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..

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.