Rover's Holiday Hangover w/ Hoobastank, The Dirty Heads & more.

Hoobastank is an American rock band, best known for their hits "Crawling in the Dark", "Running Away", and "The Reason". They formed in 1994 in Agoura Hills, California, with singer Doug Robb, guitarist Dan Estrin, drummer Chris Hesse, and original bassist Markku Lappalainen. They are signed to Island Records and have released four albums and one extended play to date. Their fourth and most recent studio album, For(N)ever, was released in January 2009. They have sold 10 million albums worldwide.

Dirty Heads

Rooted in the Orange County community of Huntington Beach, the Dirty Heads emerged onto the Southern California music scene with their unique signature blend of acoustic infused hip-hop and classic reggae, creating the perfect soundtrack to an upbeat, sun-soaked California.

Founding band members Jared Watson and guitarist/vocalist Dustin Bushnell met in 1996 while in high school, embarking on a friendship based on music, as well as their shared passion for surfing, skating and the endless party of the laid-back SoCal lifestyle.

Early on, they spent many late nights jamming in Bushnell's soundproof garage with a four-track recorder, writing unique acoustic hip-hop songs that featured reggae inflections. Inspired by the rock and reggae sounds of Bob Marley, Sublime, 311 and The Beastie Boys, the band's music evolved into their distinct Dirty Heads style.

To complete the Dirty Heads' sound, the duo added percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa and David Foral on bass. With a set of solid material, the Dirty Heads were further motivated to take their craft to the next level, and they began building a loyal fan base throughout the west coast, while performing acoustically at local bars and small music venues.

Executive produced by the Grammy Award-winning Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock, Paramore), the band connected with sought-after producers Steve Fox and Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray) working long hours to polish their material and further develop their style. The Dirty Heads also recruited mixing engineer Mario Caldato Jr., best known for his work with the Beastie Boys, to add the finishing touches and create just the right blend.

The band's highly-anticipated expanded album titled, Any Port in a Storm – Special Edition (Executive Music Group (EMG)/Fontana, a division of Universal Music Group Distribution) features 22 tracks and a bonus video that are reminiscent of the upbeat, sun-soaked Southern California party energy. The first smash hit single is "Lay Me Down" featuring Rome, of Sublime with Rome.

Any Port in a Storm also features one of the final recordings of the late music industry icon Billy Preston. Frequently referred to as "The Fifth Beatle," Preston played on three tracks, including "Stand Tall," "Chelsea," and "Driftin.' " Additional special guests on the album are drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Sting, The Vandals), and veteran session percussionist Alex Acuna, whose A-list musician resume includes Peter Gabriel, Johnny Clegg, and Jackson Browne, to name only a few.

Recently, the band's music has been attracting attention throughout the world of entertainment. They have been a featured artist on Fuel TV and their songs have been featured in the movie and soundtrack for Surf's Up (Sony); and the television drama, Shark staring James Woods (CBS). Actor Matthew McConaughey selected the band's music to be in his film, Surfer Dude. In addition, the Dirty Heads can be heard in Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam video game (Activision), and several other music compilations and surf/skate videos. On the marketing side, the Dirty Heads have also been included in campaigns for Etnies Jeans, Vestal Watches, Hurley, Skullcandy and more.

Dirty Heads vocalist Jared Watson sums up their fun, uncomplicated style, "We want to be positive and entertain," he says. "We just want to make you feel good."

In less than two years of existence as a band, Churchill has turned more heads and attracted more attention than many bands that have been working the scene for years. Not only have they built a solid fan base with their distinct acoustic indie-rock vibe, but they have found themselves on the radar of numerous media and radio outlets, not only in their hometown of Denver, but in other places as well. They've been named as a band to watch numerous times by Metromix and Examiner.com, and Westword Magazine listed Churchill as one of its "Moovers and Shakers" in 2009. After selling more than 1000 copies of their debut self-titled EP, the band is now poised to reach an even larger audience with their first full-length project Happy/Sad.

Churchill began with two friends, acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter Tim Bruns and mandolin player Mike Morter, who decided join forces and start a new band in Denver. While the two musicians came from a country-bluegrass background, the addition of the bass/drum powerhouse of Tyler Rima and Joe Richmond brought more of a rock vibe into the mix. Rounding out the lineup was keyboardist/vocalist Bethany Kelly, who comes from a classical background. The process took only a few weeks, and the chemistry was apparent, resulting in a dynamic fusion of styles into a sound that is uniquely and unmistakably Churchill.

The momentum hasn't stopped since. Since forming in May 2009, Churchill has seen many doors open for them, including placing in the Top 3 in Denver's Hometown for the Holidays contest, receiving a coveted slot in SXSW, garnering kudos and airplay from local radio, and having several of their songs licensed for film and television. And they're just getting started.

