Sweet Reggae Relief

KROQ Locals Only Showcase & Sweet Relief present Seedless, Zen Robbi, Ease Up, Katastro, and HB Surround Sound on May 24 in conjunction with Can a Brother Get A Kidney!

Sweet Relief provides assistance to career musicians in need of making ends meat while in the face of illness, disability, and age-related problems. They work with every genre of music to provide grants for musicians who can’t handle some of life’s most basic necessities. This show is going to be a great fundraiser to help our favorite people behind the music cope. Listen to all the bands below and come out to this great event!

Band Page by Seedless

Zen Robbi

Ease Up


HB Surround Sound

Tickets are available via Ticketweb.

Just Announced: The Transplants February 10


Their first live show since 2005 is officially HERE on February 10 and tickets are on sale now!

The band announced this past November that they are recording a new album due out this Spring and are officially back in action. While we still don’t have updates on the album, this show is a sure sign that the Transplants are ready to melt faces in 2012 being their first LA show in years.

With KROQ Locals Only presenting, we are proud to bring you this very special evening with the punk-rock-rap supergroup, The Transplants.

Tickets are on sale NOW via Ticketweb & The Roxy box office at 310-278-9457

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.

5 Questions with Barb Wire Dolls

By: Brent X Mendoza

Grecian imports the Barb Wire Dolls have taken The Sunset Strip by storm, building an exponential word of mouth buzz after their stunning debut performance at The Roxy Theatre.

“Discovered” by legendary tastemaker Rodney Bingenheimer at KROQ radio, the band relocated to The States hoping to capitalize on their momentum and revamp the classic L.A. punk scene that so inspired them growing up.

So the legendary Rodney on the Roq at KROQ sort of discovered the band, helped you guys get over. Can you tell us the story?

Cindy Kona, his assistant, emailed us and let us know that we should send a CD to Rodney. This came at a point where we were fed up with the Greek rock scene because when you sing in English and play rock music, unless you are signed to a major label there, you will not get airplay on commercial radio stations. And of course, the majors that wanted to sign us wanted rights for the whole world to our music and they offered no money and they couldn’t even assure us that our CD would even be released anywhere outside of Greece. To us, this is the major reason why Greece has not produced a rock band to the masses. Even Sweden with the same amount of people has given the world so much.

And back to Rodney, one day Queen Isis called him live on his radio show and he told her that he really liked our songs “Street Generation” and “California” and that he was about to play it in a few minutes. We immediately said to ourselves, “If he actually plays us, then we are selling everything we have and moving to Los Angeles.” Moments later, he played us and we reserved tickets on-line. It wasn’t until he had played us for a few weeks straight and had invited us to play an official KROQ show with him presenting, that we finally had the money needed and the tickets were finally bought. On the first night in Los Angeles, we met up with him at Canters Deli and the rest is history.

What’s the deal with this Myspace boycott? Will we be seeing a hunger strike anytime soon?

Hah! After they switched formats, and almost everyone’s computers couldn’t handle the flash, we said “forget it” and took to Facebook accordingly. Facebook is all we need right now as long as we continue to get to the street and meet people in front of venues we are playing. Isis is great at handing out flyers on the Sunset Strip, we even have that in the song “ California ”!

As for a hunger strike, I think someone must have bought Myspace and sabotaged it. We don’t even check it anymore. No songs are up either. Only Facebook is needed today as far as a band site; we have all the songs for free download, videos, upcoming shows, etc – you name it.

What’s the music scene like in Greece? Lots of techno/house music?

There is everything and the big pop stars make millions of dollars a year. Music in all genres is available, but only the punk and rock scene with English lyrics remains totally underground. Which is also fine; this way the bands can really write and perform the music they love and not be told what to play and what not to play. It is never about the money. It is all about creative expression and freedom.

