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..

Friday, June 28, 2013

NEW VIDEO - "TWIST ME TO THE LEFT" BY THE DOLLYROTS

Luis and Kelly of The Dollyrots
The Dollyrots performing at SXSW last March.
photo by picksysticks
As promised, The Dollyrots released their new video for "Twist Me To The Left," from their fan-funded new self-titled album released in September. 

"Twist Me To The Left" is the latest of catchy, pop/punk tunes from The Dollyrots.  It paints a picture of touring life on the road; the good and the bad; not knowing what city you're waking up in but rewarding in the fact that the crowd energizes them every night.  "See those faces look at me / Shining in the sea of black / Radiating energy / I’ll turn it up and throw it back / For you I’ll give my everything," sings lead-singer Kelly Ogden.

Check out the new official video below and be sure to catch their fianl shows of 2013 before they go into hibernation to begin working on their new album.  Tonight, they perform a special acoustic set at Molly Malones and then they play at The Troubadour with Go Betty Go on July 5th.  

"Twist Me to the Left" official music video by The Dollyrots
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

THE STAVES @ The Bootleg Theater


On Saturday, The Staves finished off their 25-city, North American Tour at Los Angeles' Bootleg Theater.  Their British acoustic, folk melodies, often quiet and fragile only showcased the trio's perfect harmonizing and crisp vocals - enough so that you can almost hear a pin drop.  

The Staves (Emily, Camilla & Jessica Camilla Staveley-Taylor)

It was their very first performance in Los Angeles and they spoke about touring on the road here in the U.S., pointing out 'weird' truck stops and truckers and filming their upcoming video in Big Sur.  

Sisters Emily, Camilla and Jessica Staveley-Taylor has gained popularity here in the States when they opened up for The Civil Wars last year and has gained more loyal followers since their strong showing at this years' South By Southwest last March in Austin, Texas while also supporting Bon Iver during his North American tour.  Their debut album Dead & Born & Grown was released in November 2012.

The Staves' Emily Staveley-Taylor
The Staves (Emily, Camilla & Jessica Camilla Staveley-Taylor  of The Staves)
Sisters Emily, Camilla & Jessica Camilla Staveley-Taylor  of The Staves
photos by picksysticks


"Winter Trees" by The Staves
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bonnie McKee's "American Girl" has All-Star Cast

Bonnie McKee, the girl behind such hits songs from Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Kesha and Taio Cruz has released a new video for her new song "American Girl" which featuers every pop singer that's worth a damn.  Here's a few notables making cameos in the video: Katy Perry, Macklemore, Joan Rivers, Karmin, Kathy Griffin, Lance Bass, Kelly Osbourne, Adam Lambert, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jenny McCarthy, KISS, Taio Cruz, Jane Lynch, Jason Derulo, Jewel, Tommy Lee, George Takei and Sirah. Check out the video below.

"American Girl" by Bonnie McKee
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SKY FERREIRA ANNOUNCES EL REY SHOW SEPT. 29th

Sky Ferreira
Sky Ferreira performs at The Bootleg Theater this past April.
photo by picksysticks
Event details:
Sky Ferreira. Act like you don’t already follow her on Twitter – as if you haven’t Googled her, or checked her out on Wikipedia. Now check again. Before you can hit refresh, there might be another paragraph. She's co-written and recorded with half the Billboard chart, survived in Hollywood and on the Lower East Side,seen the world from thirty-five thousand feet, been shot by every photographeryou can name off the top of your head. Now get one thing straight: Sky was singing first. Just click on her piano-and vocal only cover of Mike Snow’s 'Animal' on YouTube for your evidence that herother skills might pay the bills, but music is her life and her voice is bonafide. Her 2011 debut EP As If! hinted at her soulful range and stylistic versatility. But if you think it prepared you for the step Sky’s about to take on her first long-player, think again. She’s hard at work with a hand-picked team of collaborators. And this time she’s in charge, making the record she wanted to make all along.


