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..

Saturday, August 29, 2015

LAUREN AQUILINA COVERS "TIME TO SAY GOODBYE" FOR NEW DOWNTON ABBEY ITV ADVERT

Lauren Aquilina
Lauren Aquilina pic via Facebook.com/LaurenAquilinaMusic
Downton Abbey fans have gone through laughter, hate, love, heartbreak and death through its five seasons.  This week, the first trailer for its final sixth season aired and it just gives me all the feels. And it looks like time and modernization has finally caught up with the Crawley family and their downstairs servants as it looks as though many of our favorite characters will move on and live life away from the Abbey. 

Well, dare if you wish and watch this super touching and sad trailer for Downtown Abbey's sixth and final season.  It starts off with gentle piano and vulnerable singing that foreshadows the end of our favorite characters.  The song is a cover version of Con te Partirò (Time to Say Goodbye) sang by  20 year-old Lauren Aquilina from the UK. The song, made famous by Andrea Bocelli is given an acoustic make-over and goes oh-so-perfectly with the commercial.  The song first premiered during UK's X-Factor.   Check it out below and also listen to Bocelli's powerful version.  Downton Abbey will air in the UK on September 20th. but will air in the US on January 3, 2016 on PBS.  

You can purchase the song on iTunes right HERE.

Here is Lauren watching the trailer for the first time:


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"Con te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye) cover by Lauren Aquilina

Con te Partiro by Andrea Bocelli
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

LAURA STEVENSON DEBUTS "TORCH SONG" OFF HER UPCOMING ALBUM


Laura Stevenson


Laura Stevenson is an old soul, stuck and finding her way through this industry that's embracing the digital revolution.  Which is surprising that in her newest offering, Laura takes on a much more fuller and rock-inspired sound for her upcoming album Cocksure which drops October 30th via Don Giovanni Records.  

Just listen to her new single "Torch Song," which premiered on SPIN  today.  The first single off her fourth album, it feels ready-made for the arena with loud guitars and a catchy sing-along chorus.

After more than a year of national and worldwide touring alongside reputable acts including Against Me!, The Go-Go’s, Cursive’s Tim Kasher and The Gaslight Anthem, Laura Stevenson will kick off a national fall tour on October 14 in DC.


Laura Stevenson National Tour Dates 
10/14: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
10/15: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10/16: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/17: Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
10/18: Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery
10/19: Orlando, FL @ The Social
10/21: New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues Lounge
10/22: Houston, TX @ Rudyards
10/23: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
10/24: Austin, TX @ The North Door
10/26: Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
10/28: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
10/29: Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
10/30: San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co.
10/31: Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
11/1: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
11/3: Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
11/4: Portland, OR @ Dante’s
11/6: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
11/7: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
11/9: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
11/10: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/12: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
11/13: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
11/14: Akron, OH @ Musica
11/17: Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
11/18: Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry @ Fillmore
11/19: Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
11/20: Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
11/21: New York, NY @ Webster Hall Marlin Room
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Monday, August 17, 2015

CHVRCHES PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR "LEAVE A TRACE"


CHVRCHES


Chvrches' new album Every Open Eye will be their follow-up to their 2013 worldwide hit debut album The Bones of What You Believe.  This new album drops September 25th just as the Scottish trio sets out on their U.S. tour kicking off in New York on Sept. 29th.

Today, they released their new video for "Leave a Trace." You can get the track instantly when you pre-order their new album on iTunes right HERE.

"Leave a Trace" official music video by CHVRCHES
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Friday, August 14, 2015

MISTERWIVES DEBUT “OUR OWN HOUSE” MUSIC VIDEO





MISTERWIVES have debuted the wild and crazy video for their latest single “Our Own House.”  The song is the title track of their critically acclaimed full-length debut, Our Own House

In addition, the New York alternative pop quintet recently earned their first RIAA gold plaque for the hit single “Reflections.” The song has accumulated over 500,000 digital downloads and streams since its release last year.

"Our Own House" official music video by Misterwives

MISTERWIVES have solidified themselves as one of 2015’s breakout acts. This year they landed at #1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart and even garnered an “Artist to Watch” nomination at the mtvU Woodie Awards. Along the way, they’ve impressed audiences everywhere from Hangout Festival, and Lollapalooza to Sweetlife Festival, and Outside Lands. Following two sold out 2015 tours, MISTERWIVES are gearing up to embark on The Scrapbook Tour this fall, including stops at Boston Calling Festival and Austin City Limits Festival. Full routing below!

MisterWives North American Tour Dates
Aug 19             Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Aug 21             Portland, OR @ MusicfestNW
Sep 12-13       Saint Louis, MO @ Lou Fest
Sep 19             Asbury Park, NJ @ Shadow of the City Festival

The Scrapbook Tour Dates
Sept 23            Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Sept 24            Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
Sep 25             Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
Sep 26             Montreal, QC @ MRCY Fest
Sep 27             Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
Sept 29            Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
Oct 1               Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
Oct 2-3            Austin TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
Oct 4               Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Oct 6               Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Oct 7               St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
Oct 9-10          Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
Oct 11             Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas
Oct 13             Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
Oct 14             Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater
Oct 16             San Diego, CA @ North Park Theater
Oct 17             Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Oct 22             Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Oct 23             Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Oct 25             Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
Oct 27             Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Oct 28             Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
Nov 3              Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
Nov 4              Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Nov 6              New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Nov 8              Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club



NEW VIDEO: "LET'S LOVE" BY ECHOSMITH





"Let's Love" follows on from Echosmith's Certified Platinum "Cool Kids" and this spring's Certified Gold hit "Bright," which has dominated the charts across the board. Most recently, the band has played to crowds of thousands at festivals like Rock In Rio in Vegas, Governors Ball, and Firefly, sold out shows across Europe, and even joined Taylor Swift as special guests in Philadelphia to perform "Cool Kids" for a stadium of 50,000 people.

