Q&A with The Shakers

By: @brentXmendoza

One of the shining jewels in the tiara of L.A.’s great music scene—The Shakers will take the stage and take no prisoners, as they co-headline a bill this Saturday with Warner Drive.

For those unfamiliar with this Hollywood by way of Philly quartet, think Motown vocal sensibilities, meets high energy classic rock; a pairing that has been drawing huge crowds, and plenty of word of mouth praise on The Sunset Strip, and beyond.

Before heading to this weekend’s big “title fight,” get to know The Shakers’ swelteringly charismatic frontwoman, Jodie Schell as she discusses her affinity for Madonna, her sometimes Stepford wife alter ego, and shares a tale of tambourine trauma.

Who are your female rock n’ roll role models?

The first album my dad bought me and my three sisters was Cyndi Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual.” That probably explains a lot! Madonna and I are from the same hometown, so when I was a little awkward kid with a big split in my teeth, I truly thought we shared destinies.

If I can continue, I’d like to add to this list: Tina Turner, Carmen Miranda, and Mama Cass for sure. Can I keep going? Rosemary Clooney, Ann Wilson, Bonnie Tyler, Mary Travers, Dusty Springfield, Ann Margaret, and Suzi Quatro. I know a lot of them aren’t in the rock n roll hall of fame, but I could give a very detailed account as to why they all should be. Call me if you’re on the edge of your seat.

When was the last time you were in a fight? Who was the last guy/girl you punched/slapped/karate chopped?

The last fight I got into, I lost—my beloved white, ten inch, double row, Remo tambourine. My beast turned on me in San Diego one night. Luckily it was during the finale, because blood went everywhere!

I was too embarrassed, and worried to make the situation glorious. God it hurt so bad! I screamed my head off when they stitched my hand back together.

I really never fight though. If I get close to it, my self defense kicks in—I turn super nice like a Stepford wife, and then run into the green room to scream about it to my bandmates! But, they know exactly how to help me and when.

Do you remember the first time you heard one of your songs on the radio? Where were you? What were you doing? Make us a mental picture.

Philly’s WMMR was the first station to ever put The Shakers on the air. The project was so new, and I was still on the fence as to whether or not I could be a frontwoman. Chris Lee and I had flown out to Philly, and I was in the car with him when I heard it… leaning toward the radio display screen, as if that’s where the sound is coming from.

I can still hear Jaxon’s voice saying my name even now as I look back. So many doubts and fears vanished that day. It’s a good memory.

What other local bands should we be watching out for?

Go see Audra Mae, Red Circle Underground, Ruby Friedman Orchestra, and Dead Sara right now!!! More bands to adore, or tattoo yourself about: Warner Drive, Badwater, Irontom, Tha Boogie, Indians, oh and or course Lady Sinatra!

What can we expect from The Shakers in 2012?

Well first, you can expect a massive show on March 3rd at The Roxy. The Shakers and Warner Drive don’t intend to leave the walls, the roof, or your shorts intact!

For the spring and summer we’ll be traveling fools again—new haunts and old-haunts (Utah, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri). Also, a music video is in the works.

I know we just put out “Oh So Loud,” but we already have so many new songs! Chris, Nick, Blane, and I fully collaborated and we want to get back into the recording studio immediately!

There’s a new challenge now that The Shakers have trademarked the name and LLC’d, so we’re brainstorming new ways of approaching everything. We’ve come really far on our own, and all we have to do is stick together and keep going.


See The Shakers shake things up with Warner Drive, Diamond Lane, Emily’s Army, Laura Wilde, Vas Defrans, and The Lbian’s on March 3. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketweb.

Q&A 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.


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!


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.

Follow Roxy blogger Brent X Mendoza on twitter @brentXmendoza.

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.

Gettin’ Funky with Nikka

Nikka Costa is back at The Roxy June 23 and she is ready to make you shake your groove thang!

Her latest album Pro-Whoa! just came out June 21 so she’ll be breaking out all the hits and brand spankin’ new songs at this show. This highly anticipated new EP features the traditional Nikka funk we all know and love but adds a new pop sound that will have you singing “Nylons in a rip” for days.

