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..

Saturday, May 29, 2010

BLUE JUNGLE @ Silverlake Jubilee


By JPegg
Picksysticks contributer

Blue Jungle has that certain quality to bring you down off the Hollywood fantasy of getting to Cloud Nine. For most of us reach only Cloud Nil. A sad starvation in the lead vocals of Lately Blu Blu turns that pink cloud to gray with tears about to storm. She sounds of a morbid message from the damned getting lost in Los Angeles , echoing out her charred soul in an attempt to be found in this forsaken city, or possibly warning others not to fall for the seductive Sirens that commercialism gives to this place. A thought to be discovered in an awkward position in a way that living bodies aren’t normally found, soon to be a chalk outline in an alley adjacent to that ten story drop from above or that leap from the Hollywood sign. Please Fucking Kill Me. The lost angel that broke her wings along with her dream after arriving here years ago. Something like that would be the emotion attached to this music. Or in a lighter note, some good ghostly stuff to play at one of those Hollywood Forever Cemetery shows in the dark of night among the famous dead, for this band defines themselves as “graveyard pop”.

This band, or some may call it a cult, normally haunt their sound in dim lit dive bars and darkened corners of shadows turned into stages, but last Saturday, they made a unique visit out into the bright afternoon to play at the Silverlake Jubilee. A lithium moment in the sun.


Blue Jungle performs "Vicious Eyes" at Silver Lake Jubilee
vid by 405east

Blue Jungle is led by Lately Blu Blu (vocals) with current support from Nosebleed (guitar), Cory Hurricane (guitar), Paley King (percussion/vocals), William (drums) and Noa (bass).
Free Music Downloads of Blue Jungle and Lately Blu Blu available at bluejunglecult.com AKA pleasefuckingkillme.com


Friday, May 28, 2010

SILVER LAKE JUBILEE


The Living Sisters
The Living Sisters Performing at the Silver Lake Jubilee
photo by picksysticks


In what looks like to be a new summer tradition, the 1st Annual Silver Lake Jubilee took over 10 blocks of Silver Lake last weekend that featured over 20 musical acts (both local and national), comedy, theatre performances, poetry readings and live performances by LA-based groups. An estimated 15,000 people attended the two-day arts and music festival that showcased girl bands The Like, The Living Sisters, Blue Jungle, Wait.Think.Fast., Amanda Joe Williams, Lolared and the Kicks and Wet & Reckless.




Blue Jungle Performing at the Silver Lake Jubilee
photo by picksysticks


Wait.Think.Fast.
Wait.Think.Fast. at the Silver Lake Jubilee
photo by picksysticks




Sunday, May 23, 2010

THE BASTARD FAIRIES New video



The Bastard Fairies ( Los Angeles ) got a new music video and single entitled: Dirty Sexy Kill Kill Kill. It’s a back woods zombie flick with limited interruptions. This new single and their previous album “Memento Mori” (2007) are available for complete listening on their site and as a “name your price” download.

Yellow Thunder Woman, of Native American decent, fronts this lady-come-deadly band along with Robin Davey on guitar. Just look up those sexual sins to make a mother cringe or evil done to get to hell and The Bastard Fairies will likely have a song for it as well. The personal favorite pick is “Ode To The Prostitute”. Never enough TMI for that kind of music. And before we all go to hell, I need a beer, too.




Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hey Monday - How You Like Me Now

Hey Monday comes from West Palm Beach, Florida are playing Vans Warped Tour which is coming to the LA Area June 27th and Aug. 11th. Fun songs to rock out to during the summer at the beach. Oh yeah! I wish everyday was Mondays!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

THE LIKE Residency @ The Echo

the Like, Z Berg
The Like's May residency at The Echo.
photo by picksysticks


Currently, THE LIKE are having their residency at THE ECHO every Monday nights in the month of May. And it's FREEEEEEE. This quartet, consisting of Z Berg, Tennessee Thomas, Laena Geronimo and Annie Monroe, has a new 60's pop inspired new album, "Release Me" dropping on June 15th. And afterwards, they go out on their North American tour with the Futurheads. And if you can't catch them Monday nights at the Echo, you can watch The Like this weekened at the Silverlake Jubilee. Then they come back to Los Angeles June 19th at The Troubadour. Now you have no excuses not to see them live. Trust me, they're worth it!


