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.


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 has released her debut album Kicker and she celebrated with a sold out show at LA's famed Troubadour last week.


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's new album Supreme Blue Dream is the ideal soundtrack to your summer..

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


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Wow.  Check out the new trailer for Warner Bros. movie "Pan" starring Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook and Levi Miller as Peter Pan.  Also starring Amanda Seyfriend, Rooney Mara and Cara Delevingne, the trailer uses the song "I Believe" by Christina Perri off her second studio album Head or Heart which dropped in April.

PAN is set to hit theaters summer 2015. Check out the trailer below.

"I Believe" by Christina Perri (lyric video)



Yesterday, the delux reissue of Paramore's 2013'S self-titled album was released with an accompanying music video for "Hate to See Your Heart Break" featuring former Civil Wars singer Joy Williams.  

Check it out below.


Monday, November 24, 2014



Billboard just premiered the newest song from The Bangles' upcoming compliation album Ladies and Gentlemen.  It's called "The Real World" and it's part of a collection of early demos covers and live tracks.

Ladies and Gentlemen drops Thanksgiving day. Check out the song at Billboard right HERE

Sunday, November 23, 2014


On Thursday, Sky Ferreira took to the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles with Cherry Glazerr as part of her West Coast tour.  

For someone who makes a living as a model, gracing magazine covers across the globe while also pursuing a musical career performing in front of thousands of people, Sky Ferreira is sure self-consious about herself.  

Each time, I've seen her perform live, she has played in near, complete darkness except for a lone spotlight and quick strobe lights that gives you a glimpse of the enigma that is Sky Ferreira.  Her songs are really good. Just check out her recent album, Night Time, My Time that dropped last October and 2012's Ghost EP. It's packed with dark, sparkly, indie-pop melodies that showcases her talent in writing.  But it seems like she doesn't have the confidence in her music, partly ashamed that no one will take her seriously from transitioning from model to singer that bleeds into her low-energy stage presence.  

Maybe she's still trying to find her genre.  She's dabbled with a variety of sounds earlier in her career - from pop  ("Obsession") then synth-dance with 2009's "One" and also some hard rock like "Red Lips" and even covering Hole's "Asksing For It."  

Personally, I like her dark, moody side - the side that gave us "You're Not the One," "Sad Dream" and "Lost in My Bedroom" - all songs that came off her last two albums. But honestly, it'd be nice to, at least, see her during her live shows but you know what? If she keeps writing gems like these then I wouldn't mind is she performs in the dark.

Sky ends her west coast tour next week at San Francisco's The Independent before she heads back into the studio to work on new record. 


Friday, November 21, 2014


Lexus' Pop-Up Concert Series final installment came to a close Monday night featuring Tegan and Sara at the Orange County's Fair & Event Center.  A free show powered by Pandora, the Pop-Up concert was part of a series of four shows put on by Lexus to connect loyal fans to today's top musical acts which included Magic!, Nico & Vinz and Kongas.  

For the final installment, free tickets were snatched up in minutes to see the twin sisters from Canada.  Fans lined up early to get a prime position inside The Hangar to watch the duo perform their last show in California this year before heading back into the studio to begin recording their new album.  

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Tegan and Sara performs during the final installment of the Lexus Pop Up Concert Series Powered by Pandora.
photos by Picksysticks
During their 15-year career, Tegan and Sara's loyal fans has helped them sell over a million records worldwide.  But it was their 7th studio album Heartthrob, released in 2013, that propelled them into the mainstream infusing their indie-rock sounds with pop in hits like "Closer," "I Was a Fool" and "How Come You Don't Want Me." 

"Our last two years has been so incredible for us. We obviously tried something really new and different and yet a lot of our old fans have stuck with us and we have so many new people who are listening to Tegan and Sara," said Tegan Quinn.  "What's really cool is that Sara and I; our number one goal throughout the last 15 years is just to make music we really enjoy making."

