Now Serving: Stumptown Coffee

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We are so happy to announce that The Roxy is now serving Stumptown Coffee!

As Portland based coffee roasters, Stumptown began in 1999 and have managed to stay with the same company ideals since. Each step of the coffee process is carefully looked after from the plant itself down to providing intense education for baristas and it’s this attention to detail that makes us proud to carry this new brand.

Out of their many blends, we are currently serving the crowd favorite “Hair Bender” which will give you enough umph to last through any show. Or to get you enough energy to make that long drive home after 3 hours of sweating and singing your heart out. Hair Bender is a complex blend featuring coffee from all three of the major growing regions; Latin America, East Africa and Indonesia. Grab a cup next time you’re in house! :D

Hair BenderPhoto: Courtesy of Stumptown Coffee Roasters

A Special Conversation with Clive Davis

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To mark the publication of his new autobiography, The Soundtrack of My Life (Simon & Schuster; February 19, 2013), Clive Davis joins The Roxy Theatre on March 21st from 6-8pm for a behind the scenes of his incredible life orchestrating careers, creating stars and building musical empires several times over, taking us behind the scenes with fascinating anecdotes about some of the most talented musicians of the last sixty years.

Davis’ career has spanned more than forty years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and hosted the world’s highest profile parties.

The Q&A will be moderated by Tom Sturges.

Proceeds from this special event will benefit MusiCares®, a nonprofit organization established by The Recording Academy® in 1989, to help music people in need and is presented in part by the Los Angeles Chapter of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

The Roxy has always been a destination for Clive Davis to showcase his “artist on the verge” and we couldn’t be more excited to host this very special Q&A.

Tickets are on sale now and each sold comes with a copy of “The Soundtrack of My Life”.

ClubRox 2013 Now Open

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January 1, 2013 will initiate the fourth year of The Roxy Theatre’s annual membership, CLUBROX. Started in 2009, Clubrox is a membership to a limited number of purchasers providing access to most ticketed events throughout the year. Membership perks also include nightly discounted drinks, VIP access (on select shows), additional guests (on select shows), front of the line access (on limited shows), early announcement on shows, and a limited edition membership card. For the first time ever, 2013 members will receive limited edition custom merchandise strictly created for Clubrox. 2013 will notably be The Roxy’s 40th anniversary. In anticipation of this anniversary we expect the shows to be as spectacular if not more as the great shows and events in 2012; The Transplants, The Wanted, Ghost, Hot Chelle Rae, Madeon, Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, Lisa Marie Presley, McFly, Lindsey Stirling, Birdy, Peter Murphy, X, She Wants Revenge, Blaqk Audio, Vegan Beer Fest, Camp Freddy and more.

ClubRox has become a tight knit community and justly become part of The Roxy family. Here is what some of their seasoned members have to say about it:

“Roxy is consistently one of the best clubs in Hollywood and LA for that matter, they have the most professional staff, best sound and book only the highest quality acts! I can’t recommend the Roxy and ClubRox enough! And they even have the awesome grilled cheese sandwich of the month!!!!” – Frank, member since 2009

“I’ve been going to shows ever since I was 14 years old all across the West Coast, and really have a great respect for what venues have to do to put on a great concert. It requires good sound, a professional attitude towards the bands, and a comfortable atmosphere for fans like me to enjoy the music. With ClubRox, I’m at the Roxy on a weekly basis, and I can honestly say I feel welcome, comfortable, and am always able to enjoy the show. They do a great job here and I always recommend the club to friends who are looking for a good time.” -Chris, member since 2009

“As ClubRox members for the past 3 years, my husband Chris and I have enjoyed countless shows, and the annual membership fees have more than paid for themselves! We’ve had fun checking out new bands we probably would have never seen otherwise, and we’ve been lucky to see some very well-known acts up close and personal at The Roxy. The benefits of ClubRox are pretty awesome…VIP treatment, front of the line access at sold out shows, a chance to know the amazing and friendly Roxy staff and to become a part of the Roxy family, lower-priced drink specials, and rockin’ live music. One thing I love is that when we don’t have plans on any given night, we can always head to The Roxy on a whim (though it’s always good to get on the list ahead of time) and we’re guaranteed to have a good time!” – Carly, member since 2009

For information on pricing and to sign up click here and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Exclusive: New Queen Caveat Video

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Queen Caveat, the hard-hitting, explosive Los Angeles-based rock band led by powerfully expressive singer Lauren Little, is closing out a momentous 2012 with the release of their new song and music video, “Mr. California” and we have the exclusive!

