All Access Pass: SIIINES @ Bowery Electric on 4/14

SIIINES transcended NYC's Bowery Electric this past Monday night, and basked in the glow of not one, but two major music genre spotlights; rock ‘n’ roll and EDM! Hailing from Los Angeles, the trio; Traviiis Triiip, Morgan Morgan, and DJ Gene (not pictured), blend aggressive rock 'n' roll rhythms with EDM instrumentals to create some colossally trail-blazing electro-rock!

After descending the stairs into the basement of Bowery Electric, we pushed our way through a thick black curtain which led us into the intimate Room. Immediately, our senses were assaulted by the smells of dust, cigarettes, and beer. We huddled in closely to see SIIINES quietly constructing their entirely Plexiglas set. Morgan stood to the left, his brows furrowed as he skillfully tuned his transparent guitar, while Traviiis skittered around the modest stage, arranging heaps of wires which endlessly streamed from their equipment.

Joan Jett Makes History As First Female Golden God Award Honoree
Interview: Viv and the Revival
Viv and The Revival have been rockin' and rolling for the past couple of years. Four EP's, numerous commercials, television shows, and touring (their next show is this coming Sunday, December 8th in NJ,) all in addition to the studio time spent recording their debut full-length album, The Introduction, collectively have kept this band on the fast track with no signs of slowing down. The album, produced by Rick Friedrich (also responsible for records by The Roots, Rihanna and Kanye West), is set to be released on February 18th, and Joonbug has got the scoop:

What's the story behind your name?

Guns N' Roses Announces 6 Show Mini Tour

"Welcome to the jungle, we've got fun and games!" Remember headbanging to that in your neighbor's living room when you were 7 years old? Well, maybe not, but either way, Guns N' Roses has announced a 6 stop mini tour that is set to rock NYC, Chicago, Silver Spring, and Atlantic City. This mini lineup is redemption for ignoring us last year during their massive 2011 tour that stopped everywhere but the east coast. NYC will get the greatest treat, taking 3 of the 6 shows at Webster Hall, Roseland Ballroom, and Terminal 5.

According to Rolling Stone, the band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio just before kicking off the tour. Drummer, Steven Adler also told the magazine, "I personally just want to finish what I started with those jack-offs. We started off something, let's end the career playing together, at least once. I'd love to do a whole tour of the world. I personally – and I know that Slash and Duff feel the same way – we owe it to the fans to do a tour around the world. We haven't performed for over 20 years and they've stuck by us and believe in us."

A Big Welcome Back to Royalton Covers

Royalton Hotel is bringing back Royalton Covers -- a Wednesday and Thursday night event that will take place each week until January, and feature rock, pop, and soul cover bands. Zip to Forty Four, the hotel's lux lobby bar and sip on their specialty cocktail, The Seven Spiced Cider ($14, apple cider, Sailor's Jerry, pineapple juice, lemon juice, honey syrup, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, allspice, clove, star anise), which will be offered exclusively during the Royalton Covers. Check out the awesome line-up they've got for October:

Kings Of Leon and Slash Verbally Attacked By Glee Creator

For the past two years, Glee has quickly emerged as a top-tier television show. Winning numerous awards, and accolades, the show is still going strong since its airing in 2009.

One major reason why the show is such a hit, is because of the performances by the students in the high school's glee club. Popular songs such as, "Don't Stop Believing," "Take A Bow," Somebody To Love," and more, have been performed on the show.

But, just because it's a popular show among the masses, doesn't mean that everyone enjoys the show. Slash, the current guitarist of Velvet Revolver, and Guns n' Roses, recently said, "Glee is worse than Grease and Grease is bad enough." This was said after he declined the show to use a Guns n' Roses song in one of their episodes.

Boston’s Weekly Gigs: August 3rd – August 10th

Harper’s Ferry, Allston, MA

  • Wed. Aug 4th- Biscuits and Gravy
  • Thur. Aug 5th- Cynic
  • Fri. Aug 6th- Smile Empty Soul
  • Sat. Aug 7th- Mr. Brownstone, a Guns N’ Roses Tribute
  • Sun. Aug 8th- Alex Band (of The Calling)
  • Tue. Aug 10th- Crisis In Hollywood

House of Blues, Boston, MA

  • Thur. Aug 5th- Interpol w/ Twin Tigers, The Postelles
  • Sat. Aug 7th- Epic Saturdays
  • Mon. Aug 9th- Public Enemy w/ Keno the Almost Famous, The Banned
Sex, Pumps, & Rock 'N' Roll

Matt Sorum is putting to use all the rock and roll showbiz knowledge he gained as a member of Velvet Revolver, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and The Cult bands but using it for a very different stage. Like a mix of The Pussycat Dolls and Led Zeppelin, Darling Stilettos is ready to entertain Las Vegas crowds with their sex-infused rock history showcase.

Sweet Sample of Mine

As if minimal record sales weren’t enough to effect the status of the reformed Guns N’ Roses, the band now faces a $1 million copyright lawsuit for samples on a track off of last year's Chinese Democracy bomb.

The suit claims that the GNR song, “Raid N’ The Bedouins,” illegally sampled two songs from German electronic artist, Ulrich Schnauss, who claims that no effort was made to obtain the songs for use on the album. Schnauss’ songs, “Wherever You Are” and “A Strange and Isolated Place,” were used to produce about 45 seconds of ambient noise leading into the guitar driven track. Brian Caplan, attorney for Schnauss, said in a statement, "I can tell you that there is no paper trail authorizing the use of these songs and nobody from the plaintiff's side authorized the use of this song."

Phil Spector Contacted by Charles Manson

Generally, when a producer is garnering positive headlines, and his name is on the tip of everyone’s tongues, they’re likely to rise in popularity within the music industry, getting offers for interesting collaborations from famous artists. That’s why it comes as no surprise that producer/convicted murderer/afro enthusiast Phil Spector got a note from notorious serial killer, Charles Manson, asking the legend for a chance to work together.

It is a little-known fact that, in the sixties, Manson recorded a number of dark, melodic folk songs, some of which were rerecorded by groups such as the Beach Boys and Guns N' Roses. Upon hearing these tracks for the first time, particularly the sparse “Cease to Exist,” the listener can’t help but be shocked by the tremendous songwriting talent that coexisted with sociopathic tendencies in Manson’s warped mind. It would be interesting to listen to some Manson songs adorned with Spector’s famous “Wall of Sound” technique, giving his brooding music a welcome girl-group flavor.