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.

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.

Shack Up with Western States Motel

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

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

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

Each week features different local openers:

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

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

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

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

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.

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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Fearless Friends Tour with blessthefall

Fearless records is hitting the road this fall with 5 bands in tow on the Fearless Friends Tour featuring blessthefall, The World Alive, Motionless in White, Tonight Alive, and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

Each of the bands hosted their own video announce. Check out blessthefall’s exclusive with CraveOnline.com

November 10 is the only Los Angeles date and tickets go on sale this Friday via Ticketweb and The Roxy Box Office at 310-278-9457.

SSMF Profiles: Nico Vega

SSMF ARTIST PROFILE: NICO VEGA
By: Brent X Mendoza

Thursday, August 18 kicks off the first official start of SSMF; and to “ring in” this year’s festival, The Roxy Theatre and 98.7 Close to Home proudly present the indie rock pride of Los Angeles: Nico Vega.

Celebrating the release of their Nico Vega covers Nico Vega and Rod Stewart EP (yup that’s really the title!) released earlier this year, the band has a set chock-full of new material planned for those lucky enough to be in attendance.

Before heading out to the big show, catch up with front woman/siren songstress Aja Volkman as she updates us on the band’s latest happs.

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

Imagine Dragons! They are playing at The Roxy on the 20th at 4pm I think. I am excited for a lot of different bands: Semi Precious Weapons, Eastern Conference Champions, and I am really excited to see Matt and Kim.

What inspired the Nico Vega covers Nico Vega and Rod Stewart EP? Do you think Rod Stewart is aware of your homage/dedication? Thoughts on future covers of “Hot Legs” and/or “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”

Hahaha! I don’t know if he is aware of it. I think “Young Turks” is a really fun song. The whole EP was a place saver for the band while we finish our next record, and covering Rod Stewart just made the whole thing more fun!

What’s the status of a new full length? Are a continuous flow of EPs a more savy way to go with the current state of the music biz?

Possibly… but we are big fans of making a whole record. An EP is a good way to get the singles out before you drop the whole record, but I’m not sure how we will do it yet. I am really happy with how the record is sounding. I can’t wait for it to drop. We are in the studio every day right now fine tuning it.

Your band bio refers to Nico Vega as a sort of “modern day saint.” If they were making a comic book inspired movie with St. Nico Vega as the central character, what sort of superpowers would she have? Who would be her nemesis?

I think she would be a regular person with a great ability to love. I think the inability to love everyone is one of the main weaknesses of the human way; the isolated separation between people… Even your next door neighbor is a stranger. How often do you walk around treating everybody with the trust and kindness that you would treat a close friend with? If there is one way we could benefit from St. Nico Vega I think that she would carry a message of unconditional love and oneness. It’s something that I constantly have to work on because I am shy in social settings. Except of course on stage! I don’t think Nico Vega has any enemies.

The band has a pretty tight knit fan base. What’s the coolest/creepiest/most extravagant gift you’ve ever received from a fan?

Hmmm… Good question. The coolest was either the framed silk screened Nico Vega posters sent to us from St. Louis, or the gold necklace that was blessed by a monk that a man gave me. Nobody is really creepy, but the funniest is probably the underwear women throw at me on stage. It’s a really nice gesture, and I completely appreciate it, but I’m already wearing underwear. I don’t need to borrow some!

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Thursday, Aug 18 Nico Vega takes the stage along with Eastern Conference Champions, State Line Empire, Goldenspell, and Incan Abraham. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are, you guessed it, $9.87.

 

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@NicoVega

Ask KREAYSHAWN

If you follow The Roxy online, you know how much we love questions. For this round, we’re putting them in your hands! Scheduled for next week, we have an exclusive interview with the utterly cool Kreayshawn for her sold out August 27 show and we want you to submit the questions!

Tweet your questions @TheRoxy with #AskKREAY, post them on our Facebook page, or email them to theroxy@mac.com.

We want to know what you want to know about the hottest thing to come out of Oakland this year. Send them in & maybe she’ll be answering you!

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.