Sky's show at The El Rey on September 29th go on sale this Saturday  at this LINK.

FROM TOURING TO NEW ALBUMS: A BUNCH OF DOLLYROTS NEWS!



Hey Ho US residents; more specifically Los Angeles peeps.  The next couple weeks will be the last time to catch local darlings The Dollyrots live this year! Yep, you heard right. No more touring for the rest of 2013. What?!

Kelly just posted a YouTube vid with the news that they'll be working on writing songs for their new record which, she says, will explore their roots and concentrate on more simpler songs inspired by really good melodies and above all - catchy hooks; more in the lines of their debut album Eat My Heart Out, which was released in 2004.  

Also, sometime this week, their new video for "Twist Me to the Left" will be released which will feature live tour footage from such cities as Dallas, the UK, Los Angeles, Boston and Dublin.  

Tonight, they play a Stageit show where they'll be playing a couple of new songs they've already written for the new album.  Click HERE to purchase tiks.  

LAST SHOWS OF 2013
June 26 - Stageit.com ( http://bit.ly?06Sneak )
June 28 - Molly Malones - Special Acoustic Set
July 5 - Troubadour - Last show until 2014 w/ Go Betty Go, The Hot Toddies & The Potential Lunatics


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

CADY GROVES WANTS TO "FORGET YOU"

Cady Groves
Cady Groves performs at The Roxy.
photo by picksysticks
Here's the Cady Groves' new video "Forget You" which, as we found out last week, will be featured on the upcoming Smurfs 2 Soundtrack which drops July 23rd and includes songs from Britney Spears and Owl City. 

"Forget You" by Cady Groves
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JOY FORMIDABLE COVERS THE CARPENTERS' "SUPERSTAR"

Joy Formidable
Joy Formidable at The Troubadour last year.
photo by picksysticks
Known for the aggressive, loud guitar thrashing, The Joy Formidable just released a video showing their softer side, covering The Carpenters' "Superstar" backstage during one of their stops in Charlotte last month. 

Joy Formidable are currently on their North American tour until the end of July.  They return stateside in October when the play Austin City Limits and then it's back to Los Angeles for a show at The Greek Theater with Passion Pit.  

"Superstar" cover by Joy Formidable
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PARAMORE PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR "ANKLEBITERS"

Paramore
Paramore performing during SXSW.
photo by picksysticks
Paramore's video for 'Anklebiters' from the self-titled album - available now on Fueled By Ramen. Visit http://paramore.net for more!  Currently, Paramore are on their European tour through the end of September with Australian dates planned for early 2014.

"Anklebiters" by Paramore

"Anklebiters" LYRICS
Why do you care what people think? Are you hooked up to their leash?
You know anklebiters ate up your personality.

Try to remember how it felt to just make up your own steps.
And let anklebiters chew up, spit out someone else.

And fall in love with yourself.

Because someday you're gonna be the only one you've got.
Someday you're gonna be the only one you've got.

Why you wanna play someone and leave yourself to drop dead?
Someday you're gonna be the only one you've got.

What do you actually expect? A broken mirror to reflect?
You know anklebiters gave you a false perception.

And why do I defend your ignorance?
Oh, why do I defend the state you're in?

You should fall in love with yourself, oh, again.
Fall in love with yourself.

Because someday you're gonna be the only one you've got.
Someday you're gonna be the only one you've got.

Why you wanna play someone and leave yourself to drop dead?
Someday you're gonna be the only one you've got.

Anklebiters! Anklebiters!
Someday you're gonna be alone!
Anklebiters! Anklebiters!
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Monday, June 24, 2013

NEW VIDEO: "DEAD IN YOUR HEAD" BY BLEACHED

BLEACHED
Bleached
Bleached, lead by sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin have a knack for churning out warm, fuzzy So-Cal melodies.  Here's the new video from Bleached called "Dead In Your Head," a trippy, Warhol-esque video about regrets.  It' off their debut album Ride Your Heart which was released this April. 

