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..

Monday, December 31, 2012

THE YEAR IN PICTURES: 2012

It was a great year in music. We saw a lot of great bands, even seeing some artists finally getting noticed in the mainstream media who, just earlier in the year, were playing in smaller venues here in Los Angeles.  From Naia Kete performing on 3rd Street Promenade and Cassadee Pope performing her first solo show at The Key Club, NBC's The Voice made them household names.  Carly Rae Jepsen even played a free show at CityWalk's 5 Towers before she became one of the most covered artists on YouTube.  We saw great up and coming bands sure to make it big in 2013 like Kitten, The Balconies, Foxes and Sky Ferriera  and we caught great bands performing during some of this countries biggest music festivals such as Grouplove, Best Coast, The Cults  and Grimes to name a few.

After seeing all the shows we went to this year, I realized that I didn't go to enough shows! So I'm looking to make 2013 the biggest and best year yet!  Happy new year music lovers!

2012 year in photos.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

NEW VIDEO: "LIAR LIAR" BY HUNTER VALENTINE

Here's Hunter Valentine's new video for "Liar Liar" which has been burning up the airwaves. It's off their lastest release Collide and Conquer and the song is a shining example of their distinctive, intense melodies and fiercely bold rock.  

In January, Hunter Valentine set out on their West Coast tour with fellow Canadians Sum 41.  Check out below for dates!

"Liar Liar" by Hunter Valentine

Tour Dates:
1/8/13 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/10/13 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
1/11/13 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
1/12/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
1/15/13 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
1/16/13 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
1/18/13 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
1/19/13 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox at Market

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

KREWELLA @ THE AVALON'S 'CONTROL FRIDAYS'

KREWELLA
KREWELLA headlines CONTROL Fridays at The Avalon.
photos by picksysticks
What began late Friday, admist cloud and smoke, laser-cut by fine beams of light that danced with the hordes of kids in darkness wanting to party continued into the wee hours of Saturday morning. But the only silhouettes that mattered this night only became visible through quick bursts of bright strobes that played peek-a-boo to the electronic beats and  scratchy, deep drops of dubstep.  

Last time I saw Krewella perform in Los Angeles in June, they had just released Play Hard, their chart-topping debut EP and performed at the small and intimate club Dim Mak Studios in Hollywood. Last night, a year later, they return with a new EP, Play Harder while headlining a sold out show at The Avalon. It's been a sky-rocketing rise for the trio, from playing small clubs to today where they now fill venues with over 2,000 capacity. 


Krewella
Krewlla performs at The Avalon
photo by picksysticks
The Avalon this night was turned into one gigantic electro-fest as it hosted CONTROL Fridays, one of the biggest EDM parties on the West Coast.  Blending nu-electro, techno and house music CONTROL has introduced an entirely new legion of fans to dance music, and bloods some of the freshest and most exciting DJs and producers every week. This night, lines stretched blocks to catch Chicogoans Flosstradamus and Krewella and Run DMT from Austin, Texas. 


Yasmine, Jahan and Rain Man are Krewella.
photo by picksysticks
Krewella, comprised of sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf and Rain Man  are turning heads with their unique and contagious style of EDM, infusing pop melodies over female vocals laced with blaring bass and electro beats.  Their high-energy set made the Avalon floor look like one large sound wave, swelling up and down.  And with pulsating beats as hard and heavy along with their electrifying stage presence,  hits like "Play Hard" and "Killin' It" kept the crowd bumpin' and bodies sweatin'. The sister DJs even got to jumping onto their EDM table and dancing in front of the sold out Avalon.

10 months ago, they closed out Control at 3 am. In less than a year, they are now headlining.  What a difference a year makes.  I'll be the first to admit I'm not an EDM aficionado. What first peaked my interest was their single "Killin' It" which broke out in a big way via Facebook and Twitter.  Since then, I've been a big fan and credit them for turning me on to electric dance music.   Their newest EP, Play Harder drops Monday, Dec. 10th and features remixes of their early hit songs like "Killin It" and "Alive."  "Come and Get It" is their newest hit single to dominate the dance airwaves. 
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Friday, December 7, 2012

SONG OF THE DAY: "BITTER" BY MIDIAN

Midian
"Bitter" by Midian
Midian's single "Bitter" is the breakout hit off her self-titled EP which drops January 8th.  Powerful yet soulful vocals layered with vulnerable melodies, "Bitter," with nearly half a million YouTube views, climbed the music charts reaching #6 on iTunes' R&B charts while reaching #1 on Amazon's charts and prompting fans on social media to make their own fan vids featuring the hit single.

