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 30, 2013

NONONO @ The Echo

Stina Wappling, Astma and Rocwell of NONONO
NONONO (Stina Wappling, Astma and Rocwell) at The Echo.
photos by picksysticks
NONONO continues Sweden's knack of breeding bands that write infectious, mid-tempo songs that brings out your inner child and makes you remember what it was like when life was carefree and everything around you looked shiny and brand new.


Stina Wappling of NONONOStina Wappling of NONONO

NONONO are that shiny brand new toy that everyone in the music biz seems to want for Christmas. From CMJ to Perez Hilton, this Swedish trio is the talk of the town and with their upcoing American television debut appearance on Jimmy Kimmel scheduled this Wednesday, NONONO is sure to be on everybody's radar by week's end.  Blame it on their breakthrough single "Pumpin Blood," which spread like wild fire across music blogs along with getting heavy airplay on mainstream and college radio.  

Riding high off their critically acclaimed EP, NONONO made their first ever headling gig at The Echo.  Donning a glittery mini-dress and sneakers,  lead singer Stina Wappling shined onstage, awash in vibrant red and blue stage lights backed by producers Astma and Rocwell. 


NONONO
NONONO makes Los Angeles debut at The Echo.
photo by picksysticks
They sang songs off their debut EP, comprised of a mixture of electropop  that balances between sparkling and moody melodies.  That didn't stop the crowd from dancing during their entire set during hits like "Jungle" and "Fire Without a Flame."  And with only a handful of songs to perform (4 in total on their EP)  Stina joked, during their last song that they needed to write more songs so they could come back for an encore.  

More live photos on our Flickr page right HERE.

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"Pumpin Blood" by NONONO

Saturday, December 28, 2013

TONIGHT ALIVE @ The Roxy

TONIGHT ALIVE


Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive performs at The Roxy Theatre.

photos by picksysticks

Recently, Tonight Alive completed their first ever U.S. headlining tour and selling out The Roxy Theatre on the famed Sunset Strip.   Considered Australia's answer to Paramore, Tonight Alive, fronted by Jenna McDougall are now back on their home turf belting out their high-octane, aggressive rock at Australia's Vans Warped Tour which kicked off last Friday.  

All this touring is in support of their new album "Other Side" which dropped in September to positive reviews.

Get the album on iTunes right HERE.



"Thank You and Goodnight" by Tonight Alive
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

ECHOSMITH @ The Roxy




Echosmith (Sydney and Noah) perform at The Roxy.

photo by picksysticks

Echosmith's ages range from 14 to 20 but they play like veterans of the stage which isn't surprising once you've learned they've lived and breathed music from an early age.  And last Tuesday at The Roxy, supporting Tonight Alive, they certainly played like the stage was their second home rousing the crowd with the opening "Let's Love" and then weaving into their hit single "Come Together" while Sydney busts out the twirling pastel parasol during "Talking Dreams" in what's become a welcomed staple for the song.

Echosmith's Graham and Sydney


Echosmith's Jamie, Graham and Sydney took their band to the Roxy to open for Tonight Alive.

photos by picksysticks

With confident stage presence, Jamie and Sydney led sing-alongs to their teen anthem "Cool Kids" while the crowds surged into a lively clapfest to their closing song "Nothing's Wrong." 

For those not familiar with Echosmith, they're a group of siblings who grew up in Los Angeles and, unlike most teen pop bands whose sounds embraces sugary, bubblegum pop, Echosmith, comprised of Sydney, Jamie, Noah and Graham, sound more mature, blending a sophisticated sound that borrows from Coldplay, U2, Mumford and Sons and The Smiths. 

Echosmith Roxy Setlist (Nov. 19th): Let's Love / Come Together / Talking Dreams / Tell Her You Love Her / Cool Kids / Nothing's Wrong
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Monday, December 23, 2013

CHVRCHES @ The Wiltern

Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches


Chvrches perform at the sold out Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

photos by picksysticks

It was a warm  night at The Wiltern where Chvrches, on night two of their 10-city  tour performed to a sold out crowd of 2,000 last Monday.

