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..

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

VANS WARPED TOUR does 16 Years!

Fans seeked higher ground to watch All American Rejects.
photos by picksysticks
By JPegg

Vans Warped Tour 2010, sixteen years in the making, kicked off on Friday, June 25, 2010 in the parking lot of The Home Depot Center in Carson , California . Nobody was allowed near the stadium grass where the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA soccer teams compete. Instead, dirt, pavement, fences, and concrete barricades is exactly where the fun loving ruffians were corralled and left to search for their favorite bands performing on a massive total of eight stages skirting the venue.

Stages came alive a bit before noon and died back into silence shortly after sunset. Performances on average were thirty minutes. Near ninety bands of punk, ska, rock, and everything between cramped into one day. Some stages played in tandem. AP/Advent stage butted next to the Glamour Kills stage, as was Punk Rock Legends stage slapped near Skullcandy stage. When one performance ended, the audience just shifted their attention or crowd surfed to the adjacent stage, and moments later the next band started. This juggling went slick.

Other interesting stages include: Kia/Kevin Says stage slapped in the middle, swarmed by band merchandise and save humanity based tents. The personal favorite is that awesome bootleg Ernie Ball stage playing out of a fold out simi-truck trailer (they’ll definitely be the first stage to the next venue). Altec Lansing stage was the underdogs of the two big dog stages. While Teggart stage was the place to be if you wanted to listen to headliners all day long, but be aware, your favorite band might be on earlier than you think. But what was the first day of Vans Warped Tour 2010 all about? What can be expected as it tours around this beloved county?
Let’s just say it’s a warped day of calling in sick, ditching class, rolling out of bed before noon for something that actually isn’t mind numbing, slugging down a tall Monster Energy drink for afternoon breakfast, why not while rounding up the usual suspects, the over achieving slackers, then cruise tail pipe sparking to the venue hoping that the cops don’t notice that the five seater Kia doesn’t hold six passengers too comfortably, getting stuck in parking traffic, but having enough time to get the chip-in bucket out to pay for parking that’s almost the cost of the ticket price, get parked, chill a bit with a few plastic cup drinks, pass around the smoke, hoping enforcement doesn’t break-up the pre-party, getting to the venue, realizing nobody remembered where the car was parked, but screw it, that’s something to figure out later, now into the show that has as many eye grabbers in the crowd as those on stage, a festival of the young adult assortment of fascinating women in short shorts, ripped stockings, over sized sunglasses, ornate tattoos, non conventional hair colors, and each seeming to become their own unique anti-establishment symbol, while stylish guys match something from The Ramones generation or just look like a lead singer without his guitar, black skinny jeans, both genders with piercings looping every visible orifice, giggly teens spraying suntan lotion that mists over more people than are expecting it, watching not to trip over circles of gathering squatters that Twitter the gossip, noticing an absence of drunks and spilled beer, instead bikini tops selling water and lemonade, dang, sweat, skin, and more sweat, mosh pits and circles pits to let out aggression, weaving through hoards of fans getting crazy at a corner stage, socialized chaos and a crowd surfer falling from the sky, hands flailing wild, band merchandise tents posting set-times with helpers as hot as the band itself, autograph sessions and photo opportunities, protect your body and save earth tents, Andrew W.K. Party House, stepping into camera shots and breaking into conversations, a glimpse of a local celebrity in the crowd, herding fans rushing to the next stage across the scene, the caged Budweiser Beer Garden of lack luster alcohol, skin, sweat, and more skank, trendy sponsors, The Expendables WTF, free giveaways, free posters to rip from the porta potties, wandering tip jars to help pay for gas to the next location, skate half-pipe, 2010 Compilation Album, dropping twenty on a new twenty-ten tee, going to Ernie Ball Music Man guitar demo hut to strum a few solos, to biting off an assortment of food that isn’t good for the digestion, but yet filling, and that’s all and more before getting the day filled with non-stop, ear buzzing, festival deafening, rampaging, kick-shit-up music! And of course, the thought of jumping a ride to do it all again on the tour’s next stop on the very next day, while throwing a raised “rock on” sign to an ambulance racing off with an unfortunate crooked neck crowd surfer. And what will you be doing?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

