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May 2022
May 19, 2022 8:00 PM
May 20, 2022 12:00 AM
May 19, 2022
Delta Spirit w/ Palm Palm
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Delta Spirit

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

The whole story could've been written in the stars...

Astrology tells us a "Saturn? Return" happens when the planet Saturn revolves back to the same position it held upon our birth. It typically takes almost thirty years. However, in the case of Delta Spirit, it took a little less than fifteen. The enduring California rock quintet -- Matthew Logan Vasquez [vocals], Kelly Winrich [multi-instrumentalist, vocals], Will McLaren [guitar], Jon Jameson [bass], and Brandon Young [drums] -- realign on their fifth full-length and first album since 2014, What? Is There [New West Records]. As much as it reflects their journey thus far, it also ushers them into new territory as both musicians and, most importantly, friends.

"In 2015, we were getting along like family gets along," admits Matthew. "That means sometimes we didn't like each other too much. We were just growing apart. When we took a break and the band stopped, the friendships got an opportunity to come back. That was the process. Every time we hung out, we'd be like, 'It'd? be cool if we could do it again'?. Over time, you can lose it and even forget it. When we played together, we found the same joy and took it deeper. We all had a 'Saturn? Return' moment with each other. The record is deep sonically and emotionally. The band is still pursuing its endeavor in a meaningful way."

Delta Spirit started pursuing that endeavor in 2005. The five-piece amassed a catalog beloved by fans, including the I? Think I've Found It ?EP [2006] and full-length albums Ode To Sunshine ?[2008], History? From Below ?[2010], Delta? Spirit ?[2012], and Into? The Wide [2014]. Praising Into? The Wide?, Consequence? of Sound predicted, "Wherever those instincts take them next, they should trust it." Along the way, the group headlined countless shows, toured with everyone from Cold War Kids to My Morning Jacket, and performed at Coachella? ?, Lollapalooza? ?, and beyond. Launching a quiet infiltration of the mainstream, they contributed music to many notable TV shows, including their song "Devil Knows You're Dead" being featured in the final montage of the acclaimed series Friday Night Lights?. Along the way, they also became regulars on late night, performing on Letterman,? Kimmel, ?and Jools Holland?, to name a few, and taping an ACL Live ?episode.

Taking a break, their paths diverged only to continue crisscrossing. Matthew released and toured behind three solo albums, while Kelly launched a career as a producer. Jon hit the road with the LA band, Muna, Brandon accompanied long-friend, Sam Outlaw, in Europe, and Will toured and recorded with Mikky Ekko. After numerous conversations, the musicians convened again at Cave East in Brooklyn for a jam session in 2018. The momentum ramped up as they recorded at Cave West in San Clemente and in Austin, TX before eventually retreating to Sonic Ranch outside of El Paso. The album naturally materialized with the help of engineer Jason Kingsland, who also worked with the band on Into the Wide?.

"Along the way, we made sure to keep those precious moments and maintain a sense of discovery and joy." He goes on, "There are vocals from demo jams, crashes in mic tracks, and all of these imperfect sounds that would only happen once. When we got to Sonic Ranch, it all came together. We've always recorded at destinations, but this one was the best."

Moreover, they wrote and recorded from a new place informed by maturity gained by their journey, break, and reunion. They locked into the process together and eventually found the sweet spot where they were all on the same page.

Delta Spirit introduce this chapter with the first single "How Bout It." A slow burn of drums and piano simmer as Matthew's voice stretches into a fiery falsetto on the question, "How? bout it?" The track builds towards an airy bridge before a bluesy guitar lead twists and turns through the beat. "It's the trials of a gambler who can't walk away from the table," he explains. "I feel that in my own life. In some way, shape, or form, all of us struggle with when to walk away."

Originally written in an Oslo emergency room on his iPad during a ten-hour wait, album opener "The Pressure" hinges on a sunny guitar lick and buoyant groove before the hypnotic chant, "The pressure got its hooks in you??."?

"Living in Oslo was great, but I'd been running myself ragged in 2018, and I had a bit of a breakdown there," he admits. "The song talks about that. Always trying to take control and manage my own destiny led to breaking down. It's about being visibly distressed, coming around to find peace, and stepping through it."

Acoustic guitar and shimmering keys glow on "It Ain't Easy" as the verses shuffle towards another hummable hook and a sinewy solo.

"Personality-wise, our band is five contrarians trying to agree on an idea," he continues. "When your similarity is that you're contrarian, it's tough. But, when things work out, it's incredible. So, the song is really about realizing you need friends."

In addition to writing "Lover's Heart," Kelly took over the mic for the first time on a

Delta Spirit album with the heartbreaking ballads "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" and "Just the Same." Meanwhile, the finale and title track "What Is There" hinges on soft acoustic strumming and a poetic homage to the group itself.

"The song is an acrostic, so the first letter of every line in each verse spells out Brandon, Kelly, Will, and Jon," he reveals. "It's a love letter to those guys and what we've done together as a collective. The song looks back and looks forward. We're always chasing the brass ring in terms of our hopes and dreams as a band family. We've done a lot of incredible things, but it's a reminder the journey we're on together is the most beautiful part. We always try to take things as far as we can and live in gratitude amongst that. What more can this band do? Let's find out."

In the end, Delta Spirit not only return, but move forward together on What Is There?.

"When I think about Delta Spirit, we initially met each other in such an odd and serendipitous time," Matthew leaves off. "I'm really proud of our body of work, but especially proud of where everybody has gotten to now. I have a lot of hope for us. I'm grateful for everyone in this band. There's a lot of raw honesty in the music. Hopefully, people can have something to hold on to, so they know somebody is empathizing with their feelings. It's a record for right now, instead of pandering to the past. It's the next step."

 
May 2022
May 20, 2022 9:00 PM
May 21, 2022 12:00 AM
May 20, 2022
The Garden w/ Final Conflict - Night 1
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The Garden

w/ Final Conflict

Doors 8pm / Show 9pm

Southern California twin duo, The Garden have been carving their own path since their formation in 2011. Known musically for their fast, punk-influenced jungle and DnB styles, they have a total of four studio albums and four EPs under their name, including LPs The Life and Times of a Paperclip (2013), Haha (2015), Mirror Might Steal Your Charm (2018) and their latest e “Kiss My SUPER Bowl Ring (2020). Touring at a consistently across the US, Europe, UK, China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Mexico since 2013, their show is a mix of aggressive, unpredictable and trickster-ish tendencies. Additionally, The Garden made their Coachella debut in 2019 with previous festival appearances at Camp Flog Gnaw, Sasquatch, Riot Fest, Concrete & Grass in Shanghai, Neon Desert, End of the Road Festival, Tropicalia, and more.

May 2022
May 21, 2022 9:00 PM
May 22, 2022 12:00 AM
May 21, 2022
The Garden w/ Final Conflict - Night 2
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The Garden

w/ Final Conflict

Doors 8pm / Show 9pm

Southern California twin duo, The Garden have been carving their own path since their formation in 2011. Known musically for their fast, punk-influenced jungle and DnB styles, they have a total of four studio albums and four EPs under their name, including LPs The Life and Times of a Paperclip (2013), Haha (2015), Mirror Might Steal Your Charm (2018) and their latest e “Kiss My SUPER Bowl Ring (2020). Touring at a consistently across the US, Europe, UK, China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Mexico since 2013, their show is a mix of aggressive, unpredictable and trickster-ish tendencies. Additionally, The Garden made their Coachella debut in 2019 with previous festival appearances at Camp Flog Gnaw, Sasquatch, Riot Fest, Concrete & Grass in Shanghai, Neon Desert, End of the Road Festival, Tropicalia, and more.

May 2022
May 22, 2022 7:00 PM
May 23, 2022 12:00 AM
May 22, 2022
Justin Hayward w/ Mike Dawes
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7:00 pm
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The Voice of the Moody Blues Tour
Justin Hayward
plus Mike Dawes

Doors 6pm / Show 7pm

Justin Hayward’s renowned, highly successful career in music is now in its fifth decade. The timeless troubadour is best known as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the iconic Moody Blues, whose hits include the masterful “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Question,” “The Voice” plus other classic, era and genre-defining hits. These laid the foundation for the incredible success story of the Moody Blues – as well as Hayward’s solo work – which continues to this day.  

 

Born and brought up in Swindon in the UK, Hayward’s interest in music started when he was five years old and bequeathed with his grandfather’s collection of 78 rpm recordings. Having taught himself to play the ukulele, Hayward soon progressed to guitar and by his early teens he was playing in local groups. Upon leaving school at 17 he answered an advertisement in the Melody Maker newspaper and successfully auditioned for UK rock and roll hero Marty Wilde. Hayward credits Wilde with encouraging him to become a songwriter; he made several recordings with the ‘Wilde Three’ and appeared with them at the London Palladium.  

 

Once he established himself as a songwriter in his own right, he joined the Moody Blues in the summer of 1966. Hitting his stride immediately with the single “Fly Me High,” he followed it up with the hit songs “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” from the seminal album Days of Future Past. The Moody Blues would go on to sell 70 million albums worldwide, which includes 18 platinum and gold LPs. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.  

 

Although the Moodies continued to record and tour at the highest level, Hayward also found time to create several solo albums such as Songwriter, Night Flight, Moving Mountains and The View From the Hill. He hit the Top Ten globally in 1978 with “Forever Autumn” – created for Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds album. Hayward then took to the stage – for five years, from 2005 – 2010, and starred in its spectacular live stadium production.  

 

His album of new songs Spirits Of The Western Sky (2013) was followed by a ‘live in concert’ DVD ‘Spirits…Live’, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Video chart. 2016’s All The Way followed - a compilation of Hayward’s solo work and live performances of Moody Blues classics -- and the 2020 released digital EP One Summer Day/My Juliette, featuring two brand new songs. Also noteworthy: Hayward’s recent "Tuesday Afternoon" video series featuring deep cuts from The Moody Blues and from his solo career. 

 

Special guest Mike Dawes will perform an opening set, as well as play guitar in Hayward’s band. Dawes is hailed as one of the world’s finest and most creative modern fingerstyle guitarists. 

