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..

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Ahead of their July 17th album release of How Does It Feel, MS MR has released their new video for "Painted" which explores what happens when two worlds - natural vs. unnatural -  collides while focusing on the lyrics "what did you think would happen / when you put me in unnatural space."
“We were heavily inspired by Kubrick as well as the 1970s documentary ‘The Secret Life of Plants,’ the band says.
In How Does It Feel, the follow-up to their 2013 debut album Secondhand Rapture, MS MR have gone back to their roots, returning to a more intimate, visceral and bare-bones experience that made their debut album skyrocket to #2 on Billboard's Heatseeker's Album chart.  

Watch "Painted" below and be sure to catch them when they launch their string of festival dates next week in Germany.  

"Painted" by MS MR.

MS MR On Tour: 
6/3 – Mendig, Germany – Rock am Ring 2015
6/4 – Berlin, Germany – Kantine am Berghain
6/5 – Nuremberg, Germany – Rock im Park 2015
6/10 – London, UK – Victoria
6/19 – Kansas City, MO – Boulevardia 2015
7/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier (Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party)
7/22 – Melbourne, Australia – Russell
7/24 – Byron Bay, Australia – Splendour In The Grass Festival
7/25 – Sydney, Australia – Metro Theatre
7/31 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/1-8/2 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga
8/7 – Minneapolis – Target Field (96.3 Go Fest 2015)
9/12-13 – Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Alessia Cass

Fader called her 'Alt-pop's New Sweetheart' while Pitchford praises her 'powerhouse voice and lyrical finess.'  All this for Alessia Cass who recently released her single "Here," an unapologetically autobiographical tune dubbed a party song but in actuality is more of an anti-party song giving a shout out to the anti-social wallflowers with lyrics like, "I'm sorry if I seem uninterested / Or I'm not listenin', or I'm indefferent / Truly I ain't got no business here...I'd rather be at home all by myself / Not in this room with people who don't even care about my well being." 

Only 18, Alessia has already racked up over 500,000 streams of "Here" since its release this month. Check out the new video below which premiere on Fader. 

"Here" by Alessia Cass

Monday, May 25, 2015


Hop Along

Weezer-esque, slacker-rock merged with Seattle-grunge, Hop Along unique sound echoes thorns on a rose bush; beauty surrounded by sharp thorns.  With their melodic melodies accompanied by the scattered and tortured vocals of Frances Quinlan, Hop Along performed a sold out show at The Echo on Saturday.  

Hop Along

Earlier this month, the Philadelphia foursome released their sophomore full-length album Painted Shut on Saddle Creek to critical acclaim! With accolades ranging from Pitchfork & SPIN to NPR & Urban Outfitters, the album debuted at #7 on Alternative New Artist Albums and #10 on Top New Artist Albums Chart. Described as grounded and less merciful than their debut album Get Disowned, Painted Shut tells the story of many struggling adults (and children) in a severe landscape.  

Painted Shut is available at the Saddle Creek Online Store, iTunes, Amazon and independent record stores everywhere.

Hop Along
Hop Along
Hop Along plays a sold out Echo.
photos by picksysticks.

Sunday, May 24, 2015


It almost felt like a farwell tour for Paramore.  Talk of their ten long years as a band, thanking their loyal fans, talks of getting old (even sitting down for a stretch of softer and slower songs) and saying goodbye as they depart to work on the next stage of their musical career.   Although if felt like the end of an era, it was a celebration of Paramore and the fans that came along their journey.

It was also a goodbye to this tour, a tour that began two years ago with the release of their self-titled album that. That album, which was released in 2013, gave the Nashville trio their first Grammy award for Best Rock Song for their hit single "Ain't It Fun."  

Next up for Paramore is their annual Parahoy! Cruise this next March 2016.  It's already sold-out and always has great guest artists.

Paramore performing at San Diego State University's Open Air Theatre

Wednesday, May 20, 2015



The long awaited music video for Rain Man's first single and Buygore debut, "Visionary" ft. Sirah, is out now. 

Take a peek below and be on the lookout for big announcements coming from Rain Man this summer.



