Lana Del Rey Releases New Single ft. The Weeknd

Listen to the first feature of her discography!

April 20th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News

Lana Del Rey has debuted the title track off of her upcoming album, Lust for Life. The new song, featuring The Weeknd, premiered on Mistajam’s BBC 1 radio show on Wednesday. “Lust for Life” comes two months after the reveal of Del Rey’s first single, “Love,” from her soon to be released LP.
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Hans Zimmer Announces Summer World Tour

Legendary composer coming to The Shrine 8/11

April 19th, 2017
Mary Bonney
Category: News

After working as a tour guide of Hollywood movie studios for the past five years, I’ve spent countless hours explaining how a score can elevate every kind of film. A composer can emphasize dramatic moments, underscore emotional scenes and heighten exciting action or adventures sequences with the perfect music. Legendary composer Hans Zimmer has created some of the most powerful, memorable scores in cinematic history and this summer is taking his incredible music on a worldwide tour.

This past weekend, Coachella was treated to a peak at what the world renowned composer has in store for crowds this summer. Check out his performance of Inception featuring Nile Marr at Coachella (his set begins around the 1:30 mark):

“I am overwhelmed by the response to our Coachella performance this past weekend,” Zimmer said. “It was certainly nerve inducing to perform at a festival of this level with so many amazing artists who are household names, but the crowd who came to our set was unlike anything I have experienced with an orchestral performance before. I can’t wait to see the rest of the crowds this summer on tour.”

Music fans will be able to see Zimmer lead a full orchestra this summer at arenas around the world. The concert will be in two parts: the first being some of Zimmer’s classic movie scores including Gladiator, The Lion King and The Pirates of the Caribbean. The second will feature re-imagined versions of some classic scores such as The Dark Knight Trilogy and of course, Inception, with special guests from the rock and pop world.

The US leg will kick off in Dallas, TX  on July 13th with the penultimate stop being here in Los Angeles at The Shrine on August 11th. Tickets are available now, so don’t miss the opportunity to see some of the most moving music for film performed by the brilliant composer himself.

Hans Zimmer Tour Dates:
4/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Park Theater
4/29 – Auckland, New Zealand @ Vector Arena
5/2 – Sydney, Australia @ Qudos Bank Arena
5/4 – Melbourne, Australia @ Rod Laver Arena
5/6 – Brisbane, Australia @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
5/10 – Perth, Australia @ Perth Arena
5/16 – Helsinki, Finland @ Hartwall Arena
5/18 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericsson Globe
5/20 Oslo, Germany @ Forum Copenhagen
5/22 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena
5/24 – Leipzig, Germany @ Arena Leipzig
5/26 – Gdansk, Poland @ Ergo Arena
5/28 – Lodz, Poland @ Atlas Arena
5/30 – Krakow,Czech Republic @ Tauron Arena
6/1 – Budapest, Hungary @ Papp Laszlo Sports Arena
6/2 – Bratislava, Slovakia @ Ondrej Nepela Arena
6/4 – Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena
6/6 – Vienna, Austria @ Stadthalle D
6/9 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Commerzbank-Arena
6/11 – Paris, France @ AccorHotels Arena
6/13 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena
6/15 – London, England @ Wembley Arena
6/16 – London, England @ Wembley Arena
6/17 – Liverpool, England @  Echo Arena
6/18 – Glasgow, Ireland @ Hydro Arena
6/20 – Antwerp, Belgium  @ Sportpaleis
6/21 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome
6/23 – Vienne, France @ Theatre Antique
6/24 – Nimes, France @ Arenes
6/26 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion
6/27 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion
6/29 – Milan, Italy  @ Mediolanum Forum
7/13 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theater
7/14 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Center
7/16 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheatre
7/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
7/21 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
7/23 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
7/25 – New York City, CA @ Radio City Music Hall
7/26 – New York City @ Radio City Music Hall
7/28 – Canadaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands PAC
7/29 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center
7/30 – Montreal, QUE @ Bell Center
8/1 – Toronto, ONT @ Air Canada Centre
8/3 – Cincinnati @ US Bank Arena
8/4 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
8/6 – Denver, CO @ 1STBANK Center
8/9 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater
8/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
8/12 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena

For more info on Hans Zimmer:
Official site

Lord Loud Releases New LP, Passe Paranoia

The LA duo shares their first LP, out April 18th

April 17th, 2017
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News

Lord Loud, the psychedelic garage rock band evocative of early Ty Segall, has a sound much more pervasive than their two-piece group would suggest. Since spontaneously meeting at a party three years ago, Chris Allison and Michael Feld have channeled their mutual affection for dirty, thrashy music into a self-released EP and now their forthcoming full length album, Passé Paranoia.

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The Rocket Summer Announces Anniversary Tour

Celebrating a decade of “Do You Feel”

April 12th, 2017
Mary Bonney
Category: News

Bryce Avary’s music has long been the soundtrack of my life’s most emotional moments. Avary, also known as The Rocket Summer, has released some of the most uplifting tracks and deep cuts in the emotional rock genre. I interviewed Avary ahead of the release of his most recent album Zoetic, which took a decidedly more experimental rock turn. After appearing at local sing a long hit Emo Nite both here in L.A. and in Dallas, The Rocket Summer announced a nationwide anniversary tour to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the album Do You Feel.

Avary’s third album created memorable piano-infused emotional pop rock tunes like “So Much Love” and the album’s title track. The Rocket Summer shows are packed with unbelievable energy and Avary is known to demonstrate his multi-instrumental talents on top of powerful vocals and poetic lyrics, so this will be a can’t-miss show for fans of this dedicated singer-songwriter.

Pre-sale and VIP packages (which include a meet and great, acoustic performance and a first-pressing vinyl of the album) are on sale today (Wednesday) while general tickets go on sale this Friday.

For more information:

The Rocket Summer

Top Five 80’s-Influenced Groups of the 2010’s

Bright synth pop and dance-ready beats

April 11th, 2017
Mary Bonney
Category: News

A trend that has picked up with more and more frequency during this decade is the wave of 80s-influenced media in TV shows like Stranger Things and The Goldbergs and movie reboots like Ghostbusters. The trend is in music, too; nowhere is a flashback more noticeable, to me at least, than on my Spotify playlist. I’ve always been a fan of indie pop, but lately my favorite bands and newly added artists have the bouncy synths and uptempo beats of the best 1980’s dance tunes and powerhouse ballads. Here are my top five bands that are giving off serious 80’s vibes and will be a rad throwback of a soundtrack to your spring.

5) The 1975

After their 2013 self titled debut featuring slow-burning indie rock cuts, The 1975 moved into the neon-soaked 1980s for their sophomore album. I Like It When You Sleep… featured hypnotizing synth-heavy ballads like “Somebody Else”and “Change of Heart” and dance pop tunes like “Love Me” and the bouncing “The Sound” featuring bright, dancing keys.

4) Jon Bellion

After writing and producing for artists like Jason Derulo and Eminem, Bellion released his 2016 debut album The Human Condition and met with critical acclaim (and landed him on our top 50 albums of 2016). His electronic-friendly music blended R&B, pop and synth-heavy 80 influences and demonstrated staggering vocal control and impressive range. As if his vocal acrobatics weren’t enough to get him on this list, he even wrote an 80’s song about 80’s films.

3) Great Good Fine Ok

The indie pop pair of Luke Moellman (keyboard and keytar) and Jon Sandler (vocals) have released a handful of singles, demonstrating their knack for infectious melodies and 80’s instrumentation. Sandler’s falsetto dances around the poppy, picked guitar and bright keys. Here’s hoping the New York duo has a full release in store!