May 2022
May 24, 2022 8:00 PM
May 25, 2022 12:00 AM
May 24, 2022
Weyes Blood w/ Sam Burton
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8:00 pm
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Weyes Blood

w/ Sam Burton

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

Natalie Mering, known professionally as Weyes Blood, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Mering was raised in a musical family and began writing songs under the moniker Wise Blood at age 15, later changing the spelling to Weyes Blood. She spent some formative years in the underground noise music scene, playing in bands Jackie-O Motherfucker and Nautical Almanac. 

Mering released her debut album, The Outside Room, in 2011 on Not Not Fun Records, followed up by 2014’s The Innocents on Mexican Summer. Her breakthrough occurred in 2016 with the release of Front Row Seat to Earth. With this record, she gained recognition for her distinctive style of melodic, orchestral, and melancholic songwriting melded with apocalyptic themes. 

This is further refined on 2019’s strikingly beautiful and critically-acclaimed Titanic Rising (Sub Pop). The record received high placements on year-end and decade-end lists from publications such as Pitchfork, Uproxx, Paste, Uncut, Dazed, The Guardian, and NPR. Live performance highlights include sold-out tours in the US and Europe, as well as opening for Kacey Musgraves in the fall and signing with Lana Del Rey at the Hollywood Bowl. 

Mering’s voice sounds at once classic and new -- her music could exist as comfortably in the ‘70s as it does in our current age of anxiety and tension, making her a unique cultural commentator on society’s current condition.

Mering is currently working on her follow-up Weyes Blood album, due later in 2022.

 
May 2022
May 25, 2022 8:00 PM
May 26, 2022 12:00 AM
May 25, 2022
Brother Ali w/ Locksmith & DJ Last Word
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8:00 pm
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Brother Ali

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& DJ Last Word

Brother Ali is a highlyrespected Hip Hop artist, speaker, and community leader from Minneapolis, MN. His two-decade resume includes eight critically-acclaimed albums, mentorships with iconic Hip Hop legends Chuck D andRakim, and performances on late night shows with Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien.His provocative and uplifting brand of Hip Hop has earned him coveted press features like Rolling Stone’s 40thanniversary edition and Source Magazine’s “Hip Hop Quotables”, while his outspoken social justice message haslanded him ongovernment watch lists. He’s also lectured at universities from Princeton to Stanford and delivered thekeynote address at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.When he’s not rocking the mic at Coachella or being arrested for civil disobedience in support of marginalizedcommunities, Brother Ali travels the world learning and teaching Islamic Spirituality under some of today’s mostrenowned teachers. In addition to leading worship services and classes, he co-founded The Gemali Project, anorganization that helps Muslim converts and spiritual seekers access the beauty of the Islamic tradition. Brother Alirecently launched The Travelers Podcast from his new home in Istanbul, exploring life’s journey with cultural,spiritual, and thought leaders from across the globe

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

May 2022
May 27, 2022 5:00 PM
May 27, 2022 7:30 PM
May 27, 2022
SGT. Pepper - A Beatles Tribute
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5:00 pm
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SGT. Pepper - A Beatles Tribute

Doors & Show - 5pm

 

Sgt. Pepper has been performing tributes to the Beatles and other British Invasion bands since 2007.

The band relies upon musical virtuosity, rather than gimmicks, like bad wigs or fake accents. For many

shows, the band mixes in songs by other British Invasion artists, such as the Animals, the Kinks, the Stones,

the Yardbirds and others. Sgt. Pepper is comprised of L.A. music scene veterans. Lead guitarist Tom Kolb

has taught at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood for many years. He also toured  with Mark Lindsey,

former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders. Lead guitarist Bill Horn has toured with several country

recording artists and was awarded “Lead Guitar Player of the Year” by the California County Music Association.

Drummer Lynn Coulter still tours with Rita Coolidge. The band performs the entire spectrum of Beatles music,

from I Want To Hold Your Hand to Strawberry Fields Forever and  Penny Lane, including songs the Beatles

themselves never performed live. Buy your tickets today and prepare for a powerfully immersive Beatles

music experience.  

 

My wife and I attended the Gary Numan show a few weeks ago. We were very impressed with how the

owners upgraded the former Discovery Ventura. We are really looking forward to the gig next month. Cheers!

May 2022
May 27, 2022 9:30 PM
May 28, 2022 12:00 AM
May 27, 2022
Gasolina: Reggaeton Party
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9:30 pm
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Gasolina: Reggaeton Party

Doors 9pm / Show 9:30pm

Gasolina is dedicated to creating a community within the reggaetón and latin-music scene across the United States through exciting and innovative events. From throwing shows at small clubs in Los Angeles to large-scale events in New York & beyond, Gasolina is bringing together the reggaetón community from coast-to-coast. Serving as both a legendary perreo and a platform to showcase up-and-coming talent in the reggaetón and Latinx scenes, the collective is determined to break the boundaries of reggaetón and push the culture forward. 
 
Gasolina has held events with artists such as Nina Sky, Vice Menta, Izzy La Reina, BRRAY, Tomasa Del Real, Ir-Sais, ECKO, Jen Morell, Fuego and beyond in venues such as Avalon Hollywood, House of Blues, August Hall, and more. 
 
May 2022
May 28, 2022 9:00 PM
May 29, 2022 12:00 AM
May 28, 2022
The Strike & Sub-Radio
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The Strike & Sub-Radio

with Eyecandy 

and Scientist & Saboteurs

Doors 8pm / Show 9pm

THE STRIKE

The Strike is a 5 member independent band based in Los Angeles, CA.  The band is headed by front man Chris Crabb and supported by Alex Palazzo -guitar, David Maemone - keys, Frank Ojeda-bass, and Jay Tibbitts-drums.

The Strike released their debut album "Faint of Heart" in June of 2017, which was met with great enthusiasm nationally. The success of the record allowed them to expand their presence into Los Angeles from the greater Mountain West region where the band began.

The Strike is known for their captivating live performances. In an age of musical minimalism, The Strike is reminiscent of rock bands from the 70's and 80's. They feature true showmanship in an age where the art of performance has been forgotten. Chris Crabb's vocal style is akin to rock vocalists such as Lou Gramm, or Steve Perry. The band members are all students at their craft. Those who attend Strike shows become instant fans.

SUB-RADIO

Sub-Radio makes indie pop that grooves, stabs, winks, punches, inspires. Founded by six childhood friends, they built a worldwide following on the strength of ecstatic virtual and live shows and a stream of releases. Following the release of their 2020 EP Thoughts Lights Colors Sounds, produced by Andrew Maury (Shawn Mendes, Lizzo, COIN), the band embarked on a pandemic-induced virtual Reddit tour, reaching over 4 million unique viewers in just 5 months. Their latest single “What You Want To Hear”, debuting in February 2021, is a pop blast of love and compassion in the face of adversity.

May 2022
May 29, 2022 8:00 PM
May 30, 2022 12:00 AM
May 29, 2022
Ravyn Lenae: Hypnos Tour 2022
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Ravyn Lenae

w/ Unusual Demont

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

For as bold and big as Ravyn Lenae’s voice may be, her lyrics suggest an unparalleled level of intimacy—as if she’s whispering her life story directly to you and no one else.

The Chicago-born and Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter channels classical technique through skyscraping delivery, balancing extremes with finesse, focus, and fire. After racking up over 100 million streams and attracting acclaim from Pitchfork, The FADER, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and Nylon, she instantly captivates on her 2022 Hypnos album [Atlantic Records] and much more to come.

“This process has had a lot of natural twists and turns because the journey has been so turbulent,” she says. “I felt like this project needed to stamp what I sound like, so people aren’t guessing anymore. I spent a lot of time experimenting in the studio with friends who I trust. Lyrically, I was more intimate. It’s a product of going through certain experiences as a young black woman like heartbreak, love, joy, sadness, and loneliness, which are all a part of what this project means.”

Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, she honed her voice through intense classical training at Chicago’s High School For The Arts in between listening to everyone from India.Arie and OutKast to Antonio Vivaldi and Reynaldo Hahn. She initially introduced herself on the 2016 Moon Shoes EP, which yielded “Free Room” [feat. Appleby]. However, 2018’s Crush established her as a fan and critical favorite. “Sticky” amassed over 32 million Spotify streams. Pitchfork hailed it as “the sound of a promising young talent maturing into her own signature style,” while The Needle Drop dubbed it “some of her boldest material yet.” Billboard praised it as “one of the most sumptuous, supple, meditative and detailed dispatches from a soulful young singer’s mind in recent memory.” Along the way, she toured with SZA and attracted a devout fan base of her own. Landing a major sync, she also contributed “Rewind” to Insecure: Music From The HBO Original Series, and it appeared during a key moment.

As the world shut down, quarantine left her alone with her thoughts.

“I had a lot of time to peel back the layers of my feelings and growth over the years,” she admits. “Being still allows you to wade through those emotions way more intimately than if you’re moving. It allowed me to open up. I had people around me who encouraged me. When you write and someone relates to it, you’re inspired to keep going. That made me dive into uncomfortable subjects. This is a story of self-discovery.”

After bouncing back and forth between the Midwest and the West Coast, she settled in Los Angeles and reteamed with Crush collaborator and producer Steve Lacy [Kendrick Lamar, The Internet]. Inspired by Brandy, she stacked her vocals on key moments to resemble a towering choir. Additionally, she leaned into a larger vision.

“I wanted to snap people into my world through the sonics, so they can feel how I’ve felt over the past couple of years,” she goes on. “Hypnos is the Greek word for ‘God of Sleep.’ My voice has a trance-inducing element. I’d love it if you felt woozy and hypnotized when you heard me.”

She instantly enchants on the first single “Skin Tight” [feat. Steve Lacy]. Her harmonies flutter over lush guitar and a head-nodding beat as she pleads, “Hold me while you can,” before Steve counters with an entrancing melody.

“It’s an introduction to Hypnos and a reintroduction to me,” she reveals. “It has those hypnotic elements, but it’s very simple, familiar, and fresh. Thematically, it’s about not being in a relationship with somebody, but still having those physical and mental ties. It speaks to sharing kinetic energy with another person, even if time has passed and you aren’t together anymore.”

Meanwhile, the follow-up single “M.I.A.” [feat. Amaarae] pairs an upbeat bounce with glistening piano as seductive intonation skates towards a glossy refrain.

“I wanted something fresh like a summer jam,” she goes on. “It’s very liberating. I’m talking about being confident in my own skin. Whether I’m inside, outside, or across the country, I’m fluid and free.”

