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, December 31, 2010


Sarah Jeanette of The Mulhollandsby JPegg

Call them The Mulhollands. They look like an estranged set of delinquents from different cracked paths that led to the same winding road they now travel together with their well-groomed Hollywood Walk of Fame in the shady side of town sound, where millionaires smile on billboards above bus stops, pawnshops, and liquor stores. A band of five misfits kicked to the counter culture curb of Los Angeles .

There’s Sarah Jeanette, that looks like she would’ve been a burned out waitress at a truck stop by now if she didn’t black glitter herself in the slim, curls, and tattoo trails, and sing her refreshingly minty vocals while finger punching her lunchbox keyboard. She’s a black-eye punch with a soft caress. On lead guitar, there’s the can’t keep still or two feet flat, Matt Fuller with his live jolt flash looks and sounds of Punk, Rockabilly, and Calvin Klein, in his nicely pressed glam, hair spikes, and gloss polished Texas belt buckle medallion of a guitar. He looks as sophisticated as chrome rims with no tires on a cruising pearl Beemer. On bass is the Asian IT tech geek resembling, Jeff Mizushima, with computer monitor shaped black rim glasses, and seems hoped up on floods of energy drinks, orange sodas, and corporate database hackings, forever trampoline head bouncing. Their drummer, Rich Berardi, looks like he just got off his overtime floor shift at a mall working holiday hours with customers mopping him ragged with their trivial questions about sales and prices. He releSarah Jeanette of The Mulhollandsases a frustration on drums that he could only show as a smile to others at work. Oh, then there’s that one rhythm guitar guy, Murray Foretich.
He’s the scruffy straight collar hippie looking guy that adds subtle surprises and spice to marinade the harmony.

They set the mood like a potpourri brush fire on the hills of Mulholland Drive that bellows of fragrant colored smoke across the skyline to give a rose lens view of the Hollywood sign, while stuck on the outskirts looking up at the enormous houses deep in the hillside, passing guarded gates and holding up a thumb with all possessions in hand. So close, no trespassing, though the star map says you’re at your destination. The Hollywood life filled with cigarette butts floating brown in bitter coffee.

The Mulhollands
released an EP in 2007, entitled “With Our Eyes Closed.” Supposedly, however, somebody left the band and took songs with him. Those sounded too rehashed generic pop ‘80’s anyway. They got him replaced, pushed forward, dropped the pop corny bop, and added definition and sophistication with a West Coast tint of grit and seduction. Years in the making, they just returned from their first tour, they’re on the list: Music Connection: The Hot Live 100 Live Unsigned Artists and Bands, and they recently released their first album out now: “Oh My!”

"Fascination" by The Mulhollands from their first full-length album "Oh My!"


Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Bullet and Snowfox's Kristen Wagner
Kristen Wagner of Bullet and Snowfox perfrom at Boardner's HollywoodKristen Wagner on vocals is Snowfox. Josh Shapiro on guitar is Bullet. Matteo Eyia on drums and von Luxxury on bass fill the “&”. Together, they are Bullet & Snowfox! At least that's the way it was live with Wagner, the sly cuteness with frisky vocals, and Shapiro, gunning big caliber with guitar. Bring loud the hot dance BPMs. They were in their hometown rainbow strobe wildness at Wednesday’s Club Moscow in Hollywood. No escape when Wagner ear locked the crowd with her cosmic electric lightning. Feel the drug come alive. Dance fury. Like a bottle of strawberry soda shaken and popped. Fun filled fizz of sweetness. Pop Rocks tingling the blood with bursting sensations.

Bullet & Snowfox staged their live energy outside in the cigarette and candle filled fountain patio atmosphere, while short skirt ladies on boxes inside the club danced to the DJ. The beats pumped from interior to exterior to interior, floods of electro through every orifice. A flirty filled eighteen and over party that happens every hump day at this place. Lush, plush, and elixir delight under the solar particles of color. Bring a flyer before ten-thirty or get on the guest list and it saves ten in the pockets. Lines go fast. Nights last long.

Debut music video from Bullet & Snowfox performing "Neurotic Nancy."

Monday, December 27, 2010

QUEEN KWONG @ Boardner's Hollywood

Carre Callaway of Queen Kwong
Carre Callaway of Queen Kwong plays at Boardner's Hollywood.
photo by picksysticks

Queen Kwong is Carré Callaway in her darkest place, meat grinding her living nightmares into lyrical sound seizures. Stew in some hate molten Nine Inch Nails, suicide raw Nirvana, and torturing screams from the burning inferno fit into a female frame of femme fatale, the result will be a Queen Kwong live performance. It was as if a demon thought it was a good idea to posses her, until she shackled it inside her and only allowed its broken black to be released through her seething vocals and steel scrapings on guitar. Institutionalized her horrors within and used it to create her sound. Each song like a deadly ooze of stained memories, torn love, rotting heart spoilage, and other personal sewage. It appeared that if she spotted a former nightmare alive in the crowd, she would have jumped stage with teeth turning fangs before sucking withered the victim’s soul and veining its strength for her next song. It felt unsafe to have the railing not be a cage with her exorcising convulsions of emotions on stage. Broken glass madness filled her eyes with each spit of lyrics as though every part of her body was simultaneously being steel pierced and tattoo injected. Underneath, pure soft torment, an emotional suppression of awaiting a death row sentence for the lovers she hacked with the poetic instrument she now strums, waiting in a cell or a straight jacket whistling a soft kill, or live on stage as she was this night. It is not heavy metal stabbing bash and bang, but rather a gut stab, a slow twist with a jagged rip through the thumping heart, and a sweet kiss good night. Queen Kwong sounds of a restless female spirit slain by the wretched.

Queen Kwong performs at Boardner's Hollywood.
video by 405east

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

DOLLYROTS "Messed Up Xmas" Video

Here's the new Dollyrots video for their holiday song,"Messed Up Xmas." This was part of a contest entry in which the lyrics were suggested by the fans. Now you can see if your entry made the final cut! You can also download the song right HERE. Here's Kelly explaining on their blog the process of writing this song:
"We recorded the song in my living room last weekend in 1 1/2 days with Luis at the helm. Once we finished up it was so much fun we were inspired to make you a video to go along with it! We used nothing but the junk around my place, our iPhones, some rum, Quito, two Macs and an mBox to do it all. Hope it brings you some holiday cheer. Rah Rah!

