Review: New Andy Grammer

Named one of Billboard Magazine’s artists to watch in 2011, pop balladeer Andy Grammer releases his new debut self-titled album. Grammer is no stranger to The Roxy, Having played here this past October and taking part in this year’s past Austinrox party at SXSW 2011, where he wowed the crowd with his infectious melodies and solid rhythm performance.

Much of the album is comprised of guitar and piano based tracks accompanied by a backing band that delivers the underlying funk. The album opens with Grammer’s feel good lead single “Keep your head up”, which took the radio waves by storm and has already ushered in tons of new fans for Grammer due to the songs catchy and infectious hook.

“Fine by Me” is one of many tracks off the album that features hard driving keys and pop infused melodies, while “Miss Me” slows things down for Grammer’s ballad about love and lost. “Slow” is another heartfelt ballad that has Grammer belting his heart out over heartfelt lyrics as he’s backed by heavy percussion and the ever-present piano and strings.

“Lunatic” is another encouraging feel good track similar to the upbeat vibes found on his lead single. Positive messages and heartfelt lyrics also appear on the tracks “Pocket” and “Ladies”, both quirky tunes that have Grammer singing about his search for love and encouraging the ladies to ‘shine their light’.

“Biggest Man in Los Angeles” closes out the album, and has Grammer reminiscing his days as a musician playing for the crowd at the Santa Monica Promenade, and has you reflecting with him how far he’s come, and no doubt how far he’ll continue to go.

Andy Grammer’s debut album has the smooth crooner singing witty heartfelt songs about love and life with a solid sense of rhythm, and rich set of vocals, sure to not disappoint a growing number of fans and generating a new spotlight for the pop musician.

Check out Andy Grammer’s video for his hit single “Keep Your Head Up” below, And head on over to Vevo for an awseome interactive version of the music video!

Stephanie Gomez-Roxy Contributor

Tokio Hotel Talks Roxy

It hasn’t been long since the boys of Tokio Hotel came to visit…but we miss them! Lucky for us, their first ever US performance (at the Roxy of course) is well documented in their new youtube videos! It’s fun to relive the excitement – we cannot wait to have them back!

A Crystal Castles Experience

Fresh on the heals of another amazing Dim Mak party (with DJ AM/ Steve Aoki/A-Trak) we are excited to be able to look forward to another rad party! So mark on your calendar (or use the ever trusty iCal) for March 9th – when we have hot new artists Crystal Castles and Health. Dim Mak really knows how to bring out the cool kids and cutting edge DJ talent (Crystal Castles debut album hit March 18). Tickets are available thru our box office and thru ticketmaster. See you there!

Crystal Castles 3/9

The Roxy Welcomes CIC

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As music industry folks travel in from all over the country – we are excited to be able to welcome you all to come see the legendary Roxy at its finest. As CIC starts, we invite you all to come check out a a few of our best shows that will be hitting the Strip,just as you hit town. To show our camaraderie we welcome all you CIC folks to flash your badges and check out our shows for free! On February 7th we have a special showcase from Ironworks Music which includes favorite Rocco Deluca known for his radio hit “Colorful” as well as for his ground breaking tour documentary with Kiefer Sutherland. February 6th, we are so excited to have hot indie act Biirdie – who’s debut album is making waves across the LA area and beyond. Described as “A sort of California alt-country-rock that you can’t not love. Reminiscent of early Bright Eyes. Alt rock perfection.” Also on this show, HOT Reeve Carney- who’s acclaimed live album is an indie rock staple and Sundance breakout musician Lukas Haas. So come rock out and enjoy your stay!

Angie Stone

Angie Stone

The one and only Angie Stone will grace the Roxy stage for one night only, October 1st, 2007.

A singer, a self-taught keyboardist, and a prolific songwriter, Angie Stone’s first claim to fame was being the lead vocalist on Vertical Hold’s smooth urban dance track “Seems You’re Much Too Busy.” An R&B Top 40 hit during the summer of 1993, it eventually led to a solo career, and her debut album Black Diamond was issued in 1999 by Arista. In six years, Stone had definitely gained an old-school, autobiographical vibe, exemplified by her hit ballad “No More Rain (In This Cloud),” which has samples from Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).” Contributors included Lenny Kravitz and former Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad as producers, and Stone’s ex-boyfriend D’Angelo as a vocal guest on “Everyday.”