They just announced their North American tour  which you can see by clicking HERE. They hit Los Angeles' El REy for two nights August 18th and 19th where they'll be playing with their West Coast neighbors Best Coast.  And this Sunday, they'll be performing at Cost Mesa's 60 and Fabulous Anniversary celebration at The Orange County Fair. 


"DEAD IN YOUR HEAD" BY BLEACHED

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

NEW VIDEO: MILEY CYRUS "WE CAN'T STOP"



DAYUUM this is good! This years' "Most Beautiful Woman in the World," Miley Cyrus just released her much anticipated video for "We Can't Stop," a eletro-party-anthem song.  Only 20 years old, Miley has definitely transformed form Disney pop-princess to sexpot, diva.  She graces the cover of this month's Billboard magazine with the headline "Miley 2.0." 

It's been quite a year so far for Maxim's Most Beautiful Woman.  Besides the tabloid stories of her on-again, off-again engagement rumors to Liam Hemsworth, her parents just filed for divorce and in next month's Rolling Stone magazine, Cyrus admits (well, not really) about her reported drug use telling the mag, ""I did a song with Snoop Dogg called 'Ashtrays and Heartbreaks,' so people can put it together for themselves," Cyrus says. "I think alcohol is way more dangerous than marijuana – people can be mad at me for saying that, but I don't care. I've seen a lot of people spiral down with alcohol, but I've never seen that happen with weed."  This issue with the full interview will hit shelves July 4th.  

"WE CAN'T STOP" BY Miley Cyrus
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

ADULT SWIM SINGLES SERIES - KITTY'S "BARBIE JEEP"

Kitty performs at The Hype Hotel during SXSW.
photo by picksysticks
The Adult Swim Singles series kicked off last week with " 36" Chain' " by Run The Jewels.  This week, the TV series, which  gives away a track every week through its website, is offering up "Barbie Jeep"  by Kitty (produced by Hot Sugar).  Kitty, shot to fame with her hypnotic, slacker-rap song "Orion's Belt" which has been viewed over a million times on YouTube.  Check out their website HERE to see the schedule of singles being released that includes Marnie Stern, Lil B and Miguel.  


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Monday, June 17, 2013

CADY GROVES' SINGLE "FORGET YOU" FEATURED ON SMURFS 2 SOUNDTRACK

Cady Groves
Cady Groves at The Roxy in 2011.
photo by picksysticks

Ohhh. Check this out!  Cady Groves just revealed via Facebook that her brand new single "Forget You" will drop next Tuesday (June 25) on iTunes & Amazon.  On top of that, it's featured on The Smurfs 2 soundtrack.  Coincidentally, today, Britney Spears just released her single "Ooh La La"  which also appears on the soundtrack. That album which also has songs from Owl City and Nelly Furtado will be available on July 23rd.


23-year-old Cady Groves is one of those artists that comes once in a blue moon. Super talented who writes her own songs, doesn't need auto-tuning and could take you in a fight even though she's a little over 5 feet tall.  Unlike most pop stars today who patronize their fans with an air of fakeness, it's not unusual to see Cady curse on stage as she did when we saw her open up for Hot Chelle Rae at The Roxy a couple years ago.  

She's the anti-pop star. A scrapper with an attitude.  So when you listen to her songs, you'll understand where her temper comes from.  It seems she had to grow up quick, living in a family of seven kids, she graduated high school at the age of 16 and went to culinary school. 

She moved to Los Angeles to write her album and fell in and out of love with a married man.  Writing of breakups and revenge became her therapy and  when she sings of hard breakups and being alone you can sense that she's lived through it.  


