Friday, June 18, 2010


Broken Bells stopped by KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic today and treated us to some very special moments.

Frontman James Mercer announced that in between tours with Broken Bells, He is working on tracks for his other band, The Shins, which has been on hiatus. He told host Jason Bentley that a studio is being set up now and that the next thing he'll probably release is a Shins record.

Also, the band debuted a version of "Insane Lullaby" from Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse's other project "Dark Night of the Soul." It's the first time Broken Bells has played the track live on the radio, though they have worked it into some of their live shows.

Watch the video of "Insane Lullaby"!


Video of Robyn performing "Dancing On My Own" on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge show. Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Local Natives have been busy touring since their debut album, GORILLA MANOR dropped back in February. The band just finished up a stint at Bonnaroo and are currently in the UK performing at Festivals.

The band will be back to the states in September, kicking it off in their homeland of Los Angeles. Presale tix just went on sale for their L.A. show at the Music Box (Fonda) in Hollywood and will tour until late October.

The band also released "Careful" on Aquarium Drunkard's LA Music Tribute of Television's Adventure, benefiting the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.

Due out June 22nd: L'Aventure-- A Los Angeles local sampler featuring eight L.A. bands each
covering a track off Television's second LP, 1978's Adventure

Following up last year's RAM On LA, Justin Gage of Aquarium Drunkard, gathers up eight of his
favorite L.A. artists in an effort to highlight Los Angeles' disparate music scene.

L'Aventure will be a suggested‐donation digital compilation with 100% of proceeds going to
the Silverlake Conservatory of Music similar to RAM on L.A. which benefited No More

About Silverlake Conservatory of Music:
The mission of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non- ‐profit organization, is to facilitate basic music education. Our primary focus is on the youth of the community but all are welcome and encouraged to participate. The Conservatory offers private music lessons at a reasonable cost and grants scholarships to children in need, providing free lessons and instruments. The study of music enriches the life of the student as well as the community and society.

Tour Dates:

9/17 - Henry Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
9/19 - Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA
9/20 - SOHO Music Club - Santa Barbara, CA
9/22 - Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
9/24 - Showbox at the Market - Seattle, WA
9/25 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
9/28 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
9/30 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NB
10/1 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
10/3 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO
10/5 - Academy of Contemporary Music - Oklahoma City, OK
10/6 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX
10/7 - House of Blues - Houston, TX
10/9 - Austin City Limits - Austin, TX
10/11 - Tulane University LBC Quad - New Orleans, LA
10/13 - Work Play Soundstage - Birmingham, AL
10/14 - Cannery Ballroom - Nashville, TN
10/15 - The Masquerade-Heaven Stage - Atlanta, GA
10/16 - Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall - Asheville, NC
10/19 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON
10/20 - La Tulipe - Montreal, QB
10/23 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
10/27 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
10/28 - Nightclub 9:30 - Washington, DC


Dear Tick made their television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman last night. Their third album, The Black Dirt Sessions, was just released last Tuesday and reached the #1 sales ranking on Amazon.

Recorded late last year at Black Dirt Studios in upstate New York, The Black Dirt Sessions is a deeply personal record from Deer Tick and most especially from lead vocalist and songwriter John McCauley. It is the sound of a band coming into its own, finding its voice and pouring its collective heart out. The comparisons that have often been thrust upon McCauley by the press seem to fall away as his own voice comes through more clearly. On songs like "Goodbye, Dear Friend" and "Christ Jesus" which find McCauley alone at the piano, about as naked as you can possibly get on record. The Black Dirt version of "Christ Jesus," which also appeared on War Elephant, manages to be even more devastating than the original.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Kate Nash is back with her 2nd single from her latest, MY BEST FRIEND IS YOU. Here she is with "Kiss That Grrrl."


Cee Lo Green was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  Here he is performing "What Part Of Forever" from the The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is now available in stores and online, including iTunes and Amazon.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


PacSun is celebrating the outset of summer with the PacSun Summer Solstice Beach Ballyhoo, taking place Saturday, June 19th through Sunday, June 20th in Santa Monica on the beach.

