Exclusive Interview with James McCartney

THE ROXY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JAMES McCARTNEY
By: @brentXmendoza

Thursday, May 31, rock n’ roll royalty returns to the fabled Sunset Strip with Beatle progeny James McCartney. Having painstakingly crafted his own critically acclaimed and unique pop sound, McCartney has for years been patiently stowing away musical gems, until he felt both the music, and a career as a solo artist, were ready to stand on their own merits.

Retrace this road to solo stardom, as the humble and heartfelt scion of Sir Paul speaks about the personal stories behind his songs, his off-duty hobbies and embracing his legendary lineage.

You didn’t release your first solo material until 2010? Why wait so long?

Well honestly, I just wanted to wait until I had the strongest possible collection of songs before introducing them to everyone. And I wanted to do this in the right way; so I waited until I felt both the music and myself were ready.

I would imagine you would be pretty stressed/apprehensive about releasing your own solo material given your lineage? Do you worry or care much about “expectations?”

I’m not really… I mostly want to enjoy letting it all happen as much as possible, and then just be who I am. I like to embrace the connections to my family and my lineage, without either running towards it, or running away from it.

Tell us about the track “I Love You Dad.” Is there a particular story behind it?

Well my dad had just written “Dance Tonight,” and he’d been playing a lot of mandolin. He gave me a mandolin for Christmas, and I loved it and started playing it a lot. I was walking around my kitchen and playing this riff––quite like he’s doing in the video for that song in fact––and I was thinking of my dad. That riff became the basis for the song. In some ways, it’s a bit like my own version of his song “Here Today” in that I was trying to say something very heartfelt to him, in the same way he does to John in his song.

When you’re not playing music, what do you like to do in your spare time? What are your non-music related hobbies?

Meditation is a big part of my life, and I often do work with the David Lynch Foundation. I also love painting, sculpture and reading. Recently I did something really fun… I did some voice-over work for a cool animated feature called The Beach Chronicles, which was an official selection at the Miami Film Festival this year. That was great!

This is your second show on The Sunset Strip. Does this area hold any significance for you personally?

Oh, just great memories mostly… hanging out with my family, Jeff Lynne (ELO), Dave Grohl. Yeah, I love L.A.

What are you most proud of in your life?

Of being a songwriter, of writing songs. I really love this new song I just wrote in fact…

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Tickets for this show with The Rambles and DJ Dayle are on sale via Ticketweb.

Sweet Reggae Relief

KROQ Locals Only Showcase & Sweet Relief present Seedless, Zen Robbi, Ease Up, Katastro, and HB Surround Sound on May 24 in conjunction with Can a Brother Get A Kidney!

Sweet Relief provides assistance to career musicians in need of making ends meat while in the face of illness, disability, and age-related problems. They work with every genre of music to provide grants for musicians who can’t handle some of life’s most basic necessities. This show is going to be a great fundraiser to help our favorite people behind the music cope. Listen to all the bands below and come out to this great event!

Seedless
Band Page by Seedless

Zen Robbi

Ease Up

Katastro

HB Surround Sound

Tickets are available via Ticketweb.

Sunset Boulevard – The American Dream Machine

Sunset Boulevard – a curving slice of American romance running from the rough edges of East LA through the music of Hollywood, past the riches of Beverly Hills and ending at the Pacific Ocean. It is a famous stretch of 22 miles that has attracted American dreamers of all walks of life, hoping to make it big. “Sunset Boulevard,” airing as a special edition of “20/20,” reveals some of the riveting stories and pivotal moments in the make-it or break-it world of this American dream machine, including:

• the farm kid turned hot shot gossip columnist partying with the hippest stars, who reveals on camera those with whom he allegedly did drugs
• the starry eyed new band named “Queen Caveat” on the brink of success or burn out
• the young war veteran turned aspiring actor haunted by his past, determined to make this his moment
• the teenagers at Hollywood High – once a school for nurturing Hollywood talent and royalty like Judy Garland, now a last chance for some of LA’s toughest kids
• the Hollywood beauty turned runaway, dying to be loved, her body dumped off Sunset, and, in a gripping police investigation, her killer caught on tape.

Hosted by Jay Schadler, the special includes interviews with Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Mickey Rourke, Alice Cooper and Hugh Hefner, all featured in the recent documentary “Sunset Strip The Movie.” Lou Adler, owner of the famed Roxy Theatre nightclub, and his son Nic, who currently runs it, are both interviewed and allowed ABC unprecedented access on and off stage to the Sunset Strip’s most legendary and influential music venue.

“Sunset Boulevard” airs on SATURDAY, APRIL 21 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. The two-hour broadcast also features original music.

Meet the dreamers of “Sunset Boulevard”.