In the end, Ravyn has rooted this next chapter in such freedom.

“When you listen to the music, I hope you have a better understanding of me and even catch a better understanding of yourself,” she leaves off. “As artists, we make music as a pathway to help other people understand certain aspects of their lives. I’ve gone through the tunnels and seen the light on the other side. I’m finding my way. I’m clearer on who I am and my power through music and lyricism. I’m pouring more into me, friendships, family, and music. Through all of that, I’m fulfilled.”

June 2022
June 1, 2022 8:00 PM
June 2, 2022 12:00 AM
Jun 1, 2022
Monster Energy Presents: COI LERAY
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Coi Leray 

with B-Lovee

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

Whether you call her Coi Leray or simply the Trendsetter, you already know the name. For over five years, Coi has remained a force within hip-hop with her sharp flow, slick delivery, and catchy hooks. She has contributed to the meteoric rise of women in hip-hop, by consistently bringing songs that live in car stereos, the clubs, and of course TikTok. As Coi enters the next stage in her career with the release of her long-awaited debut album TRENDSETTER—armed with her latest single “Blick Blick” featuring Nicki Minaj—Coi maintains her brand of pure vibes and artistry, mixed with commercial appeal. 

 

The past few years have been a whirlwind for Coi. The Boston-born and New Jersey raised star first cracked the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the start of 2021 with her RIAA Certified Platinum hit single “No More Parties,” making her late-night television debut by performing the track on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. And it’s been up ever since. By the Spring of ’21, Coi graced the cover of XXL Magazine as part of their coveted Freshman class, racking up award nominations everywhere—from Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist at the 2021 American Music Awards to Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and Best New Artist at the 2021 BET Awards. 

 

Lightning struck again toward the close of the last year with the release of “TWINNEM,” the viral hit single heard ‘round the world. “TWINNEM” not only became a fan favorite, but touched all corners of social media, nominated for a TikTok Bop of the Year and even debuting at Number 2 on Billboard’s Top Triller U.S. charts. She followed with the early 2022 release of “Anxiety,” which is already making its impact in a major way. Coi has tapped into multiple parts of the entertainment industry, with her own cooking show “Cooking With Coi Leray” to being the face of Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS “Cozy Collection” campaign. She is setting trends in every way possible, which has culminated in finally dropping her full-length project. Over one billion streams later, Coi Leray is geared for the release of TRENDSETTER.

 

Despite it feeling like a long time, her debut album is arriving at the perfect time. “I’ve been working on this project for three years,” she explains. “I never really got to drop a debut project to really tell my story and show who I really am as an artist.” TRENDSETTER brings an elevation to Coi Leray that most take a lifetime to figure out. “The music has gotten way better, it sounds better, it’s on a whole different scale from when I first started, but what I appreciate the most is how much more educated I am on the whole process,” she expressed. “I’m glad that I waited. I used to want to rush, but now that I waited, I have an amazing lineup of features and one of the biggest female artists of the world on my track. I’m excited.”

 

While the project features a handful of Coi’s existing hits (including the aforementioned “TWINNEM,” “Anxiety,” “No More Parties” remix with Lil Durk, and the RIAA Certified Gold “Big Purr (Prrdd)” with Pooh Shiesty), there is much more in store for fans, including the massive “Blick Blick” featuring none other than Nicki Minaj. “’Blick Blick’ is a song that I really, really love,” Coi speaks of the rhythmic hit. “Nicki actually heard it and loved it, so she put a verse on it.” The music video shows the two playing off each other in a way that only two titans can.

 

Coi’s become a trailblazer for melodic rap, though she really pushes her bars to the limit on songs like “Box and Papers” with Chief Keef and “Mission Impossible” with Lil Tecca. It’s here that we remember the girl with the spitfire flow. “I’m on my rappin’ shit,” she adds. “I get to really express myself in a way that I want to.” Throughout the project, her knack for storytelling is woven into her lyrics, dropping easter eggs for fans who are aware of key moments in her life. “Real ones will know exactly who I’m talking about,” she says with a laugh. There are in love songs, there are out of love songs, and tracks where Coi is venting about personal and professional matters that have all brought her to this moment. A debut project like TRENDSETTER is rare; Coi Leray has curated an experience for her listeners, having penned the bulk of the songs and putting her all into her formal arrival.

 

With every track and every new venture, Coi has proven her star power—and she’s still just getting warmed up. “I hope the fans really understand what a really versatile artist is and what a real star is,” she says of matter-of-factly. “Don’t put me in a box. You may see me dancing or doing TikToks, but the truth of the matter is, I can do it all.”

June 2022
June 3, 2022 5:00 PM
June 3, 2022 7:30 PM
Jun 3, 2022
Black Crystal Wolf Kids - Indie Rock Dance Party
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June 2022
June 4, 2022 8:00 PM
June 5, 2022 12:00 AM
Jun 4, 2022
Matisyahu
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Matisyahu

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

When Matisyahu first started touring to packed clubs more than eleven years ago, it was prior to the release of Live at Stubbs, the now Gold record, and prior to that record’s single “King without a Crown” reaching #1 on the alternative rock radio charts. His performances were a raw expression of his spirituality at that time and were supported by musicians who played a foundation of roots reggae augmented by the energy of a rock trio. Fans latched on quickly for a variety of reasons, but in August of 2005, just months after the release of Live at Stubbs, Matisyahu found himself on stage at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival with the de facto leader of improvisational rock-n-roll; Phish’s front man Trey Anastasio. Many early fans of Matisyahu remember that moment clearly not because of the songs he played in front of the 80,000 person crowd, but because of his seemingly unfettered confidence (or perhaps naiveté) in helping lead Trey and his band through an improvisational display of beat boxing and lyrical gymnastics during the two songs performed. It may have been unrefined, but Matisyahu’s passion for full band improvisation was laid bare.

Fans within the improvisational-jam scene began flocking to Matisyahu’s shows shortly thereafter. “King without a Crown” climbed the charts and Matisyahu’s follow up record Youth was nominated for a Grammy, but the blessings and curses of mainstream success each took root. While Matisyahu’s bands have always been comprised of serious multidimensional players who have artfully molded the foundations of roots reggae into many genres, that early; if only a brief display of complete surrender to the music, seemed in some way to take a back seat. Through his lyrics however, Matisyahu developed a more personal, artistic, and sophisticated way to express the yearning for deep spiritual meaning, and as his own beliefs opened up to find more variety and depth, the desire for his performances to match the unpredictable flow of life developed as well.

Now, more than a decade later, Matisyahu has formed a band that truly gives itself over to the music on par with his lyrical desire to connect to something beyond the self. The band features original Stubbs guitarist and longtime staple of the downtown New York improv scene Aaron DuganJason Fraticelli on bass, Jason Lindner on keyboards, and Matt Scarano on drums. Combined, the music and lyrics transcend their parts. At its most basic moments the music now feels alive; an entity unto itself, being born in the moment and evolving each night. No two performances of a song are alike. At its most exultant moments the music becomes full-band improvisation. Lyrics are rearranged on the spot to serve the energy of the jam, no instrumentalist is playing simply to demonstrate individual skill, and Keiper’s percussive mastery finds the subtle cracks within Matisyahu’s beat boxing to propel the music beyond anything it’s ever achieved previously.

What makes this music so engaging and unmatched, is that Matisyahu; a vocalist with no other instrument at his disposal, is an integral creative part in the improvisation. Dugan and Yuki work well beyond the constraints of the “solo” constantly working to modulate the improvisation, while Brook’s pocket is so deep and harmonically smart, that regardless of how far the melodic elements of a jam may get pushed, it’s impossible not to feel rooted to the core of any tune performed. Matisyahu allows his band to breathe within each tune, finding his place with a wordless melody that serves to enhance the harmonic elements of an improvisation, developing the rhythmic ideas with his beat boxing, or crowning a jam with a full-on lyrical call-to-the-heavens and the great unknown. It’s that cathartic moment as a jam summits and the audience lets out its release that tells the performers we are all in it together. During the most recent Fall 2015 tour, video and audio posts of these moments inspired a steady stream of comments and inquiries asking, “What album is this song on?” It’s not on any album. It is the song of that moment, and that moment only.   

These moments have the ability to connect the many different kinds of Matisyahu fans. The fan going through a hard time, looking to connect to lyrics about faith and searching. The fan looking for that unmatched connection inherent in the risk-reward of improvisational music. The fan who finds pride or representation in some of the ancient sources of Matisyahu’s inspiration. All of these fans share the space together with Matisyahu who is now both a player and a playee, bound to his bandmates’ creation in song and in spirit. It’s been more than a decade for Matisyahu the singer; this is the time of Matisyahu the band.

 
June 2022
June 7, 2022 8:00 PM
June 8, 2022 12:00 AM
Jun 7, 2022
La Luz
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La Luz

with Pearl and The Oysters

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

On their self-titled fourth album, La Luz launch themselves into a new realm of emotional intimacy for a collection of songs steeped in the mysteries of the natural world and the magic of human chemistry that has found manifestation in the musical ESP between guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland, bassist Lena Simon, and keyboardist Alice Sandahl.

To help shape La Luz, the band found a kindred spirit in producer Adrian Younge. Though primarily known for his work with hip-hop, soul, and jazz acts, Younge saw in La Luz a shared vision that transcended genre. “We both create music with the same attitude, and that’s what I love about them,” he says. “They are never afraid to be risky and their style is captivating. It was an honor to work with them.”

The result is an album that is both the most naturalistic and psychedelic of the band’s career. All the elements of classic La Luz are still present—the lush harmonies, the impeccable musicianship, the gorgeous melodies—but it’s a richer, earthier iteration, replete with inorganic sounds that mimic the surreality of nature—the humming of invisible bugs, the atmospheric sizzle of a hot day. La Luz is an album that celebrates love—of music, of friendship, of life in all its forms.

June 2022
June 8, 2022 8:00 PM
June 9, 2022 12:00 AM
Jun 8, 2022
Allah-Las w/ Kolumbo
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Allah-Las

w/ Kolumbo

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for” the saying goes. But suppose the proverbial harbor is Los Angeles — a place not particularly known for being the origin of adventures. From the Spanish Conquistadors to the countless starry-eyed nobodies hoping to make it big, LA is usually the destination. 