Honor Flow Hip Hop

Hip Hop crew Honor Flow Productions are coming through our doors on August 4 for the V.I.S.I.O.N.S. live revamp release! The single “Cadillac Dreams” is available for free download on their Bandcamp page.

Honor Flow Productions was established in 2003 as a DJ service and evolved into various areas of music and production. They built a grassroots following by breaking the traditional rules of contemporary music. Their “out-of-body” live experience is quickly becoming an LA staple.

Joining the crew is the talented Trey Billie & Waju, Zombies on the Lawn, Mickey Dizzurp, Drip’n Steeze, and Elmo the King.

Tickets will be available at the door!

PushMethod at The Roxy

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

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

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

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

Catch Up with Ky-Mani Marley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SSMF Profiles: The Limousines

ROXY SSMF ARTIST PROFILE: THE LIMOUSINES
By: Brent X Mendoza

Bay Area based electronic duo The Limousines have been building serious buzz in the four short years since their formation. Comprised of multi-instrumentalist/producer Giovanni Giusti and songwriter/vocalist Eric Victorino, the pair began collaborating on tracks through email correspondence, constructing several of their first songs without ever having met face-to-face.

Now signed to Silverlake’s Dangerbird Records, whose discerning roster includes Silversun Pickups, Fitz and The Tantrums, and Hot Hot Heat, the band is poised to expand their electro empire beginning with a highly anticipated showcase at this year’s Sunset Strip Music Festival.

Staying true to form, frontman Eric Victorino spoke to The Roxy via email to challenge the popular conception that “drum machines have no soul.”

What’s the most exciting/shocking/strangest/craziest thing you’ve done in a limousine?

I’ve never been in a limousine. What’s it like? Is it like, totally super crazy?

For those that don’t know, could you describe your songwriting process (or at least what the process has been like thus far)? How has this unorthodox style of collaboration influenced the music?

We don’t have guitar players, or drummers, or bass players to argue with so our process is unusually respectful and collaborative.

You’ve played alongside some pretty big acts? Who were you most excited to share billing with? Any surreal and/or star-struck moments?

Seeing your name on the same poster as a band you’ve grown up listening to is pretty cool; lots of people being at the show is fun too; but you rarely meet the bands you open for, much less have any meaningful conversations or surreal moments in which to be star-struck. I try not to meet people I admire anyway because they’re just regular people and they never live up to the expectations I set for them in my mind.

Man vs. technology seems to be a running lyrical theme throughout your work. Is this an outgrowth of being an electro band? Do drum machines have souls?

I’ve never played an instrument on stage, so nothing is different for me in The Limousines than it’s been in my past bands… Just less shit on stage to trip over and less guys to bump into. Humans vs. tech is an unavoidable theme in music, and books, and movies, and art these days. Lucky for us, they haven’t made a computer program that’ll write good songs; so we’ve still got work to do.

Whether we make noises with things made out of wood, or metal, or plastic, or microchips doesn’t matter to us. There are always going to be people who feel like a band is cheating somehow if they use anything but traditional instruments. Conversely, there are always going to be bands like us who tell those people to go fuck themselves.

What are you currently working on? What do we have to look forward to in the second half of 2011?

I think right now we’re pretty much working on figuring out what the hell we’re doing wrapped up in this silly business. We love to make music, so we’ll keep doing that. As for hopes and dreams for the rest of the year, whatever…

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The Limousines – Get Sharp by TheLimousines

The Limousines play The Roxy’s stage during the Sunset Strip Music Festival street fest on August 20. For more information on the festival visit SSMF.com

5 Questions with Trapt

5 QUESTIONS WITH CHRIS TAYLOR BROWN OF TRAPT
By: Brent X Mendoza

Saturday, July 16 catch platinum selling powerhouse Trapt as they headline The Roxy Theatre.

Touring with their latest record No Apologies, the band is showing their dedication and appreciation to their fans: allowing them to vote and pick their favorite song for release as a single, as well as collaging photos of their “biggest fans” for the cover art.