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4/20 at The Roxy

Yup, the greener folks favorite holiday is right around the corner and we couldn’t resist throwing an awesome party. The B Foundation, Meet Me At The Pub, Bad Apples, The Fudogs, Oceanside Sound System and KROQ Locals Only will be making the evening more than memorable with us this Friday.

The B Foundation are no strangers to The Roxy’s stage and this show is guaranteed to be one for the books. These surf rockers have played with Slightly Stoopid, The Expendables, Fishbone, and Voodoo Glow Skulls, to name a few. KROQ is currently spinning their track “Too Damn Tough” that you can listen to below:

Too Damn Tough by The b Foundation

Meet Me At The Pub:

The Fudogs

Oceanside Sound System

Tickets for the party are available via Ticketweb. Don’t miss this, it’s gonna be a good one!

Tower of Protest to Return to The Sunset Strip

In 1966, the United States was a turbulent state and The Sunset Strip was right at the middle of the Los Angeles counterculture movement. There were protests of the Vietnam War, fights for civil rights, and youth culture was influencing the world in a whole new way. A Los Angeles group of artists collaborated with famed sculptor Mark D Suvero to build “The Artists’ Tower of Protest” as a sign of their opposition to the Vietnam War and a plea for peace and love.

Flash to 2012 and the United States is in a very similar state. Opinions are divided on war, politics, and we’re fighting yet another civil rights battle. As part of the Pacific Standard Time project currently happening in Los Angles, a new Tower of Protest is to be built on The Sunset Strip. This is a monumental time in Los Angeles history and an even better time to focus on the art happening here and now.

The new Peace Tower is set to be created at the James Lot across the street from The Roxy and there is an open call for artist participation. LAxART invites artists to create their own 2′ x 2′ panel to express their individual opposition to the way things are today. Each panel must be no thicker than 3/4″, waterproof and grommet holes must be present in each corner to install. Email peacetower2012@gmail.com if you play to participate and you must have your panel to LAxART by January 13.

For more information visit LAxART.

“Tower of Protest” is brought to you by LAxART, The Getty, and The City of West Hollywood.

Mickey’s XXXMas

Mickey Avalon is here for his Merry XXXmas show on December 17 and we want you to win a pair of tickets! All you have to do is answer this question:

If Mickey Avalon had a Christmas album, what would the name be?

Tweet your answer @TheRoxy & @MickeyAve with #MickeyXXXMas or post it on The Roxy’s Facebook page to enter.

Winners will be announced on December 13. Post away & get creative (make an album cover for extra brownie points), think outside the box. Most interesting answer wins!

NYE: Battle Love Royale

Battle Love Royale with Semi Precious Weapons vs. Warner Drive on New Year’s Eve!

2011 was by far the year of Semi Precious Weapons & Warner Drive at The Roxy and we couldn’t think of a better way to spend New Year’s Eve than a showdown with the ultimate Sunset Strip crew.

Semi Precious Weapons weighing in at 4 members, these guys aren’t afraid to get in your face and blind you with glitter and filth. Their dirty glam style has won over the hearts of a worldwide audience, including the ultimate sensation Lady Gaga. Semi Precious Weapons will knock your musical expectations out the water and do it in multi-pattern cargo pants and custom Stuart Weitzman’s.

Warner Drive weighs in at 5 members, 4 guys and 1 girl that will tear apart your punk rock dreams. These rockers will kick their dirty, 10 year old Chuck Taylor’s higher than you’ve ever seen and wipe the floor with their sweaty bandanas. Following the reigns of bands like CKY, Warner Drive are the next rock & roll super stars.

Also participating in the event’s festivities:

Beta Wolf

Benvenue

Benvenue – Be Your Own by theroxytheatre

Open Air Stereo

Open Air Stereo – It’s Too Late by theroxytheatre

Tickets are on sale now with VIP options! VIP includes a custom NYE mystery party pack and you must be 21+ to purchase the VIP tickets.

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Shack Up with Western States Motel

LA’s Western States Motel have booked a residency at On the Rox every Tuesday in November!

We can’t help but connect their sound to that of a classic Paul Simon track with a modern twist that sounds like it would fit seamlessly on the soundtrack to Garden State. Too old to reference? Maybe, but it works. Anyway, this residency is a really special one and our friends at KROQ Locals Only will be presenting.

The Western States Motel – Country And Western Song by RS MARKETING

Each week features different local openers:

November 15: Francisco The Man
Francisco the Man – Broken Arrows by buzzbands

November 22: The World Record
The World Record “Runolf & Mary” by tadpoleaudioFTW

November 29: The Californian
Sea Of Love – EP by The Californian

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This residency is free & 21+. Dates are November 8, 15, 22, 29 with doors at 8:30 each night.

