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 27, 2014

FREE DOWNLOAD: GRIMES' NEW SONG "GO" FEAT. BLOOD DIAMONDS

GRIMES

Claire Elise Boucher, aka: Grimes, has a busy summer ahead of her, scheduled to play Canada's Pemberton Music Festival and TIME Festival July 18th & 19th, the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Budweiser's Made In America Festival in Philly and Los Angeles' FYF Festival on August 23rd. That should be a good one.

Until then you can stream and download for free her new song "Go" featuring Blood Diamonds.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

WATCH NINA NESBITT'S PERFORMANCE OF "STAY OUT" AT POPCRUSH

Nina Nesbitt
Nina Nesbitt performs at The Bootleg Theatre in April.
photo by picksysticks
Already a success in Scotland, Nina Nesbitt released her new EP on April 1st here stateside.   And based off that success and numerous critically acclaimed EP’s, Nina has amassed over 150,000 Twitter followers, 280,000 Facebook likes and nearly four million views on her YouTube channel.  

While touring the U.S. earlier this year with stops at SXSW, Los Angeles and New York, Nina Nesbitt stopped at Popcrush to perform her song "Stay Out."  

Currently, the Scottish singer/songwriter is set to play a string of music festivals including Glastonbury this weekend.

Check out the Popcrush performance below:

"Stay Out" by Nina Nesbitt
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JOY FORMIDABLE RECORDS MESMERIZING WELSH TUNE


After countless of tour dates stretching across the United States and Europe, The Joy Formidable have finally found time for relaxation. 

They've recorded a new song in their native Welsh tongue called "Yn Rhydiau'r Afon" which translates into In the "Fords of the River" and, based on the research I've been able to come up with (ie: google), it's a Welsh idiom meaning "on your death bed' or something of that nature. 

That sort of explains the official music video showing the point-of-view of a camera peacefully floating downstream. Later at some point, the camera reaches rough waters and tips over, under water as Ritzy, Rihydian and Justin look helplessly on.

It's a tranquil melodic tune that swells towards the end with a soaring chorus.  The single is part of a new series of 7" vinyls where the group shares a double A side with another Welsh artists that they admire.  This first offering is called Aruthrol A with the single "Yn Rhydiau'r Afon" along with a song from Colorama.  It's on sale now and it's limited to only 500 copies so get 'em while you can.

Check out the video below. You can grab the vinyl right HERE.

"Yn Rhydiau'r Afon" by Joy Formidable
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

BRODY DALLE IS TOUGH AS NAILS SO 'DON'T MESS WITH HER'

Brody Dalle Diploid Love

Brody Dalle has a target at her back...literallly in this new video for "Don't Mess With Me." It's off her new debut solo album Diploid Love.  In the video, Brody is pelted with everything - from pills and bottles to roses and even cash but isn't phased nor hurt by any of it.  She's tough as nails. Her message?  "Attack me with everything you've got. It won't hurt me."

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. 


Starting July 5th, Brody hits the road for select Queens of the Stone Age dates along with several headlining shows on the east coast:

Brody Dalle North American Tour Dates
*Marks a Queens of the Stone Age date
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 City, QC @ 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 Post Pavillion *
July 18  Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory *
July 20  Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage *
July 21 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
July 22 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
July 23 New York, NY @ Late Show With David Letterman
July 25 Columbus, OH @ A & R Music Bar
July 26 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
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STREAM FOR FREE NONONO'S DEBUT ALBUM 'WE ARE ONLY WHAT WE FEEL'

Stina Wappling of NONONO

HYPE MACHINE is currently streaming NONONO's debut  album We Are Only What We Feel for free right now ahead of its release on July 1st.

The Swedish trio has been riding high on success since last  year's infectious single Pumpin Blood was released.  

Now, with the upcoming release of their first full-length record, the group, consisting of Stina Wappling, Astma and Rocwell, describes their new album as "dark and beat-oriented."  Recently the band released their first glimpses via singles "Fire Without a Flame" and "One Wish."