Before their big show this weekend, frontman Chris Taylor Brown took some time out from playing with fireworks to speak with The Roxy about why they’re doing it all for the fans. Here’s what he had to say…

Want to tell us a little about the cover art for your latest record No Apologies? Where did the idea come from? How did that all came about?

We have always wanted our fans to be a part of everything we do. We were thinking of album covers, and thought it would be a great idea to have our fans send in pictures and have the cover made up of pics of all our biggest fans. We wanted it to be a memento that they could always have reminding them that they are the reason that we exist.

In the song “Sound Off” who/what exactly are you sounding off about?

2009 was a hard year for everyone, and I thought that some of the things our government was doing to help the situation was only hurting. It seemed that people didn’t want to talk about it or even think about what was going on. Later that year, when I was writing the music for “Sound Off,” I thought about those people who would rather not participate in the direction our country was going, and the hook just came out. I know people get angry about certain things, but to open up and say something about it to the world is a different story.

Who would you rather be “trapped” in an elevator with: Chris Tucker (actor/comedian), Taylor Hicks (American Idol), or the other Chris Brown (R&B singer)?

Oh Chris Brown of course! Hahaha…

Your anthem “Headstrong” has been used for TV shows, videogames, and all kinds of sporting events? What’s the strangest or most amusing place you’ve heard your music pop up?

Well the strangest story had to be the one about a couple soldiers kicking a door down, busting into an Iraqi house and hearing “Headstrong” blazing in the background on a satellite TV. I obviously was not there, but heard the story from a few fans. It’s crazy how music transcends boundary lines and cultures like that.

How did the band celebrate this past July 4th?

With a lot of drinking and fireworkin’!!!

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Trapt takes the stage this Saturday, July 16 along with Abused Romance, Boy Hits Car, and Otherwise. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Get a free download from Trapt here.

Gina & The Eastern Block

5 QUESTIONS WITH GINA KATON AND MARC JORDAN OF
GINA & THE EASTERN BLOCK
By: Brent X Mendoza

All month long dance rock project de jour Gina & The Eastern Block have been “bringing the party” to The Roxy’s exclusive VIP lounge On The Rox. The band, featuring producer/drummer Marc Jordan, seasoned dancer and vocalist Gina Katon, and former Glassjaw guitarist Todd Weinstock, have combined their veteran talents to form one superstar juggernaut set to take the music world by storm.

With only three performances left this month at On The Rox, get to know these music industry principals who are well on their way to becoming household names.

To start, want to give us a little 411 on your musical backgrounds?

Jordan: I’ve been working behind the board for over ten years now, and been fortunate enough to work with some really great bands like Rock Kills Kid, The Cult, Velvet Revolver, and many others.

Around 1997, I got a call from Daniel Lanois (three time Grammy Award winning producer) for a session gig with Milla Jovovich and Seal. It was those seven days with Daniel that sealed the deal for me, and made it obvious that I needed to be on the other side of the kit and be producing records.

Katon: Growing up with the “Boogieman from Hell” as my dad pretty much sealed music in my bones. With the music studio next to my room in the basement, I had many sleepless nights of blues and hard rock haunting my dreams.

Much later down the road, I joined the Darling Stilettos, a dancing rock n roll girl group formed by Matt Sorum (GnR, Velvet Revolver) and his girl Ace. We basically started on The Sunset Strip performing to die hard rocker locals and Matt Sorum fans; later finding a name for ourselves, we scored some slots opening for Camp Freddy playing shows around the U.S. After two long years of singing covers, I decided it was time to be my own artist. It was time to take off my motorcycle vest and stiletto boots, and move on to be me.

Does a working/romantic relationship lead to love “on the rox?”

Jordan: I don’t recommend producing your significant other. But in this case, Gina usually brings in well thought out ideas to the studio so it makes my job much easier. However there have been some rough moments: like the time I asked her to channel Celine Dion and she promptly told me to, “fuck off” and brought some Biggie to the song instead. But Biggie is definitely a way better vibe for her than Celine. So that ended up going well.

