Congrats to Brian Setzer on a jaw-dropping, triumphant three nights at the Hollywood Bowl!!!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Congrats to Brian Setzer on a jaw-dropping, triumphant three nights at the Hollywood Bowl!!!

“Cowboys & Cut Cigars” Video Premiere at The Huffington Post

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012


The Burning of Rome's  new video for "Cowboys & Cut Cigars" made its debut at The Huffington Post! Watch it here.

The Burning of Rome - Cowboys & Cut Cigars - Video Premiere at The Huffington Post

New Album From The Burning of Rome: With Us

Monday, September 17th, 2012


The Burning of Rome - With Us

"With Us" is out now!

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  • Adam Traub: Vocals, Keyboards
  • Joe Aguilar: Guitar, Vocals
  • Aimee Jacobs: Keyboards, Vocals
  • Lee Williams: Drums

“A post-apocalyptic mash-up of meticulous orchestration, electronic manipulation and eccentric experimentation” – 944 Magazine

“Gypsy punk rife with keys and rasping vocals” – Paste Magazine.

Are just some of the ways The Burning of Rome have been described. Music creator Adam Traub grew up in San Diego, CA and at age 15 he was already playing guitar in the punk band Nobody’s Hero, signed to Arista Records. It all came to a halt when he was diagnosed with a rare muscular disorder in both legs. He was thrown into a world of medical chaos, 7 surgeries and 6 titanium bolts later, Traub was faced with a long grueling recovery. During that time he would play an old upright piano and would hobble over to figure out Beatles songs. Beatles eventually turned to Chopin. Chopin eventually turned into Thelonious Monk. And Thelonious eventually turned into The Burning of Rome.

As a songwriter music is a therapeutic way for me to cope with the world around me. Ever since I was a child I felt like an alien visiting Earth and had (and still have) difficulty understanding what makes people normal. I opted to rebel against the norm through music; it was the only thing that made sense to me.

"With Us" was recorded in LA at EastWest studios, produced by Adam Traub and Tom Biller, mixed by Dave Darling (Tom Waits, Jack Johnson, Brian Setzer) with additional remixes by Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers, Sublime, U2, Meat Puppets, Pepper). The band ended up in the same room that ‘Pet Sounds” was tracked in 40 years prior. There was an intense energy throughout the recording process. Periodically Flea, who was recording with Red Hot Chili Peppers in the other half of the studio, or Anthony Kiedis would check in for small talk. Even a nod from Rick Rubin by the coffee machine was a major inspiration. Challenged by the surrounding greatness “With Us” evolved.

The Burning of Rome follows no suit or trend. They attempt to do the opposite, challenging conventionalism. Prepare for something manic and theatrical when you see them live.

They have been lucky enough to open for acts they admire such as The Black Keys, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Devo, MGMT, Skrillex, Suicidal Tendencies and Jimmy Eat World.

“The ultimate goal of The Burning of Rome” is to reach as many people as possible with our sound and offer musical asylum to those needing it. Bands used to carry the banner for their followers in a way that seems fleeting. There aren’t any Joe Strummers of this generation acting as a voice for those that can’t be heard. I want The Burning of Rome to carry a banner for its followers and give them refuge from monotony. I want to rally the masses and call out the corrupt. I want a revolution to spark from this band! – Adam Traub

Check out the video for their first single, Ballad of an Onion Sprout below.

New Pre-sale: The Brian Setzer Orchestra Live At Green Bay, November 18th!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The Brian Setzer Orchestra is gonna rock the Oneida Casino Radison 3 Clans Ballroom in Green Bay, WI on November 18th! Pre-sale tickets are on sale now, and the pre-sale ends on Sept. 27!


Get your tickets here


Check out all of Brian's tour dates below!

The Burning of Rome On KCRW!!

Friday, September 7th, 2012


The Burning of Rome made one giant leap to the airwaves when KCRW played "Ballad Of An Onion Sprout" this morning!  KCRW is among the most influential music radio stations in the world. "Ballad Of An Onion Sprout" is the first single from the album With Us, set for release on September 18th. Keep an eye on the KCRW archive to check it out yourself here 


