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..

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

TERRA NAOMI AND LELIA BROUSSARD @ APPLE STORE (Santa Monica)

Terra
Terra Naomi performs at the Apple Store Santa Monica.

I was able to catch a back-to-back, double-billing of Lelia Broussard AND Terra Naomi last week at Santa Monica’s Apple Store and then the next day at The Hotel Café! Holy One Two Punch Batman! Both are making news this past month, each one touring for different reasons.

Terra Naomi at Hotel Cafe.Lelia Broussard at Hotel Cafe.
Both Terra Naomi and Lelia Broussard performed at Hotel Cafe this past weekend.
photos by Bored4Music


For Terra Naomi, she was celebrating her release of her newest album, “To Know I’m Ok" which she released independently. Terra, who shot to stardom in 2006 when she uploaded a video of her singing "Say It's Possible" on YouTube and went viral. Over a million hits for an independent musician when YouTube was basically at its infancy was unheard of at the time. It led to Terra getting a record deal at Island Records and, among other things, performing at Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 people for Al Gore's Live Earth concert which, in turn, was broadcast to millions of people around the globe.

"You For Me" official music video by Terra Naomi.

Now, her latest release brings her back to her do-it-yourself roots enabling her the freedom to create her type of music that's not controlled by the record label machine. She found it also bridges the gap between her and her fans, allowing her to interact and engage with her fans on a more intimate level. And what she has to show for it is "To Know I'm Ok," a slow burning wild fire that engulfs with heartfelt emotions and, like a mesmerizing flame that dances seductively, Naomi's powerful vocals sparks from the ashes of fragile subtlety to rising phoenix. "You For Me," the fun pop opening track is a great re-introduction to Terra and, as a tribute to her fans that made this album possible, Terra asked fans from all of the world to send in their photos which she included in the official music video.

The rest of the album is Terra at her best. Often times, songs ripple with simple melodies highlighting her operatic voice that crescendos to rising, sweet arrangements. Terra's strengths are her ability to translate complicated feelings and turning them into beautiful songs that leave her bare and vulnerable. Listen to "I'm Not Sorry" about having an affection for someone in another relationship. With "Everybody Knows," "I'll Be Waiting" and "Someday Soon" it feels as if she's turned her inner feelings into a musical diary that only we are privy to.

This is Terra's first full-length album since 2007's Under the Influence from Island Records. She left the label a year later. And after listening to this album, it sure sounds like she made the right choice. She made this record by partnering with Pledge Music, a leading direct-to-fan platform for raising funds. Yep, this album was funded entirely by her fans. And you fans can check her out when she begins her free summer residency next month at Malibu Wines. Or you can watch her at my favorite venue, Hotel Cafe, on August 4th.

Lelia Broussard on the other hand is weeks away from finding out if she'll adorn the cover of Rolling Stone as part of their Choose The Cover Contest. Voting ends July 1st and the winner will be on the August 18th cover of Rolling Stone. (Click HERE to vote) Recently, Lelia just performed at this year's Bonnarro and later, she met up with Lady Antebellum who offered Lelia words of encouragement and guidance working in the music biz.

Lelia Broussard sings "Turn Me On" during her Apple Store performance.

Her new album, Masquerade touches on familiar themes we can all attest to. She's a fresh face with an even more refreshing sound. Her tunes, classic rock pop songs that are infectious and tender to the soul are like the ray of sunshine caressing the skin, the golden radiance that shines before nightfall and the warm sunset signaling the end to day you'd wish can last forever. Be sure to pick up the August 18th issue to see who made the cover. The winner (hopefully Lelia) will be announced and make their television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon August 1st. So get out there and vote!
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Monday, June 27, 2011

METROMIX: 25 HOTTEST ARTISTS UNDER 25


Metromix New York just published a list of the 25 Hottest Artists Under 25 and joining that list that includes powerhouse artists such as Adele, Florence and the Machine, Jessi J and Taylor Swift are Los Angeles locals KITTEN and Zola Jesus. Of the 25 artists featured, 9 are women. Musicians who were specifically picked by Metromix were chosen based on present accomplishments and future potential while predicting their relevancy 10 years from now. Click HERE to see the FULL LIST. Did your favorite band make it? Below are a few highlights with video evidence.


