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, August 30, 2013

GET INTO A LITTLE "TROUBLE" THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Neon Jungle
Neon Jungle
With boy bands saturating the headlines, from The Wanted and One Direction, it's time for some girls groups to grab some attention.  We've already seen Little Mix creeping up on our social media streams here in the States.  UnfortunEatley, for these bands, most of the headlines have been about their personal lives rather than the music;  1D's Zayne Malik's engagment to Little Mix's Perrie Edwards, Harry and Swift and even Lohan and The Wanted's Max George.  

Now, Neon Jungle, the latest girl group to throw their hats in the ring, are looking to change all that and trying to bLaze their own trail that breaks the girl-group mold .  Their new single "Trouble" which will be released tomorrow (Sept. 1st) is given an acoustic but energetic treatment in this new performance from The Line of Best Fit.  Check it out below.

"Trouble (Acoustic) by Neon Jungle
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

ALLO DARLIN'S ELIZABETH MORRIS RELEASES SOLO EP

Elizabeth Morris of Allo Darlin'
Elizabeth Morris of Allo Darlin' performs at The Echo last year.
photo by picksysticks
It's been awhile since we've heard from  Allo Darlin', the UK band known for the infectious, willowy-pop ballads.   Simple in its lullaby melodies, Allo Darlin has been busy recording their new album in London, tentatively titled We Come From the Same Place.  They have a few dates scheduled, possibly to try out their new songs in October.  Until then, to hold you over unitl their new album is released, lead vocalist Elizabeth Morris has released a solo EP.  But don't worry.  Allo Darlin isn't splitting up.  As Morris explains, she wrote some songs that didn't feel like Allo Darlin' songs which written during a turbulent time in her life and she decided to record them. 

"This is not meant to mean anything other than I had these songs, and I didn't know what to do with them. But I wanted them to be heard at some point. "



Much different from Allo Darlin' songs, these Morris penned songs are delicate like the fine, fragile leaves of a dandelion, on the vergeo of being blown away by a slight, cool breeze.  "Optimism" shimmers like morning dew on a rose petal - a moment in time that's short and sweet as Morris sings "You're too young to give up on Optimism. I don't know what to do when you look at me straight in the eye."  It's a light melody that's powerful in its simplicity, playied on vulnerable keys just like "Young Republic,"  inspired by her great-great-great grandmother's 1850's piano.   

Morris recorded with her friend Darren Hayman and this release is only available via digital release at Bandcamp right HERE
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

MY NEW OBSESSION: KITTEN WANTS TO BE YOUR GIRL

KITTEN'S Chloe Chaidez
KITTEN performs at SXSW.
photo by picksysticks
KITTEN'S new EP Like A Stranger drops today and I can't get enough of it, especially their single "I'll Be Your Girl,"  a song that feels like it was ripped from a John Hughes film.  You know the type of scene I'm talking about.  It's a high school prom and our female lead, down on her luck, just got dumped by the handsome jock, leaving her alone on the dance floor when, unsuspectingly, her 'true' knight in shining armor (usually her best, nerdy guy friend) comes to the rescue to sweep her off her feet and they kiss and live happily ever after. And roll credits with Kitten's "I'll Be Your Girl" playing over hundreds of meaningless names.  Just give me a tissue already!!

You can catch KITTEN when they perform at The Observatory on Sept. 4th.  And you can now download Kitten's Like A Stranger EP on iTunes right HERE.  For only 5 bucks people!  Get on it!

"I'll Be Your Girl" by Kitten
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THOSE DARLINS ALBUM AND TOUR NEWS

Those Darlins
Hula-hooping hip actions and gyrating mid-sections.  All that's missing is a little twerking in this newest NSFW video by Those Darlins, the  power-pop band from Nashville.  The song is called "Optimist" and it's the first single off their new album Blur The Line that drops October 1st and shows women, unrestrained and fiercely dancing to the tune which proudly belt's out "Used to be an Optimist. It got to dangerous...they all say la ti da."

This Saturday, Those Darlins begin their two-month tour in Troy, Ohio.  Their Los Angeles stop will hit The Echo on November 7th.  Click HERE to pre-order the album and to see the rest of the tour dates.