Halfway into Chvrches set, Martin Doherty took center stage, trading off vocal duties with Lauren Mayberry, and thanked the crowd and our warm southern California weather for allowing him to walk outside in short sleeves in the middle winter. He then smoothly transitioned to sing  "Under the Tide" in which he danced front and center in front of the packed house.   

Lauren Mayberry of ChvrchesComing from Glasgow, Scotland where temperatures, this day, dipped below 40 degrees, this trio, it would seem, purposely planned this tour to start in sunny California - being all warm and all. 

It's been a busy year for the Scottish trio who have been touring the U.S. off and on since March in support of their breakthrough hit debut album The Bones of What You Believe.  But it was their singles "Lies" and "Mother We Share," released last year that began to convert the masses. 

Based on those two songs alone and subsequent debut EP, they went on tour, selling out venues across the U.S.  Their Los Angeles and San Francisco dates sold out so quickly, they had to move the concert to much bigger venues to accommodate the demand.  Now, their second time around is no different. The only thing different is that, now, they have a full-length album to tour behind.  


Chvrches set included all of their songs but one from their debut album and they finally got to showcase their moody tunes - equal parts dark and shiny - in a much grander environment with a slick light show polished with glittery-retro dance melodies.

Bathed in saturated greens, reds, blues and oranges, Chvrches' took the stage and opened up to a metronic, beat-driven intro of "We Sink" with lights pulsating and laser cutting the ambient fog onstage.  As a backdrop, three sharp-angled "V's" beset with acid-drop sparkling lights that burned like a beacon, often times twinkling and even throbbing to the Chvrches electro-pop beats.  The "V", also used in their name CHVRCHES, aside from the backdrop also dawned Iain Cook and Martin Doherty's DJ stands. Fans danced from above on the mezzanine, in what looked like standing room only looking down at the backdrop which was positioned like a target, with lead singer Lauren Mayberry bulls-eye-centered right down the middle.  


CHVRCHES are Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry


CHVRCHES are Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry.

photos by picksysticks

They kept it going fast and punch-drunk with "Gun" and "Lungs" before they slowed it down with the free-floating, romantic melodies of "Now Is Not the Time," that included sweet, sing-along harmonies.


Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches


Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches.

photo by picksysticks

Chvrches' strengths lies in that their songs, when performed live, translate well onstage, sounding exactly like their recorded tracks on their album, especially with songs like "Science and Visions," "Lungs" and "Recover" which are blanketed by layers of melodic beats and sugary-sweet synths.  But it's the gem of Lauren's soaring vocals that is the highlight of Chvrches.  It's more striking when she's accompanied by minimalistic arrangements like "Tether" and  "By The Throat," their closest songs they have to a ballad. 

Of course, as expected, the highlight of the night was during the end of their set when they performed "Mother We Share"  that got everyone on their feet before closing out the show with "By The Throat." 


Chvrches


Chvrches perform at The Wiltern, Los Angeles.

photos by picksysticks

Since their debut release of their first single "Lies" and then "Mother We Share" a year ago, Chvrches has been put under a microscope as the hype surrounding them grew and grew.  Now, with the release of their debut album this past September, Chvrches have met those high expectations and then some.  

The Wiltern Setlist (Nov. 18th):  We Sink / Gun / Lungs / Now Is Not The Time / Lies / Night Sky / Strong Hand / Science and Visions / Recover / Tether / Under the Tide / The Mother We Share / By The Throat


Sunday, December 22, 2013

DUM DUM GIRLS RECORD RELEASE PARTY @ THE ECHO (SOLD OUT)

Dum Dum Girls perform at The Getty Museum
photo by picksysticks

Dum Dum Girls' third album Too True from Sub Pop Records will drip January 28th.  And to celebrate, they're having their album release party at The Echo that very day and then head off to play New York's Mercury Lounge two days later (both show are already sold out) Bummer.

Known for their hip, fuzzy, Mazzy Star meets Shangri-Las West Coast beach vibe, the quartet are also getting ready to head out on their US tour to support Too True with Blouse beginning in March which includes stops at SXSW in Austin. 