NONONO will tour with Foster the People and are scheduled to perform at Lollapalooza this August.

Go to  www.hypem.com/premiere/nonono  to listen to We Are Only What We Feel for a limited time. 

NONONO on Tour
(all shows w/ Foster The People except Lollapalooza) 
8/3   Lollapalooza - Chicago, IL
8/4   Myth - Maplewood, MN
8/5   Harrah's Hotel & Casino,Stir Cove - Council Bluffs, IA
8/6   Red Rocks Amphitheater - Morrison, CO
8/9   Edgefield - Troutdale, OR
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"PARAMORE IS A BAND!" HAYLEY WILLIAMS LASHES OUT AT NIGHTLINE FEATURE

PARAMORE

Last night, ABC's Nightline  featured piece on Paramore highlighting their 10 years as a band and their rise to the top of the Billboard charts after the release of their newest album.  The problem with the piece?  Nightline focused the entire six-minute story on 25 year-old front-woman Hayley Williams' life which included her changing hairstyles  and her collabarations with  B.O.B. and producer Zedd.

Hayley embarrassingly took to Twitter last night to apologize saying: 




"...Sort of makes me want to cry when whole interviews are chopped and edited to look like it was all me.....Literally makes me cringe.  You think I'd be used to it! Wish fans of our band who've stuck around so long coulda heard some of the great things the guys had to say...But anyways...last thing I want to sound is ungrateful. So I'm gonna stop after this: Paramore is a band."  - Hayley Williams @yelyahwilliams



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ADWEEK: LINDSEY STIRLING TELLS ARTISTS HOW TO BENEFIT FROM YOUTUBE

Lindsey Stirling

Rocker-violinist Lindsey Stirling recently sat down with Adweek to explain how brands can use Youtube to their benefit and how she learned to use it to help her own career as a musician. 

Check out the video below and you can go to AdWeek to read the rest of the story.

Lindsey Stirling
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Monday, June 23, 2014

KITTEN CELEBRATES DEBUT ALBUM @ EL REY; DROPS JUNE 24

Kitten's Chloe Chaidez

To call Kitten a pop band would be a disservice to them and their music.  It's far from pop.  Kitten has built their reputation as daring risk-takers, emerging as one of the most buzzed about bands in the music scene today as evidenced by  their dynamic stage presence and wall-to-wall sound of relentless waves of industrial and moody, synthesized post-punk.  They're led by the spark plug of a lead singer Chloe Chaidez and after five years, three EPs and non-stop touring with the likes of Paramore, Charli XCX and Joy Formidable, Kitten are finally releasing their highly-anticipated debut album June 24th via Elektra Records

Kitten's Chloe ChaidezAnd to celebrate the release of their self-titled debut record, Kitten played at The El Rey for their record release show to a packed house of loyal fans.  But for those simmering fans charged and waiting to explode, Chloe, dressed in a soft oriental gown, started off slow with the brooding "Why Wait" set to hypnotic beats.  It certainly set the mood. With saturated red and blue spotlights softly painted on mesmerized faces; the crowd seemingly knowing this was, in a sense, the calm before the storm. They didn't' have to wait long.  

Chloe, soon enough, charged into "Japanese Eyes" off their 2012 Cut It Out EP and on cue, her loyal fans erupted in unison as El Rey's stage barrier, or lack there of, was there to keep the crowd at bay or keep Chloe contained (by the end of the night neither held true.)  It's as though Chloe has been harnessing this raw energy up until the curtains opened and, like a switch she turns on at will,  escapes in bouts of nervous energy. 