The much-anticipated new record Happy/Sad, largely funded by existing Churchill fans through a Kickstarter campaign, saw over 100 pre-sales prior to its release in February 2011. The eleven-song collection explores the gamut of human emotions, mainly in the context of relationships. Bruns, the band's primary songwriter, weaves honest and insightful lyrics with catchy melodies that stay with the listener long after the record stops playing, creating a perfect vehicle for Churchill's sound to take things to the next level.

"Who is THAT?" is a common reaction among concert-goers who hear Churchill play live for the first time. Frontman Tim Bruns usually answers that question by introducing the band onstage in his characteristic understated style: "We're a band called Churchill."



A band called Churchill. A band that continues to turn heads with their distinct sound. A band destined to turn a lot more heads in the days to come.

A band called Churchill. A band that continues to turn heads with their distinct sound. A band destined to turn a lot more heads in the days to come.

New Politics

New Politics have a motto: "Fuck It." It's kind of a crass, apathetic motto. But for the Copenhagen band it doesn't mean giving up. It means taking chances—something they do with reckless abandon. For instance, when the band was on the verge of signing with RCA in November, they realized "If we're going to become insanely famous in the U.S. we might want to actually live there." So the three musicians packed up their instruments and recording gear, said "Fuck it" and moved into a loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Here's another example: David and Soren had been writing songs together for over three years (for respective solo albums that have yet to see the light of day) when they realized that they had unintentionally started a band. The pair had experimented with every imaginable style of music (every imaginable style) and suddenly recognized that the combination of their musical sensibilities, as witnessed on the 300 songs they'd penned together, created something new and interesting. Plus, the rambunctious, beat-driven nature of the songs offered Soren a chance to "freak out and go crazy" onstage while David showcased his impressive break-dancing moves.

"We were at a point musically where you could say we had given up, honestly," David says. "It was at that point. We were doing it solely as a hobby. In the back of our minds we might have been holding onto the dream but it was more about the joy of music and having fun. We were trying to help each other out and we ended up experimenting. We came up with a couple of good songs."

So the guys uttered their ubiquitous motto and haphazardly sent two songs— "Stress" and "Make Money" into the Danish National Radio P3's cleverly-titled Karriere Kanonen ("Career Cannon") competition in early 2009. And somehow, out of the 973 bands that entered, New Politics were one of 42 selected to perform. Except, they weren't even really a band.

"They called and said 'Congratulations, you're going to playing in three weeks at this club, are you ready?'" David says. "And we had never played live. We had three songs. We had no drummer. We didn't know if we wanted a bassist. We had no idea."

David and Soren called Poul, another lifelong musician about to call it quits. In fact, the call came just a month after Poul had decided to give up music in favor of learning to be a professional bricklayer. But Poul too said "Fuck it" and the threesome rehearsed a few times, decided against adding a bassist, and played a raucous first show that left the judges both bewildered and amazed. The band, defying all possible odds, made it to the next round and in April were one of four bands to win the Karriere Kanonen, which unfortunately turned out not to be a real cannon.

The win landed them a slot playing Denmark's Spot Festival in May, where the threesome played a show so wild Poul and Soren left the stage covered in blood and Poul nearly beheaded a fan with a thrown drumstick. Record labels in Denmark were into this sort of thing and began to flock around New Politics, fielding offers. But the band, like the pilgrims, had dreams of America, and a one-take video for the band's impassioned rock song "Yeah Yeah Yeah," which aptly conveys their fervor for performing (and David's ability to do a headstand on an amp), convinced quickly American record labels to come knocking.

"We realized we were at a point where we either had to go with the wave in Denmark and Europe and get a deal over there that was the best we could get or we could come over here and take our chances," David says. "We decided not to wait."

New Politics, who signed with RCA in November, are not done blowing off convention and expectation. They are currently writing their debut album, most of which is demoed in a really professional looking makeshift recording space in Soren's bedroom. The trick, as the band will tell you, is not to spend too much time worrying about the technical aspects of the music. Just play it with energy and passion, say "Fuck it" and everything else will take care of itself eventually.

"It's not that much about technique or skill, but that's over-shined by the truth in some way," David says. "I think people are ready for that. People are fed up with what's going on in the world. There's no real answers. There's nothing solid. There's no foundation. We feel like that as well. That's why we write the lyrics that we do. You can almost laugh at life. We're like 'Fuck it.' We are aggressive in our approach and we're going to throw it in peoples' faces. We're politics. I think our music allows people to let something out. It's a wake-up call."

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