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..

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.