Now, with the success of "Bitter," Midian has released a live studio video of the song via VH1.com. Captured in one take, the song showcases Midian's strength and raw vocal talent. Midian's voice is massive; the kind of voice that makes the hairs on your arms stand at attention and swallows you up whole. In it you can hear the soulful stylings of the late Etta James and the outsize "wow factor" of contemporary artists like Christina Aguilera. You can check it out below.




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Thursday, December 6, 2012

FRIDAY NIGHT: KREWELLA @ THE AVALON

Kris “Rain Main” Trindl and sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf are KREWELLA.
Kris “Rain Main” Trindl and sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf are KREWELLA.

Mixing pop infused with the in-your-face, blaring bass and drum beats, Krewella presents a unique and infectious sound to their electro-dance-music which are delivered over catchy female pop-vocals.

Friday night, the Chicago EDM/dubstep trio  takes over The Avalon ahead of the release of their new EP Play Harder which drops December 10th and features remixes of their hit songs "Alive" and "Killin' It. "  Play Harder, which also includes the new song called "Come & Get It"  is their a follow-up to last year's #1 Beatport EP Play Hard.

Comprised of Kris “Rain Main” Trindl and sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, ‘The Krew’ as they’re known to their fans, broke out in a big way with their single “Killin It” after it went viral via Facebook and Twitter and now find themselves from playing small venues to larger clubs and festivals in less than a year’s time.  Next year, they're scheduled to release their full-length debut album on Columbia Records.

"Come and Get It" by Krewella.
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NEW VIDEO: "MR. CALIFORNIA" BY QUEEN CAVEAT

Queen Caveat performs at 98.7's Hollywood Tower Penthouse.
photo by GuerrillaNights

Here's the new video from Queen Caveat.  It's called "Mr. California" and looks as though it was shot at On The Rox right above The Roxy. For the band, 2012 included break through network television exposure on ABC TV’s 20-20 episode, “Sunset Boulevard”, their sophomore EP release, “Slap on the Wrist,” extensive national touring and the honor to be named in Music Connection Magazines Hot 100 Unsigned Artists list for 2012.

Watch “Mr. California” below!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT FOR SKY FERREIRA

Sky Ferreira
Sky Ferreira performs at Los Angeles' Bootleg Theater back in September.
photo by picksysticks
A model. An actress and a singer.  Sky Ferreira's talent is endless. She is paving her own path and forging ahead to carve out her own identity.  She's bloggers best kept secret, managing to  secure nearly 100,000 Facebook likes and over 140,000 Twitter followers without releasing a formal debut album. And she's done it without the help of MTV or radio.  What Sky has done is create a buzz that surrounds her wherever and whenever she plays. Rare shows that pop up, seemingly to test out new singles and gage crowd reactions.  At The Bootleg Theater last September, it was to play with a full band for the very first time ahead of her coming out performances at New York's CMJ Music Festival.  

Sky had planned to release of her debut album two years ago but the idea was scrapped in order to focus on a new music direction, away from the direction that originally saw her in a Katy Perry/Britney bubble-gum, pop mold.  Since then, and with an announced debut album dropping in 2013, Sky has premiered videos off her Ghost EP, including the fuzzy-sythned pop "Everything is Embarrassing" as well as the vulnerable, acoustic ballad "Sad Dreams."  Check them out below!

"Everything is Embarrassing"  by Sky Ferreira

"Sad Dreams" by Sky Ferreira

Sunday, December 2, 2012

KARMIN @ THE TROUBADOUR

The Troubadour: KARMIN performs their first headlining show in Los Angeles.

Thanks to GuerrillaNights for inviting me to The Troubadour to catch Karmin's sold out show.  I know the name but hardly know much about them but for their quick rise to stardom via YouTube and known for their rapid, machine-gun rapping delivery.   After last Thursday's show, I'm now a converted fan. it was their first ever headlining show in Los Angeles and they made the most of it busting out cover favorites and brand new songs like "BOOM," a pop-tastic tune layered with industrial guitars and looming keys.  Amy called out to fans to help her sing favorite hits like "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People and even brought up a fan to help her with cover Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now."  Although they made a name for themselves singing covers, heightened with performances on Saturday Night Live, Ellen and Good Morning America, Karmin showed that they're more than a cover band, singing original songs like "Hello" and "Brokenhearted" which Billboard chart hits off their debut album Hello released earlier this year.  

It's certainly been a breakout year so far for the Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan.  Currently, they continue a string of dates this month before peforming on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve w/Ryan Seacrest" along with Brandy, Flo Rida, One Republic and Pitbull during the West Coast festivities.

Check out more pics from this night right HERE.


