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..

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

PARAHOY, MATES!!! PARAMORE ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL CRUISE


PARAHOY, MATES! Today, Paramore announced their second annaul cruise adventure, setting sail next March for a four-day adventure.  The cruise, which will take place aboard the Norwegian Pearl will travel from Miami to Cozumel Mexico and will also include performances by Paramore and soon-to-be-announced guests.  Last year's lineup featured Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory and Shiny Toy Guns. 

Go to Parahoy.com for more details and to register for pre-sale tickets because this will definitely sell-out.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

CHARLI XCX AND BLEACHERS "DO AMERICA" THIS SUMMER

Bleachers' Jack AntonoffCHARLI XCX

Today, tickets went on sale for the first leg of the  "Charli & Jack Do America Tour."   Their summer tour, which starts July 21st in San Diego will go through 14 cities in two months ending in Columbus, Ohio on August 12th.  The first half of the tour will be supported by BORNS.  

If you remember, Charli XCX and Bleachers' Jack Antonoff has collaborated on a couple projects in the past including Complex's In-Ride Sessions  where both of them performed each other's hits - Charli singing "Rollercoaster" by the Bleachers and Antonoff singing Charli XCX's single "Break the Rules."  Since then, they've been anxious to work together again. 



“I love Charli. I love what she does with pop music, how she makes it bizarre. The two of us do totally different things but occupy a similar space -- that's what I loved about the idea to tour together. It makes sense in the fact that it doesn't make sense,” explained Jack about working with Charli.

Charli says, "I love Jack. I love what he does with pop music, how he makes every song feel like a movie. This tour is gonna be cool and weird and fabulous and I really can't wait. ” 



“Charli and Jack Do America” Tour Dates:
July 21st            San Diego, CA              The Observatory North Park
July 22nd            Costa Mesa, CA          Pacific Amphitheatre
July 23rd            Oakland, CA                 Fox Theater 
July 25th            Seattle, WA                   Showbox SoDo 
July 26th            Troutdale, OR                Edgefield 
July 28th            Salt Lake City, UT          The Complex 
July 29th            Denver, CO                   The Fillmore Auditorium
August 4th         Minneapolis, MN            Cabooze Plaza
August 5th         Milwaukee, WI               Eagles Ballroom 
August 7th         Tulsa, OK                      Cain's Ballroom 
August 8th         Kansas City, MO           Starlight Theatre 
August 9th         St. Louis, MO                The Pageant 
August 11th        Detroit, MI                     The Fillmore Detroit
August 12th        Columbus, OH              LC Pavilion 
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

PINS NEWS: NEW VIDEO AND US SUMMER TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT

PINS

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.  

"Young Girls' is my ode to all the wanna-be's and gonna-be's, it's about having a dream and making it happen," says lead singer Faith Vern.  "In many ways I feel like I am in the middle of a transition and 'Young Girls' is written from that vantage point; its' full of determination, frustration and celebration... much like most days in this band!"

Last year, PINS, consisting of  Faith Vern (vocals/guitar), Anna Donigan (bass), Lois Macdonald (guitar) and Sophie Galpin (drums)  had a breakout year.  Their critically acclaimed debut album Girls Like Us thrusted them into the spotlight, allowing them to go on tour and share the stage with Sleigh Bells, Warpaint, The Growlers and Sleater-Kinney.


Tickets are on sale now.

US Tour Dates
June 13 - New York, NY - Rough Trade
June 15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
June 16  - San Fransisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop
June 18 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
June 19 - Seattle, WA - SODO Lounge
June 23  - Denver, CO - Hi-Drive
June 22 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
June 25 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
June 26  - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
June 27 - Ferndale, MI  - The Loving Touch
June 29 - Washington, DC - DC9
June 30  - Allston, MA - Great Scott
July 2  - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
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The Red Viper (Pedro Pascal) and Heidi Klum stars in Sia's new video

Director Francesco Carrozzini, Heidi Klum and Pedro Pascal
I always get excited for Sia's new videos.  Not because her songs are always so great but because her videos always have that theatrical feeling, full of emotional visuals that you can't take your eyes of off.   Well, her newest video for "Fire Meet Gasoline" gives you that same feeling.  Starring Game of Thrones Pedro Pascal and everyone's favorite reality host (and supermodel) Heidi Klum.