"OPTIMIST" by Those Darlins
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Monday, August 26, 2013

KITTEN STREAMING NEW EP 'LIKE A STRANGER' ON FILTER

KITTEN'S CHLOE CHAIDEZ
KITTEN'S CHLOE CHAIDEZ
photo by picksysticks
Oh how I love this band.   Go to FILTER right now to listen to KITTEN's new EP Like A Stranger in its entirety.  With each new EP, the LA-based band, fronted by Chloe Chaidez,  continues to surprise, writing songs with layers of complexity with rising, romanticized melodies and dancable retro synths.   The EP drops tomorrow (August 27th) and you get a with this EP, that KITTEN is redefining '80s new wave. 

Click right HERE to listen to Like A Stranger. 

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NEW VIDEO: MANICANPARTY'S "MONARCH"

Manicanparty
There's something about the sounds of tribel-esque drum beats  that makes me celebrate and appreciate life.

Manicaparty, the Minneapolis duo, consisting of Pat Morrisey and Jess Corazza, inspires joy in their new video "Moncarch."  This upbeat single uses rising, pop melodies to celebrate the joys of living life like it's your last day on Earth.  There last song 'Rebels in the Light" feels the same way. Check out both songs below.

"Monarch" official music video by Manicanparty

"Rebels in the Light" by Manicaparty
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Friday, August 23, 2013

MOONPOOLS and CATERPILLARS REUNION SHOW RAISES OVER $25,000 FOR ETHIOPIA

Jay Jay and Kimi Encarnacion of Moonpools and Caterpillars
Reunion show: Moonpools and Caterpillars' Jay Jay and Kimi Encarnacion perform for the first time in 15 years.
photos by picksysticks
I'm still recovering from the awesomeness of last month's Moonpools and Caterpillars' reunion show.  It was their first show in 15 years and they decided to return for a very special cause - Ethiopia Health Aid, a charity show that raised over $25,000; money used to ship donated ambulances and bring medical supplies as well as educational resources to villages in Ethiopia.

The sold-out benefit concert, held at David Henry Hwang Theater in downtown Los Angeles on July 27th, brought back original members, Kimi Ward Encarnacion, Jay Jay Encarnacion, Tim De Palma and Gugut Salazar to what was mostly a friendly and informal affair with close friends, family and loyal fans old and new.

Moonpools and Caterpillars
Tim de Palma and Gugut Salazar of Moonpools and Caterpillars
Tim de Palma and Gugut Salazar of Moonpools and Caterpillars perform during Ethiopia Live Aid at David Henry Hwang Theater.
photos by picksysticks
From their first song to their last, Moonpools and Caterpillars didn't show any rust after a long absence from the stage, performing fan favorites from their two albums.  The only time they did show their age was halfway into their set when they took a pause to catch their breath.  "Talk amongst yourselves," Kimi joked to the crowd. With the audience getting out of their seats to dance and crowd the front of the stage, the welcomed break also gave everyone time to also catch their breaths. The band also got a break when Kimi performed an inspired, solo rendition of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." 

Throughout the intimate show, Kimi, Gugut, Tim and Jay Jay smiled, waved and acknowledged friends and family in the crowd between and during songs. For me, seeing them for the first time after falling in love with their debut album, Lucky Dumpling, 15 years ago was a dream come true.  If you closed your eyes, you'd think you were listening to their cd. They were that polished and spot on after nearly three decades of not playing together. 

From Kimi’s yodeling and Tim’s high-flying scissor-kicks to Jay’s confident and controlled play on guitar and Gugut’s playful drum beats, Moonpools and Caterpillars transformed the David Henry Hwang Theater into a time machine that transported everyone back to 1995; from the rousing and electrifying "Hear" that opened their set and got everyone out of their seats to the ever delicate and uplifting "Summertime" and the vulnerable, lullaby "Heaven,” their songs, just like fine wine, had aged well through the years.

