The Roxy Loves Amy Winehouse

[Originally posted March 23, 2007]

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Check out the review from the LA Weekly…

U.K. soul mama gets crowned on the Sunset Strip Monday, March 19, at the Roxy
By Ernest Hardy
Thursday, March 22, 2007

“Performing to a sold-out Roxy, Amy Winehouse gave a hilarious intro to the confessional song “You Know I’m No Good”: After she had betrayed a lover, he asked if she even loved him. “I told him, ‘I do love you,’ ” she recounted — adding with playful exasperation, “ ‘But, like, I get bored. I told you I’m no good!’ ” The crowd loved it — and sang every song by heart, all night long.

Winehouse’s top-to-bottom brilliant sophomore album, Back to Black (Republic/Universal), is bursting with great, quotable lines, many as wry as they are poignant. One of the best is tucked in the driving, Motown-based “Tears Dry on Their Own,” where she admits: “Even if I stop wanting you/and perspective pushes through/I’ll be some next man’s other woman soon…”

The word other is key here. That’s the woman who wears the scarlet letter — fallen, disgraced. Winehouse casually conveys volumes through a single word or phrasing choice throughout Black, a breakup album whose defining characteristic is working-class feminine wit. And I mean both types of wit — intelligence and humor, which Winehouse uses intuitively to express how obsession dovetails with addiction. References to booze and boozing, drugging and fucking-as-self-destruction crowd the text of this confessional album. The musical filter through which Winehouse pours it all is the girl-group sound of the early ’60s — the Shangri-Las, the Shirelles, the Ronettes and the Chiffons.

Live, Winehouse was noticeably nervous but utterly charming, singing for an audience who knew all the words to all the songs. She was in spectacular voice throughout, backed by a crack band (man, that horn section . . .) and two chicly attired male backup singers who energetically pulled off synchronized choreography. Winehouse’s own herky-jerky, off-the-beat dancing and ragged emulation of girl-group style somehow underscored an aura of sincerity (a matted beehive with an unkempt tail; an ill-fitting dress that kept sliding down her scary-thin frame; weathered leopard-print shoes rummaged from the back of some tranny’s closet). Her awkward performance of femininity befits a woman who can’t quite figure how to stop fucking up her relationships and her life.

Winehouse may be retro, but her work is, mercifully, irony-free. This is no academic study of girl-group traditions; instead, it’s a gut-level recognition of the strength and beauty of those impeccably crafted records — and the 8-by-10-ready public personas attached to them. For Back to Black, Winehouse gave her producers, Mark Ronson and Salaamremi.com, explicit instructions about the sound and vibe she wanted to accompany her self-penned lyrics. Together, they’ve captured not only the aesthetics of an era (the album is a gorgeous latticework of perfect, anachronistic detail) but also the naked romanticism, and theatrical but sincere vulnerability, of pop gone by. But Winehouse also references kindred artists outside the girl-group heyday: Esther Phillips (whose addiction-filled life and the havoc it wreaked on her career make her the most resonant influence), Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and, of course, Lauryn Hill.

At the Roxy, Winehouse sang everything from Back to Black, including “Addicted” (inexplicably left off the U.S. release, replaced with a god-awful remix of “You Know I’m No Good” featuring a rap by Ghostface Killah). Highlights of the set were “Tears Run Dry” and… it’s hard to say. The crowd’s energy was so intense, and their already-won love so exuberantly given, the night had the feel of a raucous coronation.

What was especially interesting about the performance was the way Winehouse handled her nerves — besides frequent sips taken from a cup at the edge of the stage. She stared down at the stage a lot, then looked up with a sneer or curled lip that evoked gum-popping, eyeball-rolling femmes from Ronettes to B-girls, gangsters’ molls to biker chicks. But there were also fleeting moments when she clearly checked out of her own performance: Her eyes would simply go blank, and she’d retreat behind them. Still, that voice — the sound of mysteriously missing teeth, Spanish Harlem stoops in summer and declarations of undying love — never wavered, and was never less than amazing.”

To read the rest of the review check the LA Weekly

From PerezHilton.com…

Amy Winehouse is such a hot mess!

She is the stuff of legend, and on Monday night a who’s who of hipsters and Hollywood players were treated to a tour de force performance by the Rehab chanteuse.

You never know if Wino is gonna show up to a gig or if she’ll even make it through a show, but she more than held her own at The Roxy.

Unfortunately, fans expecting to see her at Spaceland in Silverlake tonight might be a tad disappointed. We hear she might be cancelling!