Q&A with The Knux

5 QUESTIONS WITH THE KNUX
By: Brent X Mendoza

Refugees from Hurricane Katrina, brothers Krispy and Joey Lindsey, better known as The Knux, have been calling L.A. their home for the past five years. Now set to release their sophomore effort entitled “Eraser,” the critically acclaimed duo is poised to introduce the world to one of the few truly original sounds to emerge from a long progression of new millennia blasé.

This Sunday, September 25 catch this arena bound band at their record release party as they debut tracks from their new album two days before its release. Until then, catch up with the brothers Krispy and Joey, as they fill us in on all their latest “knucklehead” antics.

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Tell us about the new album “Eraser.” How does one avoid the so-called “sophomore slump?”

Krispy: Keep doin’ what the fuck we wanna do! We’re not influenced by the outside world – so we’re not worried about things like that. We’re very different guys coming together, and we have a great balance. We’re able to keep creating progressive pop music without outside constraints.

Joey: Our label Cherry Tree allow us to be very free as Martin (label founder Martin Kierszenbaum) is a fan of us as a whole, and that feels positive.

Looks like there are a number of collaborations on the new record. Besides those artists, who would be your dream collaboration, and what sort of musical direction would the song take?

Krispy: We met Trent Reznor at a Jane’s Addiction listening party and he’s probably one of our biggest influences as a programmer and producer. So Trent would be a highpoint for sure. Now in our late 20’s, we find ourselves going back to what we were influenced by as teenagers; and his music from the 90′s still holds strong to this day.

What was the recording process like working with producer Robert Orton (three-time Grammy Award winning mix engineer)? What did you learn?

Krispy: For someone so accomplished, Rob is a very easy person to work with. Ideas flow smoothly through and from him… He has a process that I really appreciate.

Also working with my bro who’s so scatterbrained, it’s nice to have someone with a mathematical process. I learned so much more about compression and effects- mainly how to use reverbs and delays together in ways I would have never thought about before.

Better song: A) “Beautiful Liar” (Beyoncé/Shakira), B) “Maniac” (Michael Sembello), or C) “The Eraser (Thom Yorke)? And did any of these inspire songs of the same title on the new record?

Joey: None of these records inspired the album, but damn, “The Eraser” is an incredible fucking song! We were just listening to Thom Yorke on my Youtube playlist when we were in Ireland. Benny, our DJ, got depressed.

Everyone has a great story about a night out on Bourbon Street. Anything you’re legally
allowed to share?

Krispy: Too many stories, too many drinks [laughter]…

Joey: Fuckin’ Bourbon Street..! Locals only go to Bourbon to catch tourists slippin’.

Krispy: We’d rather share a story live from THE ROXY this Sunday!

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The Knux take the stage here at The Roxy Theatre this Sunday, September 25. Doors open late at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are only $13.50.
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PushMethod at The Roxy

Saturday July 30 PushMethod is in Los Angeles with 28 North!

This band just released their new album full of pop inspired hip-hop and you can hear the first single “Get Lost” here.

28 North is out of Pittsburgh, PA. These guys have a classic rock/blues sound reminiscent of The Gaslight Anthem, if they were around in the 90s. Their self titled album has reached radio stations across the entire United States and have played at CMJ & SXSW.

Pixikill, The Standard Affiliates, and Plead the Fifth round off the night. For more info on the show click here.

Catch Up with Ky-Mani Marley

5 QUESTIONS WITH KY-MANI MARLEY
By: Brent X Mendoza

Thursday, July 21 reggae chart-topper Ky-Mani Marley will bring his world tour to our humble abode here at The Roxy Theatre. Doing his father’s legacy proud, Marley has made quite a dynamic career for himself not only as a musician, but also as an actor, and an internationally recognized humanitarian/human rights advocate.

Currently at work on a brand new double album, Marley is certainly showing no signs of slowing down as he continues to blaze trails in the music world and beyond.

You’re currently working on your fourth studio album. What can we look forward to? How would you say your music has evolved over your career?

My new album Evolution of a Revolution will be a double album, the “Revolution” side of the album will be a follow up to my last album Radio and the “Evolution” side will show how I have evolved.

It will show a somewhat softer side. It will be comprised of more universal music; music that I would like to think speaks to the heart and soul of all. I like to say it will be an album where reggae meets the rest of the world.

As a youth, you were a bit of jock, playing soccer and other sports. Have you been following the Women’s World Cup at all?

Unfortunately being on the road hasn’t allowed me the opportunity to follow Women’s World Cup.

Of all your philanthropic/humanitarian endeavors, which are you most proud of? Can you recall one singular defining moment in your life where you felt like you truly made a difference in the world?

