Stay Up Late with Gary Clark Jr.

February 9, the incredible Gary Clark Jr. is here for a late night show!! He is so cool and unbelievably talented that everyone here is buzzing about this one. He has been on the rise for the past 2 years and is widely regarded as one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around.

Listen to “Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round” here:

Doors are at 11:00pm & tickets are on sale Wednesday, January 30.

Win Hedwig Tickets

Win tickets to Hedwig & The Angry Inch LIVE on November 1 or 2!

We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away for each night and here’s how you can enter: Since a portion of the proceeds from all Hedwig shows will go towards the incredible Trevor Project, Instagram or Tweet your favorite photo of Hedwig (any will do!) with #Hedwig4Trevor.

If you tag @TheRoxy & @TrevorProject, you may get a better in. ;D (hint, hint)

Winners will be chosen October 29.

Hedwig & The Angry Inch starring Donovan Leitch runs November 1-7 and if you don’t want to try to win, tickets for all dates are available now via Ticketweb.

Exclusive Q&A with Jimmy Gnecco

THEROXYONSUNSET.COM EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
WITH JIMMY GNECCO
By: @brentXmendoza

One of the most powerfully emotive voices in rock, Jimmy Gnecco returns to On The Rox for an exclusive showcase Thursday, December 8.

Touring on his newly released, full band version of his solo record The Heart, Gnecco will once again bring his soaring vocals to fans lucky enough to secure a ticket for this intimate engagement.

In preparations for the big show, Gnecco phoned in to The Roxy to bring us up to speed on his deeply personal songs, talk about touring troubles with Marilyn Manson, and address those ever-present Velvet Revolver rumors.

So tell us about the new record The Heart X – Edition

Well it’s basically version of songs from The Heart, the original record, which was mostly acoustic… Some of the songs, when I was first writing them, I could really hear them with production like this, being played with a full band, and really “done up” like we normally do with Ours records; but the original intention (of The Heart) was always to keep things minimal, for it to be just my voice and my guitar, and be really raw.

So as I wrote some of the songs, I felt like some of them could really exist in another environment; but at the same time I didn’t want to change the original intention of the record. So then I just thought well, if some of them work out on the road, I’ll do “full” versions of them… I mean normally people kind of do the opposite; but it’s just the way it went this time.

Last year, we played arenas across Europe with the band a-ha, and that’s when a lot of these songs really came to life; so after the tour, we went back in the studio to sort of capture the way the original songs sounded when touring with a full band.

I was reading that the song “Bells” has a special significance for you and the band…

Yeah, the thing about “Bells” is that- from the time I can remember, four or five years old, I was having these strange nightmares… I’ve always dreamt a lot, very vividly at night, but I could never really place what they were about; it wasn’t anything specific, it was just a feeling, and I was trying to put that feeling into music my whole life basically.

It’s maybe sort of a combination of the emotions I felt from those dreams, with maybe songs from the 70’s that I heard growing up, or just something I heard in my head…

I started to write “Bells” a while ago… pieces of it were in a song off my first record called “Here Is The Light.” So I’d been working on it since 97’-98’ and I’d always find myself going back to it, trying to figure out where the chorus was…

I wanted to do this record, where we weren’t sitting on the songs too long; ‘ya know, sometimes you write a song, and if you sit on it too long before you get a chance to record it, it loses that original intent that it had when it was being written. I really wanted to do as much current material as possible.

So “Bells” is kind of that one song that captures that feeling that I’ve been trying to aspire to since I’ve been making music.

The songs you chose for this record seem to be your most vulnerable, deeply personal… and having the intimate relationship that you do with your fans… are there any particularly memorable stories that have been conveyed, that stick out in your mind, about how these songs have affected people?

This record for myself, and a lot of people really meant a lot… people who knew that my mom was sick and dying during the time that I was recording; and other people who were close to people with cancer or sickness felt a certain connection to this record.

