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..

Thursday, May 29, 2014

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN SHAPESHIFTER - A 360 DEGREE ROCK AND ROLL CIRCUS


It's the stuff of dreams and fantasy - a world filled with flying souls, acrobats, dancers and Shamans. Add to that one of LA's most buzzed about bands performing live and what you get is a 360 degree rock and roll circus the defies gravity and expectations.  

It's called Shapeshifter from the mind of Jordann Baker who conceived of this theatrical/art/circus/concert event six months ago after watching an aerial performance at Way 2 Much Entertainment. Baker who wrote, produces and directes Shapeshifter also serves as one of the key aerial performers, who, for most of the show, spends it 30 feet in the air, effortlessly swinging above the crowds on silks with no safety net.  

The music of Los Angeles' own The Shakers was the inspiration to Baker's beautiful madness. 

"The music of The Shakers - one of my favorite bands - inspired me as the show came to life and of course it was only natural that they be the magical vessel for this story," Baker says.

Rescue Team is the latest album by The Shakers, serving as the soundtrack to Shapeshifter and as lead singer Jodie Schell explains, the album is about "...how we exist to strengthen our spirit and the people we love. The only way to do that is to stand up to the villains, even if it's the one inside you. And when you can't do it alone, you let your rescue team help you." 


Baker's dream finally became a reality after a IndieGoGo campaign successfully raised over $10,000 in two months. And after rigorous weeks of training and rehearsals, Shapshifter finally debuted at the Way 2 Much Entertainment Studio (home of the Derby Dolls) on May 23rd.  
The daredevil cast, who daringly dazzle above the audience also includes Terril Teran, Rachel Tatem, Hope Hall, Jeffrey Little and Sita Acevedo.  And the high-octane, driving performance of The Shakers consists of Jodie, Chris Lee (lead guitar), Nick Woods (drums) and John Rogan (bass). 

Shapeshifter is a show where YOU are actually part of the show; 360 degrees of eye candy - aerialist, acrobats, art and theatrical set pieces. Add to that the adrenalin rush of a live concert and Shapeshifter may have upped the bar for future live shows.  

Final shows are Friday (May 30) and Saturday (May 31). Tickets are available at shapeshifter.brownpapertickets.com .  
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

THE CULTS KICK OFF SANTA MONICA'S FREE SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES

Madeline Follin of THE CULTS

New York City's The Cults, it was announced, will launch Santa Monica's Twilight Concert series on July 10th. The event is free and takes place on the deck of the pier but a large screen will be provided for people sitting on the beach who want to have a picnic and relax under the stars. 


Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series
Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series is free.
photos by picksysticks
Celebrating its 30th year, the summer concert series will take place every Thursday from July 10th through September 11th starting at 7 pm.  The Twilight Concerts features the best contemporary and classic music with amazing beach views as it's backdrop. Other acts announced are Yuna, Cayucus, Papa, Omar Souleyman and Lee "Scratch" Perry. More artists will be announced soon but past performers included The Bangles, Best Coast, HAIM, Mr. Little Jeans and Kasey Chambers.  

TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES LINE-UP
7/10 - Cults w/ James Supercave
7/17 - Yuna w/ King + KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez
7/24 - Cayucas / Papa + KCRW DJ chris muckley
7/31 - Omar Souleyman + KCRW DJ aaron byrd
8/07 - Jagwar Ma + KCRW DJ Jason Bentley
8/14 - La Santa Cecilia w/ Sergio Mendoza y la Orkestra + KCRW DJ raul campos
8/21 - The Zombies w/ Mystic Braves + KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox
8/28 - Lee “Scratch” Perry w/ Mexico 68 + KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole
9/04 - talent to be announced… 
9/11 - Charles Bradley w/ King James & The Special Men
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

NEW VIDEO: "MOANING LISA SMILE" BY WOLF ALICE

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice finally released their official video for "Moaning Lisa Smile."  In it, Lead singer Ellie Rowsell competes in a talent competition, only to be snubbed by her would-be dance partners.   Think "Little Meets Sunshine" meets "Hedvig and the Angry Inch" in which the video's theme of social acceptance begins with Rowsell trying to fit into a certain group and being rejected. But at its conclusion, what we all can take away from "Moaning Lisa Smile" is that you'll be most happy by just being yourself and find others who will accept you for who you are.  Mwaaaaah.