We love you guys! For real, not drunk dial, "I love you man." Hope you have an awesome holiday season and may next year be the BEST EVER for all of us! We're working on a ton of new stuff for you and coming up with new ways to interact so please keep an ear, eye or antenna out for all that new stuff! And of course we'll be making the rounds on the road again and can't wait to see your wonderful faces."

Monday, December 20, 2010


Just watch the video below from Aja of Nico Vega for FREE STUFF!!!!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

SO AND SO @ Hotel Cafe

So and So's Brandon Rogers and Amie Miriello perform at The Hotel  Cafe.

So and So's Brandon Rogers and Amie Miriello perform at The Hotel  Cafe.
So & So's Brandon Rogers and Amie Miriello perform at The Hotel Cafe.
photo by picksysticks

The Hotel Cafe was the perfect setting for my first So & So experience, the new Los Angeles-based band from singer/songwriter Amie Miriello. It's been a long adventure for Amie, her musical journey spanning over a decade and around the country and ending up in Los Angeles where she joined up with American Idol alumni Brandon Rogers. Rounding out the rest of the band is Raisin Higgins, Adam Hanson and Bana Haffar.
So and So's Amie Miriello perform at The Hotel Cafe.
Showcasing songs from their upcoming debut album, "ASAP," So & So, with diverse musical backgrounds, embodies the sound of classic Americana, fusing folk, rhythm & blues and rock. . It's hard not to take your eyes off of Miriello. Her fiery on-stage presence along with her smoky voice makes for one hot performance. And if Miriello is the fire, then Rogers is the ice. Rogers is Mr. Cool on the keys and his refreshing, soulful vocals compliment Amie's. But even though their melodies are simple, their songs will stay with you long afterwards.

Rogers, you probably remember for being the first singer kicked off Season 6 of American Idol. But before Idol, Rogers was touring and singing with Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. He met Amie at one of her shows and soon enough, his band was opening up for her at Molly Malones in the heart of Hollywood.

Miriello's journey was a long one. It’s been about four years since Miriello fronted the indie-alt band Dirtie Blonde and toured with the likes of INXS, Gavin DeGraw and Nick Lachey. Not long after, she went on her own and released her own solo album, "I Came Around," to rave reviews.

Now, with their debut-album expected to be released next year and an upcoming tour, So & So hopes 2011 will be their breakout year.

So & So perform "Broke."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

THE DOLLYROTS' free new song "Messed Up Xmas"

Kelly Ogden of Dollyrots
The Dollyrots' Kelly Ogden
file photo by picksysticks

THE DOLLYROTS want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas by releasing a new holiday song called, "Messed Up Xmas" which you can also download for free by clicking HERE. This was part of a contest entry in which the lyrics were suggested by the fans. Now you can see if your entry made the final cut!

Also, Blackheart Records have released a holiday album, "A Blackheart Christmas" which includes The Dollyrots, Girl in a Coma and Joan Jett covering your favorite holiday classics. You can purchase the album HERE.

The Dollyrots' new album, A Little Messed Up, would also make a good stocking stuffer this holiday season. Their song "California Beach Boy" is also up for 2010's Coolest Song In The World by Little Steven's Underground Garage. Be sure to click HERE to vote.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Cyndi Harvell

By JPegg

The Introduction: Cyndi Harvell, a singer-songwriter with a Deep South , Georgia origin of fried catfish, grits, and sweet tea, just released her second album and called it “From The Echo.” The music blooms with Southern accents, including hers, a slide guitar, and sometimes a banjo. She explains it as “an album about freedom and release and moving away from the things that hold us back towards the things that give us hope.” Harvell’s angelic voice has that feel of hope, freedom, and release, while the ominous devil wan of the slide guitar lingers close. Each song aspires to spread her wings to escape from the grasp of the worldly evils. Being a musician is difficult, she is often filled with doubt while pursuing forward as if it is her only nature. Her poetic lyrics express this persistence. The following are Cyndi Harvell’s “From The Echo” album of eleven songs in order with eleven possible lyric interpretations about her struggles and wonders of being an independent artist:

1. From The Echo:
The musician thing is tough, a turbulent task, but Harvell will not giving in “until the walls cave in from the echo.” She will do until she cannot do no more. She will starve through the slow movements and fight against the wind, the crowd, and the negative noise. She is a soldier in endless battle, in war with the self, others, and surrounding temptations, often stuck on waiting for the next inspiration, idea, with fear that it may not appear again, but the tighter she holds firm to her aspirations, the greater she desires to not let go. She will create her art until it destroys her, self-sacrificing.

2. Lighthouse: Harvell uses a lighthouse as metaphor for her music: “Oh, lighthouse. Ah, burning sound. Oh, I found a way around.” Her music is a beacon to herself and others. Music is her form of art that has helped to find meaning within her and can help others as well. Though, she has lost faith in the human race, she is uncertain if she sings because her hate for society inspires her or she hates the way it is, but cares enough to attempt to change things. She is a lighthouse not only for those that are lost at sea with themselves, but also for those that feel content yet not right in heart. Her music is her light and she shines it bright for anybody that desires to listen.

3. Middleman: “I am the middleman, laying down the road for your false starts.” She draws a line between the pros and cons, as if it will easily decide if she should continue. It is ridiculous. This is the doubting center of being an artist. There are no clear and distinct lines or paths for this craft. Concrete logic is a hindrance. There is no black and white answer to decide if her art is good or bad, meaningful or useless, purposeful or not. There is no true form to prove an artist. Others place a value upon it when it is priceless. The pressure of attempting to categorize, label, and market the artist causes the artist to doubt their work and capabilities. Artists may fool themselves not to be artists when they start drawing that middle line.