It definitely wasn’t for everybody, meaning the first edition of The Heart that I put out. It is a really sad record, and I never had any intention of it being part of the commercial world or getting play on the radio. I wanted to make something that was really from the heart without any filters, or any influence/interference from anybody- management, record labels, even other band members; and so my intention was to put something out that was completely, and solely from my heart; and I hoped that the record would serve as a comfort to some people, even though it would bring emotions up, and stir things in people. So I feel like that happened on the first round of the release…

I also felt like there was a lot of hope, and excitement in these songs as well; and I felt if people liked the first record, maybe they’d appreciate this one too. And again, I didn’t necessarily do this for anybody else, it was just that I could hear the songs existing in both forms; and still, now listening to them, I’m not sure if I like any one version more than the other; it’s just a different kind of experience.

If you want to put a record on by yourself, and really emotionally get deep into something, and kind of cry your eyes out, then I would maybe lean towards the first release; but if you want to listen to something loud, like in your car, or go for a run, or workout, I would probably put the second one on.

You’ve toured with a number of very diverse artists from a-ha to Marilyn Manson, and it sort of seems like it has always been a challenge pairing you with “likeminded” headliners. Have you found it difficult playing to these different audiences that maybe aren’t as receptive to your style of music?

Yeah, I mean that’s not necessarily anyone’s fault or bad reasoning… A lot of tours come up over the years, and some things make more sense than others; but I’ve always tried to not have any genre boundaries for the type of music that we make, and not necessarily categorize it. I mean, who wants to see the same band over and over?

But there is something to be said for mindset or like-mindedness… I like to be around likeminded people, but I also like to be around people who think completely different, who approach things completely different, so Manson was one of those cases.

It’s kind of interesting, when our first record Distorted Lullabies came out, there was kind of this thing going around that we were a Christian band… I guess because of some of the references and the lyrics; but ‘ya know, I was raised Catholic, and it’s certainly a part of my life; and while I don’t necessarily subscribe to any one religion, I guess there are hints of that in the music, but again, I just like the idea of throwing people for a loop.

…just as long as we’re not touring with someone who’s just completely filled with hate and malintent. Manson is a smart guy, and I don’t think he means any harm, but a lot of his fan base is just completely filled with hate, and unfortunately that didn’t work out for us. But Manson himself I have a lot of respect for, he’s an entertainer ‘ya know…

I like all kinds of music, and I always have my opinions about what would make sense as far as touring, but it often just comes down to whether I like the person in the band. Jakob Dylan came up to me and talked to me, and naturally I love Bob Dylan, and I can appreciate Jakob’s talent, but I was just struck by what a sweet guy he was, and I just thought, “yeah, let’s go play some music together.” So sometimes a tour gets picked just like that, and you hope that the music is going to translate.

You just got on stage recently in New York with The Velvet Revolver guys; do you want to address any frontman rumors?

I did… we’ve been talking back and forth about doing something for years. I’ve always been a big fan of those guys, and Guns N’ Roses. Before Weiland joined the band, we had been talking, and the timing just didn’t work out; and then after he left the band, we sort of resumed talking, and maybe again it just wasn’t the right time, or the right set of circumstances… So finally, all the talking stopped, and we got a chance to just play- which is what I wanted to happen- and so I jumped up on stage and played a few songs. I had a really good time, and felt really comfortable, and I just enjoyed it.

Again, at certain points in your life, you just get completely tired of your own point of view. I just made this deeply personal record, entirely on my own, and I think I was just starting to get this feeling that I really want the experience of a different perspective, and a different point of view, and just being around some other people. So it was really exciting for me to get up and play with them, so we did that, and I felt at home.

So we’re talking about getting together some more, and playing some more music, and writing some songs, and seeing what becomes of it, see if we can make something happen. It really comes down to- we have to make great music. So we have to get together, and see if it works…

I’m really looking forward to finally spending some time with them. I can’t say Velvet Revolver will or won’t continue as a band, I don’t think any of us know, but I’m excited to get into that process.

You’re coming back to L.A. and playing On The Rox, a room you’ve played a number of times before; do you have any special attachment to that place or something about in particular that you really love about the space?

