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..

Friday, January 29, 2016

THE RAVEONETTES ANNOUNCE MONTHY RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH SERIES


Raveonettes


In the age of digital downloads and streaming music, the traditional album and the art of recording them is becoming extinct.  The Raveonettes have always strived to do things their own way both creatively and stylistically. 

This year, The Raveonettes will break from the constraints of releasing the traditional album and release  a new song every month from now until the end of the year -  the RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH playlist they call it, thus creating the 'anti-album' which you can subscribe to at TheRaveonettes.com.

Their first offering, released today, is titled "This World Is Empty (Without You)" and  the duo's goal is to take their listeners on a musical journey of personal highs and lows throughout the year starting with this first track.  

“Writing a simple song's super hard and challenging so it took awhile for this one to be just right. The music, the words, the vibe, everything has to be just perfect," says Sune Rose Wagner. "It’s one of the only songs I’ve ever written where adding a guitar simply didn’t work, not sure why, just happens I guess. The beat is my take on an 80’s Freestyle beat ala Debbie Deb, and the overall vibe of the song is much darker for sure” 

The Raveonettes will follow "The World Is Empty (Without You)" with a new track on the last Friday of every month leading up to the final song in December.




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NEW VIDEO: BIRDY DROPS NEW VIDEO FOR "KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP"

Birdy (aka: Jasmine van den Bogaerde)

Birdy (aka: Jasmine van den Bogaerde) broke onto the scene as a 15 year-old with the release of her first single - a cover version of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love." That single shot up the charts in the U.K.  and the debut album it belonged to shot straight to #1 in Australia, Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

Now, with Birdy's new album Beautiful Lies dropping march 25th, Birdy, (aka:  Jasmine van den Bogaerde) releases her new video for her new single "Keeping Your Head Up."

Check out the video below.  You can pre-order her new album on iTunes right HERE. 

Official music video for "Keeping Your Head Up" by Birdy
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Of Monsters and Men Release "Wolves Without Teeth" Video

Of Monsters And Men photo via Facebook
OF MONSTERS AND MEN have come a long way from their native Iceland. They quickly became a phenomenon in 2011 with the quadruple-platinum “Little Talks” and their chart-topping debut, My Head Is An Animal, which has since moved 2 million copies worldwide. This year the band returned with their sophomore album Beneath The Skin which garnered anthemic hits including “Crystals,” “Empire,” and current radio chart climber “Wolves Without Teeth.”


Don’t Miss the band as they head out on tour this summer including dates with Florence & The Machine, Coachella, Govenors Ball and more!

They have charmed TV audiences with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Graham Norton Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, and Saturday Night Live. 

The group has traveled across the globe performing at sold out iconic venues and festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, Osheaga, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Pukkelpop, Austin City Limits, and Splendour in the Grass, Boston Calling, Sasquatch and more. In the midst of it all, they lent the single “Dirty Paws” to a trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the iPhone 5 introduction video, “Silhouettes” was featured on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, “Crystals” selected for Disney Pixar’s latest blockbuster The Good Dinosaur,” “Thousand Eyes” was used in Netflix’s Jessica Jones trailer and not to mention an upcoming cameo on HBO’s Game of Thrones.  “Beneath The Skin debuted #1 on the iTunes Overall Albums Chart and received critical acclaim with Entertainment Weekly calling it,” One of the biggest albums of the summer.”

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

KITTEN'S NEW EP ANNOUNCMENT AND NEW VIDEO FOR "FALL ON ME"

Kitten's Chloe Chaidez

Chloe Chaidez's KITTEN will be performing Saturday at The Fonda where fans will get their first chance of hearing new songs off their new EP, Heaven or Somewhere In Between, which drops in March.  But as a special treat for fans, KITTEN will be selling their EP 3 months early at the show.  

This week, Chloe released the official music video for "Fall On Me"  which is classic Kitten Shot around Los Angeles at the beach and at Hollywood Forever cemetery, "Fall On Me" is classic KITTEN - dreamy  pop melodies that glows with glittery, romanticism imagery.  

Watch below. 

Official music video for "Fall On Me" by KITTEN
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JOY FORMIDABLE'S NEW VIDEO OBJECTIFIES MEN (FOR A CHANGE)

Joy Formidable


Joy Formidable just announced the upcoming release of their new EP "Hitch" which drops March 25th.  And to celebrate the release, the threesome released their new video for their lead single, "The Last Thing on My Mind."  

The video, turns the tables on videos depicting the 'male gaze' of objectifying women.  "The Last Thing on My Mind" portrays men in all forms of scantily-clad men in all types of everyday activity.

"The point is that when the media representation is imbalanced, if we are mostly seeing women sexualised or objectified, it’s limited, it’s damaging and, frankly, it’s boring," lead singer Ritzy Bryan said in a column she wrote for The Gaurdian.

Joy Formidable also announced a tour beginning March 28th at The Roxy in Los Angeles.
  
Check out the video below. 



The Joy Formidable U.S. Tour Dates 2016
March 28 Los Angeles, CA–The Roxy
March 29 Los Angeles, CA–The Roxy
March 30 San Francisco, CA–Great American Music Hall
April 1 Portland, OR–Wonder Ballroom
April 2 Seattle, WA–Neumo’s
April 5 Minneapolis, MN–First Avenue
April 6 Chicago, IL–Double Door
April 7 Iowa City, IA–Mission Creek Festival
April 8 Nashville, TN–Mercy Lounge
April 10 Pittsburgh, PA–Mr Small’s Theater
April 12 Boston, MA–Paradise Rock Club
April 13 Washington, DC–9:30 Club
April 14 New York, NY–Irving Plaza
April 15 Philadelphia, PA–Underground Arts
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Monday, January 25, 2016

ALLANA VERDE RE-IMAGINES A DARKER "GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN"



This cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by 22 year-old Allana Verde takes a 180 degree turn from the fun and bubbly version we all grew up listening to a much darker, ballady tone.


The song, newly titled "G.I.R.L.S. [Girls Involved in Real Life S**t]" is off Allana's Neo-Nostalgia EP which you can currently download for free at soundcloud.com/allanaverde

If you liked that version, you must check out her most recent release - another moody cover. This time she takes on and re-imagine's  Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do (Without You)".  Listen to the track below.



About Allana Verde 
22-year-old Allana Verde signs worldwide publishing deal with Bucks Music Group: Allana found her love for singing through her dancing and attended the prestigious Sylvia Young Performing School. Allana’s varied styles of singing allow her to portray characters and express emotions to awe-inspiring effect.  She has a penchant for 90s R&B, which is the genre she hopes to bring back, with a touch of her unique flavour. Allana is inspired by her own experiences and the voices of established vocalists like Laura Mvula, Amy Winehouse and Elle Varner, not to mention newcomers such as Alessia Cara and Tori Kelly. Director A&R Bucks, Sarah Liversedge Platz commented: ‘Allana is young, determined and extremely talented. Her debut single release, ‘Shades’ drops mid October and Primary Talent are on board to help us plan live performances with a view to further singles first quarter of 2016′. (via Bucks Music Group)