"Boom" and "Hello" by Karmin
video by razorstarzz

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tegan & Sara Release Official Video for "Closer"


Currently on tour supporting The Killers, Tegan & Sara have just released their official video for "Closer,"  off their seventh studio album Hearthrob which dropbs January 29th.  When the song  first premiered on RollingStone.com, it rose to #1 on Hype Machine's "Most Popular" chart that same week and Spin.com stating "it's becoming clear that Tegan and Sara are indeed readying some of their most accessible and intereting material in years."  They will be kicking of additional US dates with The Killers on today.  Check below for tour dates:

"Closer" by Tegan & Sara
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Confirmed T&S Tour Dates w/The Killers:
Nov 29 - 1st Bank Center - Broomfield, CO
Nov 30 - UCCU Center - Orem, UT
Dec 1 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV *
Dec 3 - Pacific Coliseum - Vancouver, BC
Dec 4 - Kitting Factory - Spokane, WA *
Dec 5 - Theatre of the Clouds @ Rose Garden - Portland, OR
Dec 7 - 91x WREX The Halls - San Diego, CA  *
Dec 8 - Live 105's Not So Silent Night - San Francisco, CA *
Dec 10 - KJEE Winter Round Up - Santa Barbara, CA *
Dec 13 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
Dec 14 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
Dec 15 - Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
Dec 16 - Metropolis - Montreal, QB
Dec 17 - Agganis Arena - Boston, MA
Dec 18 - Patriot Center - Fairfax, VA
Dec 20 - EMU Convocation Center - Ypsilanti, MI
Dec 21 - UIC Pavilion - Chicago, IL
*without The Killers
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SUSANNA HOFFS New EP Drops December 4th


Iconic singer/songwriter/musician SUSANNA HOFFS has a special holiday treat for music lovers, FROM ME TO YOU, a three-song EP of some of her favorite 1960’s gems.  A “labor of love” in her words, the EP features SUSANNA’s interpretations of, The Jaynetts’ “Sally Go 'Round The Roses,” The Beatles’ “All I’ve Got to Do” and The Zombies’ “This Will Be Our Year.”

“It was a pure pleasure to record songs that I adore and have dreamed of singing for years,” SUSANNA says. Regarding the song selections, she says, “It’s exciting to be able to share some of my more obscure favorites. I think of this EP as kind of like a mix-tape that I’d give to a friend, except I decided to actually record the songs myself.”

FROM ME TO YOU follows SUSANNA’s critically acclaimed solo album SOMEDAY, released this past summer on her own label Baroque Folk, distributed by Welk Music Group. Reviewers were effusive in their praise for the record.  As American Songwriter noted, “The honey-voiced songbird delivers a solid album with a feel-good vibe, which sounds authentic in its union of 1960s simplicity and 2012 sophistication (à la Dusty Springfield meets Adele). … This is easily and undeniably Hoffs’ most definitive musical statement to date.”

Both FROM ME TO YOU and SOMEDAY were produced and orchestrated by the revered Mitchell Froom.

SUSANNA, who’s just wrapped up the first phase of her SOMEDAY tour, is excited about continuing to perform and make music videos in support of the record. She is also thrilled about the much-anticipated release of Under the Covers Volume 3 (the '80s) with pop powerhouse Matthew Sweet in 2013.

“For me, the end of the year is a time to reflect on all the things that I am grateful for,” SUSANNA says. “This year, I’m especially thankful for the opportunity to make music for the pure joy of it, and to be able to connect with all the people who have given me so much support over the years. For that, I am truly grateful.”
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

HUNTER VALENTINE ANNOUNCE TOUR WITH SUM 41


HUNTER VALENTINE is a band in nonstop motion. From starring on Season 3 of Showtime's The Real L Word to the release of their third record, Collide & Conquer on Megaforce/Sony in October to a just-wrapped six week tour of North America, the ladies of Hunter Valentine are everywhere. Now the band has announced a January West Coast tour with fellow Canadians SUM 41 which kicks off on January 8th in San Diego.


Their first single, "Liar, Liar" has been burning up airwaves everywhere from Portland to Chicago to DC, and the song is a shining example of Hunter Valentine's distinctive, intense melodies and fiercely bold rock. It's clear the band has arrived and is exploding into the mainstream. Hunter Valentine have never been more primed to take the musical world by storm.

Tour Dates:
1/8/13 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/10/13 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
1/11/13 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
1/12/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
1/15/13 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
1/16/13 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
1/18/13 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
1/19/13 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox at Market

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

JOY FORMIDABLE @ THE TROUBADOUR

The Joy Formidable stopped by West Hollywood's Troubadour to perform an intimate set in front of a sold out crowd to play new songs off their upcoming album "Wolf's Law" as well as old favorites from their breakout hit album "Big Roar."  The album drops January 22nd and you can pre-order  your copy now HERE with bundles that include limited edition t-shirts, tote bags, lithos and a special vinyle box set.  