Pro Whoa! can be streamed on Nikka’s Facebook page here

Come prepared, if you’ve seen her here before, you know things get sweaty and that’s how we like it!

Opening for Nikka is rock-pop LA band Capra and the soul inspired Allen Stone.

From now until the show, buy 5 or more tickets from The Roxy box office at 310-278-9457 and get a limited edition Nikka poster FREE!

For more information on the show click here.

Q&A with Shuvel

By: Brent X Mendoza

TONIGHT: Accomplished prog-metal quartet Shuvel will take the stage as another Free Monday’s showcase hits The Roxy. Veterans of such festivals as Ozzfest and Methods of Mayhem, the band has had the chance to share the stage with many of metal’s contemporary mainstays.

Before heading out to headbang till it hurts, get to know “the stringed section” of Shuvel: guitarist Ryan “Jahrox” Stuber, and bassist Carlos Sandoval, who also happen to moonlight as staff here at The Roxy Theatre.

Where does the name Shuvel come from? When was the last time you actually used a “shuvel?” Digging, planting a garden?

Stuber: Because Metallica was already taken..? No, actually when we were first brainstorming band names, it was the one name we all agreed wasn’t too horrible to stick with until we found a better one! And now here we are.

As far as gardening, we do grow our own herbs and spices. Quite handy with a “shovel” actually.

The band seems to have adopted/co-opted the Cadillac emblem as their logo. Is there a story behind this, or just thought it looked cool?

Stuber: We would like to think that we are all reincarnated pimps from the 60’s and 70’s who love dem Cadillacs!

Our singer Isaac does all of our artwork for our albums and t-shirts. His art style is representative of the band’s collective vibe/vision, which we plan to take further and start incorporating into our live shows. We really feel that our music definitely ties in with his work, and eventually want to start experimenting with some live visuals, via projector or slideshow, while we are performing

The band originally hails from Wichita, Kansas. Is there a music scene there? When you weren’t playing music, what did you do for fun?

Stuber: There is definitely a scene there with a lot of great musicians. And even though we’ve been in L.A. for at least ten years, it’s still “going on” back at home.

When we weren’t playing music we did a lot of random things to make money: canned food drives, cleaned church gutters, and helped old ladies cross the street.

When a band you didn’t like asks you what you thought of their performance, do you have a “canned response?”

Stuber: I tell the band I have to jump into a meeting and I gotta go!

Seriously, I see so much music that it’s hard to keep up with the bad ones. I definitely see a lot of good bands, so that is always refreshing to know there is a future. And ya know, it’s important to stay inspired and enthusiastic about music, which is sometimes hard to do in an industry that doesn’t know where it’s headed next.

Carlos, what’s the craziest and/or strangest incident you’ve ever witnessed at The Roxy?

Sandoval: Most recently we had a drunken patron who WANTED our security to throw him out by kicking him down the stairs of On The Rox. When our staff did not honor his request, he grabbed his own shirt, and threw himself down the stairs: full front flip/tumble all the way down. He then stood up hugged our security guy and went on his way.


Shuvel plays tonight, June 20 along with Gemini Syndrome, Butcher Babies, Evolove, and Interim Divine. Doors open at 7 p.m. FREE FREE FREE

For more info click here.

Sunset Strip Music Fest 2011

The Sunset Strip Music Festival is officially rolling out August 18-20, 2011 and here we have the official lineup just for you!


House of Blues

Tribute to Mötley Crüe

Key Club

Uriah Heep

Neon Max
Oh So Wild

Viper Room

The Veronicas

The Tender Box
Run Run Run

Whisky A Go-Go

The Faceless


The Roxy


Key Club


Whisky A Go-Go

Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors

Zen Rising
Kathryn Gallagher

Viper Room

Eli James

Taylor Locke & The Roughs
Lady Sinatra



Mötley Crüe


Matt & Kim

Public Enemy

Cobra Starship

The Dirty Heads

Escape The Fate

She Wants Revenge

Tribal Seeds

Black Veil Brides


The Roxy Theatre

Kill The Complex
Queen Caveat
Sabrosa Purr
Jordan Cook
Imagine Dragons
The Limousines
The Expanders
Warner Drive
Semi Precious Weapons‘ Empire with Special Guests