4. Northbound: It is about being careful to have a unique idea in life. Once a genuine idea takes form it becomes like a cloud that is always above, never falling, always headed “Northbound.” It is also about keeping up hope, keeping the spirit lifted. There will be losses and distractions, but keep heading in the positive direction. It is also about doubt, which is like an idea in
the opposite form. Once doubt enters the thought, it will constantly hinder the will, “don’t say the wrong words now.” It is about the highs and lows. Uniqueness has its consequences. The artist makes a choice to keep moving toward the vision or fall away and be safe. It is easier to conform to a system than to stay original. However, the artist that conforms ceases to be a truthful artist.

5. Loaded Question: “I’m a loaded question. I’m a loaded gun.” This is also about self-doubt of choosing the less traveled path. Do not try to stop and question the choice to continue searching for the end of the rainbow. Although the purpose is often a thought, there should not be moments of indecision of letting go. Do not question to be an artist or not. Keep on the steady stride, though it may sometimes feel like self-punishment, do not stop and rest and wonder if it is time to call it quits. Doubt only serves as an artist killer.

6. Off Chance: Do not let others decide what is best for an artist’s art. Whether others see the work as good or bad, do not let them sway the vision. Once again, it is the line between the two, trying to make an exact decision of what is the right thing to do, “in the off chance that I might be a little wrong.” It is as though others think they know what is best for her. She tried as an artist. Now others feel it is time to fail and adapt to safer prospects. She feels the strain. She wants to be normal, but at the same time, she does not want to give up. She is different. She is an artist and knows she can never be normal. It is the super hero no longer wanting the super powers. Being different is lonely,
but being the same will make her feel unfaithful to herself.

7. Eye of a Needle: “I’ll be your cliché anytime.” She knows she is another typical struggling artist with woes, doubts, and dreams. She is the typical country girl that packed for the city lights in hopes for stardom. It is not an original story or scenario. She sold her stuff, left home, and headed for the big city for success. It is not certain whether she considers herself a cliché success star, or a cliché starving artist. She is not the first, last, and there will be endless others like her.

8. Break For It: “Heads turned, we go for it, call out and we ignore it. This is my break for it.” This is her escape from the normal. She feels imprisoned. Her pent up frustrations finally takes hold of her mind and releases in an escape. Once again, she is uncertain if it was the right thing to do. “You make your mistakes, I make my clean breaks. High fives and handshakes all around.” She compares others’ mistakes to her escape. Others that are with her accept her for what she has done, but somewhere inside she feels that it may have been a mistake. She is now in an unfamiliar and unsafe environment, far from feeling home. She got away, but uncertain if it was the right action. She planned her prison break and destination, but not the connection between. It is like the prisoner obtaining freedom, but lost on finding a path, because prison life beforehand had forced a path without free decision. There must not only be a plan for the break, but a planned opportunity, not just hope of finding a line to sign before money and luck runs dry.

9. The Underside: “I’m on the underside of it all and it wants to know what I’m made of.” She has achieved freedom, but now is on the journey to discover her calling. She throws herself under the spotlight platform, open and exposed. What side will she show? The pressure is upon her to prove herself or to find herself. She attempts to express, but at the same time is lost in her voice. It is the struggle to discover and uncover the meaning, finding answers in the abstract. It is the perspiration in the inspiration and not letting doubt dry out the search. The artist never knows where the next idea will come from, as if stuck in the underside of the unknown until it does seed the mind. An artist is in endless search for meaning and understanding to express truths when found.

10. Like a Whisper: “Like a whisper we let a little bit out, the unheard, like a whisper.” Facts fill life and often one does not take the time to decipher its meaning. Artists see the facts, read between the lines, and release a truth as art that others often understand like a whisper. Artists hide revealing truths about life in their art. They do not pound it over the head of others. They say here it is in a form of a song, a painting, words, or any other form of art, but one must look closely to find its meaning, to find it is possibly an answer to life’s big question, or a comment on it. It is up to the accepting to decipher meaning and not expect the artist to divulge answers. It is as though the answer has transferred to the art and no longer with the artist. Question the art, not the artist. Look and listen close to understand what the art is attempting to whisper.

11. Afterlife: “I got this thorn in my side and there’s nothing I can do, no, nothing I can do, no. If I take it out I would die, but I’m afraid of the afterlife, the afterlife.” Being an artist is a constant pain, like wearing a crown of thorns to be king, but she is also afraid of what she may become if she does not travel her chosen path. A king without a crown is just a man. She without her art will cease her to be. Things are not going as she hoped and thought. Now it feels like a burdening pain she wants to get rid of, but afraid to do so, for she is afraid she will wither. Without her art, what will be left of her? Her creative talent is now but a thorn that brings her pain, but it is her only gift. She looks for love or another focus different from her craft, so that possibly she can escape the pain. She has not given up, yet, but that is only because she is afraid to do so, for there will be nothing left for her except the afterlife, the death to inspiration.

In Conclusion: This album appears hidden with woes, doubts, and regrets of her decision to become a musician in the big city, but she continues to persevere. The album title “From The Echo” is initially confusing, because as the title track states, “We will ride it out until the walls cave in from the echo.” Has the echo caved the walls in on her or did it inspire her to create this album? Is the echo her voice or the voice of others? There are abundances of irresolute questions and answers found in her confound poetic lyrics. Maybe it is a matter of what it means to the listener, and not what it actually says, like a whisper that the ear does not hear complete with the listener filling the gaps. She creates the maze for listeners to turn into a quest to search within themselves. She has clues to help find answers. However, does she have the answers to these clues? She, too, may be uncertain. Maybe it is not what we make of her music, but rather what we take from it.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

THE MEMORIALS debut single "We Go To War"

Nick Brewer, Viveca Hawkins and Thomas Pridgen of The Memorials.