Yeah, I love the whole feeling of The Roxy. I love a good rock club, and it’s got to be dingy enough to feel like you’re in a rock n’ roll club, but still feel like a real show, and The Roxy has always been that sort of premiere venue.

There’s no bad seat in the house, it sounds great; so when I go out there, and do these really tiny personal shows, it just feels like home to me. Whether it’s upstairs or downstairs, it’s just always felt comfortable, and I feel a connection to the place.

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Jimmy Gnecco performs at On The Rox on December 8. This show is 21+ and tickets are available via Ticketweb now.

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@jimmygnecconews

Tales of The Sunset Strip

Help us as we build an archive of The Sunset Strip.

Recently, we teamed up with StubStory.com to gather your Sunset Strip stories of concerts to match the ticket stubs you’ve saved over the years. We loved hearing from all of you & now we are so happy to bring you sunsetstrip.stubstory.com!

All of your stories are archived there and there’s room for so many more. Check them out by clicking on the photo below & submit yours if you have one!

South Africa’s Finest: Parlotones

The Parlotones are the definition of a buzz band. Everyone (probably you’re mother, too) has heard of these guys and they’re on the verge of making a real name for themselves in the states. In South Africa, they are bigger than Coldplay. The band had the best selling record there this decade & are the band everyone is dying to get their hands on. The Parlotones have a sound reminiscent of The Killers with a darker side. This is pop rock at its finest.

Listen to their song “Brighter Side of Hell” here:
Brighter Side of Hell by TheSpellboundGroup

Opening the night are Scattered Trees:

Your Very Own:
Slow Me Down by Your Very Own

The Tender Box:

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketweb and The Roxy box office at 310-278-9457.

Meet Lost in Kostko

The boys of Lost in Kostko are back at The Roxy November 12 with Aaron Cuadra & Savannah Phillips and they want to meet 5 of their biggest LA fans!

Lost in Kostko was formed in 2009 by Alex Gertsch & Tyler Posey. Their catchy songs pop-punk songs are enough to have you singing along by the end of the first song you hear. Lost in Kostko has been widely received amongst Tyler Posey’s fans & many many others.

Listen to “Somebody” here:
Somebody by Lost In Kostko

Here’s how you meet the band! Take a photo of your ticket to the show and tweet: “I want to meet @LostinKostko @TheRoxy on 11/12! (link to your photo) #KostkoRox”

Winners will be announced on November 10 so you have some time to win but don’t skip it!

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketweb and the Roxy’s box office 310-278-9457.

5 Questions with Gentlemen Hall

By: @brentXmendoza

In three short years, Boston based Gentlemen Hall has become one of the most decorated and critically acclaimed indie bands to explode out of New England’s pop-rock hot bed.

Currently touring in support of their sophomore effort “When We All Disappear,” the band has taken to the road to bring their exponentially viral, synth-tastic jams to the masses.

While en route to The Roxy, the Gentlemen Hall were kind enough to kill some of their tour bus boredom by participating in a quick round of “5 Questions.” The following are their collective responses…

Wow, so you guys have won a boat load of awards! Which one was the most meaningful for the band? Which one caught you most “off-guard?” And where do you store this treasure trove of trophies?

Awards for art have always felt sort of silly to us, because it’s all subjective… but they have led to tons of exposure, so we do appreciate all the opportunities. The Billboard Award is our fav because all of our mommies and daddies saw us on the “Billboard Music Awards” on ABC.

Tell us about the Gentlemen Hall smoothie. What flavor is it? Did you get to collectively pick the ingredients/decide on the flavor? How many have you consumed; and have you ever “spiked” it?

Ben & Jerry’s has been extremely supportive of the Boston community. We got involved with them several years ago in conjunction with a festival concert series they host called the “Fair Trade Festival.” Last year Boston was officially sanctioned a “Fair Trade City,” so we’ve seen steps towards better and fairer wages. It’s been an honor to be a part of that!

The smoothie is sort of a slurpable commemoration of that relationship… we have not put alcohol in it, as of yet, but if we did, it would have to be tequila since it’s a lemonade ice smoothie!

