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..

Monday, March 28, 2011


Kaile Goh
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Kaile Goh performs at Saint Rocke.
photos by picksysticks

At only 15 years of age, Los Angeles singer/songwriter Kaile Goh is quickly making a name for herself. With a dedicated following, Kaile's fans, numbering in the thousands, have mostly come not through touring but through her performances on YouTube. With nearly a million views off her videos, Kaile began getting noticed from her raw and acoustic videos she posts on her YouTube page, most notably, her acoustic mashups of Beyonce & Boyz II Men, Blink 182 & Death Cab For Cutie and inspired covers of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," and Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi." Her latest cover, "F*** Perfect" by Pink has already been viewed over 500,000 times.

Kaile Goh performs a mashup of Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" and Boyz II Men "Water Runs Dry" with Paul Dateh

Signed with LAVA/Universal Republic, Kaile just completed recording her debut album with David Bendeth (Paramore, Taking Back Sunday and All Time Low) which drops later this year. Earlier this month, Kaile, with a full band, previewed songs off her upcoming album at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach. And this Thursday (March 31st) , Kailie Goh is playing KROQ's Locals Only Show at The Roxy on the famed Sunset Strip with Dynamite Walls and Heartstop & Ringside. Below is an acoustic performance of "Gold," which is expected to be on her new album. What do you think?

Kaile Goh performs "Gold" featuring Paul Dateh.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Greta Valenti and Robin Davey of Well Hung Heart
WELL HUNG HEART are Greta Valenti and Robin Davey

Last time we saw Fuji Minx’s Greta Valenti, she was stirring up controversy and got banned from YouTube with her single, “The Music Made Me Do It,” which was deemed 'inappropriate' for its anti-Pope message after being viewed over 12,000 times in two days.

Now, a brand new website recently popped up last month revealing Greta’s brand new venture fronting the new band Well Hung Heart with Robin Davey.

This duo just made available their 4-track Rehearsal Tapes: Vol. 1 which was recorded live with no overdubs. And if you’re expecting the polished, shiny arrangements you’ve come to know from Fuji Minx, think again. The rawness of these tracks bleeds scratchy blackness and grainy snuff film-esque melodies sweeping like a darkening nuclear plume cloud of acid and black-tar rain. From the addicting post-apocalyptic sounds of “This Is Not Love,” to the heavy guitar driven “Bullshit,” Well Hung Heart’s grittiness shines through the rustic and dark world they’ve created.

"This Is Not Love" by Well Hung Heart

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Alexx Calise
by JPegg

White cloud puffs filled the sky like lost sheep. It was a beautiful day with a gentle breeze foaming the waves and rustling the palm trees, though an ominous flocks of black birds swarmed above. On a hilltop, a Godzilla green ’65 GTO hardtop with a charcoal grill and air snout as mean as the monster itself, sat still in waiting with chrome wheels glistening. It was aiming down a long stretch of road that cut through a perfectly trimmed hillside of green, ending at the gates of mansion basking at the edge of a cliff, armed with guards.

Inside the vehicle, hands stretched on a pair of black leather gloves, then adjusted a Kevlar vest over a slim black tank top with breasts. Between her skintight black leather pants, sat a paper grocery bag full of grenades. In the passenger seat down to the floorboard next to her, there was a variety of weapons, including handguns, a sawed-off shotgun, and a few automatic weapons sizing from an Uzi to an AK-47. In the back seat in reaching position was a box of loose dynamite sticks. She had found his stash of weapons supplied to the lookouts, and from one of the guards, got an intimate lesson on how to use them. From where she sat now, their black outfits made them look like roaches infesting the property. It did not matter where they were at, she was going bull rush head first through the front iron gates. That was the simple plan of attack.

