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With Thanksgiving being only a couple days away, it is time to get into the Holiday spirit. What better way, than going to a Holiday concert featuring The Ready Set, Metro Station, Downtown Fiction and more! The Ready Set have announce a very special Holiday concert in Los Angeles on December 17th at The Mint. The show is hosted by Buzznet and will include acoustic performances By Metro Station, The Downtown Fiction, Trevor Dahl, Up On The Clouds, Goldhouse DJ, And Other Special Guests. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

The Ready Set’s new full length studio album, The Bad & The Better (Razor & Tie), is on sale for $5.00 on Amazon MP3 HERE. There is also a holiday sale at The Ready Set’s Merch Store offering a 20% off discount from November 26-December 2 atthereadyset.merchnow.com (No Code Necessary).

I will leave you with their video for Freaking Me Out.  The song is off their album, The Bad & The Better (Razor & Tie), is available on iTunes HERE and Amazon MP3 HERE.  The Bad & The Better was produced by Ian Kirkpatrick (Neon Trees, Breathe Carolina, The Plain White T’s, Young The Giant).  

 

Be sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Fresh off their Fall run with You Me At Six, L.A’s STARS IN STEREO join Alien Ant Farm on the remainder of the ANTarchy tour. In anticipation, the band has released an uncensored version of their most talked about music video ‘Leave Your Mark’. This NSFW video is so hot, even VEVO and Suicide Girls couldn’t handle it! See for your self by searching for the secret door at http://www.starsinstereo.com/.

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER  (w/ Alien Ant Farm)
  • 11/21 Indianapolis, IN – Vogue Theatre
  • 11/22 Lansing, MI – The Loft @ Harem Urban Lounge
  • 11/25 Fredericksburg, VA – Hard Times
  • 11/26 Morgantown, WV – Schmitt’s Saloon
  • 11/28 Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar
  • 11/29 Baltimore, MD – Fish Head Cantina
  • 11/30 Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Music Hall
  • 12/02 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
  • 12/04 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
  • 12/05 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
  • 12/06 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
  • 12/07 Denver, CO – Casselman’s Bar & Venue
  • 12/09 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre

JANUARY (w/Bush & Theory of a Deadman)

  • 30 San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center
  • 31 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

FEBRUARY

  • 02 Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
  • 03 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
  • 05 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
  • 07 Kansas City, MO – Harvest Bank Theatre
  • 08 Cedar Rapids, IA – The Paramount Theatre
  • 10 St. Paul, MN – The Myth
  • 11 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
  • 14 Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre
  • 15 Columbus, OH – LC Pavillion
  • 17 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
  • 18 Toronto,ON – Sound Academy
  • 20 Wallingford, CT – The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale
  • 21 Lewiston, ME – Androscoggin Bank Colisee
  • 23 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
  • 24 New York, NY – Best Buy Theatre
  • 27 Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
  • 28 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

MARCH 

  • 01 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
  • 03 Silver Springs, MD – Filmore
  • 04 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
  • 06 Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
  • 10 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
  • 11 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
  • 13 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
  • 14 San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre

In case you missed it, check out our interview from last year with Stars In Stereo here. We are so excited to see a San Francisco date on the tour and we look forward to bringing you complete coverage of their show. We will see if we can bring you another interview as well. Stay up to date on what they are doing by visiting and following their social media sites.

~ Marisol

 

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Los Angeles based The Bad Years features Sami Akbari and Aaron Mort. They have just released a Double Side A single with the haunting dreamy track, Common Mistake and Didn’t Need To Know. Check out their song Common Mistake where the vocals will enchantingly whisk you away on a musical journey:

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Photo Credit: Monica Sotto

Photo Credit: Monica Sotto

The Band Venice and Steve Postell in teh finale

By  Patrick O’Heffernan, Music FridayLive!

 

Venice, CA. Apparently rumors of the demise of LA’s famed Witzend music venue are, as the saying goes, greatly exaggerated.  In fact, the memorial of the death of the legendary club’s founder, Jeb Milne, held Thursday night was a strong signal that not only are the rumors that it could become a high end restaurant not true, but that the new owners are bringing fresh life to the storied site, starting with a blowout party populated with unrivaled talent.