"Fire Meet Gasoline" from the album 1000 FORMS OF FEAR by Sia is directed by Francesco Carrozzini for Heidi Klum Intimates.  Check out the video below.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

SHONEN KNIFE BRINGS BACK ORIGINAL MEMBER

Shonen Knife
pic via Facebook.com/shonenknifeofficial
Legendary all-female pop/punk band Shonen Knife will be without bassist Ritsuko while she attends to her maternity leave which leaves the band bringing back original member Atsuko (young sister of lead singer Naoko) for the first time in nearly a decade for their upcoming stateside tour.  This news comes on the heels of Shonen Knife's upcoming US tour with CJ Ramone. 


Below are statements from the band and Ritsuko.

A message from Shonen Knife:

There is some exciting news in the world of Shonen Knife, this month our bassist Ritsuko will be going on maternity leave. Mother and baby are in good health. We are praying for her safe delivery and quick return to the band. 
For Shonen Knife's US Tour 2015 in June w/ CJ Ramone, original member Atsuko will be joining the band as bassist for the shows. It will be a unique opportunity for US fans to see Atsuko performing on bass for the first time in nearly a decade in the US. 
Also, for the upcoming show on May 31st at Fandango, Osaka and our annual 712 DAY PARTY tour in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, our friend NARU will play the bass.
Thank you very much for your support and encouragement.

A message from Ritsuko:

I have a baby on the way!!!  
Am I following similar "got pregnant stories" frequently made public recently in the gossip columns? No!! Mine is the real happy love story!!  
I am very happy now, even though I will miss the upcoming North American tour. I am grateful to Atsuko-san for rejoining Shonen Knife in the upcoming tour.  
Also, I know that Naru-san is the most charming and talented bassist who will take my part from now on. I am very happy to recall that I have been given a part in the activities of Shonen Knife together with the charming members and staff of Shonen Knife. I do hope I will have a chance someday to return to the stage and perform in front of the enthusiastic Shonen Knife fans.  
I will remain unchanged as one of the most dedicated fans of Shonen Knife. 
Thank you. Ritsuko

SHONEN KNIFE / CJ RAMONE US TOUR 2015

6/3 Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room (SK Only)
6/4 Cleveland, OH - The Happy Dog (SK Only)
6/5 Sandusky, OH - Collosalcon14, Kalahari Resort (SK Only)
6/6 Columbus OH - Ace of Cups
6/7 Chicago IL - Bottom Lounge
6/9 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
6/10 St Paul MN - Amsterdam Bar and Grill
6/11 Lincoln NE - Vega
6/13 Nashville, TN - Mercury Lounge
6/14 Atlanta GA - HELL at The Masquerade
6/16 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
6/17 Louisville, KY - The New Vintage
6/18 Cincinnati, OH - The Woodward Theater
6/19 Baltimore MD - The Metro Gallery
6/20 LongBranch, NJ - Brighton Bar
6/21 Philadelphia, PA - Black Box in Underground Arts
6/22 NY, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
6/23 Hamden CT - The Space Ballroom
6/24 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CHARLI XCX, TY DOLLA $IGN and TINASHE DROP FRISKY NEW VIDEO

Charli XCX

I first heard the catchy club-hip/pop song "Drop That Kitty"  when Charli XCX performed during last weekend's MTV Movie Awards featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Tinashe which she shared a writing credit on.

Now we get to watch the official music video, shot on the streets of Downton Los Angeles with super-imposted cats heads on dancers.  The song is produced by Cashmere Cat it's off of Ty Dolla $ign's upcoming debut album Free TC.  Check out the video below. 