Meg Mac

I"m such a big fan of Meg Mac.  The past few months has been a whirlwind of good fortune for Australian singer Meg Mac. After being singed to U.S. labe 300 records last February she was quickly wisked away to play a grueling six shows in five days at SXSW.  In what was to be a  short stay became much longer and welcomed stay after she was asked to join Clean Bandit on their tour.   Now, after finishing up that tour, Meg Mac was asked to support D'Angelo and the Vangaurd starting June 7th in Oakland and runs through the end of the month.

"Roll Up Your Sleeves" official music video by Meg Mac

Australia's most buzz-worthy breakout artist, Meg Mac in not on a lot of people's radar stateside just yet.   She's been the talk of the music scene in her hometown in Sydney. Although unknown yet here in the states, Meg Mac has been selling out her tour across Australia.   Other than being nominated for Rolling Stone's "Best New Artist" award, the 24 year-old was named one of Marie Claire's Artists to Watch in 2015 and won Triple J's Unearthed Artist award last year.  Her debut EP was released April 7th.  Go check it out!

Meg Mac tour dates with D'Angelo and The Vangaurd
6/7 - Oakland, CA
6/8 - Los Angeles, CA
6/10 - Denver, CO
6/11 - Kansas City, MO
6/13 - Manchester, TN
6/14 - Atlanta, GA
6/16 - Dallas, TX
6/17 - Houston, TX
6/20 - Norfolk, VA
6/21 - Forest Hills, NY
6/23 - Philadelphia, PA
6/25 - Washington, DC
6/27 - Detroit, MI
6/28 - Sayerville, NJ

Friday, May 15, 2015


Octahate version 2.0 has been released today by Ryn Weaver.  In a tweet today, Ryn said she hated the original video for "Octahate" and wanted to have a food fight with her best friend instead.  

Octahate, the song that made Ryn Weaver the most buzzed about artist last year after a tweet by Charli XCX helped rocket the single to No. 1 on Billboard's Emerging Artists charts late last year.  Her debut album is set to drop on June 16th.  

"OCTAHATE" official music video by Ryn Weaver

Thursday, May 14, 2015


It was Five Knives Los Angeles debut last Tuesday at the famed Troubadour in Los Angeles. The electro-pop four piece  were in town to celebrate the release of their upcoming full-length debut album Savages which drops June 2nd via Red Bull Records. Critics along with music taste-makers like MTV, Entertainment Weekly, Alt Press and Baeble Music have already embraced this band. Their lead single "Sugar" is already a hit right out of the gate. Not only has it been streamed over 320,000 times on Spotify, it reached the Top 5 on Billboard's Club charts while "Savages" is currently no. 28 on the Dance Club songs chart.  

Setting the tone with the fiery, trip-hoppy "All Fall Down" off their 2013 EP The Rising, Five Knives, from the moment they took the stage, performed unrelentingly for nearly an hour holding the crowd's attention while spewing igniting and inventive beats.  Their debut album which they performed almost in its entirety, is everything you can ask for and then some  - frenetic melodies and shuddering bass lines of raw nastiness wrapped in a nice sugary coat to make it go down easy right before it shocks you into submission. 

Keeping audience interaction at a minimum, this night was focused on partying, attacking with laser-like focus with dance tracks like "Savages" and "Sugar" that features rambunctious revolutions of swirling synths that practically drips off the stage. But what sets Five Knives apart from other bands are their seamless fusion of electronica, pop and rock n' roll.  Their more pop-centric songs like the infectious "Dirty Souls" and "Shake My Bones" could easily be playing over mainstream radio stations alongside Paramore and Taylor Swift while "I Love You to Death" and "Criminal" showcases front-woman Anna M'Queen's revved up and commanding vocals in arena-ready, shout-out-loud choruses.  

Usually  there's that middle point during every concert where a band slows down, performs some b-sides to a point where people realize this would be the perfect time to hit the bathroom.  Not this night.  Just when you thought Five Knives would take a breather, they didn't, piling it on even more and going all in with a tidal wave of torchy and acid-laced textures in "Rattatat," "Take My Picture" and their Rihanna-esque track "Money."  

Refreshing, fun and down-right exhausting, Five Knives' modern twist on the  EDM-rock show appeals to the neon-loving, club fans who love to dance while also catering to the mosh-pitt, head-banging sweaty masses of a rock show.  Not only did they leave an impression on the pack Troubadour crowd, they smashed expectations.  