The video was shot in our four walls and watching this band explode this year has been nothing short of an incredible pleasure. For the band, 2012 included break through network television exposure on ABC TV’s 20-20 episode, “Sunset Boulevard”, their sophomore EP release, “Slap on the Wrist,” extensive national touring and the honor to be named in Music Connection Magazines Hot 100 Unsigned Artists list for 2012.

Watch “Mr. California” below!

Download “Mr. California” on iTunes or Amazon.

Tweet & Taste with Kyle Hollingsworth

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Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of The String Cheese Incident, will bring his Hop On Tour interactive fan experience here on Wed., October 17th! Hollingsworth will team up with Stone Brewing Company for an exclusive meet & greet and tasting contest before the show that night with Kyle Hollingsworth Band and John Brown’s Body.

Also, Hollingsworth has come together with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company to create an exclusive beer that will be on tap for this show and only other select shows on this tour: Hop Bam Pale Ale, a light pale ale with hints of orange, white peppercorn and white hops from the homegrown fields of Sierra Nevada.

Tweet the following to enter for the meet & greet + tasting: “I want to #HopOnTour with @KyleonKeys at @TheRoxy on 10/17!”

Winners will be notified October 16. Please note that the prize does not include a ticket to the show. To purchase tickets click here.

Exclusive Interview with Lisa Marie Presley

THE ROXY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LISA MARIE PRESLEY
By: @brentXmendoza

Tuesday, June 26 Graceland heiress Lisa Marie Presley makes a rare live appearance here at The Roxy Theatre on The Sunset Strip. Touring on her third record Storm & Grace, the “Princess of Rock and Roll” has been receiving glowing accolades for her stripped down, moody, southern goth effort, as she returns to her family roots, and steps away from her previously more production heavy body of work.

Currently in the wind down phase of her month long, coast to coast tour, LMP took some time out to phone in to her Hollywood performance destination—The Roxy Theatre, to give us a little background on the new record, discuss her simplified and calmer life in the UK, and reminisce about her “metal days” on The Sunset Strip.

Where are we calling from?

I am on a tour bus en route from Chicago to Indianapolis, Indiana.

So the new record Storm & Grace, it’s your third album… tell us about that.

I’m really proud of this record. It’s a much more organic, broken down record compared to the previous records I’ve done before. It’s a much more intimate, concert type of situation compared to my previous efforts. Things are simplified, I’m not over-doing things. It’s just a different vibe now…

You’ve been getting rave reviews for this new record. Some are even calling it the best of your career. Do you pay much attention to that sort of thing? Does it affect you?

I try not to pay too much attention, ‘cause you know you get excited about one good one (review), and then two bad ones will come along [laughter]. It has been overwhelmingly, really nice though… and surprisingly positive. So I am really happy about that; I love that for sure.

Have there been any events in your life that really sort of influenced the mood and/or theme of the record?

I think deconstructing, and reconstructing my life at a certain point, and moving away; moving out of the country and writing the record, and just really a total overhaul starting from ground zero; the record kind of hints at all that. So it came from a real raw, organic place relating to the changes I was making in my life at the time.

What’s your favorite track on the new record?

I’m partial to “Soften The Blows” it’s one of my favorite songs… I like “Over Me,” I like “Storm of Nails” a lot… ya know different ones have different meanings for me, but I have a definite attachment to each of them.

This upcoming show at The Roxy, does that hold any special significance for you either playing the venue or playing on The Sunset Strip?

I was part of the whole heavy metal scene back in the late 80’s, so The Strip sort of represents that for me; it was a really fun area to go to. It’s always more nerve-wracking to play a show in L.A., simply because most of the audience are family and friends; so it’s a little bit harder for me to do shows like that, it’s more pressure. I prefer when I don’t know everyone, and they’re not part of my family. It’s a lot less stressful for me.

I heard a rumor that the poster created for this Roxy show may actually end up on display at Graceland?

I dunno… I hope so! I mean that would be cool to get that. It will probably go in the archives. Yeah, I mean we kind of try to save everything.

On the road do you have any pre or post show rituals that help put you in the proper state of mind for either performing or decompressing afterwards?

