ALESSIA CARA MAKES HER LOS ANGELES DEBUT @ THE TROUBADOUR

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.

PINS ANNOUNCE U.S. SUMMER TOUR

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 @ THE TROUBADOUR

Zella Day has released her debut album Kicker and she celebrated with a sold out show at LA's famed Troubadour last week.

MAKE MUSIC PASADENA SHINES IN ITS 8TH YEAR

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 @ THE ECHO

Winter's new album Supreme Blue Dream is the ideal soundtrack to your summer..

Monday, April 12, 2010

DOLLYROTS NEWS: New Album Out This June

Dollyrots' Kelly Ogden
Dollyrots performing at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood
photo by picksysticks


Here's a new DOLLYROTS interview with Chris, Luis and Kelly on KLAQ's morning show during last months SXSW. It's a pretty entertaining interview (as always). They talk about touring with Bowling for Soup and performing on CBS' "The Price Is Right. " They also talk about their yet untitled new record which they reveal will be out this June on Blackheart Records. Towards the end of the interview, they perform an acoustic version of their newest single "California Beach Boy," off their new cd. You can click HERE for other songs expected to be on that album.


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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 .

Saturday, April 10, 2010

FINE FRENZY Residency at LARGO!

Hey guys! Check out Alison Sudol's A Fine Frenzy before she heads to Lilith Fair! Fine Frenzy just released their newest album, "Bomb in a Birdcage" which you can listen to and purchase right HERE. She'll be playing Wednesdays this month at Largo @ The Coronet. Check out our past review right HERE.



Here's the newest video from her hit single, Electric Twist, off of "Bomb in a Birdcage."

Sunday, April 4, 2010

KILLOLA'S new CD "Let's Get Associated" out April 6th



If you haven't yet pre-ordered KILLOLA'S new album, "Let's Get Associated," then what are you waiting for? This massive pre-order pack comes with a KILLOLA USB dogtag equipped with 250 MB of Killola stuff which includes their new album, "Let's Get Associated," and their past two cds, "I Am The Messer," and "Louder, Louder!" and a bunch of other cool bonus features. Pre-order right HERE!

While they're touring the country, we're also getting sneak peeks at few new songs from their upcoming album. One is called "The Doctor and his Son," and the other called, "Traffic" is from Lisa's new film "GirlTrash: All Night Long" created by Angela Robinson (The L Word) which is scheduled to hit theaters next year. Killola also wrote music for the film. Can't wait for that!

TRAFFIC


THE DOCTOR AND HIS SON


KILLOLA are currently on their BUY THE MILK tour. You can catch them when they make their way back to So-Cal April 22nd at San Diego's Bar Pink and L.A.'s world famous Roxy on April 23rd. Until then here's KILLOLA performing an acoustic version of 'Who We Think We Are' on Good Day Dallas a couple weeks ago. Fans are already posting pics, youtube's and reviews of their show. Check out some of the reviews and pics HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE! Enjoy!



Friday, April 2, 2010

NEW FAVORITE BAND (NOT FROM L.A.) - SAMBASSADEUR



Well, its been a rough month at work but one band that has actually been helping me through the stress is Sambassadeur. Although they're not from glitzy L.A., I've been obsessed with this band for the last month – even going as far as tracking down all their EPs and LPs. Well, I'm gonna start something different. Starting today, I'll feature a band, not from L.A. that I really like and have been listening to a lot. Hopefully this will be a monthly feature. There's just too many good bands out there not to write about.



Anyways, one band certainly getting lots of playing time on my iPod is the Swedish-pop band Sambassadeur. Sweden, which gave us the sounds of ABBA, Ace of Base, The Sounds, Peter Bjorn and John and The Cardigans now gives us Sambassadeur who just released their third full-length album, European, in February.

Filled with sweeping arrangements and wind-swept vocals, Sambassadeur's latest album is a much more mature album that their pervious LP and EP releases. The group which consists of Anna Persson, Daniel Permbo, Joachim Läckberg and Daniel Tolergård formed in 2003 in small apartment in Skövde. Their first songs they wrote were all recorded at home which gave the production a primitive quality that labled them by some as being a lo-fi-twee act.



Their earlier tracks like "Kate, "New Moon," & "Between the Lines," were a combination of addictive blends of simple pop melodies and infectious beats. Just like any new band starting out, their songs were like a baby deer finding her legs. Seems awkward at first but there's something cute and fun watching as each new discovery begins an exciting journey. Their next album, "Migration" was more polished, celebrating a full arsenal of lifting tunes like "The Park," "Subtle Changes" and "Final Say."

Their first two LPs are rich in saturated instrumentals, often times with horns and strings, but are balanced by Persson's romanticized vocals. One would think that this overproduction would be overkill but Sambassadeur has proven that they can hold the reigns in on their big sound.



Now, with the release of "European," Sambassadeur seems to have grown from fun and happy and has given us a much more delicate and mature album. Confidence would be the key word for this album as Persson's dream-like & surreal vocals are accompanied by ghostly-pop ballads in "Stranded," "Forward Is All" and "Albatross." Most noticeable in this album are the swelling string section, clarinet and horn section. Although they've managed to keep their infectious pop-sounds on this album, there is more of a classical, orchestrated feel to 'European.' Listen to the much more polished pop songs like "Days," "I Can Try," and "Sandy Dunes" and you'll be reminded why you fell in love with this band from the beginning.

As they tour this year in support of their latest album, lets hope they come stateside. Unfortuneatley, their label's website says their guitarist, Läckberg suffers from 'severe flying anxiety.' We'll just have to wait and see.