November 19, 2012 Setlist:  The Greatest Light Is the Greatest Shade / I Don't Want to See You Like This / This Ladder is Ours / Cradle / Ostrich / A Heavy Abacus / Cholla / Austere / Maw Maw / Whirring 
Encore: Silent Treatment / The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie

JOY FORMIDABLE
JOY FORMIDABLE
JOY FORMIDABLE

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

KREWELLA TO RELEASE ‘PLAY HARDER’ REMIX EP DEC. 10



Chicago EDM-dubstep trio KREWELLA is set to release their new EP Play Harder which drops December 10th and features remixes of their hit songs "Alive" and "Killin' It. "  The EP also includes the new song called "Come & Get It"  which is currently being offered as a free download on Krewella's Facebook page right HERE.

PLAY HARDER is the follow-up to KREWELLA’s #1 Beatport EP released earlier this year, PLAY HARD. There’s an incredible range of talent who lend their skills to the Krew’s breakout productions including the East Coast’s Cash Cash and Kalkutta, Danish and Swedish duo Pegboard Nerds, France’s Dirtyphonics and the Netherland’s Chuckie just to name a few. 


"Come & Get It" is a free download from Krewella.
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"MADE IN 48" feat. WELL HUNG HEART AND GRAM RABBIT


Check out this collaboration of bands as part of "Made in 48," a new series hosted by Robin Davey and Greta Valenti, the duo behind Well Hung Heart.  The show, which premieres in the next couple months challenges bands to write, record and then film and edit a brand new song in the span of 48 hours.  In this first episode, Well Hung Heart and Gram Rabbit team up to form The Crazy X's and birth the song "Boom."   It's pretty awesome given the fact that this song was written in less than two days which is better than most songs out there on the airwaves right now. 

Catch Well Hung Heart when they play a few shows in the SoCal area.  Check out the dates below:
Dec. 1st - Well Hung Heart @ Molly Malone's
Dec. 29th - Well Hung Heart @ Avalon Bar
Jan. 5th - Well Hung Heart @ The Canyon



"Boom" by The Crazy X's
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

CLAIRY BROWNE and the BANGIN' RACKETTES @ CENTRAL SAPC

Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes
Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes performs their first U.S. show at Santa Monica's Central SAPC.
photos by picksysticks

Clairy BrowneCacooned as an old soul, Clairy Browne, on the outside is retro  with 50's girl pop sheen.  On the inside, just waiting to burst out, she is fresh and new like the colorful wings of a newborn butterfly.  Combine the two and you get the infectious sounds of Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes who put on a fresh twist on the classic doo-wop harmonies by fusing them with breathless beats of soul and jazzy melodies. And with the nostalgic big band sound that includes the jazzy horn section and free-wheeling pianos, it's no wonder why Clairy Browne has been a sensation in her native Australia.

Now, after conquering Australia, Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes are looking to build their success in the U.S.  with multiple live TV performances and shows in New York and Los Angeles.  And with their scheduled first U.S. show at The Mint quickly selling out, Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes added an extra show at Santa Monica's Central SAPC.

Soulful vocals that bring up comparisons to Amy Winehouse, Browne's voice is also spiced up with flirtatious rockness that got the crowd dancing especially when she broke out into  "Baby Caught the Bus,"  an infectious tune set to the The Rackettes' silky, smooth harmonies while  "Love Letter," the international hit single which was hand-picked by Heineken for their new commercial "The Switch" ended their set with a bang.  Check it out below and you can download it on iTunes right HERE.  But Browne shines when she slows down the tempo during her sultry ballads, singing with proud, vulnerability in  "Vicious Cycle" and "Yellow Bird," accented by bluesy horn section.  

Their critically acclaimed Australian debut album Baby Caught the Bus was named "Album of the Year" by ABC Radio National in Australia and will have it's official U.S. release next spring with additional new songs added to the record.  


"Love Letter" by Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

THURSDAY NIGHT: CHELSEA WILLIAMS RECORD RELEASE PARTY @ HOTEL CAFE

Chelsea Williams
Chelsea Williams performs at The Hotel Cafe in June.
photo by picksysticks

Ahead of her EP release show at The Hotel Cafe on Thursday (11/15), Chelsea Williams premiered her first video for her song, "Not A Love Song."

Chelsea practically became a household name last year when she graced everyone's television by appearing on the Chevrolet Cruz commercial singing the Travie McCoy & Bruno Mars' hit song "Billionaire."  Busking for over three years, Chelsea is a regular on Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade, selling over 50,000 cds on her own gaining a loyal following.  Performing a blend of covers and original songs, Chelsea's simple and catchy melodies highlights her silky, weathered voice which will be showcased 8 PM Thursday night at The Hotel Cafe.