Katon: Not really. Music and our art is such a huge part of our lives anyway, that work is our life. Often we are on the same page and have the same goals. It’s easy, whatever happens, happens; we just go with it, and try not to over think it. It’s organic and raw; and in the rare case of any disagreements… I always win the battle of course.

Should producers produce themselves? What are the pros and cons of being your own “creative director?”

Jordan: That’s a tough one. Each situation’s different I suppose. The first song that I “produced” was a cover of “Day Tripper” by The Beatles when I was seven years old. I played the practice drum pad and my older brother played the guitar. We recorded it onto a cassette player and then I made us re-record it, and re-record it, and re-record it until we had the right take. So things haven’t really changed much since then!

But sometimes the right take is full of some imperfections. When you produce yourself, it’s hard to accept any imperfections and see them as positives. Kinda like when you see yourself in a picture and hate the way you look and make the person re-take it until you think you look like a pimp. Usually the first one was the best, and the one that you think makes you look like a pimp looks like dog shit.

Gina Gershon vs Gina Katon. Besides your name and musical backgrounds, what else might you have in common?

Katon: She’s one bad ass bitch. I would love to say we have that in common. We are both tough, edgy, risk takers, and maybe a little rebellious at times; powerful, confident, not afraid to be sexy or express our sexuality. I also heard she’s a dancer. So there ya go!

You both are neighborhood locals. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen on The Sunset Strip?

Jordan: I saw a hipster at The Rainbow last week. I told him that Silver Lake would not approve of his behavior. And then I realized that I was talking to Todd from our band… he’s a total hipster!

Katon: One Friday night Scott Koenig (artist manager) was not at the Rainbow. That was strange..?

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Gina & The Eastern Block perform at club Transmission, every Thursday this month at On The Rox. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.
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@ginakaton

Judgment Day Q&A

THEROXYONSUNSET.COM EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
WITH A/J JACKSON OF SAINT MOTEL
By: Brent X Mendoza

It’s the final countdown! That’s right, take heed all you good and decent people, because the end of days is upon us, and we’re going out with a bang! Our good friends Saint Motel are “ringing in the rapture” this Judgment Day, Saturday, May 21, on stage at The Roxy Theatre.

Not sure what the hell we’re talking about? Well, to shed light on this show of biblical proportions, Saint Motel front man A/J Jackson phoned The Roxy offices directly from his doomsday Winnebago to spread “the good news.” Here’s what he had to say…

So for those people who haven’t yet heard, what’s up with this whole judgment day/rapture thing?

Well, according to specific groups of people, in particular Family Radio, judgment day is this Saturday, May 21… supposedly it’s the anniversary of Noah’s Ark, and there are enough proofs in the Bible to guarantee it 100 percent.

We first found these people (Project Caravan) in Washington D.C. in December, and then again in New York, and then again in L.A., and we just thought it was too interesting not to get involved with them.

We decided to throw kind of a celebration to bring in the end of the world; cause it feels like one of the biggest historic… like a really well organized apocalyptic moments, since sort of the whole Y2K thing.

I just love when people think the world is going to end. It’s always kind of funny, cause you can never really tell them they’re wrong…

And the band actually traveled around caravanning with these “judgment day” messengers?

A little bit, yes. They’re coming back to L.A., and we’re actually going to have one of them hosting the show on Saturday.

Yeah, we got to hang out with some of them… I interviewed some of them; got their take on a few things; discovered some interesting details like, a lot of them don’t know what time of day the world is going to end. Some people think it’s going to be cyclical, and it’s going to be from where the International Date Line begins and it’s going to go around the world in increments. Some people think 6 p.m. I’m not really sure why…

And one other really interesting thing, it’s already written who’s going to go “up” and who’s going to go “down.” So they’re telling you that you’re going to die, but it doesn’t really matter. There’s nothing you can do at this point to be saved.

So, it’s just sort of confusing to me, why they are then spending all this money on this advertising campaign, if it’s already been decided. But according to Brother Mike, who runs, www.may-212011.com, he says, that the act of warning people helps make “them” saved. So I guess it’s the act of getting the word out that is a righteous deed.

