Friday, October 16, 2009


Keytar-wielding synth-pop sensation LIGHTS has announced a US tour with Owl City. The nationwide string of dates, which follow her first ever headlining US tour, kick off January 21st in Kansas City, MO and run through February 10th in Little Rock, AK. A special MySpace ticket presale will begin on Friday, October 16th, and general onsale will begin Saturday, October 24th.
LIGHTS debut full-length album The Listening is out now on Warner Bros Records. The 22-year-old Toronto singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist crafts her own brand of sparkling, otherworldly electro-pop that is, in her words “soft, but not pussy-soft, you know?” LIGHTS’ songs have already garnered over 17 million plays on MySpace, and on the strength of her self-titled EP alone, LIGHTS won the 2009 JUNO for New Artist of the Year.MTV has also embraced LIGHTS.

She is starring in Audio Quest: A Captain LIGHTS Adventure, a short-form motion comic series that features the art of comic book artists Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman. Each Audio Quest episode, of which there will be ten in all, follows Captain LIGHTS as a super-hero on a galactic adventure to restore sound to the universe. The series premiered September 28, 2009 on-air during MTV’s AMTV and online at

Audio Quest is a natural evolution for LIGHTS: a talented visual artist herself, she is no stranger to science fiction and the world of comics AUDIO QUEST: A CAPTAIN LIGHTS ADVENTURE (Created in Conjunction with Marvel Comics Tom Coker) ISSUE 3 PREMIERES TODAY!!!

View Audio Quest: A Captain LIGHTS adventure:


AFI’s first single is “Medicate” from their new album Crash Love. They just released the music video and you can download it for free on iTunes this week!

This song is also featured in the Guitar Hero 5 game.

AFI-“Medicate” (iTunes free download):

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Again this week, Conan was lucky to have many great artists perform on his show, especially Wayne Coyne and THE FLAMING LIPS!! Here they are performing 'Watching the Planets'. I have to say that they are a spectacular band, especially live. So check out their performance here and look for them on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic this week!


This week on Conan O'Brien, Brooklyn, New York's very own Grizzly Bear put on a stellar performance! Check them out next week as they take on the Hollywood Palladium on October 20th, making it their 3rd performance in LA this past year!! They are amazing! Check them out at

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Tegan and Sara are hitting the road again! Check to see if they are coming to a city near you! Three October dates in the states - 2 in LA have already been SOLD OUT!

"The tour announcements keep on coming, and now we are coming to the USA in February, March and April of 2010! It’s going to be a long one, but don’t worry, we are taking a break part way through so we stay fresh"!

Fri/Feb-12 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theater
Sat/Feb-13 - Boston, MA - The Orpheum
Tue/Feb-16 - Philadelphia, PA, Tower Theater (Upper Darby)
Wed/Feb-17 - Washington, DC - Warner Theater
Thu/Feb-18 - Richmond, VA - The National
Sat/Feb-20 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Theater
Sun/Feb-21 - Miami, FL - Sunset Cove
Tue/Feb-23 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Wed/Feb-24 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s
Thu/Feb-25 - Dallas, TX - Palladium
Fri/Feb-26 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
Sat/Feb-27 - Houston, TX - The Warehouse
Tue/Mar-02 - Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Wed/Mar-03 - San Diego - Copley Symphony Hall
Fri/Mar-05 - San Francisco - Fox Theater
Sat/Mar-06 - San Francisco - Fox Theater
Wed/Mar-24 - Minneapolis, MN - The Orpheum
Thu/Mar-25 - Milwaukee, WI - The Riverside
Fri/Mar-26 - Chicago IL - The Aragon
Sat/Mar-27 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Theater
Sun/Mar-28 - Cleveland, OH - Lakewood Civic
Tue/Mar-30 - Columbus, OH - Promo West Pavilion
Fri/Apr-02 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
Sat/Apr-03 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
Sun/Apr-04 - Denver, CO - The Ogden
Tue/Apr-06 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue

The pre-sale for tickets starts this Wed Oct 14 at 10am, except San Fran and San Diego which starts on the 21st, and the password for all pre-sales is Sainthood. The public on-sale starts at 10am on Fri 0ct 16, except San Fran and San Diego which starts on the 23rd. The links are all on the show page.