Key Club

Voxhaul Broadcast
Pigeon John
Youngblood Hawke
Vampires Everywhere!
Felix Cartal
Harvard Bass

Whisky A Go-Go

Motorcycle Boy
All Hail The Yeti
Dylan Nash
Haunted By Heroes
School of Rock
Blowing Up The Moon
The Lost Patrol
Romantic Torture
Whiskey Six
Bolt Action Thrill
Key To Chaos
Divinity Roxx & special celebrity guests
Whisky A Go-Go Girls
Betty Moon
Black Vinyl

More bands still to be added so keep checking back for updates to the lineup!

Visit SSMF.com for more information on the 4th Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival

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
Get More info on the show’s event page


SSMF With Buckcherry

The first Roxy SSMF band has been announced and it’s Friday night 8/19 with Buckcherry!

With their fifth album All Night Long, Buckcherry is back in action and ready to headline The Roxy at Sunset Strip Music Festival. This full-blown party band is going to kick the night into fourth gear right before the street fest the following day. Get ready to have some Advil on hand the next day, if you know what’s good for you.

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

Easter With Murderdolls

Forget the egg hunt, the ultimate horror punk band, Murderdolls, are heading to The Roxy for Easter! Since the band’s reunion & second release last year, they’ve played Ozzfest, supported Alice Cooper & Rob Zombie, and hit Australia for the first time in 8 years.

They rocked our stage for Halloween and, what can we say, we like having them around to make the holidays super metal.

Tickets are on sale now for this Sunday, April 24 via Ticketweb or 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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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.


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.


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


ROCK, RIOT, AND RIP IT UP! Barb Wire Dolls are coming to the Sunset Strip and taking up a March residency at the Roxy’s V.I.P lounge, On the Rox. Barb Wire Dolls consist of the appropriately named Queen Isis on vocals, Tas Doll on guitar, voodoo Doll on bass and Greg Doll on drums. The girl-fronted street rock band described as a “girl-fronted Green Day” rocked the strip as the first Greek rock band to play in America back in December at their sold out show at the Roxy, and have since decided to go through with a residency playing every Thursday at On The Rox this March. They’ve gotten nonstop play on the airwaves on the World Famous KROQ thanks to infamous KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, who heard of the band a few weeks prior to their U.S arrival and started spinning their demo on his show “Rodney on the Roq”. Since then, their song “California” has received wide attention and has become a hit among the airwaves, they’ve signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell (the first for any Greek artist), released an EP, and initiated their new touring van they’ve named “Varbie” to hit LA and take on the town by storm.

Influenced by The Early Punk and new wave scenes including the Sex Pistols, Ramones, Blondie, The Clash, and The Slits, the band describes their style as straight from the street, simple, balls-to-the-wall rock and roll. The band promises to deliver something fresh, new, and vital, and with the help of their growing legion of fans known as the “Street Generation” they’re ready to rock, riot, and rip up the punk rock scene one show and one town at a time, starting with the bright lights of Los Angeles. Barb Wire Dolls feel that music they’ve created is meant to stir up and inspire, and they’re ready to give their new U.S. fans all they got and take their punk rock gospel across the country proclaiming: “The revolution has begun, so what the hell are you gonna do?” You can start by checking out their 6 song EP “Punk the Fussies!” available now on iTunes! You can also download four songs for free now on Barbwiredolls.com, and also stream and download the same songs via Soundcloud.
The Barb Wire Dolls will be playing at On The Rox every Thursday in March! 9:30 pm, with a special guest performer after! $5 cover.

For more information and tour dates, go to www.barbwiredolls.com, and check out the Roxy calendar for more info at www.theroxyonsunset.com.

Q&A with Hunter Valentine

By: Brent X Mendoza

Saturday, February 19 raucous femme fatales Hunter Valentine share top billing with L.A.’s own 100 Monkeys on a night chock-full of rock n’ roll’s hottest talent. Before their big show, the Canadian trio, front woman Kiyomi M, bassist/keyboardist Adrienne Lloyd, and drummer Laura Petracca, spoke with The Roxy from their squeaky clean touring van about love on the road, Toronto tourist attractions, and strip club detours. Here’s what the lovely ladies had to say…

Sooo… every band’s favorite question; Hunter Valentine, what does it mean? What’s the origin?

