Friday! Friday! Friday! Ashley Allen, a born and raised New Yorker is taking the pop scene by storm THIS Friday at BB Kings, baby! Ashley’s fresh and intoxicating talent will have you thinking way past the sound of her music; it’s stimulates that party gene we all retain.
Daughter of Music Executive Jeff Allen for Universal Attractions, Ashley is no newbie to the music scene. Many assumptions can be made for a normal New York girl with a voice and a musically connected parent, but when you open a book you’ll find it’s full of pages. Ashley suffered from depression, anxiety, and bullying at a young age, giving her a drive for deeper lyrics than your basic ’let’s party’ radio hit. At one point things got bad enough that drugs were her only answer, but not for long. Ashley’s music pulled her right out of her darkest pit and helped her escape her sadness. She also took an interest in writing poems (that later turned to songs) to express herself and deal with her emotions in a safer way. As a fifth grader, she made her first song ‘Love Will Find A Way’ inspired by the sounds of her and her mothers favorites like Celine Dion, Cher, and Barbara Streisand. Her first single ‘Body Say No, Heart Say Yes’ was released in 2012 and set her path straight for her up and coming pop career.
You won't find The Rolling Stones or Daft Punk headlining at this year's Coachella but If you're heading into the desert this April, it's still going to be a legit mix of artists. Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Phoenix, and The Stone Roses are the big bands headlining along with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Lumineers, and Hot Chip will all be taking the stage. Huge electronic acts like Eric Prydz, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Dog Blood, Wolfgang Gartner, Dillon Francis, Danny Avila and Major Lazer will also be spreading their sounds across the desert land of Indio. Some fun Indie acts include Jessie Ware, Tegan & Sara, and Passion Pit.
Coachella 2013 passes go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. PST. Take a look at the full lineup below and fore more information and tickets visit the offical Coachella website here.
Identical twins and indie pioneers Tegan and Sara debuted their new single “Closer” off of their new album Heartthrob a few months ago, which you probably know because every music outlet has been cheering it on since – and for good reason.
Though the song has been out for a while, the official music video has just been released. What better way to show off a dance track than by throwing a party where people smear make-up all over themselves and you sing karaoke to your own song? Check out the video below and see for yourself just how close people can get to this track:
The Governors Ball Music Festival 2013 is back for its third year and will be yet again taking over Randall's Island and as always, comes in first as NYC's best indie music festival! The fest is taking place over three days from June 7-9. The 2013 lineup has been announced and includes headliners Kanye West and Kings Of Leon along with a roster of super talented artists such as Azealia Banks, Icona Pop, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Pretty Lights, The Knocks, Dillon Francis, Crystal Castles, and Paper Diamond to name a few.
Charli XCX's latest video is pretty rad. The brassy singer's new single "You (Ha Ha Ha)" takes us through what seems to be a party in a gun factory of girls donning 90s clad duds and platform sneakers a la The Spice Girls circa 1997.This chick proves to be on the cusp of cool and takes her sampling of electronic producer Gold Panda's "You" on her level of pop.
Overall, we're loving the song and the rave-esque fashion. Looks like we're about to sport fishnets and some cool printed spandex pants and we're good to go! Check out the vid below and stay tuned for the official single to drop on February 10th.
London-born singer and songwriter, Jessie Ware has already sparked some buzz in her native U.K. with her highly acclaimed debut album 'Devotion.' She's now ready to do the same in the U.S. with the release of her debut EP 'If You're Never Gonna Move' out on January 15 on Cherrytree Records/Interscope. The British beauty is also setting out on a U.S. tour playing sold out shows in NYC, LA, and San Francisco.
The EP features Ware’s first U.S. single, “If You’re Never Gonna Move,” (plus a remix), two tracks from the Mercury Prize-nominated Devotion, and a cover of Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, news has broke that Justin Timberlake will be releasing a new album soon. Timberlake took to Twitter late Wednesday night with an ambiguous tweet reading: "Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am PST...” possibly hinting he'll be dropping new music.
Since his last album, the highly acclaimed FutureSex/LoveSounds dropped in 2006, Timberlake has been focusing on his acting career but sources say he's been working with longtime collaborator Timbaland and has about 20 new tracks recorded already.
Just one month away, The 55th Annual Grammy Awards is spanning out to be the most anticipated awards show of 2013. According to the Grammy's Twitter handle, the first round of performers for music's biggest night were announced and include Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna. The guys from fun., and The Black Keys will be performing for the first time as well.
Fun. and Mumford & Sons are two of six artists this year who lead with six nominations and are both up for the Best New Artist award. Two-time Grammy winners The Black Keys nabbed five noms while five-time Grammy Award winner Rihanna and six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift each scored three nominations. Safe to say this is a solid line up of musical talent and will be the key ingredient of the overall night, however, we're still crossing our fingers that an electronic music act could earn a spot in the coveted Grammy performance line up. Hey, we can only hope, right?
The Non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms is taking their annual event, HEAVY AND LIGHT, to cities across America. HEAVY AND LIGHT is a special evening of songs, conversation, and hope. Throughout the tour, there will be intimate, acoustic performances from the likes of Jon Foreman (of Switchfoot) & Fiction Family, Christina Perri, Now, Now, Will Anderson (of Parachute), Aaron Gillespie (of The Almost), Bryce Avary (of The Rocket Summer), Anthony Raneri (of Bayside), Noah Gundersen, The Lone Bellow, Satellite and award-winning spoken word poet Anis Mojgani.
TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski says, "HEAVY AND LIGHT has been our favorite night of the year. Up to now, it's been just one night each January at the House of Blues in Orlando. We've seen people travel from across America and beyond to be there, and we've heard people call it the best night of their life. We're beyond thrilled to bring Heavy And Light to cities across the country, and we're doing it with the hope and goal of changing lives."
You all know how rad the commercials are for Apple iPod's. Well, if you've seen this then you've heard Willy Moon. The 23-year-old singer is causing quite a rumble in the music world. If you're looking to update a stale playlist, Willy is the perfect addition. Expect audacious tunes and a revival of music's past with a modern twist!
It's been a festive fall for Willy Moon. His single "Yeah Yeah" was released in September, he accompanied Jack White on tour in the UK and Ireland, and now he's hitting the road for his first run in the US. The tour comes in support of his EP available on iTunes here and catch him play at Brooklyn Bowl this Saturday, Dec. 8th.