She did not feel like listening to Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, or even Nine Inch Nails. She did not want to be listening to any guys at all at this moment. Instead, she pulled out her personal favorite little beknownst album that had an injection of all those other bands combined, but with a female lead instead. It was not Evanescence. That was opera music compared to what she dug out from the glove box full of bullets. She gazed at the woman on the CD as though it was her own reflection, the chilling pale beauty with shadowed eyes, kiss of death red lips, and streaming blood and black hair. It was the In Avanti album from Alexx Calise. It was only coincidence that they both had the same first name. Alexx blew off the gunpowder, kissed it, and slipped this mood enhancer into the deck. It was the appropriate choice of music in her condition to flame the anger in her eyes alive and crank the burn in her blood.

The back-story to all this was that a weathly man stole her heart and gave Alexx everything, except his heart in return. He had given his heart to himself, which was his illegal empire, though she was unaware of it until the diamonds and soft luxury felt phony, when none of his love was attached to it and only confetti cash behind the sparkle. Alexx felt fooled, her man turning her into a trophy woman for banquets, personal get-togethers, company outings, and bedroom releases, glittered up like a favorite dog on a diamond leash. It took a summer in The Hamptons, her birthday, the seasonal holidays, Valentines Day, and about two months after, near spring, when she realized that gifts, false hopes, or promises this man only ever gave was meaningless compared to wanting to be loved as Alexx loved him. She was not going to be his play toy any longer. She was going to explode in and take her heart back.

She reached for a pair of black metal sunglasses hanging on the rearview mirror. She slid them on, adjusted the mirror, adjusted her looks, and rolled her lips.

The key turned the ignition. The beast awoke under the hood, giving a sudden roar, then settled into a smooth rumbling purr. The monster was ready to stomp. She kissed a cigarette to her lips, lit the fuse, and sucked a long sizzling inhale. It was for the dynamite. She wrapped her hands on the steering wheel, gripping tight, knuckles burning white, feeling the muscles strain into pain. She waited for the jolting emotion of anger to strike the gas. Then, suddenly, she relaxed, letting free the wheel, as if the anger just switched off. It didn't. She removed the key from the ignition. The beast went dead.

The cigarette tossed out. The driver side door opened. A pair of black heeled steel buckle boots stomped pavement. She thought the mansion was too perfect, like a perfectly frosted wedding cake. She felt she had to finger the icing a bit, ruined it, before crashing down upon it.

"Break Me" by Alexx Calise

She popped the trunk. The lid creaked wide open. She started throwing everything out, which included three fur coats, one with tags still attached, two jewelry boxes that broke open with gems scattering like marbles, four designer handbags, five pairs of heels, and a bunch of other gaudy trinkets. Then she found it, cradled in a coat of cream white mink. She unwrapped the item. It glowed a grin on her face. She lifted it from the fur and held the grenade launcher to her shoulder. Ridiculous. It looked like an oversized, giant barrel, Tommy gun.

She swung it around, clicked the safety lever revealing red, took aim through the scope, and yanked the trigger. The gun thumped her like a rag doll, but she stood firm and resolute in her target. She yanked the trigger a half dozen times, shifting slightly with every recoil. The icing exploded off the immaculate mansion, quickly, like a sand castle being kicked. Bodies in black flew. Pillars tumbled like towers, bringing the gate down with it. A palm tree blew out from beneath, toppling itself crashing through his favorite ocean view window. One blasted the master bedroom, leaving privacy in pieces. And for good measure, she decimated the cupid ivory water fountain that took up half the front lawn, breaking free a waterspout that streamed high above the black and burning blaze. She smiled at that, then slung the empty gun atop the pile of luxury road kill.

She got back in the beast, picked up the small Uzi, top cocked it, and shot up the front window. The glass riddled and cracked, but did not shatter. She reached up her boots and kicked out the safety glass. The shooting range was open. She cocked all her guns and fired up the animal.

And into the flame she rode the beast like the second coming of vengeance. The song, “Break Me,” played loud as she yelled, “You aren’t gonna break me, now!”

