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..

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.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

SOME HEAR EXPLOSIONS: New "Beep" Video!!

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.
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

HEY MONDAY @ El Rey

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.
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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
by

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.

Epilogue

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.
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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
HERE and HERE!!


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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
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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.

TRACK LISTING:
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

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

BEST COAST @ the Troubadour

Best Coast performs at The Troubadour
Best Coast performs at The Troubadour
photo by picksysticks


Best Coast performs at The Troubadour
Best Coast performs at The Troubadour
photo by picksysticks


This past weekend, Best Coast returned to Los Angeles to play two sold-out shows at The Troubadour in support of their debut album, Crazy For You – a love letter to the west coast. Inspired by the girl groups of the 60's and all things palm trees, Best Coast has created a romanticized sound that enables anyone to take a little bit of sunny beaches and beautiful sunsets with them anywhere. Simple harmonies and catchy melodies. That's all it is and it's awesome!

Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast performs at The TroubadourBethany Cosentino of Best Coast performs at The Troubadour
Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast performs at The TroubadourBethany Cosentino of Best Coast performs at The Troubadour
Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast performs at The Troubadour
photo by picksysticks

Since releasing Crazy For You in July, Best Coast has been busy. NME just named front-woman Bethany the #4 Coolest person in music, ahead of Kanye West and Lady Gaga. They're just wrapping up their North American tour and are getting ready to tour Europe. On top of all that, later this month, Best Coast is opening up for Weezer here at the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal Studios. Also, news of Target releasing a Christmas Album, The Morning Christmas Gig featuring tracks from indie bands including Best Coast which you can listen right HERE. Want more? Well, Best Coast just announced a 27-city winter tour with her boyfriend's band, The Wavves that kicks off this January, teaming up with SPIN and MTV.

We're starting to see NME's reasoning for ranking Bethany that high up on the list. But don't bring the list up to Bethany. "Don't believe NME's list," she says Saturday night in the middle of their set. The night was, in most parts, subdued, the packed house swaying back and forth, soaking in Best Coast's super laid-back sounds. But although it was too laid back you didn't see anyone complaining. All that was missing this night was the the beach and the sun.


vid shot by Hipster73
Best Coast performing "Sun Was High and So Was I"



vid shot by Hipster73
Best Coast performing "Boyfriend."

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THIS FRIDAY: PRETTY IN PUNK with THE BANGLES & DOLLYROTS



This is an amazing event. This Friday, November 19th, The Dollyrots are playing the Daisy Rock 'Pretty in Punk' Benefit with The Bangles at The Roxy. Also performing are Janet Robin, sASSafrASS and 5 o'clock shakedown. Click HERE for tickets!! Proceeds benefit Covenant House California and Nikki Sixx's "Running Wild in the Night."

About Daisy Rock:
Daisy Rock is doing whatever it takes to help girls play guitar and enjoy music. This goes far beyond the instruments and deep into the community. Daisy Rock is passionate about empowering girls and helping to give them the confidence and the tools to do whatever it is that they enjoy.

Monday, November 15, 2010

ARRICA ROSE & THE ...'S New EP: Antebellum


photo by Dan Garcia

Arrica Rose and the ...'s newest offering comes in the form of a 3-track EP called Antebellum.

Antebellum is the calm before the storm, gathering clouds of folk and vintage rock that takes you on a journey of self-discovery and growth. This new EP is brimming with dark catchy melodies that glimmers with hope. Like an impeding storm off in the horizon, it's as though Arrica Rose is driving the opposite direction while looking through her rearview mirror. But the unknown is what lies ahead.

With seasoned vocals, Arrica sings like she's lived with a lifetime's of heartache, yearning with future hope. On "Nothing Nothing Nada," Arrica sings, "I like the part where we look back and know that we survived and...nothing's changed except for you and I."

And in "Sail Away," Arrica continues, "And sometimes I wish I was nothing more than this moment, so we could be so much more than we were.... We could Sail away, Sail away, we could change."

Like any tease, this 3-track compilation leaves us wondering if Arrica is able to drive away and escape her past. Antebellum, which was recorded live to tape is billed as a tease of what's to come on their upcoming full-length album which is slated for release early next year. You can purchase Antebellum right HERE.

Arrica Rose is also the founder of I HEART, an artist operated non-profit that raises money for charitable programs and organizations via creative projects and events which has found support from Willie Nelson, Crosby Stills and Nash, Bird and the Bee, Jesca Hoop and Hotel Cafe (to name a few).