2) LANY

These LA locals have been steadily release singles since their formation in 2014 and this June they’ll be releasing their debut album. Their discography is packed with 80s influenced electropop and even morose songs like “WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS” are still catchy and fun as hell. It’s also hard to top the dance-inducing, upbeat intro to “4EVER!”.

1) Smallpools

If you combined Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos’s vocals with upbeat, 80’s melodies and beats, you’d have LA indie rockers Smallpools. Last month the band released their debut album LOVETAP! which was filled with upbeat tunes with cheerful lyrics like “Killer Whales” and the irresistibly dance-ready “Dreaming”.

Featured Artist: Bronte

The Aussie up-and-comer delivers with new material

April 10th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News

I first met Brontë a few months ago through a mutual work connection. Luckily for me, it turns out she’s a wonderfully talented singer-songwriter! And, even more luckily, the songstress has just released her newest single, “Switch it Off,” produced by Mikal Blue and Jake Williams at LA’s Revolver Recordings.

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Halsey Releases “Now or Never” Single and Video

Our first peak into Hopeless Fountain Kingdom!

April 7th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News

Telling the tale of two doomed lovers, Halsey has hit her fans with a new, elegant electro-pop stunner off of her upcoming sophomore album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom,
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Preview: LA Phil Reykjavík Festival Friday at WDCH

All opening night tickets are only $25

April 6th, 2017
Kyle B. Smith
Category: News

Pound for pound, has another nation provided more intriguing, otherworldly music than Iceland? To start, there’s queen Björk, grandaddies Sigur Rós, pop folk juggernauts Of Monsters and Men, up and comers Kaleo, and film composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. Mix in veterans múm, a gang of others, and then do the math: Iceland has about as many residents at Cleveland.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Reykjavík Festival is already underway, but there will be opening night festivities at Walt Disney Concert Hall this Friday, April 7. The opening program will include performances from Icelandic artists múm, amiina, Skúli Sverrisson & Ólöf Arnalds, dj. flugvél og geimskip (Airplane & Spaceship), and JFDR.

The Festival, which started April 1 and runs through June 4, will feature “established and emerging acts from the flourishing Icelandic music scene,” curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daníel Bjarnason, as well as visual art from Icelandic artists Shoplifter (Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir) and Siggi Eggertsson.

The Festival will include the U.S. premiere of the film “Driving at the speed of the Nordic sun” by Xárene Eskander, with music by Daníel Bjarnason, and the West Coast premiere of Björk Digital, an exhibition of groundbreaking VR video works featuring music from Björk’s latest album, Vulnicura. A pioneer in music, art, and technology, Björk has worked with a collection of world-renowned directors, programmers, and visual artists to create a series of innovative virtual reality works displayed throughout a series of rooms. Björk Digital will invite guests to experience these immersive works through the latest in virtual reality technology.

All tickets for Friday’s opening festivities are only $25. Here’s a bit more on what you can expect inside (and outside!) Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday.

múm is a 7-piece musical group known for its exploratory music that incorporates electronic sounds, soft vocals, glitch beats, sampling, and use of a variety of traditional and unconventional instruments. Described as “Iceland’s leading electronic band” by Rolling Stone, múm has released six albums.

Originally formed as a classical string quartet at Reykjavík College of Music in the late 1990s, amiina went on to perform diverse genres of music with various bands in Reykjavík. In 1999, they became the string section for Sigur Rós, performing with the band on tour and on multiple album recordings over the next decade. 2007 saw the release of amiina’s debut album Kurr, featuring an array of instruments – including musical saws, kalimbas and music boxes – for what The Guardian described as “in a strange, powerful place between sophistication and innocence.” The group’s latest album Fantômas was originally composed as a live score to the eponymous 1913 silent masterpiece directed by Louis Feuillade.

An established bass player, composer and producer, Skúli Sverrisson has worked with artists including Laurie Anderson (as her music director), Wadada Leo Smith, Lou Reed, Blonde Redhead, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jóhann Jóhannsson and many more.

