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..

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

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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.”

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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.

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The Submarines' Blake Hazard / photo by picksysticks