So it’s no wonder the Allah Las became fascinated with both the carefree spirit and glitter-in-the-gutter lifestyle of their hometown. After three records mining its lore and lure (from the desert to the sea) they have become global ambassadors of not just a place but a location.

Having taken their compact California on the road across the world (making stops in North, Central, and South America, Europe, South Africa, Australia, Russia, East Asia and beyond), they couldn’t help but peek through the other end of the telescope.

On their fourth LP, drummer Matt Correia, bassist Spencer Dunham, and guitarists Miles Michaud and Pedrum Siadatian turn their collective gaze outward and toward the horizon. Simply titled LAHS (a reference to a common misspelling of the band’s name), their forthcoming release on Mexican Summer finds the band turning in their most cohesive and ambitious work yet.

The Allah Las seem to be transmitting from a place not found on any map. Those familiar with the band’s work will recognize their skillful melding of melodies and moods, but through that lens we see them venturing into new, exciting territories. Indeed, their growth not just as songwriters, but as performers, arrangers, and producers — is clearly audible.

Correia sings in Portuguese on “Prazer Em Te Conhecer” (Nice to Meet You), which evokes George Harrison while also sounding like a rare 45 from a Brazilian flea market. The breezy sweetness of “Pleasure” could pass for a song by Spanish folk darlings Picnic, were it not for the wistful wisdom in Dunham’s delivery. “Polar Onion” takes us through the inevitable lows one encounters on a long journey, as Michaud laments “drown in the sea, I fill my cup - but it’s not enough”- a caricature of the lonesome cowboy seeking and occasionally glimpsing enlightenment.

One of the most notable evolutions from their previous work is a razor-sharp focus on the groove. We hear the rhythms of Krautrock influencing songs like “Houston” and “Electricity,” with steady and precise drumming that create complexity from repetition. Whilst both “Roco Ono” and “Star” incorporate elements of disco and soul into Allah Las universe, highlighting an airtight rhythm section unafraid to tap their toes. 

Opener “Holding Pattern” conveys what the title suggests; you’ve almost arrived, you can see the ground, but you’re not quite there yet. Airy, ethereal harmonies chant the title, holding you in suspense- and eventually give way to an entirely different mood just before the fade- as if telling the listener “we’ve landed safely.” The persistent shuffle of “In The Air” drives the song forward, while Siadatian’s echo slapped voice bounces along on top, describing “images that can’t compare to the real thing in the air.” Electric guitar and mellotron trade licks, mirror each other's kinetic ascending and descending lines and calling to mind the playful jubilance of Kevin Ayers in his prime.

“We’ve been traveling a lot the past couple years and I think that played a role in influencing the broader variety of songs on this record” Correia explains. And this is precisely what sets LAHS apart from its predecessors -- a record inspired less by time, but by place. “LAHS to me feels like a soundtrack to the past 5 years or so. A sort of audio postcard to anyone who wants to listen.” This sentiment is echoed in the album’s artwork — a collection of exotic postcards, postmarked from equally exotic locals (designed by Matt Correia & Robbie Simon).

Tracking was done mostly by the band at their own studio in Los Angeles, allowing them more time and space to experiment with tunes and tones. Producer/Engineer Jarvis Taveniere (Woods) was brought in to help polish it off, resulting in a sound both crisp and clear while keeping with the warmth and atmosphere the band are known for.

The Allah Las have left the harbor. The infectious wanderlust that fuels these thirteen songs continues to propel the group forward across new frontiers, as they collect and catalog all they find and return with plenty of inspiration in tow. With LAHS we not only discover what souvenirs they’ve brought back for us; they’re inviting us aboard and taking us along for the ride.

June 2022
June 10, 2022 5:00 PM
June 10, 2022 7:30 PM
Jun 10, 2022
Ridin The Storm Out - REO SPEEDWAGON Tribute
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June 2022
June 10, 2022 9:00 PM
June 11, 2022 12:00 AM
Jun 10, 2022
Mike Love and The Full Circle plus Dub Inc
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Mike Love and The Full Circle

plus Dub Inc

Doors 8pm / Show 9pm

Revolutionary music may seem hard to come by in these times, but that doesn’t mean the revolution isn’t still brewing. Meet Hawaii’s Mike Love – who spreads his positive and powerful message across the globe. 

Love developed a unique style and sound rooted in the spirituality and message-based music of reggae and Rastafari, while also fusing progressive and classic rock, soul, blues, flamenco, jazz, classical, and more. At the core of Mike’s music, is healing – he is an active social, animal and environmental rights advocate, using his music as a tool to educate and unite. 

Love started playing guitar at the age of 15, and soon after began performing live as front man for 10-piece band Dubkonscious. He then furthered his talents as a composer/lyricist, arranger and also producer on the band’s album At the Foot of the Mountain.

He then began to hone what has now become an internationally recognized, power-packed, one-man-band style show, using looping, multiple instruments and an array of different vocal techniques and musical styles to create a full and powerful sound that belies the fact that he is on stage alone. Love's solo performances have since taken him to some of the largest stages in the world.

December 2012 saw the release of Love’s first solo album, critically acclaimed The Change I'm Seeking. The album features his hit track Permanent Holiday, which went viral on YouTube and currently has more than 32 million views [2022], expanding his fan base to the furthest corners of the globe.

With the release of his second album Love Will Find a Way and follow-up companion album Love Overflowing, Love solidified the bond with his fans, exhibiting the evolution they have come to expect from his music. 

Love has performed at festivals and on stages in the US, South and Central America, Canada, Europe, Guam, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, both solo and with his band The Full Circle. He has shared the stage with the likes of Michael Franti, Rebelution, Steel Pulse, Groundation, Xavier Rudd, John Butler, Dave Matthews, Dub Inc., Trevor Hall, Nahko and Medicine for the People and Jack Johnson. 

Notable festival plays include the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival (Byron Bay AUS), Reggae Sunska (Bordeaux FR), One Love Festival (Auckland NZ and California USA), California Roots Festival (Monterey USA), Boomtown Fair (UK), Sziget Festival (Budapest EU), Woodstock Festival (Poland EU), Electric Forest (Michigan USA), Wanderlust Festival (Hawaii, USA) and many more. 

Love releases his music independently on his own Love Not War Records label and is currently working on his highly anticipated fourth album, with singles set to release some time in 2022.

 
June 2022
June 11, 2022 9:00 PM
June 12, 2022 12:00 AM
Jun 11, 2022
Billy Howerdel of 'A Perfect Circle'
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Billy Howerdel

Doors 8pm / Show 9pm

Billy Howerdel has been putting the finishing touches on his debut solo album. A preview from the forthcoming collection was shared last month with the release of “Poison Flowers”. BBC Rock Radio 1’s Daniel P. Carter said: “If you’re a huge fan of A Perfect Circle, you’re gonna love it hands down. Has shades of A Perfect Circle in there but also a lot of his early influences really coming through like The Cure, Depeche Mode, Echo & the Bunnymen. Solid!”  Loudwire said “Howerdel paints a haunting visual with a dark palette,” Guitar World commented that “the A Perfect Circle man has channeled his  early influences… which treads a line between Pink Floyd and Nine Inch Nails,” and Revolver described the five-and-a-half minute song as “an ethereal, brooding and intensely stark creeper with gothic vocals and oodles of atmospheric textures.”

Billy Howerdel has perhaps one of rock music’s most well-rounded and interesting resumes. Growing up in West Milford, New Jersey, he spent hours listening to WLIR emanating out of Long Island, New York. Lying in bed, he would scribble down playlists and then scout out the records he loved in stores, among them The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, Dead Kennedys, and Elvis Costello. However, it was the experience of seeing Pink Floyd at Giants Stadium that triggered his lust for finding a way to work in the music industry. Howerdel initially racked up experience in stage lighting, working for almost any band or theater production that would ask, while at the same time devoting the rest of his free time to practicing guitar. A few years of work led to a chance meeting with Fishbone, a move west and quickly becoming a sought-after road and studio tech, working with David Bowie, Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, and oh yeah, being roommates with Tool’s Maynard James Keenan. It was that friendship that birthed the multi-platinum alternative rock supergroup, A Perfect Circle. 

June 2022
June 12, 2022 8:00 PM
June 13, 2022 12:00 AM
Jun 12, 2022
Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs
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Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

It's a classic rock & roll story: the chance encounter that becomes collaboration, then a band; the gathering of players and like-minded spirits that tightens and grows in songwriting, rehearsals and club dates; a debut album that finally arrives after all of the labor and waiting; the follow-up that beats a new set of odds and jumps ahead in vision and drive, proving the first record was no one-shot deal.

For Mike Campbell, External Combustion – the second album by his first band as a leader, the Dirty Knobs – is proof that lightning can strike twice. Campbell experienced all of the above and more with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – riding shotgun with his friend and captain as lead guitarist, co-producer and, at times, co-writer – when he met guitarist Jason Sinay at a session in Los Angeles in 2000. "I didn't like him at first because he had a green guitar and a mohawk," Campbell recalls with a laugh. "But when we started playing together, I realized he had good rhythm, good sound. And he worked really well with me."

It wasn't quite a mohawk, Sinay claims. "But I had done this thing with my hair, and I think it freaked Mike out." Sinay had his own case of nerves. "Mike liked how I played, but he is one of my heroes. I couldn't even breathe." Even so, "a couple of days later, my phone rang. It was Mike asking me to come to his house and work on music with him."

That call turned into the Dirty Knobs, named after a faulty amp dial (with bonus double entendre) and originally including bassist Ron Blair and drummer Steve Ferrone of the Heartbreakers. "We would go into the studio for fun and occasionally get a bar gig to try the songs out for people," Campbell explains. "Then I thought, for my own identity, I should have a different rhythm section. And I lucked out" – in 2004 – "when these two guys walked in who were amazing." Recommended by Sinay and Campbell's longtime guitar tech Steve "Chinner" Winstead, drummer Matt Laug and bassist Lance Morrison were friends who often worked together on tours and sessions. "With Jason," Campbell says, "that became the band."