Why? Because the venue is too small and they won’t allow her 10+ person band to come with her.

Hopefully that will all get sorted out, but if it doesn’t…..well, that’s Amy Winehouse for ya!

To sing the blues you must live the blues. And she lives it.”

Check out Scott T Sterlings review…

I Was There: Amy Winehouse at The Roxy, 3/19/07

“I guess you could call it pure, dumb luck. It just so happened that I heard about the Amy Winehouse show at the Roxy a couple of hours before my man Jeff Weiss informed me that she was also scheduled to play at Spaceland. Given my druthers, I would’ve purchased a ticket to see her in the much smaller Spaceland. But in my haste to secure a chance to see this notorious UK train wreck up close and personal like, I’d already laid my good money down for the Roxy show. In hindsight, I inadvertently made the right choice, since Ms. Winehouse famously bailed on the Spaceland gig.

I got to the Roxy a good 20 minutes before she took the stage, and I can honestly say I’ve never seen such an intense scrum up in that joint. It was packed to the back with an interesting array of Los Angelenos, skewing older than I’d expected.

Worming my way towards the front of the room, I found a choice spot maybe five feet from the stage, off to the right. A very drunk girl stumbles into me, pausing to take off her high heels. Oh boy, here we go. An older couple behind me is drunkenly making out, repeatedly ramming into my back. Really? The things I do for music.

When the lights finally dim and the curtains open, a surprisingly together looking Winehouse saunters up to the microphone to the strains of the Chiffons “He’s So Fine,” looking oddly sexy (skinny legs and all) in a blue prom dress that put her cleavage up front and center and showcased her bevy of tattoos. There were no signs of track marks or “meth skin” to be seen anywhere. She didn’t even appear to be drunk. What gives?

Backed ably by retro R&B outfit the Dap-Kings, our girl sailed through most of Back to Black admirably; her husky croon sounding even stronger than it does on the record. Her voice shined on mid-tempo numbers like the reggae-tinged “Just Friends,” but really soared on the barn-burners like “You Know I’m No Good.” What’s especially impressive is the way she attacks high notes, filling them with pure emotion, the total opposite of showboats like Christina Aguilera who completely overdo it with ridiculous trills and runs that never seem to stop.

Sliding in a verse of Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” into “He Can Only Hold Her,” it was hard to miss the irony. Is Winehouse destined for a similar crash-and-burn like the one that beset Ms. Hill? Given her raw talent and limitless potential, I certainly hope not.

She’s comfortable and self-assured onstage. After announcing the evening’s last song to a boisterous chorus of “No!” she joked with the crowd:

“Well, obviously it’s not the last song. We still have to do the encores. I’m just playing the game up here, all right?”

For more of Scott’s review click here.

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Talib Kweli and Friends Get Ready To Take Over

Tonight will be one for the books…the ever talented Talib Kweli (1/3 of Idle Warship – along with Res and Graph Noble) is doing double duty as he plays early and late. Make sure you check out both shows as they are both killer lineups. The second show goes into the wee hours of the morn – so get ready for some red bull. Click here for IDLE WARSHIP tickets, and here for LATE NIGHT!

Idle Warship 1/16/08

Post Sounds Tribe 1/16 & 1/17

Happy Birthday To Us

It’s a pretty fabulous week here at The Roxy as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the club! Through the years, we’ve opened our doors to the ordinary and the extraordinary. From legendary tours from Springsteen to the Jonas Brothers – comedy runs from Cheech and Chong to Russell Brand – and stage productions from Rocky Horror Picture Show to Hedwig and the Angry Inch – we’ve seen it all! Theirs to many bands and artists, crew members, team mates, and wise ones to thank – but know that we are so thankful for all the wonderful people who have graced our stage both in front and behind the curtain over the years. We all have so many epic stories and tales and are working hard everyday to create more memories. Feel free to talk about your favorite show, most amazing experience, or re-count those nights that you can’t – quite – remember – we are proud to admit, we have plenty of those too! Here’s to another 35!

