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..

Friday, December 31, 2010


Sarah Jeanette of The Mulhollandsby JPegg

Call them The Mulhollands. They look like an estranged set of delinquents from different cracked paths that led to the same winding road they now travel together with their well-groomed Hollywood Walk of Fame in the shady side of town sound, where millionaires smile on billboards above bus stops, pawnshops, and liquor stores. A band of five misfits kicked to the counter culture curb of Los Angeles .

There’s Sarah Jeanette, that looks like she would’ve been a burned out waitress at a truck stop by now if she didn’t black glitter herself in the slim, curls, and tattoo trails, and sing her refreshingly minty vocals while finger punching her lunchbox keyboard. She’s a black-eye punch with a soft caress. On lead guitar, there’s the can’t keep still or two feet flat, Matt Fuller with his live jolt flash looks and sounds of Punk, Rockabilly, and Calvin Klein, in his nicely pressed glam, hair spikes, and gloss polished Texas belt buckle medallion of a guitar. He looks as sophisticated as chrome rims with no tires on a cruising pearl Beemer. On bass is the Asian IT tech geek resembling, Jeff Mizushima, with computer monitor shaped black rim glasses, and seems hoped up on floods of energy drinks, orange sodas, and corporate database hackings, forever trampoline head bouncing. Their drummer, Rich Berardi, looks like he just got off his overtime floor shift at a mall working holiday hours with customers mopping him ragged with their trivial questions about sales and prices. He releSarah Jeanette of The Mulhollandsases a frustration on drums that he could only show as a smile to others at work. Oh, then there’s that one rhythm guitar guy, Murray Foretich.
He’s the scruffy straight collar hippie looking guy that adds subtle surprises and spice to marinade the harmony.

They set the mood like a potpourri brush fire on the hills of Mulholland Drive that bellows of fragrant colored smoke across the skyline to give a rose lens view of the Hollywood sign, while stuck on the outskirts looking up at the enormous houses deep in the hillside, passing guarded gates and holding up a thumb with all possessions in hand. So close, no trespassing, though the star map says you’re at your destination. The Hollywood life filled with cigarette butts floating brown in bitter coffee.

The Mulhollands
released an EP in 2007, entitled “With Our Eyes Closed.” Supposedly, however, somebody left the band and took songs with him. Those sounded too rehashed generic pop ‘80’s anyway. They got him replaced, pushed forward, dropped the pop corny bop, and added definition and sophistication with a West Coast tint of grit and seduction. Years in the making, they just returned from their first tour, they’re on the list: Music Connection: The Hot Live 100 Live Unsigned Artists and Bands, and they recently released their first album out now: “Oh My!”

"Fascination" by The Mulhollands from their first full-length album "Oh My!"


Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Bullet and Snowfox's Kristen Wagner
Kristen Wagner of Bullet and Snowfox perfrom at Boardner's HollywoodKristen Wagner on vocals is Snowfox. Josh Shapiro on guitar is Bullet. Matteo Eyia on drums and von Luxxury on bass fill the “&”. Together, they are Bullet & Snowfox! At least that's the way it was live with Wagner, the sly cuteness with frisky vocals, and Shapiro, gunning big caliber with guitar. Bring loud the hot dance BPMs. They were in their hometown rainbow strobe wildness at Wednesday’s Club Moscow in Hollywood. No escape when Wagner ear locked the crowd with her cosmic electric lightning. Feel the drug come alive. Dance fury. Like a bottle of strawberry soda shaken and popped. Fun filled fizz of sweetness. Pop Rocks tingling the blood with bursting sensations.

Bullet & Snowfox staged their live energy outside in the cigarette and candle filled fountain patio atmosphere, while short skirt ladies on boxes inside the club danced to the DJ. The beats pumped from interior to exterior to interior, floods of electro through every orifice. A flirty filled eighteen and over party that happens every hump day at this place. Lush, plush, and elixir delight under the solar particles of color. Bring a flyer before ten-thirty or get on the guest list and it saves ten in the pockets. Lines go fast. Nights last long.