Making a point not to take an encore so they can squeeze in as many songs as possible, Moonpools and Caterpillars sang a marathon 18 songs chosen from two of their albums Lucky Dumpling and 12 Songs.  Fans danced, cheered and sang along to songs like  "Ooh Ooh," "Summertime" and "Traveling Song." 

At the end of the showcase, when everyone in the theater realized the end was near, Kimi fought back tears. "
Ok so it's time," Kimi announced. "This has been so great...Thanks so much for being here,"  she finished as they closed their set with "Crazy Old World" and brought up their children onstage to share the spotlight. 
  
Moonpools and Caterpillars
Two Generations of Moonpools and Caterpillars.
photo by picksysticks
All in all, the night was successful not just in reuniting Moonpools and Caterpillars but raising awareness and raising much needed cash and donations for Ethiopia.  And with the success of  Ethiopia Health Aid, no word yet on whether Moonpools and Caterpillars will perform again or even write new music.  All Kimi can say is when we interviewed them last month were  “We have a few ideas in the works. Stay tuned.” 

Check out more pics from the Moonpools & Caterpillars reunion show right HERE.

Set list: Hear / Ren / Ooh Ooh / Summertime / Traveling Song / Trampling Rose / Soon / 6 Feet Tall / Colossal Youth / Koo Koo Koo / Cool / Polyester / Jubilee / Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash cover) / Heaven / Sundays / Crazy Old World

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

THE CULTS ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

Madeline Follin of The Cults will release their new album Static on October 15th.
photo by picksysticks
The Cults have posted new dates on their upcoming Static Tour in support of their new album Static which drops on October 15th.   

Last week, they released their new '60s inspired, glazed-rock single "I Can Hardly Make You Mine." Check it out along with tour dates below: 


Sep 6 - Bleu Club, Mexico City
Sep 7 - Dallas, TX
Sep 8 - Sacramento, CA
Oct 22 - The Sinclair, Boston, MA
Oct 23 - Theatre of Living Arts
Oct 26 - Life Is Beautiful Festival - Las Vegas, NV
Oct 27 - Life Is Beautiful Festival, Las Vegas, NV
Oct 29 - Black Cat, Washington, D.C.
Oct 30 - Motorco Music Hall, Durham, NC
Oct 31 - Visulite Theatre, Charlotte, NC
Nov 1 - The Loft, Atlanta, GA
Nov 2 - Voodoo Experience Music Festival, New Orleans, LA
Nov 4 - Emo's, Austin, TX
Nov 5 - Fitzgerald's, Houston, TX
Nov 6 - Tree's, Dallas, TX
Nov 8 - Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
Nov 9 - Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
Nov 10 - The Irenic, San Diego, CA
Nov 12 - El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Nov 13 - The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
Nov 15 - Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
Nov 16 - Rio Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Nov 17 - Neumo's, Seattle, WA
Nov 20 - Bluebird Theatre, Denver, CO
Nov 22 - First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Nov 23 - Metro, Chicago, IL
Nov 24 - Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
Nov 25 - Lee's Palace, Canada
Nov 26 - Webster Hall, New York, NY
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CHARLI XCX CANCELLS U.S. TOUR TO SUPPORT PARAMORE


Today, via Twitter, Charli XCX announced she had to cancell her upcoming U.S. tour, trading in a headlining gig to support Paramore in the U.K.

In a series of tweets, she explains that something came up and she had something to do and that the U.S. tour will be rescheduled around October and November.  Check out the tweets below: 

CHARLI XCX ‏@charli_xcx 
The dates are being rescheduled as I speak & the tour will be moved to October/November. I hope u guys will still come if u can make it xx CHARLI XCX ‏@charli_xcx 
I always feel this crazy love & acceptance when I play in the USA & everyone out here is so cool and nice. I just hope u guys aren't too mad
CHARLI XCX ‏@charli_xcx 
It's something I had to do, & even though it will no doubt be amazing I'm so devastated that I'm having to reschedule dates and upset u guys

CHARLI XCX ‏@charli_xcx

It's an amazing opportunity for me as I've never really toured in the UK and its something that people around me would not let me turn down