ELIZA RICKMAN @ Make Music Pasadena

Eliza Rickman
Eliza Rickman performs at Make Music Pasadena
photo by picksysticks

by JPegg
picksysticks contributer

Eliza Rickman is a sorceress that conjures horror flick flashbacks and endless dark tunnel dreams with her haunting vocals that seemingly echo over her deceptively charming toy piano. If there is a chill that shrills the spine when you listen, you are not alone. It is the same uneasy feeling when watching one of those films where the child is the killer or the killer is a possessed toy. Nightmare within innocence. The combination of Rickman’s withering floral vocals together with the tinkering toy piano creates such an unnatural contrast that it generates within us an eerie feeling of terror. It is the same reason why the dreaded Moby Dick is a celestial white whale. The disturbing set against the soothing. A psychological conflict that most are not aware of, except for the presence of the uneasiness. Eliza Rickman creates this masterfully.

Eliza RickmanEliza Rickman
Eliza Rickman performs at Make Music Pasadena
photographs by picksysticks

If this sounds like a bunch of madness, then listen to her recorded song, “Erika”. There is no toy piano in this song. Her vocals still have the haunting echo, but there is not that chill that affects us like the toy piano. Okay, maybe the toy piano itself is the chilling element. Spooky.

On June 19, 2010 , in a secluded alleyway of Old Pasadena, Eliza Rickman performed a solo show for the third annual summer festival event: Make Music Pasadena. Rickman garbed herself in a rose flurry dress, a necked kazoo, a simple drum kit at her feet, and of course, not without her trademark toy piano to fashion her one woman band. Then she sung her silly little ditty about Napoleon Bonaparte, entitled, “Foot Soldiers”.

KIM DiVINE NEWS: New voice of JELL-O & Hotel Cafe show

I’m a sucker for singer/songwriters. I just have so much respect for someone who is able to hold my interest and entertain an entire roomful of people for a couple hours with just a guitar. That’s why I love The Hotel Café, the quaint and cozy bar that has hosted the likes of Sara Barellies, Meiko, Audra Mae, Cary Brothers and Ingred Michaelson. It has also launched its own traveling tour and spawned a compilation cd.

photos by Joe Scarnici

Saturday night (6/26), it will host Los Angeles singer-songwriter Kim Divine who recently released her newest album, "Square One," to rave reviews. If you haven't heard of her, think again. You've probably already heard her voice. She's the new voice of JELL-O. Kim DiVine sings the new jingle for JELL-O's new nationwide tv campaign. Check out the commercial below.

Here's Kim on a recent appearance on NBC MusicRaw:

Kim’s upcoming gigs include:
June 26 – Show at the Hotel Café
August 22 – Singing National Anthem/God Bless America at the Dodger game.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Apparently, Fuji Minx's new video "The Music Made Me Do It" was banned and taken down from YouTube due to it's anti-Pope message. Read Fuji Minx's response to the video taken down and then watch the banned video below (now on Vimeo).

YES… After 11,943 views (103 likes, 1 dislike) in LESS THAN 6 DAYS, “The Music Made Me Do It” video was taken down because of it’s Anti-Pope message and it’s content deemed “inappropriate”. Apparently free-speech is inappropriate if you aren’t coming from a major record label who can pay youtube money, like Marilyn Manson or Lady Gaga. And it doesn’t matter that you are talking about someone who is condoning child molestation. AND it doesnt matter that we only got 1 dislike. Well fret not. We are uploading the UnCensored video to vimeo and it will be up shortly. Please help pass the new video around as soon as it’s up.
xxx, Gv

FUJI MINX - The Music Made Me Do it (Official Un-Censored Version) from FUJI MINX on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


photos by Robin Davey/album art created by Greta Valenti

It's been two years since Fuji Minx burst onto the Los Angeles indie scene, their acclaimed debut record, "Users Cheaters Theaters" was heralded as Album Of The Year by Bullz-Eye Magazine and held the top spot on IAC and Cashbox Magazine's Indie Charts for over a year.

Now, to prove that wasn't a lucky fluke, Greta Valenti is back with a vengance with her new hit single, "The Music Made Me Do It," a no apologies, kick-into-submission song that shows the world she's here to stay and cause havoc one sin at a time.

