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Dead Rock West Announce More Southern California Performances

Dead Rock West
California Alt-Country Rock Group
Prepare to Wrap 2017 With More California Shows

New Album More Love
Produced by John Doe of X
Out Now Via Omnivore Recordings

DEAD ROCK WEST–the acclaimed California alt-country rock group fronted by Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen–will wrap 2017 with more shows in Southern California. This weekend the band will perform Friday night (11/3) at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles, to be followed Sunday (11/5) with a performance on the 88.5FM KCSN outdoor stage at Westfield Topanga (The Village).

The group is also set for The Federal Bar in North Hollywood as part of The Mimosa Music Series hosted by Gary Calamar of KCRW. In December, DEAD ROCK WEST will head out for two shows–in San Diego (December 22, Observatory North Park) and Santa Ana (December 23, Observatory)–with legendary band X as part of their “X-mas 40th Anniversary Tour.” For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.deadrockwest.com/tour/

DEAD ROCK WEST’s recently released album, MORE LOVE (August via Omnivore Recordings), was produced by John Doe of X who helped create an album that places Wasserman and Drennen‘s achingly beautiful signature vocals and harmonies in finely etched rock, alt-country and pop settings. The sound is both contemporary and timeless. Click here to listen to “Boundless Fearless Love,” a joyously infectious standout from the album which was praised by Randy Lewis of Los Angeles Times‘ Pop & Hiss as he premiered the song (6/21) and noted it is “set to a propellant track that’s part R.E.M., part Tom Petty and part Neil Young…”

“They have combined all of the influences (alt-country, gospel, Everly Bros) from their previous records into this one,” says John Doe. “Great songs. Great playing. Wonderful performances. More Love is heart & soul from two deeply original singers & songwriters.” Doe adds: “Somehow Cindy & Frank connect the dots between ’70 country & ’60 soul music. They are a modern day Gram & Emmylou singing songs that Otis & Carla would sing.”

MORE LOVE–recorded, mixed and mastered in Los Angeles by multiple Grammy Award-winner Dave Way–is comprised of 12 songs about the joy and heartbreak of love. There are 11 DEAD ROCK WEST originals–among them the joyously infectious first single “Boundless Fearless Love,” “Radio Silence” and “Waiting Patiently”–plus a cover of Sam Cooke‘s “Bring It On Home to Me” that thematically closes this deeply felt album. The masterful band on MORE LOVE includes D.J. Bonebrake of X, lead guitarist Elliot Easton of The Cars and ace pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz.

DEAD ROCK WEST TOUR DATES:

Fri, November 3 Los Angeles, CA Molly Malone’s
Sun, November 5 Los Angeles, CA 88.5 KCSN (Westfield Topanga–The Village)
Sun, November 26 Los Angeles, CA The Mimosa Music Series (The Federal Bar)
With X
Fri, December 22 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park
Sat, December 23 Santa Ana, CA Observatory

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‘X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles’ Preview with Excene Cervenka and John Doe

Exhibit Open Until March 2018
At The Grammy Museum

Friday, October 13 marked the public opening of X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles — the newest exhibit to hit the Grammy Museum in Downtown Los Angeles. The evening before opening day, Excene and John Doe stopped by the museum to share first impressions about the exhibit, and explain some of the artifacts on display.

“It’s so neat to see my bandmates’ stuff,” Excene was quick to share. “I just love it. It’s so fascinating.”

Exene Cervenka poses in front of her display case at ‘X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles.’ Photo by Stephanie Meade

Located on the second floor of the museum, the displays in this tribute to the widely influential punk band are organized by band member. John Doe, Excene Cervenka, DJ Bonebrake and Billy Zoom all have their own glass cases filled with old stage clothing and apparel, musical equipment, notes, mementos, art and photos. Lined in a row, the backs of cases hold televisions projecting various documentary and film footage featuring the band. Also included in the exhibit is a display of show posters and fliers from over the years, as well as rarely seen photography of X and its members.