So has the band had any sort of negative reaction from these “doomsdayers?” I mean, I’m assuming the members you’ve been speaking too don’t really know what you’re doing is “tongue-in-cheek?”

Our experience has been that they don’t really care, because we are giving them more awareness; and their whole goal is to get the word out… So we’re helping them with that.

But we’ve had some negative reactions from our fans, and friends, and families who think that we are serious. And some people are legitimately scared that the world is going to end, and they don’t think it’s something to celebrate.

So yeah, it hasn’t been the easiest concept, but definitely one of the more fun ones because it is kind of dangerous and highly charged… but it’s also ridiculous cause we’re not making fun of religion, or Christianity, or the Bible. We’re making fun of people, that in my mind, kind of misinterpret, or interpret things in a way that is ridiculous… but also somewhat threatening to people. I mean, they’re telling everyone that they’re going to die! Which is just so off base! And without much evidence, I mean unless you believe that they really have decoded the Bible. It deserves to be made fun of, and it deserves to be pointed out. It’s offensive to a lot of my Christian friends too…

They’re offending everybody, Christians, non-Christians, every other religion… atheists, and I think it’s kinda become… I mean, the only way to really deal with it is to think it’s funny; and you can’t take it seriously. And if they are passionate about it, “good for them,” as long as, they aren’t harming anyone else, you don’t have to really listen to them.

So when judgment day comes, where will the members of Saint Motel be going? Up or down?

We’re kind of split I think. Half the band kind of thinks the world will end; half the band thinks it won’t. So I’d say maybe a couple members will be going up and a couple members will be going down.

But according to Brother Mike again, who I interviewed, nobody knows if they are saved or not… So who knows? We’ll see. Nobody knows… except for God.

Has the band taken any precautions, made any final preparations, just in case May 21 is “the end of days?”

Well, we’ve been trying to shoot, finish one last music video before it all ends. We shot the music video out at the beach today, and got one last look at the waves. So that was nice…

Dak (bassist) talked to his family in Thailand to make sure and say “hello,” and/or “goodbye,” depending on how you look at it… Sharp (guitarist Aaron Sharp) is just trying to get better soon, he got kind of sick this week so he’s resting… and Greg (drummer Greg Erwin)… he fully doesn’t believe the world is going to end; he thinks it’s stupid, so he hasn’t done anything to prepare.

And this Saturday, what can we expect live at the show? How far are you going carry this concept?

We’re actually going to be trying out some new visuals this time, which should be cool. We’ve also got a doomsday clock counting down the minutes left, and if we hit midnight that means they’re wrong! So we’ll see!

Also, we’ve got Reverend Childs hosting, of Project Caravan; we’ve got a special guest for the encore, and we’ve got some special covers, that you know, have to do with the celebration…

And then, we made these “rapture travel kits” for those people that have VIP tickets. So we’re making those, and some other fun stuff people get for their journey into the afterlife… also a photo booth, and lots of drink specials.

Finally, assuming the rapture does come to pass, and the show abruptly comes to an end, is there any sort of refund policy?

If the world doesn’t end… then that’ll be pretty cool. No refunds.

And if the world does end, we’ll give everyone refunds. Guaranteed… by the Bible.

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98.7 FM, LA Weekly, and God present Judgment Day with Saint Motel, Vanaprasta, The Hundred Days, and Queen Caveat this Saturday, May 21. Doors open at 8 p.m.

VIP options include seating + Rapture Kits! For more info click here.
Tickets are $13.50 and available via Ticketweb and The Roxy box office.

Calling Joe Brooks Fans

Got tickets to this Saturday’s Joe Brooks show with Ocean Grove & Sara Haze?
Well have we got news for you! We’re giving 3 lucky people and 3 of their friends the chance to meet Joe during the show!

All you have to do is tweet about the May 7 show with #JoeBrooksRox & 3 random people will win!

It’s that easy.

If you don’t have tickets yet, you can still get them online with Ticketweb or through the Roxy Box Office at 310-278-9457.