Debut music video from Bullet & Snowfox performing "Neurotic Nancy."

Monday, December 27, 2010

QUEEN KWONG @ Boardner's Hollywood

Carre Callaway of Queen Kwong
Carre Callaway of Queen Kwong plays at Boardner's Hollywood.
photo by picksysticks

Queen Kwong is Carré Callaway in her darkest place, meat grinding her living nightmares into lyrical sound seizures. Stew in some hate molten Nine Inch Nails, suicide raw Nirvana, and torturing screams from the burning inferno fit into a female frame of femme fatale, the result will be a Queen Kwong live performance. It was as if a demon thought it was a good idea to posses her, until she shackled it inside her and only allowed its broken black to be released through her seething vocals and steel scrapings on guitar. Institutionalized her horrors within and used it to create her sound. Each song like a deadly ooze of stained memories, torn love, rotting heart spoilage, and other personal sewage. It appeared that if she spotted a former nightmare alive in the crowd, she would have jumped stage with teeth turning fangs before sucking withered the victim’s soul and veining its strength for her next song. It felt unsafe to have the railing not be a cage with her exorcising convulsions of emotions on stage. Broken glass madness filled her eyes with each spit of lyrics as though every part of her body was simultaneously being steel pierced and tattoo injected. Underneath, pure soft torment, an emotional suppression of awaiting a death row sentence for the lovers she hacked with the poetic instrument she now strums, waiting in a cell or a straight jacket whistling a soft kill, or live on stage as she was this night. It is not heavy metal stabbing bash and bang, but rather a gut stab, a slow twist with a jagged rip through the thumping heart, and a sweet kiss good night. Queen Kwong sounds of a restless female spirit slain by the wretched.

Queen Kwong performs at Boardner's Hollywood.
video by 405east

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

DOLLYROTS "Messed Up Xmas" Video

Here's the new Dollyrots video for their holiday song,"Messed Up Xmas." This was part of a contest entry in which the lyrics were suggested by the fans. Now you can see if your entry made the final cut! You can also download the song right HERE. Here's Kelly explaining on their blog the process of writing this song:
"We recorded the song in my living room last weekend in 1 1/2 days with Luis at the helm. Once we finished up it was so much fun we were inspired to make you a video to go along with it! We used nothing but the junk around my place, our iPhones, some rum, Quito, two Macs and an mBox to do it all. Hope it brings you some holiday cheer. Rah Rah!

We love you guys! For real, not drunk dial, "I love you man." Hope you have an awesome holiday season and may next year be the BEST EVER for all of us! We're working on a ton of new stuff for you and coming up with new ways to interact so please keep an ear, eye or antenna out for all that new stuff! And of course we'll be making the rounds on the road again and can't wait to see your wonderful faces."

Monday, December 20, 2010


Just watch the video below from Aja of Nico Vega for FREE STUFF!!!!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

SO AND SO @ Hotel Cafe

So and So's Brandon Rogers and Amie Miriello perform at The Hotel  Cafe.

So and So's Brandon Rogers and Amie Miriello perform at The Hotel  Cafe.
So & So's Brandon Rogers and Amie Miriello perform at The Hotel Cafe.
photo by picksysticks

The Hotel Cafe was the perfect setting for my first So & So experience, the new Los Angeles-based band from singer/songwriter Amie Miriello. It's been a long adventure for Amie, her musical journey spanning over a decade and around the country and ending up in Los Angeles where she joined up with American Idol alumni Brandon Rogers. Rounding out the rest of the band is Raisin Higgins, Adam Hanson and Bana Haffar.
So and So's Amie Miriello perform at The Hotel Cafe.
Showcasing songs from their upcoming debut album, "ASAP," So & So, with diverse musical backgrounds, embodies the sound of classic Americana, fusing folk, rhythm & blues and rock. . It's hard not to take your eyes off of Miriello. Her fiery on-stage presence along with her smoky voice makes for one hot performance. And if Miriello is the fire, then Rogers is the ice. Rogers is Mr. Cool on the keys and his refreshing, soulful vocals compliment Amie's. But even though their melodies are simple, their songs will stay with you long afterwards.

