Tuesday, June 14, 2011


AUDIAFAUNA (unsigned, unpublished) -- We can't. Stop. Watching. This. Video. Dunno - there's something about the song and the visuals that we LOVE. They're like Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, but more fiddle-tastic, fronted by a cuter, more-talented Florence Welch. Or something even more awesome than that. We don't know much about them, but we do know Audiafauna is a Santa Cruz-based band in the process of recording a debut album funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Coincidentally, they're playing a show with Capital Cities (below) at Cafe Du Nord on June 25. If you're in the Bay Area, you should check 'em out.

Oh, here's the video. Bet ya can't watch it just once!

Friday, June 10, 2011


CAPITAL CITIES (unsigned, unpublished) - Have a listen to this electro-pop duo from L.A. and tell us their song "Safe and Sound" couldn't be THE Alternative radio summertime jammy-jam. The group (who perform live with a full band) regularly sell out shows in the L.A. area and they're barely on the music industry radar. On Easter Sunday they performed in front of a sold-out crowd at The El Rey. Crazy! (*Hey labels, how many of your new artist signings could sell out the El Rey on Easter Sunday?*) If you don't believe us about this band, you can read about them here, here, here, here, or on just about any other new music blog you care about. Capital Cities will play an EP release party in Los Angeles at J Lounge on June 17 (KCRW Los Angeles DJ Jason Bentley will also be spinning, and you can expect some major early support from that station, among a handful of others, in the weeks to come).

Download their song "Safe and Sound" HERE

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


ALLEN STONE (unsigned, unpublished) -- You may have seen features about Allen Stone on other tip-sheet blogs over the past few months, and while we've kept an eye on his progress, it isn't until now that we've decided to give him our official 'stamp of approval'. It was seeing this video that finally won us over:

Allen is now being co-managed by Jeff Robinson (credited for discovering/developing Alicia Keys), and a string of west coast support dates for Nikka Costa will begin in a couple of weeks. Expect maximum weaseltude at the June 23 show at The Roxy in Los Angeles.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Upcoming L.A. Area Shows Of Note

June 8 - The Dilettantes (feat. Kay Hanley) - Hotel Cafe
June 10 - John Gold - Satellite
June 11 - Blowing Up The Moon - Whisky
June 13 - Gold Motel - Hotel Cafe
June 13 - Olin & The Moon - Bootleg
June 16 - Heartstop (video premiere) - Dim Mak Studios
June 17 - Capital Cities - J Lounge (DTLA)
June 18 - Odd Future - House Of Blues Sunset
June 24 - Steve McMorran (of Satellite) - Molly Malone's
June 25 - The Mowgli's - Roxy
June 27 - Scattered Hamlet - Viper Room