With the crowd barely containing themselves, there was no turning back. Kitten continued the volcanic barrage with tracks off their new self-released album. Songs "Sensible" and "Like A Stranger" are lush, electro assaults layering driving drums with igniting choruses while "Cut It Out" and "I'll Be Your Girl" revel in soaring melodies laced with a seductive beat as Chloe's vocals barely rise above a tender whisper.  I'm sure many fans were jealous when Chloe plucked a lucky fan from the crowd, brought her onstage and serenaded her to the seductive tune of "I'll Be Your Girl." 

But even though Kitten's raw and electrifying performance brought down the house, it was the more tender songs that hit the hardest.  There's an honesty revealed in Chloe's voice that can turn on a dime to confidence yet still sound delicate. Chloe, left alone onstage with only an acoustic guitar, performed "Apples and Cigarettes" and  "Kill The Light,"  effortlessly transforming herself from a commanding and booming onstage-presence to a vulnerable and fragile artist in one quick lighting cue. 

KITTEN
KITTEN performs during their album release party at The El Rey.
photos by picksysticks
The high-octane "Kitten With A Whip," a mainstay towards the end of all Kitten shows (and surprisingly not on their debut album)  gave the biggest jolt to the sold-out crowd.  Chloe took to the side stage, greeted by fans with outstretched arms as she climbed the rafters and then stage-dived into the crowd below whom gently brought her back to the stage.  That's when all hell broke loose.  Fans stormed the stage, overtaking security and brought the party onstage to Kitten.  It was a fitting end to this special record release show. Certainly a roller-coaster ride from beginning to end, Kitten's ride continues when their debut album is released Tuesday, June 24th.  They'll be performing a much more toned downed set at Amoeba Hollywood that same day at 6pm for a free show and signing CDs afterwards. 

El Rey setlist - June 21, 2014:  Why I Wait / Japanese Eyes / Sensible / Cut It Out / Like a Stranger / G# / Take My Breath Away (Berlin Cover) / I'll Be Your Girl / Apples and Cigarettes (acoustic) / Sex Drive / Chinatown / Cathedral / Kitten with a Whip /   Encore:  Kill The Light / Doubt / Sugar / Don't Dream It's Over (Crowded House cover)


"Like A Stranger" by KITTEN.

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ICONA POP RELEASES NEW SONG "GET LOST"

Icona Pop

Fresh off supporting Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry on their tour, Icona Pop are continuing their world tour just as they release  their new song "Get Lost."  According to MTV, their new single was just released on the radio in their homeland of Sweden.  Check out the song below:

"Get Lost" by Icona Pop
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

BROODS RELEASES MESMERIZING NEW SONG "MOTHER AND FATHER"


TheBroods just competed their US tour last month supporting their hit EP Bridges which they released February.  Now it looks as though they're hard at work readying their highly anticipated debut album as evidenced with the release of their new song "Mother & Father."

"Mother  & Father," the first official song off their new album, is an emotionally beautiful tune with slow, simmering melodies set to precise marching beats

The song deals with the feeling of being lost (in life and in love) and remembering the comforting and safe, nurturing environment of youth as lead singer Georgia Nott sings in her soft and delicate voice, "The nights are getting shorter / I don't know where to go / I am getting older and I'm starting to show."

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NEW VIDEO: "ENDLESS" BY HAPPY HOLLOWS

Happy Hollows

Happy Hollows' is known fors their whirlwind of sound - raging beats and free-floating guitars that didn't stay within the lines. But like an impressionistic painting, the closer you looked (in their case, listened) the more everything seemed to fit  perfectly together. 

Happy Hollows still boasts a larger-than-life sound.  The melodies are tighter with drummer Chris Hernandez seemingly back (he left the band briefly).  It looks like  he's returned, bringing along his focused and  precise beats that sound like it's coming from a drum machine.  Of course the gem that made Happy Hollows unique and fresh is guitarist Sarah Negahdari penetratingly, fierce vocals that seem to soar endlessly.   

"Endless" is their newest video, off their newest LP Amethyst, and it has a way of making your inhibitions disappear and dance like nobody is watching. 

Check out the video below.