Below is Arrica Rose's cover of the Bee Gee's "Tragedy," which was hailed by Esquire as one of the best covers of all time.


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Friday, November 12, 2010

HAPPY FRIDAY!! HERE'S A VID!

It's Friday and what better way to get the day started with a little tune from LA darlings, The Like.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

THE WEEPIES - "Be My Honeypie"

the Weepies

The Weepies just released an adorable music video for the new single, "Be My Honeypie" off their new album Be My Thrill. Currently The Weepies are on tour promoting their new album which was released in August. WE LOVE THE WEEPIES!!!!


Remaining Tour Dates:
11/10 New York NY @ Hiro Ballroom
11/11 Falls Church VA @ The State Theatre
11/12 Norfolk VA @ The Attucks Theater
11/14 Charleston WV @ Mountain Stage
11/15 Annapolis MD @ Rams Head On Stage
11/17 Atlanta GA @ Variety Playhouse
11/19 Dallas TX @ Lakewood Theater
11/20 Austin TX @ Momo's
11/23 Phoenix AZ @ The Rhythm Room
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************UPDATE********
Acoustic Summer Tour 2011 - The Weepies have announced a 2011 Acoustic Summer Tour of the United States! They are following up their sold-out 2010 "Be My Thrill" tour with a series of intimate performances across the country, joined by Jonny Flower on bass.

Check out our write up of their performance at The Troubadour (Aug. 17, 2011) - their first day of their tour right HERE.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

BEST COAST'S Bethany Cosentino is Super Cool


Best Coast

NME has come out with their annual "Cool List" and listed Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino as the #4 Coolest Person in music, ahead of Kanye West, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Jack White and even Lady Gaga. Wow! Best Coast is currently on tour with stops at the sold out dates at The Troubadour next weekend and they're also opening up for Weezer at The Gibson Amphitheater November 26th and 27th. They then will head to across the pond for their European Tour.

Here's an excerpt from NME's Cool List:

"Whether she’s single-handedly resurrecting bubblegum grunge-pop for the Twitter generation or skinning up massive doobies, Beth Cosentino oozes slacker style. The true embodiment of California cool – and by that we mean she’s the absolute antithesis of Katy Perry..."




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Monday, November 8, 2010

UME @ 3 Clubs

UME's Lauren Larson performs at 3 Clubs in Hollywood.
UME's Lauren Larson performs at 3 Clubs in Hollywood.
photograph by picksysticks



UME's Lauren Larson performs at 3 Clubs in Hollywood.
UME's Lauren Larson performs at 3 Clubs in Hollywood.
photograph by picksysticks


"Hi, we're UME," lead singer Lauren Larson says with a barely there whisper before launching herself into a full spazmatic musical attack. UME? Oh my!

This power indie trio tore up this tiny stage Thursday night at 3 Clubs in Hollywood. Which explains why earlier, bassist Eric Larson placed Lauren's microphone stand off the elevated platform and then positioned himself as far right as the stage would allow him. Lauren, the petite tsunami that she is, needed all the space available. Hair whipping, body flailing, she played fast and loud. This night, they're the featured artist on The Rumble West Coast Tour with L.A.'s own The Smiles.

UME performs at 3 Clubs Hollywood.
UME performs at 3 Clubs Hollywood.
photo by picksysticks



UME performs at 3 Clubs Hollywood.
UME performs at 3 Clubs Hollywood.
photo by picksysticks



UME (pronounced ooh-may) brings the pop-aggressive sounds of the Pixies with the edgy rawness of The Breeders. A big part of that sound comes from Lauren's lush vocals and fierce play on guitar – from the hauntingly melodic "Sunshower" to the unforgiving yet infectious "Conductor," UME creates catchy and snarly melodies that makes you wonder why we haven't heard of these guys west of the I5 freeway.


"Conductor" by UME.
directed by Paul Raila


UME is no secret east of L.A. The Austin darlings have been around since 2002, brewing excitement in the Texas music scene with electrifying shows around town and, most recently, at SXSW, CMJ and Fun Fun Fun Fest. They just released their Sunshower EP last year to rave reviews, topping many reviewers' lists. As one reviewer put it quite nicely, "UME is all about Lauren's ability to make her voice go from virgin to whore in a matter of moments..." My thoughts exactly.