"Not a Love Song" by Chelsea Williams
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BEACH DAY PREMIERES NEW "Walking on the Streets" SINGLE

Beach Day are  Kimmy, Skyler and Nat
Beach Day are  Kimmy, Skyler and Nat.

Here's a slice of nostalgia brought to us by Beach Day, a trio from Hollywood, Florida who bonded over their vintage-era surroundings and their love of the sounds of 60's Girl Groups.  Described as a female-fronted Beach Boys with Shangri-La's melodies with the attitude of the Dum Dum Girls, Beach Day is the perfect summer soundtrack.  

Today, they released their single "Walking on the Streets" on limited edition clear golden vinyls on Kanine Records. Check out the song which premiered on FILTER right HERE and also listen to more  below of Beach Day performing on Serious Business Studios for Break Thru Radio.  

“Walking on the Streets” is nearly four minutes of gorgeous surf and garage rock, complete with tambourine bashing, sentimental keys, jangly guitar, and rich vocals all about lust and longing. It captures the sincerity of the ’60s, while ringing ever so true today.”  ~  FILTER MAGAZINE

Break Thru Radio with Beach Day.

"Beach Day" by Beach Day.
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BEST COAST ASKS "DO YOU LOVE ME LIKE YOU USED TO?"

Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino
Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino performs at the 28th Annual Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier.
photo by picksysticks.

In September, Best Coast closed out Santa Monica's Twilight Concert Series by playing a free concert on the Pier.  And that night, they shot a video for their song "Do You Love Me Like You Used To?" which is off their latest album The Only Place.  It's becoming a normal scene at Best Coast concerts, playing free performances to show their appreciation to their fans.  

Of course, the West Coast IS the Best Coast, front woman Bethany Cosentino preaches everywhere she goes, performing songs that with the romantic flavors of  laid back harmonies and sunny, warm choruses.  Check out the video below.


"Do You Love Me Like You Used To?" by Best Coast

Sunday, November 11, 2012

JOY FORMIDABLE RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR "THIS LADDER IS OURS," PLAY TROUBADOUR NEXT WEEK


Joy Formidable just released their new video for "This Ladder Is Ours" which was filmed in Santa Clarita, CA back in September by director Greg Jadrin.  It's off their upcoming album Wolf's Law which drops January 22nd.  Since August, they've released two other singles including "Cholla" and the title track "Wolf's Law."  

Wolf's Law, which was recorded up in Portland, Maine, is the follow up to their hit debut album Big Roar that even had Foo Fighters' front-man David Grohl singing their praises, going as far as calling "Whirring," their hit single, the best song of 2011.

Although the new album won't be released until next year (in two months), you can pre-order your copy now HERE with bundles that include limited edition t-shirts, tote bags, lithos and a special vinyle box set.  And with your pre-order, you'll receive immediate downloads of "Cholla" and "This Ladder is Ours."   The album artwork is from  Martin Wittfooth who currently lives in New York. 

Joy Formidable are currently on tour through March and their Troubadour show in West Hollywood is already sold out on November 19th!!    Click HERE for the rest of their tour dates!

"This Ladder Is Ours" 


"Wolf's Law" 

"Cholla"
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

THE BALCONIES "DO IT IN THE DARK" WITH NEW VIDEO

The Balconies performs during Filter's Culture Collide at The Echo in October.
photo by Picksysticks
Our favorite band coming out at this years' Filter Magazine's Culture Collide Music Festival was The Balconies, a trio from Canada who recently debuted their new video for "Do It in the Dark."   It shows lead singer Jacquie Nevelle and her unsuspecting friends camping in the woods, leading to a surprise gory ending with Gap-like zombies.  

Now, after watching this video, who would've known when we saw them in October that we were near spot-in with our 'supernatural' write-up (well...sort of): 
"Jacquie Neville leads vocal and guitar like an insane immortal sorcerer setting herself on fire for fun, repeatedly. She spasms as though possessed by a James Brown in flames. She does this while transforming her guitar into a rampaging adrenaline drugged bull. Her voice sounds like a disco Blondie, but instruments lash with guitar and bass torturing tones of Psychobilly. Neville's performance vibes of a damsel turning werewolf in dead of night under a full moon disco ball. She has to be seen for this to be truly understood and believed. Supernatural.

"Do It In The Dark" by The Balconies

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

CORREATOWN DEBUTS NEW "PLAY" VIDEO

Correatown
Correatown performs at this years Make Music Pasadena Music Festival.
photo by picksysticks
Check out the official music video from Correatown, made in conjuction with OMG!  Cameras Everywhere! Productions - a non profit organization that hosts arts and film making workshops for kids.  