Campbell claims he was never offered a solo deal in his four decades with Petty and the Heartbreakers, although he wrote and produced for other artists such as Roy Orbison and Don Henley. "I wouldn't have known what to do with it," he adds quickly. "I was Tom's partner. Lyrics and singing – he could always do it much better. But I was writing and recording more music than Tom could deal with. That's when I got the Dirty Knobs, which gave me a chance to try singing. So I started woodshedding. And then when my life changed" – with Petty's death in October, 2017 – "it was, 'Time to do this now.'"

The Dirty Knobs' debut album was ready to go in the spring of 2020 along with their first-ever tour. The pandemic blew out the latter. But Wreckless Abandon – released that November and co-produced by Campbell with George Drakoulias – delivered the good times in every other way: the psychedelic spell of the title track; the late-Sixties British-blues fire in "Sugar" and "Loaded Gun"; the brawling country rock of "Pistol Packin' Mama" with guest Chris Stapleton. Wreckless Abandon was Campbell's first album as the featured writer and singer. But, he says, "I wanted it to sound like four guys having fun."

"The first album was about the boogie," affirms Drakoulias. But External Combustion – which he also co-produced with Campbell – "threw the net wider." Country firebird Margo Price sings backing vocals in "Cheap Talk," a bluesy march in smokey orchestration, and duets with Campbell in the country-soul ballad "State of Mind," decked out with strings and brass in the frontier-symphony image of the Band. That's the distinctive glam-Dylan bite of Mott The Hoople singer Ian Hunter in the second verse of "Dirty Job," while Heartbreakers pianist Benmont Tench brings the Jerry Lee Lewis in "Lightning Boogie."

And in "It Is Written," Campbell conjures ghostly wisps of Bob Dylan-like harmonica in a topical urgency that turns into a reflection "about the devotion to one person," Campbell says – his wife Marcie. "It's a true story about coming out to California, her taking me in." But that's not a harmonica – it's a piano riff run backwards.

The Dirty Knobs made External Combustion in three weeks over the summer of 2021, "a few days at a time," Drakoulias says. "Everything was coming off the floor – whatever they were playing, whatever felt good." That speed and raw commitment comes right out of the starting gate in the garage-rock torpedo "Wicked Mind"; jumps to a Howlin' Wolf-style shuffle in "Brigitte Bardot"; and is there at the finish in "Electric Gypsy," a blaze of guitars in waltz time that Campbell began writing in the morning and showed to the band in the afternoon. The Knobs cut the song – named after one of Campbell's guitars, a gorgeous instrument with a mosaic finish in mother-of-pearl and abalone – the same day in one pass.

"Mike doesn't like to do a lot of takes," Morrison observes. There were times on External Combustion "where Mike was showing us the song as we were recording," Laug says. "That became the take." Sinay contends that Campbell "loves it when the band doesn't totally know the songs. Wide-eyed, freaking out, ears open – that's the magic."

"The band became this spontaneous type of combustion – to borrow a word," Campbell says. "The longer we played, the more intuitive it got. If I say, 'What about this song?,' maybe they've heard it, maybe they haven't. They just follow me, and they're tight. I'm lucky to have them."

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When Drakoulias first met Campbell during the recording of Petty's 1994 solo album, Wildflowers, "My first impression was awe," he says. The second was "How am I going to get this guy to talk to me? He was so quiet, not a typical lead-guitar guy." At the time, Drakoulias was a staff producer at Rick Rubin's American Recordings; Rubin was co-producing Wildflowers with Petty and Campbell. Drakoulias later worked with Petty and the Heartbreakers on the 1995 box set, Playback, and co-produced the 2002 album, The Last DJ.

"There was so much there," he says of Campbell. "People didn't give him the props for the writing in some of those songs. And he's such a tasteful player. It's not just 'Turn me up,' although he's perfectly capable of blasting away. It's more like 'Let me get inside the song.' He wants to play off the lyric, the way it's sung."

That was always Campbell's way as lead guitarist and counsel for Petty in the Heartbreakers and, before that, in their first band together, Mudcrutch. "There's never been a time," Petty said of Campbell in one of our interviews, "when he wasn't giving back to me more than I was asking him to give . . . That's the mark of a really great musician."

Sinay points out that two tracks on Mojo, the 2010 album by Petty and the Heartbreakers – the Southern-rock juggernaut "First Flash of Freedom" and the grinding closer "Good Enough" – began as Campbell tunes played with the Dirty Knobs. "I always wrote with the hope that Tom would hear something he liked," Campbell acknowledges. "But I was gonna write what I feel in the moment with no preconceptions."

External Combustion, in turn, has "a couple of cool songs I completely forgot about," Campbell says, going as far back as the 1980s. "Cheap Talk" and "State of Mind" both "popped up" on tapes from his vault. For the latter, Campbell not only kept the original backing track but his vocal as well "because it sounded right. It had the honesty of the guy." "Rat City" is another vintage item "left on a tape somewhere," Campbell says. Laug remembers it from "way before" Wreckless Abandon "when we were doing fun gigs between Heartbreakers tours." The drummer laughs. "It's too many songs to keep up. It's amazing how many songs Mike writes and forgets."

"The thing about Mike," Sinay says, "is that he keeps writing. Sometimes I fall in love with something, and he's moved on from it. But he's the one who has to sing it, to sell the song. We're there to make sure he gets what he's after."

Born in Los Angeles, Sinay caught an early break as a guitarist, working for an uncle who was, he says, "one of the top jingle guys" in L.A. studios. By 2000, Sinay was a regular on recording dates for Don Smith, an engineer and producer who worked with Petty and the Rolling Stones. "He invited me to a session one day – and there was Mike Campbell." Sinay remembers "playing Dylan covers and some Grateful Dead" on his first visit to Campbell's home studio. "And there were songs Mike was working on that he wanted to hear fleshed out with a band. It wasn't a solo session, more like a workshop."

Laug was born in Florida, growing up in Jacksonville – Campbell's hometown – and South Carolina before moving to L.A. where he got into session work and met Morrison, a Texas native who landed in L.A. after finishing college in Virginia. "We played really well together," Laug says. "From that, we became best friends," recommending each other for jobs. They were the rhythm section on Alanis Morissette's 1995 blockbuster, Jagged Little Pill (an album that, coincidentally, has Benmont Tench on organ). And when Chinner called Laug, asking if he'd like to audition for Campbell, the drummer replied with a question of his own: "Does he need a bass player? I've got one."

"I felt like I was back in high school with my buddies," Morrison says. "We were in Mike's pool house, jamming and learning songs. He kept pulling these songs out. I'd think it was some Neil Young thing I hadn't heard. But it was always an original song he'd written, and they just kept coming." At the sessions for Wreckless Abandon, "there would be a list of songs we were thinking of cutting. But Mike would come in with two or three ideas he'd written that night, and we'd warm up with those."

The Dirty Knobs have now been a band for nearly two decades – and played about 20 gigs, by Laug's count, mostly "in the cracks between Heartbreakers tours." But Drakoulias says it was at the early club shows that Campbell became "a real bandleader with the patter, telling stories, communicating. That motivated him to work on the singing – to dig down, take it seriously.

"Both he and Tom – being in a band was what they really loved," the producer adds. Campbell now has "guys he loves playing with. He's trying to find his own world, one that feels like him. And he's achieving that."

"We've all been tripping on it, haven't we?" Campbell says of the last two years. "But I had my home studio, everybody was comfortable and the sounds were ready to go." External Combustion "was just a matter of 'One, two, three, four – here's how it goes. Okay, next song.'

"I never gave up," he insists. "The band's too good – I want people to hear it. And now we have two albums to promote" when the Dirty Knobs finally open their first tour in March, 2022.

"Mike told me the other day: 'No matter what happens, we're going' – that's what I wanted to hear," Sinay says. "It's definitely Mike's turn to go out and do it."

June 2022
June 16, 2022 8:00 PM
June 17, 2022 12:00 AM
Jun 16, 2022
Trevor Hall
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June 2022
June 17, 2022 5:00 PM
June 17, 2022 7:30 PM
Jun 17, 2022
Doin' Time - Sublime Tribute
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June 2022
June 17, 2022 9:00 PM
June 18, 2022 12:00 AM
Jun 17, 2022
The Easy Evil Presents: Nascar Aloe and more!
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The Easy Evil Showcase featuring:

NASCAR ALOE

UNSANCTIONED

THE MELRAYS

BILLS MY NEIGHBOR

EYECANDY 

Doors 8pm / Show 9pm

June 2022
June 18, 2022 9:00 PM
June 19, 2022 12:00 AM
Jun 18, 2022
Through The Roots w/ Likkle Jordee
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Through The Roots

Doors 8pm / Show 9pm

Few things ever grow tall without roots. For the five members of Through The Roots, it took a decade of inspired songwriting and heavy touring to develop the band's unique sound: a modern blend of roots reggae, hip-hop, rock, and electronic pop. It's a sound that nods to the band's diverse influences while also reaching far beyond them, and it began humbly enough, with the guys hosting their own backyard shows in college towns across southern California. 

Word spread. Crowds grew. Through The Roots bought a renovated school bus and hit the road hard, graduating from college frat parties to larger clubs, building their audience show by energetic show. Proudly based in San Diego, they also found mentors in Cali-based reggae bands like the Grammy-nominated Rebelution, who began inviting Through The Roots on a series of nationwide tours. Again, word spread and crowds grew. Throughout it all, the band kept writing and exploring new sounds, working their way toward a truly unique sound that blended tradition with technology. 

Their identity now fully formed, Through The Roots make their reintroduction with 2019's Arrival, an album that straddles the borders between the band's various influences. This is collective, collaborative music, filled with messages as positive and upbeat as the songs themselves. There are grooves and guitars, melodic hooks and rapped verses, tight bass patterns and gauzy keyboards, digital samples and organic songwriting. From the digital dancehall beats of "Distant Memory" to the spacey wash of synthesizers that kickstarts "Stop the Clock," Arrlval's 13 songs serve as a sort of musical mission statement, shining light on a band of brothers who remain dedicated to evolving and expanding their approach. 

Part of that evolution includes working with an outside producer for the first time. Looking for a new perspective, Through the Roots recruited Hawaiian producer Lapana Ieriko, who personally sequenced the bulk of the record's drum parts. The result is a big-hearted album with a digital pulse. "It allowed us to create something we've never made before," says frontman Evan Hawkins. "We're moving away from the grassroots beginnings, diving into samples and utilizing technology, creating a different sound. It's still us, but it's a new, refreshing us."