UME performs "Octupus Hands" at 3 Clubs.
vid by 405east


Remaining tour dates:
11/7 – Bunkhouse, Las Vegas
11/8 – Burt's Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque, NM
11/27 – Antone's, Austin, TX
1/21 – Granada Theater, Dallas TX
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

SOME HEAR EXPLOSIONS @ The Roxy

Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions
Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions
photo by picksysticks



Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions


At one point in their set, Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions seemed to apologize before singing their next song, “Beep” for being one of their "ballad’ songs. But by the end of the night in front of a sold out crowd at The Roxy, it was obvious to everyone that there was no need for an apology.

Like Leigh’s ever changing hair styles, you never know what to expect from Some Hear Explosions. Last year, S.H.E. was making a name for themselves generating buzz around the LA music scene with their electrifying live shows on the Sunset Strip. Now, with the release of their highly anticipated debut album, It’s Our Time Now, they’re finally showing the rest of the country what the hype was all about.

With the attitude of Garbage and hypnotic melodies of Portishead, Some Hear Explosions do have a sound all their own. Overlap their music to any X-Games slo-mo montage and you get a sense of what Some Hear Explosions sounds like – a whole lot of danger mixed in with the euphoria of flying high. It's also how S.H.E. plays - adrenalin-fueled with no safety-net. The confines of the stage couldn't even keep lead singer Leigh from jumping into the crowd, nor the crowd from jumping onto the stage and dancing.

Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions
Some Hear Explosions performs at the Roxy.
photo by picksysticks
Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions
Some Hear Explosions performs at the Roxy.
photo by picksysticks


In the short time that they've been together, Some Hear Explosions already play like seasoned veterans and it shows. In the hour set made up of Leigh (vocals), Bay Dariz (guitar/vocals), Alex Gallner (bass) and Joe Herrera (drums), SHE showcased Dariz's edgy guitars that cut like thorns on songs "Baby Won't You Kiss My Lips" and "Explode" while also showcasing Leigh's velvety vocals on ballads "Beep" and "Shotgun Romance." It’s this delicate transition from hard rock to beautiful ballads to electro/pop that makes Some Hear Explosions appeal to their fans. Their night ended with the first song Ambre and Bay wrote together, "It's Our Time Now," the fist-pumping , stadium-ready anthem that got the crowd into a frenzy and wanting more.

Some Hear Explosions perform "It's Our Time Now" at The Roxy
vid by 405east

Some Hear Explosions perform "Beep."
vid shot by 405east

Some Hear Explosions' homecoming show was their final show in what was their first U.S. Tour that took them cross country in over a month. It what was surely a grueling tour, S.H.E. actually looks forward to doing it again next year.

Setlist (Oct. 30 / Roxy): Explode, All Your Gravity, Give/Take, Shotgun Romance, Beep, Hell A, Baby Wont You (kiss my lips), Mysterons (Portishead cover), It's Our Time Now.
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EMII RELEASES "MR ROMEO" FEATURING SNOOP DOGG


This week, Emii and Snoop Dogg are scheduled to start shooting the music video for Emii’s new single, “Mr. Romeo”. The dance pop sound of Emii is joined with the legendary West Coast hip hop styling of Snoop Dogg. The S-N double O, Mr. Romeo, raps his usual raunch, “Chocolate dog, how’d it taste?” Tha Doggfather still without limits. Fo Rizzle! Snoop has already this year been featured in songs with Katy Perry, Dr. Dre, Curren$y, and Australian singer, Jessica Mauboy. He is also in the works of the sequel to Doggystyle with the new album set to be released in 2011, entitled: Doggystyle 2: The Doggumentary.


“Mr. Romeo” is now available on iTunes and Amazon, just released last week! The music video is scheduled to premier mid-November, but may be bumped to early January. For now, there is a teaser video on YouTube having the entire track with on-screen lyrics over a behind-the-scenes photo shoot with Emii. There is also the thirteen track, “Mr. Romeo: The Remixes”, that include acclaimed DJs Seamus Haji, Mike Rizzo, and others giving "Mr. Romeo" a unique spin on club mix, dub mix, radio edit, and even instrumental. Collect all of “Mr. Romeo” and stay tuned for the new video featuring Snoop Dogg. Keep updated with Emii via www.emii.net. “Ya digg icing on a cake babybaba!!”
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