Correatown is the musical project of Angela Correa, an LA based artist whose latest album Pleiades - released on Highline Records August 27th in the UK/Europe and October 16th in US/Canada – seems destined to soundtrack the ensuing  months.

Fresh off the heels of a successful UK / European tour where she did a session with Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music and stand out CMJ Performances, Correatown returns to her home of Los Angeles before launching Pleiades' next single.  

"Play" by Correatown
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

NME Premieres "Hear Them Fear Them" from THE INDECENT

 Emily and Bo Brout of The Indecent
 Emily and Bo Brout of The Indecent play The Viper Room in September.
photo by picksysticks

The Indecent are all about heavy guitars and growling vocals.  Seattle grunge  comes to mind when you hear their debut EP Control from Warner Bros. Records.  NME just premiered the new video for The Indecent's "Hear Them Fear Them" music video off their Control EP.

Seemingly shy and reserved, The Indecent shines without the flashiness, their commanding presence only heightened when you see them live as we did when they thundered into The Viper Room one fall evening in September.  This night, as we noted, "Hear Them Fear Them" hit emotionally like a brick through a window, a song delivered over soaring melodies that slowly builds with clobbering beats, ending with a classic rock, guitar assault.  We love this band. We love their music. 'Nuff said.


"Hear Them Fear Them" by The Indecent
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Tour and Album News from WE ARE THE IN CROWD

Tay Jardine of We Are the In Crowd
Tay Jardine at Warped Tour 2012 - Irvine
Check out this deal!  For the entire month of November, We Are the In Crowd are offering their album Best Intentions on Amazon for only $5.  Best Intentions is their debut album which was released in 2011 and spawned the hit singles "Rumer Mill" and "Kiss Me Again." 

It's been a busy year for We Are the In Crowd.  Just coming off the entire summer playing over 40 dates on this year's Vans Warped Tour and an international tour earlier in the year, on Saturday, the 5-piece band continued their gruelling schedule by performing at The House of Blues on Sunset to a packed crowd. 

As we wrote back in June when we saw them at Warped Tour, singer Taylor Jardine comes off genuine and real in her performances. This is happy positive pop rock for maturing young adults with lyrics to lean on when one needs an emotional lift or when feelings of love get confusing.  

They are not from the big city of New York bad asses, but rather happily expresses hometown in Poughkeepsie, New York, where girls like Jardine loves broccoli. It’s hard to say Poughkeepsie without the tickling in the throat and breaking a tiny smile. We Are The In Crowd has that same effect amplified. 

Currently, We Are the In Crowd are on tour with Yellowcard and The Wonder Years where they head to the East Coast and then return to southern California with dates in Anaheim on Dec. 1st and San Diego on Dec. 2nd.  Then, they'll finish out the year down under to perform a few dates in Australia with Mayday Parade. 


Monday, November 5, 2012

Rachel Taylor Returns to He Is We as Trevor Kelly Leaves

Trevor Kelly and Rachel Taylor of He Is We
Trevor Kelly and Rachel Taylor of He Is We performs at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.
photo by picksysticks
In the latest saga in the so-called breakup of He Is We, Rachel Taylor, sporting a new red ‘do, posted a YouTube video on Halloween and reveals that she’s back in He Is We and Trevor Kelly is now gone, concentrating on another project.

Comprised of Rachel and Trevor Kelly, fans flocked to He Is We's wholesome music through word-of-mouth. Their songs, filled with infectious melodies and inspired lyrics made their demo's highly sought after and in 2009, they were named PureVolume's #1 unsigned band.

Back in 2010, in their first full U.S. tour, He Is We hobbled into Los Angeles. Battling fatigue and pneumonia, lead singer, Rachel Taylor, sang a shortened show, singing a doctor prescribed five-song set at The Troubadour. The Tacoma duo, had already endured the two month trek across the country as they got ready  to release their debut album, My Forever that November from Universal Motown and FrameworkNY. Earlier that same year,  He Is We again had to cancel a few shows in Los Angeles due to emergency health reasons.  And now, as we find out more details about the troubles this band faced, there's news that Rachel is rejoining the band after an August announcement that vocalist Stevie Scott was brought in to replace her.


Rachel intros the video with "The reason things have not been out in the open lately is because there have been a lot of emotions at play. I have been fighting something I can't, in the end, control. I've been given an incredible blessing and a civil discussion took place. Here is what has happened..."

Check out the video with the attached transcript of the video below.


So, there’s been a lot been going on as far as the band goes and I have literally just been praying so much… and I know for some people that’s like, “Eewww, what are you going to get from praying?”  But I actually get a lot from it.