Wow! I can’t recall one particular moment that stands out… but I do think that one thing that did impact me was summer of last year: Through my organization Love Over All Foundation (LOAF), we did some renovations to a school in my hometown of Falmouth, and the parents and most of the community came out to help. I was overwhelmed by the number of people that came out to contribute without having to be asked.

Besides annoying interview questions, what are the drawbacks of being the progeny of reggae royalty?

[Laughter] At times because of my last name people have preconceived notions of who I am or who I should be. I can only be me.

Your film résumé seems to be coming along nicely. Any new projects in the works? Has leaning the craft of acting had any influence at all on your music?

I don’t think acting has influenced my music, but I do have a few scripts that I am reviewing now.

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Ky-Mani Marley takes the stage Thursday, July 21 along with Gramps Morgan, Arise Roots, Bodhi Rock, and DJ I & I Sound. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Art + Music = MUSEing

Art + Music = MUSEing at LACMA w/ Saint Motel & The Silent Comedy
7/7/2011
By: Trina Green

Ladies and gentlemen, the summer is here…upon us like a fine sheen of sweat on our sexy skin. You like that visual? Yeah, us too.

It’s official: museums are fun! Especially when there’s a summer music series involved. Oh yes, it’s a beautiful thing here in LA because it’s an opportunity to celebrate visual art and auditory tunes, things that many of us love above and beyond reason. Thursday night kicked off the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Muse Concert Series in conjunction with the Tim Burton exhibit (holy vroom, vroom Batman!) and it was a hella blast.

With a stage set in front of the lit and luminous piece “Urban Light” by Chris Burden, Muse paid homage to art and the thriving and lively music scene of Southern California. One museum, one stage, two bad ass bands equaled bringing some high quality and unique versions of common genres to new eyes and ears. Saint Motel and The Silent Comedy just jumped off their co-headlining Summer Sweat Tour and stop #3 was here at LACMA.

Folk music has its place in the world and, more often than, not tends to soothe the spirit rather than raise the roof. Enter the San Diego quartet The Silent Comedy who are Joshua (vocals/bass), Jeremiah Zimmerman (piano/guitar/vocals), Chad Lee (drums/percussion), and Justin Buchanan (banjo/mandolin/guitar) who are all about kicking your musical ass with their incredible, must-be-seen-to-be-believed live show where they tell tales of the human condition and make your soul and body move in the process. It’s folk and it’s rock and it’s one of the best (and freshly unique) things to come on the music scene in years. Ever seen a dude head bang with a banjo? It’s epic on a whole other level. They were accompanied by the live painting from artist Mike Maxwell who prettied up Justin’s keyboard base. Now The Silent Comedy had a healthy number of fans in tow at LACMA and a fair crowd when their set kicked off, but approximately 1 1/2 songs in and that “fair” crowd grew deep with fascinated folks sucked into their sound, their feel, and retro aesthetic they project. That’s just how irresistible The Silent Comedy is and how they roll. And a finer dressed bunch of good-looking guys, you’d be hard pressed to find.

But wait, there’s more!

LA has no shortage of really good bands to choose from and Saint Motel sits high on the “Best” list and the ladies love them. Love them! They are AJ Jackson (guitar and vocals), Aaron Sharp (lead guitar), Dak Lerdamornpong (bass) and Greg Erwin (drums), all former film students and it was more than appropriate that they be a part of the inaugural Muse concert series because the nature of their powerhouse music and fiercely electric live shows is highly artistic an stimulating. Even though they were sans the full package and impact of their usual background imagery, they still created a sonic landscape that’s as visual as it is audible. Kicking off their set with the shamelessly pop nod towards hedonism “Do Everything Now”, the hands started clapping, the feet started dancing, and the museum was once again rocking. These Saint Motel guys are young bucks but they’re creativity and intelligence show through their badass musicianship and unconventional song structures. We dig what they do and even have to tip them for boldly going where not everyone dares to go: covering a song by The Who. The majority of the room may not have known the acid trip Saint Motel slipped under their tongue, but it was a playful and damned good version of “A Quick One While He’s Away” and if you felt even the faintest urge to do a guitar windmill, well then here’s a “m/” for you!

Good times, boys and girls.

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Collaboration Beer Garden

Summer is alive & well on The Sunset Strip and Saturday, July 9, we kick off the first Collaboration Craft Beer Garden in the lot across the street from The Roxy!

ColLAboration will present the event every Saturday in July. These guys are featured award winning members of LA’s craft beer industry. These gardens will create an amazing community event that has yet to be tapped on The Sunset Strip.

The event is 21+ and there is a $10 admission/ColLAboration membership fee. Beers range from $5-$6 and tickets can be purchased here. There will be street parking & lots open. The lot is at the corner of Hammond & Sunset between the 9000 building & the Hustler store.