"Lost Boys and Girls Club" by Dum Dum Girls
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Friday, December 20, 2013

CONWAY AND YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE KICK OFF 'FIRST FRIDAYS' AT NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM


One of Los Angeles' hottest and coolest nightspots  at The Natural History Museum is back with their latest installment of "First Fridays" which kicks off with Youngblood Hawke and Conway performing at the premiere event on January 10th.  Enjoy coctails as museum hours are extended after hours with discussion panels as NHM celebrates their new permanent exhibition "Becoming Los Angeles" which explores LA's natural history, it's wildlife and the ecology of urban habitats.  Tickets are available now right HERE.

Sets at 8 pm and 9:15 pm: Conway (8 pm) and Youngblood Hawke (9:15 pm)

"BIG TALK" by Conway


"We Come Running" by Youngblood Hawke
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NEW VIDEO: FOXES IS 'HOLDING ONTO HEAVEN'

Foxes' Louisa Rose Allen
FOXES performs at SXSW 2013.
photo by picksysticks
Today, Foxes (aka: Louisa Rose Allen), released the lyric video for her newest song "Holding Onto Heaven" which will be available in the UK on February 23rd.  It's off her debut album Glorious which drops in March.  

The lyric video, seems to have been shot in New York during her North American tour last month as the camera accompanies her during her love of thrifting and love of cakes!  Check out the video below. 

"Holding Onto Heaven" by Foxes
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Monday, December 16, 2013

NEW VIDEO: Chlöe Howl's "Rumour"

Chloe Howl

18-year-old Chloe Howl just released a new video for her single "Rumours" which is off her highly anticipated debut album which you can pre-order soon. But for now, you can download "Rumours" right HERE.

Recently being nominated for a BRIT Award (the British version of The Grammys),  18-year-old Chloe Howl was just tapped as the opening act on Ellie Goulding's upcoming European Arena Tour beginning in January.

"Rumour" by Chloe Howl
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LORDE ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

LORDE
LORDE
In March, Lorde and her band will be embarking on a 16-date tour across North America which starts in Austin, Texas, making stops New York City, Chicago, Boston to name a few and winding up on the west coast at the 2,800 capacity Fox Oakland Theater in California.

On December 6th, Lorde performed live at the prestigious annual Grammy Nomination Concert and came away with an impressive 4 nominations, ‘Record of the Year’, ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’ and ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’.

Lorde, also known as Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, who recently turned 17-years-old back in September, is officially the youngest artist to top the chart since 1987. 'Royals' recently set a new record for "Longest #1 at Alternative Radio by a Female Artist" with a staggering seven weeks at the top.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
03/03- Austin Music Hall - Austin, TX
03/04- Southside Ballroom - Dallas, TX
03/05- Bayou – Houston, TX
03/07- Echostage- Washington, DC
03/08- Tower Theatre – Philadelphia, PA
03/11- Roseland Ballroom - New York, NY
03/12- Roseland Ballroom - New York, NY
03/14- Orpheum – Boston, MA
03/15- Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
03/16- Fillmore – Detroit, MI
03/18- Aragon – Chicago, IL
03/20- Peabody Opera House – St. Louis, MO
03/21- Arvest Bank Theatre – Kansas City, MO
03/22- Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
03/24- WAMU Theater – Seattle, WA
03/26- Fox – Oakland, CA
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Friday, December 13, 2013

LORDE DROPS NEW TRACK "NO BETTER"



Today, to the surprise of many, Lorde released a new single called "No Better."  Check it out the song below:


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

THE BANGLES ANNOUNCE WHISKY A GO GO SHOW JAN. 26TH

Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles perform at the Santa Moncia Pier.
photo by picksysticks
The Bangles announced they'll be performing at the World Famous Whisky A Go Go on January 26th as part of Whisky's 50 year anniversary month long celebration that will also feature Lita Ford (Runaways) on January 9th.   

The Bangles  released their latest album Sweetheart of the Sun in 2011, their fifth studio album in their thirty year career.  It included the hit "I Will Never Be Through With You," a classic Bangles sound with sweet harmonies, catchy melodies that gives us those dreamy vocals we've come to love from Susanna Hoffs.  Tickets are currently on sale right HERE.