"Moaning Lisa Smile" by Wolf Alice


X FACTOR US WINNERS: ALEX & SIERRA DEBUT SINGLE "SCARECROW"

Alex and Sierra

As the first and only group to win the X Factor USA, Alex & Sierra were a huge success on the show as their stunning performances of “Say Something” and “Gravity” immediately hit #1 on iTunes. The groups performances sold over 1 million singles in the month of December and their Youtube videos have accumulated over 85 million total views. The duo are pleased to announce the release of their debut single, “Scarecrow,” a rollicking folk pop stomper that perfectly melds the singers’ voices. “Scarecrow” was co-written by Alex & Sierra, along with Martin Johnson (Boys Like Girls) and Sam Hollander, the lyric video was directed by Alex Purifoy. “Scarecrow” will be released to iTunes in the coming few weeks along with the official music video premiere in June. 

Alex & Sierra’s debut album will be released late 2014. 

"Scarecrow" by Alex & Sierra
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Monday, May 26, 2014

JADEN MICHAELS' DEBUT SINGLE "WALK ON" PREMIERES

Jaden Michaels

Songs about heartbreak are a dime a dozen.  Everyone has experienced it and it's the shits!  Luckily, we have talented musicians to express how we feel, to tap into that emotional core that rips our heart out when our hearts get broken and to create that perfect song about it.  Majority of these songs are depressingly fragile in its melodies. A sappy ballad that makes you feel even worse, making you think that you're always going to be alone.  Rubbish! 

"Walk On" by Jaden Michaels is different.  This is not a "feel sorry for me I'm hurting" heartbreak song.  This is a strong, stand up for yourself, I don't take shit type of song that breaks the 'all women are fragile little things' mold.  

Instead of sulking, the person in the song takes control of her life singing "Too many tears I've cried. What happened to our paradise. We built our walls too high. Nobody can say I didn't try...This is the last goodbye. Turn down the lights and walk on. I think it's better you walked on."   It's anthem about empowerment and it's an anthem about taking control of your life.

The song, premiering last Friday, is Michaels' debut single off of MP45 Records. Already a successful songwriter, writing songs for Jennifer Lopez, Lea Michele and Naya Rivera as well as American Idol's Jessica Sanchez and Candice Glover, Michaels is now ready to step into the spotlight with her own song which is now available digitally everywhere including on iTunes right HERE.  

Check out her lyric video below for "Walk On."

"Walk On" official lyric video by Jaden Michaels.
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GABRIELLE APLIN @ HOTEL CAFE

Gabriell Aplin

Gabrielle Aplin, the British songstress from across the pond has found massive success following her Gold-selling full-length debut album English Rain.  Now, looking to continue her success on U.S. shores, the 21-year-old singer/songwriter has released her first U.S. debut - the 6-track EP English Rain which features five songs from her celebrated debut album of the same name.  Well, it didn't take long for stateside music lovers to find Gabrielle. They welcomed her with open arms by selling out her first ever North American headlining tour including Los Angeles' famed Hotel Cafe.    

It was an early show (7pm) and very much packed in the very intimate Hotel Cafe, an ideal venue for Aplin's soft and delicate songs.  Much, if not all, of English Rain delves into our vulnerabilities as individuals and how we deal with them. Either we succumb to the pressures of life or we triumph over the hardships we all face.


Gabrielle Aplin
Gabrielle Aplin, in her first Los Angeles show at the Hotel Cafe.
photos by picksysticks
Gabrielle pulls us in, mostly, with her captivating vocals, her charming personality  and the rest with her talent for writing honest lyrics  set to delicate acoustic guitar and piano.  