Click here to RSVP.

LA Vegan Beer Fest

ROXY VEGAN BEER FESTIVAL
By: Brent X Mendoza

TOMORROW: Get your beer tasting on at The Roxy’s 2nd Annual Vegan Beer Festival. With over 40 craft beers, a half-dozen food trucks, and four kick ass bands, there will be enough excitement to send your vegan head spinning.

Helping us pre-game before tomorrow’s big day, we spoke with members of The Stripminers, The Silent Comedy, and The Mowgli’s, testing their knowledge of vegan beer, and testing their sampling memories. Here are the facts…

Any vegan band members? If so, how strict are you with your veganism?

Joshua Zimmerman (The Silent Comedy): My brother (Jeremiah Zimmerman) and I have been vegetarian for seventeen years, and vegan on-and-off for different sections of that time. Our parents are raw food vegans.

Matt Di Panni (The Mowgli’s): I tried going veggie once…I figured it wasn’t going to work out when I realized I wanted a cheeseburger tattooed on me.

Katie Earl (The Mowgli’s): No vegans… we probably would be, but there are no McVegan options on the McValue menu. This event is actually a great way to explore vegan options though, and it makes me realize that there are plenty of awesome alternatives.

What do you know about vegan beer? What kind of animal product would you imagine they put in beer?

Brett Anderson (The Stripminers): Hops come from bunnies, right?

Holland Greco (The Stripminers): I think most breweries put fish farts in beer. That’s an animal product, right? Thank goodness for vegan beer!

Paul Stinson (The Stripminers): I’m probably one of those people who thought that all beer was vegan before. I can’t really imagine what sort of animal might end up in beer, ick! Unless it’s deer; is there deer beer?

Joshua Zimmerman (The Silent Comedy): I know that some fish-derived products can be used in the filtration process of certain beers, but I am not exactly sure which beer companies are making vegan, or non-vegan, products. I have also heard that they add pink elephants to beer in volume, which seems to be a clear violation of veganism.

Most looking forward to sampling: Firestone Hemp Ale, Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball, Woodchuck Granny Apple Cider, or Dogfish Head’s Festina Peche (fermented with peaches)?

Holland Greco (The Stripminers): Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball, because Lagunitas made a few varieties of delicious Frank Zappa beer that I loved.

Joshua Zimmerman (The Silent Comedy): Dogfish Head always has interesting beers, so I am curious about the Festina Peche.

Mike Vincze (The Mowgli’s): I love the smell of fermented peaches in the morning!

Any good “beer goggles” stories?

Brett Anderson (The Stripminers): Doing dishes wasted is fun, but frequently they don’t look as shiny in the morning, much like people.

Paul Stinson (The Stripminers): I’ve actually had “beer contacts” specially made so I can keep them in all the time.

Joshua Zimmerman (The Silent Comedy): We have many, but probably none we should share in public.

Matt Di Panni (The Mowgli’s): I don’t go to Mexico anymore. That’s as much as I am willing to divulge.

Katie Earl (The Mowgli’s): Yeah, one time I was drunk and a bunch of boys asked me to join their band. Over a year later, here I am. Le sigh…

Most anxious to stuff your vegan face at: the Seabirds Truck (“O.C.’s Original Veggie Truck”), Fresh Fries Truck, Mandoline Grill Truck (Vietnamese cuisine), Dosa Truck (South Indian street food), Doomie’s (vegan taqueria), The Frankenstand (vegan sausage and franks), or Luscious Vegan Desserts?

Brett Anderson (The Stripminers): Doomie’s! Tacos are the best! And so many places won’t make veggie tacos, which makes no sense, so the history of exasperation, and the scarcity, increases the value even more.

Paul Stinson (The Stripminers): I think I’m gonna bring my Hairy Eyeball over to the Frankenstand and see what emerges.

Joshua Zimmerman (Silent Comedy): It’s got to be Frankenstand! There is nothing better than an awesome vegan sausage after some beers! Brings back good memories of the street-dogs in Seattle and Austin.

Katie Earl (The Mowgli’s): I’m all about the deserts so I’m stoked to try Luscious, but the Frankenstand looked and smelled awesome and so did Mandoline, so I might have to try it all!

Favorite L.A. vegan restaurant?

Brett Anderson (The Stripminers): Cafe Gratitude is an oasis, and Cru smells like heaven’s kitchen. Oh, and Sage is a future favorite.

Joshua Zimmerman (Silent Comedy): I’m a big fan of Native Foods. For a chain-restaurant, they make some really tasty dishes that feel like a lot of care is put into them.

Katie Earl (The Mowgli’s): Follow Your Heart in Canoga Park, CA. Amazing lasagna, even if you aren’t vegan, and great vegan milkshakes!