Tegan and Sara mostly performed songs off their 2013 breakthrough album Heartthrob, opening with "Drove Me Wild," a song Tegan has to abruptly stop because, as she said, she was distracted by all the dancing and the brand new cherry-red 2015 RC 350 F Sport Lexus off to the side.

Lexus Pop Up Concert Powered by Pandora feat. Tegan and Sara
Lexus Pop Up Concert Series Powered by Pandora feat. Tegan and Sara.
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During their 50-minute set, although hey did pepper the night with some oldies, like "The Con," "Alligator" (2009's Sainthood) and "Living Room" (If It Was You, 2002), the night  showcased more of the new and the future of their music and music in general.   

The event, powered by Pandora, is playing a big part connecting fans to their favorite artists like Tegan and Sara.  Over one million people has made a station with their name and their songs has been spun over 3.5 million times on Pandora.  

"We think the future of music, whether you like it or not, is going to be online...and it's going to be playlists and sharing and streaming and digital," Tegan said.  "I just really want to say that Sarah and I really embrace the future of music. we think the future is terrifying but also kind of cool." 

And with that, Tegan and Sara closed out their set with their hit "Closer" off their newest album Heartthrob. 

And with that, before launching into their closing song "Closer," Tegan and Sara teased  a new record coming out in 2016.   And with a career spanning over a decade, Tegan and Sara are sure to continue their global dominance.

Lexus Pop Up Concert set list (Nov. 19th):  Drove Me Wild / I Couldn't Be Your Friend / Monday Monday Monday / Back in Your Head / I Was A Fool / Alligator / How Come You Don't Want Me / The Con / Living Room / Closer 

Monday, November 17, 2014


Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara will release a very special 10th Anniversary edition of their breakthrough album So Jealous, entitled So Jealous X, on December 23rd on Warner Bros. Records.

Said Tegan and Sara: "Because So Jealous changed the course of our sound, our career and most importantly our lives, we didn't want to just re-release the record. Instead we wanted to re-ignite the fire that inspired us to make the record in the first place and hopefully allow it to reach a whole new audience."

To that end, So Jealous X comes with a 110-page hardcover book that looks back at the album through photos and written recollections from Tegan and Sara, their band members and crew, and industry colleagues. It features essays, original journal entries from the time period, never-before-seen photos, a catalogue of merchandise, and tour posters and laminates in addition to the music. The three discs feature the original So Jealous album and a 22-track bonus audio CD that includes five new electronic remixes, three cover songs from artists Tegan and Sara love, plus five B-sides and nine demos from that time period. It also includes a DVD of a live concert and other tour documentaries that Tegan and Sara released in 2006 called "It's Not Fun, Don't Do it!" 

So Jealous X is currently available for pre-order in several different configurations here.

Having just wrapped a tour with Katy Perry, Tegan and Sara are currently out on their final headlining run of 2014, before breaking to begin writing the follow-up to Heartthrob in 2015.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Seriously, you have to listen to this newest single from Screaming Females. It's called "Ripe" and its filled with mutated guitars and driving, high-octane drums.  That's the power that drives this New Jersey trio led by thrasher extroidinaire Marissa Patermoster.  

The song is off their upcoming sixth studio album Rose Mountain which drops February 24th via Don Giovani and the video is very direct, letting the music the center of attention, with the band just sitting and standing there staring towards the camera. At first it looks as though it was a photograph of the band until you notice tiny movements and blinking.  

Formed in 2005, Screaming Females is singer/guitarist Marisa Paternoster, bassist Michael Abbate and drummer Jarrett Dougherty. The band has performed alongside Dinosaur Jr., The Julie Ruin, Titus Andronicus + more and just wrapped up a national tour with PUJOL.

"Ripe" by Screaming Females

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Allison Weiss

On November 10th, on the last day of their tour, the passenger van carrying Allison Weiss and her band was blown over by heavy winds while travelling from Denver to Salt Lake City. 