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Queen Caveat's Lauren Little
Lauren Little of Queen Caveat
Queen Caveat's Lauren Little
photo by Picksysticks

This year's South by Southwest will have a lot of talented groups representing Los Angeles . Earlier this month, The Mint along with High Voltage Magazine, presented a kick-off show for some of the best local acts heading SXSW. Queen Caveat, Dead Sara and Little Red Radio were some of the acts who performed before making their 1400-mile journey to Austin Texas.
Dead Sara's Emily Armstrong
Recently named as one of the top bands to watch, Queen Caveat makes their first trip to SXSW performing in at least six shows throughout Austin . One of the hardest working bands in Los Angeles , Queen Caveat just released their debut EP Emptor and now are currently working on their full length album which is expected to drop by the end of the year.

Also on the bill this night was the high energy foursome, Dead Sara who also made their way to SXSW. Dead Sara, getting ready to release their debut record this Spring, have been leaking songs, teasing us of what’s to come. After listening to the slow-burning to wailing-outcry “Weatherman” and stadium-rock anthem “We Are What You Say” we can’t wait for this album to finally be released.

"Cigarette" by Queen Caveat
vid by 405east

"Weatherman" by Dead Sara.
vid by 405east

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

OH LAND's Debut Album Out Today

Nanna Oland Fabricius is OH LAND.

Today, OH LAND releases her self-titled debut album. Originally from Denmark, Oh Land's songs are a visual storybook of dreamlike soundscaping with rich imagery of lush melodies. Get hooked on her first single "Sun of a Gun," a multi-layered sonic dance song or the infectiously sweet "White Nights." Hoping to make waves here in the States, Oh Land moved to New York to finish recording with help from Dan Carey (The Kills & Franz Ferdinand) and Dave McCracken (Depeche Mode, AFI and Beyonce). A self-booked tour of the US and performances at 2009's SXSW put her on everyone's radar, especially Epic Records who eventually signed her.

"I want my music to feel like 2050 meets something really classic, like meeting a stranger that feels as familiar as an old friend," says Oh Land.

And if you're in Austin, Texas this week, you're in luck. Oh Land is again playing a few gigs at SXSW. Go get your tiks now and you can get her album right HERE!!!

"Sun of a Gun" by OH LAND.


Bullet & Snowfox
photo by Brian Thompson

Hey guys! Check this out. Bullet & Snowfox just released their new song "Bad Days" as a free download. They're currently working on their EP which we can't wait for. Click HERE for the freebie!!!

After dancing your ass off listening to your free download, you can check out their debut music video for "Neurotic Nancy" below.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

RAW: ARTcade @ Playhouse (Hollywood)

Electric Valentine's Lauren Baird and Chris Qualls
Electric Valentine's Lauren Baird and Chris Qualls
photo by picksysticks

by JPegg

Some use a form of canvas, others use a microphone, and those in fashion tend to prefer live models to hang their vision rather than upon a wall. It is always amazing to see the different outlets and forms that an artist uses to vent. RAW: Hollywood presents ARTcade at the Playhouse on Hollywood Boulevard displayed a diverse ensemble of such talent. ItElectric Valentine's Lauren Baird was fitting too, that the event was at the historic Fox Theatre, converted this evening into a cocktail attire hot spot for artists to come together for showcase and celebration.

Gallery art filled the main floor, above the bar, along the stage, near the restrooms, simply everywhere. Canvas art in the lounge balcony had its own DJ and light accompaniment. There was no real unifying theme to it all. Each work had its own voice, almost like a silent protest to whatever the artist was rebelling against. Paintings, photos, mixed media, and even color pencil drawing stood pensive. Each piece had its own personality, almost like a cast of characters in a circus freak audition. It stood as though it was mingling with the people, having silent conversations with those that took a moment to absorb the image. Each image was saying something, and likely something different to everyone. That is the wonderment about art, the artist places the voice out there, and often times, each person understands its language skewed to one’s own perception. The art itself can even fool its creator. The quiet subconscious undertones such things reveal and bring to light.

