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The Untouchables (sometimes known as The UTs) are a soul/mod revival band from the Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California area. They formed in 1981 as part of the embryonic L.A. mod revival, after being inspired by the ska revival/punk rock band The Boxboys. Since some couldn't play instruments, they either hastily learned, or became vocalists. The original lineup included: Kevin Long (vocals), Chuck Askerneese (vocals), Terry Ellsworth (rhythm guitar), Clyde Grimes (guitar), Rob Lampron (drums), Herman Askerneese (bass) and Jerry Miller (vocals, timbales). After a shaky start playing at parties, the integrated septet were eventually booked at the O.N. Klub (known as the On to regulars). The band had guaranteed the club that they would pack the venue, and they did not disappoint. In middle of that year, they released their first 7" single, copies of which were snapped up by local mods. The Untouchables originally played covers such as "We Ain't Got Nothing Yet" (Blues Magoos), "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" (Small Faces) and "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (Monkees) in addition to their own songs. Late in 1982, the band began a stint as the house band at the Roxy Theatre. Terry Ellsworth left the band in the summer of 1983, at the height of the California mod revival. Josh Harris was added on keyboards, and Will Donato (who became a successful smooth jazz artist) started on sax. Their second single, "The General," became a minor local hit, despite poor distribution. The band performed "The General" in the 1984 comedy The Party Animal, and they appeared as a scooter gang in the movie Repo Man. In early 1984, they were signed to Stiff Records. Concerts with The B-52's, Black Uhuru, Bow Wow Wow, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone, No Doubt and X all over California gave the group a disparate following of whites, blacks, mods, punks, surfers and rockabilly fans, with the local performances drawing up to 1,500 people. The band also appeared in the 1984 film Surf II, performing "Dance Beat", and 1987's No Man's Land, performing "What's Gone Wrong". Vocalist Kevin Long (who had named the band) left in 1984. Guitarist Clyde Grimes took on more vocal leads, and in 1984 the band recorded "Free Yourself", which became very popular, especially in the United Kingdom. The band has gone through many lineup changes since then, and as of 2006, only vocalist Jerry Miller remains from the original lineup.
Initial career (1997–2001)
Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh met in childhood (in 1979) and later started their first garage punk band, consisting of drums, bass and vocals. They later formed Sublime with Bradley Nowell. The Long Beach Dub Allstars (LBDAS for short) were founded after Nowell died in 1996 of a heroin overdose (frequent contributors to Sublime including Michael "Miguel" Happoldt, Todd Forman, and "Field" Marshall Goodman are also members of the band).
Eric Wilson says, "We will never replace the greatness that Sublime did or what Bradley has done." The band was originally a 10-piece and they recorded their debut recording called Right Back, which shortly after completion in 1999 saw the departure of three members. Their second album, Wonders of the World was recorded and released in 2001. It featured "Sunny Hours" featuring will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas. "Sunny Hours" was also used as the theme song for the Friends spin-off Joey.
Breakup and aftermath (2002–2012)
In 2002, rumors that the band had broken up began to surface. Apparently the band had taken a hard-drug-free vow and some of the band's members had broken this vow, which caused Bud Gaugh to quit and join Eyes Adrift with Krist Novoselic of Nirvana and Curt Kirkwood of Meat Puppets. Gaugh was also playing with Kirkwood and Michael Happoldt in the band Volcano. Eric Wilson, Trey Pangborn and RAS-1 formed Long Beach Shortbus with former Slightly Stoopid and temporary Sublime drummer, Kelly Vargas (later replaced by Damion Ramirez). Marshall Goodman, Jack Maness and Opie Ortiz formed Dubcat, with members of Hepcat. Shortbus has had slightly more success than Dubcat, though the latter has yet to release an album. Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh have been reunited in Sublime with Rome, a new incarnation of Sublime which chiefly performs songs by that band and features Rome Ramirez in place of Bradley Nowell.