Stone, a native of Columbia, SC, began singing gospel music at a young age at First Nazareth Baptist Church. Her father, a member of a local gospel quartet, would take his only child to see performances by gospel artists such as the Singing Angels and the Gospel Keynotes. During her youth, she wrote poetry, played sports, and, after high-school graduation, was offered college basketball scholarships. While working dead-end jobs, Stone began saving money to record her own demos at a local studio called PAW. She joined Gwendolyn Chisolm and Cheryl Cook in the rap trio the Sequence, who recorded hits for Joe and Sylvia Robinson’s Sugarhill label — “Funk You Up,” a remake of Parliament’s hit “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker” called “Funky Sound (Tear the Roof Off),” and “I Don’t Need Your Love (Part One).” Soon after, Stone was working with futuristic rappers Mantronix and rocker Lenny Kravitz and formed the neo-soul trio Vertical Hold, who first charted with the Criminal single “Summertime.” Besides “Seems You’re Much Too Busy,” the group’s self-titled A&M album spawned another charting single, “ASAP.” She moved to J-Records in 2001 for her second record, Mahogany Soul, and the record cracked the Top 40 thanks to the pop/R&B hit “Brotha.” Three years later, her third record Stone Love became her biggest hit, with a number 14 placing. In 2004, Stone Love was issued, followed by a live recording of her greatest hits in 2005. – Ed Hogan, All Music Guide

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A singer, a self-taught keyboardist, and a prolific songwriter, Angie Stone’s first claim to fame was being the lead vocalist on Vertical Hold’s smooth urban dance track “Seems You’re Much Too Busy.” An R&B Top 40 hit during the summer of 1993, it eventually led to a solo career, and her debut album Black Diamond was issued in 1999 by Arista. In six years, Stone had definitely gained an old-school, autobiographical vibe, exemplified by her hit ballad “No More Rain (In This Cloud),” which has samples from Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).” Contributors included Lenny Kravitz and former Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad as producers, and Stone’s ex-boyfriend D’Angelo as a vocal guest on “Everyday.”
THE ROXY Show dates:
October 1, 2007

Stone Love

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A singer, a self-taught keyboardist, and a prolific songwriter, Angie Stone‘s first claim to fame was being the lead vocalist on Vertical Hold’s smooth urban dance track “Seems You’re Much Too Busy.” An R&B Top 40 hit during the summer of 1993, it eventually led to a solo career, and her debut album Black Diamond was issued in 1999 by Arista. In six years, Stone had definitely gained an old-school, autobiographical vibe, exemplified by her hit ballad “No More Rain (In This Cloud),” which has samples from Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).” Contributors included Lenny Kravitz and former Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad as producers, and Stone’s ex-boyfriend D’Angelo as a vocal guest on “Everyday.”

Stone, a native of Columbia, SC, began singing gospel music at a young age at First Nazareth Baptist Church. Her father, a member of a local gospel quartet, would take his only child to see performances by gospel artists such as the Singing Angels and the Gospel Keynotes. During her youth, she wrote poetry, played sports, and, after high-school graduation, was offered college basketball scholarships. While working dead-end jobs, Stone began saving money to record her own demos at a local studio called PAW. She joined Gwendolyn Chisolm and Cheryl Cook in the rap trio the Sequence, who recorded hits for Joe and Sylvia Robinson’s Sugarhill label — “Funk You Up,” a remake of Parliament’s hit “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker” called “Funky Sound (Tear the Roof Off),” and “I Don’t Need Your Love (Part One).” Soon after, Stone was working with futuristic rappers Mantronix and rocker Lenny Kravitz and formed the neo-soul trio Vertical Hold, who first charted with the Criminal single “Summertime.” Besides “Seems You’re Much Too Busy,” the group’s self-titled A&M album spawned another charting single, “ASAP.” She moved to J-Records in 2001 for her second record, Mahogany Soul, and the record cracked the Top 40 thanks to the pop/R&B hit “Brotha.” Three years later, her third record Stone Love became her biggest hit, with a number 14 placing. In 2004, Stone Love was issued, followed by a live recording of her greatest hits in 2005.

Angie Stone will visit The Roxy on October 1st, 2007 – tickets are on sale NOW through The Roxy Box Office at 310.278.9457, and will be on sale on September 5th at Ticketmaster. Get them before they sell out!