Who will be the first member of the band to go nuts with samples?

Holland Greco (The Stripminers): Paul Stinson because he’s so enthused about Vegan Beer!

Paul Stinson (The Stripminers): Not possible, we’re professionals

Joshua Zimmerman (Silent Comedy): Our alcohol tolerance is so high, I don’t think any of us will. But we will definitely have a designated driver taking us away from the show!

Mike Vincze (The Mowgli’s): Me or Katie? I am allergic to most alcohol, two drinks and I’m red as a tomato and twice as drunk as your uncle on New Years.

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The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer Fest will take place at The Roxy Theatre. Tickets will be available at the door and the event is 21+.
For more information & a full list of breweries click here.

Gettin’ Funky with Nikka

Nikka Costa is back at The Roxy June 23 and she is ready to make you shake your groove thang!

Her latest album Pro-Whoa! just came out June 21 so she’ll be breaking out all the hits and brand spankin’ new songs at this show. This highly anticipated new EP features the traditional Nikka funk we all know and love but adds a new pop sound that will have you singing “Nylons in a rip” for days.

Pro Whoa! can be streamed on Nikka’s Facebook page here

Come prepared, if you’ve seen her here before, you know things get sweaty and that’s how we like it!

Opening for Nikka is rock-pop LA band Capra and the soul inspired Allen Stone.

From now until the show, buy 5 or more tickets from The Roxy box office at 310-278-9457 and get a limited edition Nikka poster FREE!

For more information on the show click here.

Sunset Strip Music Fest 2011

The Sunset Strip Music Festival is officially rolling out August 18-20, 2011 and here we have the official lineup just for you!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18

House of Blues

Tribute to Mötley Crüe

Key Club

Uriah Heep

Neon Max
Souljourners
Oh So Wild

Viper Room

The Veronicas

The Tender Box
Run Run Run

Whisky A Go-Go

The Faceless

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

The Roxy

Buckcherry

Key Club

Dredg

Whisky A Go-Go

Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors

Zen Rising
Kathryn Gallagher

Viper Room

Eli James

Taylor Locke & The Roughs
Lady Sinatra

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20:
STREET FESTIVAL

OUTDOOR STAGES

Mötley Crüe

Bush

Matt & Kim

Public Enemy

Cobra Starship

The Dirty Heads

Escape The Fate

She Wants Revenge

Tribal Seeds

Black Veil Brides

INDOOR STAGES

The Roxy Theatre

Kill The Complex
Queen Caveat
Sabrosa Purr
Letlive
Jordan Cook
Chappo
Imagine Dragons
The Limousines
The Expanders
Warner Drive
Semi Precious Weapons‘ Empire with Special Guests

Key Club

Voxhaul Broadcast
Pigeon John
Deluka
Youngblood Hawke
Indians
Vampires Everywhere!
Kozmonaut
Felix Cartal
Harvard Bass
Deathface
BONES

Whisky A Go-Go

Motochrist
London
Demolition
Motorcycle Boy
All Hail The Yeti
Soulbleed
Desecrate
DC4
Dylan Nash
Haunted By Heroes
School of Rock
Blowing Up The Moon
Acidic
The Lost Patrol
Romantic Torture
Whiskey Six
Bolt Action Thrill
Key To Chaos
Electra
Divinity Roxx & special celebrity guests
Whisky A Go-Go Girls
Betty Moon
Black Vinyl
Kokopelli

More bands still to be added so keep checking back for updates to the lineup!

Visit SSMF.com for more information on the 4th Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival

An Appointment With Dr. Octagon

The Ultramagnetic MC, Kool Keith plays December 5 with King Fantastic, J*DaVeY, and Le Vice.

Kool Keith has been making rhymes since 1984 and has gone by enough names to make your head spin. His real name is Keith Matthew Thorton. He was was one of the founding members of Ultramagnetic MCs. After their second and third albums flopped, he released the solo album “Earth People” in 1995 under the name Dr. Octagon. He followed up his first solo album as Dr. Octagonecologyst and then released his third solo album “Sex Style” as Kool Keith. Got it? Ok, let’s keep going. In 1998 he released the album “First Come, First Served” where Dr. Octagon was killed off in the first track making way for Dr. Dooom. Dr. Dooom then became Black Elvis the following year with the album of the same name.

In 2002 came “The Ressurection of Dr. Octagon.” The year after he formed the group KHM and changed their name to The Claiborne Family by their second release. The album “Nogatco Rd.” came in April 2006 under the name Mr. Nogatco. Later that year the official follow up to Dr. Octagonecologyst came with “The Return of Dr. Octagon.”