I mostly just like everything as calm as possible ‘cause I’m so affected by different energies going on… So I like to be alone, and all by myself for about 30-40 minutes before a show to collect myself. And I have various throat spays and humidifiers I breathe, and little voice exercises I do, but that’s kind of it, nothing elaborate.

And obviously throughout your life, and now with the new record, you’ve done tons of press, and media, and interviews. Are there any particular questions that really irk you, or certain pet peeves pertaining to the journalists interviewing you?

I just kind of go into auto-response a little bit. What I don’t like is when an interviewer will get me warmed up, and then about half way through the interview will launch into some inappropriate line of questioning. They tend to just kind of want to try and chat, and act like they love the record, and wait till they get you coddled in… and then, as if I don’t know it’s coming, they try to ask you something ridiculous that has nothing to do with the music. That sort of thing… it doesn’t upset me… ‘cause I mean you can’t really get upset about that sort of thing because it’s so silly, but I don’t love that [laughter].

How do you want to be remembered? What do you want to be written in the history books, so to speak?

That I’m a mother… that I actually wrote some pretty good songs. People can maybe learn from my mistakes, and some of the things I’ve done… Just that I definitely had a life worth living. But being a mother is the most important part. Being a good mom.

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Tickets are on sale now for the June 26th show via Ticketweb.

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Win Amanda Palmer Tickets!

On July 18, Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra are here for a sold out show and we want you, the uber fans who didn’t get tickets in time, to be there.

For the next 5 weeks, we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to the show every Tuesday and all you have to do is get the trivia question right! Each week the questions will get harder so if you don’t know a lot about Amanda F-ing Palmer, you better get your answers in soon.

Follow @TheRoxy on Twitter and keep an eye out for the #AMANDAROX trivia question each Tuesday!

Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra‘s brand new album “Theatre is Evil” is due out this September. Check out the just released album art below:

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.

Take The Show Home

We are so excited to bring you something brand new to add to your concert going experience. We’ve teamed up with Migratory Music to install an Ovation Tower in our lobby that will record the show you are at and make a live album from that night available for purchase before you leave!

Check out this video with founder Ian Murray and TAG Strategy founder, Ted Cohen:

While this may not be available for all shows, we’re going to do our best to get the recordings you want to have. If there are any shows you need to have, let us know here and we’ll try to make it happen.

Read more about the Ovation Tower platform here.

Symphony, 7 Lions, & Ice Cream Fire Rock The Roxy!

LA buzzband Symphony plays The Roxy tonight. They formed in 2011 and their specialty is blending rock, groove, and pop while maintaining a vintage feel. Symphony combines multiple sounds to create a powerhouse of great music that has a completely different sound. Listen to on their website.

7 Lions is also playing and they’re currently being tracked on 102.7. You can expect to see a lot more from this band soon. Check out their video for “Born 2 Run” here:

Ice Cream Fire was formed in 2010 as a collaboration between Japanese born rock musician Tamon Fujimi & Philadelphia-raised Jazz/Blues singer Jackie Haydamacha. They also recruited incredibly talented musicians including; bassist Andrew Ford from Ohio by way of Florida; Israeli-born drummer, Yanni Ezer; & virtuoso guitarist Derek Doepker on Lead Guitar. Together, they have been relentlessly writing, recording, rehearsing & playing shows around Southern California. They are currently in the studio recording tracks for an upcoming EP release & debut album. Combining clever wordplay, Lady Gaga-esque pop vocals & Foo Fighters level rock riffs, ICF makes high-energy party music with broad appeal.

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Archie’s Ice Cream Truck will be outside of The Roxy giving free ice cream to anyone who signs up for the band’s mailing list.

Tickets are available for TONIGHT’s show via Ticketweb.

Q&A with Enter Shikari’s Rou Reynolds

5 QUESTIONS WITH ROU REYNOLDS OF ENTER SHIKARI
By: @brentXmendoza

Tomorrow, massive UK electronicore outfit Enter Shikari hits the stage here at The Roxy Theatre. Seamlessly fusing hardcore metal, punk, electronica, trance, and all other forms of synthetic noisemaking—these four lads from across the pond, have been ruling the charts back home with their recently released third record A Flash Flood of Colour.

Before the band storms The Sunset Strip, get the advance plan of attack from front man Rou Reynolds as he discusses cryptic song titles, aggressive mediocrity, and the nuances of UK vs. US English.

With the new album, the band currently seems to be enjoying massive mainstream success in the UK. What do you think is the secret to breaking through in the States? How do the two music cultures differ?