Live music performances were three female fronted bands from Los Angeles: Electric Valentine, Nylon Pink, and Ultraviolet Sound. Stage host between sets was an exuberant Mr. Bradshaw, with his laughable karaoke, quirky dance moves, and high-pitched attitude that made him a likeable event mascot.

Electric Valentine's Lauren Baird
Electric Valentine's Lauren Baird and Chris Qualls

"We Are All On Drugs" by Electric Valentine
vid by 405east

Electric Valentine was his first introduction. They were dance pop love with a simple message, “We are all on drugs,” as vocalist Lauren Baird wore her torn tee into tank-top D.A.R.E. shirt of the 80’s. Not what kind of drugs, life itself and each of its experiences is a drug, needed to survive with the addiction to breathing. EV’s music is a little bit darker love drug, electric chair valentine would be close, but a bit too morbid sounding, considering they are not a metal band. They instill more of a jolting feeling, like a hypodermic needle with a plug. A needle riddled arm of high voltage happy injections, looking bad with rolled up sleeves, but misunderstood by those that do not feel. A sort of Valentines Day romance in a storm, as two lovers try to shelter under a box of chocolates and a dozen useless roses, not yet realizing that the thrill of running the wet streets together and finding a corner out of the rain creates the real attraction. Electric Valentine is that kind of amphetamine.

Nylon Pink's Kitt Katt and Kaila Yu
Nylon Pink was an Asian invasion version of Spice Girls. They were five women of fashionable style, each with their own visual personality and instrument, aiming to please, of course, with their musical talents. Lead vocalist Kaila Yu strutted appeal high and tight, the bright sunflower in great spirits to fluff up the tongue droppers. Lead guitar Kiki Wongo pinged strings while dressed as space girl in an asymmetrical reflective moon blue and gold outfit. Kitt.E.Katt on bass high styled it up blonde, looking like an Asian comic book pop Barbie doll. Genn Ung on rhythm guitar was the badass punk rocker of the group with colors covered in black, bringing the bad attitude of steel toes that kicked the crowd roaring. Jamie Scoles in the far rear looked like a carefree schoolgirl dropout that threw away her books and instead, picked up sticks, and turned banging on bleacher to banging on drums. All together, Nylon Pink had the look of five drama-loaded models of fashionable sexuality.
Ultraviolet Sound's Sarah Hudson and Sami Diament

Ultraviolet Sound was dance pop perversion on display. Sex shop red head, Sarah Hudson, led with her sensual vocals and sexual raunch, groping her breasts, stroking her microphone cock, and spreading her all to the crowd. Brute, untamed, physical, chains and whips, tie her up, zipper her mouth, and stay clear of her crotch for she warns, “My pussy is as tough as nails.” Their dance beat is like interrupted sex, pulling out and holding it to keep it from exploding, then sliding back into sweat lubricated, skin friction, rhythm. A raw, carnal, yet survival instinct feel. An unromantic, unattached, hardcore violent lusting transformed into sound. After she drained her vocal throbbing fluids of desire, Hudson slowed it for a tender cuddling with Strawberry Fields Forever, a cover of a song by The Beatles, but UVS transformed it into a rendition silken towards red lipstick strawberries and soft shaved fields. Hudson gave her all to all with a vibrating sex rated performance without the threat of STDs. Barely legal, unprotected dance grooves.

