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311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. The band now resides in Southern California.
311 mix rock, rap, reggae and funk into their own unique hybrid sound – and have developed a reputation as one of the most entertaining & dynamic live bands in the U.S.
311’s feature film, Enlarged to Show Detail 3, will be shown in 240 cinemas nationwide on 311 DAY (March 11). ETSD3 largely focuses on the relationship between 311 and their fans, as the film fuses together high-energy concert footage with revealing off-stage moments, including exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes clips. More info, trailer and tickets at 311inCinemas.com
311 will release their 13th studio album in Summer 2019 via BMG. The new album pre-order (for digital, cd, vinyl and autographed bundles) will launch on 3/11 (311 DAY), all info at 311.com
311 have released twelve studio albums, two greatest hits albums, two live albums, three DVD’s and a boxed-set – and have sold over 9 million copies in the U.S. Their last ten albums reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Sales Chart – and nine of their singles have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Alternative Radio Chart (including three #1 singles Down, Love Song & Don’t Tread On Me – along with Amber, All Mixed Up, Come Original, Creatures For Awhile, Hey You and Sunset in July).
2019 will mark 20 consecutive summers for 311 to headline the US. 311’s celebratory live shows & incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive grassroots following nationwide. 311’s annual summer headlining run, Unity Tour, has become one of the most anticipated concerts of the summer. Support acts on previous 311 Unity Tours have included Sublime with Rome, The Offspring, Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid, Cypress Hill, The Roots, Matisyahu and Ziggy Marley.
311 Day & 311 Caribbean Cruise:
311 has also made a major splash with their special events – 311 Day & 311 Caribbean Cruise. Every other year, 311 play an arena show on March 11th (“311 DAY”) – that attracts 311’s biggest fans from around the world. Billed as “the ultimate 311 concert experience,” the show includes an extended setlist of hits, rarities & covers – and state-of-the-art production. 311 Day typically attracts over 10,000 fans (from all 50 U.S. States & 15+ countries) – and March 11th is now considered a holiday to 311 fans around the globe.
311 Caribbean Cruise has sailed on 6 adventures to date; Jamaica (2015), Bahamas (2013 & 2012), Turks & Caicos (2011), Cozumel (2017) and Belize (2019). The 4-5 night adventure aboard a luxury Norwegian Cruise Lines ship sees some 3,000 passionate 311 fans from around the world take to the sea, with 311 playing 3 shows along the way, plus other support bands, DJs and comedians.
311 have partnered w/ Rock Brothers Brewing & Nebraska Brewing on their own beers – 311 Amber Ale, 311 Beautiful Disaster Imperial IPA and I’ll Be Here Awhile Honey Apricot Ale.
Music thrives on freedom. Without boundaries or blueprints, songs not only come to life, but last for a very long time to come.
Dirty Heads’ 2017 sixth full-length offering, SWIM TEAM [Five Seven Music], finds the group at its most free. The Orange County, CA quintet—Jared “Dirty J” Watson [co-lead vocals], Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell [co-lead vocals, guitar], Jon Olazabal [percussion], Matt Ochoa [drums], and David Foral [bass]—traffic between alternative, hip-hop, reggae, and rock with the same spirit and spark that’s powered them since the beginning.
As a result, the hooks naturally became bigger, the experimentation got bolder, and the smoke blazed brighter…
“We’ve put in so much hard work over the years that we have the freedom to do whatever we want now,” affirms Jared. “Making the new record, I re-fell in love with everything about being in this band: writing music, playing shows, having fun, and where we’re at. We spent every day not only working on songs but laughing our asses off. What other people said didn’t matter. The rules of being a proper songwriter and all of that bullshit didn’t matter. If something felt good, we left it in there. It was so cool to get back to that feeling. Creating music was completely free. It was just fucking fun!”
For the better part of 15 years, Dirty Heads have quietly worked towards this point. In 2008, they emerged with the fan favorite full-length debut, Any Port In A Storm. The signature single “Lay Me Down” achieved an RIAA gold certification and clinched #1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart for 11 weeks—a record run for that year. 2014 saw Sound of Change debut at #8 on the Billboard Top 200, garner acclaim from the likes of Esquire, and vault “My Sweet Summer” to the top of Alternative Radio. Most recently, 2016’s self-titled Dirty Heads went Top 15 on the Top 200 and spawned the smash “That’s All I Need,” which racked up over 10.5 million Spotify streams and counting. Noisey summed up the album best as, “Killer.” Simultaneously, they remain one of the world’s most engaging and exhilarating live acts, selling out sheds coast to coast.