The two day beach party will feature unique brand activities, action sports exhibitions and some of the most buzzed about bands on the planet. Tickets are free while supplies last and will be available June 4th exclusively at Southern California PacSun stores. Visit for a list of stores giving away tickets.

On Saturday, June 19th from 4:00 pm – 4:45pm, fans can experience the Quiksilver Presents the Tony Hawk Skate Jam, a special demo from legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk. Also BMX fans can witness Fox athletes including Chase Hawk, Scott Crabmer and Trey Jones in a beachside street session on Saturday 12:00pm- 12:45pm, 1:30pm–2:15pm and 3:00pm–3:45pm.

Music lovers can head over to the stage area to check out sets from some of the most exciting bands emerging on the music scene. On Saturday, June 19th fans can catch great live music from AWOLNATION, Bad Rabbits, As Tall As Lions, Yelawolf, Ra Ra Riot, Circa Survive and many more special guests. On Sunday, June 20th artists Hey Champ, Eye Alaska, Steel Train, Neon Trees, Matt and Kim and B.o.B will take the stage.


You can now get the rest of Oh Mercy's record at your friendly ITunes Store for ONLY $1 US dollar NOW until June 30th!

WHO: Alexander Gow on vocals and guitar
Thomas Savage on piano, guitar and vocals
Eliza Lam on bass and vocals
Rohan Sforcinaon drums and carriage robbery

WHAT: Indie rock band that flirts with your emotions; one minute their songs are jovial, full of rhythm and layers of pop friendly lyrics---and the next they are edged with salty salutations and moody stoicism. Adept and sincere this foursome harmonizes into one and is both bold and memorable. Before you know it you will find yourself hearing the bass line to "Lay Everything On Me" before you have opened your eyes in the morning until you lay down at night. There is a reason Ben Folds HAND PICKED this band to perform at the Sydney Opera House.

WHEN: Formed in 2006, Alexander and Thomas collaborated on their debut EP In The Nude For Love. With Privileged Woes, their DEBUT album Oh Mercy steps out of Melbourne's spotlight and into the global musical arena. Mixed by Matt Voigt (Cat Power, The Dirty Three, Paul Kelly) and Mastered by Steve Fallone (TV on The Radio, The Strokes) at Sterling Sound in New York City the album.  

Recently, Alexander (vocals and guitar) spent a month in New York writing songs for their next record. Currently he is in LA recording. Check out the interview we did with frontman, Alexander.  Click here to check it out!  

Oh Mercy's Privileged Woes is available for digital download for ONLY one dollar NOW! - click now to download for $1.00

Monday, June 14, 2010


NEEDTOBREATHE is touring in support of their current album The Outsiders, and just performed at Bonnaroo this past Thursday.

The South Carolina-based rock outfit consists of brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart and childhood friends Seth Bolt and Joe Stillwell. The Outsiders was released last summer to universal critical acclaim and a top 20 debut on the Billboard 200. Be captivated by their ability to mend warm, organic textures to their powerful brand of skyscraping, heartfelt rock. With The Outsiders, NEEDTOBREATHE has truly come into their own, seamlessly blending ambient, arena-ready soundscapes with a decidedly Southern sensibility.

In 2006 the band released their major label debut, Daylight, and had a relentless, national touring schedule. NEEDTOBREATHE returned the following year with The Heat, which went to #2 on the Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart thanks to the top 10 Triple A hit single, More Time. The song was also featured on the soundtrack to the motion picture P.S. I Love You, where it was the most downloaded track on the collection.

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The Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee completed another successful year. With temperatures reaching 100 degrees at times and little to no rain, air-conditioned medical tents seemed to be the popular spot. Twenty-five percent more people were treated this year than in the past; however, a little heat exhaustion wasn't going to keep the fans from seeing their favorite bands.

This is definitely a big difference from the Sasquatch Festival in Washington. I think temps probably never reached 75 degrees, which is nice when you are dealing with long days and big crowds. Unfortunately, musicbleep didn't make it out to Bonnaroo this year, but it's definitely in our future. Check out some of the highlights from Bonnaroo, courtesy of Ford & the Youtube Bonnaroo broadcast.

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