The Like's new record "Release Me" hits stores June 15th.

Z Berg of The Like
The Like's Z Berg performing at The Echo.
photograph by picksysticks



Here are the Like performing "Release Me."

UPCOMING TOUR SCHEDULE:
May 23 - Silverlake Jubilee Festival! Silverlake, California
May 24 - The Echo
May 31 - The Echo
Jun 2 - First Unitarian Church (Sanctuary), Philadelphia
Jun 3 - Ottobar, Baltimore
Jun 4 - Black Cat, Washington, DC
Jun 5 - Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ
Jun 7 - Paradise Rock Club, Boston
Jun 8 - Bowery Ballroom, New York
Jun 9 - Mod Club, Toronto
Jun 11 - Magic Stick, Detroit
Jun 12 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago
Jun 14 - Sodo Lounge, Seattle
Jun 15 - Doug Fir, Portland
Jun 17 - 330 Ritch, San Francisco
Jun 19 - Troubadour, West Hollywood
Jun 21 - Casbah, San Diego

Saturday, May 15, 2010

SILVERLAKE JUBILEE this May 22th & 23th

The Silver Lake Jubilee is a two-day music and arts festival held in Silver Lake (Los Angeles), May 22 & 23, 2010. The festival celebrates the eclectic cultural enclaves of Silver Lake and surrounding communities. PICKSYSTICKS will be there to definitely catch our gals The Living Sisters, The Like, Blue Jungle, Spider Problem, Amanda Joe Williams, Wait.Think.Fast and Lolared & The Kicks.

Silver Lake is known for its deep-rooted indie rock culture, its eclectic bars and nightlife and generally hip and laid-back lifestyle. What is less known is how Silver Lake, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Los Felize and surrounding communities are transforming Los Angeles into a music, arts, culture and food destination. These neighborhoods are home to some of LA’s best restaurants, trend-defining music acts, accomplished writers, artists, gallerists and performers. Silver Lake Jubilee aims to bring together all the eclectic and vibrant cultural enclaves of these neighborhoods into a two-day music and arts street festival, held May 22 and 23, 2010.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

KITTEN @ Casey's Irish Bar

Chloe Chaidez of KITTEN
KITTEN'S Chloe Chaidez performs on a later date at the Unknown Theater / photo by picksysticks


Pretty cool! Check out these vids! 405 East was able to go to KITTEN'S Friday show at Casey's Irish Bar in Downtown Los Angeles. KITTEN are Chloe Chaidez, drummer Max Kuehn, keyboardist Elvis Kuehn, bassist Zach Carper and guitarist Andy Miller. Read our past write up on KITTEN'S last show HERE. They also play the Detroit Bar again on June 1st and at The Hammer Museum on July 1st presented by KCRW 89.9 FM and curated by Buzz Bands LA. Watch below for a performance of "Kill the Light" and "Downtown Girls."



KITTEN performing "Kill The Light" at Casey's.
vid from 405east


KITTEN performing "Chinatown" at Casey's.
vid from 405east

Thursday, May 6, 2010

KITTEN @ Detroit Bar

KITTEN'S Chloe Chaidez
KITTEN performing at Detroit Bar
photo by picksysticks

KITTEN'S Chloe Chaidez KITTEN'S Chloe Chaidez
Chloe Chaidez of KITTEN
photograph by picksysticks


Close your eyes and what you hear is a band singing a lifetime’s worth experiences. Picture it. A vulnerable singer, alone onstage singing songs of heartbreak, longing and pain. Now open your eyes and what you see is KITTEN – a five piece band fronted by Chloe Chaidez who sings much older than how she looks.

Already within a year of forming, KITTEN has already received rave reviews and a cult-like following. And after performing at this year’s SXSW, they’ve come back home to an increasing level of buzz surrounding them. What else? According to Buzz Bands LA, KITTEN has already signed to Atlantic Records.