During early 2017, the group started writing songs with no expectations or plans and soon found themselves working on what would become SWIM TEAM. That boundless environment immediately fostered inspiration.
“We had some time off, and we were like, ‘We might as well get in the studio and see what happens’,” recalls Duddy. “In doing that, we were able to come up with some really good ideas. We didn’t have any pressure to put out new music. It’s a lot more ambient and simple. We went heavier on the hip-hop, which I love. After the first song, we agreed to just finish a record. We were all inspired.”
In order to capture those moments, Dirty Heads handpicked a team of collaborators—Jonas Jeberg [Demi Lovato, Juicy J, Jason Derulo], “Lay Me Down” partner-in-crime Rome [Enrique Iglesias] of Sublime with Rome, Blueprint [Jay-Z, Kanye West, Timbaland, Eminem, Nas, Prodigy], Oren Yoel [Miley Cyrus, Kanye West], HEAVY [Andrew McMahon], and The Score—and recorded between Los Angeles and Orange County.
“On the last album, it was like a mad speed dating rush with a bunch of producers to see who worked best,” says Jared. “We had never done that before, and it was cool. It was a different vibe, studio, and guy every day. There are only a few producers on SWIM TEAM. The only new guys were HEAVY, and we hit it off immediately. We were molding and mutating what Dirty Heads are but with something new. We wanted to create songs we hadn’t heard before.”
That brings us to the first single “Vacation.” Produced by Jeberg, “Vacation” sways from a bright sun-soaked piano and booming horns into an unshakable and hashtaggable chant, “Hey, I’m on vacation every single day cuz I love my occupation. Hey, I’m on vacation, if you don’t like your life then you should go and change it.”
“We spent eight years in a van, worked hard, and now we’re here,” says Duddy. “It’s almost like a vacation now.”
“I want ‘Vacation’ to speak to people out there who have paid their dues and love their jobs,” adds Jared. “For those who don’t enjoy what they do every day, it sends a message that, ‘It’s not too late to do something else.’ If you’re not happy, life is way too fucking short to hang around and do things you don’t love. We’re blessed to do something we’re passionate about. We hope you feel the same!”
Working with HEAVY, the emotional “Celebrate” volleys from vulnerable verses into confessional raps and a heart-wrenching refrain about being away from home. It’s a classic pop ballad Dirty Heads-style with the power to resonate amongst listeners everywhere.
“It strikes a chord for those of us who travel a lot and leave friends and families at home,” explains Duddy. “We miss so much on the road. We’re humans. We have wives. We have kids. We’re happy to do what we love, but at the same time we miss our loved ones.”
Then there’s “High Tea,” which tows the line between 1940s-inspired crooning and grimy East Coast rhyme gymnastics like The Ink Spots guesting on Paul’s Boutique.
“That’s my favorite song we’ve ever written,” beams Jared. “The melody was super catchy, and there’s an old school guitar part. We juxtapose those mellow, airy, and ethereal elements with hard-hitting hip-hop. We were drinking these weed kombuchas at the time,” he laughs.
In the end, SWIM TEAM represents Dirty Heads at their most dynamic, diverse, and definitive.
“When you hear it, I just want you to walk away thinking, ‘Damn, that sounds like Dirty Heads’,” concludes Duddy.
Jared leaves off, “I want you to feel the same way I did making it. Join this weird, odd, and wonderful secret society we’ve created over the past fifteen years. You’re part of it now. Welcome to the team.”
“Rollicking California ska-punk band the Interrupters are another example of how the uptempo variation on the classic Jamaican sound remains a perennial favorite on the West Coast. The group banded together in the 2010s and teamed with producer Tim Armstrong of Rancid to crank out a series of albums, like 2016’s Say It Out Loud, that harked back to the classic sound of 2-Tone Records, but added a modern punk power.
The bandmembers were already music industry vets when they formed the Interrupters in 2011, after vocalist Aimee Interrupter met the Bivona brothers (guitarist Kevin, bassist Justin, and drummer Jesse) backstage at a show she and the Bivonas’ band the Telecasters were playing. Previously, Aimee had appeared on the Hairspray soundtrack, sung on Jimmy Cliff and Sublime with Rome records, and released a solo album in 2009. Meanwhile, Kevin Bivona was an in-demand studio engineer, and Justin and Jesse Bivona played in Sugar Ray‘s live band.