Kiyomi: Hunter Valentine is actually a complex mathematical equation, and if you can solve the equation you’ll figure out the way into each of our hearts.

Laura: Here’s a hint, enter into your calculator: 58008

Any big plans for Valentine’s Day?

Kiyomi: Get drunk with my band mates and listen to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on repeat while crying about love.

Laura: After the 23rd rotation of “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, I plan on grabbing Kiyomi and Adrienne and convincing them to come to a strip club with me.

Adrienne: I’ve spent the last six consecutive Valentine’s Days playing shows with Kiyomi and Laura. It seems like they have their own plans for how we’re spending the day this year, but I thought we were driving from Oklahoma City to El Paso for the tour we’re on. I guess we’re looking for a Texas strip club that plays Bonnie Tyler on repeat.

Is it hard to date, maintain a relationship when you’re a touring band?

Kiyomi: At first I didn’t think it was hard, but with any amount of distance and time between two people, you’re going to need a lot of trust. And it’s hard to find somebody who is capable of that trust.

Adrienne: I think that’s pretty hard in general, so I guess I’d say yes. But for me, being on tour is the easy part; being home at this point makes me feel restless more than being on tour.

Laura: Yes, that’s why I’m single and have decided to have a girlfriend in every city instead.

Does Toronto have a thriving music scene? What other Toronto based bands should we be looking out for? Ever visit the CN Tower?

Kiyomi: Toronto has a very thriving and active music scene. We have bands like Dance Yourself to Death, Clothes Make the Man, and People You Know, all bands that we love playing with and that you should definitely look out for.

Adrienne: Toronto is where each of us grew up, and also where I consider we grew up as a band. Just around the time when I started playing in HV, was when Toronto indie labels like Arts and Crafts and Six Shooter Records started doing amazing things with Toronto’s music community.

Laura: I’ve been to the CN Tower many times… I feel a little intimidated by its size; it makes me question my manhood.

Do chicks keep a cleaner tour bus than dudes?

Kiyomi: Well…if by bus you mean van, then yes. We run a tight ship, but when your van is your house for three months, it can get messy.

Laura: I have OCD, and I’m from an Italian family; you better believe the van is clean.

Adrienne: Our van definitely develops interesting smells throughout a long tour, but Laura runs a tight ship and has car washes across America on speed dial on her phone.

Hunter Valentine plays The Roxy Theatre along with 100 Monkeys, Vanity Theft, The Ferocious Few, Blacktop Saints, Polaris at Noon, and The Harm this Saturday, February 19. Tickets are $10 adv/$12 dos. Doors open at 7:30 p.m

Roxy Spotlight Showcase

This Friday, February 4, we’re bringing some our favorite Los Angeles locals to the limelight.

Redstone Hall‘s original sound is based on a foundation of classic rock, but it incorporates an exciting array of contemporary rock, pop, and jam ingredients. They deliver a fresh and modern take on the styles established by the greats that the guys grew up listening to and studying. The songwriting is both melodic and eclectic, with a surprisingly unique sound that will immediately stick with you. They recently returned from their first national tour, but the boys got their start playing venues in the greater Los Angeles area where they became known for their improvisational jamming and energetic live sets.

Rabbits Running is an international rock-dance duo based out of Hollywood. The combination of American singer-songwriter Robbie Fitzsimmons and British producer/drummer Darren McGrath successfully merges primal dance beats with the raw organic power of a live rock show to create a new dynamic musical experience. Supporting a demo-EP (available for free at www.RabbitsRunning.com) Rabbits Running have firmly established themselves as one of the most ambitious premier headlining acts of 2011.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, New Kingdom is a group of four young talented musicians whose collaboration of electrifying styles coalesces to create an unprecedented sound. Consisting of the charismatic Noah King on vocals, Oren Yoel on keys, Joe Rausch on bass, and Evan Turner on drums, New Kingdom‘s songs contain raw elements from a multitude of genres such as rock, soul, pop, funk, and sexy. Drawing from great influences of decades past, while hungry for what can be done to push boundaries for the future of music, New Kingdom has developed a sound that cannot be categorized. New Kingdom‘s high energy live performances have been showcased across Los Angeles since 2008, sharing bills with such acts as Asher Roth, Janelle Monae, B.o.B, and Saul Williams. Concertgoers all over Los Angeles have experienced these live shows over the past two years and the following continues to grow. The band has now recorded and finished their first product, an EP called “Naked Time” and is greatly looking forward to the days ahead.