"Endless" by Happy Hollows
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

PORTLAND'S THE WILD ONES ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR DATES

The Wild Ones

Since rays of sunshine can't give hugs, Portland's The Wild Ones come pretty close with their warm and sunny melodies.  Sort of like electro-pop on decaf, you can't help but feel comforted and safe when you hear lead singer's Danielle Sullivan's soft and tranquil vocals.  And it's those elements that prompted TIME Magazine to name them a "Musical Act to Watch in 2014." 

The Portland-based group just announced their summer tour dates (mostly on the east coast) in August with stops in New York City, Boston, DC and Chicago. The tour is to support their new album Keep It Safe which was released last year.  Stand out hits include "Golden Twin," "Paia" and "From Nothing" which you can watch the video below.

"From Nothing" by The Wild Ones

The Wild Ones Summer 2014 Tour Dates:
July 25 @ Capitol Hill Block Party – Seattle, WA
August 06 @ The Press Room – Portsmouth, NH
August 07 @ Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
August 08 @ ArtsRiot – Burlington, VT
August 09 @ KahBang Festival – Bangor, ME
August 10 @ Great Scott – Boston, MA
August 12 @ Pianos – New York, NY
August 13 @ BAR – New Haven, CT
August 14 @ North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
August 15 @ Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY
August 16 @ The Pinch – Washington, DC
August 18 @ Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
August 19 @ Schuba’s – Chicago, IL
August 20 @ The Hi-Fi – Indianapolis, IN
August 21 @ The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
August 23 @ Columbus Theater – Providence, RI
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

K.FLAY'S 'LIFE AS A DOG' STREAMING FOR FREE; OUT JUNE 24

K.FLAY
K.FLAY  / pic via Facebook
Right now I'm listening to K.Flay's highly anticipated new album Life As  A Dog which is streaming for free at Pandora Radio. Holy Sh*t!  This album is amazing.  K. Flay isn't your typical hip-hop artists. With pop-infused melodies that are both delicate and complex, K.Flay's songs are like a narcotic that gets you hooked from the very fist note.  

She found her underground voice while pursuing a double major at Stanford University, releasing her mixtapes that showcased her honest lyrics and hypnotic beats that got the attention of Billboard, Rolling Stone, Spin and Vibe and also earned her the opportunity to share the stage with Passion Pit, 3Oh!3, Theophilu London and Icona Pop.  On Life As A Dog, K. Flay showcases her personal songs in a refreshing yet authentic way. 

Now, the San Francisco-based artist is set to release her first full-length album (out July 24th) fully funded by her fans via Pledge Music after she left her label, RCA Records, to take control of her own future.  Her campaign only took six days to reach her goal and currently, she's on tour supporting Life As A Dog on the Vans Warped Tour.  

Stream K.Flay’s Life As A Dog in its entirety now at http://pdora.co/1ncqRCO before it drops on June 24th. 
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SWEDISH TRIO NONONO HAS "ONE WISH"

NONONO

NONONO just premiered another gem of a song on BUZZFEED.  It's called "One Wish" and it's expected to be on their upcoming debut album We Are Only What We Feel which drops on July 1st via Warner Bros.  

NONONO just finished off their US Spring Tour but will be back in the States this August performing at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 3rd and they will also be touring with Foster The People that same month. 

Check out their new song at BUZZFEED HERE.

"One Wish" by NONONO
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Monday, June 16, 2014

NEW SONG: BEACH DAY'S "DON'T CALL ME ON THE PHONE"

Beach Day
photo via Facebook
Beach Day's new song "Don't Call Me On The Phone" echoes back to 60's surf-pop-harmonies and conjures images of a beach party with vintage beats and melodies.  The single is off their new album Native Echoes, their second, which drops August 19th via Kanine Records.  The Florida-based group just started their summer tour this week which runs through the West Coast, stopping by The Echo in Los Angeles on August 17th.  