Below is her statement regarding the incident:


I want to preface this by saying we are safe and we are so lucky. 

The Allison Weiss band jokes about being the tamest band on the road. We rarely party. We go to bed early. We always drive slow and we ALWAYS wear our seat belts. I'm a worrier, you know? It's in my blood. I'm constantly preparing for the worst case scenario, going over the what-ifs in my mind like some kind of religious ritual. We all hear the stories, all bands do. We knock on wood and hope it doesn't happen to us, knowing in the back of our minds that in this business it's probably inevitable. You can plan all you want, but when the moment hits, all you can do is hope for the best. 

Yesterday around 10:00am my band and I were traveling from Denver to Salt Lake City. It's a notoriously treacherous stretch of highway and we were braced for bad weather, but when a huge gust of wind hit our 15 passenger van and sent us over a patch of ice, there was nothing we could do. 

I heard Liam yell "Oh no" and I tried to go totally limp (I heard you're supposed to do this instead of bracing yourself). The van hit the median and rolled twice, at least. Fear shot through my body. Here I was on my last day of tour with four incredible people who have dedicated their time and energy to back me up on stage every night and in this moment I had no idea if they were okay. One by one we yelled to each other "Everyone alright?! Is everyone okay?!" My glasses were gone. I couldn't see. I scrambled around completely blind as the snow came through the windows and I felt my head pounding. Someone found my wallet. My phone. My glasses. Pete's phone. Liam's laptop bag. All the doors were jammed but we got outside, and I immediately went back in to get everyone's personal belongings. It all happened in about 30 seconds and the next thing I knew we were hustled across the highway to the cab of a semi truck that stopped to help.

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I'm sitting here now, it's 7:07 am in Laramie WY. My Fest wristband is replaced with a new bracelet, one that says Allison Amling Weiss and my birthday and the name of the local hospital. I have a staple in my head where the doctor patched up a gash I got when I hit the side window. Pete, Liam, and Will are shaken up but okay. Kailynn suffered a small back injury but nothing serious. We are so lucky. We are SO lucky.

Our van, The Gator, is totaled. We had just hit 100,000 miles on this trip. I felt a sense of adventure when it happened a week ago. I couldn't wait for the next 200k. I pictured me and that van, sailing off into the sunset on tour after tour. The Gator was gonna take me to new territories. I'm sad, but it's just a van. It's a thing. We're all walking and talking and breathing and laughing and sighing. We're okay.
I don't know what this will mean for my touring future. I know we'll keep pushing on, but for a small band like myself, this is a huge hit. We've already incurred medical bills and hotel costs, insurance deductibles and the like. We haven't even had a chance to check out our gear yet, and the idea of trying to find a new van makes my brain hurt... or maybe that's the staple...

I've always been able to survive because of the people who follow me and who love my music. This tour has been incredible. The people I've met who sang my words with me every night, completely understanding the songs I wrote alone in my bedroom, those are the people who have kept me going. You are the ones who have allowed me to keep doing this. 

So I come to you now asking for help. If you can spare it, I set up a Paypal donation button where you can send us a few bucks. If you haven't heard my music before, for the next 72 hours my label No Sleep Records is putting 100% of our Bandcamp sales towards our recovery. There are more links below, for my web store and individual records on Bandcamp. Every dollar counts. Your support means the world to me and my bandmates.

To all the bands who are touring this winter, PLEASE be safe. Drive slow. Wear your seat belts. Not everyone ends up as lucky as we did.



Donate on Paypal:

Allison Weiss Online Store



Fergie's new video, a remix of her current single "L.A. Love (la la)" is a love letter to her hometown, celebrating everything that makes Los Angeles great - from Venice to South Central to Hollywood and downtown.  

Making cameos in the video are L.A. icons such as Chelsea Handler, Tommy Chong, Wilmer Valderrama, Hilary Swank, Taylor Momsen, L.A. Clippers' Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan.  

