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..

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Julie Ruin Drop Limited Edition 7" Track


In 1997 legendary Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna released a solo album under the name‚ “Julie Ruin” with the intention of forming a band to perform the songs live. In 2010 she built her dream team who quickly learned the songs and then recorded their own debut album titled Run Fast. Fans rejoiced as the band dominated stages around the world from NYC to Australia in support of Run Fast. Following Kathleen’s collaboration on Mykki Blanco presents Gay Dog Food this fall, they can celebrate once again with the news that The Julie Ruin is back in the studio working on new material.

The band has released the song “Blueberry Island”, a track featured on the forthcoming digital release of the soundtrack for the IFC bio pic about Kathleen called The Punk Singer. It will also be made available as a limited edition 7” single featuring the “Right Home” (YACHT Remix) b-side via the Federal Prism Pop Up Store.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BASS PLAYER FOR PINS IN CAR ACCIDENT

Anna Donigan of PINS

PINS, in a recent Facebook post, revealed that bassist Anna Donigan was struck by a  car, injuring her leg and damaging her bike.  The UK band hopes for a speedy recovery in time for next year's shows. Here's their post via Facebook:

"Please send lot's of love and kisses to Anna. 2 nights ago she was hit by a car leaving her bicycle and leg in a tangled mess. She is hoping to be on two feet again in time for next years shows but won't be joining us on Saturday at The Castle."

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Monday, December 15, 2014

WATCH NICKI MINAJ AND SKYLAR GREY PERFORM "BED OF LIES" ON ELLEN

SKYLAR GREY

I love this song, showing Nicki Minaj's more vulnerable side.  Listen to this new song from Nicki Minaj featuring Skylar Grey which she performed on today's Ellen.  This beautiful song is called "Bed of Lies" and it's off her new album The Pinkprint.  "Bed of Lies" which was the fourth single off the album tied her with Madonna and Dionne Warwick for the third most entries among women on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"Bed of Lies" 
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

BROODS ANNOUNCE 2015 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES



Yesterday, the brother/sister duo known as The Broods announced that they will be returning to the States for their very own headlining tour.  One thing this announcement confirmed is that they will not be performing at SXSW, which I'd hoped, which takes place between March 17-22.  Looks as though they'll be on the east coast and Canada during that week. 


The Broods just released their debut album Evergreen after breaking out in a big way earlier this year with the hit EP.  Evergreen hit #1 in the charts in their homeland of New Zealand.










Tuesday, December 9, 2014

STREAMING FREE NOW! CHARLI XCX'S NEW ALBUM "SUCKER"


Head over to iTunes Radio at this LINK right now to stream Charli XCX's new album Sucker a week early!!  It drops December 15th and includes hit songs like "Boom Clap," "London Queen" and "Break the Rules."

"Breaking Up" by Charli XCX off her new album Sucker.
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

HOUSE UNITED CATCHES FIRE WITH DEBUT ALBUM "MADE OF MATCHES"

House United

House United, hailing from Nashville, Tenn – has debuted their first album Made of Matches and it  has the feeling of listening to a veteran band who has been playing for years.   Led by 16 year-old lead singer Carmel P. Buckingham and backed by an explosive band consisting of Brandon Adams (guitar), Joe Gregory (bass) and Austin Arnold (drums),  House United uses igniting and inventive arrangements to present  their thoughts of destruction and loss.

In a time that the art of the album has been lost with most contemporary rock albums feeling unconnected with a bunch of songs thrown together to make an album, House United is bringing back the concept album with Made of Matches - a rock opera that unifies their record with a single theme revolving around a central story of love and heartbreak.   

Setting the tone  is their first lead single "Catastrophe" a rock ballad which plays loud and soft, with Buckingham crooning over an unhealthy relationship, over a love she admits is wrong when she sings "I've made the mistake of letting you in...But I'll do it all over for a love like we've had..Sorry I fell for a perfect catastrophe."  That, in turn, leads to dealing with the intense emotions of falling in love in their  single "Emergency."

In the fast power rock "Stay Alive," Buckingham admits finding love is no fairytale and is willing to fight to work it out until there's the quick realization that love is a delusion in "Girls Who Can't Have Fun" as she sings "Love is for the dreamers searching for the one."

The turning point rears its head in "Phoenix,' the rousing arena-ready rock anthem with shout-along choruses and spewing guitars. Even though emotionally hurt and bruised, Buckingham roars confidently like a phoenix rising from the ashes.   And with aerial guitar riffs that evokes hope, the whole album swells to a rising close in "Who Am I. " Once dependent and broken, Buckingham's journey through insecurities, broken relationships and heartbreak has led her to become stronger, wiser and more independent.  Rather than telling someone, she seems to be affirming to herself "I will be happy. I stood for something...Who am I if I had to hide." 

"Emergency" from the debut album Made of Matches by House United. 

Made of Matches also showcases the band's ability to cross musical genres.  "Emergency" and "New Hampshire"  echoes the punk attitude of Paramore and Tonight Alive, "Who Am I" whispers My Chemical Romance.  "Fallin" borrows from reggae while "Out of Time" hints at sunny pop with the likes of Sara B areilles. But it's their more vulnerable songs like "Come Back Home" that hits the hardest.  Over teardrop piano this sweeping ballad recounts the heartbreak of a broken relationship and showcases House United's talents transitioning from bruising rock to vulnerable tunes in a heartbeat.

Considering House United has been a band for less than a year, they have accomplished in their first album what most bands strive to accomplish by their third or fourth album.   Their aptly named debut Made of Matches, right off the bat, holds your attention with an aggressive sound balanced with the tenderness of Buckingham's radiant vocals, unleashing bruising rock with dramatic flourish.  And it's going to be exciting, to say the least, to see what the future holds.  Made of Matches could be the spark that rockets House United into the stratosphere. 
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WOLF ALICE ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR DATES

WOLF ALICE


SOOOOOOOO excited about this news. Wolf Alice just announced that they are touring the U.S. for the first time.  Earlier this year, they made their stateside debut at SXSW, playing a few dates.  Now, they return this January performing in Los Angeles and New York.

Tickets go on sale this Friday but the Los Angeles show at Bardot's School Night is usually free with RSVP.  Can't wait!

Wolf Alice announces U.S. tour dates.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

MAPLES REVEALS VIDEO FOR DEBUT SINGLE 'STARS'

MAPLES
MAPLES
photo via Faceboom.com/maplesmusic
Sydney-based songstress Gabby Huber is well known to Australia's larger music community for her previous endeavours as a band member, touring and playing abroad as a keyboardist and vocalist. 

Now, after several years of quiet and careful craft, she is stepping into the world as Maples with her debut single 'Stars', and now, its accompanying music video. Check it out below.

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