"I Will Never Be Through With You" by The Bangles

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"Put the Gun Down" by ZZ Ward Featured on A&E's Rodeo Girls

ZZ Ward
ZZ Ward performs at SXSW earlier this year.
photo by picksysticks
Hey ZZ Ward fans.  Check this out. Her song "Put the Gun Down" is featured on the commercials for A&E's new show "Rodeo Girls."  "Put the Gun Down" is from ZZ Ward's critically acclaimed debut album Til The Casket Drops which was one of the most buzzed about releases last year.  Check out the commerical for Rodeo Girls below. The show premieres tomorrow night on A&E.

 Rodeo Girls

"Put the Gun Down" by ZZ Ward
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NEW VIDEO: WE ARE THE IN CROWD'S "THE BEST THING (THAT NEVER HAPPENED)"

Tay Jardine
Tay Jardine at Warped Tour.
photo by picksysticks
 Here's the new official video for "The Best Thing (That Never Happened)" by We Are The In Crowd, released today.  We Are the In Crowd announced that their new album Weird Kids will be released February 18th with pre-orders starting on today.  

Weird Kids, released from Hopeless Records, is the follow-up to Best Intentions, their critically acclaimed debut album. 

They've also just announced the dates on their upcoming US tour with William Beckett, Set It Off, State Champs and Candy Hearts. Those tickets go on sale to the

"The Best Thing (That Never Happened) by We Are The In Crowd
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11 Girl Bands That Are Rocking Our World Right Now | Marie Claire

Uh Huh Her, Tegan and Sara, Warpaint, The Staves and HAIM
From left to right, top to bottom (Uh Huh Her, Tegan and Sara, Warpaint, The Staves and HAIM)
photos by picksysticks
What a great list.  Marie Claire just posted an article about the "11 Girl Bands That Are Rocking Our World Right Now" that range form a wide variety of pop, folk to rock acts.  Of the 11 on the list, we've seen 5 of them which includes The Staves, HAIM, Uh Huh Her, Tegan and Sara and Warpaint.  Here's what they had to say about them:

HAIM
These LA sisters set 2013 on fire with their critically acclaimed debut, Days Are Gone, which saw them sign with Jay Z’s Roc Nation record label and storm some of the biggest festival stages the world over. Seeing out their incredible year on British soil, the talented trio’s raw live show is still where they shine brightest. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Warpaint
Another set of LA cool cats to influence not only your record collection, but your wardrobe, too. Currently working on their second album, and follow up to 2010’s The Fool, these NME favourites do haunting indie rock better than most. Already confirmed for next summer’s Field Day festival, you can catch this captivating lot in the UK throughout 2014.

Tegan and Sara
Leaders of the all-girl pack, identical twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have been writing and recording together for over 16 years. The Canadian duo are now masters of an infectious folk rock sound and 2013 marked their seventh successful release with Heartthrob. Dancing shoes at the ready.

The Staves
If Laura Marling started a girl band, it would probably sound (and look) a lot like Watford’s The Staves. Firm favourites in the female folk scene, their enchanting harmonies and heartwarming melodies will whisk you off to a place far, far away. Somewhere in the ‘70s, no doubt. You’ll want to discover these Brit heroines before all your friends do, trust us.

Uh Huh Her
Time for some electro-pop courtesy of LA duo Uh Huh Her. Surrounded by industry hype from the outset, largely due to bassist Leisha Hailey’s role on TV drama The L Word, they’re now fully-fledged musicians in their own right. Currently teasing new material on Twitter, there’s more exciting things to come, watch this space.

To see who else made the list, click the link below.

11 Girl Bands That Are Rocking Our World Right Now | Marie Claire
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Monday, December 9, 2013

BLEACHED ANNOUNCE WHOLE FOODS GIG

Bleached
Bleached performs at Culture Collide this past October.
photo by picksysticks

Have you heard of that cool new concert venue in LA?  Have some nutritional and organic food while browsing the vinyl isle as you listen to live bands.  If you guessed Whole Foods then you are a total hipster.

