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..

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Last night on NBC 's "Parenthood," L.A. band, The Happy Hollows made a cameo appearance and performed "Lieutenant" from their newest album SPELLS which you can purchase here on iTunes and here on Amazon.

You can watch their entire episode on

For those of you in Austin, Texas or planning on making the trip down there, The Happy Hollows are performing at this years SXSW film and music festvial starting tonight!! Here's their schedule:

March 17 - Red Eyed Fly (Little Radio Party) - 3:30PM
March 17 - Jaime's Spanish Village (Autumn Tone SXSW Showcase) - 9:00PM
March 18 - Scoot Inn (Baeble Music Party) - 12:30PM
March 18 - Lustre Pearl (Filter/Dickies Party) - 3:00PM
March 18 - Lambert's (Aquarium Drunkard Party) - 5:00PM
March 19 - Republic Live - (Consequence of Sound / Rawk Plog! Party) - 1:30PM
March 19 - Guero's (Loyalty Firm Party) - 8:00PM
March 20 - Homeslice Pizza (WOXY/Ship Party) - 5:00PM

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


bird and the bee, Inara George
photograph by picksysticks / Inara George of Bird and the Bee

Ahead of their upcoming album, The Bird and The Bee played a rare show at Los Angeles' El Rey Theater. The duo made up of Inara George and Greg Kurstin mostly played songs from their third full-lenght album, "Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates" which drops on March 23rd. Described as a love letter to the famed "rock and soul" duo Hall & Oates, it was fitting that another duo would take on these songs, putting their own special touches on these timeless classics.

bird and the bee, Inara George
Bird and the Bee's Inara George / photo by picksyticks

Playing to a sold out theater, the very pregnant George began the night with Rich Girl and if you thought she was going to take it easy because of her pregnancy, you thought wrong. Usually playing the bass, she gave it up for the night and, instead, danced and gleamed to every beat and melody.

Kurstin was recently nominated for Producer of the Year at this year's Grammys for his work with Lilly Allen and Bird and the Bee. And his talents and efforts clearly showed in this latest album. With his jazzy, warm arrangments complimented by George's silky, angelic voice, The Bird and the Bee has taken on the task of exposing a new generation to the music of Hall & Oates. Judging from the show last Friday, one can say they've accomplished that. Their love for this music is genuine.

bird and the bee, Inara George
Inara George of bird and the bee / photo by picksysticks

Later on in the night, walking onstage to the surprise of the sold out theater was non-other than John Oates himself, who performed "Maneater" alongside George and Kursten. The Bird and the Bee did play some of their own songs such as Love Letter to Japan, Again & Again and Polite Dance Song. But the night belonged to Hall & Oates and was dedicated to T-Bone Wolk, the Hall & Oates bassist for nearly 30 years, who died earlier this month after an apparent heart attack.

bird and the bee, John Oates
bird and the bee perform with John Oates / photo by picksysticks

bird and the bee & John Oates
bird and the bee perform with John Oates / photo by picksysticks

In the end, the night was a touching tribute to Hall & Oates, the top-selling duo in music history. George announced she was due April 30th so expect The Bird and the Bee to go on a short hiatus. But unitl then, they did leave us with one original song on their new album called, "Heard It On The Radio" which you can view down below. Thanks to dodkalm83 for capturing the video! Make sure you check out the album which is released March 23rd from EMI's Blue Note Records.

Friday, March 5, 2010


More news from Lilith Fair. L.A.'s own The Go-Go's and The Bangles have been added to the list of artists performing at this year's Lilith Fair.

AllMusic dubs The Go-Go's as the most popular all-female band to emerge from the punk/new wave explosion of the late '70s and early '80s, becoming one of the first commercially successful female groups that wasn't controlled by male producers or managers. Formed in Los Angeles in 1978, their hit singles -- "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation," "Head Over Heels" -- were bright, energetic new wave pop which made the group an integral part of the Californian punk scene.

Forming in Los Angeles in 1980, The Bangles shot up the charts with such hits as Manic Monday, Walk Like An Egyptian, Hazy Shade of Winter and Eternal Flame.

Go to Lilith Fair website to see if they're stopping at a city near you. No specific dates have been announced yet but Los Angeles has been announced as one of the cities. Yay!

Also expected to perform are Los Angeles local artists Fine Frenzy, Ke$ha, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillet, The Submarines, Donna Delory and The Weepies.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


The Runaways Joan Jett

Let's face it. Picksysticks nor any of the bands covered on this site wouldn't be here today if it weren't for Joan Jett and The Runaways. This pioneering all-girl punk band broke down barriers when people said girls couldn't play rock and roll. Co-founded by 15-year-old Jett in Los Angeles in the 70's, The Runaways faced a hostile heavy-male music scene. Finding success and recording five albums, The Runaways toured with The Ramones, Cheap Trick and Tom Petty. After breaking up in 1978, Joan Jett continued with her solo career and later started up her new band, "Joan Jett and the Blackhearts." In 1980 she also founded her own record label, Blackheart Records, making Jett the first female artist to own and operate a record label. It's the same label L.A. darlings, "The Dollyrots" are signed to.

Now, with the highly anticipated new movie chronicling the band's early years, "The Runaways" starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning hitting theaters March 19th, Joan Jett's profile will, no doubt, make headlines again exposing a new generation to Joan Jett's influence in rock and roll.

Also dropping in stores on March 23rd (digitally March 16th) is the soundtrack from the movie, "The Runaways –Music From The Motion Picture" from Atlantic Records. Some tracks re-recorded with Kristen Stewart who plays Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning who plays Cherie Currie. Here's the track list:

(Atlantic Records)
Available digitally March 16th, in stores March 23rd

1. Roxy Roller - Nick Gilder
2. The Wild One - Suzi Quatro
3. It's A Man's Man's Man's World - MC5
4. Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
5. Cherry Bomb - Dakota Fanning
6. Hollywood - The Runaways
7. California Paradise - Dakota Fanning
8. You Drive Me Wild - The Runaways
9. Queens Of Noise - Dakota Fanning & Kristen Stewart
10. Dead End Justice - Kristen Stewart & Dakota Fanning
11. I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges
12. I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are (Live) - The Runaways
13. Pretty Vacant - Sex Pistols
14. Don't Abuse Me - Joan Jett

The film, set in Los Angeles beginning in 1975, sees Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), two teenage valley girls with punk in their blood, meet and become the heart and soul of the seminal all-girl band, The Runaways. Floria Sigismondi brings The Runaways to the big screen in this story of a group of extraordinary young women as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary band that paved the way for future generations of female musicians. Under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), the group evolves into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself--and so do two of its leads: Joan is the band's pure rock 'n' roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.