DOORS 9 pm
18+ / two pieces of photo ID required for entry
Despite numerous hits, releases and novelties, this is yet the beginning of Blasterjaxx. The right question to ask is not if they will break through, but when they will break through! Keep ears and eyes open people, because Blasterjaxx is the future!
Doors at 7pm.
The first time I listen to Cabin by the Sea, the new album from The Dirty Heads, it's 40 degrees outside and a cold, bitter rain is lashing against my window.
Inside, it sounds like summer.
"That's exactly what we wanted," says Heads front man Jared "Dirty J" Watson. "It starts with the title. No matter where you are or what's going on, when you hear this record, we want to transport you to this place, this 'Cabin by the Sea.'" For the SoCal rock/reggae/hip-hop band, Cabin represents more than just good vibes. It's the culmination of years of hard work and endless touring, and a chance to refine and improve on their breakthrough, 2008's Any Port in the Storm. That's not an easy act to follow – their debut album featured one of the decade's biggest rock singles, "Lay Me Down" (which spent eleven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart, a record for an independent release and more than any single that year by anyone, including The Black Keys, Kings of Leon and 30 Seconds to Mars) and a shout-out in Rolling Stone as one of year's best new bands.
But the Heads knew better things lay ahead. "Last time was our first time in the studio, working with a producer," says Watson. "This time out, we nailed it. We trimmed the fat and got the sound we were always going for."
Cabin by the Sea was co-produced by Mario C and Lewis Richards - splitting time between Sonic Ranch Studios in Texas and 17th Street Recording Studios in Costa Mesa, CA. Maintaining the diversity from their first album, Cabin ranges from sunny acoustic pop (the title track) to hip-hop with mariachi horns ("Disguise") and feel-good reggae ("Day by Day," "Your Love"). The album's defining trait? An insistence on positivity and good vibes (with an herbal assist), a philosophy summed up nicely by the single, "Spread Too Thin." "It's about having too much going on, work or whatever is stressing you out," says guitarist Dustin "Duddy B" Bushnell. "It's about needing a breather in life."
(The album's one outlier, "Smoke Rings," is a punk/hip-hop fueled rager. "We've matured, but we still have that side of us," says Bushnell. "It's talking shit for a couple of minutes, and we use a sample from an old movie called Satan's Satanists. It's fun, nothing more than that.") While Port contained an expanded roster of guest stars, from M. Shadows to Billy Preston (best known for his work with the Beatles), Cabin keeps the guest list tight. Still, a few A-level names make an appearance, including a return engagement from Rome (from Sublime with Rome), Del the Funky Homosapien, Ky-Mani Marley and Hasidic hip-hop star Matisyahu. "He's awesome. We got to know him years ago on tour," says Bushnell. "We had built this great relationship, so we asked him to guest on a track. He came down to the studio and knocked it out of the park."
The recognizable guest stars, big tours and hit songs are a long way from the group's humble origins in Bushnell's garage. Back in 1996, school friends Watson and Bushnell started their musical career almost on accident. "It was hilarious: I was in a punk band, but Jared had no musical inclination," remembers the guitarist. "Then one day he started rapping over these cheesy hip-hop songs I'd make with Casio beats, and I'm like, wow, you're really good!" (Note to fans: Bushnell recently rediscovered tapes of those teenage sessions, but don't plan on hearing anything in the near future)
The group, later rounded out by percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa and bassist David Foral, eventually outgrew the funny rap vibe and developed a local following as an acoustic hip-hop group. Surprisingly, the Heads grew to be very successful on a small label with little to no resources, an indication of their organic momentum and appeal. The Dirty Heads are now signed to a worldwide deal with Five Seven Music.
The group plans to spend the rest of the year on a number of different tours. For now, though, you can experience the band's sunny, good-time outlook on their new record. "Whatever has happened to us over the years, we've always kept a mindset about staying positive and squashing negativity," says Watson. "And that's the vibe we had making this album. I think that comes across to anyone who hears it."
Cabin By The Sea will be released on June 19, 2012.
ROME is an accomplished musician, singer, songwriter, & front man. With deep roots in California, Rome has established himself in the music business and created a vibe as unique as himself transcribing the land into his musical interpretation. Working hard every step of the way, this Mexican-American born kid put himself out there in every way. ROME's first hit came in the form of a collaboration with fellow California natives the DIRTY HEADS, which broke Billboard records and earned him a certified GOLD record to boot. In 2010, ROME helped unite SUBLIME, breathing new life into an already amazing legacy, reforming the band to be called, "SUBLIME WITH ROME". In 2011, the band released its first album YOURS TRULY and the single written by ROME, "Panic", was top 5 on the Billboard music charts. Three years later and several tours under the belt with SWR (Sublime with Rome), ROME is now ready to make himself a household name. "This album is a bench mark in my life and In my creativity. It test me to see how far I could take a vision. The Album has taken close to 3 years to complete but in reality I have wanted to achieve this sound since I started writing music at the age of 14" – Rome
UnionElectronic, & Ink Promotions Present Majestic As Fak Tour
Kill The Noise
w/ Ape Drums & Milo & Otis
18+ No Minors Fri Oct 24/14 Doors 9PM
In a time when the internet and dance floors around the world are saturated with all types of artists and performers, it's difficult for emerging names to carve out their own niche in the scene and have their sound heard by the masses. However, the dynamic production force known as Kill The Noise has done just that in the small amount of time since their introduction to the electro/house scene just before the turn of the new year.
Union Events Presents Gary Numan
Doors at 8pm.
In recent years Gary Numan has been quoted as an influence by everyone from Lady Gaga to Kanye West and RZA; Matthew Dear to Queens Of The Stone Age, The Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails (the latter inviting Numan on stage at several shows in 2009, including their 02 Arena concert in London); Prince to Boyz Noise, Richie Hawtin and Battles (they released a single 'My Machines' on Warp Records with Numan in 2011). But while Numan's unique, pioneering style continues to connect with fans from the worlds of Metal, Hip Hop, EDM, Industrial and Indie-rock, he remains as focussed as ever in pursuing his own singular vision. His forthcoming album Splinter (due out in October 2013) utilises many new sounds and ideas but is still very much a Numan record. Perhaps it's the voice – one of the most distinctive in rock music. It's often associated with machinery and icy alienation, but for those who are drawn to his music, there are strong emotions within the electronic noise.
Nick & Knight Tour 2014
Nov 22, 2014
Mega boy band singer-songwriters Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys and Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block have a new album and tour together!
Debut Album Scheduled for September 2, 2014 Teases Fans with New Song “Just the Two of Us,” Available Today for Immediate Download with Album Pre-Order
Duo Will Kick Off National Headlining Tour Across Major Cities on September 15th in Nashville, TN; Tickets Available May 2nd for Pre-Sale (April 30, 2014) Mega boy band singer-songwriters Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys and Jordan Knight from New Kids on The Block announced today the release of a collaborative album titled ‘Nick & Knight.’ To help kick things off, fans will be able to get a sneak peak of ‘Nick & Knight’ with the immediate download of their new song titled ‘Just the Two of Us’ when they pre-order the album, available today.
Fans will also be able to purchase pre-sale & VIP tickets for their national headlining tour, which kicks off on September 15th in Nashville, TN on May 2nd at 10am with general tickets available on May 3rd.