In 2009, Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen turned his attention to forming his own group, focusing on collaborating with other musicians with diverse styles. What he came up with was The Memorials. Alternative Press Magazine got an exclusive premiere of their video for their debut single, "We Go To War" which is off their upcoming self-titled full-length album which is available January 18th. AltPress also reports that they'll hit the road and tour next month with Just Like Vinyl. They hit The Viper Room in Los Angeles on Jan. 19th, a day after their album drops.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

KITTEN residency at The Echo

Kitten's Chloe Chaidez and Max Kuehn
Kitten's Chloe Chaidez and Max Kuehn.
photo by picksysticks

Since the release of their debut EP album in October, "Sunday School," KITTEN has been in the news a lot lately. Just this month, Sunday School has been named on the Best of 2010 List by The Album Project. And Verbicide Magazine just gave Kitten's EP a rave review. Below is an excerpt but you can read the entire review HERE.

"Chloe Chaidez, at a shocking 15 years old, carries the song, with a powerhouse voice complete with small bits of Bjork-like spurts. Chaidez’s voice is a reaffirmation that the vocal cords are as much an instrument as the guitar or drum." - Verbicide Magazine

And now, there's news of KITTEN recording new demos for the next album. YAY! They already premiered one new song, "Taste Like Sugar," which is available for free download on their myspace page or just click HERE for the link. And tonight, they complete their month-long residency at The Echo. It's a free show so be sure to check it out. If you can't make it, then you can catch them Wednesday night at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach. It's should be a great show.

Kitten performs "Kill The Light."

HE IS WE debuts at #6 on Billboard's Heatseeker Chart

Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly of HE IS WE
Photo Credit: Jade Ehlers

TACOMA, WA - Right out of the gate, HE IS WE not only wowed critics who's reviews have been overwhelmingly positive but also their fans who bought their debut MY FOREVER (Motown Universal/FrameworkNY). Released digitally on November 22nd, first week sales of the album garnered them a #6 debut on Billboard's "Heatseeker Album Chart" and #96 on the "Digital Album Chart" as well as peaking on iTunes' "Pop Album Chart" behind Ke$ha and Rihanna and ahead of P!nk and Bruno Mars. To date, the online album plays for My Forever on PureVolume is approaching close to 350,000 in just ten days' time. In their review of the album, Alternative Press said that the album is "big enough for live sing-alongs and sweet enough to soundtrack next year’s prom." Lemonade Magazine called it as "an excellent album that is a must have for any music lover out there." Opines, "If you love sweet, straightforward, melodic pop music, you owe it to yourself to listen to He Is We." The band is just as proud of their album as well. "We have 10 songs on the record that we couldn't be more proud of," says guitarist Trevor Kelly. "The response from our fans has been the best part."

The first single, "Happily Ever After" will be impacting AAA radio on January 11th. The immediately infectious track offers a glimpse into the source of her unconventional songwriting and the tricky interplay of words. "I love rap and hiphop," vocalist Rachel Taylorsays quite surprisingly. "Jay-Z is a huge inspiration. Rappers inspire the way I write my lyrics. Everything they write is so real, everything they rap is so raw. It's something they've lived, and that's exactly how I want to write. The rhythm and the rhymes are so powerful." Equally surprising is Trevor's inspiration for his intricate guitarwork. "If you listen to our music, you can tell Trevor loves metal. He uses alternate picking and everything is played in dropped D tuning [alternate tuning style in which the lowest string is tuned down one whole step]. You can hear it most when we go into halftime. All he learned musically comes from metal."

My Forever is the culmination of the last two amazing years in the life of the two friends who met in a music store, wrote a couple of great songs that got them crowned as PureVolume's #1 Unsigned Artist of 2009, and signed a major label deal - not too bad for these modest kids from the Pacific Northwest.Salt Lake City Weekly correctly called the band "a true internet success story," while AbsolutePunk chimed in their album review: "For just a debut record, My Forever has set He Is We up for greatness.”

My Forever was produced by Casey Bates (Chiodos, Portugal. The Man, Foxy Shazaam) and Aaron Sprinkle (The Almost, Eisley, Pedro The Lion, Mae), with additional recording done in New York City with Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson).


Monday, December 6, 2010


Joan Jett and the Blackhearts has announced tour dates which begins later this month. They also make their way to Australia playing the Marion Bay Falls Music & Arts Festival, Lorne Falls Music & Arts Festival, Busselton Southbound Music Festival and the Brisbane Susnet Sounds.

12/18/10 - Miami, FL Magic City Amphitheatre
12/30/10 - Tasmania, AUS Marion Bay Falls Music & Arts Festival
12/31/10 - Victoria, AUS Lorne Falls Music & Arts Festival
01/02/11 - Busselton, AUS Busselton Southbound Music Festival
01/06/11 - Brisbane, AUS Brisbane Sunset Sounds
01/07/11 - Sydney, AUS The Annandale Hotel
01/15/11 - Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest
01/22/11 - Carlton, MN Black Bear
02/20/11 - Tampa, FL Busch Gardens

Friday, December 3, 2010


BEST COAST, WAVVES - Got Something For You

TARGET has a gift for you this holiday. They're offering free orignal holiday music from great indie artists! THE CHRISTMAS GIG cd includes 14 songs and is being offered as a free download HERE featuring Los Angeles' own Best Coast and The Wavves! Other artists include Little Jacie, Natalie Hemby, Crystal Antler, Jenny O and Bishop Allen.

Here's the full track listing: (click HERE to listen to each track)
GUSTER - Tiny Tree Christmas
DARKER MY LOVE - Snow is Falling
NATALIE HEMBY - Perfect Gift
CRYSTAL ANTLERS - 10,000 Watts
BISHOP ALLEN - You'll Never Find My Christmas
JENNY O - Get Down for the Holidays
LITTLE JACKIE - Ms. Claus Ain't Got Nothin' On Me
BLAZER FORCE - Electronic Santa
BEST COAST, WAVVES - Got Something For You
COCONUT RECORDS - It's Christmas
THE PINKER TONES - Super Mama (Supermom)
CECI BASTIDA - Un Regalo Para Mi

One side note: Also it includes Blackalicious' song "Toy Jackpot" from that funny Target commercial with those kids on Christmas morning ripping up their presents! One of my favorite commercials this year so far which you can see HERE!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Jennifer Quiroz performing at The Roxy
Jennifer Quiroz performing at The Roxy.
photo by picksysticks

