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..

Sunday, January 30, 2011

HIGH KICKS @ CLUB MOSCOW

When Maxi Wild grabbed the guitar and stepped to the mic, it was like awe yeah, time to rip it up. Take a deep breath and wham! Skate or die. Shred the chords. Tighten the noose. Ride punk rock angel wings burning to earth through the thunder and lightning blur. Slap time and bend gravity. Break the pavement as if it was a road to nowhere. Coming through - useless barricades - coming through. Unstoppable. Spark the butane torch blue, needle point the burn, and make permanent marks. No ceremonies required. Trample the red tape and tear lines apart, break them all. Adrenaline can’t be canned. Wait for nobody. Pressure crammed to stress fracture limits. Normalcy ripped out of order and caught fire in the punk chaos mayhem. High Kicks slamming knuckles in the circle pit of life.

When the guitar took a rest, Maxi snatched the microphone from the stand. No more standing still. No more hand tremors pulsating the chords. It was time for Maxi to strut her wild. Electronic beats started up. Sean Gone on bass guitar kept the deep boom and Jimmy James went raving on drums. Now time to dance. The aftermath cinders set the atmosphere to release the body in grooving commotion. Confuse the muscles twisting and turning. Movement in one direction is already going in another. The body flows to each its own limb. Lights craze with color as hair flips and circuits the mind. The songs are longer. It’s a celebration. The other side of the rush. This is the release. Now fully charged. It’s time to move the body and feel the flow of vibrant life. High Kicks on the Crayola of joy dance floor.

The dual personality sound of High Kicks makes them rad to watch live. It’s punk jams or dance beats. Punk jams jolts the energy like shock paddles, a quick charge, while the dance paces the body and numbs the thoughts, as though becoming one with the vibe, feeling the energy’s smooth, seemingly ceaseless, dissipation. Then Maxi kicks up the guitar and sticks the fork in the socket again!

High Kicks will be displaying their two kicks of talents every Friday night in February at 5 Star Bar in Downtown Los Angeles. Oh dang, I need oxygen.
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LONELY TREES NEW "FLUTTER" VIDEO


Lonely Trees
photo by Yasu Tanida

The last time we saw Annalee Fery, she was very pregnant and fronting Los Angeles' hauntingly electro/rock band Monsters Are Waiting. That was back in 2008. Now, she has joined Lonely Trees, a collaborative group with former Campfire Girls's singer Christian Stone. Drummer extraordinaire Amy Wood also joins the group. She used to drum for The Dollyrots and also, currently drums for All Wrong and the Plans Change. (Either that or "Amy Wood' is a popular name for drummers). Anyways, here's their new video "Flutter." You can catch them when they play live February 6th at Bardot's Hollywood.


"Flutter" by Lonely Trees
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RESCUES PERFORM "We're Ok" at The Troubadour


Rescues perform "We're Ok" at The Troubadour.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

PIXIKILL'S OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR "CHAMELEON"

PIXIKILL'S Jewel and Blaire Restaneo
Pixikill's Jewel and Blaire Restaneo

Jewel and Blaire Restaneo. Remember their names. Still in their teens, the Restaneo sisters are already Hollywood veterans. Chances are, you've already either seen them or heard them. Both have starred on Broadway, have been featured in numerous national commercials and appeared in television and film. On the music front, the duo has already recorded a few albums, even donating all their proceeds to Childrens Hospitals.

Now, they look to solidify their names in the music world with their new venture fronting the band, Pixikill which infuses grunge with the electro-pop sounds of the 80’s. And if their debut single is a taste of what’s to come, then they’re certainly on their way to achieving superstar status. Harnessing the energy of Paramore with the attitude of Avril Lavigne, “Chameleon” is their buzzing pop debut single littered with infectious melodies. With bruising guitars and soaring vocals, Pixikill aren't the run of the mill girl-pop band. They play well beyond their years with a polished sound that should put most debuts to shame. Rounding up the band is Chris Norwood (guitar), Victor Trevino (bass), Mike Kim (drums) and Corey Waters (keys). They're gearing up for a tour this year as well as releasing their first full-length album. Can't wait!!