Xyzyx Release Party

Xyzyx (pronounced ‘ziz-ix’), returns to The Roxy Theatre again for their upcoming show, Wednesday, April 13. If you’ve seen them live before you know that this Power Pop Rock 5-piece band has some infectious tunes on their roster with some killer 4-part harmonies reminiscent of the 70’s to boast. For those of you that have yet to discover Xyzyx, you can expect to hear a cross between Weezer and the Foo Fighters with the stage presence of Spinal Tap. The band has been performing on the live circuit since March 2009, having recently opened for Missing Persons and Steel Panther, and are excited to be back at The Roxy for their EP release party.

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You can check out the band’s Facebook page and Myspace pages for more info and old school tracks!

Come head down to The Roxy Wednesday, April 13 and celebrate the night away with Xyzyx with the crazy talented “The Outdoors”, Dom Liberati, and Exit 3 opening for the band.

“The Outdoors” is a five-piece rock band originally from Echo Park, CA. Their musical flow has been compared to Band of Horses, The Rosebuds, and even Radiohead and Coldplay. If you want to take the plunge into what this talented band has to offer, you can check out their self titled EP on their bandcamp page, and keep up with them on their official Twitter page.

Don Liberati blends musical styles reminiscent of The Police with Jimmy Eat World and Kings of Leon thrown in the mix. Check out his official website for more info, keep up with his twitter, and find him on Facebook and Myspace for some of his tunes.

Exit 3 is South Jersey’s Most Unique Cover Band, bringing you modern takes of some of your Favorite B-Side, Modern Rock, Classic Rock and Alternative tunes. Check out the band’s Facebook and Myspace for tracks and more info.

Doors open at 7:15

Tickets: $10
Tickets will be available at the box office by calling 310-278-9457 or at the door.

Vertical Horizon Brings it Back

Remember the song? You know you do. “I am everything you want, I am everything you need..” Yeah, good luck getting it out of your head.

Vertical Horizon has kept their wheels turning and has released multiple albums since their 1999 release including their latest “Burning the Days.” The band’s sound has continued to change with the times but still remains catchy. They’ve worked with some of the biggest names in music including Richard Marx and Neil Peart of Rush, to name a few.

Everything You Want:

Listen to more of the band’s singles here

Opening the night is Kill The Complex, Juke Kartel, and Me Vs. Myself.

ME VS. MYSELF “PROMISING” from Ryan Kam on Vimeo.

Come out for a night of 90’s nostalgia and find your new faves. Tickets for the March 8th show are available online here and through the Roxy box office.

5 QUESTIONS WITH BENVENUE

By: Brent X Mendoza

Tonight Nor Cal hard rock giants Benvenue join L.A.’s own Warner Drive for a night of rock out with your junk out, fist pumping, booze guzzling good times. Before your evening of self-induced, head banging whiplash, get to know the Berkeley based quartet as guitarist Sid Slater plays a little round of “5 Questions.”

So you guys are from the Berkeley , San Fran area. How would you compare the So Cal music scene to the Nor Cal music scene? Do you feel your hard rock style is more conducive to certain geographic regions?

Both scenes are extremely vibrant; you can find great live music any night of the week both in the Bay Area and LA. This is great as a fan, cause there’s no shortage of new talent to be found. It’s great as a band too, it just means there’s a lot more competition for people’s attention.

For what we do, our style/genre/whatever you want to call it, we seem to be getting a better response in So Cal. It does just seem to be better suited for hard rock. Not sure why exactly, but we just roll with it. Don’t count Nor Cal out, though. We played at The Rockit Room in San Francisco a few weeks ago, and got some of the best fan feedback yet.

Any interesting and/or strange superstitious rituals when touring or playing shows?

I wouldn’t say anything superstitious, but we like to get a jam in the day of a show. We’ll find a rehearsal studio wherever we’re at and get the blood flowing a little bit. And of course when we’re in LA, Moon loves his Texas Teas, so we have to make a stop at The Saddle Ranch.

Benvenue, as in Ben Venue, the mountain in Scotland ? Please explain.