Oh, and are you wondering about that photo up there? It’s a shot taken by Sarah Bastin on the set of the video for Hell that is coming very soon! We had a fun day looking like futuristic greasers with director Jamie Travis, and we are all so excited to show you the final video later this month. Stay tuned


Multi-platinum recording artists, Snow Patrol, will release the compilation album, Up To Now, on November 10th, 2009 via Fiction/A&M. This 30-track double album is a must-have for Snow Patrol fans everywhere as it features all their hit singles, cover versions, rarities and album tracks that span the part-Irish, part-Scottish quintet’s amazing 15-year career.

Up To Now includes three previously unreleased songs, “Just Say Yes” “Dark Roman Wine” and “Give Me Strength”, as well songs from the two albums Snow Patrol released on UK indie label Jeepster Records: 1998’s Songs For Polarbears and 2001’s When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up. The album also includes two songs by The Reindeer Section — an indie supergroup featuring members of Belle and Sebastian, Idlewild, Mogwai and Teenage Fanclub, among many others — from their 2002 album for Bright Star Recordings, Son of Evil Reindeer.

Other highlights include a cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” that was recorded as a live track for BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe’s evening session at Maida Vale in London (with a rap performed by Lowe). Up To Now also features live versions of Snow Patrol’s hit singles “Run” (from their 2003 album Final Straw) and the double-platinum “Chasing Cars” (from 2006’s Eyes Open) that were recorded at London’s Union Chapel as part of an exclusive one-off show put on by Radio 1 presenter Jo Whiley to raise money for the charity MENCAP.

Snow Patrol is singer, songwriter Gary Lightbody, bassist Paul Wilson, guitarist Nathan Connolly, drummer Jonny Quinn and keyboardist Tom Simpson. Since the mostly-Irish band formed in Scotland in 1994, the band’s hard-earned rise has seen them become one of the world’s biggest bands, culminating in sales of more than 10 million copies of their last three albums, taking in Grammy, BRIT, BMI, Meteor, and Ivor Novello nominations and awards along the way.

Snow Patrol have recently finished up supporting US tours with Coldplay and U2 and are currently on a headlining tour.

Tour Dates:
13 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
14 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater
16 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
17 San Diego, CA SDSU Open Air Theatre
19 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
20 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn were on Ellen yesterday. Check out the behind the scenes footage from the show. And then watch their interview with Ellen.



On October 13, EMI’s Blue Note Records will release “Chasing Pirates,” the lead single from Norah Jones’s upcoming album The Fall. The track will be made available digitally at all online digital retailers. The singer-songwriter’s highly anticipated fourth studio album, The Fall, will be released in North America on November 17, and on November 16 internationally. In the UK, the single will be released on November 15.

“Chasing Pirates”—which is currently featured on Rolling Stone’s “Hot List”—immediately announces a new direction for Jones. "For this record, I just had a sound in my head," she says. "I wanted the grooves to be more present and heavy. And I also just wanted to do something different."

That new sound began to present itself on one of the first songs Jones wrote for the project. "About a year ago, I did some demos in my home studio," she says. "I had some friends come in and we figured out a cool arrangement for 'Chasing Pirates,' with a cool drum part. It went somewhere I didn't expect it to go, and that became a direction to look in."

“Norah Jones could have kept recording iterations of Come Away With Me for decades,” Newsweek wrote recently on their Pop Vox blog. “Clearly, that's not what she's doing. The gradual shifts away from that oversize debut have worked so far, and The Fall is an even bigger step away, and a step up in what is still the beginning of a big career.

“The first single, ‘Chasing Pirates,’ is a head-bobbing, compact little song whose catchy hook could put Jones on radio stations that may have spun her only rarely before. She sings, ‘I don't know how to slow it down/My mind's racing from chasing pirates,’ and as wistful as the lyric sounds, what Jones has done with the new record is indeed another departure. Only this time she's heading down a louder, dusted-up rock path.”

The Fall finds Jones experimenting with a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer who has worked with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, and Modest Mouse among others. Jones enlisted several songwriting collaborators, including Ryan Adams and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, as well as her frequent partner Jesse Harris. King also helped Jones put together a new group of musicians to perform on the album, including drummers Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and James Gadson (Bill Withers), keyboardist James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Al Green), and guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and Smokey Hormel (Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer).

Monday, October 12, 2009


The lovely Regina Spektor was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Check out her performance of "Eet" & "The Calculation"!