BEACH DAY TOUR
June 17 - Jacksonville, FL
June 19 - Toronto (NXNE)
June 20 - Toronto (NXNE)
June 21 - Toronto (NXNE)
June 21 - Toronto (NXNE)
Aug. 17 - Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 19 - San Francisco, CA
Aug. 20 - Oakland, CA
Aug. 22 - Portland, OR
Aug. 23 - Vancouver, Canada
Aug. 25 - Seattle, WA
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NEW VIDEO: CHLOE HOWL'S "DISAPPOINTED" SHOT AT LA DERBY DOLLS

CHLOE HOWL

Chloe Howl just released her new music video for her single "Disappointed" which is off her highly anticipated debut album, set to drop later this year via Columbia/Sony Music.   It's the fourth single she released. 

In "Disappointed," Chloe sings "You were attractive once...I liked you like you were...frankly I'm just disappointed,"  touching on themes of being true to yourself and trying to be someone you are not.

The video, shot at the home of Los Angeles' Derby Dolls, Chloe's song touches on themes of being true to yourself and trying not to be someone you are not.  

"I spent the day of the shoot hanging out with the LA Derby Dolls, some absolutely amazing and badass women!" Howl says.  "We filmed on one of the hottest days, in a warehouse that had no air-conditioning, it was sweaty and fabulous!"


Check out the video below and you can pre-order the new single right HERE.

"Disappointed" by Chloe Howl.
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Friday, June 13, 2014

WATCH PARAMORE PERFORM AT GMA'S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Paramore

In the pouring rain today in New York City, as part of GMA's Summer Concert Series, Paramore performed "Ain't It Fun," "Misery Business" and "Still Into You."    Hayley Williams, in bright cool-aid colored red and blue hair, kept it upbeat, rousing the crowd to sing along, dancing for a energetic crowd who seemed like they couldn't care less about the rain. 

Of course, Paramore has finally had their breakout year in the mainstream after  years of indie rock status.  Now, they're finally enjoying the fruits of their hard-earned labor after their fourth album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in April, knocking out Justin Timberlake from the perch.

Check out their GMA performance below.

Paramore performing at Good Morning America
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

COLBIE CAILLAT'S "TRY" VIDEO INSPIRES

Colbie Caillat pic via Facebook
Today, Colbie Caillat released "Try" the lead track off her newest EP Gypsy Heart Side A, a five-song album which comprises the first half of her fourth studio album which drops later this year.

In collaboration with Grammy-winning artist/producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, the new lyric video for "Try" shows a touching message about self-acceptance.  It features photos of fans and celebrities alike with little or no makeup in hopes to inspire women to be comfortable in their own skin.  Celebrity participants include Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum, Kelly Osbourne, Sara Bareilles, Natasha Bedingfield, Ingrid Michaelson, Christina Perri, Katharine McPhee, actresses Amy Smart and Hayden Panettiere, the female anchors of The Today Show, Michelle Kwan, Jessie J & more.

Check out the lyric video below for "Try."  And you can download the track for FREE on iTunes as the "Single of the Week." 

"Try" official lyric video by Colbie Caillat.
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Monday, June 9, 2014

TESS DUNN'S PREMIERES NEW SINGLE "DAYDREAMERS"

Tess Dunn
Tess Dunn pic via Facebook
There's so much to love about 19 year-old Tess Dunn. Not even twenty, this Santa Cruz native not only is set to release her third EP, she's also about to perform at Vans Warped Tour for the fifth year.  She's basically doing what most of us only daydreams of doing.  

As a singer-songwriter, she first caught our attention with her delicate and personal songs set to piano four years ago.  Since then, she's matured as a writer, transitioning from bubblegum pop to alternative rock.  Her newest, "Daydreamers" is off her upcoming EP of the same name.  With revving guitars and pounding beats, Dunn goes from power ballad to anthem-rock choruses that sounds like it's ready-made for any arena show and echoes the infectious sounds of another rock/alternative band - Paramore!