The Yellows are four well-dressed high-school juniors of dubious personal hygiene. Purveyors of aggressive, tuneful guitar-driven pop that is alternately sweet and discordant, their high energy shows make for live fireworks. The Yellows songs have the power to make you want to dance with your sister.

After a brief hiatus, Lido Beach is back in action. Fronted by former City Drive (We the People/Sony Records) bassist Scott Waldman, Lido Beach combines a high-energy stage show with a blend of catchy, melodic alternative-rock. With the help of a series of unique guerrilla promotional tactics, Lido Beach recently completed a successful string of coast-to-coast shows. Now that the wheels are back in motion, Lido Beach isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Tickets are available through the Roxy box office at 310-278-9457. Doors are at 7:15

SSMF 2011

The Sunset Strip Music Festival is back in action for the fourth year in a row! Get ready to spend August 18, 19, & 20 on The Sunset Strip. This year will bring some of the hottest acts and your favorite artists that have always ruled The Strip.

Thursday, August 18, the festival kicks off with an event honoring a Sunset Strip icon. Previous icons include Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, and Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri & Elmer Valentine.

Friday, August 19, the party kicks off at all the clubs including here, The Key Club, The Viper Room, House of Blues Sunset, The Cat Club, and The Whisky A-Go-Go.

Saturday, August 20, is the street festival! The day where everyone comes together in one place to rock out all day long to all different kinds of music. There will be VIP lounges, a beer garden, multiple stages, and some of the most fun you’ll have all summer.

Save the date and get ready for the party of the year on The Sunset Strip!

For more information visit http://sunsetstripmusicfestival.com

Hard Rock Locals

This Friday Love and a .38, Run Devil Run, Ankla, Awaken the Empire, James Knndy, and Zoe Ann and the Motive take the Roxy stage for what is guaranteed to be a party night. These bands work together both on and off shows and will make this a night to catch great music.

Check out this awesome video put together by Run Devil Run and Love and a .38:

Rock Gods on The Sunset Strip

Yesterday, the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne and his good friend Slash swung by the House of Blues Sunset Strip to sign the Ozzy Osbourne Guitartown guitar. Fans and press were there in full effect waiting hours to see their favorite heavy metal men.

We had a second to talk to Slash and asked him about his favorite Roxy memory. He told us about his mother being in The Rocky Horror Picture Show live stage performances at The Roxy that started in 1974. Slash recalled being so young and getting to hang out in the venue. Cool, right?

Ozzy gave us a minute of his time and here’s what he had to say..

Here’s some pics from The Roxy’s own Erik Voake:

For a look at all of the pictures check out our Flickr page here

The guitar was done by artist/photographer Nic Adams

Los Angeles Latin Rock

Los Angeles based Monte Negro brings their Latin rock sound to The Roxy on January 11, 2011.

Brothers Kinski Gallo and Rodax started the punk band Anima which became known the “Latino Red Hot Chili Peppers.” The band broke up and they started Monte Negro. As time went by the band’s Mexican heritage became more and more prevalent in their music.

They are one of the hottest Latin Rock bands out there having opened for such acts as Gwen Stefani and more. Their latest album “Cosmic Twins” was released last month and this show is slated as their record release show.

Monte Negro’s efforts on this album have not gone unnoticed with rave reviews and critic acclaim.

Check out the latest single “Como Quisiera”

Tickets can be purchased through The Roxy Box Office M-F 11-5:30pm, nights of shows, and online here.

Reggae Supervillains on the Horizon

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, not even close. It’s the reggae band The Supervillains and they’re making their way on the Ehh Party, Brah! tour to The Roxy on November 11 with Ballyhoo!, Sand Section, and DJ Fixion.