Tuesday, September 4th, 2012


Dave Stewart's "The Ringmaster General" available September 4th!!
Dave Stewart holds a special place in his heart for Nashville. That’s where the legendary British singer, songwriter and guitarist has now recorded two albums: 2011’s critically praised The Blackbird Diaries and the forthcoming THE RINGMASTER GENERAL, set for release  via Weapons of Mass Entertainment/Surfdog. The album was produced by STEWART and Mike Bradford.
A potent and distinctive musical gumbo with rock, blues, country, rhythm & blues and psychedelia, THE RINGMASTER GENERAL was recorded and mixed by John McBride at the famed studio he owns with Martina McBride, Blackbird Studio. It features 13 new songs–including striking duets with Alison Krauss, Diane Birch and Joss Stone–as well as one sung with and co-written by Jessie Baylin.  The blistering guitar skills of Orianthi are featured as well. As with The Blackbird Diaries, STEWART is backed by some of the finest musicians in Nashville including: guitarist Tom Bukovac, drummer Chad Cromwell, bassist Michael Rhodes, steel guitarist Dan Dugmore and Mike Rojas on piano. 
Says STEWART: “Well to me Nashville has that electric music energy feeling that you get when you arrive in certain cities or towns like Kingston, Jamaica and Havana in Cuba, except Nashville also has the feeling of being in the heart of a huge country (which it is) and it feels kinda like coming home.”
He elaborates:  “But it’s mainly about the people I work and play with there. I’ve been so fortunate as to have landed in the arms of the McBrides and becoming part of an extended family. John McBride and I share the same crazy passion for sound and all the guys in the band I record with (and the girls) are up for that wild adventure I like to bring in the studio. All the musicians know I’m going to do lots of different experiments in songwriting and performance and they also know that I don’t know what it’s gonna be yet so it makes for an interesting time, a white knuckle ride, and  a wild party of sound.”
STEWART’s love for Nashville is captured in the documentary THE RINGMASTER GENERAL. The film will premiere at a VIP event Wednesday, August 22 VIP at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre, with a limited number of general admission tickets to be made available to the public:  Each ticket includes a free limited edition vinyl copy of STEWART’s album THE RINGMASTER GENERAL.
THE RINGMASTER GENERAL documentary captures STEWART through the whirlwind recording process of two explosive albums.  This tongue-in-cheek documentary follows STEWART’s adventures in songwriting, letting the viewer witness his eccentric but compelling methods of creativity.  The days were filled with mayhem and martinis, while a circus of characters cross STEWART’s path; many muses appear to join in the fun including Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat, The Secret Sisters, Joss Stone, Stevie Nicks, Jessie Baylin, Diane Birch and Orianthi.


Get your copy here!!


Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot! Live From The Planet Is Available Everywhere!!!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012



Brian Setzer’s smash hit “Rockabilly Riot!” tour saw him rock four different continents: Europe, North America, Japan, and Australia! We took the very best from every show to put together this amazing album! It’s an all-out assault. An overcharged and thrilling attack of American rock n’ roll. This lineup includes two (YES TWO!) slappin’ stand-up bassists (each bringing some extra thump to the party,) two (YES TWO!) drummers, one being none other than Stray Cat Slim Jim Phantom, and an on-fire boogie-woogie piano.

Available now on:



The WHOLE SHOW is available as a TRIPLE-GATEFOLD COLORED VINYL – LIMITED TO ONLY 1,000 PIECES! It comes with a full MP3 download too!

Order now!

Surfdog Unites With Drake Bell for Major Strategic Partnership

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012





Surfdog unties with Drake Bell for major strategic partnership.

Surfdog is proud to announce its new strategic partnership with multi-talented musician/actor Drake Bell. The deal will comprise recordings, merchandising, live music performances, and other creative initiatives. Bell is currently hard at work recording his Surfdog label debut, with release scheduled for early 2013.

“I’ve known Dave and the people at Surfdog for a long time now and they are a great group of music loving people,” says Bell. ”When it was time to begin the next phase of my music career, I knew that’s where I wanted to be.”

“We are excited to be working with Drake, who is one of the most talented and motivated young artists I’ve ever met,” says Dave Kaplan, President of Surfdog. “Drake has some very focused musical ideas that fit well with what we do here at Surfdog, so making this deal was a no-brainer for us.”

“Drake is an awesome talent and we’re all impressed with his writing, performing, and enthusiasm,” adds Surfdog General Manager Scott Seine. “We’re stoked to be working together!”

An extraordinarily versatile artist, Bell’s career kicked off with roles in a number of iconic films, including Jerry Maguire and High Fidelity (in which he memorably portrayed the young “Rob Gordon”). He received his first guitar lessons from the legendary Roger Daltrey while the two co-starred in 2001’s Chasing Destiny and quickly began writing and performing his own original songs. Two full-length albums followed, 2005’s independently released Telegraph and 2006’s It’s Only Time. Allmusic awarded four-out-of-five stars to both collections, praising Bell’s “knack for charming, well-crafted pop tunes” as well as the “vintage sound inspired by Abbey Road Studio.” Bell toured often, selling out venues around the world with his classic but contemporary brand of melodic pop rock ‘n’ roll. An inexhaustible songwriter, Drake unveiled a series of new songs online before releasing 2011’s A Reminder EP, produced by John Fields (Jellyfish, Rooney, Jack’s Mannequin).

Bell is of course best known to a generation of fans as one of the eponymous stars of Nickelodeon’s smash sitcom, Drake & Josh. The long-running series made Drake an international household name, spawning three highly-rated TV movies and a hugely successful soundtrack collection highlighted by Bell’s original opening theme, “I Found A Way.” Bell proved one of Nickelodeon’s most popular and resourceful stars, winning a total of 10 Kids Choice Awards, both here and abroad. He recently paid homage to the network by starring in two live-action films based on the network’s animated series, The Fairly OddParents. In 2008, Bell received the 2008 Teen Choice Awards’ “Choice Breakout Movie Actor” surfboard, honoring his leading role in the hit comedy, Superhero Movie. Drake is also a hugely in-demand voice actor, currently starring as “Peter Parker” on the breakthrough animated series Ultimate Spider-Man.