Whether it be themes of living in the moment  in "Please Don't Say U Love Me" where she pleads "...fools rush in and I've been the fool before / This time I'm gonna slow it down because I think this could be more...the think I'm looking for," or in "How Do You Feel Today" about how our past haunts us to the point of not being able to looking ahead, Aplin's writing mirrors a life that is wise beyond her years, yet at only 21 years old, she's able to harness a lifetimes worth of heartbreak in her emotional lyrics.  

Take for instance "Panic Cord" detailing a one-sided relationship; one side realizing that the  bond is slowly fading.  "This meant more to you than it did to me, I was full of doubt and you believed the more that you keep coming over the more I know it's over..."  .  Although her melodies and lyrics often have a dark and hopeless undertone, there's glimmers of hope in all her songs.

One of the standouts of the night was Aplin's stunning rendition of her favorite artist - Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" which is also included on her English Rain EP.  In fact, growing up in a self-confessed 'hippy' household where music was a family staple, Aplin noted Joni Mitchell as one of her inspirations.  

Aplin ended her set with "Home" - another Joni Mitchell-esque tune which also closes out her EP. 

Although she's already conquered the U.K. music charts (her full-length album peaked at #2 and her single "The Power of Love" launched to #1 in both the U.K. and Australia's iTunes charts), Aplin is set to make a name for herself in America.  And judging by the reaction from the crowd and the fact that she sold out her first ever U.S. tour, Aplin proved this night that she is  no longer Britain's best-kept secret.  

Hotel Cafe Setlist (May 21, 2014): Panic Cord / Stranger Side / Power of Love / Somewhere on the Avenue / Salvation / Keep Pushing Me / A Case of You (Joni Mitchell cover) / How Do You Feel Today / Please Don't Say U Love Me / Home


"Salvation" by Gabrielle Aplin off her new EP English Rain.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BRODY DALLE KICKS OFF WEST COAST LEG OF HER TOUR TONIGHT

Brody Dalle

For Brody Dalle's first solo album, she enlisted an all-star cast to play on her new record which dropped this week called Diploid Love.  In addition to the release, Dalle kicks off her her West Coast leg of her tour tonight at San Francisco's Slims.

Diploid Love, is a throwback to the 90s era grunge rock which she helped shape as the frontwoman for the Distillers and Spinnerette.  At times, you feel like you've been listening to that classic cd that's been collecting dust on your shelf but then realize that Diploid Love is actually new and not taken from the 90s bin.  The best part of it? You can relive your high school days while listening to something vintage but still sound modern and refreshing. 

Brody wrote all the songs and played almost all the instruments you can hear on the album herself, with a few incredible guests that included Shirley Manson (Garbage), Nick Valensi (The Strokes), Michael Shuman (Queens of the Stone Age), violinist Jessy Greene (recently toured with Foo Fighters), Emily Kokal (Warpaint), Tyler Parkford (Mini Mansions) with Darren Weiss (Papa) and Hayden Scott (AWOLNATION) lending a hand on drums.

Meet The Foetus / Oh The Joy ft. Shirley Manson

Brody Dalle North American Tour Dates
*Marks a Queens of the Stone Age date

May 21  San Francisco, CA @ Slims
May 23  Vancouver, BC @ Venue
May 24  Portland, OR @ Dante's
May 25  George, WA @ The Gorge // Sasquatch Festival
May 29  Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
May 30  Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
July 5    Oshawa, ON @ General Motors Centre *
July 6    London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens *
July 8    Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest 
July 9    Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *
July 10 Quebec @ Festival d'ete de Quebec
July 12  Bangor, ME @ Cross Insurance Center *
July 13  Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre *
July 14  Providence, RI @ Providence Performing Arts Center *
July 16  Portchester, NY @ Capitol Theatre *
July 17  Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Pavillion *
July 18  Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory *
July 20  Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage *  

"Don't Mess With Me (Live)" by Brody Dalle

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BANKS PREMIERES NEW SINGLE "DROWNING"

Jullian Banks

Jillian Banks, simply known as BANKS is more than a pretty face.  Her style mirrors her music - dark, sleek and brooding.  She calls it hypnotic-fusion and her songs, do indeed, emote a sense of sharp tranquility.  Such is the case with her new single she just dropped today called "Drowning."  Banks' lyrical prowess comes to a head again in the new single that showcases her knack for writing emotional stories that cut deep. In this case, she sings of a relationship that is built on deceit, abuse and lies and how those combinations, once it goes down that path, can sink a relationship.  