CHARLI XCX ‏@charli_xcx

The honest reason it's been moved is bcoz I got offered 2 support paramore in the UK @ the end of September.. Which is super scary&exciting

CHARLI XCX ‏@charli_xcx
Hey everyone... Ok so I'm really upset and sad to say that I have had to postpone my US tour for a month or so.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

WE ARE THE IN CROWD'S NEW SONG SCREAMS FOR "ATTENTION"

Taylor Jardine of We Are the in Crowd
Taylor Jardine of We Are the in Crowd performs at Vans Warped Tour last year.
photo by picksysticks
A driving force of sugary-pop melodies with dual vocals that We Are The In Crowd are known for, their new single, released today, just screams for "Attention."   The new single is more like an anthem for today's youth, their conflicts of identity and the journey they must all face to find out who they are meant to be.   "I Know the way I want to be but I'm trapped in who I am," lead singer Taylor Jardine sings. "The only thng that holds me back is not believing.."  

You can purchase the single right HERE.  Check out the new single, "Attention" below.

"Attention" by We Are the In Crowd
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THE NEARLY DEADS RELEASE 'SURVIVAL GUIDE' VIA STANDBY RECORDS

The Nearly Deads drops Survival Guide today.
When The Nearly Deads burst on the scene with their self-titled EP in 2011, no one expected a rock band from Nashville to be the talk of the town, much less from music taste-makers.   A proverbial knock on the door proclaiming they had arrived it wasn't.  It was more of a banging on that door that caught the attention of the music industry - MTV, FUSE and Billboard to name a few.  Spots performing at high-profile music festivals like Warped Tour and Summerfest soon followed while their zombie hit single "Never Look Back" took the internet by storm with their video being viewed over 5 million times.  These are all accomplishments any Billboard Top 40 band would dream to have.  But what's more surprising is that The Nearly Deads accomplished all of this without the backing of a label or full-length album.  
The Nearly Deads
Nearly Deads perform at On the Rox
photo by picksysticks


Today, with the release of their new EP Survival Guide via Standby Records, The Nearly Deads are no longer crashing parties, they're now just trying to save everyone inside from becoming victims from the zombie apocalypse.  Six tracks of pure, pounding adrenalin and take-no-prisoners guitar assault, Survival Guide is the perfect soundtrack to the end of the world. No other band does full-throttle as intense as The Nearly Deads. It's that fear that keeps you alive, heart pounding and senses on full alert. 


"Brave" leads the charge against the undeads. "I'm the one that has to live...I am brave and you can't take that away, I'll be fighting everyday," lead singer Theresa Jeane sings on the lead single while heartbreak looms over "Reasons" delving into leaving and losing someone you once loved.  And in a world where people just want to fit in, chaos of identity and the push and pulling of being somebody you are not while trying to find the person you are meant to be sums up "Changeover." 

In fact, Survival Guide's themes can also be applied as a survival guide to life.  And with universal lyrics of  love, lost and heartbreak along with a unique and fresh sound all their own, The Nearly Deads are proving why the music industry are taking notice.  You can purchase Survival Guide right HERE.

Survival Guide Track listing: 1) Brave 2) Never Look Back 3) Changeover 4) Reasons 5) Fact and Fiction 6) Never Look Back (reanimated)  


"Brave" off of Survival Guide by The Nearly Deads
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

DEAP VALLY @ The Troubadour

Deap Vally's Lindsey Troy
Lindsey Troy of Deap Vally at The Troubador in support of their debut album Sistrionix.
photos by picksysticks
So glad I finally got to see Deap Vally.  After performning a majority of their tour overseas, they finally played their hometown at The Troubadour to a packed and roaring crowd in support of their debut full length album Sistrionix.

Deap Vally's Julie Edwards
Deap Vally's Julie Edwards performs to a sold out crowd at The Troubadour
photo by picksysticks
Like the burn of dry whiskey, they personify rock and roll at its finest.  Classic rock with no apologies - and to do it with only sole guitarist Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards on sticks.  The one-time drummer of indie-darlings Pity Party, Edwards lets loose, feriously.  There is order in her chaos.  And add to that Troy's gravelly vocals and distorted guitars, and you get what some are comparing them to White Stripes and Black Keyes.