*********************UPDATE June 26th*********************************

The video for "Forget You" is finally here, premiering on Idolator.com. Check it out HERE at their site:

"Forget You" by Cady Groves

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

KATE NASH NORTH AMERICAN TOUR NEWS


For the third time this year, British musician and activist Kate Nash will be embarking on a nationwide North American tour in continued support of her critically acclaimed third album ‘Girl Talk’. Due to popular demand and having sold-out her first two tours in a matter of days, Nash will be making a welcomed return this October to perform across America in prestigious venues such as New York City’s Terminal 5 and the historic 1920’s Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Premiering her latest remix of OMYGOD on Teen Vogue, Kate has linked up with William Bowerman of La Roux to create a vibey, new take on the catchy track.



KATE NASH NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
10/29 - Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
10/30 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
11/01 – Metro – Chicago, IL
11/02 – Deluxe – Indianapolis, IN
11/03 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
11/05 - Phoenix Theatre - Toronto, ON
11/07 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
11/08 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
11/09 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY
11/11 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
11/12 - Cat’s Cradle - Carrboro, NC
11/13 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
11/15 - Fitzgerald’s Upstairs - Houston, TX
11/16 - Mohawk - Austin, TX
11/17 - Trees - Dallas, TX
11/19 - Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ
11/20 - Porter’s Pub - San Diego, CA
11/22 - Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
11/23 - Fonda Theater - Los Angeles, CA
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WE ARE / SHE IS RUINS MY NIGHT THEN MAKES IT BETTER!

We Are / She Is
We Are/She Is.
photo via Facebook.
So bummed right now.  Totally was geared up to watch We Are/She Is tonight at Boardners. Luckily I checked their Facebook before hand and saw that the show was cancelled and moved to July 3rd.  Well, got to do some chores anyways but had their EP Name Game which dropped in March playing on repeat, especially their single "Ricochet" which I played especially loud! Can't wait to see them live.  

Listen below and check them out Wednesday, July 3rd when they play Boardner's Club Moscow in Hollywood.  


"Ricochet" by We Are / She Is
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DEAD SARA COVERS NIRVANA'S "HEART SHAPED BOX"

DEAD SARA'S EMILY ARMSTRONG
Dead Sara's Emily Armstrong performing at Vans Warped Tour in Irvine last year.
photo by picksysticks
Check out Dead Sara's cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" on the new commerical for Playstation's inFAMOUS.  The song pops up towards the end.  This isn't the first connection with Nirvana and Kurt Cobain. A few years ago, Emily worked with Courteny Love, singing background vocals on Hole's album "Nobody's Daughter."

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NEW VIDEO: "THE OCEAN" BY TONIGHT ALIVE

Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive
Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive performs during Warped Tour in Irvine, CA last year.
photo by picksysticks
Check out Tonight Alive's new lyric video for "The Ocean." It's the first track off The Other Side, Tonight Alive's second full-lenght album dropping this September.  Check the Australian band when they begin their Warped Tour leg starting in Seattle on June 15th.  

"The Ocean" by Tonight Alive
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

THE SUBMARINES' BLAKE HAZARD'S NEW ALBUM

Blake Hazard
Blake Hazard of The Submarines performs at Sunset Junction in 2009.
photo by picksysticks
Blake Hazard, the other half of Submarines, is releasing her solo album The Eleanor Islands which drops July 9th.  She just released her new video for "Colonnade," the first single off her album which you can watch below.  



Rolling Stone is also offering another one of her singles on their site called "Weekends Are For Amateurs" about a couple who's unraveling and they go out dancing.  "The title came out of a chat with friends about how weeknights are so much better for going out," she tells Rolling Stone. You can download the track at RollingStone right HERE for free.
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Monday, June 10, 2013

NEW VIDEO: "VICIOUS CYCLE" BY CLAIRY BROWNE AND THE BANGIN' RACKETTES

Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes
Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes performs at Central SAPC  in Santa Monica last year.
photo by picksysticks
With the never ending tabloid feeding frenzy of seeing the lives of such artists as Lindsay Lohan, Justin Bieber and Amanda Bynes spinning out of control, Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes' new video for "Vicious Cycle" is an example of art imitating life as it delves into  human nature's darkness of reveling in witnessing those at the top unravel before out eyes. 