The song is off her debut album Goddess which is scheduled to be released on September 9th via Harvest Records.  This weekend, Banks begins her first headlining tour of North America which starts this Saturday in Vancouver, runs down the coast with stops at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre next Thursday and ends at Bonnaroo on June 12th.  

"Drowning" by BANKS
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BRITAIN'S BEST-KEPT SECRET HITS U.S. WITH NEW EP AND TOUR

Gabrielle Aplin

21-year-old Gabrielle Aplin has already found success across the pond with her debut album English Rain which became certified Gold and peaked at #2 in the U.K. charts.  Her rendition of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's single "The Power of Love" launched to #1 on both the U.K. and Australian iTunes charts. 

Now, Gabrielle Aplin, Britain's best-kept secret, is finally hitting U.S. shores with the release of her 6-song EP English Rain, making it her first U.S. debut.  In addition, Aplin  kicked off her US tour earlier this month selling out every single date.  Not bad for a musician who hadn't released an album stateside yet. 

This Wednesday, Aplin makes her premiere LA performance at The Hotel Cafe to promote the release of her English Rain EP which includes "The Power of Love" and a beautiful interpretation of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" which you can watch below.

"A Case of You" by Gabrielle Aplin

WOLF ALICE STREAMING FULL EP 'CREATURE SONGS' BEFORE RELEASE

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice's Creature Songs EP won't be released until next week but you can stream their new album in full right HERE on Soundcloud.  

Led by front woman, Ellie Rowsell and consisting of Joel Amey, Joff Oddie and Theo Ellis, Wolf Alice reminds me of early 90s alternative, echoing the sugary sounds of Letters to Cleo, Belly with the moody, grungy melodies of Temple of the Dog.

Creature Songs drops May 26th.  Pre-order right HERE

"Creatures" EP by Wolf Alice
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BROODS @ THE OBSERVATORY


Caleb and Georgia Nott of BROODS


Before 2013, all that I new about the New Zealand music scene was Kimbra and Flight of the Conchords.  Last year, New Zealand blew up in a big way with teen sensation Lorde ruling the charts with her Grammy-winning debut album Pure Heroine.  

Now, the music insdustry are taking notice of another band from New Zealand - Broods, a brother/sister pop-duo hailing from Aukland, New Zealand.  Their etheral, dark and moody melodies that are layered on throughout their debut EP,  have sweeped music fans off their feet (myself included).  Often times reminding me of UK's own London Grammar, Broods also purposes simple, transparent arrangements that become powerful through its intimacy.  Add to that lead singer's Georgia Nott's hypnotic vocals and what you get are wind-swept echoes of  dark lullabys that echoes a looming thunder cloud; a calm before the storm if you will.

Broods' Georgia Nott
Broods performs at The Observatory.
photos picksysticks
Consisting of siblings Georgia (vocals) and Caleb Nott (sonic landscaper), Broods's first single  "Bridges" got noticed by music blogs like Idolator and soon got picked up by MTV and iTunes made it their 'Single of the Week" in February.  

Last Thursday, the Broods finished off their U.S. tour at The Observatory in Santa Ana.  Now, they'll return home to work on their full-length album which is expected to be released this August. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

RACHEL TAYLOR PREMIERES NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR "COME ALIVE"


Just like life...love is scary. Some people are too afraid to take that leap and see what happens. They'll end up spending their lives wondering "What if" instead of saying "At least I gave it a shot."  And it's that 'what if' feeling that will end up eating you up inside.  