"Bad For My Body" by Deap Vally
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Friday, August 16, 2013

JULIET SIMMS RELEASES NEW SINGLE "A Heart Doesn't Beat On Its Own"

Juliet Simms
Juliet Simms performs at Vans Warped Tour.
photo by picksysticks
The Voice's second season runner-up Juliet Simms has just released her new single "A Heart Doesn't Beat On Its Own." The song, first posted on her band's Automatic Love Letter Facebook page, is a song of the heartbreak of a crumbled romance and the hard decision of leaving.  Simms, known for her powerful and weathered voice shows her soft and vulnerable side  as she sings of driving away. 

As in so many relationships, just like in real life, we drive this so-called 'road of life' driving forward as we look at our rear-view mirror of what we left behind just like in Simm's touching song "A Heart Doesn't Beat On Its Own."  

"Every inch, every mile, reminded me of the vacancy, next to me where you used to be. How could I say goodbye?"   Juliet sings struggling though her most difficult decision and then ends this rock lullaby with "It's a lonely road when you're leaving you're only home. I can't believe that I let you go...I know a heart doesn't beat on its own." 

Juliet Simms just finished her tour on Vans Warped Tour and since finishing second on NBC's The Voice, she has signed with Republic Records and her Voice mentor, Cee Lo Green is now managing her career.  Check out her new single below. 

"A Heart Doesn't Beat On Its Own" by Juliet Simms
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

BIRDY RELEASES "ALL YOU NEVER SAY" LYRIC VIDEO


Check out Birdy's new lyric video for "All You Never Say" off her upcoming album Fire Within which drops next month.   You can download this song for free by signing up to her mailing list right HERE.  

I can't wait for this album to come out.  The more I hear, the more impatient I become. Last month, she released the first single "Wings" which I can't get enough of.  You can pre-order Fire Within now at the links below:

You can pre-order 'Fire Within' now:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/firewithin
Physical: http://smarturl.it/firewithin-amzndel2
Super Deluxe: http://smarturl.it/limitededitionboxset

"All You Never Say" by Birdy

"Wings" by Birdy
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NEW VIDEO: "LONELY GIRL" BY TONIGHT ALIVE



Tonight Alive just released their video for "Lonely Girl," the high-octane single off their upcoming album The Other Side.   Their sophomore release is set to drop on September 10th via Fearless Records.

"Lonely Girl" by Tonight Alive
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

HUMP DAY WEDNESDAY: "PUMPIN' BLOOD" by NONONO

Swdedish trio NONONO
Swdedish trio NONONO
Here's something to get you started on this hump day Wednesday.

NONONO – a Swedish trio based in Stockholm, consisting of production team Astma & Rocwell (whose credits include Bebe Black, Benny Banks Icona Pop) and singer/songwriting talents of Stina Wäppling. Meeting through a mutual friend, the three formed NONONO during the spring of 2012; around the time Stina returned from the UK where she had spent three years studying to be a psychologist.

The sound could be described as Urban-Indie. Melancholy yet hopeful with a bassy beat oriented foundation.

"Pumpin' Blood" by NONONO

Get "Pumpin Blood" now! http://www.smarturl.it/PumpinBlood
Get a free download of the track 'Down Under' on Facebook now: http://on.fb.me/16tQDsv

Follow NONONO:
http://www.nononoofficial.com/
http://www.facebook.com/nononoofficial
http://www.twitter.com/nononoofficial
http://www.soundcloud.com/nononoofficial
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BIG DEAL ANNOUNCE TOUR AND RELEASE NEW VIDEO

Big Deal (Alice Costelloe and Kacey Underwood)
"Mesmerizing" "Ambitious" and "Tender Beauty" are a few of the words describing Big Deal and their newest album June Gloom.  The London-based group just announcing a slew of UK tour dates have also released the video for their song "Dream Machines." 

With a busy summer that saw them promoting the acclaimed second album at summer festivals, the duo, consisting of Alice Costelloe and Kacey Underwood, have just announced that they're headed out this fall with The Local Natives concluding  with the release of their new single "Swapping Spit" on November 5th.