Led by 16-year-old singer-guitarist Chloe Chaidez, this L.A.-based foursome—none of whom are older than 23—make quite the precocious racket, evoking everyone from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to the Killers to their fellow Angelenos Rilo Kiley with a sound that’s sleek and glammy but still rough around the edges. (read more)

"Chinatown" by KITTEN

A classically trained singer who turned from opera to rock music while she was in college, Nika Rosa Danilova has one of those voices that almost seems too big for her slender 22-year-old frame to contain. After turning a few heads with her 2009 debut, “The Spoils,” which she recorded alone in her Wisconsin apartment, she returned in late 2010 with her first proper studio album, “Stridulum II." (read more)

"Sea Talk" by Zola Jesus

Although she just turned 20, singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz is a veteran of the Texas folk and bluegrass scenes, earning accolades for her mandolin and banjo skills since the tender age of 12. (read more)

"Edge of a Dream" by Sarah Jarosz.

This Ohio native was only 15 when she home-recorded an EP that found its way into the hands of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. With Auerbach acting as her producer and mentor, she’s since recorded two full-length albums...(read more).

"Kiss Me Again" by Jessica Lea Mayfield.

This 24-year-old Philly native was waitressing in Beverly Hills when her song “Jar of Hearts” was picked to run on an episode of the hit reality show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Perri isn’t the first unsigned artist to land a song on primetime television, but something about her heartbroken yet defiant piano ballad struck a chord with listeners. (read more)

"Jar of Hearts" by Christina Perri
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

WILD FLAG'S NEW SINGLE "ROMANCE"


Wild Flag

Sleater-Kinney alums Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss return with their newest venture, Wild Flag along with Mary Timony (Helium) and Rebecca Cole (The Minders). Their debut album is expected to be released September 13th but they’ve debuted their newest single “Romance” this past weekend which you can hear below! They’re currently on tour and will make their way to SoCal when they play the Troubadour Novmeber 2nd.


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Monday, June 20, 2011

20,000 ATTEND MAKE MUSIC PASADENA 2011

Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino
Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino performs at Make Music Pasadena.
photo by picksysticks

by JPegg

Now, to the heart of the matter. It was Make Music Pasadena in Old Towne Pasadena. One Saturday, June 18, 2011. A day packed music heavy, like an all-you-can-listen buffet with multiple stages of flavor and heapingMake Music Pasadena 2011 varieties from which to select. In the span of eleven hours, ten female fronted bands were covered.La Sera's Katy Goodman

It was an hour past noon, when La Sera turned the streets loud as they were the first band to perform on Indie Rock Stage. This was the main stage that shut down traffic for a whole block on East Colorado Boulevard. Katy Goodman (Vivian Girls, All Saints Day) fronts this flower wilting, lullaby-sounding band. Her voice eases like a mother rocking her baby on a rowboat in the middle of a lake, being soft, caring and gentle, as she watches a spouting fountain in the hull of the boat, sinking the two slow, into the depths of darkness. A strange mood to begin in such a sunshine open afternoon.

Things continued to get bizarre when next, Ketchup Soup was found performing in the mural painted cubby alley of Majestical Roof. The area was like being swallowed into a canvas of red walls, oversized anatomy, twisted mind vines, with a pin-up calendar of accordion babes for sale and the hungering sounds of Mrs. Hobbs and Lovemando. Their character resembles a Tom Waits devil on guitar and a sinful Eve on a sighing accordion. Rucksack instruments, yet not needing more to lyrically story tell of whiskey devil folktales.