Rachel Taylor, previous front-woman of the popular indie-pop darlings He Is We, just announced the June 23rd release of her debut solo EP Come Alive via Republic Records.  And with the announcement, she also premiered the lyric video for her new single "Come Alive." 

Set over circus rides like roller coasters, ferris wheels and swing rides, "Come Alive" is an anthem of living - living for life and living for love.  It's about taking those chances that scare you the most because that's when you feel the most alive.   

"Come Alive" lyric video by Rachel Taylor
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Sunday, May 18, 2014

DEAP VALLY @ AMOEBA (HOLLYWOOD)


Deap Vally unleashed a high-octane performance at Amoeba Hollywood last Tuesday in support of their debut album Sistrionix.  They're also currently touring with Band of Skulls through June. 

Deap Vally, consisting of Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards, blasts a big sound with deep, driving drums and a feral guitar.  Kicking off their current tour with Band of Skulls, Deap Vally unleashed a high-octane performance at Amoeba on May 13th.  Last year year, they released their debut album Sistrionix that made us believe that rock and roll isn't dead.  

Setlist: Baby I Call Hell / Gonna Make My Own Money  / Ain't Fair / Lies / Grunge Bond / Walk of Shame / End of the World
SOKO joined Deap Vally during their set at Amoeba Records in Hollywood
photos by picksysticks
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Friday, May 9, 2014

MAKE MUSIC PASADENA 2014 ANNOUNCES LINE-UP

Make Music Pasadena

Now in its seventh year, Make Music Pasadena, today, announced this year's line-up that features Surfer Blood, Yuna, Tennis, Saint Motel and Andy Allo with more bands and special guests announced in the weeks ahead.  

Taking place on June 7th, 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.  

Other bands announced for the annual festival are: Finish Ticket, Moses Sumney, Wild Ones, Run River North,  Shelby Earl, The Record Company, Ester Rada, The Second Howl, Ted Z and the Wranglers, DJ Slow Graffiti, Max and the Moon, Sonsoles, She Her and I, Celeigh Chapman and many more!

Make Music Pasadena 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. 


Previous performers included Grouplove, Best Coast, Zola Jesus, Ra Ra Riot, Yacht, Grimes, SOKO and the Cults. 

Click HERE to get more info on Make Music Pasadena. 
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

NONONO DEBUT ALBUM AND TOUR NEWS

NONONO

NONONO, the Swedish pop-trio, currently on tour with Twenty One Pilots, has just announced that they will next go tour with Foster the People beginning this August.  They also have a coveted spot at this year's Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 3rd.

This past year has been a whirlwind for NONONO.  Their hit single "Pumpin Blood," released last year got the blogosphere talking which, in turn, got them featured in Billboard, TIME, Vogue, Elle, Glamour, NYLON and Harper's Bazaar.  

Now, less than a year since releasing their critically acclaimed EP Pumpin Blood, NONONO, consisting of Stina Wappling and the production duo of Astma and Rocwell, are set to release their full-length debut album We Are Only What We Feel on July 1st via Warner Bros. Records.

Tomorrow, the band will play The Wiltern with Twenty One Pilots.  

NONONO On Tour:
w/Twenty One Pilots

05/09     The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
05/10     The Fox Theater - Oakland, CA
05/11     Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA
05/13     Knitting Factory - Reno, NV
05/15     In the Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
05/16     Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
05/17     Power & Light Fest - Kansas City, MO
05/18     Bourbon Theatre - Lincoln, NE

NONONO performs "Pumpin Blood" at The Echo.
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

LUCIUS ANNOUNCES TOUR WITH SARA BAREILLES; RELEASE NEW LYRIC VID FOR "DON'T JUST SIT THERE"

Lucius

On the heels of their first headlining European tour (which included prestigious national television performances in the UK, France & The Netherlands), Brooklyn’s Lucius announce US tour dates with Sara Bareilles. These dates, in addition to shows with Tegan and Sara and The Head and The Heart, will take the band well into the summer when the quintet will perform at a variety of festivals including Governors Ball, Newport Folk and Lollapalooza.