So the band is named after an infamous Prohibition-era speakeasy in Boston. Who in the band would have most likely taken to “rum-running” during the 1920’s dry spell?

Aside from @Cobimike, the whole band is pretty heavy on the moonshine! Who would make the best bathtub gin..? We’d have to say @Sethflute. He’s quite the craftsman.

Other than Sam Adams, what’s the best thing about Boston? Ever party with Matt and Ben? And “pahk the cah in hahvahd yahd,” funny or not?

It’s the only place we know that will thunder during a snowstorm. Gnar! The accents ain’t bad either. Nice work!

Finally, Seth what’s up with that flute?

I make you scoot, scoot, scoot when I toot, toot, toot!

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This Wednesday, Oct 12 Billboard Presents Gentlemen Hall with Shinobi Ninja, Hank & Cupcakes, and DJ Tony Martinez. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is FREE with RSVP.

www.gentlemenhall.com
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@gentlemenhall

The Roxy at CMJ

We’re packing our bags & heading to NYC next week!

October 20 at Idle Hands Bar in Manhattan with Topspin & Film Buff, we’re hosting a Digital Media Meetup & we want you to come! From 6-9pm, come hang out with digital nerds and tech pros as we geek out over the latest trends and the amazing bands playing the festival.

For all the info on the party & to see us on panels throughout next week click here.

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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Check your Clock(wise) – It’s Time For Andy

Aussie import Andy Clockwise headlines The Roxy this Thursday for the September KROQ Locals Only Showcase!

Andy’s latest album “The Socialite” is receiving rave reviews & we’ve made it easy for you to hear the soul inspired rock & roll tracks. Check it out below:

ANDY CLOCKWISE – The Socialite by andyclockwise

Opening the night:
Useless Keys (Dangerbird Records)

Queen Caveat
What Built Me by Queen Caveat

Lovers Drugs
Drift Off by Lovers Drugs

Tickets are available now via Ticketweb & The Roxy Box Office at 310-278-9457.

SSMF Profiles: Holland Greco

SSMF PROFILE: HOLLAND GRECO
By: Brent X Mendoza


Photo: Dalen Muster

Pop bliss princess and ukulele enthusiast Holland Greco has voiced songs for numerous hit TV shows and films including original arrangements for “The Looney Tunes Show” and “Scooby Doo.”

When she’s not penning tracks for song placement, she can be found performing with any number of musical projects, the newest of which, The Stripminers, a collaboration with Brett Anderson of The Donnas.

Catch Ms. Greco in her solo incarnation next Friday, August 19 as she performs under the stars on The Sunset Strip as part of the festivities for SSMF week.

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First off, Holland Greco… great name! Family name, stage name, is there a story behind it?

Thank you! It’s my middle name and last name.

What other Sunset Strip Music Festival bands/artists are you most looking forward to seeing?

Well, I really like The Veronicas. Those girls can sing, write, and play some seriously great pop songs. I also like Melissa Villasenor. I’m an America’s Got Talent watcher and she was good on that. Of course I’m looking forward to Mötley Crüe, the SSMF atmosphere, festival food, and hanging out at The Roxy!

Why the ukulele as your primary stage instrument of choice? How long have you been playing the uke? Who taught you?

The uke happened by accident. The truth is that in 2006 I was asked to play it in another band. One of the band leaders drew pictures of the two chords I was supposed to play. I learned those, and that was the beginning. After that, I taught myself to play by using chord charts.

I also play some keys, guitar, and other random bits.

Noticed your musical contributions to “Looney Tunes” and “Scooby Doo,” that must have been a bit surreal? Any other classic/icon cartoons you would love to write music for? Also, working with children’s entertainment, were you subject to a morality clause in your contract?

I really love working in animation and children’s entertainment!

I would love to voice a cartoon character or sing more for cartoons/kids shows. Any of ‘em!

The Looney Tunes Show hired me as a vocalist. I didn’t write “Yellow Bird,” but I’m thrilled to have been the voice on that. “Merrie Melodies” are classic! I think it’s the coolest thing I’ve done recently. (Listen here.)