They are totally independent from the commercial side of things there but things are changing fast now. They already want us back for a tour. We’ll see how things unfold; right now we are just focusing on kicking ass at each show and finding the right company to take it to the next level.
It’s all about the music and freedom to us too even in the biggest music capital of the world. We stand strong and believe in who we are and what we play. And Los Angeles seems to be noticing and joining us in this musical revolution that has begun starting with our first show at The Roxy back in December last year.

Found any good Falafel places yet?

Right now we are not going out to restaurants unless biz people or rich friends take us out. We eat basic pasta with no cheese or PB&J almost every day. This is our dream and the luxuries of fine falafels can wait.

What were your impressions of The Sunset Strip growing up? Has it lived up to your expectations?

After watching “The Decline of Western Civilization” (both parts) and all the docu films on the L.A. sub-scene with The Germs, X, The Go-Gos, Black Flag, etc made us fantasize nonstop about The Sunset Strip. In Greece, they don’t care if you have played to thousands in the US, but when you say you played “The Sunset Strip” and “The Roxy” they go nuts!

Everyone in the music scene in Greece knows of the venues and the history of The Strip and we also feel it is the most magical energy center for music. As soon as we start cruising in our van on Sunset Boulevard and we are getting close to The Strip, we catch the vibe, the energy, and the electricity. And our music is made for this place ‘cause we are bringing back a type of music that once was here and has been forgotten for a little too long. The time is now and things are changing. The new wave of punk is here and we are rocking, rioting, and ripping it up with every show. Just come to one and you’ll get it. It’s happening right now. NOW!


Barb Wire Dolls play every Thursday in March at On The Rox. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Admission is FREE.

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Don’t Hassle Me, I’m A Kroq Local

KROQ Locals Only nights are a really fantastic way for seeing up & coming bands before they’re playing sold out shows to thousands of people. On Saturday, September 18, The Roxy is having another Locals Only night with The B Foundation, The Pricks, West Swell, Knock-Out, and Premium Cultjah.

The B Foundation is a surf-rock band right out of Southern California that is heading out on a US tour later this month. The dates can be found on their site

The Pricks are veterans to The Roxy having played here multiple times in the past. We love this band, check out the video from last year.

The Pricks – Fight to Survive from Patrick Sean Kennedy on Vimeo.

West Swell is a reggae rock band from the South Bay of LA. The band just released the Roots? EP this summer that you can purchase and download here.

Knock-Out is a punk/ska band from Riverside, CA. This band has been around since 2004 and is a member of the Kung Fu Records family.

Premium Cultjah is a rad 10 piece reggae band from Long Beach, CA starting to make their way on the scene.

Tickets for the show are $13.50 and can be purchased by clicking on the flyer below:

Indie Rox

August 19, 2010 The Roxy is having one hell of an indie show.

Sabrosa Purr headlines the night. This band’s last two releases have been critically acclaimed and their brand new full-length album To The Crickets and The Ghost (produced by Stone Temple Pilots producer Tracy Chisholm) is picking up a lot of steam. The band was also featured in June’s issue of Vice Magazine.
From their 2009 EP: “Hope I’m Not An Idiot”

Italian Japanese is an LA based band who has been compared to bands like Silversun Pickups with the fun riffs of Cold War Kids but with the ability to stand on their own. The music is truly beautiful and something that we would not want to miss live. Their newest release The Lush, Romantic Weirdness describes the album quite accurately.
Listen to “Jeremiah”

Italian Japanese, “Jeremiah” from Boa Simon on Vimeo.

Jets Overhead formed in 2003 and has been making waves ever since. Straight out of British Columbia, Canada, the LA indie scene fits this band like a glove. They are signed to Warner Music Canada and their latest release No Nations can be streamed in its entirety here
Jets Overhead

Last but not least, The Sea of Cortez is the opening band this night. The band began in San Diego in 2006 and relocated to LA in 2008 where they build their own studio and began writing and recording their newest album Make It Sound. The album is slated to come out this year. Check out their singles here
The Sea of Cortez

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased the night of or at The Roxy box office for advance tix.
Italian Japanese. August 19, 2010


By: Brent X Mendoza

1) What’s your most memorable show at The Roxy, either as a performer or a spectator?