They dug deep into their ska-punk roots and soon caught the ear of Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong, who invited the Interrupters to contribute to his solo project Tim Timebomb and Friends. They played live shows with Armstrong and also appeared on his recordings. Armstrong repaid the favor by signing them to Hellcat Records, and the band released two singles in 2013, “Liberty” and “Family.” Both were produced by Armstrong, as was their self-titled debut album, which was released in 2014, after which the Interrupters hit the road and played with groups like Rancid, blink-182, and Bad Religion. A song from the record, “Take Back the Power,” was featured in commercials and video games, and played over the end credits of Michael Moore‘s 2015 film, Where to Invade Next.
The Interrupters and Armstrong soon returned to the studio to record the band’s second album, Say It Out Loud, which was released in June 2016. They toured the world afterward as headliners and as support to Green Day, as the album reached several Billboard charts, including Heatseekers and Top Rock Albums. Their next album, 2018’s Fight the Good Fight, was again produced by Armstrong, with Tom Lord-Alge doing the mixing. Recorded live to tape, the record captured the band’s live sound, which had been honed to a fine point by seven years of playing shows. Soon after the album’s release, the Interrupters joined the Warped Tour for the summer.” – Mark Deming, AllMusic
The three main elements defining Los Angeles trio DREAMERS are almost irreconcilable.
First, DREAMERS’ aesthetic embodies psychedelia. It hearkens back to simpler times on the internet, when pixilated 8-bit imagery of starry nights looked like HD. The group flaunts its self-made exploding rainbow gifs like a unicorn in heat.
Second, contrary to what these psychedelic visions may musically imply, DREAMERS plays smart pop. The 12 tracks on the trio’s debut LP This Album Does Not Exist sizzle and spark with three-minute tunes to perk you up and make you shake.
Third, according to DREAMERS, there’s a point to this.
When DREAMERS—Nick Wold (vocals/guitar), Nelson (bass/vocals), and Jacob Wick (drums)—talk about This Album Does Not Exist, they assume a collective tone of considerate existentialism. They seek to counter the crassness of pop, the snobbery of jazz, and the pretention of indie that zaps the fun out of music with meaning. Yet, they want to draw you in, indiscriminate of taste, style, or ideology.
“Nothing exists by itself,” muses Wold. “Everything in your mind is created in your mind and you see the world through that lens. Everything has a subjective reality in addition to an objective one, especially with music and art. So on this record, we’re toying with that idea of existence and nonexistence.”
Yet, these songs of playfulness come from a place of less—homelessness, joblessness, borderline hopelessness. In 2014, Wold simultaneously vacated a relationship and an apartment and began living in his Brooklyn practice space. The brick warehouse used to be a brewery, he recalls, with rats as ubiquitous as the graffiti crawling the walls.
“It was just a cinderblock room with no windows, no bathrooms, ” begins Wold before Nelson chimes in, “Musical prison!”
Recalls Wold, “I showered with this $20 a month gym membership I had.” When he returned to the studio, “I just tried to make it look like I was coming in for a night session.”
During the two years of living in this “musical prison,” Wold reduced his bartending gig to just once per week. It freed up his schedule to write more than 100 songs, many of which ended up on This Album Does Not Exist.
Meanwhile, both Nelson and Wick bottomed out on the musician lifestyle and returned to office jobs in New York and Los Angeles, respectively. As Nelson says, “We found ourselves in ‘normal’ situations and quickly decided to yank ourselves out of it.”
So now, after bouts of vagrancy, nomadism, and vigilant attempts at normalcy, DREAMERS is now committed to its collective vision of artistry, inclusion, and idealism.
“The role of the artist in society is to be the dreamer, the one who thinks ahead,” considers Wold.
“We’re trying to pull people in. It’s a way of trying to coax people into our world, continues Nelson. “We want to bring people in to listen to our music and enjoy themselves….and then hopefully it’ll lead to a deeper connection.”
That’s the dreamer MO, after all—to find the joy in living and to chase it.
Bikini Trill seamlessly blend electronic, hip-hop drums, skank island guitars, and powerful pop vocals to create a fresh sound that has been compared to the likes of No Doubt and Thievery Corporation.
The name Bikini Trill is a nod to the various musicians and genres from which they draw inspiration- combining the riot girl punk mentality of Bikini Kill with current urban and trap influences.