Same with “Getaway Yeah” for Scooby Doo. That was a vocal job only, and it happened a few years ago. (More than 85 thousand views!)

I was not subject to a morality clause. Lol. Morality is so subjective… I wonder what something like that would say? If someone asked me to sign a morality clause, I imagine it would have to be a huge job for me to be ok with it, just because freedom and privacy is so valuable; but I could handle it!

You have several musicals listed on your résumé (Lovelace: A Rock Opera and Ed Wood Monsters of Hollywood: Vampira), who would you say you relate to more Linda Lovelace or Vampira?

Haha….. Vampira definitely! I like her exaggerated monster-movie-loving character. She was ahead of her time, very glam, and The Misfits wrote a song about her, which my trio covers!!!

Tell us about “Tunnel Vision?” Care to explain the origins of the title? Also what other TV/flim/soundtrack/acting projects do you currently have in works?

Tunnel Vision is my first solo record, and is available at all the digital outlets. There are some really cool recordings on there. I encourage everyone to check it out, listen to it, and buy it too!

It’s funny that you would ask about the title. I am blessed to have some great mentors in my life, and Gail Zappa is one of them. She has a gift for words and titles. She suggested that I start a blog called “Holland’s Tunnel Vision,” which I thought was a great title. In addition to that, the lyrics on “Tunnel Vision” are very much about desire so strong that you can’t see anything else. Just convincing, striving, obsessing… going after what you want… it also took that kind of force to write and record the album. So all those things worked together to make “Tunnel Vision” the perfect description of the work.

New and upcoming..? I have a stash of demo recordings that are getting sorted through and shined up. We’re putting them in categories because I record soul-style songs, dance songs, folk songs, and novelty stuff. In a couple of years from now, I’ll probably have a number of other five song albums out in totally different styles. Variety pleases me!

Speaking of variety, I play a number of instruments in The Stripminers. They are a new and very special band that you will be hearing more about.

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Holland Greco will be performing as part of SSMF week along with The Roxy’s own Megan Jacobs, The Mowglis, Of Verona, and Goodnight Noises this Friday, August 19 at the Jack Daniels Experience Outdoor Acoustic Stage. Performances kick off at 6 p.m. 21+ only. 8950 Sunset Strip.

SSMF: Lineups and Röller Cöasters

Get ready to plan your SSMF! Here are your set times for The Roxy stage on August 20!

KILL THE COMPLEX 1:30
QUEEN CAVEAT 2:10
LETLIVE 3:00
JORDAN COOK 3:50
IMAGINE DRAGONS 4:40
WARNER DRIVE 5:30
THE LIMOUSINES 6:20
SABROSA PURR 7:10
THE EXPANDERS 8:00
CHAPPO 8:50
SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS EMPIRE 10:00
RYE RYE 10:30
SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS 11:30
METALACHI ON THE ROX 12:00

Here are your main stages:

OUTDOOR WEST STAGE
BLACK VEIL BRIDES 2:00
SHE WANTS REVENGE 3:10
ESCAPE THE FATE 4:30
BUSH 6:00
MOTLEY CRUE 8:15

OUTDOOR EAST STAGE
TRIBAL SEEDS 1:30
COBRA STARSHIP 2:30
THE DIRTY HEADS 3:50
MATT & KIM 5:10
PUBLIC ENEMY 7:00

As if this amazing lineup weren’t enough -MOTLEY F-IN CRUE IS BRINGING TOMMY LEE’S ROLLER COASTER!
The “360” roller coaster is a full loop that will be on stage while Tommy Lee is rocking out to everyone’s favorite Mötley Crüe songs.

 

For the full lineup including all the venues, special events this week, and tickets visit SSMF.com.

The Red Paintings

The Red Paintings are back at The Roxy August 13. Their experimental rock sound has been capturing audiences all over Los Angeles since 2006. You can listen to them here.

TRP fans and new audiences alike are in for a treat with this show! The Paintings are looking for artists & human canvases to participate in live art that coincides with their art rock. Email management@theredpaintings.com if you’re interested.