Ólöf Arnalds is a singer and multi-instrumentalist – classically trained on the violin and viola – whose fourth solo record Palme (produced by Skúli Sverrisson and Gunnar Tynes) was released in 2014 on Björk’s label, One Little Indian. Sverrisson and Arnalds’ collaboration began in the early 2000s when Arnalds took an active part in the making of Sverrisson’s critically acclaimed album Sería, and they have gone on to become the founders of Mengi, a performance venue for experimental music and arts in downtown Reykjavík. Skúli Sverrisson & Ólöf Arnalds will be joined for this performance by collaborator Ólafur Björn Ólafsson, a composer, percussionist and keyboard player.

dj. flugvél og geimskip (Airplane & Spaceship) is the one-person orchestra of Steinunn Harðardóttir. dj. flugvél og geimskip’s live performances combine music, poetry and theater for what she describes as “horror electronic music from outer space,” utilizing keyboards, drum machines and vocals. Her latest album Glamúr í geimnum featured dance beats and melodies influenced by music from India and Syria.

JFDR is the latest project from Jófríður Ákadóttir, who draws from classical, folk and electronic music to create a blend of cyclical guitar parts with soft, minimal soundscapes, and poetic wanderings full of rich imagery and subtle emotions.

Notably, Reykjavík Festival will include three nights of performances from Sigur Rós performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (April 13, 14 and 15). Orchestral arrangements are by Daníel Bjarnason, Dan Deacon, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, Anna Meredith, Nico Muhly, Owen Pallett,and Páll Ragnar Palsson.

OPENING NIGHT PROGRAM DETAILS:

Friday, April 7, 2017
Reykjavík Festival
Opening Night: Made in Iceland

BP Hall, 7:00PM
amiina
* Installation by Shoplifter

WDCH Stage Performances, 7:30PM
múm
Skúli Sverrisson & Ólöf Arnalds
dj. flugvél og geimskip (Airplane & Spaceship)
JFDR

W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre
*Driving at the speed of the Nordic sun film screening (film by Xarene Eskander, music by Daníel Bjarnason) (continuous screenings)

Additional artists and activations as part of this Opening Night to be announced.

* will remain throughout Reykjavík Festival

For full details on Reykjavík Festival, click here.

For tickets to Opening Night, click here.

Harry Styles to be Musical Guest on SNL

Appearing on the first live coast-to-coast show!

March 31st, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News

After announcing that each of the final four episodes of this season’s Saturday Night Live will be aired simultaneously across the country, audiences now have more to look forward to! Harry Styles has been tapped to perform as the musical guest on the first live coast-to-coast show, airing April 15th with host Jimmy Fallon.

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Night Lights Release New Music Video

“Things We Used To Know” takes us through decades

March 29th, 2017
Mary Bonney
Category: News

Night Lights, one of our favorite local indie rock bands on the rise, has released a music video perfectly tailored to their single “Things We Used To Know”. The international quartet has been posting old photos of themselves to promote the new single and the track’s delightful accompanying video takes us on a ride through the decades.

Night Lights crafts feel-good, dance-ready songs like these, with impressively insightful lyrics about heartbreak and growing up hidden under shimmering indie music. They’ve proven their skills for blending genres and their electronica-tinged indie pop rock is sweetest in the chorus during its infectious autotune acrobatics (which pairs perfectly with 1980s wardrobe and lead vocalist/guitarist Mauricio Jimenez’s impressive dance moves).

The four musicians, who met at Berkeley and have been making music ever since, are finding their groove, individually and as a band. The men demonstrate a joyful camaraderie on stage and in their music and their genre experimenting proves a clear confidence both in their talents and each other.

“Things We Used To Know” is off their upcoming album Good Better Alright set for release April 7th and we can’t wait to see what other instant favorites they have in store.

The band is performing this Friday, March 31st with fellow indie rockers The Score at AMPLYFi and tickets are available now.

For more information on Night Lights:

Official site