This year during SSMF Week, The Roxy is bring the best of the best local bands to our stage! On August 16-17, 2011 you can see the bands who have rocked us all year long and deserve the limelight of the festival.
To get you excited we put together an exclusive compilation of songs that you can listen to right here!
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
“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?”
Hopefully you were able to catch the first Chelsea Girls show a few weeks ago – it was hot! But whether you missed it, or want to see it again – we have them coming back! They have proved that this all-star, all- girl super group is ready to rock! If you were a huge fan of Hole (Samantha Maloney), Nashville Pussy (Corey Parks), The Donna’s (Allison Robertson), or the occasional Playboy spread (Tuesdae) – this show is where it’s at! Armed with cover songs and special guests – we know it will be hot hot hot! Click here or give us a ring!
GOSOCIAL! We couldn’t be a bigger supporter of all things social networking. We’ve seen first hand how a little online presence can really help turn things around and get you to where you want to be. We’ve spent the past year really trying (often times by trial and error) to find our place in the virtual land – and with so many options, from twitter to facebook it takes a lot to figure out a plan that really works for you. GOSOCIAL! Music is the only Social Media marketing course in L.A. that caters specifically to bands, musicians, and entertainment industry professionals. Whether you need a little direction, looking to revamp whatcha already have going, or are totally inexperienced – we welcome you!! Come sit in on what will be an AMAZING workshop! Ticket options include coming for a day or check out the package deals. Click here for tickets! When it comes time to really hone in on your craft -rest assured that social media guru Kyra Reed will have you up and running! True story.
Not to brag, but we’re no stranger to world class musicians…but that’s not to say that we don’t still get chills when something really amazing happens on our stage. Our 6th sense tells us that tomorrow will be one of those chill-inducing shows. Al Dimeola is a a living legend, and we cannot wait to witness the magic. Click here for tickets or give us a call at 310 278 9457.
The Roxy ladies were out in full force last week, schmoozin with the best of ’em as a good chunk of the industry was in town for the CIC conference. We were able to connect faces to email addresses and get to know some of the people who make our business go round on a daily basis. Such a pleasure sharing a coctail with some of the heavyweights – and knowing that we’re all doing the best we can to make it. Our party last week with Ima Robot, Ringside, and Crash Kings was the talk of the town – and we couldn’t have been happier to have our room on display. Hope you all made it back safe and sound, and that LA treated you well. See you next year!
We’ve been waiting a while to be able to celebrate Nico Vega’s album release and we couldn’t be happier to host it (along with KROQ Locals Only and Myspace) on our stage! Nico Vega has been a force to be reckoned with for quite sometime, and anytime we are able to catch her, we are even more amazed! Along with The Yelling and The Union Line – not to be missed! Oh, did I mention the tickets are $7?? Click here or call us at 310 278 9457.
Join us once again as Scion throws another killer party with some of the hottest dj’s. RSVP (starting today) by clicking – www.scion.com/houseparty!
**reminder, while are are normally all ages – this particular event is 18+**
Mark your calendars for this WEDNESDAY JANUARY 28, 2009 as we open our doors to all the local and not-so local folks in town for the annual CIC Music Conference. With some of LA’s hottest bands and industry buzz bands on the bill (IMA ROBOT, RINGSIDE & CRASH KINGS), we know it will be a sweet party. If you’re in town for the conference, show us your badge and you’re good to go. Have no fear, if you’re just a local music lover – we want you to come join the party – click here to purchase tickets or give us a call.
We hope you had as much fun as we did at SNOT’s return to the Roxy last week. Moshing, stage diving, metal…all the things we KNOW Snot is good for. With plenty of die hard fans in the crowd…and a handful hoping to be won over by the new addition, Tommy Vext – it was great to see the crowd come alive. Check out Paul Gargano’s review of the show!
That combustible combination is what made The Roxy the perfect venue to celebrate the band’s new lineup. There was an element of danger in the air. Not a fear-breeding danger, but the danger that results when you combine a molotov cocktail of ingredients with giddy anticipation of the results. The hour-long set featured about half of the band’s 1998 album Get Some, as well as new tracks “CouldaShouldaWoulda” and set-closer “The Band Played On,” two heavy-metal heart attacks that plaster the band’s syncopated rhythms and abrasive melodies with melodic thrusters set to stun.
Fresh off of their stellar residency at the always cool , Spaceland – we know WEST INDIAN GIRL was a must-have show for The Roxy. Tonight, come join WEST INDIAN GIRL, w/ Julliette Commagere, and His Orchestra for some quality tunes. Tickets available at the door tonight or click here!
Los Angeles-based sextet, West Indian Girl, crafts a distinct sound that’s seemingly rooted between the majestic hills of Laurel Canyon and the deep blue horizons of the Pacific Ocean. – myspace.com/westindiangirl
The Head Cat is coming to town! We will support anything that SLIM JIM PHANTOM (of The Stray Cats) and LEMMY (of Motorhead) are a part of! If you’re not hip to their new project yet – make sure you give them a listen! Tickets are available thru the Roxy box office (310 278 9457) and thru ticketmaster.
Taylor Hicks is a busy man these days- not only did he win American Idol, but now he’s on Broadway in the new production of Grease. We’re happy he’s going to take a little break from one stage – and hop onto ours. Tickets are onsale TODAY! So vote buy now! Call us for tickets – 310 278 9457 (we’re giving you a headstart) or head over to ticketmaster tomorrow at 11am.
Jailhouse Rock /American Idol
Youtube Credit: AliceinTaylorland
Early last week, much to our dismay, Indie 103.1 shut down their radio waves. As a thank you for all the great years we have had working with Indie we are making our Love Grenades show tonight our “Peace Out” Party! We hope to soon be working with the online station but in the meantime wanted to give thanks to people who made the past years so good. For the employees who formerly worked there as well as the peeps still working the online station we invite you all down to party with us. Your ID badge, Business Card, or Indie key card will get you and a guest into the club… and your first drinks are on us too. Much love you Indie peeps!
And SNOT returns to the Roxy!! Tonight come join us for the metal of all metal shows – capped off by SNOT! Fresh off of a 3 month tour with Mudvayne we’re happy to have Snot back on home ground killin the stage. Join us! Call us for tickets or click here!
Theirs nothing quite like going to see a great comedy show – and our good friend Pauly Shore knows good comedy. Join him and others at the LOL Comedy Fest taking place next Monday 1/19 at The El Rey. See you there! Click here for tickets!
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!
Straight after the sold out Key Club show, we can’t wait to welcome the CHROMEO afterparty and DJ set. Thanks to our friends at Dim Mak for always bringing the party!
Tickets onsale now thru the Roxy box office, and ticketmaster now!
Indie 103.1 has been one of our favorite stations for a while. They’ve brought us amazing shows like THE SEX PISTOLS and are home to some of our favorite CAMP FREDDY guys. Always a pleasure to work with them in any capacity, and we are very sad to see them go. Quality music. Quality programming. And quality people. Special thanks to SCOTT DALLAVO, DANNY SWAY JACLYN KAJZER, MARK SOVEL, TK, NATIVE WAYNE, JONESY – and the rest of our pals. Luckily, we can continue to listen online at indie1031.com but we already miss it on our dial. Thanks for everything!
INDIE 103.1 Presents Sex Pistols
Photo Credit: Erik Voake
Dirty, sexy, Monday’s are in full effect now with our new residency SWITCHBLADE KITTY every week! The press is already running full swing – check out David Tobin’s article on Campus Circle.
Join us next Monday and see what the fuss is all about!