Saint Scarlet: Not Your Average Hard Rock Band

Saint Scarlet isn’t like every other rock band here on the Sunset Strip; these guys include four part harmonies, violin solos, and ear-bending effects in their songs. I promise you: if you listen to Runaway Love, Expendable, Cruel and Unusual, or Howl, you’ll be singing their lyrics for the rest of the week. A truly impressive display of both passion and musical talent, Saint Scarlet catches the ear of any listener with their catchy tunes and exhilarating sound.

Saint Scarlet is a rock band newly introduced to Los Angeles. Their lineup includes guys from across the United States that came to LA to

MADUS At The Viper Room

MADUS @ The Viper Room


Normally, when I interview bands, all they want to talk about is the next upcoming cool thing that they are doing. Even though I asked about all the cool stuff, MADUS got pretty insightful about who they were and what they plan on doing as musicians. And I really respect these guys for being so candid. They are normal guys that just happen to be talented musicians and run a sick band.

BOSTON:   First off, how long have

Down And Outlaws At Three Clubs

I never know what to write in these articles… How can you describe a band who blows you away?

I’m nearly always stunned by every band I see; there is so much talent in Los Angeles. But Down & Outlaws kicked ass. They came to the stage and laid out all of their emotions, energy, talent, thrill; left it all out on the stage for us to watch.

The guys were also great and fun to talk to. They were relaxed, laid back. They hung out with their friends and fans, watched the other bands, shared drinks

Armors at The Satellite

Now, Armors had a lot to live up to. Since I recently moved from NYC, Armors happened to be the first set I was set to see and photograph in Los Angeles.

But first of all, if you have not yet gone to The Satellite, I highly recommend it. The venue is larger than I expected, but it’s tucked in a quiet neighborhood in Silverlake. You don’t have to worry about fighting for parking or getting gridlocked on your way to a show. The bartenders were nice, made strong drinks and all the music for the night was on point.

Viva Pomona 2014 lineup



Viva! Pomona! Our favorite small festival in our own backyard is back for another weekend of shows. The Viva Pomona music festival has previously been host to such great bands as The Lovely Bad Things, Tijuana Panthers, The Ugly Kids, and The Urinals. 

This year’s list of bands performing include: Thee Oh Sees, Crystal Antlers, FuzZ, Chicano Batman, The Lovely Bad Things, Terry Malts, Winter Break, Souvenirs, The Younger Lovers, Cogito, The Frights, Los Blenders, Santoros, Michael Rey and the Woebegones, The Dead Ships, Salvador and the Unicorn,

heavy and light

“She went home and looked, and looked for that video. Then finally she found it. She brought herself to watch the video.” Kevin Breel pauses for a moment and takes a look at the silent crowd. “and that’s when she decided not to take her life away.”

Kevin Breel, a comedian who suffered from depression, shared a story about saving a person’s life just by opening up. Breel himself decided that opening up would save his life — little did he know, he’d also be saving others.

To Write Love


The 2013 shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize UK album of the year has finally been released, and there are some great names up there.

The shortlist is as follows:

Arctic Monkeys ‘AM’

David Bowie ‘The Next Day’

Disclosure ‘Settle’

Foals ‘Holy Fire’

Jake Bugg ‘Jake Bugg’

James Blake ‘Overgrown’

Jon Hopkins ‘Immunity’

Laura Marling ‘Once I Was An Eagle’

Laura Mvula ‘Sing To The Moon’

Rudimental ‘Home’

Savages ‘Silence Yourself’

Villagers ‘Awayland’

Last year’s winners were Alt-J with their revolutionary album An Awesome Wave (read my review of the album here).  The Mercury Prize aims to draw attention

The Southern California Summer Music Festival Lineup

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Summertime is upon us and for Los Angeles that means heat, traffic, and beach trips. The music scene, though, is fourth. One of the great things about Los Angeles, aside from Dodgers games and fast cars, is the talent this city houses. From Local Natives to Red Hot Chili Peppers, they’re based in LA. The venues hosting some of the very best include The Wiltern, The Music Box, and The Palladium. But most of the time it’s in festivals where they make their name known.

This summer, Los Angeles is host to a slew of festivals. Think about it as Coachella spread out over three months. Everywhere from Downtown LA, Pasadena and even Pomona, there will be a host of free or cheap music festivals. The only thing you’ll ever have to worry about is Los Angeles parking (click for real-time parking info), but that shouldn’t hold you up. Here are some of the best from Southern California in order of which festivals are coming up first.