Lucius
Lucius performs at The Echo.
photos by picksysticks
Today, Lucius release an engaging lyric video featuring digital sketch imagery by the photographer/illustrator Peter Larson for the single “Don’t Just Sit There.” The band also release a “digital 45” of a new recording of the fan favorite “Genevieve” b/w “Don’t Just Sit There” (available on iTunes HERE).

"Don't Just Sit There" lyric video by Lucius

Lucius Tour Dates
# = w/ Tegan and Sara
^ = w/ The Head and the Heart
% = w/ Sara Bareilles

5/6: Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note #
5/7: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom #
5/8: Covington, KY @ The Madison Theater #
5/9: Upland, IN  @ Taylor University
5/10: Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at The Old National Centre #
5/12: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works #
5/13: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29 #
5/14: Charleston, SC @ Music Farm #
5/15: Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre #
5/16: Jacksonville, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall #
5/19: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore #
5/20: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel #
5/21: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club # – SOLD OUT
5/22: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club # – SOLD OUT
5/25: Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival – SOLD OUT
5/28: Kalamazoo, MI @ The State Theatre ^
5/29: Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium ^
5/30: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE ^
5/31: Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
6/2: Richmond, VA @ The National ^
6/3: Richmond, VA @ The National ^
6/4: Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live ^
6/7: Randall’s Island, NY @ Governors Ball
6/8: Hunter Mountain, NY @ Mountain Jam
6/21: Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival
6/22: Concord, NH @ Granite State Music Festival
7/4: Toronto, ON @TURF Festival
7/6: Ottawa, CA @ Ottawa Bluesfest
7/12: Greenfield, MA @ Green River Festival
7/14: Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap %
7/18: Chattanooga, TN @ Nightfall Summer Series
7/20: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
7/22: Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre %
7/23: Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Amphitheatre %
7/25: Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival
7/26: Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival – SOLD OUT
7/29: Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion %
7/30: Nashville, TN @ Woods of Fontanel %
8/1: Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza – SOLD OUT
8/5: Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park %
8/6: Portland, OR @ Edgefield %
8/10: San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
8/15: Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
8/16: Hamburg, DE @ MS Dockville
8/29-8/31: Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival
9/13: Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North
10/3-10/5 + 10/10-10/12: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
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LANA DEL REY PREMIERES "WEST COAST" VIDEO


Here it is finally. Lana del Rey's new video for "West Coast." It's off her upcoming album Ultraviolence which is expected to drop later this year.  

Enjoy!

"West Coast" by Lana Del Rey
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SIZZY ROCKET RE-INTERPRETS BEASTIE BOYS' "GIRLS"

SIZZY ROCKET

Check out this new interpretation of Beastie Boys' 1987 song "Girls" by Las Vegas artist Sizzy Rocket.

Rocket puts a Lou Reed-esque moody beat to the song, turning a song about hooking up into  a feminist anthem while replacing lyrics that were, otherwise, negative to make it more empowering towards women.

Check out the video below: 

"Girls" cover by Sizzy Rocket
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

DWNTWN @ BARDOT'S 'SCHOOL NIGHT'

DWNTWN's Jamie Leffler

There are certain bands that have that distinctive sound all their own.  Once you hear a song for the first time, you immediately know who sings it based on the sound and style.  DWNTWN is one of those bands.  

Consisting of Jamie Leffler, Robert Cebeda and later adding Chris Sanchez and Dan Vanchieri,  this LA-based band has only been a band for about a year when the music industry started to notice.  A loyal fan base followed after hearing their first single "Transition," a sun-soaked, bubbly-pop tune that introduced them to the world in 2011.  And since then, everyone who has listened wanted to hear more.  Three years and two EPs later, DWNTWN has been keeping busy, touring the world and keeping themselves busy writing new material.
   
Last Monday, DWNTWN released their third EP via Jullian Records and celebrated at Bardot's School Night.  