Um…as things started to kind of crumble down, all of a sudden these opportunities were coming up and it was one of the most incredible things just to watch how everything played out. The confusion that has kind of erupted has been, you know, “What is happening with He Is We?” and this and that. It took me walking away and literally, like losing everything, at least in here, before I could really tell what was really important to me. Um, there were a lot of things that happened that I should have stopped or said something about that I didn’t and I needed that time to really collect myself and start writing things down rather than keeping them in and allowing them to just (explode).

Lead singer Rachel Taylor of He Is WeUm, I guess the announcement is that I will be writing this next He Is We record and I will be singing it and I will be touring it...if that’s the way you say it.  And I can honestly say that this has made me so much stronger and it's made me fall in complete and total love with you guys, as fans, and I would even say more so friends…you guys have been there for me like some of my friends haven’t been, so I can’t thank you enough for everything that you guys have done.

The big thing is, “When and when this happening is and this and that?"  We are currently planning a writing trip. We being whoever is involved and I don’t know what the plans are for Trevor exactly. I know he he has found a project that he is absolutely in love with and believes in full heartedly and all I can do is support that and um...send all sorts of love and sometimes we are brought to people and we work together and then we’re off to our own journey and we find something that is even more incredible for us at that point in time. So I’m gonna ask that everyone just support Trevor and everything  that he is doing. He is extremely talented, he is extremely gifted and I can’t help it but think that whatever he does in the future is just going to be amazing. But with that being said, I plan to continue with he is we and I don’t want to shelve it I don’t wanna push it off to the side. I feel like there’s so much more to be done. And all the politics and stuff aside, this could be incredible. 

It’s taking a lot of conversation, a lot of people who have noticed that that  y’know I’ve walked away and now it’s like well, now where’s the band at? And y’know, is he walking away? ..that’s not what it’s about it’s about the fact that we’re civil and we are able to talk about it and we are able to figure it out. And just like every, I guess, relationship at some point, y’know, you meet a person to become better and to learn about yourself, things that you never would have learned without them. And so that’s kind of where we’re at. Our job is to support each other completely and totally 100 percent regardless y’know if the project is with him without him with me or without me.  He is We has been my dream. I came up with the name when I was in 11th grade and the idea of being able to just forget about it was unbearable and you guys really really really showed me that with all of your support and so I’m happy to say that I’m not going anywhere and as far as it’s going to be to just carry one with everything...no hate mail no bashing…we can't do that. We can't afford to do that. I’ve seen so many… like teams and stuff like that and I don’t want that to happen. It should just be team he is we.  And that should be the end of it. He helped create this band in an incredible way and I’m feeling a lot of pressure right now to kind of make sure everything sounds… nice and that you guys like it. And so I am not making any compromises. I’m going to write from the heart and I’m nervous. I don’t like attention and I don’t’ enjoy pressure but this is what I’ve been called to do.

It’s pretty crazy so there’s the update. You guys will be hearing from me again soon and I hope you like my hair as it is.  I got a little bored. I just noticed how red it looks. But anyways I love you guys and thank you so much for supporting me through the puffy face and the chopping-off-my-hair and going crazy and I don’t know…I really appreciate you guys and I’m excited to make some music and get it out there and hopefully you guys dig it.  (Blows kiss to camera.)

"Blame It On The Rain" by He Is We

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

THE ASTEROIDS GALAXY TOUR @ The Troubadour

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The Asteroids Galaxy Tour performs at The Troubadour in West Hollywood.
photos by picksysticks

Their known as The Asteroids Galaxy Tour which is fitting since their songs sound like they come from a different universe. With lush sampling, a large horn section and the unique vocal sounds,  this Denmark band stopped by The Troubadour, nearly filling it to capacity which is normally hard to do for any venue on a Monday night.  

This band quickly shot out of the gate in with their worldwide hit debut album Fruit in 2009.  Touring with Amy Winehouse and Katy Perry came soon after as well as getting their songs placed on television shows like NBC's Chuck, AMC's Mad Men and Gossip Girl and commercials like Apple's iPod Touch and Heineken's International ad that introduced their hit song "The Golden Age" and the band to U.S. audiences.  


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With their trademark big band sound, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour are pros at sonic landscaping, creating a party vibe by fusing disco-pop flavors with R&B beats. And with porcelain, psychedelic, pop-princess lead singer Mette Lindberg on the mic, she showcases the bands rich and cascading party arrangements in songs like "Lady Jesus," "Around the Bend" and "The Sun Ain't Shining o More," all off their debut album Fruit which also spawned their internationally hit single "The Golden Age" which they sang for an encore.  

But it's their current record Out of Frequency, which dropped earlier this year, that cements their party band status with  surprise hits like "Heart Attack," "Mafia" and my new favorite, "Suburban Space Invader."  