"Let's Love" official music video by Echosmith

The LA-based siblings will continue to tour throughout the rest of the summer, performing all across the U.S. and returning to Asia and Europe for a slew of dates in August, including the renowned Reading and Leeds Festivals in the U.K. Following that, they will tour in support of Twenty One Pilots' almost completely sold out Blurryface World Tour this fall - see below and at  Echosmith.com/tour for a full list of upcoming dates.

Upcoming U.S. tour dates:
07/17               Oak Mountain Amphitheater - Pelham, AL
07/18              J Fred Johnson Stadium - Kingsport, TN
08/05              The Republik - Honolulu, HI
09/08             Echostage - Washington, DC^ *SOLD OUT*
09/09             Echostage - Washington, DC^ *SOLD OUT*
09/11               Festival Pier - Philadelphia, PA^ *SOLD OUT*
09/12              Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA^ *SOLD OUT*
09/13              Sound Academy - Toronto, ON^
09/15              Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY^
09/16              Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY^
09/18              Schottenstein Center - Columbus, OH^ *SOLD OUT*
09/19              iHeartRadio Music Festival Village - Las Vegas, NV
09/20              Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn - Indianapolis, IN^ *SOLD OUT*
09/22              Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, MO^
09/23              Sumter Amphitheater - Papillion, NE^
09/26              Saltair - Magna, UT^
09/27              Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO^ *SOLD OUT*
09/29              Brady Theater - Tulsa, OK^
10/01               South Side Ballroom - Dallas, TX^ *SOLD OUT*
10/02              Bayou Music Center - Houston, TX^ *SOLD OUT*
10/02-10/04   Austin City Limits - Austin, TX
10/05              Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN^ *SOLD OUT*
10/06              The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA^ *SOLD OUT*
10/07              The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA^ *SOLD OUT*
10/08              House of Blues - Orlando - Lake Buena Vista, FL^ *SOLD OUT*
10/09-10/11    Austin City Limits - Austin, TX
10/11                Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK^ *SOLD OUT*
10/13               Comerica Theatre - Phoenix, AZ^
10/15               Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA^ *SOLD OUT*
10/16               SDSU Open Air Theatre - San Diego, CA^ *SOLD OUT*
10/17               Fox Theatre - Oakland, CA^ *SOLD OUT*
10/18               Fox Theatre - Oakland, CA^ *SOLD OUT*
10/20              Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR^ *SOLD OUT*
10/21               Revolution Event Center - Boise, ID^
10/22               Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA^ *SOLD OUT*
10/28              The District - Sioux Falls, SD^
10/29              The Myth - St. Paul, MN^ *SOLD OUT*
10/30              Eagles Ballroom - Portland, OR^ *SOLD OUT*

^ w/ Twenty One Pilots


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Saturday, August 8, 2015

ALESSIA CARA MAKES HER LOS ANGELES DEBUT @ THE TROUBADOUR

Alessia Cara at The Troubadour

Last Wednesday, 19 year-old 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.  The Canadian songstress quickly rose to fame when she released her first single "Here," an unapologetically autobiographical tune dubbed a party song but in actuality is more of an anti-party song that has amassed over 4 million views on YouTube since it's been released in May.  The single was praised by Pitchfork and Fader and many other music taste-makers. 


Alessia Cara at The Troubadour
Alessia Cara at The TroubadourAlessia Cara at The Troubadour

Working with Sebastian Kole on her upcoming EP Four Pink Walls, Alessia previewed the entire album for the sold out crowd; some fans even getting in line six hours before her scheduled performance.  She even came out before her show and took pics with her fans waiting in line.

Her set lasted only half an hour but in those 30 minutes, Alessia showcased her powerful vocals strewn over alt-pop melodies, sultry soulful beats and some dance-worthy tunes that surely will make her EP a breakout hit.  


Alessia Cara at The Troubadour
Alessia Cara at The Troubadour

Along with her original songs, Alessia sang The Neighbourhood single "Sweater Weather," a song that got her discovered and Amy Winehouse's "Valerie" which she sang acapella after taking a request from a drunk, obnoxious fan in the front row who would not shut the f*#@! up. 

My favorite moment of the night was her song "Seventeen" which was written with Kole in New Jersey after, she said, she had writers-block.  At the time, she was 17, and her father offered some advice.  "Write a song about how life goes by so fast," he said.  And with that advice, Alessia wrote "Seventeen," a nostalgic song wishing she could stay young forever.  


Alessia Cara at The Troubadour
Alessia Cara at The Troubadour


The night ended with her hit single "Here," the anti-party song that gives 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."  

Troubadour setlist (8/5/15) - I'm Yours / Outlaw / Sweater Weather (The Neighbourhood cover) / Valerie (Amy Winehouse cover) / Four Pink Walls / Seventeen  / Here


Alessia Cara at The TroubadourAlessia Cara at The Troubadour

"Here" by Alessia Cara
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