Ketchup Soup
Ketchup Soup
Mrs. Hobbs & Lovemando of Ketchup Soup performs at the Majestical Roof stage.
photo by picksysticks


In the shady breath of a tree, it was off to see Alison Standish start the music in Mercantile Alley. No art or nature beyond the humans and music here, only a coffee shop, patio furniture, and a parking garage for backstage, smog filled, ambiance. She sounds of an acoustic church choir soloist backed with a jingle of jazz. Right after her was live looping and toy piano performer Eliza Rickman. Her performance was as if she was a delicate orchid rooted in a crack in the alley as passerby peoples and unwanted noise pollution trampled her radiance. Street traffic and radio music flooding from an open back door bar made her moody dark whispers and instrumental tinkering delights feel like a lonely child lost in the big city.

Alison Standish
Alison Standish plays at the Mercantile Alley during Make Music Pasadena.
photo by picksysticks

Eliza Rickman
Eliza Rickman between songs during this year's Make Music Pasadena.
photo by picksysticks

That big city was crowding to see Best Coast at the roadblock Indie Rock Stage. Their performance started thirty minutes late because security could not handle keeping the fire lane (a path through the street) open and clear of clogging people. It wBethany Cosentino of Best Coastas an extra thirty-minute of the host telling the roadside to clear out, or no band. The annoyed waiting, cooked in the street. Eventually, the AM radio, surf rock sound of Bethany Consentino was able to ripple her oohs and ahs between those lyrics of helpless hopes and unsatisfied dreams, a releasing feeling of a brooding girl at the beach clothed in sweater thick black, thinking of going for a long swim out to sea.

The leather drying heat soon settled into a chilly evening breeze after her performance. It was then back in search for that Mercantile Alley one last time to see Portraits. This band disregarded what was happening around them and seemed to enjoy brawling loud among the bustle. They were so rugged that their raw brute emotion would hold up in a biker bar on the outskirts of the desert. Portraits have that sound of endurance that they been kicked to the alley and survived many times before.

Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast
Best Coast performs at the Indie Rock Stage.
photographs by picksysticks


Night fell. The main stage was dead as One Colorado Emerging Artists Stage came alive in the evening. It was a tree centered, open courtyard area filled with foldout chairs, and surrounded with candle dinner restaurants and other gourmet priced eateries. But here a person can settle under the night with an alcoholic drink in hand. Here, Jenny O had the stuff to make children get up and dance. It was as though she was the pied piper, but with a good heart. The music sounds of a happy family car ride commercial coated with a sentimental holiday Christmas carol. There is a warmed hearted singing-in-the-rain pureness. A little in the gloom, but not going to let herself down attitude. The life lemons into lemonade hope. Fresh squeezed positive sunshine if given a chance.

Jenny O
Jenny O
Jenny O at the Emerging Artists stage during Make Music Pasadena 2011.
photograph by picksysticks

At the Lineage Performing Arts Center, Michelle Bloom on acoustic guitar alongside a fellow cellist performed in the dance studio filled with a seated calm listening group. This was a break from the outside traffic. In this cozy intimate place, Bloom settled and soothed the emotions like a long day’s hike that destinaMichelle Bloomtion ended here in a refreshingly cozy cave with a hidden waterfall spring. The sliding bow across the cello was a therapeutic muscle relaxer in itself. A mellowing performance, like the day of sunburns was now being soothed with pine meadow fragrant lotion. A momentary ease to recuperate with a hot slow sip coffee.

The final two performances seen for the evening had an angelical haunting to them. First, it was back to the Emerging Artists Stage to witness Zola Jesus. Spiritual Goth. Robed in white yet wrapped and shredded like a mummy. A risen mummy with a white cloak and a melting halo. Is she here to save us or lead listeners into temptation? Her feather soft ghostly voice was somewhat of a restless enchantment, like a feeling of a soul living forever, but arrested in the sounds and confines of a rusted and forgotten industrial factory. The caged angel with clipped wings.

Zola JesusZola Jesus
Zola Jesus performs at the Emerging Artists Stage during 2011's Make Music Pasadena.
photos by Picksysticks

Ending the evening that near took it to midnight was the performance by Robotanists. They sound like Radiohead replaced with a female lead singer. The instrumental to their song “Wait a Minute Here” feels reminiscent of Radiohead’s “Rechoner”. It is not as layered, but the somber release of emotion is almost the same, but with a bit more pop. Lead singer, Sarah Ellquist DeBlanke, was also an angelical blonde in white this night. It was like watching two sister angels one after the other release their tender tear voices onto the world. But after the angels played loud like trumpets, the end came.