As the curtains rose revealing a singer on stage, holding a guitar almost as tall as her, Jennifer Quiroz proves that big things come in small packages. I stumbled upon the gem that is Jennifer Quiroz performing at The Roxy last Monday night. But this was no ordinary night, it was Jennifer's birthday and what better way to spend your birthday than performing at the The Roxy on the famed Sunset Strip. There was also cause for more celebration too. Earlier this month Jennifer found out she was named as one of ClearChannel Radio's "New! Disocover & Uncover Artists To Watch,". Her debut EP, And So I Sing, was just released earlier this year. Six tracks of personal and intimate songs sung by someone who's lived through each harrowing and blissful experience. At least, that's what it sounded like. She's that good. Sounding like someone who had to grow up really fast, Jennifer's honest lyrics are brought to life by her catchy melodies in a way that doesn't make it sound phony. Yet onstage, she retains that youthful innocence who enjoys everything that life has to offer and transforming her performance into what felt like a special, intimate and private jam session.

In a year since she's released And So I Sing, Jennifer has been adding to her resume. Most recently, she won the "In Search of a Song" monthly Searchlight Songwriting Contest for her song, "Crash." In September, she was featured on SoCal Sounds on BreakThru Radio highlighting LA artists. Her song "The Greatest Good" has been featured on Ghost Whisperer and she was nominated for a 2010 LA Music Awards Triple A Artist of the Year Award. Wow. If she's able to accomplish this in one year alone, there's no telling what 2011 has in store for Jennifer.

Jennifer Quiroz sings "Time After Time."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

POMPLAMOOSE's "Up On The Housetop" in new Hyundai car commercials

Pomplamoose sings "Up On The Housetop."

"Deck the Halls"

Happy Holidays! Spreading holiday cheer is Bay Area band Pomplamoose. You might have seen them recently on television while eating turkey this past weekend. They’re featured on the new and very festive Hyundai car Christmas commercials singing "Up On The Housetop," "Jingle Bells," and "Deck the Halls."

Before they were spreading holiday cheer in your living rooms, Pomplamoose were already internet YouTube sensations garnering millions (yep you read that right – MILLIONS) of hits off their self-made videos singing cover songs of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” and Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” while putting their Pomplamoose twist on them. Even though droves of viewers watched their videos, Pomplamoose, made up of Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn, have reportedly made no hard copies of its albums; no CDs have been printed, making their living on sales, having sold about 100,000 songs last year.

Pomplamoose and Richmond's Book Drive.

Anyways, Pomplamoose has created a Christmas album which you can download. Is there a catch? Yes, but it’s a really good one – by supporting the Richmond Book Drive by purchasing a book for students on the wishlist on Once you’ve completed your order, visit the THANK YOU page to download Pomplamoose's Christmas Album which includes the song from the Hyundai commercial. Since yesterday, through all your generosity, the Book Drive has recieved over 1,000 books!

"Single Ladies"

"Beat It"

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bored 4 Music: B4M Unplugged - Weezer (Feat.Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast)

Hey there! My buddy at Bored 4 Music just posted this cool little vid from the Weezer concert here in LA this past weekend. Rivers Cuomo brought out Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino to sing "Island In The Sun." Enjoy!!

Bored 4 Music: B4M Unplugged - Weezer (Feat.Bethany Cosentino of ...: "(An old friend of mine was at the show, and she can vouch for how awesome they were.) -- Weezer kicked off their “Memories” tour in Los Angeles..."

Check out Bored 4 Music for more music exclusives.


Monday, November 29, 2010


Here it is! Some Hear Explosions new video for "Beep" off their debut album It's Our Time Now. It stars the band of course and also features Ambre Leigh's actor boyfriend Kyle Gallner from "A Nightmare on Elm Street." Be sure to check them out December 7th at West Hollywood's famed Viper Room.

Some Hear Explosions "Beep" video.

Check out our past write-ups and review HERE.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Cassadee Pope of Hey Monday performs at El Rey
Cassadee Pope of Hey Monday performs at El Rey.
photos by picksyticks

Cassadee Pope of Hey Monday performs at El Rey
Cassadee Pope of Hey Monday performs at El Rey.
photos by picksyticks

by JPegg

Los Angeles was the scene. El Rey Theatre was the location. It was a Friday night. The time was nine-thirty in the evening when the chandeliers dimmed and the curtains opened to reveal the guys of Hey Monday starting their rip into instruments under stage lights slicing bright. But center stage was open and empty, like a team without a captain, a fuse without a firecracker, a mixed drink without alcohol, something obvious was needed before the show could ignite. Then like a strike of a match the crowd flared as Cassadee Pope bolted on stage and danced into “Wish You Were Here.”

The seven hundred caCassadee Pope of Hey Mondaypacity venue suddenly seemed too small to contain Hey Monday’s arena sized pop phenomenon of energy. Cassadee was like a zealous cheerleader in her promised turquoise tights as she hailed the crowd to join in on the second song, “Homecoming.” The pep rally responded loud on cue, “Homecoming, I’m coming, I’m coming back.” It was clearly going to be a winning evening.

If the crowd didn’t know the band on stage was Hey Monday from West Palm Beach, Florida, they did now. Cassadee mentioned, too, that this was the first time Hey Monday performed at El Rey Theatre. She plugged their new Beneath It All EP and then eased into one of its songs, “Where Is My Head.” It was mellow until she lost her head bursting into the chorus.

Before the next song, the audience seemed to have lulled and Cassadee asked, “Are you guys awake out there? It’s a little late.” It was a crowd of parent and kids under tamed emotions. Parties and parents just don’t seem right together. She slung an acoustic guitar over her shoulder and strummed into “Mr. Pushover,” a skip-a-long sad song about a mindless spineless sponge of a person, not standing up for himself. It had an irony of an upbeat sound with sad lyrics, like a smile shielding the hurt.