This particular night at the Detroit Bar, The spark-plug of a singer dancing on stage is 15-year-old Chloe Chaidez, feeling every note and beat building up like raw power until it escapes in bouts of nervous energy, Chloe performs to a handful of people who stand towards the back of the room curious to what this 15-year-old has to offer. Maybe poppy love songs or bubble-gum punk. She asks the 14 or so people in the back of the room to walk up towards the stage. There's Silence. It's then that she picks up her guitar, her vulnerable vocals echoing this empty hall to "Don't Kill The Light" that soon is accompanied by her band's dreamy-pop and psychedelic melodies. There's no mistake that by the end of their set, she's added a few more fans to her loyal following.



KITTEN performing "Don't Kill The Light" at Detroit Bar.
video by www.everydaynoisemag.com

Backed by drummer Max Kuehn, keyboardist Elvis Kuehn, bassist Zach Carper and guitarist Andy Miller, KITTEN's sound has been describes from Blondie to Siouxsie and the Banshees to David Bowie but either way, this band has a wide range of musical knowledge. Check this out! According to ListenBeforeYouBuy:
"Chloe Chaidez has already been around for a few years, even though she’s only 15. By the age of 11 she already had the honor of sharing the stage with an impressive list of her peers. Band of Horses, Midlake and Conor Oberst to name just a few. Yeah, by the time she was ELEVEN! Max and Elvis are the sons of influential punk band “TSOL” founder, Greg Kuehn, and Zach has engineered for Earlimart, Granddaddy, and Tokyo Police Club."
One of the other true gems of KITTEN's music is Max on keys who manages to landscape vibrant arrangements in songs like "No" and "Kitten with a Whip." But they truly shine with Chloe's rustic vocals. There's something truly honest in Chloe's fragile voice that can turn on a dime to confidence as in "Christina," "We Did It Anyway" and "Baby Come Home" but can still be vulnerable and fragile as in "Catholic Boys."

I was lucky enough to be given a 5-track CD at one of their shows. For a fairly new band, if the 5 songs on this CD along with the extra songs you can hear on their Myspace page were put on a full-length CD, I'd totally buy that.

Currently, KITTEN is working on an EP which they will reportedly independently release sometime this June. Tomorrow night (May 7th) you can catch KITTEN play at Casey's Irish Bar in downtown Los Angeles. They also play the Detroit Bar again on June 1st and at The Hammer Museum on July 1st presented by KCRW 89.9 FM and curated by Buzz Bands LA.



Saturday, May 1, 2010

THE WATSON TWINS @ LA Times Festival of Books

The Watson Twins Chandra and Leigh
The Watson Twins perform the LA Times Festival of Books.
photo by picksysticks


The Watson TwinsThe Watson Twins
photographs by picksysticks / The Watson Twins

The Brand X sponsored Watson Twins performance was a refreshing start to my weekend at this years' Los Angeles Times' Festival of Books. Made up of real-life twins Chandra and Leigh Watson, this duo are known for their blend of classic rock and folk/rock.

Like a cool breeze through your bedroom window on a warm night, The Watson Twins' newest album, "Talking To You, Talking To Me," is a soft glow of intimate vocals and sensual melodies. Songs like "Harpeth River," "Forever Me" and "Calling Out," are wrought with sexual tension. And while this album has upbeat catchy songs, demonstrated in "Saving You" and "Tell Me Why" the rest of the album seems bare and naked that's dressed up with the cashmere sounds of the rhythm section and the flannel beats of their soulful pianos and drums. Just listen to "Midnight," "Snow Canyons" and "Give Me A Chance," and you'll understand.

The more I listen, the more I love this album. From vulnerable ballads to upbeat rock like, "U N ME," this album surprises by being not too loud and not too soft. Don't get me wrong, it still rocks and The Watson Twins gives us a variety of moods while keeping their folk/rock feel that they're known for. The Watson Twins' talent is being able to show that less is more and their new album, "Talking To You, Talking To Me," proves just that.