Years before forming the band, Through The Roots' five members all grew up near the ocean. Hawkins spent his childhood in the north county of San Diego. Drummer Taylor Boatwright grew up in Florida, while lead guitarist Corrick Watson was raised in Oahu, Hawaii. Keyboardist Brady O'Rear and bass player Budda Foster both came from Hawaii, too, having spent their earlier years on the Big Island. When they all met in San Diego, they were five musicians with different backgrounds and mixed musical interests. Together, they dedicated themselves to a common goal: creating their own version of reggae music, one that honored their roots but also pushed through them. The band's name was born, and Through The Roots got to work. 


Blending roots reggae, Cali reggae/rock, Hawaiian Islands reggae, electronic sounds, and modern pop into the same mix, Arrival is every bit the grand entrance that its name suggests. It's also a reminder of Through The Roots' drive and dedication. Still a proudly independent band, they've weathered lineup changes and other challenges throughout their decade-plus past. The band's tour bus even burnt to the ground in 2015, while Through The Roots drove through North Carolina on their way to a show in Wilmington. The guys still made it to the show that night, refusing to let another obstacle get in their way of their connection with their fans. Arrival takes much of its strength from that intimate link between the band and the audience, delivering a track list that's as exciting as the group's live show. It's been a long trip to get here, but Though The Roots have officially arrived. They're announced their presence. And they're here to stay.

June 2022
June 24, 2022 5:00 PM
June 24, 2022 7:30 PM
Jun 24, 2022
Mighty Cash Cats - Johnny Cash Show
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Mighty Cash Cats - Johnny Cash Show

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Endorsed by The Cash Family, The Mighty Cash Cats Show covers all six decades of the Johnny Cash’s music including smash hits like “Walk The Line”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ring of Fire”, “A Boy Named Sue”, “Sunday Morning Coming Down”, “Ghost Riders In the Sky”, and Johnny’s haunting epitaph, “Hurt.”

During the Show you will hear fun Johnny and June duets like “Jackson”, plus the band’s soaring three-part harmonies on Johnny’s Gospel tunes like, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” And, of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Johnny Cash Show without the Mighty Cash Cats playing train songs like “Orange Blossom Special”, and prison tunes like “I Got Stripes” and “Cocaine Blues.” And more…

The Mighty Cash Cats have toured in the USA, including residencies in Las Vegas, Europe, Ireland, UK, France and Israel getting Rave Reviews like:

LA Times; “Wonderful Show”
Salt Lake Tribune; “As Close As You Can Get to the Real Thing”
LA Examiner; “If you Have Not seen Johnny Cash and June Carter Live, Cheer Up, The Mighty Cash Cats Michael J and Leticia are filling the Void”
Jerusalem Post; “The Audience Thought Johnny Cash Returned to the Band Stand”
The Ventura Star wrote after their booking at The Grammy Museum; “The Best Johnny Cash Tribute, The Mighty Cash Cats, is Right Here in ‘The 805’. Michael J Sounds just like ’The Man in Black’ and Letica Blumette, the June to his Johnny, Tears it Up With Her Powerhouse Voice”

June 2022
June 24, 2022 9:00 PM
June 25, 2022 12:00 AM
Jun 24, 2022
Del Water Gap w/ Raffaella
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Del Water Gap

w/ Raffaella

Doors 8pm / Show 9pm

Del Water Gap is the solo project of American songwriter and producer S. Holden Jaffe, born in New Haven, Connecticut. Jaffe began recording in a converted storage closet at his boarding school in upstate New York, releasing a self-produced EP in 2012. Following a move to New York City to attend New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Del Water Gap grew from a bedroom project to a nationally touring band.

Since releasing the Don’t Get Dark EP with Terrible Records in 2019, Del Water Gap has put out a series of singles, including “Ode to a Conversation Stuck In Your Throat,” deemed an “ear-worm track” by Vogue UK and “Mariposa” with Canvasback Music (Atlantic Records). In 2020 Jaffe released “New Song” with Maggie Rogers as part of her album Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011-2016. He has also collaborated with Claud on the single “My Body” and co-wrote and produced Claud’s “Never Meant To Call.” Del Water Gap has found critical acclaim from publications including NPR, GQ, MTV, and Esquire, who wrote “S. Holden Jaffe’s sweet voice is like love at first sight.” In 2021, Del Water Gap signed to Mom + Pop Music, and released his self-titled debut album on Oct 8, 2021.

July 2022
July 1, 2022 5:00 PM
July 1, 2022 7:30 PM
Jul 1, 2022
Blackstar: A David Bowie Experience
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Blackstar: A David Bowie Experience 

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July 2022
July 3, 2022 7:00 PM
July 4, 2022 12:00 AM
Jul 3, 2022
Guttermouth w/ Ignite, False Confession & Romper
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Guttermouth

w/ Ignite, False Confession & Romper

Doors 6pm / Show 7pm

“I can’t even go to a show anymore. It’s like going to church group!” complains Guttermouth front man Mark Adkins. “Kids don’t party and drink and have fun and chuck bottles in the parking lot anymore. Their parents just pick them up and drop them off. For lack of a better term, it’s gay.”

Before you call the Political Correct police with reports of homophobia, realize that Adkins and Guttermouth have been wracking up violations of the PC code for well over a decade now. Third-grade synonyms for “stupid” aside, he and his band aren’t letting up on their latest, Eat Your Face. After all, the punk smartasses feature an ode about killing an annoying neighbor’s infant (“My Neighbor’s Baby”) and a very non-ironic (sorry hipsters) use of the hot-dog-as-penis metaphor (“Hot Dog to the Head”) on Eat Your Face. The kinder, gentler and more socially responsible punk rock of the new millennium? Guttermouth says you can stuff that notion, along with your trendy, asymmetrical hairdos. Once again, the band reminds us that before there were shopping 0-malls pushing punk fashions and the style was a major-label cash cow, it was about pissing off as many people as possible, maybe even you included.

Along the way, the band also nails trendy punks (“The Next Faux Moheekon”), the hype that surrounds certain election-year punk rock politicizing (“Party of 2”) and goofy newbie surfers (“Surf’s Up Asshole”). Of course, every band has a couple favorite muses. For Nirvana, it was heroin and Courtney’s pasty thighs. For Guttermouth, it’s beer and hard liquor, both of which inspired a handful of party-punk tracks (“NRAAA,” “Wasted Lives” and “Second DUI”).

Everyone, including Adkins, knows Guttermouth’s lyrics won’t be quoted in lonely-kid web blogs or be hailed as the voice of a generation. Since when did punk rock become so snooty, anyway? Eat Your Face recalls the glory days when Los Angeles punkers weren’t singing about heart-wrenching, adolescent breakups or preaching electoral politics, but cynically cracking on Oki Dogs, T.V. Parties and Group Sex.

“I get bored with serious topics like ‘George Bush stinks’ and ‘The government’s a bowl of crap,’” Adkins grumbles. “‘I love you, I love you, I love you’ also bores me terribly. I’d rather make fun of all those a-holes doing that.”

In a punk world choked by do’s, don’ts and a list of scene etiquette, Guttermouth’s disdain for those rules (dare we say nihilism?) is as welcome, and gut-wrenching, as a musical Heimlich maneuver. Continuing the tradition of the Dead Milkmen and Mojo Nixon, Eat Your Face reminds listeners that there’s more to punk’s snide humor than the scatological humor and sophomoric boobie jokes of the mall-punk set. It’s not giggle-giggle comedy, either. Rather, it’s the sort of joke that has its butt, and gleefully disobeys the “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” maxim.

“It’s just the stand-up comedian of punk,” Adkins explains of his lyrics. “You just do cheap one-liners and attack the masses, with a nice background to it. Next thing you know, you have something going. We’re the take off your shoes band of punk. We just take off our shoes and write a record and cruise through everything.”

Did we mention Eat Your Face rocks? Really. Okay, we pulled your leg when we said that about the acoustic/electric hybrids on the band’s 2002 Epitaph Records release, Gusto, but we’re serious about Eat Your Face. Experimentation out of its system, Guttermouth hasn’t sounded nearly as snotty, witty or driven in years. Guitars blaze and clatter with La Habra’s punk and hardcore legacy while, underneath the punk-rock flotsam and jetsam, melodies playfully swim around like a school of clownfish.

No cow is sacred. No beer is safe. No line can’t be crossed. Guttermouth’s back, with another round of beers, jokes and, best of all, that don’t give a damn attitude that made us fall in love with punk the first time around. That or hate it. It’s pretty much the same for Guttermouth.

July 2022
July 8, 2022 9:00 PM
July 9, 2022 12:00 AM
Jul 8, 2022
Drugdealer
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Drugdealer

Doors 8pm / Show 9pm

“All anyone wants to be is what they can.”

In an era when networked access to information is nearly universal and wearing influences on your sleeve is normalized, it often feels like everything’s been done. Which begs the questions: What’s the point of creating? Does the world need another still life of fruit? Another film about love? Does the world need another melody?

On Raw Honey, his second album as DrugdealerMichael Collins colors these existential conundrums with lush arrangements, memetic melodies, and a vulnerable tunefulness that tries to make sense of self-doubt and connected loneliness in our shared simulacra.

Collins, who never played an instrument, let alone received musical training in any formal capacity, began experimenting with sounds in 2009 after traversing the US on freight trains. After a few years crafting abstract sampledelia, he decided to forgo his experimental exercises in favor of teaching himself how to write the traditional song. In doing so, he made the decision to approach songwriting from the perspective of a listener, rather than a “musician.”

In 2013, Collins headed west and enmeshed himself in the Los Angeles underground scene. It was then that he began collaborating with players in the orbit of Ariel Pink, slowly over time crafting what would become Drugdealer’s debut album, The End of Comedy, a collection of sunlit songs as indebted to Laurel Canyon psych pop as it is Bacharian orchestration.

Raw Honey continues where The End of Comedy left off, with Collins once again leading an ace crew of collaborators to coalesce the spirit of Drugdealer’s classically modern pop. Built on the foundation of a creative partnership between Collins, Sasha Winn (vocals) and Shags Chamberlain (bass, production), Drugdealer is more a collective than band. Raw Honey features contributions of Josh Da Costa (drums), Jackson MacIntosh (guitar), Danny Garcia (guitar), Michael Long (lead guitar), and Benjamin Schwab (backing vocals, guitar, organ, piano, wurlitzer), as well as guest vocalists like country balladeer Dougie Poole (“Wild Motion”), Harley Hill-Richmond (“Lonely”), and frequent collaborator Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) whose dulcet tones sing low before soaring on “Honey,” a track as silky as the nectar itself.