The Roxy let me book a whole night there once and it actually did pretty well. I think we brought in over 200 people that night. I booked my friend’s bands, as well as Crash Kings of course, and it turned into a big party.

2) Better TV show from “1985”, Miami Vice or Who’s The Boss?

Who’s The Boss for sure! I’ve had a little crush on Alyssa Milano since I was a kid.

3) Crash Kings was signed by superstar songwriter/producer Linda Perry; which of her collaborators is most likely to make a guest appearance on your next record Christina Aguilera, Pink, or Gwen Stefani?

Most likely? I’d have to say Gwen Stefani, even though that still seems like a stretch. I went through a bit of a ska faze when I was in high school listening to bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (drummer went to my high school), Ska Voovie and The Epitones, and Fishbone. I always loved Gwen’s voice too.

4) Better “Mountain Man”, Paul Bunyan or the Brawny Paper Towel guy?

The Brawny dude didn’t roll around with a big blue ox, so Paul Bunyan wins hands down.

5) So you guys are a local LA band, have any thoughts on East Coast vs. West Coast?

Actually Tony and I are much more East Coast than West Coast and Jason is from Texas. My brother Tony and I are from Boston. East Coasters know how to tell you you’re a dick (all the while being one) and West Coasters know how to never return your phone calls even when you just want to tell them you love them. The East Coast has about two months of nice weather a year and the West Coast is nice all year. The East Coast is chock-full of super talented artists that are all broke and the West Coast is filled with a bunch of wealthy people with big houses who care less if they have talent or not – they’re rich!

Sea You There

One of the true indie darlings of 2009 are taking the stage next week – and we cannot wait to see them live. We’ve been hearing the buzz from the Eastsiders for a while – and they are even featured on everyone’s favorite soundtrack (‘Twilight’ of course!). Check it next week, along with our local favs Chasing Kings and Amaad Wasif. KROQ Locals Only never fails!

KROQ Locals Only December 17, 2009

Billy Boy Returns

Billy Boy On Poison are back! It has been a while since they have rocked us, and we could not be happier to have them back with us. Local rock nights are some of our favorite shows to do, we like to showcase the best of the best in local talent – and you can’t go wrong with our partner KROQ Locals Only. Cheap ticket, great music, what more could you ask for?? See you there!
On My Way – Billy Boy On Poison

Billy Boy on Poison October 22, 2009

AFI Rox The Roxy

Thanks to KROQ for pioneering what we hope is the first of many Super Tuesday’s to come! The AFI show tonight ranked in the top three of the year, and Davey Havok proved to us what a true rockstar is. Passionate, charismatic, creative, and captivating – a flawless man in every sense of the word. “A Fire Inside” in the flesh. Thanks to all the powers at be who made it possible!
Photo Credit: @nicadler
AFI Live at The Roxy
AFI Live at The Roxy
AFI Live at The Roxy
AFI Live at The Roxy
AFI Live at The Roxy
AFI Live at The Roxy

A Very Super Tuesday With AFI

AFI Live At The Roxy

The masterminds at KROQ have done it again! Today great tunes are taking over The Strip (and a little south) in celebration of not one, not two, but THREE great albums celebrating a big release today. Greeting the day with Paramore at The Troubadour, an afternoon snack with Alice In Chains at The Whisky, and a nice night cap with AFI here at The Roxy. Congrats to all you lucky peeps who won their way in! Good news is….you can live vicariously thru us as we update you on all things AFI today. Follow us on twitter (@theroxy) or our official facebook page (facebook.com/theroxy) for all the goods!

Kroq Super Tuesday AFI September 29, 2009

Nico Vega Returns To The Roxy

Nico Vega September 8. 2009

Nico Vega has been one of our favorite up and comers for a while, and we relish every moment we can when we have them on our stage. Looking forward to another great night with the KROQ Crew and Gringo Star and Dirty Sweet warming the night up. PS if you’re planning on being on the Strip, why not come tweet crawl with us?