Whole Foods Market on 3rd and Fairfax will have their Concert Series this Friday (Dec. 13th) with and in-store performance by one of my favorite bands Bleached.  The event, sponsored by Filter Magazine wil also include signings and appetizers, beer and wine!!    Also, according to the flyer, besides healthy foods, Whole Foods has now completely turned into the coolest grocery store in the world by carrying vinyl records.  "Vinyl records? Yeah, sure. Vinyl records are on isle 8, next to the roasted seaweed snacks."   Ride Your Heart, the new album from Bleached, will be available for purchase.


"Searching Through the Past" official lyric video by Bleached
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18 YEAR-OLD CHLOE HOWL MAKING WAVES ACROSS THE POND

Chloe Howl.
photo via Facebook.com/chloehowlofficial
Recently being nominated for a BRIT Award (the British version of The Grammys),  18-year-old Chloe Howl was just tapped as the opening act on Ellie Goulding's upcoming European Arena Tour beginning in January - this is on the heels of just being featured on BBC's Sound of 2014  which is a list of up-and-coming artists with highly aniticipated albums coming out next year.  Now all she has to do is come to the States and tour.  Check out her single "No Strings" and "Paper Heart" below.  

"Paper Heart" by Choe Howl

"No Strings" by Chloe Howl


NEW SONG: "NEON" BY VERSA


RollingStone.com just premiered Versa's new song "Neon" which is from their upcoming debut EP of the same name, expected to drop on January 14th.  That EP will be offered as a 'pay what you want' download on Bandcamp.  

"Neon," a slow-burning electro-ballad, Versa tells RS, is inspired by a destructive relationship you love to hate. Listen to the single on Rolling Stone right HERE.


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Sunday, December 8, 2013

WAXAHATCHEE @ CENTER FOR THE ARTS EAGLE ROCK

Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee
Waxahatchee performs at The Center of the Arts in Eagle Rock.
photos by picksysticks
The Center for the Arts Eagle Rock hosted an AMAZING lineup of bands Thursday night, each band creating their own buzz in the music scene in the past couple years - all currently on the Don Giovanni Record label.  It was also a night that saw twin sisters Katie and Allison Crutchfield fronting separate bands since they disbanded their band in 2011 and showing how their talents can take them on very different musical paths


Katy Goodman of UPSETUPSET's Jennifer Prince and Ali Koehler

But the night starting off with UPSET, made up of former Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler who trades in sticks for picks, fronting this LA outfit.  Supporting their debut album She's Gone which dropped  last August via Don Giovanni Records, UPSET, along with Koehler,  consists  of La Sera's Katy Goodman playing bass and Jennifer Prince on guitar.  Equal parts fast and heavy but also bright and colorful: perfect for those who love punk rock but love to mosh in a sun dress.  With drum heavy beats, UPSET echoes the punky-pop sounds of The Muffs with the beach-surf melodies of the Beach Boys in songs like "Let Go" and "Queen Frosteen."   And with catchy songs like "Queen Frosteen" and "Don't Lose Your Dinosaur," Upset doesn't take themselves too seriously with lyrics like "Don't lose your dinosaur because there's always more where that came from" and "Queen Frosteen my enemy she's everything and I'm nobody..." 

Upset Setlist: Let It Go / Oxfords ad Wingtips / Queen Frosteen / Game Over / Back to School / Don't Lose Your Dinosaur / Never Wanna / She's Gone / 7 Seconds /  You and I 


Swearin'
Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride of Swearin'
Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride of Swearin' at The Center for the Arts Eagle Rock.
photos by picksysticks
Next up was Swearin', the four-piece rock outfit based out of Philly, consists of Allison Crutchfield, Kyle Gilbride, Keith Spencer and Jeff Bolt.  While others have made the comparisons to The Breeders and Pavement, for me, they remind me of The Pixies' slacker, laid back melodies that quickly bursts into explosive energy.  Either way, those are great bands to be associated with and even mentioned in the same sentence with.  Their songs, based off of their two LPs Swearin' and Surfing Strange are painted with scuzzy guitars highlighted with deep, throbbing drums that even had former Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler air-drumming along offstage. 