Ra Ra Riot
Ra Ra Riot rocks in front of 20,000 at Make Music Pasadena.
photo by Picksysticks

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Friday, June 17, 2011

THOSE DARLIN'S SONG "RED LIGHT LOVE" IN KIA SORENTO COMMERCIAL

Those Darlins

So cool. Featuring the song "Red Light Love" by Those Darlins, the new 2012 Kia Sorento Joyride II commercial reunites life-size toys, Robot, Sock Monkey and Yo Gabba Gabba's Muno as they continue their road trip across the U.S. where we find them line dancing in a country bar and sky diving from a plane. Those Darlins are currently on tour promoting their new album, Screws Got Loose. They'll be performing at the Echo in Silver Lake July 29th.

"Red Light Love" by Those Darlins

Official music video for "Red Light Love" by Those Darlins.
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

WELL HUNG HEART July Residency @ Avalon Bar



As part of SYFFAL's ongoing Pop Cultures Collide series in which they ask their favorite bands to record a song from the biggest movies in pop culture and reinvent them with an exciting new sound, SYFFAL has tapped Well Hung Heart to record this month's song. They chose to revisit the classic Huey Lewis and the News tune, "Power of Love," giving it a hauntingly emotionally sound by stripping off all the pop layers and concentrating on the simplicity of the lyrics. And wow! You gotta listen to their rendition of "Power of Love." Well Hung Heart begins their July Residency at The Avalon Bar in Costa Mesa July 3rd.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

RACHAEL CANTU @ Amoeba Hollywood Green Room Sessions

Rachael Cantu
Rachael Cantu
file photo by picksysticks

LA-based singer/songwriter Rachael Cantu performed an acoustic set in the Amoeba Hollywood Green Room. Purchase the entire set or download a free track from this exclusive session right HERE.

Recently, Rachael started a new project with Harlan Silverman, recording new music under the name, "Little Brutes." Expect a new record later this year. Until then, you can get a sneak peek at a couple songs they've written together on their Facebook page. Here's what we had to say about Rachael when we saw her perform last year when she was touring in support of her second album, "Far and Wide."
"If her first album was a dark, threatening storm in the distance, then her second, 'Far and Wide' would be the sunlight breaking through those clouds. On "Far and Wide," her second studio album, Rachael proves her songwriting versatility with a blend of colorful and upbeat melodies but manages to keep that feeling of vulnerability and raw emotion in her powerful vocals that made her first album stand out. Check out her resume! Considering she's unsigned and self-released her latest album, Rachael Cantu has toured with BB King, Pat Benatar, Peter Frampton, Tegan & Sara, Ben Lee and Ryan Cabrera... Not bad for being unsigned."
Amoeba Hollywood Green Room Sessions presents: Rachael Cantu.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

INDIE THURSDAYS @ Renaissance Hotel (Kim DiVine & Prema Yin)

Kim DiVine performs at Indie Thursdays Renaissance Hotel
Kim DiVine performs during Indie Thursdays at TheRenaissance Hotel.
photo by picksysticks


One of the best indie music scenes can't be found on the Sunset Strip or in Silver Lake. It can be found in the lobby of Hollywood's Renaissance Hotel. Every Thursday nights, presented by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA), the Renaissance holds Indie Thursdays in the hotel's Lobby Bar. The cover isKim DiVine free and runs from 7-10 pm with about 4-6 artists performing. Starting in 2009, Indie Thursdays have become a place for unsigned artists to showcase their music and one of the only opportunities where independent artists are hired to perform. This night on the bill was Los Angeles local, Kim Divine and Prema Yin from Malaysia.