Throughout Raw Honey, Collins and crew display their influences as a new tapestry, one woven with the recycled fibers from thousands of tapestries that have colored our collective listening histories. As evidenced throughout Raw Honey, Collins has an ear for penning numbers that would sound as at home on Classic Rock radio as they would at Zebulon in Los Angeles, where any of the contributors to Raw Honey could, perhaps, be found on any night of the week, on stage, or in the audience supporting another Angelino’s modern pop aspirations.

Rather than hiding behind a curtain or casually sidestepping AOR tropes, Raw Honey adheres to a modern kind of creation — one that cultivates influences and espouses reverence. An honest totem, Raw Honey isn’t tangled up in social norms, with Collins prefering to air his self-doubt as a northern star to guide like-minded people wherever they need to go.

Drugdealer’s Raw Honey will be released on April 19, 2019 via Mexican Summer.

 
July 2022
July 9, 2022 9:00 PM
July 10, 2022 12:00 AM
Jul 9, 2022
Greer w/ Disq
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Greer

w/ Disq

Doors 8pm / Show 9pm

Corbin (guitar) - Josiah (vocals) - Lucas (drums) - Seth (bass)

Since forming in fall 2018, Southern California-bred alt-rock band Greer have moved forward with incredible momentum, fueled by their immaculate songwriting and unguarded sincerity. Originally joining forces for a one-off gig at a high school homecoming dance, Greer played their first official show at L.A.’s iconic D.I.Y. venue The Smell a month later, then quickly self-released their magnetic debut single “Song for Me.” As “Song for Me” and follow-up single “Bittersweet” earned the band a devoted fanbase, Greer soon landed a deal with Epitaph Records and set to work on their debut EP Lullaby for You—a five-song project that transforms moments of profound heartache and romantic angst into massively catchy pop songs.

Produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Kurt Vile, Beck), Lullaby for You showcased the pure sensitivity at the heart of Greer’s music, each song brightened by their summery melodies and charismatic energy. All in their late teens, the band bring their sophisticated musicality to tracks like “Aeroplane”: a tender reflection on longing and regret that slowly unfolds as a string-accented epic. On “Bye Bye Baby,” Greer prove the depth of their musical knowledge, drawing inspiration from ’60s doo-wop and delivering a breakup anthem both heavy-hearted and infectious. And on “Understand,” Greer reveal their gift for dreaming up complex yet commanding guitar parts, the track’s hypnotic riffs infinitely amplifying its moody urgency.

Based in Costa Mesa, CA, Greer linked up through the local music scene, where Seth and Corbin’s previous band had played in local clubs for several years. After Lucas turned up backstage at one of their shows, he and Seth began writing songs together. Once they’d brought Josiah into the fold, the trio accepted an offer to perform at a homecoming dance just weeks away. Quickly looping in Corbin, the band felt an immediate chemistry and wrote a complete setlist in two weeks’ time. “The first time we ever played with Corbin it all just clicked. The guitars and harmonies and everything just fell into place,” says Josiah.

Having nearly sold out all of their forthcoming 2020 North American tour—on the strength of only two released songs—Greer like most touring bands felt the impact of COVID-19 by having to cancel their tour, but rather than dwell on it, they remained creative and took their energy back into the studio to record two additional songs: “All That’s Left Behind” and “Lullaby For You,” released at the beginning of 2021 and thus closing the Lullaby For You chapter and directing the bands attention to their next one.

Recently out of the studio from recording new material for release later this year and continuing to write music for a future album (coming in 2022), Greer are excited to take all their new music on the road and finally be able to play it live again for their fans.

July 2022
July 14, 2022 8:00 PM
July 15, 2022 12:00 AM
Jul 14, 2022
Iya Terra w/ Cydeways
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Iya Terra w/ Cydeways

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

Listen, breathe. The kick drum is thumping in an offset rhythm to your beating heart and the bass is thundering vibrations through your entire body, tuning you into the stage and every other person standing in the crowd. Lightning strikes in your mind as dueling guitar riffs peel away the fog and a keyboard bubble floats loftily like clouds over it all. Then come the lyrics, messages of connection and grace. Ease flows through the entire scene and you're awoken by the tingle of resonance on your skin. Do you feel it? This is Iya Terra. Iya Terra means higher ground, which they seem to find everywhere. Whether it be the top of the latest charts or next year's festival billing, Iya Terra is constantly climbing.

Bringing a modern-conscious approach to songwriting, Iya Terra crafts messages in love & respect. Currently based out of LA, and with members hailing from the west coast, SLC, and Vegas, their powerful rhythm section provides the heartbeat over which scintillating guitars and soothing vocals float melodies of universal resonance.

Iya Terra released their first EP in 2014, then a debut album "Full Circle" in 2015. Then came the album that aligned the stars, "Sacred Sound" debuted at #1 on the reggae charts and the band's following has swelled ever since. Their third full length release and second reggae chart topping album "Coming to Light" followed in 2019. Kicking off 2021 with a new album Ease & Grace, they show no sign of slowing down. The new tunes are produced by EN Young and feature reggae hard-hitters Tribal Seeds, Trevor Hall, Mike Love, Bobby Lee of SOJA, Alborosie, and the legendary David Hinds of Steel Pulse.

But if Iya Terra wants you to know anything, it would be this: just breathe, set your mind at ease, you got your whole life to live. One step at a time, right here, right now, that's exactly where you want to be. The rest of your life starts today, so come along. Every single word you say, let it be peaceful, meaningful. Speak from your heart, it's yearning to be.

 
July 2022
July 19, 2022 8:00 PM
July 20, 2022 12:00 AM
Jul 19, 2022
SIRIUSXM OCTANE PRESENTS: Memphis May Fire
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Memphis May Fire: Remade In Misery Tour presented by SiriusXM Octane

with From Ashes To New

plus Rain City Drive

and Wolves At The Gate

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

July 2022
July 21, 2022 8:00 PM
July 22, 2022 12:00 AM
Jul 21, 2022
Wavves King of the Beach Tour
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Wavves King of the Beach Tour 
with BOYO and SMUT
 

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July 2022
July 22, 2022 8:00 PM
July 23, 2022 12:00 AM
Jul 22, 2022
Tiny Moving Parts w/ This Wild Life & more
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Tiny Moving Parts

w/ This Wild Life

& In Her Own Words

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

July 2022
July 28, 2022 8:00 PM
July 29, 2022 12:00 AM
Jul 28, 2022
Tropidelic & Kash'd Out w/ Joe Samba
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Tropidelic & Kash'd Out 
w/ Joe Samba 
 

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

“Every single second is a blessing if you count them all,” sings frontman Matthew Roads. You can hear the sincerity in his voice; the joie de vivre that oozes from everything Tropidelic does is apparent. When they take a stage, their synergy flows member to member ­– horns blow, knees kicked high and grins are passed from one man to the next. Almost immediately, it spreads to the crowd, lifting hands in the air as their feet begin to move. The pulse collectively becomes that of one.

The six-piece band from Cleveland, Ohio may be far from any tropical islands, but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out an interesting mix of reggae, hip-hop, and high energy funk for audiences across the country. Unapologetically original, Tropidelic has a deep and widespread appreciation for music that can be heard in each note. Some of the members are hip-hop heads, while others are into metal, funk or reggae. Each of these genres lends something to their collective sound. “We pride ourselves in being original in our musicality and personality as a band,” says Roads, “but also in not taking ourselves so seriously that it ruins the fun.”

Quickly elevating themselves in the live circuit, Tropidelic can be found spreading their soulful sound across the country in both intimate venues and music festivals, having shared the stage with and supported such acts as 311, Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads, Pepper, The Flobots and Wookiefoot. Previously, Tropidelic has been featured at Electric Forest, California Roots Music & Art Festival, Reggae Rise Up, Warped Tour and 311 Caribbean Cruise, as well as the host of their own annual Freakstomp Music Festival.

Following on the success of their 2019 release, Here in the Heights, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard reggae charts, Tropidelic has released a series of impressive singles featuring guest appearances from Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, Devin the Dude and Shwayze. These singles have amassed over five million streams in 2020, and they are featured on their latest album, Of Illusion, which debuted on November 13th, 2020. Of Illusion was released on Billboard’s number one reggae label, Ineffable Records. Tropidelic has put in their ten thousand hours, and they have arrived on the national scene to the delight of their ever growing and rapturous fans.

 
August 2022
August 12, 2022 9:00 PM
August 13, 2022 12:00 AM
Aug 12, 2022
Lost Dog Street Band w/ Matt Heckler
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Lost Dog Street Band

w/ Matt Heckler

Doors 8pm / Show 9pm

Returning to the stripped-back, string band sound of their busking years, Lost Dog Street Band’s new album Glory is a searing testament to recovery, redemption and resolve. Fronted by songwriter Benjamin Tod and his wife, fiddler Ashley Mae, the DIY band began out of desperation on the sidewalks of Nashville roughly a decade ago, but now sustains a significant national audience that’s drawn to their authentic songwriting, old-time instrumentation, and hard-won independence.

“I wanted to make an album with the specific intention of being raw but full at the same time and to get back to our roots,” Benjamin Tod says. “Everyone on this album has been a busker. Douglas Francisco, who plays slide guitar — I met him on the streets busking. Jeff Loops, our bassist, was in a busking band, too. That flavor was important to me, just getting back to the root of things.”

By centering the songs of Glory around acoustic arrangements, without the drums or steel guitar of prior albums, these harrowing personal stories become even more graphic. It’s a feeling that Benjamin Tod himself describes as “a logical glimpse of climbing out of hell.” He observes, “Something that was shocking to me was realizing that as soon as I got sober, that was really the beginning of the journey. Choosing to get sober was barely even a milestone.”

Leading the album, “Until I Recoup (Glory I)” vengefully demands justice and describes the fight for glory after it’s been unjustly taken away. The lyrics read like a mission statement of redemption.