DWNTWN
DWNTWN headlines Bardot's "School Night"
photos by picksysticks
Drawn by their synth-pop melodies and angelic vocals from Leffler, fans, who waited until 11:30 for DWNTWN to take the stage - most practically surrounding the stage at all sides; some a mere arms-length from Jamie and Robert.  

They opened with their first single "Til Tuesday," blanketed by heavy, rich blue and red lights which heightened the enchanted atmosphere to go along with their dreamy melodies which gave way to Jamie's swaying and twirling as though she was dancing in field of magical fairy-dust.  

Their songs, like "Stood Me Up" and "See My Eyes" radiate a feeling of ecstasy and when you see Jamie swaying and dancing to the beat, you can't help but join in and dance with her.  And this is probably why fans continue to pack venues in order to watch DWNTWN.  But it isn't just loyal fans singing their praises, People Magazine and USA Today has also praised their music along with music bloggers and taste-makers who have rallied behind this indie-pop band.  

Their self-titled EP is out now. You can get your copy on iTunes HERE or on Amazon HERE


"Til Tomorrow" by DWNTWN
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WOLF ALICE PREMIERES VIDEO FOR "MOANING LISA SMILE"

Wolf Alice

At first listen to Wolf Alice’s new song “Moaning Lisa Smile,” one would think it was a lost track from the 90s grunge era.  Of course, it’s not but Wolf Alice has been all the buzz  recently with their growling and smoky guitars that quickly reminds us of ‘those’ bands from Seattle.   Only this time, the weather is the same but the location is not.  Wolf Alice hails from London, the always raining and overcast town from across the pond.  It must be the  grey and dreary weather that brings out heavy, moody melodies like  this but Wolf Alice puts the dirty flannel into a refreshing spin cycle and what emerges  is something completely different and raw that makes us want to wear that flannel shirt again. They have a new EP called Creature Songs that drops later this month.  

In a music industry that has been ruled by pop, country and alternative for so long, Wolf Alice has given us something raw and untouched, unlike the post-processed stuff we hear on the radio today.  Check out the video below taped live at Toe Rag Studios: 


"Moaning Lisa Smile" by Wolf Alice
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Friday, May 2, 2014

LIZ TEAMS UP WITH PHARRELL FOR SPIDER-MAN SONG "THAT'S MY MAN"

LIZ

It's no question that the biggest name in music right now is Pharrell.  It seems like everything he touches turns to gold so I wouldn't be surprised that his latest collaboration with singer LIZ will turn her into the next big thing. 

It's been a busy year for the LA-based singer; touring with Charli XCX and recently was hand-picked by Perez Hilton to perform at his annual "SXSW One Night In Austin" showcase. Now, she teamed up with Pharrell to record "That's My Man" for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack.  Other than LIZ, Pharrell also collaborated with Alicia Keys on "It's On Again" as well as contributing his own single "Here" for the soundtrack. 

LIZ, is a one-woman SWV and Destiny's Child, bringing the soul-pop, girl group sounds that dominated the 90s.  And with a voice like Xtina's, then what you have here is the whole package.  Her recently released EP Just Like You is all kinds of sugary, smooth treats - dance, electro and sultriness that is the perfect soundtrack to romance. 

Listen to Pharrell produced "That's My Man" from the Spider-Man soundtrack below: 

"That's My Man" by LIZ
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SLEEPER AGENT @ THE SATELLITE

Sleeper Agent

Sleeper Agent has become my new obsession.  This six-piece band from Bowling Green, Kentucky has so much going on - in sound and attitude - It's a wonder how I could've missed their 2011 debut album Celbrasion.  

After the release of Celebrasion in 2011, the band, consisting of Alex Kandel, Tony Smith, Justin Wilson, Lee Williams, Scott Gardner and Josh Martin, toured extensively, touring alongside Weezer, Cage the Elephant, Fun., Grouplove, Young The Giant, Ben Kweller, The Joy Formidable, Manchester Orchestra, Circa Survive, Company of Thieves, and more.  Their debut album was so lauded by music tastemakers they made the pages of Rolling Stone, SPIN, Los Angeles Times and Alternative Press while MTV awarded them their Freshman Award.  