Hey Monday at the El Rey.
photo by picksysticks

Hey Monday at the El Rey.
photo by picksysticks

It must have been passed the bedtime for the crowd as their screams peeked at yellow and their claps turned to slopping plops. LA didn’t know how to party tonight. It was a Friday, right? It had nothing to do with the band. Lately, LA crowds had just become nodding heads, too busy fiddling with their palm gadgets. She tried once again, “It doesn’t matter if you’re sober or tired, it’s Saturday tomorrow. I want you to lose your minds with me!” It was a fitting introduction to “Hangover.” Her acoustic guitar became front and center with a feeling of an intimate singer/songwriter lounge sound with full band accompaniment.
Cassadee Pope of Hey Monday performs at El Rey
Then the crowd invigorated with hands waving and clapping when Hey Monday struck a chord back into their Hold On Tight album with “Josey.” It seemed the crowd was alive after all and just weren’t full familiar with the previous three songs from the new EP. Hands spiked and voices exalted as if giving encouragement with every launch into the chorus, “Josey, don’t you worry…” Then the band slipped into high spirited “Obvious” with out a lead or pause, a bright flirty song with a feeling of grabbing romance by the heart and sneaking it under the bleachers for secrets to unfold.

Cassadee did confess a personal dating story to introduce the next new song. She was inspired to write it after her awful experience with a guy that didn’t contribute anything in the relationship. “It wasn’t equal. I had all the stress,” she said. Cassadee got rid of the guy and gained the self empowering song, “Wondergirl,” suiting her with powers to protect her from villains like him that gave nothing to love. A super power cape of a song for anyone needing to save themselves from a bad relationship.

For those at this show that hadn’t been to any major music concerts, Cassadee gave a spoiler before the supposed final song by telling the audience about the encore. “We’re going to pretend like this is our last song and then we’re going to walk off stage and you’re going to go ‘encore, encore,’ and then we’re going to come back out and play like two or three more songs.” After she gave the crowd this warning she got everybody more than dancing with “I Don’t Wanna Dance.” It’s one of the new songs, but was already well known from the music video, which was released shortly before the EP became available. And yes, as in the video, the fans knew when to clap, double-clap.

Hey Monday
Hey Monday.
photos by picksysticks

Hey Monday
Hey Monday.
photos by picksysticks

Hey Monday ended the set and walked off stage. The crowd yelled, “Encore, encore…”

A few minutes later Hey Monday was back in position, but now the front three were lined with acoustic guitars for the song, “Candles.” It would be a slightly altered rendition of the sad ballad slow jam, where the album version uses a piano, they used acoustic guitars tonight. Not many candles, lighters, or even cell phones went swaying in vigil, but as the lyrics state, “Looks like a solo tonight.” As the song came to an end, the lights went low on the guys of Hey Monday going still in the shadows while a lavender light took spot on Cassadee as she glided a bow, ending the song in a violin solo.

To get the people pumping before the inevitable all waiting final unsung song, Hey Monday guitar ganged into a cover of “In My Head” by Jason Derulo, a cover that they performed at every show on this year’s Vans Warped Tour. The fans were shrieking their thrills to be hearing them perform this song again.

Hey Monday's Cassadee Pope  performs at El Rey.
Hey Monday's Cassadee Pope performs at El Rey.
photos by picksyticks

Hey Monday's Cassadee Pope  performs at El Rey.
Hey Monday's Cassadee Pope performs at El Rey.
photos by picksyticks

Without further ado, it was time to hold on tight to “How You Love Me Now.” Those that knew took grip from the start and rollercoastered with Cassadee all the way through. Ready. Set. “Whoa oh, Whoa oh oh…” The energy of Cassadee’s vocals released like a shockwave through the crowd. She was an adrenaline bomb and the pit was ground zero. The floor began undulating beneath the stampede of rollicking feet. It was pure, exciting commotions of overwhelming feelings as the crowd became fireworks of joy exploding every lyric. A natural euphoria swelled through all those singing in unison with Hey Monday. A cleansing, light headed, heat radiating, exhilarating feeling that only concerts and worship houses seem to give. Amazing. It was one of those, you had to be there, moments. Then too soon it was over. A final applause and goodnight to everybody as the curtains closed and chandelier lights turned up bright.

Aside from all the excitement, Cassadee Pope did not self promote the merchandise of Hey Monday, but rather asked everybody to visit after the show the merchandise table for Invisible Children.

Friday, November 26, 2010

HAPPY FRIDAY! Here's a vid!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Presenting: The Cup & The Lip

by JPegg

The Cup & The Lip
a play in two acts

Tucker Finn

“There’s many a slip between the cup and the lip.”
~Old Proverb

Act I

The Cup & The Lip opens with the lone female protagonist strolling into the city like Clint Eastwood high on a horse from a scene in a Western, trotting into town with eyes watching. An outlaw stranger. But she does not ride a steed, rather she is a “Desperado on a Bike.” A Cowboy saddled on a ten speed bike, that is. She notices the dilapidations of her surroundings, “dusty treasures no longer treasured,” but she relates and calls herself a fake plastic Elvis with colors “undone” by forgotten years under the sun. What was is no longer. Gold luster tarnished black. The rowdy saloon she enters is now a modern Toronto Restaurant called, Café Diploamtico. She sees a few familiar faces and observes the party goers as she minds her own mind, jotting on napkins. She does not intend to order up a Spaghetti Western, but instead prefers Fettuccini. This is the introduction to Tucker Finn.

The emotional and suspense plots ensue with the inciting incident in “Almost Calling You.” Finn loses her common sense, causing her to nearly dial that final number to call up her last romance, a summer feeling that left her. “Yeah, I’m in the danger zone,” she says. She falls apart and starts losing herself. She is trying to move on, but caught in between. Her common sense is gone, likely out doing what she should be doing, snacking at a movie or enjoying wine at a waterfront café, not dialing that number. Finn turns to a supernatural aid, a Vegas psychic that supports her strength to help, almost. The “almost” stays lingering within her like a bitter taste in her mouth that she can’t spit out.

Tucker Finn’s effort to move on is filled with misfortune and despair, yet she replies, “I’ve Been Doing OK.” Her downward spiral slips further out-of-control. It is not only love she has lost and unable to settle in her heart, but now her luck has turned tragic. She gets fired from stealing at work, gets the flu, gets an asthma attack with dead puffer in hand, no friends to turn to, her Hank Williams records are returned scratched, and the list goes on to the point of a tire on a lock where her ten speed bike used to be. And now her “get up and go it just got up and went.” She admits, “I need a lake full of beer where I can capsize and drown.”

