5/3/2013-This is it, you guys!
This summer, we will be hitting the road to make a giant loop of this lovely country, and hopefully see as many of you as possible! This is our first major tour,
so we sincerely appreciate your help in spreading the word.
The tour will be timed with the release of our new full-length album, the SPARK & the FIRE. We will be posting music, artwork, and a preorder for the
Take a look at the dates below, and let us know where we'll see you! Also, for our friends in Seattle and Portland, we will be coming up to see you in September
so stay tuned. And for those in Denver, we are making it a priority to get out there this year, promise!
4/6/13- Los Angeles! we hope to see you at the Satellite on 4/19! We're playing with an awesome band called The Two Man Gentelman Band, it should be a really fun night!
San Diego, we're heading your way too! See you at Soda Bar on 4/21! Can't wait!
3/5/13- LA westsiders! We are doing a couple of shows this month at our old hang- Casa Del Mar! If you've been missing the old tradition, here's your chance to relive it. Join us by the fireplace 3/12 and 3/19 at 6:30pm - 10pm.
As for the rest of the untied States, Canada and Europe, we will be touring this summer following our new album release! We would LOVE your help in planning this great jurney of ours. Since this will be our first time taking a lap this big, the planning for this tour is a bit intense. Touring is expensive, and playing the local rock club isn't always the most lucrative option, nor the best place to meet you all for the first time. We want to be as unconventional as possible with the venues and types of shows we are playing. And here is where YOU come in:
- Would you like to host a concert in your home or backyard?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll dive into details.
- Do you know of any summer festivals in your city?
- Do you know of any nice hotels or restaurants that book live music?
- Are there any nice, small music venues in your city that you think would be a perfect fit for us?
We can't tell you how much we appriciate your insight.
2/2/13- Los Angeles, we are playing a free Tuesday night residency at the the beautiful Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. If you haven't been to this venue yet, you need to check it out! The shows are free, and you can sit and enjoy dinner throughout the evening. There are also VIP seats available for $10.
For our westside friends, come party with us at the Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice on Friday, February 15th! Tickets are free before 10pm or $5 afterwards, we play around 10:30pm.
And for our way eastside friends, join us at Hip Kitty Jazz & Fondue on Saturday, February 16th in Claremont! Our sets start at 8pm, tickets are $5. Cheers to a great month ahead!
1/26/13- Las Vegas, we are coming back! Come join us at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas next weekend! 1/31- 2/2 - 3 nights in a row- 8pm to 10:30pm at the beautiful Chandelier stage.
1/10/13- Happy new year!! New york we are coming your way next week for a couple of shows. Can't wait to see ya!
12/27/12- Los Angeles! One more before we start a new year! Hope you can join us at Seven Grand this Sunday night for some music and whiskey!
12/30 - 10pm to 1am - No cover!
12/15/12- So excited to celabrate the end of a great year at The Mint with some good friends of ours! We hope you can join the party next Wednesday!
12/5/12- Christmas Time Is Here! We hope you enjoy our new holiday collection! You can hear "Santa Baby" and "Christmas Time Is Here" in the playlist to the right and order the EP below! This could be just the gift you were looking to give someone this holiday season. Happy Happy holidays!
The CD Includes:
Christmas Time Is Here
Order the CD or download high-quality digital files from our own boutique
11/12/12- We are thrilled to let you know that Hyundai chose our cover of the classic song "When You're Smiling" to use in a new worldwide commercial! We have already heard from people who have seen it in South Korea, Spain, Malaysia, and France, and it should start airing in the U.S. next week!
You can watch the commercial here:
11/12/12- Los Angeles! We hope to see you at the Virgil this Wednesday night!
10/22/12- We just got back from a 4 day cruise and we finaly have our land legs back! It's studio time for us, but Los Angeles, we are not forgetting about you! East and west siders, we have show coming up for ya on 11/14 at the Virgil (Hollywood)! Cant wait to see you again!
9/24/12-San Francisco! We're so excited to visit again, hope you can join us this weekend at Hotel Utah!
9/21/12- Excited about upcoming SF and Los Angeles shows, check out the dates on the right colomn, we hope to see you all soon!
8/16/12- It's finally here! 180-gram vinyl of Places To Go!! If you're in to that sort of thing, you can order it now from our boutique for the great price of just $19.99.
8/14/12- Los Angeles! Come join us this Friday night at the Bootleg Theater. We are opening for The be Good Tanyas! 8pm doors/ 9pm show, more info in the right column.