Rogers, you probably remember for being the first singer kicked off Season 6 of American Idol. But before Idol, Rogers was touring and singing with Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. He met Amie at one of her shows and soon enough, his band was opening up for her at Molly Malones in the heart of Hollywood.

Miriello's journey was a long one. It’s been about four years since Miriello fronted the indie-alt band Dirtie Blonde and toured with the likes of INXS, Gavin DeGraw and Nick Lachey. Not long after, she went on her own and released her own solo album, "I Came Around," to rave reviews.

Now, with their debut-album expected to be released next year and an upcoming tour, So & So hopes 2011 will be their breakout year.

So & So perform "Broke."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

THE DOLLYROTS' free new song "Messed Up Xmas"

Kelly Ogden of Dollyrots
The Dollyrots' Kelly Ogden
file photo by picksysticks

THE DOLLYROTS want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas by releasing a new holiday song called, "Messed Up Xmas" which you can also download for free by clicking HERE. This was part of a contest entry in which the lyrics were suggested by the fans. Now you can see if your entry made the final cut!

Also, Blackheart Records have released a holiday album, "A Blackheart Christmas" which includes The Dollyrots, Girl in a Coma and Joan Jett covering your favorite holiday classics. You can purchase the album HERE.

The Dollyrots' new album, A Little Messed Up, would also make a good stocking stuffer this holiday season. Their song "California Beach Boy" is also up for 2010's Coolest Song In The World by Little Steven's Underground Garage. Be sure to click HERE to vote.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Cyndi Harvell

By JPegg

The Introduction: Cyndi Harvell, a singer-songwriter with a Deep South , Georgia origin of fried catfish, grits, and sweet tea, just released her second album and called it “From The Echo.” The music blooms with Southern accents, including hers, a slide guitar, and sometimes a banjo. She explains it as “an album about freedom and release and moving away from the things that hold us back towards the things that give us hope.” Harvell’s angelic voice has that feel of hope, freedom, and release, while the ominous devil wan of the slide guitar lingers close. Each song aspires to spread her wings to escape from the grasp of the worldly evils. Being a musician is difficult, she is often filled with doubt while pursuing forward as if it is her only nature. Her poetic lyrics express this persistence. The following are Cyndi Harvell’s “From The Echo” album of eleven songs in order with eleven possible lyric interpretations about her struggles and wonders of being an independent artist:

1. From The Echo:
The musician thing is tough, a turbulent task, but Harvell will not giving in “until the walls cave in from the echo.” She will do until she cannot do no more. She will starve through the slow movements and fight against the wind, the crowd, and the negative noise. She is a soldier in endless battle, in war with the self, others, and surrounding temptations, often stuck on waiting for the next inspiration, idea, with fear that it may not appear again, but the tighter she holds firm to her aspirations, the greater she desires to not let go. She will create her art until it destroys her, self-sacrificing.

2. Lighthouse: Harvell uses a lighthouse as metaphor for her music: “Oh, lighthouse. Ah, burning sound. Oh, I found a way around.” Her music is a beacon to herself and others. Music is her form of art that has helped to find meaning within her and can help others as well. Though, she has lost faith in the human race, she is uncertain if she sings because her hate for society inspires her or she hates the way it is, but cares enough to attempt to change things. She is a lighthouse not only for those that are lost at sea with themselves, but also for those that feel content yet not right in heart. Her music is her light and she shines it bright for anybody that desires to listen.