Known for his philanthropic activities, Bell actively supports The Thirst Project, a nonprofit movement of high school and college students who are raising awareness of and bringing solutions to the global water crisis. Together Bell and The Thirst Project have worked to provide safe, clean water to thousands of children in need. In 2010, Drake was honored with the Pioneering Spirit Award, the highest honor The Thirst Project accords any individual. Please visit for more information.

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About Surfdog: Surfdog Records and Dave Kaplan Management are part of a broad-based entertainment company founded in 1985 by Dave Kaplan. Located in Encinitas, CA, the entertainment group also includes: Surfdog Music Publishing & Licensing, Surfdog Entertainment Marketing (SDE) and Surfdog’s Java Hut. The label’s passion for music includes an eclectic array of genres. They have released over 100 albums, by artists such as Brian Setzer, Glen Campbell, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Stray Cats, Butthole Surfers, Slightly Stoopid, Richard Cheese, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, Gary Hoey, and many more. In addition, they’ve released several soundtrack albums, including The Endless Summer II and Step Into Liquid. Surfdog artists’ music has been prominently featured in numerous top-line motion pictures, commercials and television shows. Surfdog is proud to be an ocean-conscious company whose motto is “Please Help Preserve Our Oceans,” something they do daily in their support for Surfrider Foundation and involvement in the local community.

Pre-order: Brian Setzer’s “Rockabilly Riot! Live from the Planet” on LIMITED EDITION TRIPLE-GATEFOLD COLOR VINYL!!

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012



Product ships out Aug. 31st.


Brian Setzer’s smash hit “Rockabilly Riot!” tour saw him rock four different continents: Europe, North America, Japan, and Australia! We took the very best from every show to put together this amazing album! It’s an all-out assault. An overcharged and thrilling attack of American rock n’ roll. This lineup includes two (YES TWO!) slappin’ stand-up bassists (each bringing some extra thump to the party,) two (YES TWO!) drummers, one being none other than Stray Cat Slim Jim Phantom, and an on-fire boogie-woogie piano. 


Now the WHOLE SHOW is available as a TRIPLE-GATEFOLD COLORED VINYL – LIMITED TO ONLY 1,000 PIECES! It comes with a full MP3 download too!


Check out the scorchin' tracks on the vinyl:



Ignition (Clermont-Ferrand, France)

’49 Mercury Blues (Calgary, Canada)

This Cat’s On A Hot Tin Roof (Edmonton, Canada)

Drive Like Lightning (Crash Like Thunder) (Adelaide, Australia)



8-Track (Bordeaux, France)

Slow Down / Folsom Prison Blues (Austin, Texas, USA)

Put Your Cat Clothes On (Seattle, Washington, USA)



Blue Moon of Kentucky (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Pickpocket (Stockholm, Sweden)

Rumble in Brighton (Tokyo, Japan)

Runaway Boys (Portland, Oregon, USA)



(She's) Sexy + 17 (Berlin, Germany)

Stray Cat Strut (Manchester, England, UK)

Cry Baby (Zurich, Switzerland)

Great Balls Of Fire (Sydney, Australia)



Red Hot (Amsterdam, Holland)

Fishnet Stockings (Spokane, Washington, USA)



Rock This Town (Luxembourg, France)

Seven Nights to Rock (Wichita, Kansas, USA)



Setzer was every inch the lightning-fingered keeper of the rockabilly flame. – Brisbane Times


Yes, this is rock & roll how it should be done. – Rave Magazine


Setzer and Co. prove that these old hands sure know how to rock n’ roll, and perform in their various configurations like a tightly wound, well oiled, fighting machine… –


Reaching into the past, Setzer has communed and collaborated with the great musical ghosts and has pressed on with his mission of revising and redefining the sounds of origins of rock and roll. –


The Burning of Rome WINS ‘Best Alternative’ at 2012 San Diego Music Awards!!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Congrats to The Burning of Rome on winning 'Best Alternative' at the 2012 San Diego Music Awards!


The Burning of Rome is currently on tour, and were performing in Phoenix, AZ at Revolver Records when we reached them with the great news. Here's what they had to say:

"To the kind civilians that thought enough of our music to vote for us at the SDMA's this year, a great and many thanks for your continued support. If it were scientifically plausible we'd teleport into each of your homes right now and wrap you in rainbows of appreciation. As strange as it feels to be an artist pitted against our peers for recognition it is still comforting to know that our music is being heard and appreciated by those that voted for us. Leagues of gratitude from the Burning of Rome. We love you all very much."

Congrats to all the nominees!

Catch The Burning of Rome on tour now!

Upcoming tour dates:

…and be sure to grab their new album With Us, out September 18th on Surfdog Records!!

The Burning of Rome - With Us

Free MP3 download: Ballad Of An Onion Sprout