Kim DiVine has that voice that you've heard of before but never actually knew who's voice it belonged to. Her angelic voice has helped her compile an impressive resume that includes her songs being featured in films, television and commercials and singing in some of the countries biggest venues including Madison Square Garden and Staples Center. Her newest single, "Perfect Kind of Love," was recently featured on CW's "One Tree Hill" while her other songs “Little Things,” “Blue Skies” & ”Letting Go” were featured on MTV’s “The Real World” Oh, and another thing. She's the voice of Jello-O. You've probably heard her singing the jingle in the Jello-O commercials. That's her.


"Perfect Kind of Love" by Kim DiVine.

Kim's songs surround and bathes you in refreshing harmonies, like soap bubbles that bursts around you, covering you with colorful melodies that cleanses your soul. You cannot, NOT smile when you listen to Kim. You come out feeling refreshed, wanting to dive again into this musical experience that is Kim DiVine. This night, she also performed "Easy On Me," an HMMA nominee for best pop song. Winners will be announced at the 3rd Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards in November at The Highlands in Hollywood. Stay tuned!!

Prema Yin performs at The Renaissance Hotel during Indie Thursdays night
Prema Yin performs at The Renaissance Hotel during Indie Thursdays night.
photo by picksysticks


Prema Yin, who took the stage later that night, certainly has the talent to break it in America. In Malaysia, Prema garnered numerous awards and received a nomination for an AIM Award which is the equivalentPrema Yin to the Grammy Award. Crafted from deep personal experiences, Prema's songs showcase her potent vocals which mix the rock attitude of Janis Joplin with the raw soul of Aretha Franklin. But although this night was a more toned down set, Prema didn't hold back. Her presence was still felt even though she sat on a stool all night, highlighting her dynamic voice especially in her dance-hall ready "Eyo Eyo." Covering a wide range of musical genres, Prema's voice easily transitions from soulful Norah Jones (These Are The Days) to tender-pop Colbie Caillat (Fight) and finally to powerhouse Tina Turner (Eyo Eyo). Her voice is that good and I can't wait to see what she comes up with in the near future. Currently, Prema, who flew into Los Angeles last week, is focusing on playing more gigs to get her music out to the public and placing her music in feature films, tv and commercials.

This Thursday and every Thursdays, The Renaissance will host another set of great unsigned artists. Click HERE to see who is performing.


"Superstar" performed by Prema Yin.
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Friday, June 3, 2011

JES HUDAK ON BRAVO'S "PLATINUM HIT"

Jes Hudak
Jes Hudak performs at Lilith Fair 2010 in Irvine, Ca.
photo by picksysticks


Anybody watch the season premiere of “Platinum Hit” on Bravo? Anyways, I happened to watch a re-airing of it and noticed Los Angeles local Jes Hudak as a contestant. Yay for Jes. We first noticed her from her music video “National Holiday” and later saw her performing at last year’s Lilith Fair.

Jes Hudak won a local talent search and got a spot to play at Lilith. This, along with Hudak’s experience and talent, no doubt helped her get on the show. She's been on tour and opened for acts such as Maroon 5, Tonic and Five for Fighting. And Jes was named ISSA's Singer/Songwriter of the Year (2009) and won Pop Single of the Year (2009) at the LA Music Awards for heroriginal song "Another Day." But the song that won her the shot to play Lilith Fair is "National Holiday."


"National Holiday" by Jes Hudak

“Platinum Hit,” styled in a “Project Runway” style format pits singer/songwriters against each other in their quest to become the next hitmaker, following 12 contestants battling out in a series of songwriting challenges. The winner will receive a cash prize of $100,000, a publishing deal with Sony and a recording deal with RCA/Jive. How cool is that?! Hosting the competition is Jewel who will also judge alongside Kara DioGuardi. The show is an insider’s view of how these talented artists write a song from start to finish and goes to show how hard it truly is to write a hit song. In it's first episode, Jes was part of the team that won the first writing competition - to write a song about the City of Angels. Check out the winning song below. “Platinum Hit’ airs Mondays on Bravo.

"My City" by Nick Nittoli, Jes Hudak and Karen Waldrup.
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