The Witzend was created by Jeb Milne in 2009 in a collection of buildings in Venice CA that had once housed the famous (or infamous) Mad Dog Restaurant and Bar frequented by Jim Morrison, Gregory Hines and other rising entertainment stars.  Jeb, a multi-talented Renaissance man, musician and animator, originally bought the buildings for a animation studio.  After 2 years of negotiations with the City, he got a permit to open the Wtizend music venue and the West Side  has never been the same. The Witzend became the center of a vibrant and growing pop music community that has radiated throughout the city, and in some cases the nation and other countries.

Jeb Milne died in his sleep at the age of 39 on September 11 last year.  Thursday night was celebration of the music of Witzend and his creation of the center of that music.

Witzend booking agent, fitness expert and promoter (and not a bad singer), Lauri J. Reimer, assembled a magical evening of some of the best talent to appear on the Witzend stage over the years, bringing old friends together and making new friends and fans for many of the artists who entertained the celebrants. Altogether, over 15 artists mounted the stage individually, together, in bands, groups and in a finale that I suspect still has Jeb applauding. It felt like the Grammies, only without the ads and long speeches (and the awards, of course).

With over a dozen artists on stage, it is impossible to review each act, nor for this kind of event meaningful.  However, a few highlights are in order.  The lineup began with the tender sound of Christian Dupree, a master of flowing stories, who also MC’d the event. Jaq Mackenzie, who at 15 years old has been singing at Witzend for 3 years, picked up the pace a bit with two bracing songs and her huge smile.  The early hours audience was still thin as Jaq tuned her guitar and the post-work crowd began trickling in after dinner (or for dinner), so Chris and Jaq made everyone feel like they were at a family get together. The empty chairs did not last long, by 8 pm the club was buzzing and by 9 it was full.

Things started really rocking when Anna Montgomery took the stage and kicked the show up a gear with two songs from her album, Little Fish. And one of my favorites at Witzend, Jackie Bristow kept the energy going as she brought her forceful guitar playing and New Zealand singing to the room.  She and we were on.

Other artists to sing for Jeb included the smooth keyboardist and jazz singer Alfred Johnson, the phenomenal Aubrey Logan– who brought her slide trombone to the delight of fans,  Amanda Campbell and the Strands, Michael and Marky Lennon of Venice The Band, Zachery Provost, Paulie Cerra., Joe Eckels, JC Vilifan, Steve Postell, Gabe Rosen, Julia Othmer – who introduced as the sexiest singer on stage, a description she laughed at and then lived up to (she had the best shimmering blue high heels I have ever seen working the piano pedals), and singer/songwriter/producer Steve Postel.

As the night moved on and the crowd thickened to elbow room only at the bar and no seats left at the tables, the stage also got crowded as musicians joined each other and MC Chris Dupree stretched the limit of two songs per artist to three songs here and there. The grand finale from a string of artists on the stage had us all clapping, singing and cheering.

Thursday night was a celebration of the genius of Jeb Milne and his many accomplishments in a very short life, including founding the Witzend. It was also a celebration of the Witzend itself, a truly magical place that nurtures artists and audiences alike.  Lauri J. Reimer bottled that magic Thursday night and captured Jeb’s vision and Witzend’s spirit.

Patrick O’Heffernan, Host, MusicFridayLive!

 Witzend Live

1717 Lincoln Blvd. Venice CA 90291

http://www.witzendlive.com

 

 

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Taped3ck is a new trio of rockers from LA that is composed of three talented solo artists who have combined forces to bring some fresh new rock n roll to the scene.  I am not going to do them the injustice of trying to peg them with a musical genre, category, sub-genre which has become so overly abused these days. I am going to simply state, these guys are ready to rock and are definitely worthy of your attention.

Taped3ck is

Kemble Walters – Vocals & Drums
Lillard Anthony – Vocals & Guitar
Al Walters – Vocals & Bass

Check out their new song Hey LA: 

Taped3ck is derived from years of friendship, fun and jamming together in front-man Lillard Anthony’s Los Angeles home studio.   Lillard and bassist Al Walters grew up together in music and have been performing together for years. We look forward to hearing from this new band. The new single is set to release on September 30th on digital outlets.Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on the latest news from this new band.