Swearin' Setlist: Into / Hear to Hear / Irrational / Kenosha / Sub / Echo Locate / Watered Down / Just / Young / Crashing / Dust in the Gold Sack


Katie Crutchfield of WaxahatcheeKatie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee

Of course, the highlight of the night was watching Katie Crutchfield's Waxahatchee take the stage. I missed her at this years' SXSW so I was happy when she returned to Los Angeles to play.  Although at this show at Eagle Rock, about 20 minutes outside of Los Angeles, the crowd is different from the a usual LA crowd in such a way that you can expect to see tons of cell phones raised, taking pics or videos, tweeting, instagramming, etc., this crowd really seemed more focused on the music; so focused, they came out to pack the Center for the Arts in 40 degree temperatures  - that's freezing for L.A. standards.  Often times they did seem too focused, like a study hall in a library as it was so quiet between songs that Katie, drummer Keith Spencer and bassist Katherine Simonetti giggled and hushed each between songs.  But maybe that's because Katie's songs border melancholy-folk and pop which bleeds emotional and a deep vulnerability that she shines in its simplicity leaving the crowd awestruck in her powerful and meaningful tunes. 

The venue, also not your typical LA venue, preferring simple red lights as opposed to flashy, colorful light show that flash and blink to the point of near epileptic seizure attack. The Center of the Arts know that the music is the main focus and that's how they like to showcase their shows. Which is why, this night, Waxahatchee's songs seemed hauntingly beautiful under the darkened lights, awash in sunset reds as though the crowd huddled quietly around her for the glow of her passionate and warming melodies.

Waxahatchee performed songs from both Cerulean Salt and American Weekend, her critically acclaimed 2012 LP.  Her most recent, Cerulean Salt, was released last March which landed on many Top 10 and Best Album of the Year lists.  

Waxahatchee Setlist: Chapel of Pines / Coast to Coast / Misery Over Dispute / Waiting / Brother Bryan / Bathtub / Lively / Make Your Own Kinda / Blue Pt. 2 / Lips and Limbs / Grass Stain / Swan Dive / Peace and Quiet / American Weekend / Noccalula


"Misery Over Dispute" by Waxahatchee


"Dust in the Gold Sack" by Swearin'


"You and I" by Upset
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Saturday, December 7, 2013

NEW SONG: REBECCA BLACK RETURNS WITH "SATURDAY"


She's back. Rebecca Black, the singer behind the viral hit "Friday" returns with her follow up to the 2011 hit with "Satruday."  The song that was parodied by everyone and viewed on YouTube over 60 million times was praised as well as criticized.  Check it out the music video for "Saturday" below as well as her original hit "Friday."

"Saturday" by Rebecca Black

"Friday" by Rebecca Black
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

NEW VIDEO: LANA DEL REY'S SHORT FILM "TROPICO" RELEASED

The 30-minute video from Lana Del Rey is finally out.  Check out the biblical themed short with Lana Del Rey starring as Eve featuring the song "Tropico" from her album Born to Die.

"Tropico" by Lana Del Rey
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

BEST COAST RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR "THIS LONELY MORNING"

"This Lonely Morning" by Best Coast




Tuesday, December 3, 2013

WE ARE THE IN CROWD ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND NEW TOUR

Tay Jardine of We Are the In Crowd
Taylor Jardine of WATIC performs at Vans Warped Tour last year in Irvine, CA.
photo by picksysticks
Yesterday, via Facebook, We Are the In Crowd announced that their new album Weird Kids will be released February 18th with pre-orders starting on Dec. 10th.  And to celebrate, they've released the first single off that record called "The Best Thing (That Never Happened)" and it's available on iTunes right HERE.
Weird Kids, released from Hopeless Records, is the follow-up to Best Intentions, their critically acclaimed debut album.
"I don't know that I've felt this way about our other records," says lead singerTaylor Jardine. "I've been proud of our band for finishing an album. I was happy we got it done. But I'm really proud of this record, and that's not something I can say easily...I'm as happy with it as I possibly could be."