Angie Stone – “Brotha”

Jonas Brothers

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“Music on Red Bull.” Without hesitating, that’s how 17-year-old Kevin Jonas describes the hyper-adrenalized sounds he’s created with his two brothers, 13-year-old Nicholas and 16-year-old Joseph, on the Jonas Brothers’ debut album, It’s About Time. And it’s no wonder since the boys’ influences include an eclectic mix of artists ranging from the Ramones to the Jackson 5 to the Modern Lovers–all purveyors of tight, catchy anthems. One thing is for sure, the Jonas Brothers are all ready to keep the momentum going strong. “We go crazy on stage!” says Kevin. “It’s so much fun!”

THE ROXY Show Dates:
July 31, 2007

Thanks to Ellen Parton for these awesome pictures from the show!

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Joe Satriani

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Storming onto the music scene nearly a decade ago, Joe Satriani has been widely recognized as the archetypal post-modern hero.Since his emergence in 1986 with a self-released, self-titled debut album, Joe has become the most recognizable guitar voice of his time, earning his place alongside the great masters of rock guitar. As an instrumental artist in a pop-dominated field, Satriani’s accomplishments are even more remarkable: He is perhaps the most successful rock instrumentalist in recent history, selling millions of records and consistently packing concert halls – yet always preserving a strong musical vision, as well as the respect of fellow musicians and forward-thinking music fans worldwide.

THE ROXY Show Date:
August 17, 2007

Circus Diablo

As the brain child of incredibly talented musician, Billy Morrison, Circus Diablo came about. Circus Diablo is a hard/alternative rock band composed of former and present talent from The Cult, Fuel, Camp Freddy: Billy Morrison, Billy Duffy, Ricky Warwick, and Brett Scallions. This is not your run of the mill side project. This is a group of musicians dedicated to getting their “voices” heard. In July 2007 their debut album will drop. We expect great things here. Currently on tour with Ozzfest, the band is stopping by The Roxy for a special LA show, complete with Spread performance artists and tattoos by The Shamrock Social Club.

Circus Diablo Live

Kenna

Filter Magazine Presents Revenge of the Sunset Strip featuring KENNA

The eldest son of an immigrant family relocated to Virginia Beach, Kenna began to express an interest in music upon receiving a copy of U2′s The Joshua Tree. More records by influential artists such as The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, The Cure and The Cars followed, and remain as inspiration and influence of Kenna’s music today. His debut album, New Sacred Cow, co-produced by Chad Hugo of The Neptunes, is difficult to place in a single genre, containing elements of electronica, synth pop, post rock, and house music. Two singles, “Sunday After You” and “Freetime” followed the release of the album; the music video of the latter, along with “Hell Bent”, appeared sporadically on MTV2.
His new release, Make Sure They See My Face, drops August 21st, 2007.

THE ROXY Show Dates:
Filter Magazine Presents Revenge of the Sunset Strip – July 19th 2007

Circus Diablo

Circus Diablo

As the brain child of incredibly talented musician, Billy Morrison, Circus Diablo came about. Circus Diablo is a hard/alternative rock band composed of former and present talent from The Cult, Fuel, Camp Freddy, and more. This is not your run of the mill side project. This is a group of musicians dedicated to getting their “voices” heard. In July 2007 their debut album will drop. We expect great things here.

THE ROXY Show Dates:

July 20th, 2007
w/ Bangkok Five, Dirty Harry

Boy Hits Car

Boy Hits Car

Made up of CRegg Rondell (Vocals & Acoustic 12 String Guitar), Dusty Hunt (Guitar), Bill Gower (Bass), and Drummer Johnny Ransom, former Wind-UP Records recording artists BOY HITS CAR are known for playing the sickest, loveliest, ugliest, prettiest, most beautiful, melodic, heartfelt music that the band dubs “LoveCore”. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2001 and included the hit single “I’m a Cloud.”

These Los Angeles natives have toured with System of a Down, Incubus, Papa Roach, and Flyleaf to name a few, and were featured on the 2001 SnoCore Tour, as well as a few dates on the ’06 SnoCore tour w/Seether and Shinedown. Haven gained a reputation of having one of the most powerful and captivating live shows, the boys have also made their way through Europe on their own headlining tours and played main stage slots at European festivals such as Reading and Leeds in England and Germany’s Rock Am Rink and Rock Im Park, to name a few.