Similar to Steve Earle’s influential Train a Comin’ album from 1999, Glory conveys the hard work that goes into getting clean, particularly in tracks like “Fighting Like Hell to Be Free,”“Beautiful Curse” and “Jalisco Bloom.” Calling to mind the skillful writing of Guy Clark or Townes Van Zandt, “What Keeps Me Up Now” views that phrase from multiple angles, from sleepless nights to a suicide attempt, where “the belt was a noose when I came to on the ground.” It’s one example of the “dark country” description that the band occasionally uses to describe their sound. In contrast, “End With You” finds Benjamin Tod feeling damn glad that he’s found a relationship that’s sustained him for a decade, through the achievements as well as the obstacles.

Raised in Sumner County, just outside of Nashville, Benjamin Tod was primarily raised by his grandmother and grandfather. However, at age 7, his mother surprised him with a cheap electric guitar –then his competing father bought him a pawnshop classical guitar. With nobody to show him how to play, they were little more than toys. However, at 14, he and a friend each received a Fullerton parlor guitar from his friend’s father. The boys started getting interested in folk music and protest songs, which led Benjamin to the streets of Nashville to busk.

Meanwhile, Ashley Mae was spending more and more time in Nashville, where her mother worked the overnight shift at rock station WKDF. She’d already tapped into the small punk scene in Rapid City, South Dakota, where she grew up, but found an even deeper community in Music City. At 20, she taught herself to play fiddle, shedding as much of her classical violin

training as she could. When she met Benjamin Tod at a punk show, introduced by a mutual friend, they bonded immediately.

At 17, they left Nashville together for a life of street performance, hopping trains, and scraping by on less than $300 a month. After four years of terrible gigs and almost no traction, Benjamin Tod decided in 2016 to abandon the band. “I’d been a hardly functioning drug addict and alcoholic for over a decade. I was sick of the lifestyle and it seemed like it was going nowhere,” he admits.

An invitation from the band Devil Makes Three came out of the blue in 2016. Benjamin Tod found out about it in a train-yard, about to hop a train from Asheville, North Carolina, to Knoxville, Tennessee. “Without that, Lost Dog never would have moved forward from that point,” he says.

Lost Dog Street Band gained traction through that tour, but when Benjamin Tod and Ashley Mae separated for a year and a half, the momentum evaporated. Instead of going back on the road, they filmed performance videos of songs from Benjamin Tod’s solo album, I Will Rise, and posted them to YouTube without much expectation other than promotional use. However, that decision proved to be the turning point, as curious listeners discovered the band and their ticket sales skyrocketed.

Those early fans especially will embrace the spare but spirited sound of Glory, applied to tracks like “Cost of the High,” which directly addresses the fallout of addiction, as well as “Hayden’s Lament,” where the choice is given between “getting dead or getting tough.” Right after the plaintive country ballad, “Losing Again,” Benjamin Tod brings out the banjo for “I Believe (Glory II),” which basks in the emotion of finally finding that glory.

Without touring in 2020, Benjamin Tod and Ashley Mae settled on a parcel of land in rural Kentucky that they bulldozed themselves, building a cabin with well water and solar panels. Every week, even now, Benjamin Tod says he takes account of his situation as a recovering addict.

“In society as a whole, there’s a real lack in examples of actual recovery,” he says. “There’s not a brutally honest take on how painful the process is, but how rewarding it is at the same time. Every step that you make helps encourage you to meet the next milestone. It’s like a punch in the face and the kiss on the cheek every day. It’s very personal for me, the concept of digging out of hell, because I had to do that in order to gain my own dignity back. Everything follows after that. You have to earn your own respect of yourself before you earn it from anybody else.”

August 2022
August 13, 2022 9:00 PM
August 14, 2022 12:00 AM
Aug 13, 2022
Vista Kicks
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Vista Kicks

Doors 8pm / Show 9pm

Vista Kicks a rock and roll band from Roseville, California.  

The band released their debut album ‘Booty Shakers Ball’ in 2017 followed by ‘Twenty Something Nightmare’ in 2018, produced by the band and Joe Napolitano. The albums are steeped in the band’s rock and roll, soul, jazz, folk influences. With numerous American and west coast tours under their belt, the band has also played headline appearances at The Teregram and El Rey Theatre in LA, and festival appearances at KAABOO Del Mar (US), SXSW (US), All Points East (UK), and Camden Rocks (UK). They have supported The Kooks, Bad Suns and Milky Chance, as well as opening for The Rolling Stones at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara. 2019 saw the band tour major cities all over the UK, plus a huge support slot in Hyde Park for Bob Dylan and Neil Young. In 2020, Vista Kicks released Chateau Mae Mae - a collaborative album with Nashville-based singer-songwriter Audra Mae. The band have recently finished recording their latest EP set for release in early 2022.

August 2022
August 25, 2022 8:00 PM
August 26, 2022 12:00 AM
Aug 25, 2022
Aaron Lewis and the Stateliners
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8:00 pm
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Aaron Lewis and the Stateliners

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

Aaron Lewis grew up in Springfield, Vermont, listening to his grandparents’ country 8-tracks. Those roots inspired the multi platinum front man and founder of Staind to return to his origins and since has quietly made an impact on country music without flexing to let everyone know what a big deal he is. With a decade invested in a genre that’s seen him record with George Jones, Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Mickey Raphael, the Cox Family, Ben Haggard and Dan Tyminski and producer Buddy Cannon, he has claimed two #1 Billboard Country Album debuts for his albums Town Line and Sinner. Lewis’ single “Am I The Only One,” debuted on Billboard’s #1 Hot Country Song,” only the 9th time a debut has topped the chart since 1958.  The hard touring, workingman’s star’s latest album Frayed at Both Ends was released in January of 2022, his most personal and unplugged work. 

 

 

September 2022
September 24, 2022 8:00 PM
September 25, 2022 12:00 AM
Sep 24, 2022
SUN ROOM with Special Guests
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SUN ROOM

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

Sun Room is Southern California's newest four piece rock band. Forming in summer of 2020, the four friends draw influence from the beach cities that raised them as they channel a sound that resembles 60's surf rock while creating original tracks that reflect their youth

September 2022
September 29, 2022 8:00 PM
September 30, 2022 12:00 AM
Sep 29, 2022
Too Many Zooz
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TOO MANY ZOOZ

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

The musical style was "branded" by drummer King of Sludge, who recognized that there was no worthy existing classification for the New York trio, whose other two members are the equally unclassifiable Leo P (saxophone) and Matt Doe (trumpet).

"Brasshouse is a high energy musical conversation," Matt insists. "Though I honestly don't think there is a good way to describe it in words. It's about many different feelings and sounds and emotions."

Or as KOS so decisively puts it, "I don't really care about what's happening in music -- I just make art that I enjoy making."

It's exactly this indifference to convention and trend that has garnered Too Many Zooz a fanbase that KOS describes as "wide-ranging and fanatical." One of those fans? In 2016, Beyonce asked them to perform with her at the Billboard Music Awards...and it's quite possible they got just as much attention as did she.

After two years, a gazillion live performances and four EPs, their debut album Subway Gawdz (an unsubtle reference to their birth in the underground stations of NYC), was released to enthusiastic acclaim in 2016. Its sound was truly like nothing else, with inescapable grooves that take in dub, soul, funk and ska, utterly exhilarating horn blasts that shoot right up your spine, and, of course, equal doses of fun and attitude.

And right now, TMZ are riding higher than ever, surely poised for the leap into genuinely widespread international recognition that was likley inevitable since they first set foot in an NYC subway station. Indeed, following a deal with Ministry of Sound, their single "Warriors" racked up major play on Radio One (if you think you haven't heard it, when you hear it, you'll quickly realize you already have), followed by high-profile remixes from the likes of Armand Van Helden and KDA.

Then, UK sensation Jess Glynne penned lyrics and added vocals to morph the song into "So Real (Warriors)," which has been generating massive buzz while climbing the European charts. In the meanwhile, a live video for "Car Alarm" has furtively racked up more than 500K views in one week.

But surely signaling their mainstream "arrival"? A Canadian KFC commercial featured the band and their songs -- so don't be surprised if listening to their music suddenly makes you hungry.

Though they've also been up to more serious matters. Leo, in fact, was asked to play at the BBC Proms Charles Mingus tribute at a sold-out Royal Albert Hall in August 2017 -- certainly no small honor.

Yet for all this, the forward plan for Too Many Zooz, is, as ever, constant touring. The reason is simple: it's their outrageous, electrifying live performances that consistently continue to add the numbers to their growing worldwide legion of fans. Autumn 2018 will take them coast to coast, from Seattle to Houston to Philadelphia, and across Europe, with stops in Krakow, Strasbourg and Marseille, amongst others.

"I don't think there's any recording that can do a live performance justice," reckons Matt. "You'll see people of all different colors, creeds, genders, ages, sexuality at our shows. I really can't find a constant between them...besides liking our music -- haha."

But for everything that's happened in the last couple of years, the trio aren't actually all that surprised by their success.

"I always knew we had something special," Leo enthuses. "Thousands of people everyday loved our music...and I knew it would just continue to spread."

November 2022
November 29, 2022 8:00 PM
November 30, 2022 12:00 AM
Nov 29, 2022
Avi Kaplan - Floating On A Dream Tour
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Avi Kaplan

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

By the time Avi Kaplan launched his solo career in 2017, he'd already built an audience that stretched across the globe, racking up three GRAMMY Awards as a member of the platinum-selling vocal group Pentatonix. Avi knew he needed to return to his own artistic foundation -- to the organic acoustic driven rock and roots music that had provided the soundtrack to his upbringing in rural California.That musical evolution began with 2020's I'll Get By EP and carried through last year's single, "Song For the Thankful." Now comes Floating on a Dream, (Fantasy Records) Avi's debut full-length solo LP, which further broadens his artistry into enthralling new territory. Produced by Shooter Jennings (Brandi Carlile, The White Buffalo), the album is rendered in long shadows and moody high relief, reflecting Avi's Californian roots and fascination with the American West. Through country, blues, soul, folk, tribal drums, and a touch of gospel, Avi explores matters of the heart, truth, morality, and the search for relevance across the album's 11 original tracks. At the core though, there is that voice. From a haunting falsetto to its deepest bass tones, his instrument is unlike anything else in modern music.