Based on their strong EP 2013 debut The Rising, Nashville-based Five Knives, consisting of Anna M’Queen, keyboardists/programmers Nathan Barlowe and Zach Hall, and drummer Shane Wise have since shared the stage with the likes of Smashing Pumpkins and Icona Pop. Their debut full-length album, produced by Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons) is set for launch on June 2nd. You can pre-order right now on iTunes right HERE and immediately get three tracks (Savages, Sugar & Money) for download.  

Troubadour Set list:
All Fall Down / Criminal / Dirty Souls / Rattatat  / Sugar  / Take My Picture / Shake My Bones / Money / Savages / Messin' With My Mind / I Love You to Death

Five Knives performs at The Troubadour.
photos by picksysticks

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


SHAPESHIFTER, the ground-breaking rock-circus, that sold-out its performances last year, has returned with new death-defying feats aerial stunts and new songs.

From the creative mind of aerialist Jordan Baker and accompanied by an explosive soundtrack by LA's own The Shakers, Shapeshifter tells the story of lost souls in search of self-realization, struggling to find their way out of the darkness.  Featuring songs from The Shakers' full-length album Rescue Team, lead-singer Jodie Schell acts as the Shaman who helps guide the souls on their quest.  

“This show is so unique in the way it touches people,” said Schell. “The feats are larger than life, but it ignites something personal in every audience member. I love watching that each night.”

Shapeshifter a 360-degree experience that attacks the senses featuring intricate and stunning choreography set over 60 feet in the air.  Visually captivating, Shapeshifter has re-invented the modern rock show allowing the audience to become part of the show instead of being mere observers while taking them on a magical journey. 

Catch the last two shows this Friday and Saturday (May 15th and 16th).  Tickets are available right HERE


Sunday, May 10, 2015


Winter's Samira Winter

If you missed Winter's April residency at  The Echo, then you'll have another chance to catch them when they return to the Echo on May 13th for Froth's record release show.  Lead singer Samira Winter's infectious stage presence will have you dancing and smiling along with her.  Their new album Supreme Blue Dream is the ideal soundtrack to your summer. Winter's songs, unlike their name suggests, are warm and fuzzy that's perfect for a lazy summer lounging by the pool or on the beach.

Photo gallery - Winter's April Residency at The Echo.

Friday, May 8, 2015


Taylor Swift has released posters of Paramore's Hayley Williams, Zendaya and Kate Beckinsale who all will be featured in her brand new vid for "Bad Blood.  And based on these images that  takes a page off of the movie "Sin City," this video is gonna rock.

Billboard  announced today that Taylor Swift, a seven-time Grammy winner, will open the “2015 Billboard Music Awards” with the world premiere of the most-highly anticipated new music video for “Bad Blood.” The never-before-seen video includes multiple starring roles played by a cast of Golden Globe winners, Emmy winners, Grammy winners, an Oscar nominee, blockbuster movie stars, as well as both new and iconic supermodels and was directed by Joseph Kahn. "Bad Blood” is Taylor’s fourth single off her smash hit album, "1989," which has sold in excess of seven million copies worldwide.  


Ryn Weaver made nearly every music publication's "Artist to Watch" list after the release of her catchy single "OctaHate.  Backed by a team that includes  super producer/writer Benny Blanco, Weaver is set to take the reigns of being the next super-star, pop artist with an upcoming debut album The Fool which drops June 16th. 

Today she releases the official music video for "Fool" which sees her donning a red cape, dancing in the woods while trying to escape from a free-forming, invisible cloak figure.  Confused? Check it out below.  

"The Fool" by Ryn Weaver

Thursday, May 7, 2015



Cool Kids Echosmith are confirmed to perform during the live telecast of American Idol's fnale on May 13th.  They'll be appearling alongside Fall Out Boy, Jamie Foxx, Vance Joy and many more during this star-studded, two-hour show.  

Their song "Cool Kids" which was Certified Platinum was recently covered by none other than the Muppets and YouTube star Mike Tompkins.  

Following American Idol, Echosmith will head to Las Vegas for Rock In Rio USA's Pop Weekend. They perform Friday, May 15, alongside Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, Jessie J., and more.