Clairy Brown's new video, exclusively premiering on ETonlne, is a sultry tease that starts off innocently, highlighting Browne's silky, smooth and powerful vocals,  which builds with  threatening horns, ending with Browne singing "Still I Cry, Feel like Crying' to an exciting climax which echoes today's pop culture stalkerazzi environment.  The video is fittingly shot on a stage with a lone spotlight possibly symbolizing the scrutiny every performer lives under.   " 'Vicious Cycle' is a funeral march for artists loved and lost," the band writes on their Facebook page.  

"Vicious Cycle" is off their debut album Baby Caught the Bus which was released stateside last month and includes their hit single "Love Letter"  which gained international attention when it was featured in Heinekin's tv spot, surpassing over 1 million views on Youtube.  Recently, the Australian group completed their North American tour, blowing away U.S. audiences at SXSW and wowing tv audiences during appearances on such shows as NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly."  Check out the video below: 


"Vicious Cycle" by Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes

Sunday, June 9, 2013

GIRLS ROCK JUBILEE MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL

Kitten
Kitten performs at The Myra Stage during Jubilee 2013.
photo by picksysticks
by JPEGG
Picksysticks Contributer

Jubilee Music & Arts Festival 2013 has moved out of its three-year Silver Lake residence. It is now in its own little warehouse nook between South Santa Fe Avenue and 6th Street. All by its lonesome in vacant warehouses and a parking lot come alive for this two-day event. Sadly, no other clubs to stop into like El Cid or little cafe's or trinket stores up and down the block. This year's Jubilee is music, Heineken booze, roach coach eats, a bit of comedy, and a bunch of table of arts for sale, all behind bars. It feels like an isolated rock-out on the edge of the city, near the Amtrak passing by, and very near the 4th Street and 6th Street bridges towering above and over the Los Angeles River. It is a wonderfully interesting scene if it is a new festival, but comparing it to what it used to be, it is not the same. There is no community feeling to this Jubilee, just the people paying $30 to $50 per ticket along with the sponsors that give the people lack of choice.

Cherry Glazerr
Performing on the Sunset Stage are Cherry Glazerr (Clem Creevy, Hannah Uribe, Sophia Muller and Sean Redman)
photos by picksysticks
Fortunately, the line-up of music delivers to the usual amazing standards. Three stages of sound, with one main stage in the parking lot turned festival area and two in adjacent warehouses. Friday's line-up hosts an array of eight female fronted bands.         
Cherry Glazerr
Clem and Sophia of Cherry Glazerr

The day starts with a group of talented teens, calling themselves collectively as Cherry Glazerr (Los Angeles). They look like an after school detention teen clique consisting of three girls and a guy. Cherry Glazerr has an unusual sound and feeling of pent-up teen energy stuck on a morphine drip.  There is a delightful frustration in the lead vocals of Clementine Creevy and Sophia Muller, sounding like children on a sugar high that just took a few of mommy's Vicodin pills to chill. The lyrics are simple yet endearing like a children's storybook, talking about cats, grilled cheese, trick or treat, a pizza monster, and an alien princess. Great ideas for late night doobie cartoon music videos, those cartoons with sketchy lines and seemingly bad artistic skills, but somehow hilarious. Hannah Uribe on drums is the quiet one with the loudest toy. It is the main Sunset stage for these kids.          