Executive Director for the exhibit, Scott Goldman, emphasized that the entire band was crucial to putting the exhibit together, with most of the items on display coming directly from the member’s homes and personal collections. “They all participated,” Goldman explained. “One of the things that I’m trying to do [with the exhibit] is to obviously tell the story of the band’s music, but also tell their individual stories.”

“[Here’s] the first time I wrote the lyrics down to Los Angeles, you can see the water stains, the sweat stains,” John Doe said, pointing at a soiled notebook full of colorful scrawl in his case. “There’s sweat and beer.”

Other gems included in John Doe’s case are his and Excene’s old Olympia typewriter which they toted along with them on tours, as well as a very special “X” shaped sign — a token John Doe saved before the demolition of the old Brooklyn chocolate XLAX factory in 1979.

This is by no means a memorial exhibit, or a nostalgic remembrance of a “heyday” long passed. X, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary together this year, are still actively touring. Indeed, the bass guitar displayed in John Doe’s case (his very first) was used in a live show as recently as 2015/2016 — decades old sweat stains and all!

As John Doe aptly put it, “I think this is more a tribute to the beginnings of the band. The band still seems very real because we play all the time. We are probably playing over 100 shows this year because of the 40th anniversary. So, getting in the van every day and going to the next city — that’s as real as it gets.”

He went on to add, “It’s great to revisit my stuff, Billy’s stuff, DJ’s stuff…We each seem to keep a whole different thing. DJ somehow managed to keep a lot of the X shirts. It’s nice to see old posters and things like that, from time which it was all mashed together from say ’77 to ’83 or ’85.”

Xcene echoed a similar sentiment of not feeling detached from the older memorabilia on display, but felt rather as though the exhibit offered a chance for the band to share a bit of their lives with the public.

“It’s not [decontextualized] kinda just because you see these pictures over the years,” she explained. “They come out sometimes in publications and some of the clothes we have in our houses, same with the art and the journals.”

“What’s impressive to me is seeing some of DJ’s stuff!” she added. “Like, I’ve never seen that picture of DJ.” Then, pointing to a pair of thin sunglasses in DJ’s display case she exclaimed, “What is that? What are those?”

“It’s nice…but someone just said to me, ‘Look what they did for you,’” Excene said. “Well, no, they did it for everyone who comes to the museum. This is about celebration. This is about a life together doing stuff.”

X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles will run until March 2018. For more information about the exhibit, including hours of operation and ticket inquiries, please visit http://www.grammymuseum.org/exhibits/x.

‘X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles’ Exhibit Opens This Friday, October 13

X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles at The Grammy Museum
Exhibit Opens Friday, October 13

In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of legendary Los Angeles punk band, X, The Grammy Museum has put together a new exhibit to celebrate X’s contributions to Los Angeles punk culture. The museum says that the exhibit will “give visitors a glimpse into how X’s four original members – Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake – quickly established themselves as one of the best in the first wave of L.A.’s flourishing punk scene.”

The exhibit will include various artifacts from the band’s history — original instruments and gear, note books and handwritten lyrics, clothing worn by the band, concert fliers and posters, as well as rarely seen photography and artwork by X’s leading lady, Excene. The film X: The Unheard Music will also be screened.

In a statement, the band expressed their excitement for the upcoming exhibit:

“An X exhibit in a museum? Unbelievable! We are honored, dumbstruck and so grateful that all four original members are here to celebrate and share our history and 40th anniversary. It’s a very long way from a basement on Hollywood Blvd (The Masque) to the GRAMMY Museum, but we feel that we bring with us all the punks from then and now. We are just the representatives for what has gone before and what is still to come in the City of Angels” — Exene, Billy, DJ, and John

X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Anegeles opens to the public this Friday, October 13th in the Special Exhibits Gallery on the second floor of the museum. The exhibit will run until March 2018. For more information, including hours of operation and ticket inquiries, please visit http://www.grammymuseum.org/exhibits/x.

 

LP3 & The Tragedy Joining Los Lobos at TATUAJE Festival, Playing Two San Diego Shows with X

Southern California-based, LP3 & The Tragedy, will be joining the legendary East L.A. band, Los Lobos, at the 3rdAnnual TATUAJE Tattoo Festival, Concert & Art Exhibition on Saturday, July 29, 7PM to 1:00AM, at Plaza de la Raza, 3540 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031. Los Lobos will be performing some of their classic, fan-favorites and, for the first time in their hometown, sharing the stage with their own offspring whose members make up the band LP3 & The Tragedy.