I don’t think there’s a cultural disparity between the UK and the States in regards to music. So all we can do is repeat what we did in the UK, and hope it works for us again. That means just growing organically, taking every show we get, and playing each show like it’s our last.

That’s what we’ve been doing the past few years playing support tours, and Warped Tour, but to be honest we’ve never had any huge aspirations with this band. We care about people that support us, but don’t have any cliché plans for ‘world domination” or anything.

When we look at the magazine front covers here, the bands that seem to have huge mainstream success appear to be rather mediocre. There’s certainly a will to become middle of the road, and sound like your favourite bands and that’s it! That doesn’t interest us.

The band seems to enjoy lengthy, cryptic song titles (e.g., “Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide”). What’s the general process for naming your tunes?

There’s no real process to be honest. Just whatever feels right, whatever concludes or reifies the vibe of the track.

A Flash Flood of Colour is the band’s third full length release. How do you feel your musical style has changed/progressed over the course of your career thus far?

I guess it’s just been constantly evolving… I’m very interested in a wide variety of music, and will always try to subsume any new music that I enjoy into our sound. It keeps it fresh and interesting for us, and keeps us pushing ourselves. I think as we’ve grown, we’ve become more confident in trying to achieve that, and not holding back with experimentation.

Everyone knows that the proper way to spell “colour” is the U.S. way, minus the “u.” What other cultural nuances do you find intriguing here in the States?
Ha! Yeh, yeh, yeh… ‘course it is!

Well everything from the food, to the cars and highways is just a hell of a lot bigger. And everything’s louder, and in your face. But other than that, there really isn’t that much difference. Although you guys don’t have any castles… That sucks. Build some castles dangit!

If any member of the band were to unfortunately be taken down in some sort of electronicore feud, would you consider replacing them with a hologram and continue touring? Which member of the band would look best in hologram form? Would they still get an honorary bunk on the tour bus?

Ha! Definitely. We’re not far away from having interactive holograms available to us as well, so we’d certainly embrace that. Chris (bassist Chris Batten) is the most photogenic I reckon so I’d nominate him as most likely to translate to holographic form best.
And I suppose the equipment used to generate him would need to be stored somewhere, so that could take up his bunk space.

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Tickets for Wednesday’s show are available via Ticketweb.

Under The Covers: Love and a .38

This Wednesday, April, 25, Love and a .38 take the Under The Covers spot as we present a night of cover songs and story telling at the Andaz West Hollywood.

Love and a .38 are Roxy family and we’re thrilled to bring them to this night that we’ve cultivated. This is the 4th run (preceded by The Bolts, Queen Caveat, and 28 North) of Under The Covers and it’s been a great success so far. Check out more on previous nights on the UTC Tumblr! underthecoversongs.tumblr.com

The songs start at 8pm and admission is free.

Thrillcall + Nico Vega

Thrillcall is launching a brand new Live Music App and they’re celebrating by throwing awesome parties all over LA including one here this Thursday with Nico Vega, Standing Shadows, Loquat, and A House For Lions!

Now, if you’re a fan of live music, and since you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you are… the Thrillcall app is one you’ll want to get. It gives you all the information you need on shows happening in your area that night down to the tiny, tiny show where you and 6 of your friends are the only ones in love with the bands. Even better, there are upcoming offers on shows near you too! Free tickets, meet & greets, & getting on the list for a sold out show are just a few of the things you’ll find there. It’s free and makes the “I wonder who’s playing tonight” moment a million times easier.

Now, let’s not forget the meat & bones of this show – the incredible lineup.

Nico Vega are incredible. period. If for some reason you haven’t seen them here yet, this is a great night to do it. Dan, Aja, & Rich know how to bring it and get every single person in the room moving.

Standing Shadows are an LA based alt-indie-electro band. They have plenty of energy and a sound reminiscent of Interpol, Raidiohead, and Muse all mixed together. Listen to “Freakshow”

Loquat are a long-time San Francisco band and they are absolutely charming. Their brand of pop has roots in indie-darling pop and backed by their influences Roy Orbison, Hall & Oates, and The Replacements, to name a few. Watch their brand new video for “Time Bending” below:

LA is in love with A House For Lions. They’ve been praised in LA Times, BuzzBandsLA, Billboard, and more. Their mellow 90s rock sound is just what we’re all looking for in a band.

Tickets for this show are available via Ticketweb.