Tweet Crawl September 8, 2009

Two Very Romantic Nights


My Chemical Romance Live at The Roxy

To say that our two night stint with My Chemical Romance was huge, would be an understatement. Fans came from far and wide making our Sunset Blvd their temporary home, and we could not have been happier. The fan in us, knows what a treat it is to see such a huge band in our intimate venue! Knowing that The Roxy was the bands personal choice of spots to play made it that much more special. We were treated to all the hits – Welcome to the Black Parade, Teenagers and Helena – and were the sounding board for new tracks in preparation for their trip to Japan this week. Complete with limited edition posters and tshirts, this performance will go down as one for the books. Thanks to everyone involved in making this happen – the band, KROQ, Warner Brothers, the fans and our devoted tweeps. Til next time!

Photo credit: Nic Adler (flickr.com/whoshotya & flickr.com/theroxyblog)

My Chemical Romance Live at The Roxy

My Chemical Romance Live at The Roxy

My Chemical Romance Live at The Roxy

Credit: vcurse666

Credit: fleurdeliser

One Fabulous Funeral

The KROQ Locals Only shows are continuing full steam ahead…next up we have FUNERAL PARTY,VENUS INFERS, THE TENDER BOX, and STAR PARTS! These shows are a great way to get hip to our local music scene and check out the best of the best. With KROQ in the house, it’s always a party – so don’t hesitate to join us. Also, in an ongoing effort to make these cool tunes available to everyone – tix are just $5!! Unbeatable. Why are things 100x more fun when they don’t break the bank?? One of life’s little mysteries.

KROQ Locals Only 5/21

Great Great Northern

Nothing but good things to say about our kick-off show with KROQ Locals Only! Along with The Jakes, The Brobecks and Lemon Sun – we’re off on the right foot. Can’t wait til the next one! Check out Amateur Chemist for a play by play.

Rachel Stolte (Vocals/Guitars) has exchanged her keyboard for a guitar to added another sonic layer to the thick cinema noir songs. Solon Bixler (Guitars) has reconfigured his guitar setup and has some pedal effects on a keyboard stand to easily tweak his sound on the fly.

The curtain at the Roxy quickly lifted and the noisy notes of “Story”
started fill the club. I didn’t have my earplugs but I quickly discerned that it was a lot louder compared to prior Great Northern shows. The ringing guitars of “Houses” had Great Northern picking up steam before the swooning keyboards kick the song up a notch.

“Home” was reconfigured significantly to fit into the darker aesthetic of their new sound. “Warning” was another highlight of the evening and could very well be their next single. Great Northern will be heading off for a tour of the U.S. with the Dears and Eulogies which will hit the Casbah in San Diego on May 22nd and the Echoplex on May 23rd.

KROQ Locals Only Moves In

KROQ Locals Only 3/26

As one of the hottest stations on the dial – we couldn’t be more excited to pair up with KROQ Locals only and bring you great up and coming bands for $7! That means you can come, park (try the $5 lot across the street), and have a drink or two – for $20. Even with these tough times you can still take a little break and check out some great bands!! Join us and help us kick it off in style!

Lets Rock and Make Up

We were pretty bummed when Nico Vega got canceled too…which is why we are extra excited that the show was rescheduled quickly and we are ready to party tonight! Their are still some tickets available so ch ch ch check it out! Great article by Kevin at buzzbands.la!

Volkman has put behind her the debilitating cough/cold that sidelined her early this month, and the L.A. trio is revving up for its makeup date Tuesday. From a tour stop in Cleveland, the frontwoman says that finally having the album out is exhilarating. “I feel like we worked for the last four years to make something great, and now here it is: This is the record,” she says. “The next time it won’t take so long because we learned so much from the process. We were patient with it, and it paid off — I think we got it right.”

Nice To Be Nico

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.

Nico Vega 2/5