The Supervillains are rock reggae favorites and are expecting their highly anticipated 6th album to debut on this tour. The band tours for most of the year playing over 200 shows throughout. Their stage presence is unforgettable and will leave you laughing, dancing, and singing along to their catchy tunes.

Lead singer and drummer, Dom Maresco, promises a non-stop party on this tour especially since they’re out with long time friends, Ballyhoo! They will be showcasing their new material that shows a more mature sound but will still be playing all the old fan favorites.

Check them out:

Ballyhoo! is another non-stop touring band. In 2008, they went on the road with Slightly Stoopid and 311 and as of 2010, have been asked to be featured on Rock Band. The band mixes pop, reggae, and rock to create a sound all their own. Have a listen:

Sand Section is a California band who combines classic surf music with reggae. Visit their website for free downloads!

Seedless is from Orange County, CA and formed about 5 years ago. They just released their first full length album on August 28, 2010 and have gained nationwide attention since.

For tickets call our box office at 310-278-9457 or purchase online through Ticketmaster .

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!

Parachute And Safety Suit January 25, 2010

Amazing show last night and lots of enthusiastic fans! Our fav. 🙂

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Parachute/Safety Suit January 25, 2010
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Parachute and SafetySuit January 25, 2010
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Parachute/Safety Suit January 25, 2010
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Parachute/Safety Suit January 25, 2010
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Parachute/Safety Suit January 25, 2010
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Shwayze Live at The Roxy Theatre January 22 2010

Special shout out to our new show reviewer – Mr Brent Mendoza! He’s a man on the strip, with an ear for whats hot! Only fitting that his first review is SHWAYZE!!

Shwayze at The Roxy Theatre
Friday, January 22, 2010

By: Brent X Mendoza

It was one of those rare nights in Socal, one of the few nights during the year cold enough to see your own breath. Outside The Roxy Theatre were a surprising number of not so bundled up teens lining The Sunset Strip, waiting to get in to the sold out show. The kids had been huddled in the cold, some for a couple hours, demonstrating the kind of commitment unique to that age group; a time when music so echoes your teenage sentiments that when tickets to the show ran out, more than one tearful teen was observed pleading with the doormen to gain entrance.

After much anticipation, the curtain rose and the mostly female audience erupted into frenzy as Shwayze and Cisco Adler exploded onto the stage. Amidst a backdrop of red neon lights and an imposingly large banner brandishing the colorful Shwayze logo, the group launched into “California Girl” with Cisco switching off between rapping on the mic and strumming his guitar. The duo dressed in their characteristic tight bright pants had an instant command and comfort on stage, interacting with the audience as they flawlessly harmonized and flowed.

The crowd, which was packed to the rafters, raised the temperature inside The Roxy a good twenty degrees, creating a stark contrast to the freezing temperatures outside. Drawing equally from both Shwayze releases, the audience grew more and more rambunctious with each passing song. Complete with homemade posters and young girls dancing on the shoulders of their boyfriends, the scene was reminiscent of the kind of fan fever usually displayed during a pop concert.

The show was a give and take between performers and observers as the stage joined the floor for one big party. Songs like “Rich Girl” and “Maneatrr” where Shwayze and Cisco worked in a number of props to L.A. and Hollywood showed off some well rehearsed collaboration and whipped the audience into a near manic state. Calling The Roxy “home sweet home”, Shwayze’s music and lyrics showcase the fun in the sun, carefree Socal living represented best by the stretch of L.A. between Malibu and Hollywood.

Other highlights of the evening included the thumping club beats on “Get You Home” and the brass section of one during “Livin’ It Up”, both songs serving as prime examples of the musical departure on the new record, Let It Beat.

The lengthy set reached an apex when G Love (G Love & Special Sauce) joined the band onstage for “Buzzin’”, the final track of the evening. G Love took the vocal lead on the closer as Shwayze and Cisco acted as backups, changing the chorus to “buzzin’ all over G” in honor of the guest vocalist. The curtain dropped promptly after the last notes of the song and without a goodbye or a thank you the band left the stage, because on a night like this where performances go off this smoothly, sometimes there’s nothing left to say.

Shwazye January 22, 2010
(@santigold, @laurahess and @sarahrabby)

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