In addition, LP3 & The Tragedy have once again been invited to join L.A. punk legends X when they play the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA on August 17th & 18th as part of their 40th Anniversary tour. They previously joined X on their annual Holiday run last December and the band was also a featured performer on the “Music Tastes Good” Festival, in Long Beach, last September.

TATUAJE celebrates the distinct tattoo culture of Los Angeles while raising funds for Plaza de La Raza, a nonprofit organization, with a multidisciplinary community arts venue serving the Eastside neighborhoods of L.A. The tattoo and arts focus fits perfectly with the band since Louie Perez III is an “inkslinger” himself and works with famous tattoo artist Mark Mahoney at his Shamrock Social Club in L.A.

LP3 & The Tragedy features two gypsy cousins, Louie Perez III (son of Los Lobos’ Louie Perez) and Ruby Rosas (daughter of Lobos’ Cesar Rosas) with friends, Mike Berault, Eric Fuller, and Carlos Guzman, who together form a group of self-styled, breakfast club-rejects, bringing out Americana in its darkest and youthful form. Their debut album, Southland Hum was recorded live at Golden Beat in Glassell Park and features appearances by Louie Pérez (Los Lobos), David J. Carpenter (Dead Rock West, John Doe Band) and Richard Stekol of ‘60s Garage Rock fame.

Their debut album developed out of the enthusiastic support that came from a series of live shows. Louie Perez III formed the band after iconic tattoo artist Mark Mahoney requested he play a special gala event at the California Heritage Museum. LP3 & The Tragedy played their first show there in front of a star-studded audience that featured Mickey Rourke, Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Danny Trejo, and members of Guns N’ Roses–not a bad place for a new band to start. Just a few months later, The Tragedy was asked to join legendary Texas singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo as his backing band for a sold out show at The Mint LA. Escovedo also invited the band to play his final ‘End of an Era’ showcases at Maria’s and the famed Continental Club in Austin during SXSW. This past May, the band earned an opening slot on the Tres Bandas Companeros Tour featuring the iconic L.A. punk band, X, along with Los Lobos and The Blasters.

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Punk Royalty X play KAABOO

X
KAABOO Del Mar
Del Mar Racetrack
Saturday, September 19, 2015

 

X, the icons of an age, recently graced the stage at KAABOO. As one of the most influential bands of the late 1970s (and well into the 1980s), X crafted a unique blend of Punk and Rockabilly, tinged with honky-tonk and soul. Today their sound is as contemporary and vital as ever. You never know what you’ll get when a veteran act like this takes the stage.  Time has been kinder to some acts than others – and Rock ‘n’ Roll is not an easy business – but X  still pulls it off without missing a beat.

They smashed through a set packed with hits including “Johnny Hit & Run Pauline”, “Adult Books”, “White Girl”, “In This House That I Call Home”, “The Hungry Wolf” and “The New World”. Notable was the absence of ace guitarist Billy Zoom who is fighting cancer. Exene Cervenka, John Doe, and DJ Bonebrake were joined on stage by guitarist Jesse Dayton holding down the spot for Zoom.

Jesse Dayton’s rockabilly guitar was just the perfect fit for the signature X sound. Dayton has been in the company of many musical giants, including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Rob Zombie.

You can catch X on tour the end of November through New Year’s Eve. When Dayton is not touring as their guitarist, you can find him touring as a solo act along with Johnny Two Bags in early November. He’s also performing on the Outlaw Country Cruse in early 2016 along with Lucinda Williams, Shooter Jennings, and Steve Earle.