"Daydreamers" is available to download for free right now and her new album will be dropping June 21st.  If you can't wait that long, she'll be streaming the full album on her Soundcloud page on June 14th!!

Check out "Daydreamers" below:

"Daydreamers" by Tess Dunn off her new EP Daydreamers.

"Shame to See" by Tess Dunn
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Sunday, June 8, 2014

BETTY WHO, MARY LAMBERT and AZEALIA BANKS KICK OFF LA PRIDE FEST


In it's 44th year, the LA Pride festival is a three-day event, kicking off on Friday with a free concert featuring Betty Who, Mary Lambert and Monogem - all who have been big supporters raising awareness in the TLGBT community - in what was dubbed as a 'Celebration of Women.'  

Mary Lambert
Mary Lambert sings "Same Love" during LA Pride Fest.
photo by picksysticks
Mary Lambert made a big splash with her hit song "Same Love" which highlighted the plight of equal marriage for all and made headlines at this year's Grammy Awards when she took part, along with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, in marrying couples during their same-sex anthem "Same Love."  During her set, Lambert mentioned that this was her first Pride festival. 

Betty Who also became the voice of same-sex marriage after her song "Somebody Loves You" became a viral sensation when a couple used the song to propose to his love. That video skyrocketed to over 12 million hits and made Betty Who a household name.  She has since sang the song at Spencer and Dustin's wedding and continues to be vocal about TLGBT rights.

Betty Who
Betty Who kicks off the LA Pride Fest with a free concert at West Hollywood park.
photos by picksysticks
Saturday's festivities featured openly bi-sexual Azealia Banks, the hip-hop bad girl who's highly anticipated debut album Broke With Expensive Taste looks closer to finally getting a release date, recently telling Nylon that it'll be released this September.  Banks took the stage dressed like a superhero, donning her megaphone while singing her hits "ATM Jam," "212" and "Yung Rapunxel."  

Thunder Ground, also made its first appearance.  The pop-up roller rink made up to look like a disco with crystal ball hanging above in its center pays homage to the nightclub roller rinks and infamous daytime Playboy Mansion roller skating parties of the late '70s and early '80s with the hottest DJs spinning the latest hits. 

Monogem
Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks performs at LA Pride Festival.
photos by picksysticks
The festival, which celebrates diversity and community from Grammy Award winning artists performances, to art and heritage installation and exhibits to community initiatives culminates  with special performances by the hottest musical acts in the industry which followed a parade on Sunday that attracted over 50,000 attendees on the streets of West Hollywood naming pop-singer Demi Lovato as its Grand Marshall.

THUNDER GROUND
Thunder Ground's pop-up roller rink at The LA Pride Festival for VIP.
photos by picksysticks
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

ECHOSMITH PERFORMS ON TNT'S CONAN

Echosmith's Sydney Sierota at Warped Tour

It's been a wild ride for these Sierota siblings otherwise known as Echosmith.  Since releasing their debut album Talking Dreams last October, these 'cool kids' have been creating quite a buzz in the music scene and gaining widespread acclaim; appearing in magazines - Alternative Press, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Seventeen and Nylon and featured on MTV, Vh1 while getting major radio support from college radio as well as Los Angeles' Alt 98.7. 

Tonight, Echosmith, consisting of Jamie, Sydney, Noah and Graham, had their late-night debut, appearing on TNT's Conan O'brien show performing their hit single "Cool Kids" - a far cry since we first saw the group performing on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade three years ago.  

This summer, they will be one of the most highly anticipated acts on this year's Vans Warped Tour starting next week in Houston, Texas. 


Echosmith performs on Conan performing "Cool Kids"
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

LORDE ANNOUNCES 2014 NORTH AMERICAN FALL TOUR


This fall, Lorde has announced she is returning to North America to tour.  The tour launches this August in Philadelphia and will make it's way on the east coast through the mid-west and then heads west, stopping at Los Angeles' Greek Theater and ending at Texas' Austin City Limits in October.