The LA-based siblings just returned from a sold-out European tour where they played to crowds of thousands across the U.K., Germany, France, and the Netherlands. In the U.S., new single "Bright," which the band has performed all over national TV, continues to take off at radio. The song is now Top 20 at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio, and in the past weeks has been in the Top 10 gaining records at both formats. "Bright" was recently added at New York's Z100, and is #30 on iTunes overall.

The Sierotas - Sydney (vocals/keyboard), Jamie (vocals/guitar), Noah (vocals/bass), and Graham (drums) - will be on tour for the foreseeable future in 2015, playing festivals around the world including Governors Ball, Austin City Limits, Firefly Music Festival, Bottle Rock Napa, and multiple in Europe. They will head back to the U.S. this fall to tour in support of Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface World Tour.  

"COOL KIDS" BY Echosmith

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


AUGUST 22nd & 23rd, 2015

Saturday, August 22nd:
Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Chet Faker, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Purity Ring, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Savages, Simian Mobile Disco, Dinosaur Jr, Jon Hopkins, The Drums, Kaytranada, Shlohmo, Cold Cave, Joyce Manor, Joy Orbison, Melody's Echo Chamber, Tennis, Ben UFO, BadBadNotGood, METZ, Alvvays, La Femme, Horse Meat Disco, Mikal Cronin, Broncho, Kevin Morby, DJ Dodger Stadium, Junk

Sunday, August 23rd:
Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Flume, FKA Twigs, Solange, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Mac DeMarco, Death Grips, Toro y Moi, Nicolas Jaar, Dixon, Neon Indian, Battles, thee Oh Sees, Laura Marling, Title Fight, DJ Harvey, Goldroom, Tobias Jesso Jr, HEALTH, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Evian Christ, Lower Dens, Hop Along, Girlpool, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Presented by Goldenvoice & FYF. 

Tickets on sale this Friday, May 8th at 12pm PST

Click HERE for more detals!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The New Tarot Unleash Their Latest Single -- "Memory Kills"

They've only been a band for less than a year but that hasn't stoped The New Tarot from starting out as street performers to being named by music taste-makers as a band to watch.  
After their buzz-worthy performance at last year's CMJ in New York, The New Tarot has since performed at some of New York's famed venues like Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall and the Bitter End.  

Recently, they just released their latest single which is like a jubilant march set to tender beats that pave the way for New Tarot's sweet and smooth vocal harmonies.   It's from the the sister-fronted rock duo The New Tarot consisting of Monika and Karen Walker and brothers Dave and Dan O'Connor on drums and bass.  It's called "Memory Kills" and you can listen to it below.

Monday, May 4, 2015



Making the exclusive BBC Sound 2015 list, SHURA is the complete package as producer, singer, remixer and editor.  Last year, Shura's video "Touch" became a viral hit which featured her friends kissing on camera and has since gained over 10 million views on YouTube. 

Now, London's own Shura has unveiled a Warpaint remix of the new single "2Shy" which was also recently covered by Mumford and Sons during one of their radio sessions. 

“Warpaint have been and continue to be one of my favourite bands. Everything they do sounds amazing," she says. "I loved the remix they did for Daughter and I kind of just asked them and kept my fingers crossed, not really ever thinking it would happen. So it's literally a dream come true that they wanted to do it. I'm stoked we're pressing them to vinyl for these shows, as it's my favourite way to listen to music.”

You can listen to the remix below as well as the official music video for "2Shy" which was shot here in Los Angeles.  

2Shy by Shura

Sunday, May 3, 2015



Here's Chicago-bred, EDM-pop duo Krewella's new lyric videofor their new track "Somewhere to Run."  Featuring live footage from their Ultra Music Festival performance, the song as Idolator says, is "a suitably fiery club-banger with a slight rock twist."  "Somewhere to Run"  is their first release of 2015 and is available now HERE.

Krewella began a run of live shows last month, starting with their residency at the brand new Omnia Nightclub Las Vegas and also a return to the Ultra Music Festival stage in Miami. The duo continues their residency at Omnia Nightclub with shows on May 30 and June 30, along with a performance at Las Vegas’ Wet Republic on May 31.