3. Middleman: “I am the middleman, laying down the road for your false starts.” She draws a line between the pros and cons, as if it will easily decide if she should continue. It is ridiculous. This is the doubting center of being an artist. There are no clear and distinct lines or paths for this craft. Concrete logic is a hindrance. There is no black and white answer to decide if her art is good or bad, meaningful or useless, purposeful or not. There is no true form to prove an artist. Others place a value upon it when it is priceless. The pressure of attempting to categorize, label, and market the artist causes the artist to doubt their work and capabilities. Artists may fool themselves not to be artists when they start drawing that middle line.

4. Northbound: It is about being careful to have a unique idea in life. Once a genuine idea takes form it becomes like a cloud that is always above, never falling, always headed “Northbound.” It is also about keeping up hope, keeping the spirit lifted. There will be losses and distractions, but keep heading in the positive direction. It is also about doubt, which is like an idea in
the opposite form. Once doubt enters the thought, it will constantly hinder the will, “don’t say the wrong words now.” It is about the highs and lows. Uniqueness has its consequences. The artist makes a choice to keep moving toward the vision or fall away and be safe. It is easier to conform to a system than to stay original. However, the artist that conforms ceases to be a truthful artist.

5. Loaded Question: “I’m a loaded question. I’m a loaded gun.” This is also about self-doubt of choosing the less traveled path. Do not try to stop and question the choice to continue searching for the end of the rainbow. Although the purpose is often a thought, there should not be moments of indecision of letting go. Do not question to be an artist or not. Keep on the steady stride, though it may sometimes feel like self-punishment, do not stop and rest and wonder if it is time to call it quits. Doubt only serves as an artist killer.

6. Off Chance: Do not let others decide what is best for an artist’s art. Whether others see the work as good or bad, do not let them sway the vision. Once again, it is the line between the two, trying to make an exact decision of what is the right thing to do, “in the off chance that I might be a little wrong.” It is as though others think they know what is best for her. She tried as an artist. Now others feel it is time to fail and adapt to safer prospects. She feels the strain. She wants to be normal, but at the same time, she does not want to give up. She is different. She is an artist and knows she can never be normal. It is the super hero no longer wanting the super powers. Being different is lonely,
but being the same will make her feel unfaithful to herself.

7. Eye of a Needle: “I’ll be your cliché anytime.” She knows she is another typical struggling artist with woes, doubts, and dreams. She is the typical country girl that packed for the city lights in hopes for stardom. It is not an original story or scenario. She sold her stuff, left home, and headed for the big city for success. It is not certain whether she considers herself a cliché success star, or a cliché starving artist. She is not the first, last, and there will be endless others like her.

8. Break For It: “Heads turned, we go for it, call out and we ignore it. This is my break for it.” This is her escape from the normal. She feels imprisoned. Her pent up frustrations finally takes hold of her mind and releases in an escape. Once again, she is uncertain if it was the right thing to do. “You make your mistakes, I make my clean breaks. High fives and handshakes all around.” She compares others’ mistakes to her escape. Others that are with her accept her for what she has done, but somewhere inside she feels that it may have been a mistake. She is now in an unfamiliar and unsafe environment, far from feeling home. She got away, but uncertain if it was the right action. She planned her prison break and destination, but not the connection between. It is like the prisoner obtaining freedom, but lost on finding a path, because prison life beforehand had forced a path without free decision. There must not only be a plan for the break, but a planned opportunity, not just hope of finding a line to sign before money and luck runs dry.

9. The Underside: “I’m on the underside of it all and it wants to know what I’m made of.” She has achieved freedom, but now is on the journey to discover her calling. She throws herself under the spotlight platform, open and exposed. What side will she show? The pressure is upon her to prove herself or to find herself. She attempts to express, but at the same time is lost in her voice. It is the struggle to discover and uncover the meaning, finding answers in the abstract. It is the perspiration in the inspiration and not letting doubt dry out the search. The artist never knows where the next idea will come from, as if stuck in the underside of the unknown until it does seed the mind. An artist is in endless search for meaning and understanding to express truths when found.