Ultraviolet Sound's Sarah Hudson and Sami Diament
Ultraviolet Sound's Sarah Hudson
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"Suck My Kiss" by Ultraviolet Sound
vid by 405east

After the live performance release, there came the women in fashion with models, slender, tall, in beautiful varieties as though they were wild flowers of heaven, or stepping out of a style magazine. Throughout the evening, like the gallery art showcase, the clothing designers and hair & makeup stylists had these models on display, getting ready for the climax runway show, making last minute touches and clothing adjustments, while posing for photographers and friendlies. It was the backstage revealed in the open, nothing obscene, but definitely revealing in their swimsuits, heels, and petite outfits that made them look like Hollywood’s midnight blossoming rose gardens, as though these lovelies were the coveted few protected from the thick moist smell of a strip club atmosphere. During the fashion walk, every model did not have the runway walk perfected, not stiff and robotic like moving mannequins, but rather each with their own fragrant and lustrous attitude of gliding grace, stomping temper, or smooth like the look of sweet pudding as they trailed one-by-one across the stage and down center through the photographers and applauding onlookers. It was a highlight display of society’s female form of perfection dipped in art.

The show was soon over. Done was the RAW showcase. Playhouse quickly turned into an after hours dance club. The models, designers, artists with their art, and photographers cleared away for the those that wanted to just dance, mingle, hook-up, and yell over each other with a sloshing glass in their hands. These late night loud flooded in as if they were raiding and looting, making it the opportune time to take one last collective glance and exit.

JESSIE J "PRICE TAG" SONG IN NEW UK Style French Connection Commercial

That gal you hear singing "Money, Money, Money" is London-based singer Jessie J who once lived here in Los Angeles. The song is called "Price Tag" and is the theme to the newest commercial of UK Style by French Connection. The collection can be found at and at over 500 Sears stores nationwide. If you don't recognize her, you've probably heard one of her songs. She wrote Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA, " and has also written for Chris Brown and Britney Spears. Jessie just appeared on Saturday Night Live on March 13th. Her debut album "Who You Are" will be released here in the U.S. on April 12. The video for “Price Tag” holds the #1 spot on VEVO with over 16 million views, bringing JESSIE's overall YouTube/VEVO video views to over a staggering 50 million. The clip was also chosen as iTunes’ ‘music video of the week’ earlier this month.

UK Style by French Connection lands at Sears.
"Price Tag" by Jessie J. featuring B.O.B.

Official music video for "Price Tag" by Jessie J. Featuring B.o.B.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Hey Monday

Hey Monday premiered their new video for "Candles" today on JustJared. "Candles" was originally from their 2008 album Hold On Tight and now, they've re-recorded a new version and released it as an EP last month. Also, we've just heard that Fox's Glee will cover "Candles" on their show on March 15th!! How Cool Is That!

Currently, Hey Monday is on the road supporting the Dirty Work tour with All Time Low. They hit Los Angeles' Club Nokia April 12th!



Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Boy, do I love this band. He Is We just released their new video for "Happily Ever After" off their debut album, My Forever. He Is We are currently on tour and reach SoCal later this month at Chain Reaction in Anaheim on March 17th and Thousand Oaks' Teen Center on March 18th.

"Happily Ever After" by He Is We

Remaining Tour Dates:
03/09 Dallas, TX @ The Door
03/10 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
03/11 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
03/12 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
03/13 Albequerque, NM @ TBA
03/15 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
03/16 San Diego, CA @ The Epicentre
03/17 Anaheim, CA @ The Chain Reaction
03/18 Thousand Oaks, CA @ Thousand Oaks Teen Center
03/19 Stockton, CA @ Plea For Peace Center
03/21 Portland, OR @ The Hawthorne Theatre
03/22 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

Saturday, March 5, 2011


ARTCADE'S monthly showcase event took place March 3rd at The Playhouse in Hollywood with performances by Electric Valentine, Nylon Pink (pictured below) and Ultraviolet Sound. The night ended with a runway show featuring swimsuit designs by Soluvlee Designs and Anna Fanosyan of Anelka (pictured below).

RAWartists hand-selects and spotlights independent artists in visual art, film, fashion, music and photography in hopes to provide artists with the resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity so they can be exposed to the public.