Tickets for the night are available on Ticketweb and through The Roxy Box Office at 310-278-9457.

The Roxy at LACMA

The Roxy is jumping into the art world with music! On July 7, LACMA & The Roxy present MUSE Concert Series featuring Saint Motel & The Silent Comedy.

The bands will be playing in front of Chris Burden’s Urban Light that you have, no doubt, seen while driving down Wilshire Blvd.

The Silent Comedy live experience will be alongside live painter Mike Maxwell.

Saint Motel – Puzzle Pieces
SAINT MOTEL – Puzzle Pieces by saintmotel

The Silent Comedy – Gasoline
Gasoline by The Silent Comedy

There is a $25 ticket that will, not only, get you access to this awesome show but the brand new Tim Burton exhibit as well! For more ticket information click here

New Zealand Reggae

Hailing all the way from across the seas, New Zealand band of brothers Kora take over The Roxy June 16th with special guests Seedless, Through the Roots and Haleamano. This family affair five piece band formed in 2003 and features the 4 Kora brothers; Laughton Kora on vocals, guitar, harmonica & keys; Francis Kora on bass, samples & vocals; Stuart Kora on guitar, keys & vocals; Brad Kora on drums and vocals & Dan McGruer on keys & bass. Together the guys create a dynamic wall of rich vocal harmonies carried by a strong powerhouse rhythm section with every track they create. A forefront of the wave of experimental rock/funk and reggae, Kora has always made sure to deliver a dynamic live performance that no doubt blows their audience out of the water.

Their self titled debut album KORA dropped back in 2007 and shot straight to the top of the official NZ charts, debuting right on top at #1, and has since reached double platinum sales. A remix of 7 tracks off the Kora album was remixed in a collaboration with Cabaret Voltaire and released as a remix album, KORA! KORA! KORA!

If you don’t know who Kora is, don’t waste another minute. It’s about time you check out what this band is all about. Check out their video for Story ain’t Over to see the guys in action, and head over to their website for more Kora!

Orange County natives Seedless formed in 2006 and seamlessly fuse together reggae, dub and rock, pushing the limits of reggae music.This band has already played with respectable musicians including The Dirty Heads, Tribal Seeds, The Wailers and many more. With the ability to move flawlessly between roots reggae and progressive rock, Seedless keeps the fun coming for every show. Check out the band’s Facebook page for more info!

San Diego reggae band Through the Roots has already shared the stage with high profile musicians including Talib Kweli, Tribal Seeds and Natural Vibrations among others. Hitting the road hard in 2011, the group’s vibe consist of smooth catchy tunes and engaging style. Through the Roots is no stranger to The Roxy Theatre, as the group has played at the venue before along with other venues such as the Key Club, the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, and a growing number of other popular music venues. Check out the band’s Facebook!

The City of Las Vegas brings you reggae group Haleamano. Spreading their islands vibes around the Vegas scene and now bringing their sound to the famous sunset strip, Haleamano fuses reggae, blues, rock and soul together to create a dynamic new sound. The band has recently enjoyed success on their first tour of Hawaii and have shared the stage with acts including Tribal Seeds, Ekolu, Seedless and many more. Check out the band’s Facebook for more info!

Tickets for the June 16th show with Seedless, Through the Roots and Haleamano are available on Ticketweb or The Roxy box office at 310-278-9457
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Wings Like Weapons

LA rockers Wings Like Weapons have an energetic sound connecting Audioslave and Velvet Revolver to 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI. Their self-titled debut EP, expertly mixed by Brett Eliason (Pearl Jam, My Chemical Romance), is currently on-air, both on national TV and SoCal radio. Sign up through www.wingslikeweapons.com for their ticket giveaways!

See them live tonight, February 2, with Cage 9, Murder FM & more on the “Machine Gun Kisses” Tour!

Bonnie Dune Round Up

Bonnie Dune’s first show ever happened this past Sunday January 9, 2011 and we’ve seen so much fan footage from it, we had to put it all together for you.