Pixikill's offiical music video for "Chameleon."
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

IYEOKA's "SAY YES" VIDEO


Iyeoka

I just stumbled on this beautiful song by Iyeoka (pronounced: ee-yo-kah), a Nigerian-American songwriter/poet who channels the soul of Nina Simone and the spirit of Tracy Chapman. The song is called "Say Yes" of her new album of the same name. And only two months since its release, another one of her songs, "The Yellow Brick Road," has become the official theme song for USA Network's show "Fairly Legal." It has also been featured on HBO's "How To Make It In America" which is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg.

Daughter of Nigerian born parents Iyeoka was a practicing pharmacist before launching her career as a poet, performer, songwriter and activist. Iyeoka’s work as an artist and an activist has garnered her praises and accolades from all over the world. In 2009 Iyeoka placed 2nd at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship and was a 2010 TED Global Fellow. She has toured in support of artists such as Femi Kuti, Zap Mama, Soulive, was featured on the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and has performed nationally at the TBS Trumpet Awards, the Sullivan Honors Awards at the Kennedy Center and Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on HBO.



Iyeoka's single, "Say Yes."
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

HELLO WEEKEND! HERE'S A VID!

Here's the newest single, "Hello," featuring Canadian electropop group Dragonette from producer & French DJ Martin Solveig.

"Hello" by Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

COACHELLA DATES AND LINEUP ANNOUNCED

Women again will rock this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival held April 15-April 16th. Best Coast, PJ Harvey, Robyn, Lauryn Hill, Warpaint, Marina and the Diamonds, The Kills, Erykah Badu, New Pornographers and Joy Formidable (to name a few) are scheduled to perform at this three day festival. I already requested my vacation held in Indio California. See you guys there!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

PRETTY RECKLESS TOUR KICKS OFF IN L.A.


Taylor Momsen of Pretty Reckless.
photo by Picksysticks


THE PRETTY RECKLESS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE TOUR IN SUPPORT OF DEBUT CD, LIGHT ME UP -- TOUR KICKS OFF FEBRUARY 11TH IN LOS ANGELES

Posted 1/18/2011 by Interscope Records

THE PRETTY RECKLESS
, fronted by Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen, hits the road in support of their full length CD, Light Me Up available digitally February 8th on Interscope Records. Runner Runner support The Pretty Reckless on their headline tour which commences February 11th in Los Angeles concluding March 20th in Hartford, CT.

Light Me Up debuted on the UK’s rock chart at #1, spending 6 consecutive weeks at the top of the chart. The single debuted on the main chart at #6. The Pretty Reckless performed at this year’s Bamboozle Festival and on the entire nationwide run of this year’s Vans Warped Tour. Rollingstone.com picked TPR as one of the five breakout bands to watch at this year’s festival and Spin.com called Momsen’s songs “pretty kickass.” “The girl can really wail, singing with a remarkably raspy, world-weary howl that’s worth taking seriously.” The video for the focus track, “Just Tonight” can be viewed at http://bit.ly/JustTonight. The songs are all written by Momsen, her producer Kato Khandwala (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, All Time Low) and guitarist Ben Phillips.

Momsen is the face of Madonna’s “Material Girl” clothing line sold exclusively at Macy’s. In addition, Taylor is the face of John Galliano’s newest fragrance “parlez-moi d’amour” (Talk to me about love – http://bit.ly/TaylorJohnGalliano

Check out TPR on the road:
February 11 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
February 12 San Diego, CA Soma Sidestage
February 14 Scottsdale, AZ Martini Ranch
February 17 Austin, TX Stubb’s
February 18 Houston, TX HOB Bronze Peacock
February 19 Dallas, TX House of Blues Cambridge
February 20 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory
February 22 St. Louis, MO Firebird
February 23 Indianapolis, IN Earth House
February 24 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room
February 25 Niagara Falls, NY Hard Rock Café
February 26 Toronto, ON Tattoo Rock Parlour
February 27 Montreal, QC La Tulipe
March 2 New York, NY Santo’s Party House
March 3 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
March 4 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
March 10 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
March 11 Columbus, OH The Basement
March 12 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
March 13 Pittsburgh, PA Club AE
March 16 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
March 17 Vienna VA Jammin Java
March 18 Asbury Park, NJ Wonder Bar
March 20 Hartford, CT Webster Underground


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BEST COAST New "Crazy For You" Video

ICANHASCHEEZBURGER got the exclusive premiere of Best Coast's new video "Crazy For You" featuring kittens and cats galore!!!