"L.A. Love (la la)"  is her first new track since “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,” which appeared on the platinum soundtrack to the 2013 film The Great Gatsby and has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. 


Monday, November 10, 2014


Ballet School

Ballet School is a band I've wanted to see for a long time so when they came to Bardot's School Night, a free concert every Monday, I knew I just had to go.  This trio from Berlin  had just released their debut album The Dew Lasts An Hour and it's filled with dreamy, saturated melodies like a rolling hillside overgrown with wild colorful poppies.  There's a an order over all this chaos and for some reason it works and it's beautiful.  Everytime I listen to their album, I feel like Julie Andrews running and twirling on that hillside.  The hills are alive indeed.

Bardot setlist (11/3/14): Gray / Ghost / Heartbreak Overdrive / Justify My Love (Madonna cover) / Lux / Heliconia / Cherish




Check out the juicy new video for "L.A.F." from New Zealand's Broods.  Saturated in super colors, 90s neon lights, the setting looks like it was shot at one of those photography studios where you take your high school senior portraits.  You remember? Lasers and terrestrial stars in the background while you don your letterman jacket along with your favorite prop - like a violin or your cat Mr. Bojangles.

The video is still great no matter how you wrap it. "L.A.F." is off their debut album Evergreen which dropped last month in the U.S. reaching to #7 on Billboard's Alternative charts while it topped the charts in their home country.

"L.A.F." official music video by the Broods.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


Gaela Brown

With stirring vocals and world-weary pathos, soul singer Gaela Brown holds your attention with her commanding stage presence.  Brown was celebrating the release of her first single "I"m Loving It" with a special performance at The Hotel Cafe last Monday. Her newest single, "I"m Loving It," has a rich and playful groove with a grand chorus that's sure to get you on your feet and dance.

Brown, who spends time both in her hometown in Tel Aviv and Paris, credits her musical styles from her upbringing where she was exposed to all types of musical genres including R&B, hip-hop, dance, classical, jazz, samba and African music.  

Gaela Brown
Gaela Brown performs at the Hotel Cafe.
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And with her wide range of musical genres to pull from, Brown can go from up-tempo dance ("I'm Loving It") to vulnerable, love ballad ("Since You Gone") and then easily transitioning to a samba inspired melody for  "What's Your Fantasy."  

And in a moment of improvisation, Gaela changed it up a bit with instruction to her backing band, ending the night with a jazzy rendition of Meghan Trainor's "All About that Bass."  

But it was her awe-inspiring song "New York City Blues" that highlighted Brown's powerful vocals where, even at her most minimalist, her soulful voice rises above whispering, acoustic guitars, proving that she can shine without the flashiness.

Currently, Brown is working on her EP to be released early next year via Can UFeel It Records.

"I'm Loving It' by Gaela Brown

Thursday, November 6, 2014



Lorde is curating the upcoming soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and she has recruited an all-star group of musicians to take part including Chvrches, Charli XCX and Ariana Grande. 

Today, she released the official music video for "Yellow Flicker Beat" which soared to #1 on iTunes' Soundtrack Top Songs Chart and has been viewed on Vevo over 5 million times in only two weeks since its release.    The Hunger Games soundtrack will be available on November 21st.  

Check out the video below and you can pre-order the soundtrack right HERE

"Yellow Flicker Beat" by Lorde

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


CHAPPIE official trailer starring the band Die Antwood and Hugh Jackman



Chvrches just unveiled their song for the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack.  The song, called "Dead Air" showcases Chvrches signature synth-pop melodies layered over Lauren Mayberry's lush vocals and fits nicely with the Hunger Games theme of strength and survival with Lauren singing, "This is a call to your arms / To take on mind over matter / Replacing fist over fist / We are disappearing."

The soundtrack drops November 17th and the movie hits theaters on November 21st.  Listen to the song below. 

"Dead Air" by Chvrches