Our very own, Dann Saxton, caught up with the guys backstage for a quick interview.

Here’s a few of the clips we’ve found so far:

If you have any more footage/photos, feel free to post them in the comments here and let everyone soak up some Bonnie Dune.

Black Label Society Doing Some Good


Always one to support a great cause, we are happy to open our doors to Black Label Society as they raise money for “St. Jude Rock N Roll Hope.” All proceeds going to support this amazing charity! Tickets go onsale at 10am on July 10 for the show on August 10! We know they will go fast! Support the cause!

Jane’s Addiction Rox The Roxy

JANE’S ADDICTION @ THE ROXY THEATRE
Friday, July 2, 2010
By: Brent X Mendoza

In The Strip’s long history of secret shows and intimate showcases, Jane’s Addiction at The Roxy definitely falls in the top ten of “wow factor”. The chance to see these quintessential Los Angeles legends, a band that practically defined the genre of alternative rock, in a 500 capacity club is an event that comes but once in a lifetime.

Setting the tone for the evening, the show kicked off with a short Jim Rose style, bondage/burlesque skit. Acting as hostess and looking like escapees from an Agent Provocateur catalogue, two scantily clad beauties took the stage to Manson’s “I Put a Spell on You”. After a brief side show, cheek piercing stunt, the vixens flung back the stage curtain and Jane’s exploded onto the stage.

Revealing a backdrop reminiscent of the Ritual album cover, the band featuring new bassist Duff McKagen (GN’R) looked and sounded better than ever. With their camera phones held high, the crowd of lucky guest listers was writhing with excitement in a way that jaded LA crowds never allow themselves.

Early on, the band launched into fan favorites like “Had a Dad”. With Farrell perched atop a small platform at the head of the stage, the two burlesque dancers swung suspended from harnesses, kicking their legs as they flew out over the crowd. Echoing the chorus,“gimme some more”, the audience was ecstatic when Farrell grabbed up cameras and cell phones from the amateur videographers in the front row and gave them some special stage POV footage.

The hits just kept on coming as the band drew from their classic records and pulled out jammers like “Ted Just Admit It” and monsters like “Mountain Song” and “Been Caught Stealing”. “I feel like Kobe Bryant hitting a three-pointer at the end of the game”, exclaimed Farrell as he shimmied his way back and forth across the stage.

The packed house hit their height of elation when the band exploded into “Stop”. Belting out the last verse of the song, the crowd humorously stumbled, being put on the spot and having to blurt out the correct lyrics to the classic they’ve been absent mindedly singing along with for years.

Closing out their epic set, the band all moved to the front of the stage and took a seat for an encore, acoustic jam version of “Jane Says”. “We played this place for our first record… had every record label exec in the city in the palm of my hand… tonight felt like the good old days” pronounced Farrell before exiting the stage with Jane’s famous Español moniker “Juana’s Adiccion”.
Photo Credit: Erik Voake – erikvoake.com

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.

Smashing Pumpkins Announced as 2010 SSMF Headliner

It gives us great pleasure to announce that SMASHING PUMPKINS will be headlining this years Sunset Strip Music Festival. On the heels of last years first ever street closure with Ozzy Osbourne, Pepper, Shwayze, The Donnas, LMFAO (to name a few) and 10, 000 of our closest friends – 2010 is going to be HUGE!! To celebrate our local blog readers, facebook fans, and twitter friends – there will be a limited number of GA street fest tickets for sale at $35 each starting now just for you. Advance tickets can be found – here.

ALL tickets (Street Fest GA – $49.50, Street Fest VIP – $100, and 3-Day VIP – $250) will go on sale this Thursday, June 17 at 10 am through Ticketmaster and SSMF.com. A portion of every ticket sold to benefit Los Angeles Youth Network.

Smashing Pumpkins are best known for songs such as “1979,” “Today,” and “Bullet With Butterfly Wings.” This summer, the band is embarking on an intimate 12 city tour, from Ohio to Osaka for the first time since 2008. The Sunset Strip Music Festival marks the only West Coast appearance.