On September 1, 2012, Long Beach Dub Allstars played their first show in 11 years at the Queen Mary Events Park next to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, where they opened for The Wailers and played alongside Tribal Seeds. Then on September 30, 2012, Long Beach Dub Allstars performed at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana, California, where they opened for Fishbone. They played another show at the Brixton Southbay in Redondo Beach, California on January 25, 2013 with the local Redondo Beach Band Special "C". The reunion lineup consists of Marshall Goodman "Ras MG" on drums, Michael "Miguel" Happoldt on lead guitar/vocals, Opie Ortiz on vocals, Jack Maness on vocals/guitar/keys, Tim Wu on sax/flute/vocals, and Edwin Kampwith on bass. Although there is no set release date, be on the lookout for some new music coming from the Long Beach Dub Allstars in the future. When asked what kind of style the fans could look forward to hearing in the new material, Jack Maness stated, “We’re doing some of the things that we’re true to and we’re also expanding into some other stuff.”
Since 2008, Shwayze and the summer season have become synonymous. With the Billboard Top 20 hits "Buzzin'" and "Corona and Lime," people have fallen in love with Shwayze's breezy melodies and his smooth rhymes.
His latest release, Shwayze Summer, captures the essence of what he's all about and the lead single, "Love Is Overrated," has over two million streams and has already become a fan favorite.
With an MTV reality show, four full-length albums, and countless tours under his belt… Shwayze is on a mission to make the whole world Feel Good!
In working toward his goal, Shwayze has put Feel Good Entertainment, the independent label he launched in 2010, into full force. This will not only allow him the freedom to make the music that he wants but it will also offer up-and-coming artists a chance to realize their dreams as well.
The future for Shwayze is as bright as the summer sun in California. You won't want to miss out on what's to come. It's going to be Shway!
With the classic early 80s lineup now firmly in place, Fishbone is on a mission to reclaim its rightful spot among the rock-n-roll elite.
2018 is proving to be the year of a major comeback for Fishbone with a full calendar of scheduled dates for the U.S. and abroad. Highlights include performances at the Back To The Beach Festival in Huntington Beach, CA, Beer X Festival in San Diego, the Palladium in Worcester, MA with The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones, the Fuji Rock Festival in Yuzawa, Japan, as well as an appearance at Punk Rock Bowling in historic downtown Las Vegas. Many U.S. club shows and a European tour have also been added.
“It's absolutely unreal, at this stage of the game,” stated bassist and founding member, Norwood Fisher, “to be reunited as brothers and bandmates! The band feels as if it’s almost firing better than ever. We're all equally excited to get on the grind and bring this energy to the stage for those that have supported us throughout our career, the Whirl’d Wide Familyhood.”
Founded in 1979, Fishbone quickly claimed their spot at the table with their 1983 self titled release that included fan favorites like “Party at Ground Zero” and “Ugly”, and then followed that up in 1988 with their groundbreaking, critically acclaimed full length “Truth and Soul” album which featured the track “Freddie’s Dead”, the band’s first big hit on MTV.
Since then, Fishbone has gone on to release 9 more albums garnering major radio airplay and has made multiple appearances in various movies as well as performing live on the ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ show. In 2010, a documentary written and directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler, and narrated by actor Laurence Fishburn, entitled “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone”, was released and premiered at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival.
“I just want to say thank you to all of the Fishbone soldiers for donating their hearts and souls for the preservation of our band’s legacy in an OG Fishbone Classic Manifestation,” stated front man, Angelo Moore, “For me and for you.”
Yachtley Crew is a Los Angeles area based band of talented and tenured musicians with a common set of goals: to entertain music lovers with some of the greatest songs ever written back in the late 70's and early 80's, and to have as much fun as possible while performing those hits. Some fans may know it as "soft rock", others may identify it as "yacht rock", a more recently coined phrase. One thing is for sure, Yachtley Crew takes their sound very seriously. "They pay tribute to the songs by nailing the performances, but also blow the crowds away with their live presence, group banter and on-stage antics", said one scribe... Be sure not to miss this first-class tribute coming soon to a club, ship or yacht near you!