Get the Thrillcall App here!

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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Q&A with Queen Caveat

5 QUESTIONS WITH LAUREN LITTLE AND BEN EPAND OF QUEEN CAVEAT
By: @brentXmendoza

Thursday, Apr. 12 Roxy faves and Sunset Strip mainstay Queen Caveat take the stage for a headlining show, that may soon prove to be a major turning point in the band’s young career.

Already on the tip of every tastemaker’s tongue, QC is poised to claim their rock n’ roll throne with the release of their second EP Slap on the Wrist, and a prominently featured “role” on the upcoming ABC 20/20 special “Sunset Boulevard: What’s Your Dream.” Climb on board this ride to the top, as these shooting stars regale stories of their rise to power.

Every band’s favorite question — where does the name “Queen Caveat” come from?

Ben: We adopted the name “Queen Caveat” months after we started the band actually… When Will (bassist Will Weissman) and I first met Lauren, we were at a party in Silverlake, and we heard and saw this girl barreling down the stairs in a frantic energy! Will turned to me and said, “That girl is the definition of Caveat!” Months later, when deciding on a band name, and thought “Queen Caveat” was the best fit—beware The Queen!

How was SXSW this year? How did it differ from last year? Any crazy stories?

Lauren: This year we were much more professional. We learned last year, that looking behind “the curtain,” and over-exploring the lovely party scene can be detrimental to our health, and performance. As the singer, it was very important that I hide after each show with a cup of hot tea, and Angry Birds to preserve my voice… but don’t worry, I made up for it on the last night!

Tell us about this upcoming ABC special “Sunset Boulevard.” How did that all come about?

Ben: We met our ABC friends last May 2011 at The Roxy Theatre. They told us that they were interviewing a number of Nic Adler’s favorite L.A. bands… and a month after our initial interview, they reached out to us, explained the piece, and that they wanted to follow our daily lives as an up-and-coming band in the L.A. music scene. The special, “Sunset Boulevard: What’s Your Dream” aims to capture the essence of Sunset, the dreamers if you will.

Besides featuring us, the show will also follow an up-and-coming actor, student, etc… It’s been a really exciting year, and we’re thrilled to see our goofy faces on national television! It airs April 21st at 9 p.m. on ABC

Lauren, who are your past, present, and future female rock idols?

Past – My first self-discovered idol was Fiona Apple. I was seven years old when I discovered her music video on MTV… I was jaw dropped, and something inside of me clicked, and sent chills down my adolescent spine. Later in the year, when school started, I was faced with suspension for checking out her tape at the library during a class field trip… this only made me worship Fiona more!

Present – At this point in my life, my current idol is a local artist, a modern day saint… Aja Volkman-Reynolds of Nico Vega claims that title for me. Her voice alone could be the reason for my rapid and constant inspiration, but it is only one of the reasons… she believes in her craft, and has faced hardships that she plowed through with grace and strength. Her lyrics are words that shape her, and they are conjured up in complete truths. If you want to know her, just listen because she’s a teacher.

Future – Someday, many, many years from now, when I have children, I will force them to be musicians. I suspect my unborn daughter will be my idol in the future… I am my mom and dad’s idol, so it just makes sense.

The new EP Slap On The Wrist—is there a musical and/or lyrical theme that runs through this record?

Ben: As a live band, we went into the studio with the goal of capturing our stage show, and live performance. Many artists will agree, that capturing the sound of a band live on a recording, is one of the toughest things to do. We locked down two days at Sunset Studios here L.A., and our producer set us up to track live—which in my opinion is the only way records should ever be made.

This EP, even though it’s our second official release, is the first record with Jesse (drummer Jesse Magnuson) on it, so we are looking at it as our first. We have been performing around L.A. with the current lineup for the past few years, but without the recordings to represent us. Don’t get me wrong, we love our first EP Emptor, but Slap on the Wrist represents the four of us individually as musicians/artists, and more importantly the four of us collectively, as Queen Caveat.

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Queen Caveat plays The Roxy this Thursday with Cherri Bomb, Vokab Kompany, Sound of Ugly, and Kady Z. Tickets are available via Ticketweb.

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Just Announced: Jessie J


And it’s next Monday, April 9, so you better hurry!

Jessie J is one of the hottest acts on the planet right now and we are so excited to have her on our stage. While she’s know as being a judge on The Voice (UK), she’s also known for her pop songs that also cater to fans of R&B and soul and is often compared to the likes of Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Katy Perry. 