They've also just announced the dates on their upcoming US tour with William Beckett, Set It Off, State Champs and Candy Hearts. Those tickets go on sale to the public this Friday with their L.A. date on March 14th at Chain Reaction.  Check out the tour dates below.

"The Best Thing (That Never Happened)" by We Are The In Crowd


Upcoming US Tour Dates
2/22 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
2/23 - Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
2/25 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
2/26 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
2/27 - Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room
2/28 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
3/01 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Bar
3/02 - Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
3/04 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
3/05 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
3/06 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
3/08 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
3/09 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
3/11 - Sacramento, CA @ Assembly
3/12 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
3/14 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
3/15 - San Diego, CA @ Soma Sidestage
3/16 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
3/18 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
3/19 - Dallas, TX @ HOB-Cambridge Room
3/20 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Downstairs
3/22 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
3/23 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
3/25 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/26 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
3/28 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
3/29 - Vienna, VA @ Jammin' Java
3/30 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
4/01 - Hamden, CT @ The Space
4/02 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
4/03 - New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
4/04 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
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VERSA (formerly VersaEmerge) UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE

Sierra Kusterbeck of Versa
Sierra Kusterbeck of Versa performs at Vans Warped Tour 2010 at The Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.
photo by picksysticks
So in August, VersaEmerge revealed that they, and their record label Fueled by Ramen, decided to split ways. This was also on the heels of the band cancelling their Warped Tour dates in May.  Yesterday, the duo, consisting of Sierra Kusterbeck and Black Harnage, unveiled their new website under the their new band name VERSA!  Check out the new site right HERE.

The site teases their new single "Neon" which will drop on Dec. 10th.  Also, they announced the release of their debut EP under their new name Versa which will drop on January 14th offered as a 'pay what you want' download via Bandcamp.

But for now, as you wait for new music, check out their last official video as VersaEmerge called "No Consequences" which they shot in the summer of 2012. Enjoy!

"No Consequences" by VersaEmerge.
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Monday, December 2, 2013

TONIGHT ALIVE @ THE ROXY

TONIGHT ALIVE
Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive performs at The Roxy Theatre.
photos by picksysticks
Recently, Tonight Alive completed their first ever U.S. headlining tour and selling out The Roxy Theatre on the famed Sunset Strip.   Considered Australia's answer to Paramore, Tonight Alive, fronted by Jenna McDougall are now back on their home turf belting out their high-octane, aggressive rock at Australia's Vans Warped Tour which kicked off last Friday.  

All this touring is in support of their new album "Other Side" which dropped in September to positive reviews.

Get the album on iTunes right HERE.

"Thank You and Goodnight" by Tonight Alive
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

DIA FRAMPTON FEATURED ON NEW CRYSTAL METHOD VIDEO

Dia Frampton performs at Club Nokia.
photo by picksysticks
THE CRYSTAL METHOD have launched the video for their newest single “Over It” featuring Dia Frampton on VEVO.  The song appears on their upcoming fifth studio album, titled The Crystal Method out January 14. 

Directed by Zak Stoltz, the “Over It” video follows Dia Frampton--“The Voice”’s season two contestant and one half of indie duo Meg & Dia-- through a “Top Chef”-style baking competition where the odds are stacked in  her  competitors'  favor   as  they use  their  sexuality  to sway  the judges. Dia quickly realizes what's going on and uses her wits to turn the other girls against each other and rise above the ridiculousness to win. THE CRYSTAL METHOD’s KEN JORDAN and SCOTT KIRKLAND also have cameos.  Equal parts fun and sexy, it’s smart from start to finish. 

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WATCH SKY FERREIRA'S NEW VIDEO "NIGHT TIME MY TIME"

SKY FERREIRA

"NIGHT TIME MY TIME" BY SKY FERREIRA
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

DOLLYROTS BECOME TRIO: WELCOME RIVER OGDEN CABEZAS

Earlier today Luis and Kelly posted the first pics via Instagram of the littlest Dollyrot, River Ogden Cabezas   Congrats to the super 'AWESOME' couple.  