Sleeper Agent
Sleeper Agent performs at The Satellite during their first headlining tour.
photos by picksysticks
Earlier this month, they launched their first ever headlining tour in support of their second full-length album About Last Night which dropped on March 25th.  
Sleeper Agent
Sleeper Agent

Last Saturday, two days before completing their first headlining tour, Sleeper Agent performed at The Satellite, playing an 18-song set that included singles off their debut album and their latest About Last Night.  They sprinted out of the gates with "Be Brave" off their new album and didn't let up for the next hour and a half.  

With sixties pop-beats that channel the Liverpool-esque era, Sleeper Agent, who also captures the height of the MTV, pop-80s vibe that defined a music generation has forged a sound all their own. Add to that lead singer Alex Kandel's powerful vocals that echoes Heart's Wilson sisters with the smooth control of Siouxsie Sioux and you get a potpourri of music styles that'll please every music lover out there.  

Touring extensively since the release of their debut album in 2011, you can tell Sleeper Agent are already veterans of the road, seamlessly problem-solving on stage when bassist Lee Williams' foot rig lost power during the middle of their set.  Instead of stopping until the problem was fixed, Alex and guitarist Tony Smith launched into beautiful acoustic version of "Lorena."  Towards the end of the song, Williams flawlessly joined in to end the song in a resounding finish. 

Sleeper Agent, focusing mostly on their new material, did play songs from Celebrasion including "Force a Smile," "Love Blood," "Good Job"  and their closing song "Be My Monster."  But it was their newer songs like "Waves," "Take It Off" and "Good Job" that brought the loudest cheers from the packed house.

In July, for also for the very first time, Sleeper Agent will be playing at this year's Vans Warped Tour.  Exciting!  

Sleeper Agent Live Dates
5/15 - The Fillmore Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
6/8 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH
6/10 - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT
6/11 - Pearl Street, Northhampton, MA
6/13 - Jefferson Theatre- Charlottesville, VA
6/15- The Music Farm - Charlston, SC
6/17 - House of Blues - North Myrtle Beach, SC
6/18 - Haw River Ballroom - Saxapahaw, NC
7/11 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ^
7/12 - Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre - Wantagh, NY^
7/13 - Xfinity Theatre - Hartford, CT^
7/15 - First Niagra Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA^
7/16 - Riverbound Music Center - Cincinnati, OH^
7/17 - Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, OH^
7/18 - The Palace of Auburn Hills - Detroit, MI^
7/19 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL^
7/20 - Canterbury Park - Shakopee, MN^
7/22 - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD^
7/23 - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach - Virginia Beach, VA^
7/24 - Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood - Atlanta, GA^
7/25 - Vinoy Park - St. Petersburg, FL^
7/26 - Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL^
7/27 - Central Florida Fairgrounds - Orlando, FL^
7/28 - PNC Music Pavilioin - Charlotte, NC^
7/29 - Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, TN^

^ Vans Warped Tour Dates

Thursday, May 1, 2014

ELLIPHANT @ BARDOT'S 'SCHOOL NIGHT'

ELLIPHANT

Singer Elliphant is the latest musical sensation to come out of the Swedish pop scene.  Influenced by London's urban music environment, Elliphant (aka: Ellinor Olovsdotter) fused those urban sounds with her dance/ dubsteb background to create a sound all her own. And it's those imaginative and catchy melodies in songs like "Ciant Hear It" that  has brought the attention from Diplo, Dr. Luke and even Skrillex who all, have since worked and written songs together. Her tunes like her live shows are filled with attitude and  struts in your face unabashadly.   

ELLIPHANT


Bardot's popular "School Night" showcases on Monday nights has become one of LA's best parties in town, booking the most buzzed about artists in the industry.  And this past  Monday, Elliphant stormed Bardot to shocase her new material from her new EP Look Like You Love It. 

"Revolusion" by Elliphant
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