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Stray Cats mark their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a new album & tour!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

STRAY CATS will mark their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a new album and tour. Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom–original founding members of the acclaimed American rock and roll trio–are heading into a studio in Nashville to record their first new album in 25 years.

Set to be released on Surfdog Records, the album will be produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, The Brian Setzer Orchestra) and engineered by Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Arctic Monkeys). Stay tuned for more details and an official release date.

The iconic group, known for their high-energy performances with hits such as “Stray Cat Strut,” “(She’s) Sexy + 17,” and “Rock This Town,” are also mapping out plans for a tour, with dates TBA. STRAY CATS in 2018 marked their first North American shows in 10 years, with four concerts including sold-out headlining shows at Viva Las Vegas and the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA (August 16 and 17) before wildly enthusiastic audiences.

“Forty years ago, us three teenagers started a little band to play a musical style that had long since passed, and most folks had never heard of, this Rockabilly music. Forty years later we stand together and still get that same thrill and exhilaration from the music. That feeling is what makes the fireworks go off and the sparks fly. It makes the world go around.” –Brian Setzer

“Making a new Stray Cats album for 2019 in Nashville seems like the exact right thing, right time, right place, and right band for the gig!  We have an album’s worth of new songs that are classic rockabilly while keeping the music and style current and fresh, like always. In other words…A Stray Cats album.” –Slim Jim Phantom

“They say history repeats itself and I now know that’s true. 40 years after Brian, Jim and I formed the Stray Cats, we are back! I’m so excited to be in the studio with my brothers. I can tell you that this will be the best Stray Cats album we have ever made. The time is right, the songs are great and we’re ready to rock.” –Lee Rocker

Eric Clapton’s First-Ever Christmas Album, ‘HAPPY XMAS’ Is Available Now!

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Happy Xmas is Clapton’s 24th studio album and his first since 2016’s “I Still Do.” It mixes instantly recognizable holiday classics with lesser-known unique titles along with an original new song “For Love On Christmas Day.” The album also features cover art illustration by Clapton himself.

“I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals,” said Clapton, who co-produced Happy Xmas with longtime music producer Simon Climie. “I got it down and one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’.”

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Eric Clapton Record Store Day release!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Eric Clapton will be releasing a limited edition run of  5,000 Die Cut vinyls for this year’s Record Store Day. It will feature two brand new tracks, which are not available on Eric’s new Christmas album, Happy Xmas.  This product will be available for purchase on November 23rd at your local indie record store!

 

Just Announced – Sublime’s Record Store Day Black Friday Limited Edition Release

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
In celebration of the Sublime’s 30th anniversary, “Greatest Hits” will be released on vinyl for the FIRST TIME along with a bonus picture 7″ Flexi Disc of “All You Need” from Live at the Palace!

Available only at your local record store day indie shops November 23, 2018. Click here for more info!

Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot plays Bourbon & Beyond Music Festival

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Bourbon and Beyond music festival was a wet, muddy and excellent time. “The skintight band was ripping and swinging through a boisterous set of old-school rock that ended with “Rock This Town,” the Stray Cats staple that has aged remarkably well.” ~ Louisville Courier Journal

Beat Root Revival joining Brian Wilson’s 2018 holiday tour!

Monday, September 24th, 2018

After finishing up a widely successful East Coast tour supporting The Fixx, Beat Root Revival will be going on tour this November and December with Brian Wilson’s 2018 holiday tour! You can catch them at select dates below.

Congrats to Beat Root Revival for wrapping up another great tour!

Monday, September 10th, 2018
Beat Root Revival has been on the road since early August opening up for Brian Wilson and The Fixx! The blues and roots duo played in 13 different cities across the US and Europe during their Summer 2018 tour. Don’t miss the next time they are on the road and sign up to receive their newsletter here!

Sublime X Secret Walls Live Art Battle Event To Celebrate 30 Years of Sublime

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Sublime has teamed up with Secret Walls and Heavy Grass to host a live-illustration battle in celebration of the bands 30th anniversary!

Two curated teams of three artists, armed solely with black markers or acrylic paint, will go head-to-head to see who comes up with the sickest freestyle Sublime-themed art in just 90 minutes.

