volkman (vocals), Rich Koehler (guitar) and Dan Epand (drums), didn't disapoint, giving the crowd a pure, adrenalin-packed, volume to eleven-filled rock show. Aja's weathered voice seems fragile when she acknowlegdes the capacity crowd but once she gets started, her voice packs a wallop as her and the rest of the band rev up full speed and never slow down. Reviews are in for this album. Here's an excerpt from ShePlaysMusic.com:
If you’re looking for a healthy dose of good ole rock n’ roll, the album, Nico Vega, is one of the best servings I’ve heard in a very long time. Incorporating elements of soul, folk and electronic sounds, the album is sure to satiate your hunger for fresh rock music.
Check out the rest of the review right HERE.

In other Nico Vega news: So here I am getting ready to watch American Idol Thursday night, and all of a sudden this FOX commercial comes on promoting their shows. What caught my attention was the song playing over the clips of The Simpsons, 24, House, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles and Hell's Kitchen. It was none other than L.A.'s own Nico Vega and (of course) my favorite song "Gravity." Woo-hoo! Check it out below!




UPCOMING SHOWS:

MARCH 14TH - The Roxy with the Von Bondies

Here's another Nico Vega video of them performing "Burn Burn" off their new self-titled CD. Enjoy!


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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Breakup @ The Key Club


The Breakup performs "Wake Up" at the Key Club
video courtesy of 405east


THE BREAKUP

Melissa Koziel - sticks
Francis Rabe - bass
George Pepe - keys
Matt Field - guitar
Kristina Oquist- vocals


“STAND UP AND SHOUT! ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?”
S.O.S. The Breakup

There must be something in the water that breeds just fun and exciting bands in Orange County. Whether it be the year-round sunny weather or the picture-esque ocean views, The OC just has a way of influencing bands with energetic and catchy music to party to.

Hailing from The OC, The Breakup's newest album, "Don't Keep Us A Secret," is ripe with vintage 80's inspired pop/rock that will surely make you get up to dance and sing.


The Breakup/photo by picksysticks

Playing last Thursday at The Key Club, The Breakup outshined this night's crowded line-up with a tight set-list that showcased Kristina's commanding vocals, Melissa's authoritative drumbeats and guitar-driven songs from Matt. Add to that the cool, smooth bass of Francis and George's keyboards leading the charge and you have a solid power-pop performance filled with infectious melodies and scream-out-loud, anthem-like choruses. Such is the case in "All The Way," "Now or Never," and "S.O.S.," well-crafted songs that surely will keep you humming the tune days later. The surprising treat is George's keys that add a touch of nostalgic 80s-pop sounds in songs like "Wake Up," and "All The Way." All in all, "Don't Keep Us A Secret" is filled with high-octane songs that simmer to a boiling, fast tempo until its feverish, volcanic explosions of pure energy.


photo by picksysticks/The Breakup

This talented quintet knows how to rock and they make it seem effortless. With only five tracks on the album, it's sure to wet your appetite for more songs. To date, The Breakup performed on the Vans Warped Tour, has received airplay on The World Famous Los Angeles' KROQ and their songs have also been featuared on MTV. "Don't Keep Us A Secret" is a fitting title to their latest EP considering that once you've listened to this album, it will be hard for anyone to keep The Breakup a secret much longer.

UPCOMING SHOWS:
March 6 - Hot Topic, Glendale (In-store Acoustic Performance)
March 27 - No Future Cafe, Pasadena (All Ages)



The Breakup performs "Don't Fade Away"
vid shot by 405east

Monday, March 2, 2009

MARCH MADNESS!!!

Wow! March Madness is here. Great bands and great music every day of the month!! So many shows! So little time.