Listen to her single Who You Are:

Tickets are on sale now and going fast. Get them while you can on Ticketweb

3rd Annual LA Vegan Beer Fest

It’s back, ladies & gentlemen! May 12, 2012 marks the date Los Angeles vegans, beer lovers, and music fans all unite at The Roxy for the 3rd Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer Fest. With vegan blogger, Quarry Girl and Tony’s Darts Away, we can’t wait to bring you bands, great food, and unlimited pours of over 50 craft beers!

Check out a little bit of last year’s festival:

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Keep checking back here for an updated list of bands, beers, and food.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketweb. RSVP here.

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Free Download: Winchester Rebels

Winchester Rebels play The Roxy April 14 and want to get you good and ready for their show with a free song! The hard rock 5 piece band comes from Santa Barbara, CA with the hopes of capturing the 90s hard rock essence in WR. The band formed in 2009 and has been making waves around Southern California since then.

Winchester Rebels play with Crying 4 Kafka, Shindig Avenue, Joshua Ketchmark, Barbarian Overlords, and The Vegas Breakdown. Tickets are available now via Ticketweb.

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Free Oedipus Download

Oedipus headlines The Roxy on March 22 for the release of their brand new album Vicious Little Smile and they want you to have a brand new track! The song “Kiss on the Fist” is the first single off the album so learn it and get ready to sing along this Thursday.

Oedipus – Kiss on the Fist by The Roxy Theatre

Also playing the show are Zero 1 featuring Hal Sparks, The Other Side Of Morning, Morning Parade, Fire Tiger, Cruz, and Dedvolt!

Tickets are available via Ticketweb.

The Roxy Rox SXSW

Holy hell, are we back to real life? After the week we had at SXSW, we’re ready to get back in the swing but not without telling you about all the amazing things we did first. Here’s our day by day breakdown of the SXSW insanity!

SUNDAY:
We decided to hit a panel at the CNN Grill called “Weapons of Mass Disruption.” We did not know it going in, but it turned out to include an interview with Sohaib Athar, better known as @ReallyVirtual, the Pakistani IT Consultant/Accidental Journalist, who unwittingly broke the news of the bin Laden raid via Twitter. We also learned some moving insights from CNN correspondent Ivan Watson about the importance of international journalism and the bravery of some citizen journalists in hostile territories.

We also made our way into the Mashable House, where we mixed it up on the dart boards and air hockey tables with old friends and new friends from the tech world, including the team from a stylish, new social shopping startup Mulu.me.

MONDAY:
In the evening, we arrived at Amex Sync Presenting Jay-Z at ACL Live’s Moody Theatre. Prior to the show start, @NicAdler had to find a quiet room at the theatre to call in for this interview with author Kelli Richards about The Roxy, SSMF, and social media. When the interview wrapped, Jay-Z showed why he is today’s reigning king of rap with an incredible hit-packed two-hour show. More from MTV & USA Today.

TUESDAY:
Tuesday, the whole gang came in to Austin. After a late start on the day, we needed some grub to ensure a fantastic night and what better than the most scenic place, The Iron Cactus on 6th & Trinity. The upstairs patio sits on one of the most popular corners in the city and gives you a birds eye view of the entire street. Chips & Salsa + Margaritas = perfect.

Since it was the last night of interactive, we headed down to Media Temple’s SXSWi Closing Party and caught Miike Snow and special surprise guest M. Ward at Stubbs! Spending the first night as a whole at Stubb’s has become Roxy tradition and this year was no exception to the awesome fun we always have there. Dance parties in the dirt and free beer, for the win! (Read More)

WEDNESDAY:
Wednesday was a day of some serious running around the festival. The day started with @NicAdler, @KyraReed, @N8theSk8, and @Gretchen‘s panel: Social Media Band Camp. The room was packed for this information filled workshop. Each panelist ran through a different focus on tools, tips, and tricks bands (and brands) can use to reach their online potential.

Read all about the panel and key points on the Adler Integrated blog!

After the panel,one of our new favorites, Alabama Shakes were playing in the convention center and we are so, so glad we caught their set. This band is the new blues/soul quartet you’ve been looking for. Singer, Brittany Howard, has a voice that could stop rush hour traffic on the 101. This band will have you moving and begging for more when they’re done. Check out the audio of their NPR showcase at Stubb’s later that night: NPR Music

Then came a quick set by Canada’s Chic Gamine, the most adorable soul-folk girl group we’ve ever seen. These girls have a wide variety of instruments and a keen sense of fashion.