Check out the uncensored new music video below of "The Music Made Me Do It." You can listen, watch and download for free on Fuji Minx's new updated website HERE.

<a href="">The Music Made Me Do It by FUJI MINX</a>

Bless me friend for I have sinned
There's so much hate in the box that you're in
You're salvation was my darkest day
The sins I swallow will take me away

My religion is a loaded gun
I'm handing lessons out one by one
So shut your mouth and get in line
Cause I need volunteers for my sacrifice

One More (I need it)
One More (I feed it)
One More (I breed it)
One More, I Cant Stop

Don't you feel like a contradiction
Lining up here for my crucifixion
You judged and juried but still I am free
I speak the truth while I recruit those who sin like me

One More (I need it)
One More (I feed it)
One More (I breed it)
One More

With my feet on the floor
And my back on the wall
From your pushing and all
But you don't stop
Well you seem to think
That my liking to drink
And being pushed to the brink
Means I can't stop
I'm letting you know
How it's all gonna go
Are you feeling along
Cause I won't stop
I'm in control
Got my eye on the goal
While you're saving your soul
I'll be singing this song

The Music Made Me Do it
The Music Made Me Do it
The Music Made Me Do it
The Music Made Me Do it
The Music Made Me Do it
The Music Made Me Do it
The Music Made Me Do it
The Music Made Me Do it

One More (I need it)
One More (I feed it)
One More (I breed it)
One More, Oh Oh I cant stop

One More (I need it)
The Music, The Music, The Music
One More (I feed it)
The Music, The Music, The Music
One More (I breed it)
The Music, The Music, The Music
One More, I cant stop
released 15 June 2010
Written by FUJI MINX.
Vocals by FUJI MINX.
Music by Robin Davey & FUJI MINX.

Produced & Mixed by Robin Davey & FUJI MINX.

Recorded & Mixed at GROWvision Media - CA, USA.
Mastered by Jesse Davey - London, UK.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


Jes Hudak
photo by Jesse Thomas

Congrats to Jes Hudak! She won Lilith Fair's Los Angeles' local talent search and wins a spot to play Lilith Fair July 10th at the Verizon amphitheater. A New York transplant and currently living in L.A., Hudak earned this and has the resume to prove it. She's already been on tour and opened for acts such as Maroon 5, Tonic and Five for Fighting. And besides this latest accolade, Jes recently was named ISSA's Singer/Songwriter of the Year (2009) and won Pop Single of the Year (2009) at the LA Music Awards for her original song "Another Day." But the song that won her the shot to play Lilith Fair is "National Holiday" which was the grand prize winner at, ranking in the top 10. You can listen to "National Holiday" below.

Friday, June 18, 2010


LIKELY STORY: Tennessee Thomas, left, Laena Geronimo, Annie Monroe, and Elizabeth "Z" Berg of the Like. A new CD, "Release Me," came out Tuesday. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Nice! The Los Angeles Times had a cool article featuring The Like in yesterday's Calendar Edition. Below is an excerpt but you can read the entire article at the LATimes HERE!
Signed to Geffen in 2004, the Like looked to be a sure thing — cute, catchy and unfussy rock that offered a legit alternative to manufactured teen pop. The band played the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival before its members reached legal drinking age, toured with Muse and hailed from musical families with business résumés to envy.

(read the rest of the article HERE.)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Laurita Guaico of Spare Parts for Broken HeartsSarah Green of Spare Parts for Broken Hearts

Laurita Guaico (left) and Sarah Green (right) of Spare Parts for Broken Hearts
photographs by picksysticks

By JPegg
Picksysticks contributer

Spare Parts for Broken Hearts is a new ladies threesome wrecking sound crew made-up of Sarah Green and two prime component of The Randies. They are not as nitroglycerin punk rock as The Randies, yet the explosive shredding essence with the presence of Laurita Guaico (vox/bass/guitar) and Tosha Jones (drums) can definitely be felt. The murmuring burning fuse vocals of Laurita Guaico are a perfect lead igniter for the metal, brass knuckles, nail in bat songs, while Sarah Green can easily be given the duty to break hearts with a few simmering ballads. Green gives this band the stable element, while whatever bass or guitar chords Guaico plays is crazed kick ass!