Their new album “The Passage”, (self-financed/co. produced), features the single ‘Escape the World’, which was added to Atlanta’s most cutting edge modern rock radio station, 105.3 ‘The Buzz’, and without the help of any record company, managed to climb to #2 as the most requested song!!! When you hear track 3 off “The Passage”, (officially released stateside in summer of 2006 through Rock Ridge Music), you’ll see why…

THE ROXY show dates:

JUNE 15th 2007

Grant-Lee Phillips

Grant-Lee Phillips

Grant-Lee Phillips is best known as the voice and vision of the critically acclaimed group Grant Lee Buffalo. Soon after the band’s 1993 debut album “Fuzzy” was on the shelves they headed for Europe, it was there that the band had it’s first taste of commercial and critical success. Soon, they found themselves headlining large venues and playing every major festival, touring at a dizzying pace.

At home a strong fan base was forming seeded by some of popular music’s greatest names, and soon these band’s offered Grant Lee Buffalo opening slots on major tours. Grant Lee Buffalo went on the road with REM, Pearl Jam and The Smashing Pumpkins to name just a few. It was this incessant touring that earned Grant-Lee Buffalo a devoted following both in the States and abroad.

Meanwhile, Grant-Lee Phillips’ searching, sometimes political songwriting continues to evolve well after the release of four major albums. The singer-songwriter has always moved restlessly, beginning with the mercurial acoustic-fuzz driven ballads of “Fuzzy,” to the moody cinematic “Mighty Joe Moon” in ‘94 which yielded the classic single “Mockingbirds.” From the diverse orchestral labyrinth of “Copperopolis” in ‘96 to the celebrational swan song of “Jubilee,” which brought with it the widely successful gem “Truly, Truly.”

After being voted best male vocalist of ‘95 by Rolling Stone magazine, he was heralded by fans and critics alike as being both a visionary and one of the most important songwriters of his generation. Known for his sweepingly cinematic forum that are both profoundly insightful and casually poetic his music continues on in this tradition.

In 1999 after many tumultuous changes at Warner Brothers both the band and the company had reached an impasse. Shortly after a long tour of duty in Australia promoting Jubilee word circulated that Phillips would continue on alone, while the fate of Grant Lee Buffalo would remain open. It was during this time that a mutual agreement was found, Warners would not pick up the option if Phillips wanted to go elsewhere and so he packed his bags and looked forward to the future.

Currently, Phillips is busy in Los Angeles playing to rapidly sold out shows at Largo. During these performances he has been showcasing new songs and approaches. His recent material carries the same depth and insight as his previous work but with added vibrancy and a new experimental edge. A bonus to Phillips solo engagements has been the exposure of a deeply human side, a unique, off beat sense of humor and love of spontaneity that might have been lost in the echo of mammoth venues.

THE ROXY show dates:

JUNE 8th 2007

If You Don’t Know, Now You Know…

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Hip-hop was still a fresh phenomenon when Vursatyl and Jumbo of Lifesavas met in Portland, Oregon, in the mid-Eighties. “People would tell me, ‘There’s another cat in town that dresses like you,’” recalls Vursatyl. “We were both wearing fat laces in our shoes, big bubble vests and goggles year-round. There were only a handful of us.” After spending the Nineties releasing material on their own label, Lifesavas dropped Spirit in Stone in 2003, on Quannum. But it’s their follow-up, Gutterfly, that should put them over the top. “We put it all on the table with this album,” says Vursatyl. “Who knows what will come after this?”

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Strange Fruit Project

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Andre Legacy & Dirt Nasty

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Now On

Hip-Hop lovers the world over have been inundated by cynics who think they’re part of a dying art form. On the contrary, the members of Now On are leading a rebirth of the very fundamentals that defined Hip-Hop thirty years ago: originality, voice, culture and of course, entertainment. In fusing and confusing this elemental barometer, Now On emerges with a grimy freshness unseen or heard to date. Consisting of emcees IX Lives (son of Larry “Squirrel” Demps of the legendary Dramatics) and Jackson Perry formerly of Funktelligence, together with Haircut of Athletic Mic League (AML), Now On is set to make their tenure in the music industry the very definition of Def.

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