We swung by the Pandora Discovery Den for an awesome group photo session. :D

Then saw the truly fantastic, LA’s Nick Waterhouse. We had a very soul-filled SXSW and he was no exception to that. With Buddy Holly glasses and all, we were dancing the night away during his show.

Next was the most unbelievable show with Lionel Richie. Yes, Lionel Richie. It was incredible! He played all the hits, Commodores songs, and even brought out Kenny Rogers for a duet of “Lady” and we happened to get a pretty cool video of it.

We wrapped up the night with the amazing Electrostub & Dim Mak party at BandPageHQ. They had Porter Robinson, Mustard Pimp, Clockwork, and more and it was so sweaty you could feel the humidity from inside the building, 3 feet away from the door. Now, that’s a party.

THURSDAY:
The day for AUSTINROX was finally here. After so much prep work, the event we work so hard on was about to go down. It was our biggest showcase at SXSW to date and it was incredible. The line was around the block the entire night and there was even a line to move through each room when it came time for Imagine Dragons & The Black Angels. The energy in the place was perfect for the 3 room takeover at BandPage HQ. Each stage had it’s own incredible lineup that were shows on their own. Main Room: Filligar, Nico Vega, Imagine Dragons, The Black Angels, Das Racist, and Doomtree. Patio: Cherri Bomb, Benvenue, Gentlemen Hall, Metalachi, and Silent Frisco (silent Disco). Club 606: ZZ Ward, The Mowglis, The Stone Foxes, Shinobi Ninja, Prof, and The Stone Foxes. (Whew!)
A huge special thanks goes out to all of the bands, our amazing sponsors Ticketweb, Fox Head, and Chilli Beans for making the night possible, and all the folks running BandPage HQ for their kindness and help making the night go off perfectly!

The incredible Erik Voake was there to capture the night! Check out some of his photos below and view them all on our Flickr page.

FRIDAY:
After some much needed rest, we caught the Heartless Bastards at the Austin Convention Center for our afternoon entertainment. Then was our real highlight of the evening – the world premiere of the Sunset Strip documentary. It debuted at the Paramount Theater to a packed house full of the rock stars in the movie, film buffs, the crew behind it, and we even spied Gerard Butler! The film was fantastic and we loved how much history it captured on our small street. Be on the lookout for it soon and, in the meantime, keep up with the movie here.

Check out @NicAdler & @MRCiscoAdler on the red carpet!

SATURDAY:
Most of the crew left this morning, but a few of us stayed to catch some shows. Highlights of this evening: Being at the controversial A$AP Rocky show at the Vice party. The mood in the room was so tense, you could cut it with a knife. Drinks were thrown, crowd was crazy, it was 3am on the last night of SXSW after all. The tension seemed to die down during the end of the set, but not before one last person the very back threw a beer and A$AP dove off the stage, ran across the huge warehouse through the crowd, and got in the infamous fight. We snagged a photo right before it all went down and the party was shut down. (Read more)

For photos of all the bands and our on the ground footage, check out our AUSTINROX Tumblr! Until next year, Thank you SXSW!

Hipstamatic + Nic Adler = Groupie Snap Pak

It’s official. Nic Adler (owner of The Roxy) has his own Hipstapak in the Hipstamatic iPhone Camera! The Groupie Snap Pak is a lens, flash, and film designed just for concert lovers, and just in time for SXSW, too.

The Adler 9009 Lens (named after The Roxy’s address), Dylan Film, and Pop Rox Flash make the perfect trio to capture live shows. @NicAdler has been a huge Hipstamatic enthusiast from the day he started using the app and it’s a huge deal to get this finally. More importantly, to be able to work so closely with the Synthetic crew (creators of Hipstamatic) to create this awesome lens and to satiate their love for photography and live music.

The pak is available for a measly $0.99 in the app. Go get it, try it, and post your favorite “Groupie Snap Pak” photos here!

Q&A with Street Drum Corps

5 QUESTIONS WITH FRANK ZUMMO OF STREET DRUM CORPS
By: @BrentXMendoza

Having performed to spellbound audiences across the globe on tours with 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution, and Van’s Warped Tour—Street Drum Corps return to The Sunset Strip this Saturday, March 10 to blow your ADD riddled mind, with their pulse pounding, percussive stage show.