Since it’s release in September 2013, “PURE HEROINE” has reached PLATINUM status and has sold over 1.2 millions copies.

Lorde’s critically acclaimed debut album “PURE HEROINE” [LAVA/Republic Records] continues to dominate U.S charts. Her quadruple platinum single “Royals” holds the record for "Longest #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a Female Artist in 2013." Her previous single “Team” is her second #1 on Adult Top 40, making her the first female artist in Billboard history to rule over the AAA Radio Airplay chart with two songs. "Team" also held the top spot for four weeks and landed at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 with over 1.7 billion in radio audience to date.

In January Lorde walked away with “Song of the Year” and “Best Pop Solo Performance” awards at the 2014 Grammy Awards and has since been nominated for an impressive 12 Billboard Music Awards and took home awards for “Best New Artist” and “Best Rock Song” for her debut single “Royals”

You can sign up now for tickets via http://tickets.lorde.co.nz. Deadline is Wednesday, June 4th at 11:59PM EST. Remaining tickets will go on-sale nationwide Friday, June 6th.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
08/01 - Lollapalooza - Chicago, IL
08/03 - Osheaga - Montreal, QC
09/05 - Mann Center – Philadelphia, PA
09/06 - Boston Calling Festival – Boston, MA
09/07 - Artpark – Lewiston, NY
09/11 - Ottawa Folk Festival - Ottawa, ON
09/12 - TD Echo Beach – Toronto, ON
09/14 - JBL Live at Pier 97 – New York, NY
09/15 – United Palace – New York, NY
09/16 – United Palace – New York, NY
09/18 - The Red Hat Amphitheater – Raleigh, NC
09/22 - Grand Ole Opry House – Nashville, TN
09/23 - LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH
09/24 - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OH
09/26 - BMO Harris Pavilion – Milwaukee, WI
09/27 - Harrah's Casino, Stir Grove – Council Bluffs, IA
09/28 - 1STBANK Center – Broomfield, CO
09/30 - The Joint – Las Vegas, NV
10/02 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
10/06 – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
10/09 - Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
10/10 - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater – San Diego, CA
10/10 - 10/12 @ Austin City Limits – Austin, TX (Weekend 2 only)

Tickets available at: http://tickets.lorde.co.nz

Monday, June 2, 2014

NEW VIDEO: CHARLI XCX'S "BOOM CLAP" MUSIC VIDEO FOR "THE FAULT IN OUR STARS"

Chari XCX at The El Rey

Charli XCX has been responsible for some of the catchiest pop/dance songs in the past few years.  Not counting her chart topping debut album True Romance (2013), Charli XCX was also behind the world-wide hit  "I Love It" by Icona Pop and this year's breakout hit "Fancy" from Iggy Azalea - currently #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. 

Today she premiered "Boom Clap" a single off the upcoming film "Fault in Our Stars" starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. I haven't read the book, but it's based on the best-selling novel by John Green and judging by the online fandamonium, this film is looking like it's gonna be the hit of the summer - like "Twilight" big without the sparkly vampires and cgi werewolves.  Although the film comes out June 6th, you can catch glimpses of the movie in Charli XCX's new video below which was shot in Amsterdam and sees Charli visit the same spots featured in the movie. 

“’Boom Clap’ is a magical song to me. It celebrates epic love," Charli says.  "I want people to dance and cry to it, and scream it at the top of their lungs.”

Currently in the studio working on new material for her second album, which is set to release later this year on Neon Gold/Atlantic Records; a follow up to her debut LP, “True Romance” (IAMSOUND), which landed Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” status and one of Rolling Stone’s “hottest synth-pop acts.”