Then it is into the Myra Stage warehouse for three consecutive female fronted bands. First, it is Wardell (Los Angeles). They are the soundtrack to listen to while swinging high on a swing with toes drifting just above the sand. There is an uplifting feeling to Sasha Spielberg's vocals like green grass and sunflowers on the horizon as the girl on the swing in the floral summer dress floats high, to and fro, enjoying the simple exhilarant body rush, then letting free, and landing bare feet back in the sand box. Accomplished delight. Now it is just a matter if the music is good enough to be in one of her father's movies.   
Theo and Sasha of WARDELL
Wardell performs during day 1 of Jubilee Music and Arts Festival in Downtown LA.
photo by picksysticks
Next is Takashi Miyaki (Los Angeles). It is a band name, not a performer in the band. One night, lead singer and drummer, Lucy, had a few drinks too many and was somehow talking about Japanese movie director, Takashi Miike, but Lucy instead said, Tashaki Miyaki, likely with a slur, and thus the band name was created. Under the influence of inspiration. On stage, Lucy sings with a focused, yet determined presence, as if she is singing in a damned daydream. She drums constantly, seeming to concentrate on that moment when reality turned into a dream, trying not to awake from what it was, in a trance-like state. Subtle charm, with steady percussions. There is no connection of depravity between this band and Miike's dark cult films, only the reverb of turmoil.


Takashi Miyaki
SOKO

However, there is a shy psychotic charm to the band SoKo (France). Stephanie Sokolinski is her full name. She has that stabbed innocence feeling, tormented and twisted with misunderstood emotions. A wounded animal singing to survive as she watches people pass by without slowing their stride. Her frustration turning into darkness behind the twinkle in her eyes.  Hurt, yet longing to exact revenge. She actually curses out one of the event staff for his rudeness, before she performs her final song of her set. She has been hurt, and had enough of taking things kindly. Her retaliation is in her release as SoKo. Erratic anger turned into raging music of truth.          
Oh Boy Les Mecs
Oh Boy Les Mecs
The most intimate of music stages is at Hoover Stage in another warehouse. Here, Oh Boy Les Mecs (Los Angeles) has one of those feeling of flying through digital skies of kaleidoscope rainbows. No clouds, only color in pixilated form, box light cubes, shifting contently with eclectic energy. A lifting emotional purge. Wings with tails plugged into a socket. Singer Tracy Marcellino is the tour guide and creator of this ever-shifting realm. Her soft streaming vocal emotions oscillate the sound and surroundings of this digital environment. She is electric water momentarily soothing life's parched vitality. Reality seems suspended by the music and colors of their performance, like an alien space ship.       


Bleached
Jessica Clavin of Bleached
BLEACHED at The Sunset Stage during Jubilee Music & Arts Festival.
photos by picksysticks
Soon, it is back on the lot, grounded, as an Amtrak passes and an airplane flies over the Sunset Stage, coincidently moments before introducing the band Bleached (Los Angeles). The sisters of Mika Miko are back. Front woman Jennifer Clavin is at it again with those lively shenanigans, but a little more tame this time around, though the sound is not.  If Courtney Love was possessed by Kurt Cobain, and then stepped in as lead singer to Nirvana, they would sound somewhat Bleached. Interestingly enough, Nirvana's first album was entitled, Bleach. They are a raw, edgy, scrap metal sound. Jennifer mumble hums lyrics with words seaming to overlap without breath. Bleached is a tingling sensation that never drones, but sometimes gets a good out-of-control. Jennifer is the grime and guitar, while Jessica Clavin fills heavy bass lines.     

KITTEN
Kitten's Chloe Chaidez

Ah, then it is comes down to the final feline front woman band of the night, Kitten (Los Angeles). Do not tame this girl, and do not try to turn it into something Disney. Young shining teen star lead singer, Chloe Chaidez, has the adorable look for any Bop Teen Magazine cover, but the music is much deeper, no bubblegum, and no pop, all teeth and nails. She sounds of a purring kitten transgressing in thought, singing from her own book of experiences in her own boisterous symbolisms, beyond bubbly love and bad girl teen wannabes, and well beyond her commercial categorized target market for her age. Lessons in life from an insightful, adrenaline filled, Cheshire Chloe. Kitten feels of a girl teen version of The Killers meets The Cure. And with this grand finale, day one of female fronted bands at the Jubilee by the river comes to an end. 