With the kazoo wielding songstress Beebs as their fearless leader, BaHMM is taking audiences by surprise with their high energy performances, and a refreshing never before heard blend of psychedelic rock, funk, ska, and soul. Beebs and Her Money Makers, or “BaHMM!” for short made a BIG bang in 2011 with the release of their EP, “Welcome to Bartertown”. Boasting a huge lineup of performers, including “Glow Hoopers” and “JamBots”, BaHMM hit the road armed with nothing but their sassy songs and funky hard pounding grooves. In two short years they’ve forged their way to the top of their music scene, selling out nearly every show they’ve played to date.
Some of the acts BaHMM has just completed the entire Vans Warped Tour 2013 and has also rocked the stage with SOJA, Pepper, Sublime w/ Rome, Dirty Heads, Cypress HIll, Zach Deputy, Keller Williams, The Lee Boys, BadFish, Dumpstaphunk, 100 Monkeys, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Perpetual Groove, and many more! With the upcoming release of their highly anticipated new full length studio album, and a comic book based on the superhero alter egos of the band by comic book artist Tony Baldini, 2018 looks to be another year of powerhouse performances by these evolutionary revolutionaries of love and music!
Rob Riccardo is a Phoenix-based singer/songwriter who plays original acoustic roots music and is most passionate about the messages within his songs. Born and raised on the shores of Long Island, New York, the foundation of his songwriting career derives from the surf scene of his formative years on the east coast where he discovered the music of artists like Jack Johnson, John Butler, Xavier Rudd and Ben Harper.
Following a long post-college musical hiatus, Rob and his wife moved from New York City to Arizona where he slowly started to dabble with songwriting again. After a solid year of experimenting with a variety of genres two-thousand miles from the beaches of his youth, Rob found his way back to his acoustic roots and re-discovered his voice -- which he describes as a more polished version of his high school self -- bringing his own blend of folk, rock and pop infused with a heavy serving of conscious lyrics. These days, he draws most of his creative inspiration from the natural world and his yoga & meditation practice.
Rob's debut full-length album, The Calm Within, and his Elemental Awareness EP are both available now on all music streaming platforms and digital download stores.
"The Love Dimension's latest EP, Freakquency Space Mind Continuum, is a short, sweet, delightfully fun listen, a summery, surf-y, psychedelic revision of a time when life in San Francisco wasn't so complicated. The tunes are so catchy and easy on the ears they encourage repeat listens...a blast to listen to, fun, playful, psychedelic pop featuring stick-in-your-head, surf-inspired guitar licks, perfectly retro harmonized vocals, and simple, sing-along lyrics." -SF Weekly
"A treat for lovers of freakbeat and psychedelia." -Songwriting Magazine
"Create and Consume highlights the band's amazing strong points. It's fun, it's fast, and it's utterly enjoyable. Hip-swaying country psych shamans." -The Bay Bridged
"These youngsters pay homage to the classic sounds of the Jefferson Airplane/Grateful Dead/Quicksilver Messenger Service nexus with uncanny precision, but they never sound like they're stuck in any kind of nostalgic time." -SF Chronicle
"Acceptance is five tracks reminiscent of The Doors, The Mamas and the Papas and a bit of Jefferson Airplane. San Francisco’s The Love Dimension takes the hazy sound of ‘60s psychedelia and pairs it with a garage rock twist." -Riff Magazine
"Call them a band, call them a collective, definitely call them groovy.” -KFOG
"You love them so much that you want to re-start the psychedelic revolution with them…a set of songs that have come from absolutely nowhere and relishing the thought of spreading their name everywhere you go…a hybrid of almost anything good you care to put a name too. The infectious music never misses a beat and at times acts as a conduit for your own breathless imagination…a gift, it will leave you exhausted and the mind full of possibilities. Psychedelic grandeur that you will just want to devour!" - Liverpool Sound and Vision
"Acceptance showcases The Love Dimension’s wide range of influences and musical abilities. Acceptance opens with “I’ll Find A Way”, a tight, bass-throbbing track with hints of 70’s prog-rock, 90’s stoner rock, and 60’s psychedelia, combined in a way that sounds modern and new. The musicianship on this track is water-tight, with grandiose builds and wild guitar licks layered over the ultra-heavy foundation laid by the bass and drums...fun, rock n roll romp with a bluesy progression that’ll get dance floors moving and features poppy, garage-psych with catchy hooks and melodic basslines." -Pow Magazine
Ego Sunshine dropped on Halloween, October 31 and features three songs: “Thief,” “Nerds,” and “No Health.” Produced by record label My Friend Debbie, “Ego Sunshine” is a beachy pop/rock band, completely in tune to the house show and Topping Room culture that they started out as.