Welcome to planet Earth, River Ogden Cabezas. Born 11/25/13 - 7lbs 11oz - time to open those eyes & enjoy this wonderful life!!

"Because I'm Awesom" by The Dollyrots
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SKY FERREIRA PERFORMS ON DAVID LETTERMAN

Sky Ferreira's first ever performance at The Bootleg Theater on Sept. 3, 2013,
photo by picksysticks
Last night, Sky Ferreira performed on The Late Show with David Letterman and she sang "You're Not The One," one of my favorite songs from her debut album Night Time, My Time. Check it out below.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

DOLLYROTS' KELLY OGDEN GIVES BIRTH

The Dollyrots
The Dollyrots perform at The Viper Room
photo by picksysticks
I think congratulations are in order.  Just minutes ago, The Dollyrots just tweeted a somewhat cryptic message which leads us to believe that Kelly Ogden just gave birth!

The Dollytot ‏@TheDollytot 5m
I'M ON THE OUTSIDE folks!!!! Pics coming shortly! x

In July, Kelly and Luis broke news that they were expecting a little Dollyrot of their own and would cease touring for the remainder of 2013 while they work on their new record. More details to follow and hopefully a cute little pic of the lil' rascal.


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KREWELLA AND HEADHUNTERZ FIGHT BULLYING IN NEW SONG

KREWELLA
Krewella performs to a sold out show at The Avalon in LA.
photo by picksysticks
Krewella and Headhunterz team up to take on bullying by collaborating on a new song called "United Kids of the World," an anti-bullying anthem.

Buy the single here: http://hhz.dj/UKOTW-iT
Hear on Spotify here: http://hhz.dj/UKOTW-SFY



"United Kids of the World"
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NEW VIDEO: ICONA POP CAUGHT IN A LOVE TRIANGLE

Icona Pop performs at last year's Filter Magazine's Culture Collide.
photo by picksysticks
Wow. Check out this new video by Icona Pop, an artsy, black & white vid set in The City of Lights and tells the story of love and deceit.  It also highlights the sweet vocals of both Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo.   It's a welcomed change for me who is used to the electro-pop-dance beat-driven tunes I'm used to hearing.  In "Just Another Night," they slow it down for a pop-ballad that's both sensual and vulnerable.
  
Icona Pop recently announced they will be touring with Miley Cyrus on her U.S. tour beginning February and then with Katy Perry on her european tour in May.  

"Just Another Night" by Icona Pop
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ECHOSMITH @ THE ROXY

Echosmith (Sydney and Noah) perform at The Roxy.
photo by picksysticks
Echosmith's ages range from 14 to 20 but they play like veterans of the stage which isn't surprising once you've learned they've lived and breathed music from an early age.  And last Tuesday at The Roxy, supporting Tonight Alive, they certainly played like the stage was their second home rousing the crowd with the opening "Let's Love" and then weaving into their hit single "Come Together" while Sydney busts out the twirling pastel parasol during "Talking Dreams" in what's become a welcomed staple for the song.

Echosmith's Graham and Sydney
Echosmith's Jamie, Graham and Sydney took their band to the Roxy to open for Tonight Alive.
photos by picksysticks
With confident stage presence, Jamie and Sydney led sing-alongs to their teen anthem "Cool Kids" while the crowds surged into a lively clapfest to their closing song "Nothing's Wrong." 

For those not familiar with Echosmith, they're a group of siblings who grew up in Los Angeles and, unlike most teen pop bands whose sounds embraces sugary, bubblegum pop, Echosmith, comprised of Sydney, Jamie, Noah and Graham, sound more mature, blending a sophisticated sound that borrows from Coldplay, U2, Mumford and Sons and The Smiths. 

Echosmith just finished their tour with Tonight Alive and will return to SoCal to play The Chain Reaction on Dec. 21st and 22nd.

Echosmith Roxy Setlist (Nov. 19th): Let's Love / Come Together / Talking Dreams / Tell Her You Love Her / Cool Kids / Nothing's Wrong
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