10. Like a Whisper: “Like a whisper we let a little bit out, the unheard, like a whisper.” Facts fill life and often one does not take the time to decipher its meaning. Artists see the facts, read between the lines, and release a truth as art that others often understand like a whisper. Artists hide revealing truths about life in their art. They do not pound it over the head of others. They say here it is in a form of a song, a painting, words, or any other form of art, but one must look closely to find its meaning, to find it is possibly an answer to life’s big question, or a comment on it. It is up to the accepting to decipher meaning and not expect the artist to divulge answers. It is as though the answer has transferred to the art and no longer with the artist. Question the art, not the artist. Look and listen close to understand what the art is attempting to whisper.

11. Afterlife: “I got this thorn in my side and there’s nothing I can do, no, nothing I can do, no. If I take it out I would die, but I’m afraid of the afterlife, the afterlife.” Being an artist is a constant pain, like wearing a crown of thorns to be king, but she is also afraid of what she may become if she does not travel her chosen path. A king without a crown is just a man. She without her art will cease her to be. Things are not going as she hoped and thought. Now it feels like a burdening pain she wants to get rid of, but afraid to do so, for she is afraid she will wither. Without her art, what will be left of her? Her creative talent is now but a thorn that brings her pain, but it is her only gift. She looks for love or another focus different from her craft, so that possibly she can escape the pain. She has not given up, yet, but that is only because she is afraid to do so, for there will be nothing left for her except the afterlife, the death to inspiration.

In Conclusion: This album appears hidden with woes, doubts, and regrets of her decision to become a musician in the big city, but she continues to persevere. The album title “From The Echo” is initially confusing, because as the title track states, “We will ride it out until the walls cave in from the echo.” Has the echo caved the walls in on her or did it inspire her to create this album? Is the echo her voice or the voice of others? There are abundances of irresolute questions and answers found in her confound poetic lyrics. Maybe it is a matter of what it means to the listener, and not what it actually says, like a whisper that the ear does not hear complete with the listener filling the gaps. She creates the maze for listeners to turn into a quest to search within themselves. She has clues to help find answers. However, does she have the answers to these clues? She, too, may be uncertain. Maybe it is not what we make of her music, but rather what we take from it.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

THE MEMORIALS debut single "We Go To War"

Nick Brewer, Viveca Hawkins and Thomas Pridgen of The Memorials.

In 2009, Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen turned his attention to forming his own group, focusing on collaborating with other musicians with diverse styles. What he came up with was The Memorials. Alternative Press Magazine got an exclusive premiere of their video for their debut single, "We Go To War" which is off their upcoming self-titled full-length album which is available January 18th. AltPress also reports that they'll hit the road and tour next month with Just Like Vinyl. They hit The Viper Room in Los Angeles on Jan. 19th, a day after their album drops.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

KITTEN residency at The Echo

Kitten's Chloe Chaidez and Max Kuehn
Kitten's Chloe Chaidez and Max Kuehn.
photo by picksysticks

Since the release of their debut EP album in October, "Sunday School," KITTEN has been in the news a lot lately. Just this month, Sunday School has been named on the Best of 2010 List by The Album Project. And Verbicide Magazine just gave Kitten's EP a rave review. Below is an excerpt but you can read the entire review HERE.

"Chloe Chaidez, at a shocking 15 years old, carries the song, with a powerhouse voice complete with small bits of Bjork-like spurts. Chaidez’s voice is a reaffirmation that the vocal cords are as much an instrument as the guitar or drum." - Verbicide Magazine

And now, there's news of KITTEN recording new demos for the next album. YAY! They already premiered one new song, "Taste Like Sugar," which is available for free download on their myspace page or just click HERE for the link. And tonight, they complete their month-long residency at The Echo. It's a free show so be sure to check it out. If you can't make it, then you can catch them Wednesday night at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach. It's should be a great show.

Kitten performs "Kill The Light."