Check out more photos from Jubilee 2013 right HERE.

Jubilee Photo Gallery
photos by Picksysticks  

Friday, June 7, 2013

MAKE MUSIC PASADENA RECAP

YACHT
Yacht brings the heat to Make Music Pasadena.
photo by picksysticks
When you think of Pasadena, their music scene isn't the first thing that comes to mind.  That's soon going to change.  Make Music Pasadena, the annual free outdoor music festival and dubbed THE LARGEST FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL on the west coast, is fast becoming one of the premiere music festivals in the country.  
Freedom Fry


Already in its sixth year, the festival, presented by 89.9 KCRW, attracts over 35,000 during the course of the day, spanning 8 blocks with multiple outdoor stages while hosting over 100 bands that features every musical genre; from classical, rock, indie, Latin and folk.  Unlike other cities whose music festivals charge you an entry fee, Make Music Pasadena is completely free for all ages.  This year, as always, girls rocked the main stages.

A perfect band to start the day, Freedom Fry is a cool breeze that blankets a warm, country carnival; bright colorful lights that glow like a beacon in a darkened field.  There's a sense of innocence in their simplicity that's familiar and takes you back to your fun and carefree times of first dates and self discovery.   The duo of Bruce Driscoll and Marie Seyrat - one American and one French evokes the sounds of The Bird and The Bee with playful melodies that dance around like children on a playground.  


Simone White
Simone White
Simone White performs at the Levitt Pavilion Stage during Make Music Pasadena.
photo by picksysticks
A few blocks away, the Levitt Pavilion was the perfect setting to take in Simone White's breezy and hypnotic sounds;  mysterious and often times haunting, like driving alone on a stretch of road in the middle of a forest with only a cracked headlight to show you the way; a road not chosen to be travelled by most but White is courageous enough to explore on her own and she's willing to lead the way if you're more than willing to follow.  As for me? I gave her all my trust and was delighted to take the this exciting musical trip with Simone as my guide.  


Peach Kings
Peach Kings' Paige McClaine

A year ago, Peach Kings made the best of their early time slot on the main stage.  This year, they graduated to opening up for Yacht during the late afternoon.  Their look has changed from the last time we saw them; from classic rock and dusty, flannel-tinged tunes left out to breathe like fine wine to outlaw, whisky-soaked, country vixen.  But their music still stings with sultry vocals from Paige McClaine wistfully swooning at times and then  teasingly vengeful the next.  

For those enduring the 90 degree heat, Yacht turned up the heat even more, energizing the crowd who all seemed to be there for them.  Think Eurythmics meets Grouplove and then remixed and mashed up through an electronic blender.  Mesmerizing in their stage presence, Yacht made up of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans transformed the stage into their own bounce house like those inflatable castles you see at children's birthday parties.  They traded vocal duties as if to give each other a breather as they  weaved party, tear-drop beats while crossing the barriers and jumping into the crowd.  For them a house party doesn't always have to take place after the sun goes down.  The same holds true for Make Music Pasadena as more bands continued throughout the night, some playing until midnight.  


YACHT
YACHT
YACHT
Yacht is Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans.
photos by picksysticks
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KELSI LUCK KICKS OFF CITYWALK'S FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES


Free summer concerts at Citywalk's Five Towers kicks off June 29th with up-and-coming pop newcomer Kelsi Luck opening up for The Ready Set.  Luck, who's new single "That's What I Like" is starting to create a lot of buzz and is featured on "The To Do List" trailer starring Aubrey Plaza and on the promo for Fox's "Dads."  



Listen to the song below.  With Ting Ting-like dance beats and fun, catchy melodies that echoes Toni Basil, Luck's new video, which has nearly 100,000 views since its release in April, uses cinemagraphs to create a trippy, real-life diorama-esque feel.