"Boom Clap" by Charli XCX from "The Fault in Our Stars" soundtrack.
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THROWIING MUSES AND TANYA DONELLY @ BOOTLEG THEATER

Throwing Muses and Tanya Donelly

Kristin Hersh's Throwing Muses performed at The Bootleg Theater for two nights last Thursday and Friday.  The first night was held inside the smaller Bootleg Bar and the second (on Friday) was held in the much larger Bootleg Theater which was sold out.  Also on hand was co-founder and step-sister Tanya Donelly who opened up for the band.  The two shows were part of a larger tour in support of Throwing Muses releasing Purgatory/Paradise -  their first album in 10 years. 
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NEW VIDEO: BANKS PREMIERES "DROWNING"

BANKS

Here's Banks' new vidoe for "Drowning."  The song is off her debut album Goddess which is scheduled to be released on September 9th via Harvest Records. 

"Drowning" official music video by BANKS
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

THE NEARLY DEADS RELEASE EXCELLENT NEW VIDEO FOR "I SAID"

NEARLY DEADS

Ahead of their release of their debut album Invisible TonightThe Nearly Deads has premiered their new official video for "I Said," the first single off Invisible Tonight which pays homage to the 1992 film Wayne's World. The song also serves as an anthem for inner-strength and empowerment.  

"I see the way you're staring at me like I'm some kind of girl who follows boys around the world some kind of lost and confused little can't help myself," TJ sings and then finds the strength to leave those that are holding her back.  "NO - I am aware of all the games that you play but let me tell you boy it gets you nowhere and I said we're over...cause I can do this by myself  I'm gonna go it alone."  


The Nearly Deads perform at Roxy on the Rox.
photo by picksysticks
"I Said" is just a  tease of what to expect from the Nashville rock/alternative band, showcasing a wide musical range that shows that they can go from breezy, power-ballad to expansive, high-octane rock in 0 to 60.  

For their newest album, The Nearly Deads took to Kickstarter for funding as a newly independent band, recently parting ways with their past label Standby Records.  

But the fans who propelled their breakthrough video "Never Look Back" to over 6.3 million views won't be disapointed with their latest offering.  The Nearly Deads, consisting of Theresa Jeane (Vocals), Steven Tobi (Guitar), Javier Garza Jr. (Guitar), Kevin Koelsch (Bass) and Josh Perrone (Drums), delve back into their early punk-rock roots and layer some 90's alternative on the album which got its early start over a year ago by road-testing their new songs during their live gigs and then recording them in the studio whereas before it would've been the complete opposite. 

"We've been working on these songs for over a year," says TJ in their Kickstarter video.   "There's been a lot of things that this band has gone through in this year and it's really an album about that journey. It's turned into this whole beast of being thrust into the business...and what it can do to people and to me as a person."

Now with more control over their destiny and calling their own shots, The Nearly Deads' debut album Invisible Tonight is set to be released on June 24th and are currently on tour through June 29th.  


"I Said" official music video by The Nearly Deads

TOUR DATES:
Paper Dolls dates:
5/27 - Albany, NY @ Fuze Box*
5/29 - Reading, PA @ Reverb*
5/30 - Frederick, MD @ Cafe 611*
5/31 - Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina*
6/03 - Columbus, OH @ Turtle Creek Tavern*

*w/ City Of The Weak

INVISIBLE TONIGHT TOUR DATES
6/07 - Milwaukee, WI @ PrideFest
6/10 - Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar•
6/12 - Muncie, IN @ Be Here Now•
6/14 - Lemoyne, PA @ The Champ•
6/15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Hard Rock Cafe•
6/18 - West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern•
6/20 - Orlando, FL @ Bombshell's Tavern•
6/21 - Tampa, FL @ TBA•
6/24 - Jacksonville, FL @ Aqua Nightclub•
6/25 - Cumming, GA @ His Rock Music*
6/27 - New Orleans, LA @ The BEATnik•
6/29 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In


*w/ Rivers Monroe & Devon O'Connor
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