Best Coast "Crazy For You"


Friday, January 14, 2011

MAD PLANET: Gliese 581g EP REVIEW


MAD PLANET
photo by Bholanath Photo

Gliese 581g (pronounced “glee-zuh”) is a recently discovered planet way beyond our solar system, but very much like Earth. The planet is nestled nicely in a star’s “habitable zone,” like the location of our Earth in relation to the sun. Therefore, it is considered a Goldilocks planet. That means conditions on Gliese 581g are “just right” to possibly support life. It falls into the middle of the two extremes, perfect conditions, like the little girl’s preferences in Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In a sense, Gliese 581g might possibly be our New Earth. Just a bit of science fact or fear.

Gliese 581g is also the title of the new EP released by the Los Angeles based band, Mad Planet (Cooper Gillespie: bass, vocals & Greg Gordon: drums, keyboards, guitars). The four tracks are first releases from their upcoming album entitled: The Goldilocks Zone. The astral sounds of Gliese 581g are currently streaming and FREE DOWNLOAD on madplanetmusic.com.

There is a certain planetarium, star gazing, essence to EP Gliese 581g, as if a visit to Los Angeles’ own Griffith Observatory was part of the inspiration, relaxing, meditating, watching the heavens rotate above Mount Hollywood. It has a more delicate essence than the dark shadow crawl feel of their debut album, All Elephants. It is more of a lost in space, star cluster, free float between darkness and light. A fire ball massive in size, light years away, yet only as bright as a twinkle in the eye. A whole world of emotions hidden beyond what we actually see in that glimmer. The empty space inside us with its little bursts of bright hope, possibly love, possibly anger.

In a recent Filter Magazine interview, Mad Planet describes Gliese 581g:

“We are releasing an ep later this month called Gliese 581g. It is named after the planet, Gliese 581g which is perpetually light on one side and dark on the other. Lyrically the songs on the ep deal with the conflict between the light and the dark inside each of us. They are more moody and atmospheric than the songs on our previous album.”


"I Want You" by Mad Planet
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Monday, January 10, 2011

THE TERRAPIN Residency @ Casey's Irish Pub

Echo Park band The Terrapin continues their residency at Casey's Irish Pub this Friday...and every Friday this month! They just released their first ever music video for the single, "Birth Cake" directed by Donovan Vim Crony, off their EP Kill the Terrapin which you can see below. And expect a new album called Inner Machine which will be released at the end of the month.


the Terrapin's "Birth Cake"



Tuesday, January 4, 2011

NICO VEGA'S NEW ALBUM OUT NOW: Nico Vega Covers Nico Vega and Rod Stewart

Aja of Nico Vega.
Aja of Nico Vega.
photo by picksysticks


Fresh off being named The Roxy's Top Band of 2010, Nico Vega has just released their newest EP Nico Vega Covers Nico Vega & Rod Stewart which is available now only at NicoVega.com for only $5.99. The 6-track EP is a collection of re-imaginings of their own songs as well as a cover of Rod Stewarts, "Young Turks."

Track listing:
1. Million Years (Electronica)
2. Young Turks (Rod Stewart)
3. Beast (Folk Blues)
4. Gravity (Acoustic)
5. So So Fresh (Outlaw Country)
6. Wooden Dolls (Acoustic)


Nico Vega performing Rod Stewart's "Young Turks."
vid by 405east

Sunday, January 2, 2011

NICO VEGA, NIKKI AND RICH: ROXY'S TOP BANDS OF 2010

Nico VegaNikki and Rich

The Roxy on the famed Sunset Strip just released it's Top 5 bands of 2010 and Los Angeles local Nico Vega was voted #1. Also on the list and coming in at #4 was Nikki & Rich. We love these bands and couldn't agree more with this list. You can check out Roxy's #1 band when Nico Vega plays Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach January 28th.

Here's the list:
1. Nico Vega
2. Far East Movement
3. Saint Motel
4. Nikki & Rich
5. Crash Kings





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