The Roxy Theatre - Sunset Blvd looking east

A Sunny Day

Come join us tonight for what we think are some of the BEST of the BEST in singer songwriters. MATT SHEEHY, LUKAS HAAS, SUNNY LEVINE, EMILIE SIMON, with THE BEATARDS closing it out. Should be a great way to ease yourself into the work week. Doors are at 7:30 tonight…give us a call for tickets (310 278 9457)…and set times are conveniently posted for you below!
Doors: 7:30
Matt Sheehy – 8:00
Lukas Haas – 9:45
Sunny Levine – 9:30
Emilie Simon -10:15
The Beatards – 11:00

Lukas Haas 9/9

From NOLA To The Strip Marc Broussard Is Back

Its been a few years since Marc has ben back on the Roxy stage, and while he has a few more albums under his belt – he still has the classic, New Orleans, jazz-y feel that we’ve all loved for years! Vocally, it doesn’t get much better than this – so make sure you pick up your tickets ASAP, as they’re getting very very sparce! See you at the show- and make sure to come early and catch MATT HIRES! As always, click here for tix or give us a ring at 310 278 9457!

Marc Broussard 8/28

Live At The Roxy

Bad News Bears For Dirty Heads Fans

Due to an illness in the band, we’re sad to say that the DIRTY HEADS can’t play tonight. Feel better guys and we’ll make sure to have a drink in your honor. Good thing the rest of the crew is still ready to rock – see you all tonight for ANDRE LEGACY, DIRT NASTY, BEARDO and SPECIAL GUESTS!

Andre Legacy/Dirt Nasty

The Roxy Touch

Always cool to see of our favorite Roxy bands doing well on the charts! Even more exciting that currently on the ITUNES TOP ALBUMS, their are quite a few of our favs! From Nas‘ hot new album, The Camp Rock soundtrack with Demi Lovato (both in the top 15) to Metrostation, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillet, 3Oh!3, OneRepublic, and newcomer Justin Nozuka – happy to have had all these artists rock our stage!
Check out a NAS live at The Roxy
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Colbie Caillet live at The Roxy
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OneRepublic live at The Roxy
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TRAV$ and AM Take Two

The first show last month of the summer residency was one of the hottest things we’ve seen…now, be prepared as they’ve had a whole month to conjure up new ideas and special guests. Tickets are getting sparse so don’t miss out! Click here for tickets or give us a call at 310 278 9457.

TRV$-DJAM

Raphael Saadiq and Andre Legacy Oh My

Just a heads up that TWO new show’s are going on sale…and it’s quite an eclectic mix. Hopefully one of ’em will tickle your fancy. Mickey Avalon regulars ANDRE LEGACY,DIRT NASTY,BEARDO will be taking the stage August 15th so make sure to get your tickets! Secondly, legendary Raphael Saadiq will bring the funk shortly after on August 17 – can’t wait see see him live, as its always something new and innovative! Tickets for both shows can be found by clicking here or calling us at 310 278 9457!

A Friendly Reminder Not to Miss James Hall and Friends

James Hall – already amazing. He’s such a killer performer and i’ll watch him anytime, anyplace. But now, DAVID GARZA has been added to the show. A Largo regular, and the man behind so many artists we know and love. This show is shaping up to pretty epic…and we hear their are still a few secrets in store. Ooh, i love surprises! Tickets here and 310 278 9457.

James Hall 7/17

David with Discoball World

Did You Know SSMF Addition

I was inspired by Nic’s frequent “Did You Know” on twitter – so on the heals of the SSMF fest – check out these sweet little facts about the stars of our shows!

JUNE 27, 2008
Tickets HERE!

1) Hot Hot Heat – Did You Know?

– The band cites The Clash and Elvis Costello as main influences.

– Before HHH formed, lead man Steve toured with Roxy fav IMA ROBOT

2) The Shys – Did You Know?

– They used to be called “The Gun Shys”

– Jack White, The Beatles, and Johnny Cash are major influences.

3) The Deadly Syndrome – Did You Know?

– Conveniently, they are one of Steve from HHH’s favorite bands!

– Signed to Dim Mak records, headed by our pal Steve Aoki…who of
course has brought us some pretty rad shows, like MSTRKRFT

JUNE 28, 2008
Tickets HERE!

1) The 88- Did You Know?

– Prime time favorites! The 88 has had tracks appear on How I Me Your Mother, The OC, One Tree Hill, Grey’s Anatomy, You Me And Dupree, and commercials for both Target and Sears.

-How’d they get their name? “88 keys on the piano….88 constellations in the sky….the infinity sign….the most auspicious number in China….88 mph to get Back To The Future…88 cities in Los Angeles…a great French Kicks song. Welcome to the world of The 88.”

2) Derby -Did You Know?

-From Portland, OR – hope they’re ready for the LA sun!