HE IS WE debuts at #6 on Billboard's Heatseeker Chart

Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly of HE IS WE
Photo Credit: Jade Ehlers

TACOMA, WA - Right out of the gate, HE IS WE not only wowed critics who's reviews have been overwhelmingly positive but also their fans who bought their debut MY FOREVER (Motown Universal/FrameworkNY). Released digitally on November 22nd, first week sales of the album garnered them a #6 debut on Billboard's "Heatseeker Album Chart" and #96 on the "Digital Album Chart" as well as peaking on iTunes' "Pop Album Chart" behind Ke$ha and Rihanna and ahead of P!nk and Bruno Mars. To date, the online album plays for My Forever on PureVolume is approaching close to 350,000 in just ten days' time. In their review of the album, Alternative Press said that the album is "big enough for live sing-alongs and sweet enough to soundtrack next year’s prom." Lemonade Magazine called it as "an excellent album that is a must have for any music lover out there." Opines, "If you love sweet, straightforward, melodic pop music, you owe it to yourself to listen to He Is We." The band is just as proud of their album as well. "We have 10 songs on the record that we couldn't be more proud of," says guitarist Trevor Kelly. "The response from our fans has been the best part."

The first single, "Happily Ever After" will be impacting AAA radio on January 11th. The immediately infectious track offers a glimpse into the source of her unconventional songwriting and the tricky interplay of words. "I love rap and hiphop," vocalist Rachel Taylorsays quite surprisingly. "Jay-Z is a huge inspiration. Rappers inspire the way I write my lyrics. Everything they write is so real, everything they rap is so raw. It's something they've lived, and that's exactly how I want to write. The rhythm and the rhymes are so powerful." Equally surprising is Trevor's inspiration for his intricate guitarwork. "If you listen to our music, you can tell Trevor loves metal. He uses alternate picking and everything is played in dropped D tuning [alternate tuning style in which the lowest string is tuned down one whole step]. You can hear it most when we go into halftime. All he learned musically comes from metal."

My Forever is the culmination of the last two amazing years in the life of the two friends who met in a music store, wrote a couple of great songs that got them crowned as PureVolume's #1 Unsigned Artist of 2009, and signed a major label deal - not too bad for these modest kids from the Pacific Northwest.Salt Lake City Weekly correctly called the band "a true internet success story," while AbsolutePunk chimed in their album review: "For just a debut record, My Forever has set He Is We up for greatness.”

My Forever was produced by Casey Bates (Chiodos, Portugal. The Man, Foxy Shazaam) and Aaron Sprinkle (The Almost, Eisley, Pedro The Lion, Mae), with additional recording done in New York City with Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson).


Monday, December 6, 2010


Joan Jett and the Blackhearts has announced tour dates which begins later this month. They also make their way to Australia playing the Marion Bay Falls Music & Arts Festival, Lorne Falls Music & Arts Festival, Busselton Southbound Music Festival and the Brisbane Susnet Sounds.

12/18/10 - Miami, FL Magic City Amphitheatre
12/30/10 - Tasmania, AUS Marion Bay Falls Music & Arts Festival
12/31/10 - Victoria, AUS Lorne Falls Music & Arts Festival
01/02/11 - Busselton, AUS Busselton Southbound Music Festival
01/06/11 - Brisbane, AUS Brisbane Sunset Sounds
01/07/11 - Sydney, AUS The Annandale Hotel
01/15/11 - Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest
01/22/11 - Carlton, MN Black Bear
02/20/11 - Tampa, FL Busch Gardens

Friday, December 3, 2010


BEST COAST, WAVVES - Got Something For You

TARGET has a gift for you this holiday. They're offering free orignal holiday music from great indie artists! THE CHRISTMAS GIG cd includes 14 songs and is being offered as a free download HERE featuring Los Angeles' own Best Coast and The Wavves! Other artists include Little Jacie, Natalie Hemby, Crystal Antler, Jenny O and Bishop Allen.