7/27/12- Exciting news! Samsung chose our song "Smile Big" for their Galaxy S III Olympics commercial! It will be airing throughout the Olympics in the US - we couldn't be happier!
7/11/12-Our two year residency at Casa Del Mar is coming to an end this coming Friday night! We will always remember the good times we've had there and the wonderful people we've met that kept coming back every week. We would love to see you there this Friday and to share one more night of music by the fire place with you! You know...for good old time's sake…:)
5/17/12 - New video - "Dont Think Twice, It's All Right"
5/15/12 - Departures EP is available now on Itunes as well as our Boutique!
We are excited to announce the release of our new cover EP – Departures! We had a lot of fun turning these songs around and making them our own. We are really proud of the new versions, and can't wait for you to hear them! Come celebrate with us tomorrow 5/16 at Hotel Cafe!
The album includes:
Fidelity (Regina Spektor)
Poker Face (Lady Gaga)
You Are My Sunshine (Bing Crosby)
At Last (Etta James)
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob Dylan)
3/21/12- We just had a great couple of weeks! Vegas was a blast, and SXSW in Austin Texas was awesome. We even got to do some busking in both cities between our shows, so much fun! Now that we're back in Venice, we are
about to get one of our dreams come true. We're going to play our first show at the beautiful EL REY theater on April 6th, with a super cool band from the UK called Kittie, Daisy & Lewis! Click here for tickets and More Info.
We hope to see your beautiful faces out there!
3/2/12- Austin Texas, here we come! We are excited to announce that we will be playing two shows at SXSW! We were invited by Miles Davis' family to participate in their event on 3/15, and we also have an official showcase on 3/16. See our upcoming dates on the right for more info and links. Hope to see you there!
2/21/12 - We are thrilled to announce that we'll be performing at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on March 8, 9, and 10, so book your trip and come party in Vegas with us!
Also, We've been working on some new cover songs, including Regina Spektor "Fidelity" which was chosen by our Facebook fans. Here it is...
Our album PLACES TO GO is available now!
You can listen to the whole album in the media player to the right ->.
Download our version of “You Are My Sunshine” on iTunes here:
Some things are eternal. Love songs. California sunsets. The ukulele.
Leftover Cuties embody all of that goodness on their debut album Places To Go. Produced by Tony Berg (Bob Dylan, Michael Penn, Jesca Hoop), the eleven breezy, sophisticated songs evoke a magic-hour stroll on the beach with a special someone. Who knows what year it is? Who cares when the songs are this sweet?
To call Leftover Cuties retro or throwback would be too easy, and frankly dismissive. Sure, the music fits beside Billie Holiday, but it’s also current in its sex appeal, its sophistication, its confidence. The Cuties’ music – plied with upright bass, accordion, the brushed drums, and yes, ukulele – is not slavishly old-timey, but honors its forebears in the right way. Melody. Sharp playing. Stylized, confident, character-laden singing.
When Leftover Cuties chanteuse Shirli McAllen steps to the microphone, she commands your attention because she’s got something to say. And a beguiling way of saying it. Sultry. Aching with longing, yet in control. She’s the Cuties’ charmer-in-charge, and her silky voice hooks you from the get-go. You keep looking to see bluebirds landing gently on her shoulder for a listen. You could hardly blame them.
When McAllen first moved to Los Angeles from her native Israel (where she served in the army), she was still finding her way musically. “I grew up listening to Israeli music, ‘90s grunge rock and singer songwriters,” she says. After a couple of years trying to make her mark in the city’s crowded singer-songwriter scene – a lot of good writers and singers, but not a lot of memorable personalities – she struck up a friendship with multi-instrumentalist Austin Nicholsen.
"One day, Austin walks in with a ukulele,” McAllen says, "I thought it was a toy. He started playing and I started singing the lyrics. We wrote 'Game Called Life' in about five minutes."
With a newly defined musical direction, the duo dubbed themselves Leftover Cuties (more enigmatic and distinctive than Old Clementines, and sweeter). Stuart Johnson (drums), Ryan Feves (bass), and Mike Bolger (keys, horns, and accordion) came on board to flesh out the sound, and the band was off and running. In 2010, that sweet tune written on a napkin in five minutes was tabbed as the theme song for the acclaimed Showtime series “The Big C” starring Laura Linney. The band’s fan base swelled, with fans emailing them from all over the world, and their live shows packing them in.
With a debut album that delivers on the promise of that early success, Leftover Cuties’ journey has just begun. They’ve got places to go…
Written by Jonathan Palmer, Los Angeles, March 2011