 

 

Keep up with X online:

Find Jesse Dayton here

 

Check out our other stories on KABOO Del Mar:

  1. KAABOO Del Mar
  2. Natty Vibes Interview 
  3. Natty Vibes
  4. Fairground Saints Interview
  5. Fairground Saints
  6. Ron Funches Interview
  7. Vendor Interviews
  8. Ki
  9. Fitz and the Tantrums
  10. Neon Trees
  11. Delta Rae
  12. Chris D’Elia
  13. The Apache Relay
  14. Minnie Driver
  15. Atmosphere Galeries

 

KAABOO Del Mar

KAABOO Del Mar
Del Mar Racetrack
Friday, September 18th – Sunday, September 20th
By Harriet Kaplan

KAABOO Del Mar aimed to be the ultimate entertainment adult escape geared toward a mature audience but managed to also draw younger people from pre-teens on up to the 20-year-olds and beyond attracting multi-generational crowds from the ages of 40 to 70-year-olds. The first inaugural KAABOO Del Mar was all about options of the upscale variety and was successful on every level from gourmet cuisine (which included plant-based and vegan food choices) to specialty wines, beers and liquor to necessary comfort items that included cabanas and high-end port-potties in private trailers with toilets and sinks. Imaginative, colorful and vivid art murals and installations were also heavily featured.

Editor Caren Spiter interviewed Amanda Lynn, KAABOO art curator, in a separate installment article. Held at the Del Mar Racetrack from Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20, KAABOO set out to be more than just an elaborate music festival though there were seven stages of live music that showcased various genres of music from rap, pop, alternative, rock, funk, reggae and blues. Prominent headliners included No Doubt and Snoop Dogg along with several mainstream name acts (Zac Brown Band) throughout the three-day period and critically-acclaimed artists (X and Rodrigo Y Gabriela) performed as well.

Caren Spitler got an exclusive interview with Ulysses from Ozomati. www.theartofla.com also profiled California’s Fairground Saints and Hawaii’s Natty Vibrations. Most performances seen were imbued by passionate intensity and conviction onstage sometimes bordering on the theatrical and were epic in scale while others were more subtle and nuanced punctuated by smaller, quieter gestures. The staging was big, elaborate and well executed. Jumbotron screens made it possible to view what concertgoers couldn’t see if the size of the crowds got so large to obscure the eye level view.

The audience response was always one of constant dedication, enthusiasm and the energy level was very high despite the soaring hot temperatures and the resulting accompanying sweltering humidity  from mid-morning everyday until sundown. The only drawback with so many talented performers appearing in a massive festival was the competing time slots where the sets overlapped one another. The biggest challenge was trying to figure out if one should stay for most of a particular set or part of at the most expense of seeing others.

Comedy performances from up-and-comers and well-known acts were another entertainment component of KAABOO billed as Humor Me. www.theartofla.com got to see headliners Chris E’Elia and Ron Funches from NBC’s hit show, Undateable, and legendary SNL alum Tim Meadows perform. Caren Spitler did a phone interview with funnyman Funches also featured in a separate article installment. The large building/warehouse where the comedy was took place was boiling hot inside and ventilated by several large fans circulated the stagnant and stifling air but it wasn’t nearly enough to cool it down. It was incredibly uncomfortable to sit through the shows. Even the comedians discussed the absurdity/irony of having a comedy show in what they called a “barn” at the Del Mar Race Track as part of their acts. Uninspired material characterized by the plethora of ass, pussy and dicks jokes got old fast. When the comedians deviated from that timeworn script, and were inspired by other subject matter taken from their own lives, giving it a different twist, the sets took fire and managed to generate more laughs.

With a commitment to produce multiple KAABOO events in the future, including one already in the planning stages for 2016, the first one seemed to be off to promising start based on the high-quality and attention to every detail and care put into it that transcends and expands on the narrow concept of what this experience has traditionally looked like and felt to all senses.

https://www.kaaboodelmar.com/

Check out our other stories on  KABOO Del Mar:
  1. Natty Vibes Interview 
  2. Natty Vibes
  3. Fairground Saints Interview
  4. Fairground Saints
  5. Ron Funches Interview
  6. Vendor Interviews
  7. Ki
  8. Fitz and the Tantrums
  9. Neon Trees
  10. Delta Rae
  11. Chris D’Elia
  12. X
  13. The Apache Relay
  14. Minnie Driver
  15. Atmosphere Galeries