-In 2005 alone, they shared the stage with – Decemberists, Cake, Magic Numbers, British Sea Power, the Posies, the Minus Five, Robyn Hitchcock, Robbers on High Street, Youth Group, Stars of Track & Field, Violent Femmes, Imperial Teen, Badly Drawn Boy, and Rogue Wave,

3) Satisfaction– Did You Know?
– Last year, we fell in love with this band when they opened for ROONEY during one of their shows during the Roxy residency.

-Some of their favorite bands: Blonde Redhead, The Like, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, My Morning Jacket & Scissor Sisters.

See you all at the Festival!

SSMF Lineup

Join The Cartel

Possibly best known for their stint as MTV’s first “Band in a Bubble” (They were challenged to write, record and produce a full length album in the 20 days while living inside the bubble, while fans were allowed to access 23 strategically placed web cameras 24/7) they’ve definitely managed so make their mark in the real world. With Cartel’s brand of pop/punk/rock – you can’t help but want to move. Come move with us…the strip will be rocking, rest assured. Tickets, HERE.

Live Nation Presents: Cartel 6/26

Travis Barker and DJ AM Get Ready To Conquer

If their ever was a hybrid all-star team…superstar DJ, DJ AM and epic drummer Travis Barker who have joined to collectively become TRVSDJ-AM – are IT. Everyone is taking notice of the brewing residency, including the LA Times. Come check it out – tickets here or 310 278 9457.

“The star turntablist and the former Blink-182 drummer have been doing their scratch ‘n’ bash for few years now, popping up at clubs around the country and attracting guest turns from the likes of Too $hort, Paul Wall, Fabolous and Lil’ Jon. L.A. being their home base, they’re expecting the roster of drop-ins to expand considerably.

DJ AM is tight-lipped on their identities, but says he’s expecting some “beyond-legends that I’m amazed I’m going to get to share the stage with…. We both have a lot of friends who are musicians who are gonna be around, so we’re just gonna kind of wing it and see how it goes. Whoever comes, just put ‘em on blast, basically, and throw ‘em onstage.”

Crytsal Castles Gets Some MTV Love

Crystal Castles Live at The Roxy
We’re still recovering from the Crytsal Castles mania – and apparently MTV is too!
Check out the review of the show!

Laws of economics (stay with me here) state that scarcity creates value, and Crystal Castles’ anonymity as the anti-rockstars only made me desperately want to know everything about them. You’ll be hard-pressed to find clear photos of either member, they shoot down any suggestions of fame, and they always understate their own popularity.

But on the other hand, they did add another Roxy show two nights later due to overwhelming demand, and they are also the newest group to enter the ring up against the big record labels. You can find a full quality, fully tagged and fully free mp3 of “Crimewave” for download on Nine Inch Nails’ Web site. After my encounter with Crystal Castles, it’s clear that they’re a shining example of a band that is truly in it for the music. Expect much more from Crystal Castles in the upcoming months, because whether they like it or not, they’re going to be huge.

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Coachella
It’s that time of year again……COACHEllA TIME! We’re a little spoiled here in So-Cal, because it is always a guarantee that the hottest festivals will pass thru town, but NOTHING is more anticipated than Coachella. As usual, the lineup is huge – who are you looking forward to seeing? Who are the bands that you think are ones NOT to be missed? Is rock taking over this year? The DJ scene? Or is Prince going take the cake? Let us know what you’re into. Continue reading

A Very AJ Update

If you’ve seen some of our past blogs….you’ll know we’re pretty huge fans of crazy fandom – and as we rolled into work this fine Monday morning, we were very excited to see some very enthusiastic fans camped outside. I especially loved the air mattress. For all you fans that aren’t able to check out the show tonight…what are some of your favorite Backstreet Boys memories? Are you excited for AJ’s solo stuff?
And lucky for us, as I ran outside to take some pictures…ran into AJ himself showing the fans some love- check it out!

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The Boy Is Back

Best known for his role in one of the most beloved boybands of the 90’s – we can’t even tell you how excited we are to have Backstreet Boy AJ MCLEAN here next MONDAY MARCH 24th. Their are still a few tickets left which can be purchased thru ticketmaster and thru the Roxy box office…and JUST added are local favs Everybody Else and Blackcowboy! Check out AJ debuting his new single (a jazz, funk, soul type feel) tonight (March 21, 2008) on LA station 102.7 KIIS FM on Jojo’s Top 9 at 9. Check it out!

AJ McLean - 3/24