Here's the full track listing: (click HERE to listen to each track)
GUSTER - Tiny Tree Christmas
DARKER MY LOVE - Snow is Falling
NATALIE HEMBY - Perfect Gift
CRYSTAL ANTLERS - 10,000 Watts
BISHOP ALLEN - You'll Never Find My Christmas
JENNY O - Get Down for the Holidays
LITTLE JACKIE - Ms. Claus Ain't Got Nothin' On Me
BLAZER FORCE - Electronic Santa
BEST COAST, WAVVES - Got Something For You
COCONUT RECORDS - It's Christmas
THE PINKER TONES - Super Mama (Supermom)
CECI BASTIDA - Un Regalo Para Mi

One side note: Also it includes Blackalicious' song "Toy Jackpot" from that funny Target commercial with those kids on Christmas morning ripping up their presents! One of my favorite commercials this year so far which you can see HERE!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Jennifer Quiroz performing at The Roxy
Jennifer Quiroz performing at The Roxy.
photo by picksysticks

As the curtains rose revealing a singer on stage, holding a guitar almost as tall as her, Jennifer Quiroz proves that big things come in small packages. I stumbled upon the gem that is Jennifer Quiroz performing at The Roxy last Monday night. But this was no ordinary night, it was Jennifer's birthday and what better way to spend your birthday than performing at the The Roxy on the famed Sunset Strip. There was also cause for more celebration too. Earlier this month Jennifer found out she was named as one of ClearChannel Radio's "New! Disocover & Uncover Artists To Watch,". Her debut EP, And So I Sing, was just released earlier this year. Six tracks of personal and intimate songs sung by someone who's lived through each harrowing and blissful experience. At least, that's what it sounded like. She's that good. Sounding like someone who had to grow up really fast, Jennifer's honest lyrics are brought to life by her catchy melodies in a way that doesn't make it sound phony. Yet onstage, she retains that youthful innocence who enjoys everything that life has to offer and transforming her performance into what felt like a special, intimate and private jam session.

In a year since she's released And So I Sing, Jennifer has been adding to her resume. Most recently, she won the "In Search of a Song" monthly Searchlight Songwriting Contest for her song, "Crash." In September, she was featured on SoCal Sounds on BreakThru Radio highlighting LA artists. Her song "The Greatest Good" has been featured on Ghost Whisperer and she was nominated for a 2010 LA Music Awards Triple A Artist of the Year Award. Wow. If she's able to accomplish this in one year alone, there's no telling what 2011 has in store for Jennifer.

Jennifer Quiroz sings "Time After Time."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

POMPLAMOOSE's "Up On The Housetop" in new Hyundai car commercials

Pomplamoose sings "Up On The Housetop."

"Deck the Halls"

Happy Holidays! Spreading holiday cheer is Bay Area band Pomplamoose. You might have seen them recently on television while eating turkey this past weekend. They’re featured on the new and very festive Hyundai car Christmas commercials singing "Up On The Housetop," "Jingle Bells," and "Deck the Halls."

Before they were spreading holiday cheer in your living rooms, Pomplamoose were already internet YouTube sensations garnering millions (yep you read that right – MILLIONS) of hits off their self-made videos singing cover songs of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” and Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” while putting their Pomplamoose twist on them. Even though droves of viewers watched their videos, Pomplamoose, made up of Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn, have reportedly made no hard copies of its albums; no CDs have been printed, making their living on sales, having sold about 100,000 songs last year.

Pomplamoose and Richmond's Book Drive.

Anyways, Pomplamoose has created a Christmas album which you can download. Is there a catch? Yes, but it’s a really good one – by supporting the Richmond Book Drive by purchasing a book for students on the wishlist on Once you’ve completed your order, visit the THANK YOU page to download Pomplamoose's Christmas Album which includes the song from the Hyundai commercial. Since yesterday, through all your generosity, the Book Drive has recieved over 1,000 books!

"Single Ladies"

"Beat It"