Before heading to the big drum off, catch up with stick wielding samurai Frank Zummo, as he reminisces about childhood dreams, sold out shows in St. Petersburg, Russia and a potential new career in the Peace Corps.

Growing up, who was the first drummer that caught your ear, that sparked your interest in playing drums? Was there a particular moment and/or song that set you on a course to becoming a musician?

Great Question! When I was five years old, my parents took me to my first concert at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, NY; that concert was Ozzy & Mötley Crüe. I was completely mesmerized by Tommy Lee!

After Mötley’s first song, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life! Fast forward 26 years later, and I’m drumming in the band (while Tommy was injured).

My father came to one of the Mötley shows, and got to see his son perform with the band that changed his son’s life. It was an amazing moment!

If you weren’t a member of SDC, which of these other “corps,” would you most likely join: Marine Corps, Peace Corps, or AVODAH, The Jewish Service Corps?

I would absolutely join the Peace Corps! I would love to go to far away places, and help in the education department. This question actually inspired me, and I’m looking into Peace Corps work as we speak…

Who would win in a fight between SDC and the Blue Man Group? In your guesstimation, which group has collectively invested more money in oil drums?

We don’t fight, and we also don’t paint ourselves blue like Smurfs [laughter]! We have much love for our Blue brothers!

I think they might have us beat in oil drum sales! We both use a lot, and they aren’t cheap.

The band generally performs with a sort of rotating cast of special guests. Which of your collaborations/collaborators to date, were you most excited about working with? Who would you most like to perform with in the future?

We have been extremely blessed, and have worked with a bunch of amazing artists. Our absolute favorites have been: Bert McCracken (The Used), Adrian Young (No Doubt), 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, Deftones, John Sawicki from Stomp, Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion), Skrillex and Tommy Lee.

Those mentioned artists really get our vibe; we click well, and have worked with them throughout our career.

Also, the demented golf ball shooting ringmaster clown—Adrian Young, will be joining us at The Roxy this Saturday.

As far as the future… I would love us to collaborate with more street artists. We’ve been headed more in the theatre show vibe, and we would love to collaborate with artists that can really inspire us and our show.

Of the band’s laundry list of accomplishments (network TV appearances, magazine covers, sold out international tours), what’s been your proudest moment as a musician thus far? Do you remember one particular event, where you finally felt like you’d “arrived?”

St. Petersburg, Russia in 2010, on the 30 Seconds to Mars tour: it was beyond magical! To be in Russia is epic on its own, then to walk onstage in front of 19,000 kids, and have them go mental was that exact moment when we felt SDC had “arrived!”

We debuted our balled “I Miss You” at that show, and we had 19,000 kids with hands in the air from side to side. I remember looking at Bobby (Alt) during that moment, and it was overwhelming! So many emotions came out during that show; it really was beautiful! I would have never thought our little street band would be so far away in Russia.

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The Return of Street Drum Corps’ BIG NOISE happens this Saturday March 10 with NICO VEGA and very special guests, Adrian Young of No Doubt, and DJ Amir of Julien-K.
Tickets are available via Ticketweb.

The Wanted is Now at The El Rey!

The international sensations The Wanted are playing their first Southern California show tomorrow (2/8) and due to overwhelming demand, we’re presenting the show at the El Rey!

We’ve been out of tickets for so long (especially after their performance on Ellen) and now you can bring your friend who couldn’t get it together in enough time to get tickets. ;D All tickets already purchased for the show here will be honored at the El Rey and you can purchase a limited number of tickets at 7:30p tonight on Ticketweb, they will go fast!

UPDATE: This show is completely sold out. No more tickets will be released for this show.

ElRey.com
5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Tokyo to LA: Kate Crash Glam

LA glam-rocker Kate Crash is at The Roxy this Saturday night to bring a little bit of Bowie back to The Sunset Strip.

Crash started on the streets of Tokyo with a guitar, a mic, and a boombox and quickly caught the attention of artists, TV shows, and her now producer Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). Her live show is full of performance art, dance, with sick guitars mixed with a little Iggy Pop, David Bowie & high energy.

Get a free download of her song “Ain’t Got Much” here:

Aint Got Much by Kate Crash

Tickets for the January 14 show are available at The Roxy box office at 310-278-9457. Doors at 7:15

katecrash.com
facebook.com/katecrashmusic