Mar 2 -The Hectors @ The Echo
Mar 3 - Electric Valentine @ Viper Room
Mar 3 - terra naomi @ Hotel Cafe
Mar 3 - White Carriage @ The Airliner
Mar 4 - Lisa @ Le Duex
Mar 4 -The Automatic Music Explosion @ CSUF
Mar 4 -THE BREAKUP @ Knitting Factory
Mar 4 - Mika Miko @ UCLA w/ The Mae Shi!
Mar 4 - SPIDER PROBLEM @ 3 of Clubs
Mar 4 - MEGASAPIEN @ The Viper Room
Mar 4 - sarah tea @ Room 5 Lounge
Mar 4 - electrocute @ The Roxy
Mar 5 - hear kitty @ cat club
Mar 5 - White Carriage @ Good Hurt
Mar 6 -THE BREAKUP @ Hot Topic/Glendale
Mar 6 - SPIDER PROBLEM @ Juanita’s in Highland Park
Mar 7 - THE DOLLYROTS @ THE MIDNIGHT SHOW, HOSTED BY ANDY RICHTER! @ UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE THEATER
Mar 7 - hear kitty @ hogue barmichaels
Mar 9 - Pink Mochi @ Silverlake Lounge
Mar 9 - some hear explosions @ Key Club
Mar 11 - Killola (Opening for NEW YORK DOLLS @ Knitting Factory
Mar 11 - ANGIE MATTSON @ HOME (Silverlake)
Mar 11 - Raining Jane @ Hotel Cafe w/ SARA BAREILLES- SOLD OUT
Mar 11 - Rachael Cantu @ HOME (Silverlake)
Mar 11 - The Action Design @ THE KNITTING FACTORY
Mar 11 - Marina @ Cafe Muse
Mar 11 - SPIDER PROBLEM @ Old Towne Pub w
Mar 11 - The Mulhollands @ Club Moscow @ Boardner’s
Mar 12 - Raining Jane @ Hotel Cafe w/ SARA BAREILLES- SOLD OUT
Mar 12 - Ladies and Gents @ 5 Star Bar/Downtown Art Walk Aftershow
Mar 12 - amilia k spicer @ The Cinema Bar
Mar 12 - MANDI PERKINS @ MOLLY MALONES
Mar 12 - DEAD ROSE BEAUTY @ King King
Mar 13 - Raining Jane @ Hotel Cafe w/ SARA BAREILLES- SOLD OUT
Mar 13 - Whispertown2000 @ The Roxy
Mar 13 - Gram Rabbit @ Echoplex
Mar 14 - FUJI MINX™ @ Java Joe’s (Yorba Linda)
Mar 14 - The Go-Sheilas @ BERNIE’S SPORTS BAR
Mar 14 - Nico Vega @ The Roxy with The Von Bondies
Mar 14 - meiko @ The Lodge
Mar 14 - sally jaye @ The Lodge - w/Meiko
Mar 14 - Apocalipstick @ Bernie’s Sports Bar
Mar 14 - The Automatic Music Explosion @ Fox and Hounds
Mar 14 - MEGASAPIEN @ The Unknown Theatre
Mar 14 - LUCY WALSH @ ROOM 5
Mar 15 - Lots of Love @ The Knitting Factory
Mar 15 - emily wells @ Saint Rocke
Mar 15 - meiko @ Saint Rocke
Mar 15 - SPIDER PROBLEM @ Crane’s Tavern
Mar 16 - GREAT NORTHERN @ Silverlake Lounge
Mar 16 - Mika Miko @ The Smell
Mar 18 - Lisa @ Key Club
Mar 20 - The Randies @ Slide Bar
Mar 20 - A Pretty Mess @ The Crest
Mar 20 - the Human Value @ Downtown 81
Mar 21 - The Randies @ Knitting Factory
Mar 21 - A Pretty Mess @ The Blvd Cafe and Bar
Mar 21 - io echo @ House of Blues w/ OK GO
Mar 21 - White Carriage @ the Airliner
Mar 21 - Mather Louth And Radio Noir @ Saturday Night Fish Fry at the REDWOOD BAR
Mar 22 - Mather Louth And Radio Noir @ The Pink Parlor
Mar 22 - Mather Louth And Radio Noir @ Cicada Club
Mar 25 - Rachael Cantu @ HOTEL CAFE
Mar 25 - SPIDER PROBLEM @ Club Moscow @ Boardners
Mar 26 - emily wells @ The Troubadour
Mar 26 - The Ditty Bops @ the El Rey
Mar 26 - SPIDER PROBLEM @ Mais Cafe
Mar 27 - THE BREAKUP [ON iTUNES!!] @ No Future Cafe
Mar 27 - SPIDER PROBLEM @ California Institute for the Abnormal Arts
Mar 28 - Lisa @ Society
Mar 28 - obedient waves @ The Knitting Factory
Mar 28 - Kim @ Cat Club
Mar 28 - SPIDER PROBLEM @ Echo Curio
Mar 29 - the bird and the bee @ Broad Stage