"Dream Machines" by Big Deal

Also, recently, Big Deal stopped by TopMan and performed "In Your Car."
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Friday, August 9, 2013

URBAN OUTFITTERS' FREE SHOW WITH BLEACHED AND DUM DUM GIRLS

Bleached and Dum Dum Girls will open Urban Outfitter's new store in Malibu.
photos by picksysticks
On Saturday, August 24th, Urban Outfitters will be opening their new store in Malibu (3806 Cross Creek Rd. Malibu 90265). And to celebrate, there will be featured  performances by Bleached and Dum Dum Girls.    Presented by Urban Outfitters and Converse, the event will also have food trucks on location as well as free beer provided by LAB Brewing Co.


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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

NEW SONG: "LIKE A STRANGER" BY KITTEN

KITTEN
Kitten performs at The Jubilee  2013held in Downtown Los Angeles.
photo by picksysticks
Wow. It's still hard to believe KITTEN's lead singer, Chloe Chaidez is only 18 years old and writing such amazing songs.  Seriously!!   If you haven't been to their live shows then you're missing out on something really special. 

Still riding high off their Cut it Out debut studio EP last year, KITTEN just announced they're releasing their new EP Like a Stranger on August 27th.  And judging by their latest single, released today, their sound which echoes '80s pop, seems to be maturing with each EP. 

"Like A Stranger" still bleeds '80s retro with dark synth melodes that highlight Chloe's weathered and, often times, sultry vocals.  It's a glitter explosion with touches of romantic, vintage tones; something their loyal fans have come to love and should expect from their debut full-length album expected to drop next year via Elekra Records.

You can pre-order Like A Stanger EP right HERE.


"Like a Stranger" by KITTEN
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NYLO @ VIPER ROOM

Nylo performs during her Indigo Summer mixtape release show at The Viper Room
photo by picksysticks
It's rare that I can play an entire cd without skipping over a few bad songs to get to the good ones.  

Nylo, the 22 year-old, Chi Town native, has one such cd.  It's actually her new mixtape called Indigo Summer and she celebrated its release by performing a secret release party at The Viper Room on the famed Sunset Strip.   

Her songs? Like a modern art piece, accompanied by a soundtrack, layered by light, brush strokes of R&B, soul and pop.  You leave feeling full-filled, wanting more because it stays with you for days. And another thing, it's super sexy. Just listen to "Rent Free" and "Someone Like You."  And this month, SPIN magazine just named her one of the top 5 'Best New Artists of 2013.' 

Right now, Indigo Summer is available for download right HERE. She's expected to release another mixtape in the fall called Indigo Rose.  


Inidgo Summer Mixtape by NYLO
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DEAP VALLY IS BAD FOR YOUR BODY

Deap Vally's Julie Edwards
Deap Vally's Julie Edwards.
photo by picksysticks
The only band I'd want to be listening to as I attack that lonely desert straightaway to Vegas is Deap Vally.  Dirty guitars and scowling vocals that act as an adrenaline rush as you pass Barstow towards Sin City.  

Deap Vally are Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards, the LA duo gaining critical acclaim for their non-apologetic and attitude-laced rock.  Oh, and they also have a debut album Sistrionix that's out almost everywhere but here stateside.  That album will be available this fall.   They've been playing a lot of dates overseas but we'll finally get a chance to see Deap Vally when they headline The Troubadour on August 13th.  

Deap Vally just released the official music video for "Bad For My Body." Check it out below and grab your tiks now before they sell out!

"Bad For My Body" by Deap Vally
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Monday, August 5, 2013

HAIM'S DEBUT ALBUM 'DAYS ARE GONE' OUT SEPT. 30TH

Este of HAIMHAIM'S Alana and Danielle
HAIM performs at Santa Monica's Twilight Summer Concert Series last year.
photos by picksysticks

Sisters Alana, Danielle and Este who make up HAIM has, probably, the most anticipated debut albums this year.   Last week HAIM released the first single "The Wire" off their debut album which will finally be released Septeber 30th titled Days Are Gone via Polydor/Columbia.