~ Marisol

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Hollywood. Patrick O’Heffernan. Juliette Ashby was in constant motion. Her hands, her arms, her body all swayed and circled and pointed and touched as she sang, hypnotizing us, drawing us in, capturing us in the heart inside her bare chest.  Tall, beautiful and confident, yet down-to-earth, Ashby took the stage Friday night at the Hotel Café in Hollywood and looked over the packed room with a smile of satisfaction and greeting.  Statuesque in skin tight black toreador pants and a lime green silk sleeveless blouse open down to her silver belt buckle, seemingly without make up, she radiated not so much sensuality as openness and honesty.  The songs she gave us were exactly that – open and honest, and they proved beyond a doubt that she is one of the most talented entertainers on either side of the Atlantic.

Ashby is known as a neo-soul, R&B singer-songwriter, but she is so much more. With a high-pitched, almost Jamaican voice  that ranges from reggae to soul and R&B, she is simply in a universe by herself. There is no one like her. When she left the stage Friday night, it was an end of a nine-song set, but the beginning of a transatlantic love affair with her new California fans.

She and her guitarist opened with a stripped down rendition of  “Grow Like a Seed”, weaving its complex lines and rhythms together like a trance dance, without benefit of the strong calypso band and effects of the recorded version.  Just her, and we loved it. She shifted gears to “Make it or Not”, a free download on her website, leaning forward and touching her heart as if she were singing to you, personally, even though the words say “I do this for me.”

 She followed with the gentle “Home” and then the  heart wrenching “Hoping”, about her friend Amy Winehouse, pulling the tears out of us with the lines I’m trying to look back to where it went wrong years ago/When I look back it’s plain to see that/There were other people pushing you down this road.  She introduced “Home” with a short story of Winehouse, deepening her relationship with the audience as if, for tonight, we were family.

She moved on and joked with the audience about the relationships that inhabit some of her songs, like “Waiting”, which many in the audience seemed to know, mouthing the refrain with her.  She picked up the pace with “Not Trying to Get Over You” with its telling verse,

Is that I miss you madly/I miss you badly/That’s why I’m not trying to get over you

As the set neared the end of the set, she gave the audience what they had been waiting for, her hit song “Over & Over”.  As she sang Falling in love with you, yes I be falling love with you/And it be like over and over again, the audience did just that…fell in love with her all over again.  The standing crowd was swaying as they watched her body weave and her hands trace invisible patterns in the air.

She wrapped the set with her trademark earworm “Take It Over”.  But her take on that song Friday night was slowed down, more personal as she pointed to people in the audience,, emphasizing the “bang, bang, bang”, enunciating each syllable as if she was in a musical conversation – a change from the reggae beat of the recording.  The effect was deep and personal.

Juliette Ashby’s recordings are on the top of my playlist (as well as on Billboard charts and radio stations in the UK), but seeing her live was a new experience.  Her videos and photographs project her beauty, but they don’t reveal the beautiful person who stood in the hard light of the Hotel Café stage and handed us her heart.

Juliette Ashby started a mutual love affair with America Friday night and I can only hope is grows with many more visits.

Patrick O’Heffernan. Host, Music FridayLive!

 

Juliette Ashby, Hotel Café  8/22/14

www.julietteashby.com

https://twitter.com/JulietteAshby/

https://www.facebook.com/JulietteAshby

songs and albums available on the website in the UK and Reverbnation in the US.

 

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This past weekend we had the chance to see our favorite rockers, Cherri Bomb return to the stage at the Troubadour in Hollywood. One thing is for sure, they completely rocked the place. These four amazing musicians may be young, but their talent far exceeds their years. Their set not included a few awesome covers and fan favorites but some very new originals that were spectacular. They put on a complete stage performance after a brief set change and had the crowd fully engaged.

It is wonderful to see a band put such attention into the song production with elements of character, costume, design and unwavering stage presence. Each one of these four, boldly shine with their charismatic and magnetic personalities. They were completely in command of the audience as everyone was help captive by their performance. I can’t wait for everyone to see this band when they set out on another tour.

Rena Lovelis

Rena Lovelis

 

Nia Lovelis

Nia Lovelis

Miranda Miller

Miranda Miller

Casey Moreta

Casey Moreta

We had the chance to chat with them prior to their set and were ecstatic to hear that they are currently in the studio working on their new music. We always have a fun time with this band and are pleased to bring you our Interview No. 2.

Make sure to stay up to date on their latest news by visiting their social media sites. You don’t want to miss them the next time they perform. Check out a slide show of photos by Rockin Ryan from their set here:

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Make sure to pick up their album, This is The End of Control, available here on iTunes.

~ Marisol

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