The band still appears to be in the early stages of development with a few songs posted and hopefully more shows in the near future. It will be interesting to keep a close ear on their music as to hear the mixture of the two vocal talents evolve. A volatile femme fatale sound is surely gleaning in the making with these Spare Parts for Broken Hearts.

On Thursday, June 10, 2010 , Spare Parts for Broken Hearts performed their first show at DiPiazza’s in Long Beach . It was a mellow mood of appetizers and alcohol until the lone Sarah Green started strumming guitar that was soon joined by Guaico and Jones pouncing on stage into position. Then the raving flocked.

“Veronica Stress” was their set finale.

Spare Parts for Broken Hearts performs "Veronica Stress" at Di Piazzas in Long Beach.

vid by 405east

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

WALKING SLEEP @ Bootleg Theater

Walking Sleep's Sara Radle
Sara Radle of Walking Sleep performs at their CD release party at Bootleg Theater
photograph by picksysticks

Vocals/Guitar: Hunter Curra
Vocals/Guitar/Autoharp: Sara Radle
Guitar: Adam Schary
Bass: Aaron Lariviere
Keyboards: Ethan Walter
Drums: Daniel Goldblatt

Being such a huge fan of Sara Radle, we had to check out Walking Sleep, her newest collaboration at The Bootleg Theater for their debut CD release of "Measures." Already with 11 albums to her name, Sara Radle is one of the most hardest working, if not prolific, musicians in Los Angeles. Probably mostly known from her days on The Rentals, Sara had recently been fronting Calamity Magnet. Now she finds herself with Walking Sleep (formerly The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra) sharing vocal-harmonizing duties with Hunter Curra.

"Measures" is a controlled and confident first album from Walking Sleep. Like watching a jar full of fireflies, their glowing melodies dance with a purpose as their vocal harmonies spark and simmer warmly in the summer evening. And lurking below the catchy beats there's a slight darkness to Curra's lyrics that, if it wasn't wrapped with the pink ribbon of Radle's vocals, you probably wouldn't even notice.

Walking Sleep's Hunter Curra.
photo by picksysticks

Honestly, I fully expected them to let loose and go crazy a little but in songs like "Let It Go On' and 'Don't Be Fooled,' they purposely keep it simmering and self-contained before boiling over while still keeping it fun in "The Cause," and "Final Chapter."

While the music scene today seems concentrated on the Biebers, Keshas and Gagas of world, Walking Sleep is a breath of fresh air and worth a listen when they come to a town near you. Until then, you can check out their album "Measures" which is available now through iTunes, Amazon and Rhapsody. Right now though, you can listen to entire album for free through their site on

The Walking Sleep performing at The Echo.

Friday, June 4, 2010

KITTEN PERFORMS Everyday Noise's Birdhouse Session

Chloe Chaidez of KITTEN
Chloe Chaidez of KITTEN performs at The Unknown Theater
photo by picksysticks

Wow. I can't get enough of this band. Here's a new video of Chloe Chaidez of
KITTEN stopping by at Everyday Noise's Birdhouse Session to perform an acoustic version of "Kill The Light."

Birdhouse Sessions are filmed and recorded at Adam Chavez's in-house studio in Costa Mesa. Adam is a sound engineer/producer and plays drums in The New Limb. Check out more of his videos right HERE.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


The Happy Hollows
Photo by Zoe-Ruth Erwin

In support of their new album, SPELLS, The Happy Hollows just announced their new tour which includes a first ever stop in Canada. They kick off their tour June 14th in Washington DC and finishing off at Los Angeles' free KCRW show at the Hammer Museum.

06/14 - Washington, DC @ DC9 (w/ Pocahaunted)
06/16 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen (w/ GROOMS)
06/17 - Toledo, OH @ Micky Finns (w/ GROOMS)
06/18 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace (w/ Japandroids & Wavves)
06/19 - Montreal, QC @ Jupiter Room (w/ GROOMS)
06/21 - Boston, MA @ O'Briens
06/23 - New York, NY @ Pianos
06/24 - Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield
06/26 - Philadelphia, PA @ M Room
07/08 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hammer Museum FREE KCRW Presents