Growing up in the San Fernando valley, the sisters, consisting of Alana, Danielle and Este, were raised in a musical family, touring with their parents and performing at street fairs and charities under the name Rockinhaim.

With echoes of their parents' generation of music like Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell, HAIM borrows from their own generation, layering touches of rock, R&B and alternative. But it's their trance-inducing percussions and silky-smooth harmonies that will make you get up on your feet and dance.


  
"The Wire" by HAIM
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

DRESSES & LAURA STEVENSON @ The Troubadour

Dresses are Timothy Heller and Jared Ryan Maldonado
Dresses are Timothy Heller and Jared Ryan Maldonado.
photo by picksyticks
The shy duo on stage are Timothy Heller and Jared Ryan Maldonado and they make up Portland's Dresses. Soft spoken and, I imagine, vegetarians (just kidding...unless they are), they make their music do the talking. Lush-pop that overflows with feels makes me want to run across a field of daisies if I wasn't too allergic to the darn flowers.  Dresses, this night at The Troubadour, from the outset for their first song, I began to feel the allergic rash as I ran through that field in my mind.  But aside from their fresh hooks, it's Timothy's unique playful vocals that is the highlight of this group. 

Almost playing their new EP Sun Shy in its entirety, their songs, infectious melodies that are sun-kissed by Portland's ever-scarce and rare sunshine.   Heck! They're from Portlandia - the land a recent survey called 'The Most Hipster-Friendly City in the Country'.  So hipster that the front-woman has a guy's name.  And the other?  Two first names! Anyways, they're too cool to be my friends and I'm too shy to approach them.  So I'll just admire them from afar and wish I was partying with them in their video below!

"Sun Shy" by Dresses
"Blew My Mind" by Dresses
Laura Stevenson
Laura Stevenson performs an acoustic set at The Troubadour.
photos by picksysticks
Laura Stevenson came on stage in a new 'do, joking that she resembled Justin Bieber before she dyed her hair a darker color.  Sad songs of heartbreak and loneliness peppered her set, played on a bare stage with just her guitar and smooth and powerful voice. (I'd like to see Bieber do that! ).  This was my first time seeing her.  Loooooved her.   Spotifying her right now as I write this.  Reminds me of those early Woodstock-era singer/songwriter tunes in the day that my parents always listened too.  Laura is an old soul, stuck and finding her way through this industry that's embracing the digital revolution.  But it's still great to see artists like Laura still 'plugging' away and still playing music that really means something.

Laura Stevenson - The Move [American Acoustic Session]

Friday, August 2, 2013

NEW VIDEO: CANDY HEARTS "Miles and Interstages"

Candy Hearts
Candy Hearts
photo by Stehpan Yang
This trio from New York, aptly named Candy Hearts, sounds as sugury sweet as their band's name advertises. 

Known for the bouncy melodies delivered over punk-pop arrangements, Candy Hearts, consisting of Mariel, Kris, and Matt,  just released their newest EP The Best Ways to Disappear pours on the bubble-gum, punk melodies on their new video for "Mile & Interstates." 

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

JOAN JETT ANNOUNCES FIRST ALBUM IN 7 YEARS


Today, August 1st, is officially "Joan Jett Day" as proclaimed by the City of West Hollywood who's hosting the Sunset Strip Music Festival this weekend where Jett will be honored.  

The Rock 'n Roll legend, today, also announced she's releasing her new album Unvarnished on October 1st via Blackheart Records.  It'll be her first new music in over a decade.   Her last album, Sinner, was released in 2006.  Unvarnished will be her fourteenth studio album.

Jett will perform her  first single "Any Weather" next Thursday on Jimmy Kimmel Live and will be made available on iTunes on August 6th.  

Jett has said that Unvarnished is the most autobiographical project she’s ever done, allowing some of life’s hardest passages, such as the loss of both her parents, dictate what she wrote about. The album also broadens to other subjects, such as applauding the determination of Hurricane Sandy’s victims and lighthearted commentary on today’s trend of oversharing.