Whew. Wrap your brain around that and let’s keep calling him Kool Keith.

Keith is on a search for the hottest female DJ to tour with him in 2011. Bring your CD or video to the show and you might be selected to tour with Dr. Octagon, Black Elvis, himself next year!

King Fantastic

Why? Where? What? from King Fantastic on Vimeo.

J*DaVeY

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Le Vice

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Doors open at 8:30 and tickets can be purchased through our box office at 310-278-9457 or online here.

Review: Street Drum Corps

STREET DRUM CORPS’ BIG NOISE
By: Brent X Mendoza


Photo: TDUB

Tuesday, November 23 Street Drum Corps performed the second show of their four date engagement at The Roxy Theatre. Midway through their residency, the L.A. based collective is continuing to draw bigger and bigger crowds as word spreads about their impressive, percussive performances and roster of special guests.

Formed by rock drummers Bobby Alt (S.T.U.N., Faculty X), Adam Alt (Circus Minor), and Frank Zummo (The Start) the trio has quickly built a name for themselves touring as part of Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution, the Van’s Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, and 30 Seconds to Mars’ Into The Wild Tour.

With a resume like this under their belt, there could be no skimping on production when bringing a theatric performance of this magnitude to Hollywood. Fans of SDC came expecting a show and that’s exactly what they got.

Big Noise began with exactly that; a bang, as the curtain opened revealing a dramatic scene of what looked like some post-apocalyptic, industrial wasteland. Three full size drum kits littered the stage, along with graffitied oil drums and numerous video monitors, whose synchronized visuals set the mood for the night’s continuously shifting players and ever evolving rhythms.

Playing a hybrid of punk meets rave style electronica, the beats over the course of the performance swelled and grew increasingly intense and intricate as the group incorporated more and more of their homemade industrial noisemakers; at one point even utilizing participants from the audience to help support props such as pipes and trash can lids.

Sparks literally flew as the night wore on and the trio was joined on stage by numerous celebrity percussionists that included Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Tony Hajjar (At The Drive In/Sparta), and John Sawicki (STOMP); all of which thrilled the audience doing what they do best, showing off their skilled sense of timing and rhythm.

With only two shows left in their residency, don’t miss Street Drum Corps’ Big Noise when they return on Tuesday, Nov 30 and December 7. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are a wallet friendly $10.

Welcome To GuitarTown!

THE SUNSET STRIP AND GIBSON GUITAR ANNOUNCE GUITARTOWN
Credit: The SSBA

Public arts project will showcase The Strip and Unify Businesses
West Hollywood, Calif (June 17, 2010) The Sunset Strip and Gibson Guitar announced the launch of GuitarTown, a public arts project that will feature more than 25 ten-foot tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model guitars strategically placed on the legendary Sunset Strip in West Hollywood beginning in August, 2010. The oversized Gibson guitar sculptures will be created by local and nationally acclaimed visual artists and placed along the 1.6-mile Sunset Strip in front of the boulevard’s landmarks and businesses, including the Whisky A Go-Go, The Roxy Theatre and Sunset Marquis.

Each guitar sculpture will celebrate a musician, personality or artist unique to The Sunset Strip’s history and Gibson Guitar.

The project will unite The Sunset Strip’s art, music and business communities and will later raise funds for numerous charitable organizations. GuitarTown Sunset Strip is set to open to the public in mid-August, prior to the third annual Sunset Strip Music Festival (August 26-28).

The GuitarTown Sunset Strip project will also showcase the recently “renovated” Sunset Strip, which is undergoing a beautification project that includes a more pedestrian-friendly experience on the boulevard.

“We are very excited about Gibson GuitarTown coming to The Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. GuitarTown is a perfect way for us to celebrate the creative heritage of The Sunset Strip. It allows us to celebrate art and our rock and roll roots,” noted West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “We look forward to welcoming Gibson GuitarTown to West Hollywood.”

“Like Gibson Guitar, The Sunset Strip is legendary. It’s also responsible for launching the careers of some of the world’s greatest musicians,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “We are so pleased to be part of The Sunset Strip project and look forward to hosting GuitarTown in what will surely strike a chord with everyone who visits The Sunset Strip.”

The guitars will complete a “tour” of The Strip and then be sold at a Gala Auction, with all proceeds benefiting nonprofit organizations and charities. Similar projects hosted by Gibson Guitar and Epiphone raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity and took place in Nashville, Austin, London, Orlando and Miami. The Sunset Strip GuitarTown project will be administered through the Gibson Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Gibson Guitar Corp., which is dedicated to improving the quality of life through its support of the arts, education, health & welfare and environmental causes.