"That's What I Like" single is available on iTunes right HERE!

Universal City Free Five Towers Live Music Series at Universal Citywalk  Saturdays & Sundays July - August.  The best part: it’s FREE! *CityWalk events, hours, performances, and parking prices subject to change without notice.  Click HERE to see the summer lineup. 

"That's What I Like" by Kelsi Luck
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

SANTA MONICA TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCES LINEUP



Always a great time, the annual Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier announced this summer's lineup that includes Surfer Blood, No Age,Xavier Rudd and The English Beat.   

Now in it's 29th year, the summer concert series takes place every Thursday from July 11th through September 12th.  The Twilight Concerts features the best contemporary and classic music with amazing beach views as it's backdrop. Surfer Blood will kick off the free series with Jimmy Cliff closing it out on September 12th.  More artists will be announced soon but past performers included The Bangles, Best Coast, HAIM and Kasey Chambers.  

July 11th - Surfer Blood
July 25th - No Age
August 1st - Xavier Rudd
August 8th - Hanni El Khati & Bombino
August 15th - The English Beat
August 22nd - Nick Waterhouse & The Boogaloo Assassins
August 29th - A Very Special Attraction from New Orleans & Los Angeles Artist TBA
September 5th - An Evening of Breakout Indie. Artists TBA
September 12th - Jimmy Cliff 

Click HERE for more info.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

CHVRCHES CONVERTS THE MASSES

CHVRCHES
CHVRCHES performing at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood.
photo by picksysticks
By selling out venues across the globe, Scottish-based group Chvrches has done what so little bands have done; all this without having released a full-length album.  On their west coast leg of their North American tour, Chvches (spelled with a 'V') has sold out two of their Los Angeles shows.  First, after The Troubadour sold out within minutes, they added a another show, but this time across town at the much larger Fonda Theater which also sold out.  Days earlier, they played at San Francisco's Mezzanine after the original and smaller venue sold out which prompted another venue change.


Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES
Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES.
photos by picksysticks
But is this band all hype?  Their debut EP, Recover,  was already breaking out in a big way before it  was released stateside in March with breakout singles "Mother We Share" and "Lies" recieving much of the early blog buzz.  A stop at this year's South By Southwest added to their growing popularity which burned like wildfire making fans hungry for a lot more than just the 4 songs on their EP. 
Martin Doherty of CHVRCHES
Martin Doherty of Chvrches

Their Troubadour show was a much more intimate affair and much more electric than their show at much larger Fonda Theater the night before.  

The energy in the sold-out, 400 capacity venue certainly heated the packed house and was something the band wasn't used to.  "We're not used to people dancing," lead singer Lauren Mayberry says to the audience. "We're from Britian."   

With only a handful of songs, Chvrches consisting of Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook, played every song in their arsenal including new songs that's sure to please the hardcore fanbase like the beat/key-centric "Gun" and my favorite, "Night Sky" a tension heavy tune that builds into Mayberry trading vocals like a fighter in the ring.  


CHVRCHES at The Troubadour
CHVRCHES
CHVRCHES at The Troubadour.
photo by picksysticks
And something fans should expect on their new album, electro-sound-sculpter  Martin Doherty also gets in on the vocal act, sharing singing duties on "If We Sink" and "Tide" with Mayberry singing background while "Now is Not The Time" is a 80s inspired, seductive tease of a pop love song, their closest ballad of a tune with breathless harmonies.  The night ended after two encores with an electro-pop cover of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U." 

Their much anticipated debut album is due this September. 

Troubadour Setlist (June 1, 2013): Lies / If We Sink / Now Is Not The Time / Lungs / Gun / Night Sky / Science / Strong Hand / Tether / Recover / Tide / The Mother We Share / I Would Die 4 U (Prince cover)


Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES
Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES.
photos by picksysticks


"The Mother We Share" by CHVRCHES
vid by ednla
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