The first song, “Thief,” sets the pace of the album with a frustrated anthem of teenage love. (It almost reminded me of the indie band, “The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.”) Some might recognize it as it was played at the “Grrls” topping room show of New Year’s Eve, 2016. Short and sweet, “Thief” paints a picture of heartbreak. Clark jokes, “Whenever a scrub screws me over I write a rage song about him!”
“Nerds” is a self aware power ballad. Performed once in August of 2017 -also under the name “Grrls,”- hardcore fans might also recognize this one. Although themes of heartbreak seem central to the album, “Nerds” focuses more on personal insecurities and introspection, but still gives fans an upbeat moshing opportunity.
“No Health” begins with crashing drums and fast paced rhythmic vocals, followed by an electrifying riff. “Misery is fleeting, don’t want to stay in,” Clark sings about “feeling physically and mentally unwell and my bad habits,” as she puts it.
Listen to Ego Sunshine on Bandcamp
Whether he is performing at a pep rally, party or music festival, Kaye’s style is all his own.
“I have had people tell me that I am a different person when I am on stage,” he said. “I feel like that is because when I am up there, I try to be fully comfortable and fully be who I want to be. In my everyday life, I feel like I can’t say this or this, but when I have the microphone, it’s like I can do my thing, go hard, but also connect with people.”
Kaye knows that being a white rapper can be perceived as taboo or uncool, but has always enjoyed the art of freestyling and putting words together.
“I am not gangster; I am not from the hood. So when people hear that I rap, they are like, ‘Who is this guy, another white rapper?’” Kaye said. “But I started rapping because I was self-conscious about singing, because I didn’t want people to think I was soft or something.”
Dec 2017 KYLE SMITH released his debut ep and has already sold CDs in every US state and a few countries! Also peaked at #8 on iTunes release chart in its 1st week.
Listen to Kyle Smith on Spotify.
Winner of Ventura County's Best Female Artist of the Year, Danielle Stacy brings you R&B, Pop, and everything in between with her unique tone and soulful songwriting style. Based out of Ventura, California she has made waves in the local music scene, and continues to branch out.
HIGHWAY STARR is Southern California's Premier Rockin’ Modern Country Band. Playing today’s hottest country hits with a splash of yesterday’s favorites; this band has been at the forefront of the SoCal country music scene.
Spawn from the outskirts of Los Angeles, the band features lead vocalist, Daniel Alan along with the quick-pickin', slide skills of Johnny Hawthorn on lead guitar. W. Scott Felton drives the rhythms on second guitar opposite the rolling thunder of Eric Sachs on bass and powerhouse drumming of Rob Jones, who round out the rhythm section.
Not just another rehashed “Saloon Band”, HIGHWAY STARR has raised the standard by combining the music, attitude and showmanship in their concert style shows throughout the region. Their vast set list includes contemporary hits by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Keith Urban, Eric Church and many more!
In 2017 band members, Daniel Alan and Rob Jones both survived the Las Vegas, Route 91 Festival Concert Shooting. Just weeks after the massacre, Highway Starr helped to raise more than $10,000 for local Ventura County victims and their families by headlining a benefit concert with other local artists in support.
After receiving their blessing from Los Tigres Del Norte, East L.A. badasses Thee Commons metamorphosed into new stage outfit Tropa Magica. Still consisting of the *chunster* Pacheco brothers and their signature psychedelic *cumbia* fusion, Tropa Magica boasts a “troop” of new “magical” sounds, now having added a second guitar and organ keys to their repertoire. Tropa Magica will make their grand debut but welcomed return to Downtown L.A. in March. From there, with most of the year ahead of them, and given their successful track record, the tropical sky’s the limit.
Juke Joint Style Rhythm & Blues fronted and supported by OC bluesman extraordinaire Dano Forte.
What's to say about Ventura's original rock 'n' roll party band that hasn't already been said. Raging Arb and the Redheads leave a wake of beer bottles and good times 30 years long.