No, just Benvenue. It’s actually the name of a street in Berkeley . We liked it and it just kinda stuck. We booked our first show before we had a name for ourselves, and the promoter needed a name like now. Benvenue was what Fran and I used to call ourselves when we first started messing around writing songs together, so that’s what we gave him. We never thought about changing it after that.

Kenny G or John Tesh, who would you rather tour with, and why?

Oh man, gotta say John Tesh. I don’t think we’d ever run out of stuff to talk about with that guy. He could give us advice on health and relationships. It would be like our own personal Dr. Phil on the road.

What’s the first course of action the second the curtain closes afteryour big performance at The Roxy Theatre?

We’re going to Disneyland ! . . . and then the Saddle Ranch . . . Texas Teas.

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Benvenue join Warner Drive, Bolt Action Thrill, and a stable of other hard rockers tonight at The Roxy Theatre. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $15.

For more info on Benvenue check them out at www.benvenueband.com

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.

DO YOU HAVE THE DUKE SPIRIT?

THEROXYONSUNSET.COM EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

By: Brent X Mendoza

Shortly returning to The Roxy Theatre for what’s looking to be a second sold out show, London darlings The Duke Spirit are poised for the U.S. release of their highly anticipated third album, Bruiser. Currently winding down a tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, guitarist Toby Butler and front woman Liela Moss were kind enough to speak with The Roxy from the road about all things Duke Spirit. Here’s what their Blackberrys had to say…

What exactly is The Duke Spirit?

Toby: It’s a band, I think. It’s also a collective of fine perfumery and medicine archivists.

The core of the band met at art school. How did your study of fine art and photography influence the band’s music/art?

Toby: It’s important to be interested in many things. David Lean, Gustav Klimt, Steve Gullick, all have “the duke spirit.”

Legendary producer Flood (U2, NIN, Smashing Pumpkins) recorded the band’s debut record. What did you learn from his process? How did he help shape the band’s early sound?

Toby: We learned that having a scary name is important in rock and roll.

The new album Bruiser was recorded in both L.A. and London. How did the ambience/backdrop of the two cities influence the mood of the record?

Toby: London is our home, so it’s where the ideas brew and the leaves fall; where we add just enough milk. L.A. is where the caffeine kicks in!

Liela, what contemporary female front women do you consider your peers?

Liela: I admire Beth Ditto (The Gossip), Alison Mosshart (The Kills, The Dead Weather), and Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) for sure. But of course, I still continue to look to older, wiser, and wonderful women such as Patti Smith, Lucinda Williams and Bjork for inspiration.

The band is often categorized/classified as “indie.” Does the term “indie”, as far as a genre, hold any actual meaning? What singular adjective would you use to describe the band?

Toby: The term “indie” means absolutely nothing to me. I don’t really know how it describes the music. As a descriptive term it’s pretty wet… unless it actually refers to Indiana Jones, then I’m actually way more into it.

The band has changed labels several times throughout its career. What lessons have been learned?

Toby: We’ve learned to keep jumping ship. Never let them pin you down! Actually, it’s about finding the right people to dance with; the people that know and like the same moves. I think we’re getting there now.

This is the band’s second time playing The Roxy Theatre. What is it about the club that keeps the band returning?

Toby: It’s like a sweet stray dog that we love to welcome into our home from time to time.
Liela: Well, we had one fabulous show there where the energy was intense and the excitement palpable, so when the Roxy guys asked us back, there was really no reason to turn it down.

KCRW presents The Duke Spirit with special guests Crash Kings and Free Lions on Thursday, Dec 30. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $23.50.

Club Rox 2011

We tried to keep it exclusive this year but due to overwhelming demand, here we are! Club Rox is now available for 2011!

Here’s the details:

Club Rox gets you access to any Roxy show except sold out shows, private events, and rentals. You get half off drinks, FREE +1 for select shows, and VIP access to select shows as well! Most Roxy shows cost anywhere between $10-$50 and for just $275 you can get access to the hottest shows of the year!

There are a very limited number of passes so don’t hesitate. The deadline to purchase is December 30.

Send an email here with all your contact information to get signed up for 2011!