Sublime’s legendary artist, Opie Ortiz, will be there as a guest MC & judge. On the turntables from Robbin’ The Hood, DJ Product 1969©!

AleSmith’s Sublime Mexican Lager will be featured along with Huitlacoche food truck and more, all while celebrating #Sublime30th.

This is a FREE21+ event. Space is limited so first come, first serve. Donations are welcome and all proceeds will go to Music Saves Lives.

DATE AND TIME 
Sat, September 29, 2018
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM PDT

LOCATION 
START Los Angeles
2270 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90006

Congrats Stray Cats on your triumphant return!

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
Stray Cats ROCKED back to back shows at Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa! Thanks to the 14,000 fans for the love.
Check out the show review in OC Register HERE!
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It has been 10 years since the Stray Cats rocked the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, however Thursday night it felt like the trio hadn’t skipped a beat.

Fans were ready to jump, jive and wail along with Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom, who just recently reunited to play three stops in 2018 including the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend back in April, the Naperville Ribfest in Illinois in July and added two nights at Pacific Amphitheatre.

The audience members in Costa Mesa made it clear that they wanted the Stray Cats. Numerous guests turned out in their rockabilly garb, sporting cuffed jeans, flat caps, rolled up T-shirt sleeves, slicked back or pompadour hairstyles, dresses straight out of the ’50s or wearing other vintage Stray Cats-branded swag

As the lights went down and a curtain was removed over the band’s signature light-up sign and large cat logo, the trio emerged and got right with it, kicking the show off with “Runaway Boys.” Like a well-oiled machine, the band blasted through it with ease. By the end of the song, Setzer, who killed it on guitar, raised his arm and let out a “Yeah!” like he knew they had nailed it.

Though it had been a decade since these childhood friends from Long Island, NY had shared a stage, there’s an instant chemistry. They play so well off of each other, each musician a master at his craft. Setzer has such control when he’s wailing away on his guitar and his vocals are still so sharp whether he’s belting it out during songs like “Gene & Eddie” or crooning along with “I Won’t Stand in Your Way.”

Slim Jim, who plays while standing, makes drumming just look so casual and he must have one heck of a chiropractor to keep his posture in check. Rocker is not only a phenomenal upright bassist, but a great singer as his vocals shine during “Bring It Back Again” and a cover of “My Baby Left Me,” a song written by blues singer Arthur Crudup and later famously covered by Elvis Presley.

Fans clapped, danced and sang along to every word of favorites such as “Stray Cat Strut,” “(She’s) Sexy + 17,” “Built for Speed” and “Rock This Town.” There were even a few famous faces rocking along in the audience including No Doubt drummer Adrian Young and Green Day anchor Tré Cool.

“How’s it sounding you guys, all right?’,” Setzer asked the crowd. “I’ll admit, I’m a little rusty.”

He certainly didn’t sound it as the group launched into “Lust ‘n’ Love” and the punk rock song “Blast Off.” They cut loose during “Fishnet Stockings” and before heading into the encore, hit the audience with its biggest hit, “Rock This Town.”

If there was a moment where the band – which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year – showed even a bit of its age, it was here. Back in the day, Rocker would stand up on his upright bass, slapping away and Slim Jim would just destroy his drum kit. It’s now a little more tame. Slim Jim did manage to get up on his drums and pounded away and Rocker made an attempt at his signature stand-on bass move, but slid off at first try. He smiled and laughed at himself a bit, but kept right on it and eventually got up there. None of this, by the way, affected the sound one bit.

The band members excited for the encore and returned to the stage, having switched out their collared bowling shirts for simple black shirts.

“I guess we shouldn’t have waited so long, huh?’,” Setzer asked before hitting the crowd with the rousing “Rumble in Brighton.” The band ended the evening with a cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Somethin’ Else.”

Celebrating 22 years of Sublime’s self-titled album!

Monday, July 30th, 2018

July 30th in 1996, Sublime released their self-titled Album. Sublime became a huge success, staying on the charts for over a year and a half and going 5x Platinum. Beyond that, tracks like “Santeria” “What I Got” “Doin’ Time” and many more off the album have become iconic songs, and are still played today!