The Upbeat was formed in 1985, and for the past 25 years has been pumping out a unique blend of ska, roots reggae, and rocksteady, with politically and environmentally conscious lyrics. In 1993, driven by their desire to promote the music they loved, The Upbeat released their debut 5 track demo under the moniker “Upbeat Recordings”. This stark freshman effort garnered them airplay across the country and a series of compilation offers from the likes of Epitaph/Hellcat Records, Moon Records, and SRH Productions.
In 1995, the band released their first full length album and sold 5,000+ units locally. By this time their live reputation preceded them, sending them into a series of surf, skate and snowboard videos including Transworld Video Magazine and The Fox Sports Network. This brought the band even further praise, securing them a world-wide fan base and setting the stage for the band’s subsequent, prolific west coast touring. During this time, The Upbeat shared the stage with the likes of such varied artists as The Skatalites, Burning Spear, Sublime, Sugar Ray, No Doubt, Bad Manners, The Specials, The Wailers, Fishbone, Steel Pulse, and The Twinkle Brothers, to name a few.
In 2000, The Upbeat released their second album, "Backyard Knowledge", and ten years later, a host of new songs were released on their album, "Shuku", and is proof that this dedicated lineup still has all the passion they started with, so many years ago.
The term "Zephead" was given to many in the 70's who were into Led Zeppelin. We love the hard-driving music of the 70's and Zeppelin is at the top of the list.
Rising Son Album 'Take Root' Out Now! Currently working on the Sophmore Record Release Date TBA. A few Dub Versions & Singles for Radio & DJs will be available soon too! A six piece band from California, Rising Son has collaborated with international artists, created resident reggae nights,
co-produced festivals and has a song featured in a motion picture.
New EP 'Forward' available now on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby and select record stores!
Acclaimed Californian band Joyce Manor - Barry Johnson (vocals and guitar), Chase Knobbe (guitar), Jeff Enzor (drums), and Matt Ebert (bass) - have announced the release of their anticipated new album entitled Cody which arrives in stores this October 7th, care of Epitaph. It is the follow-up to the band’s 2014’s critically-lauded record Never Hungover Again.
While the band’s Epitaph debut Never Hungover Again was recorded in a mere ten days, Cody is the result of two months in the studio with renowned producer Rob Schnapf, credited on classics by Elliot Smith, Guided By Voices, Saves The Day and Rancid among others. As the band’s guitarist and singer Barry Johnson explains, “It was the first time we really used the studio to our advantage. I felt like I could get a better grasp on what we could do. We always recorded like a punk band—go in and lay ‘em down! Just get good takes! And this time we tried a lot more.” The result is a record that dares to be humble, intimate and unapologetically human. Cody is the album where the band moves past simple pop and punk. It’s a moment for clarity and creative renewal. Without losing any of the emotional power fans love, the band is defiantly looking towards the future.
The Inside Break is an alternative rock band with surf, rockabilly and punk influences. Based out of Ventura California, Devin, Cory and Chris have been playing anywhere and everywhere possible all over California. Their first full-length album titled “Everything You Knew” will be released this summer and will be available on Spotify, but for now, you can hear demos at The Inside Break
Punk rock from Ventura
Shaky Feelin': Shaky Feelin’ is a rising powerhouse quintet based in Ventura, CA. A high energy band mixing the elements of rock, reggae, bluegrass, funky and live experimentation.
TV Broken Third Eye Open is an eclectic and versatile seven piece band that fuses together a multitude of musical styles from across the world into a psychedelic explosion of sound. Equipped with didgeridoos, saxophones, sitars, guitars, world percussion, drums, bass, flutes, harmonicas, banjos, and the kitchen sink; it is a musical ensemble like no other. The band draws inspiration from a myriad of musical genres such as afro funk, jazz, psychedelic groove, Indian, folk, blues, and even spaghetti western circus cabaret. Though the band’s sound is unique in it’s own right, the TV Broken 3rd Eye Open experience also has a significant visual component. Stunning visuals of sacred geometry and psychedelic imagery are then projected on to the stage to combine with the music to make for a truly unique experience.