They head to the east coast for the last week on their remaining US tour dates ending in Brooklyn, New York on this Sunday (Nov. 11th) 


Troubadour fans cheer The Asteroids Galaxy Tour.
photos by picksysticks

Troubadour Setlist (10/29/12):  Dollars in the Night / The Sun Ain't Shining No More / Lady Jesus / Push Envelope / Around the Bend / Suburban Space Invader / Crazy / Out of Frequency / Mafia / Theme from 45 Euginia / Cloak and Dagger / Heart Attack / Fantasy Friend Forever  (Encore: Golden Age / Major)

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour performs "Surburban Space Invader" at The Troubadour.
video by razorstarzz


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Friday, November 2, 2012

BLONDFIRE NEWS: NEW EP & FULL LENGTH ALBUM


Los Angeles-based duo BLONDFIRE is releasing their digital EP Where The Kids Are on November 6, 2012. Brazilian-American siblings Bruce and Erica Driscoll have been writing, producing, playing and performing together since they were kids, creating bouncy electro-pop-n-roll that combines worldly sophistication with American accessibility. Where The Kids Are features four songs off the band's upcoming Warner Bros Records full-length debut Young Heart, due out early 2013. The title track is currently climbing the charts at Alternative Radio.

Fronted by Erica's soft, breathy vocals and rounded out by a catchy, danceable beat, Blondfire's songs have received airplay on Sirius Alt-Nation, KCRW, KCSN, WROX (Norfolk), KNDD (Seattle) as well as KROQ and 98.7's "Locals Only" shows. Rolling Stone called them "dreamy, propulsive electro-pop" and Time Out New York praised their "supremely catchy, bewitching dream-pop." Recent performances at CMJ and KCRW's It's a School Night have drawn crowds; look for them in your town soon.

Watch the video for "Where The Kids Are" here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K3l2VfLDMI and grab the EP here: http://smarturl.it/blondfireitunes. Visit www.blondfire.com for more info and upcoming shows.

"Where the Kids Are" by BLONDFIRE.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

LA-based band BEST COAST Rocks new Windows 8 Commercial

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Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino sings in front of thousands at Make Music Pasadena.
photo by picksysticks
Hey! Microsoft may be cool after all showing why the west coast is, by far, the best coast as LA darlings, Best Coast is seen AND heard rockin' the latest Windows 8 commercial with their song "The Only Place" off their record of the same name.  Check it out below!!


Windows 8 commercial featuring the song "The Only Place" by Best Coast.
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

THIS MONDAY: THE ASTEROIDS GALAXY TOUR HITS THE TROUBADOUR

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Mette Lindberg of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour will perform at The Troubadour this Monday.
photo by picksysticks

Currently on their U.S. tour supporting their new record Out of Frequency, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour are set to play at The Trouboudour this Monday (10/29).  

This Denmark-based band, fronted by porcelain, psychedelic, pop-princess Mette Lindberg, shines with their horn section and with their rich and cascading party arrangements.  If you haven't seen them yet, you've probably heard of them or heard their hit song "The Golden Age" from that visual, fun Heineken commercial.   Check out that song below and be sure to catch them at The Troubadour this Monday.

"The Golden Age" by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour.
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Friday, October 19, 2012

NEW VIDEO: "JAPANESE EYES" BY KITTEN

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It's been a busy few months for LA-based electro-alternative band KITTEN.  After releasing their Cut It Out EP in August, they opened up for Paramore and just last month, they finished up their September residency at The Bootleg Theater.  Earlier this week, they just released their new video for their single "Japanese Eyes."  Check it out below! And check KITTEN out when they perform at The Echo on October 25th.

"Japanese Eyes" by Kitten

Thursday, October 18, 2012

ELLIE GOULDING @ Amoeba Records Hollywood


Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding performs during a free show at Amoeba Records in Hollywood.
photographs by picksysticks
After performing at a sold out show at The Troubadour Tuesday night, Brit indie-pop singer Ellie Goulding played a free show at Amoeba Records Hollywood the next day.  Lines started forming early and by 3:30 pm, about 3 hours before Ellie's show, the line stretched about three city blocks.  With over 400 dedicated fans lining up, Amoeba had to close early in order start letting people inside.  Ellie is spending the week in Los Angeles supporting her new album Halycon which debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard charts.  She appeared on Ellen yesterday where she performed "Anything Could Happen" and today she performs live on PopSugar.com and this Saturday, she will be performing at AMP Radio's Halloween Masquerade Party at The House of Blues on the famed Sunset Blvd. 

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Fans packed Amoeba Records in Hollywood for Ellie Goulding's free show.
photo by picksysticks


Crowds starting lining up for Ellie Goulding's free show at Amoeba Recrods.
pic via Twitter @elliegoulding
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