She can’t stand it and loses grasp on reality, completely. Turning to the supernatural of the psychic wasn’t enough, and so now she flees to the safe haven of imagination. To her Neverland. Tucker escapes like a child to a tree house, but she is an adult and instead takes her car on a “Vertical Road Trip.” She tilts her car up like a rocket and rockets to a place far from the pain. The destination is of kindness, good feelings, with no intent on leaving. Little thought of looking back to what was left behind down below. “I almost never check my mirrors,” she says, “and I feel good way up here. I’m not talking calls. Can’t reach me at all. Way up here.” Finn has found her comforting paradise. It's too bad it’s not real. But how long will it last? Too good to be true. What will she do when the gas tank runs dry and she plummets back to reality? The trip and questions to be answered becomes the literal and structural curtain line high point, the cliffhanger, to end Act I.

“The Intermission”

Intermission gives the audience a break back to reality. Away from the story and away from the ride. The audience realizes that they themselves were on a trip to escape as well as they sat in the passenger seat with Tucker Finn at wheel. But like the audience, Tucker Finn will have also returned back to reality. Is this what the playwright is attempting to convey? Or it may be that intermission is just an emotional pause to take “in a glass of Beaujolais or Chablis,” a breath “between what was and what will soon be.”

Act II

An actor steps onto the stage to start the second half. Hidden under the costume is Tucker Finn as she attempts to portray herself as a “Great Work of Fiction.” She has returned in disguise to be somebody other than who she is. She has turned life into a stage and plays the role that isn’t true. “I’m looking for people that I’d rather be,” she says, as she attempts to escape from herself by becoming somebody else. “Cause it isn’t the things you can do, it’s who people think that you are.” She has turned her life into a fictional story, to be noticed, for she is “scratching the dream where it’s itching.” The fame and recognition. There is something not right and she knows it, but thinks that maybe something good will come of it. A temporary relief if anything. But how long can she itch the dream before the act starts to bleed?

The bleed comes in the obligatory scene in “Orphan Routine.” Tucker Finn’s opposing personalities come face-to-face. The good versus bad. It’s the stand-off. The showdown. The plot climax. The final struggle to see which identity will prevail, if any. The conflict with herself has come to a peak. “I’m lost and found and lost again,” she says, “Am I an outline? Fill me in.” A side of her is empty and wants to fill it hope, while the other side wants to sabotage and discard, “I fix the game so I can’t win.” Does she choose a side or return to herself? The resolution is that she seals them away with a letter, which she will likely never give to another. She locks away her emotions. Both are shot down. This turns out to be the anticlimax and false ending, for the story continues.

Now, without her emotions she becomes detached, numb, and “Totally Headed for Nowhere.” Finn falls into limbo, in a sort of void where nothing reaches her nor radiates from her. Depression. Desolation. Alone and lost “in the fuzz between radio stations.” It’s as though she is kicking rocks and watching them tumble along, feeling the same, unpredictable of where they will stop and lay, only to be kicked about again. It’s not the road less traveled, it’s the road nobody wants to get stuck traveling upon. A path without dreams, emotions, desires, wishes, or hopes to keep striving to appreciate life. It’s not even sadness, but worse, eternal nothingness. She has shut off her feelings. A body with life, but without a soul. Wandering listless.

She blames her condition of peril on her “Cold Paper Heart.” A heart held together with “scotch tape and glue” with “a low ceiling for loving and feeling.” The odds were against her from the very beginning. The doctors advise their best conclusion, to remove it to give place for a healthier heart to grow, but it’s her heart and she’s sticking with it. She tucks it hidden in a book like a dry rose pressed between the pages. It is almost forgotten, but then the emotional plot climax, the paper heart starts to blossom like a spring flower sprouting above the melting winter. When all seems lost, Tucker Finn finds love once again. This “Cold Paper Heart” is the letter she seals away with her confound personality of “Orphan Routine,” but now instead of tossing it aside, she plans to mail it to the one that she has found in hopes that it will be treasured. But this is an open ending, for it is not clear whether the love she has found is for another or for simply, herself.


Flash forward to the present. It’s a new day. The sun shines in. Tucker Finn is in bed with her laptop. Weary eyed and finishing the story just told, she closes the computer to put it to “Sleep Mode.” The epilogue is the exhale as she too takes a deep breath and lets it out smooth. But she is alone with only her pillow for comfort as she has the thought, “never mind death, think of my breath.” The struggles continue, though there is an ease to her for the moment as though her confessional memoirs has lifted a heavy burden on her heart. Things are not great, but brighter, and going forward Tucker Finn will in fact be doing OK.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

HE IS WE: Debut Album "My Forever" Out Today!!

He Is We's Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly.
Brighten Photography

He Is We came to the national spotlight when PureVolume named them the #1 unsigned band of 2009. But before that, fans flocked to them through word of mouth. Their demos, were so highly sought after that they were downloaded more than 50,000 times when they offered them up recently ahead of their newest release.

Now, the Tacoma d
uo made up of Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly, has released their debut album, My Forever, from Universal Motown Records. Known for their infectious melodies and inspired lyrics, can My Forever rise to the expectations of their demos?

My Forever is 10-tracks of bottled innocence that takes you on a journey through life, love and heartbreak. From the discovery of your first true love in "Forever and Ever," to unlocking your heart and taking that leap into a new relationship in "All About Us" and "Everything You Do," these new offerings from He Is We is what fans have grown to love. In pure He Is We fashion, the latter half of the album sounds more like their earlier demos with Rachel’s vulnerable vocals complimented by Trevor’s lush but frail melodies.