“GuitarTown is a perfect fit for The Strip. It celebrates the iconic rock heritage while also looking to the future—which includes the Sunset Strip Music Festival coming up in August,” said West Hollywood Councilmember Lindsey Horvath. “We are amped for GuitarTown because it’s also a terrific way to show off the immense improvements we’ve made to The Sunset Strip.”

A call for artists was distributed and an announcement of selected artists will be made in July. For GuitarTown artist application information, visit http://thesunsetstrip.com/artistcall.

About Gibson Guitar
Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul guitar is the best selling guitar of all time and bears the name of the late, great Les Paul. Gibson’s HD.6X-PRO Digital Guitar, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson’s Dark Fire and the new Gibson Dusk Tiger represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in over 70 years. The Gibson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Gibson Guitar Corp., and dedicates its time and services to making the place a better world for children through its support of music, education, health and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazo, Michigan, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com

About The Sunset Strip
The Sunset Strip is a 1.3 mile stretch along Sunset Boulevard that runs through the heart of West Hollywood. From its beginning as an unregulated “strip” of land along Sunset Boulevard outside Los Angeles’ city limits, The Sunset Strip has served as a notorious entertainment destination for celebrities, tourists and California residents. It is an iconic locale where fashion, music, architecture and a unique history combine. The Sunset Strip has birthed countless music and entertainment careers, and it continues to blaze its own path as a leading destination with a vibrant and entertaining landscape made up of more than 150 restaurants, shops, nightclubs and hotels. The Sunset Strip became part of the City of West Hollywood when it was incorporated in 1984. For more information about The Sunset Strip, please visit www.thesunsetstrip.com.

FIVE QUESTIONS WITH MIKE BELIVEAU OF CRASH KINGS

FIVE QUESTIONS WITH MIKE BELIVEAU OF CRASH KINGS
By: Brent X Mendoza

1) What’s your most memorable show at The Roxy, either as a performer or a spectator?

The Roxy let me book a whole night there once and it actually did pretty well. I think we brought in over 200 people that night. I booked my friend’s bands, as well as Crash Kings of course, and it turned into a big party.

2) Better TV show from “1985”, Miami Vice or Who’s The Boss?

Who’s The Boss for sure! I’ve had a little crush on Alyssa Milano since I was a kid.

3) Crash Kings was signed by superstar songwriter/producer Linda Perry; which of her collaborators is most likely to make a guest appearance on your next record Christina Aguilera, Pink, or Gwen Stefani?

Most likely? I’d have to say Gwen Stefani, even though that still seems like a stretch. I went through a bit of a ska faze when I was in high school listening to bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (drummer went to my high school), Ska Voovie and The Epitones, and Fishbone. I always loved Gwen’s voice too.

4) Better “Mountain Man”, Paul Bunyan or the Brawny Paper Towel guy?

The Brawny dude didn’t roll around with a big blue ox, so Paul Bunyan wins hands down.

5) So you guys are a local LA band, have any thoughts on East Coast vs. West Coast?

Actually Tony and I are much more East Coast than West Coast and Jason is from Texas. My brother Tony and I are from Boston. East Coasters know how to tell you you’re a dick (all the while being one) and West Coasters know how to never return your phone calls even when you just want to tell them you love them. The East Coast has about two months of nice weather a year and the West Coast is nice all year. The East Coast is chock-full of super talented artists that are all broke and the West Coast is filled with a bunch of wealthy people with big houses who care less if they have talent or not – they’re rich!

Sea You There

One of the true indie darlings of 2009 are taking the stage next week – and we cannot wait to see them live. We’ve been hearing the buzz from the Eastsiders for a while – and they are even featured on everyone’s favorite soundtrack (‘Twilight’ of course!). Check it next week, along with our local favs Chasing Kings and Amaad Wasif. KROQ Locals Only never fails!

KROQ Locals Only December 17, 2009

No Need To Decide

Worried you can’t make the MOE show AND watch the Lakers game tonight? Have no fear! Come hang out pre-show at The Rainbow (conveniently right next door, no need to re-park) – watch the game for a bit, then head over to the show! Problem solved! Tickets are getting slim for both moe. shows – so give us a ring sooner than later! Go Lakers!!

Moe May 27 and 28, 2009

Crazy For Coachella

At The Roxy, we’re huge Coachella fans. Sweet bands and sunshine leaves us with little room to complain. It’s always a cool experience to check out bands we’ve had on our stage – that are now ready to win over an even bigger crowd at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival. There is quite a few on the weekend bill that have wooed us at The Roxy before – we’re rooting for you!
Some of our alumni include: The Ting Tings, Crystal Castles, The Airborne Toxic Event, Peanut Butter Wolf, Alberta Cross, Steve Aoki, MSTRKRFT, TRVSDJAM, Peter Bjorn and John, Clipse, & K’Naan!