Nylon Pink
Nylon Pink's Katt LeeKaila Yu of Nylon Pink
Katt Lee and Kaila Yu of Nylon Pink
Genn Ung of Nylon PinkKiki Wongo of Nylon Pink
Katt Lee of Nylon Pink
Anna Fanosyan of AnelkaAnna Fanosyan of Anelka
Anelka's Anna Fanosyan

Friday, March 4, 2011

KITTEN @ The Roxy

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Chloe Chaidez of KITTEN opens up for Young The Giant at The Roxy.
photos by picksysticks

Shy is not a word to describe Kitten – the five piece band fronted by 16-year old Chloe Chaidez. And if you’ve seen Kitten perform in the past, then you’ve come to expect Chloe’s seizurastic bouts of energy onstage as if excorcising the musical rock demon inside of her. Last Saturday was no exception. A packed Roxy Theater was there to witness this ritual rite unleashed in the form of a heavy landscaping of raging guitars and emotional melodies that had Chloe jumping off speakers and writhing onstage.

"Baby Come Home" by KITTEN.
video by

No pop songs allowed this night. These kids know how to put on a rockin’ set. Their 11-song, 40-minute set included songs form their critically acclaimed debut EP Sunday School. A nice blend of ordered chaos with melodic hypno tracks like "Kill the Light," "Catholic Boys," and "Johnny" to the sonic thundering blasts of "Kitten With A Whip," and "Chinatown." But the real treat is watching the ease in which Kitten transitions from depressingly moody to banshee Wolverine. Throw in their renditions of "Transmission" by Joy Division and The Cure's "Boys Don't Cry" and you've got a confident and polished set by these tween veterans of the stage.

Chloe Chaidez of Kitten
Chloe Chaidez of KITTEN performs to a sold out Roxy.
photo by picksysticks

And although it isn’t wrong to call them a young band, their sound is far from sounding like those teen alterna-pop bands who feel right at home playing high school Sadie Hawkins dances. Too cool for school. They’re the outcasts, the kids in the back of the classroom thinking of skipping their next class while the other kids plan the next spirit rally. Their ages could be a blessing or a curse. And in this label-minded industry, it's hard to place them in a particular category. They sound too mature for their age but could be too young to be taken seriously. Currently, Kitten are working on their first full-length debut album due out this summer. Also, they return to SXSW March 18th when they at Buzznet's Kiss Me Deadly party showcasing all female-fronted bands. Until then, they continue to tour with Young The Giant.

Remaining Tour Dates with Young The Giant
MAR 5 Fitzgerald's Houston, TX
MAR 6 The Loft Dallas, TX
MAR 9 The opolis Norman, OK
MAR 10 Sticky Fingerz Little Rock, AR
MAR 11 Exit/In Nashville, TN
MAR 12 Vinyl Atlanta, GA

KITTEN @ Casey's Irish Bar
KITTEN @ Detroit Bar


Kristina Allison of Kristina and the Dolls
Kristina Allison of Kristina and the Dolls performs at The Cat Club during the Sunset Strip Music Festival.
photo by picksysticks

We first saw Kristina Allison last August at night two of The Sunset Strip Music Festival. Back then, she was fronting The Paper Dolls. Recently, they changed their name to Kristina & the Dolls. Now, they've just released their debut album, The Human Condition from Lakeshore Records AAAAAND they've just released a new video for their song "Be Mine" which is featured in the new film "Beastly" from CBS Films. How cool is that?!! The film comes out TODAY and stars Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens.

"Be Mine" by Kristina and the Dolls from the "Beastly" soundtrack.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sara Bareilles' New "Uncharted" Music Video

"Uncharted" by Sara Bareilles.

Sara Bareilles, currently on tour with Maroon 5 just released her newest video, "Uncharted" from her latest album, Kaleidoscope Heart and it has a plethora of cameos including Josh Groban, Pharrell Williams, Ben Folds, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Vanessa Carlton, Tegan & Sara, Adam Levine, Ryan Tedder and that YouTube lip-syncing kid Keenan Cahill.