Fans may be happy to hear a fresh and exciting take on , “Happily Ever After” and other crowd favorites that were polished by producers Casey Bates (Chiodos, Portugal. The Man, Foxy Shazaam), Aaron Sprinkle (The Almost, Eisley, Mae) and Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson). And as the fans have come to love from
He Is We, the band’s strengths are showcased when they’re at their most delicate. Just listen to “Blame It On The Rain” and you’ll see why He Is We has brought rave reviews from both fans and critics. And as the story ends on My Forever, the album delves into the subject of failing a relationship and the heartbreak that comes with it in songs like “Prove You Wrong” and “Love Life.”

If you loved He Is We’s old demos, you’ll definitely love My Forever which brings in a more polished sound but manages to capture the spirit and heart OF their earlier works. He Is We are about to wrap up their two month tour with Rocket Summer. My Forever is available now digitally


Saturday, November 20, 2010

MAD PLANET @ Alexandria Hotel

by JPegg

Mad Planet's Cooper GillespieMad Planet. It is not only the name of a band, but an experience felt going to downtown LA to the Alexandria Hotel. The music duo of Cooper Gillespie (vocals/bass) and Greg Gordon (drums/trip-hop comp) seemed absorbed in a melodic mood to enhance the night. They were a slow bleed symphony of sensual sight and sound, soothing like a slit wrist suicide as the darkness overwhelms the glimmer of life, but not ending it. A candle burning its last flicker into a white smoke ghost spirit dissolving into the atmosphere, gone, with the warmth still lingering. Each song a sizzling burn on an inhale of sin or a sip of sadness to fill the hole within. An enduring mixture of turbulent sorrow that wills itself to live. Scars that continue to bleed with stitches letting it survive on a thread. All these images sifting through my head as Mad Planet played its set. My mind might have been prompted by the cold death ice of blue lights on their faces, giving them a moonlight pale look of the afterlife. Or it might have been the overwhelming of artists attracted to showcasing their pleasure of morbid delight with displays of death spread upon various canvases. The name of the night was called Clusterfunk. Indeed it was. This was The Mezz on the second floor. Take heed when entered this room filled with fascinating elicitation of freak expression.

Mad Planet's Cooper Gillespie
Mad Planet's Cooper Gillespie
photo by picksysticks

Down below on the lobby level was normalcy. The Gorbals was the typical after work downtown lounge restaurant with business colleagues laughing around a table in their steam pressed business black. Bright lights shadow cracks on their stressed faces as they try to forget the day in a languishing laugh and a drink. The deadline overtime in the cubicle sucked like any other work day, but it sucks for us all, so it was okay. Right? They drink to it, and laugh because they got chrome and leather burdens to pay and can’t get away. Ha-ha-ha! Then I stuck a conversation with a woman at the bar, sitting complacent with her wine, but she turned and talked the history of my Belgian beer. Something about monks and brewing in a monastery. It felt of a lecture to enhance the flavor while I tried to stay focused and shun off the buzz. A strong foreign brew that turned my eyes bloodshot after a few sips, I swear, feeling my eyes throb beneath its glaze. All the while the business black laughed behind, not knowing they would be dressing for a funeral once again as they coffee to work the next day. This was the mad planet on the first level of the Alexandria Hotel. Outside was parking in a lot between bright lights and a wet street turned movie set, reality to fiction. This was downtown Los Angeles tonight: where the ones true to life appreciate death and social conformity don’t realize they wear their coffin clothes.

Mad Planet's Greg Gordon
Mad Planet's Greg Gordon
photo by picksysticks

The remarkable part of the evening was meeting the jubilant Gillespie and Gordon after their performance and receiving their All Elephants album for not a cent more than signing up for their mailing list for free. They are in the works of new stuff and sending out updates upon arrival, and possibly an update on replacing the trip-hop beat computer for another band member, if the chemistry fits. That sounded better logic than monks brewing my beer. It was truly a night that opened wide a witnessing of this ongoing Mad Planet.

Mad Planet performs "Love Addicts" at the Alexandria Hotel.
vid by 405east

Friday, November 19, 2010

HAPPY FRIDAY! Here's a Vid!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

HE IS WE @ The Troubadour

Trevor Kelly and Rachel Taylor of HE IS WE perform at The Troubadour
Trevor Kelly and Rachel Taylor of HE IS WE perform at The Troubadour.
photo by picksysticks

In their first full U.S. tour, He Is We hobbled into Los Angeles this past Monday. Battling fatigue and pneumonia, lead singer, Rachel Taylor, sang a shortened show, singing a doctor prescribed five-song set at The Troubadour. The Tacoma duo, enduring the two month trek across the country supporting Rocket Summer, is set to release their debut album, My Forever, November 23rd from Universal Motown and FrameworkNY. There must be something about Los Angeles, specifically The Troubadour. You see, in July, He Is We again had to cancel a few shows, including The Troubadour, due to emergency health reasons. We forgive and we're happy they came back around and Rachel, like the super trooper that she is, definitely gave it her best.

Comprised of Rachel and Trevor Kelly, fans flocked to He Is We's wholesome music through word-of-mouth. Their songs, filled with infectious melodies and inspired lyrics made their demo's highly sought after and in 2009, they were named PureVolume's #1 unsigned band. Not bad. Even with a shortened set, He Is We showcased what made them so popular among fans and critics, playing a spirited and powerful acoustic set with Rachel's vulnerable vocals rising towards the bleachers above on fan favorites like "Blame it on the Rain," and "Happily Ever After." In the end, it was hard to see if He Is We left an impression on the crowd, mostly on hand to watch headliner Rocket Summer's Bryce Avary. Impressed and pleased, though, were the entourage of record label suits, praising Trevor and the obviously exhausted Rachel after the show. Be sure to get their debut album, My Forever, which is out digitally November 23rd.

Setlist: Blame It on the Rain / All About Us / I Wouldn't Mind / Forever and Ever / Happily Ever After.

Anyways, I couldn't find any good live vids of He Is We but I found these. These are two of my favorite songs from He Is We. Enjoy!!

He Is We's debut album, "My Forever" available digitally November 23rd.

1. Forever And Ever
2. All About Us (featuring Aaron Gillespie)
3. Everything You Do
4. And Run
5. Happily Ever After
6. Kiss It Better
7. Prove You Wrong
8. Blame It On The Rain
9. Love Life
10. Fall