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

‘SHIP TO WRECK’ PREMIERES by FLORENCE + THE MACHINE


Ahead of the June 2nd release of "How Big How Blue How Beautiful," Florence + the Machine premiered their new single "Ship To Wreck." 

“I was thinking about my own self destructive side, and how you can make something only to tear it down, enjoy/destroy, create/devastate etc. When you're in that whirlwind, you often end up breaking the thing you love the most”.

The accompanying video, which will drop this week,  was filmed in Florence's own home.  This Sunday, Florence + the Machine will take the Main Stage as Coachella before Drake.  

The new album ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ is a collection of songs, written and recorded over the course of 2014. Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) with contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill, the third album by Florence + The Machine is live-sounding, tune-rich, unhinged in all the right places and powerful in all the best ways. In voice and, ultimately, outlook Florence has never sounded better.


Monday, April 6, 2015

MAKE MUSIC PASADENA ANNOUNCES 2015 LINEUP

The West Coast’s Largest Free Music Festival Returns on Saturday, June 6th


Best Coast performs on the Main Stage at Make Music Pasadena in 2011.
photo by picksysticks
The 8th Annual Make Music Pasadena just announced the lineup for this year's festival which takes place on June 6th, from 11 am until 11 pm.  Make Music Pasadena is one of my favorite festivals of the year, boasting over 150 bands performing on 5 main stages as well as over 30 additional stages and performance venues all over downtown Pasadena.  A free show, which attracts more than 50,000 people a year,  Make Music Pasadena has, in the previous years, featured some the best musical acts in the music industry such as Best Coast, Grimes, Grouplove, Soko, Zola Jesus and The Cults.

This year, Make Music Pasadena will return with another doozy of a lineup that will feature Nick Waterhouse, How to Dress Well,  Kishi Bashi, Sir Sly and Hundred Waters. 

Make Music Pasadena is a 100% non-profit event, generously funded by our sponsors and donations from our supporters. Donating just became easier with a quick link on the website:  www.makemusicpasadena.org/donate

Confirmed Acts at Make Music Pasadena Include:

How to Dress Well
Sir Sly
Kishi Bashi
Hundred Waters
Nick Waterhouse
Kaleo
Caroline Smith
Lydia Ainsworth
Avid Dancer
Making Movies
Dark Waves
Hidden Charms
The Moth & the Flame
Opus Orange
Mudbug Brass Band
Belmont Lights
Boroughs
Raspin Stuwart
Sanglorians
LA Takedown
Professor Possessor
Emby Alexander (Phoenix)
Sugar Candy Mountain (Oakland)
Big Wild Wings (Salt Lake City)
Bon Wrath (Cambodia)
Brendan Eder Ensemble
Crystales
MrK
Pasadena Symphony and POPS


      + surprise guests and more to be announced

Sunday, April 5, 2015

KITTEN @ THE TROUBADOUR

KITTEN

After spending the last two months on the road  KITTEN entered the Troubadour on Friday for what was to be the first night of a two night sold out homecoming shows.  But a day later and hours before their second consecutive show, frontwoman Chloe Chaidez posted via social media that Saturday's show was postponed due to nodules on her vocal chords on doctor's orders.
" Kill us to do this, but we must post pone tonights show due to a medical emergency. I have nodules and if I were to do another show tonight i could possibly lose my voice for a very very long time. Another date will be set as soon as possible and we will see you soon for an amazing show. You guys killed it last night "
And it was apparent early on that 20 year-old singer Chloe Chaidez was battling through the loss of her voice which was noticeable during her acoustic performance of "Kill The Light."  But other than her  vocal problems, Chloe gave it her all, playing to a hometown crowd that lifted her and carried her through (literally) the night, playing older songs as well as new songs from their debut album while also performing covers of David Bowie's "Heroes" and "Purple Rain" by Prince.  

Their postponed show will be rescheduled which will take place in a couple weeks.  

Chloe Chaidez of Kitten
KITTEN performs at The Troubadour during their hometown show.
photos by picksysticks

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