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Friday, Mar 17, 2017

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The Smithereens

About The Smithereens

Best known for writing and playing catchy 1960s-influenced power pop that inspired countless alternative rockers including Kurt Cobain, The Smithereens gained popularity with “11” the album the spawned the hits  “A Girl Like You,” “Blood and Roses” & “Blue Period.”

The Smithereens return with “2011,” their first album of new material in 12 years. Produced by Don Dixon (who helmed “Especially For You,” the group’s breakout debut), features 13 new tracks and finds the seminal New Jersey rockers picking up right where they left off: with irresistibly catchy hooks and rapturously fuzzed-out guitars.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“one of those rare bands who produce great-sounding recordings… and sound even greater live.” -Kevin Coughlon

“Hypnotic… everything in Smithereens’ world is like a film noir shot in psychedelic colors. A great rock ‘n’ roll band!” – NPR


Martha Davis & the Motels

About Martha Davis & the Motels

Whether you were there when The Motels first burst onto the music scene, or are just discovering them now, 2014 became a year of rediscovery for this iconic artist, which saw more Motels shows than in any year since 1985. Martha began writing songs at the age of 15 and has always known that the songs she writes are her mark. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, she moved to Los Angeles in the early ‘70s, along with the first incarnation of The Motels. The band reformed in 1978 and was immediately signed to Capitol Records.

In 1982, the Motels released “All Four One.” The smash single “Only The Lonely” rocketed into the Top 10, immediately propelling the album to gold status and breaking The Motels wide open in the United States. The group dominated the music scene and was voted Best Performance for “Only The Lonely” at the 1982 American Music Awards.

Her voice is unique, unmistakable and timeless – The Los Angeles Times’ Robert Hilburn called her “arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock.” And about the Hollywood Bowl concert just a few months ago, The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Martha Davis, of the Motels, was still strong in voice and admirably delivered hits like ‘Only The Lonely’ and ‘Suddenly Last Summer.’”

The current band line-up includes bass player Brady Wills, Marty Jourard on saxophone and piano, Nicholas Johns on keyboards, and former Gnarls Barkley touring band members Eric Gardner and Clint Walsh, on drums and lead guitar, respectively.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock.” – L.A. Times

“icons who’ve continued to grow and expand their sound beyond the new wave era.” – Pop Matters