Smash Magazine Presents:
The Dirty Hooks, The Stone Foxes
Toy Bombs, Jack and the B Fish, Love Vendetta
601 E Fremont St
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101
Doors 7:45 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Dirty Hooks
"Goddamn that's some kick-ass rock 'n' roll!" -
Deanna Rilling, Vegas Seven Magazine.
"This is one band I really want to hear more of. I been asked to mark this out of 6, with 6 being the highest mark I can give………..to hell with that, this is a 10." – Mark Timoney, MRU Magazine
"Dig the hard swingin' electric sizzle of Vegas' the Dirty Hooks..." - Jason Bracelin, Las Vegas Review Journal
"...tough cuss in a way that feels both bare-knuckled and remarkably erotic. You know, sex rock." - Max Plenke, Las Vegas CityLife Magazine
The Dirty Hooks is an Indie/Blues/Rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2010. The band features singer/baritone guitarist Bobby McCall, guitarist/keys Anthony Ratto and drummer/vocalist Jenine Cali.
Catchy guitar licks, heavy yet blues driven bass lines and complimentary drum beats and vocal harmonies bring it all together to explain the name taken on by the band…The Dirty Hooks. Creating a sound influenced by bands from The Dead Weather, The Kills, The Raveonettes to The Beatles and The Pixies, this trio still manages to create their own sound.
Collectively, the band members have played numerous shows locally, nationally and internationally, opening for such acts as Joan Jett, The Killers, Taproot, Soul Asylum, Angels and Airwaves and playing on stages at South By Southwest and Warped Tour. All three members have left their mark on the Las Vegas local scene and continue to do so with their first full-length album Electric Grit that was released May 2012.
After spending more than a year and a half working on their album and having their first show in June of 2012, the band has been receiving rave reviews. Electric Grit was voted "Best Local Album 2012" in Vegas Seven Magazine, receiving 4 out of 5 stars. In January of 2013, The Dirty Hooks were named one of 10 must see Vegas local acts in the Las Vegas Weekly and in April 2013 another review by MRU Magazine gave the band 6 out of 6 stars.
The Stone Foxes
The core of any rock band worth their salt is a deep respect for the fundamentals – a feel that’s redolent of the scare-the-parents, back country, wild juke joint origins – and an abiding drive to carve out one’s own unique territory. The friction between these impulses is where good things happen, and it’s the place San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes - spear headed by brothers Shannon Koehler (drums, harp, vocals) and Spence Koehler (lead guitar, vocals) ) - have resided since their 2008 debut, young men dedicated to keeping rock engaged and succulently alive.
“You do what the song needs you to do. That’s how this band does it,” says Shannon. “Hell, that’s how The Band did it! You can go back to Muddy Waters and further for examples of this. With us, there’s this filter of blues and roots that we’ve created by soaking up that music, and when we write everything gets put through that filter. It comes out as who we are today, but everything we do goes through that filter, this cultural fuzzbox.”
The band’s third record, Small Fires , released in February of 2013, is a cohesive, compelling distillation of all the learning the quartet has been doing on the road the past two years since 2010’s Bears & Bulls, an evolution that harnesses their significant firepower with and wrestle with the idea of conflicts, big and small.
“For sure it’s economically and politically driven, but there are still a few relationship songs in there,” chuckles Shannon. “With earlier albums, we were more concerned with how the music sounded than any underlying themes. This time we took the lyric writing to a new place. I think we’re getting better at defining who we are.” With producer Doug Boehm (Girls, Dr. Dog, The Vines), The Stone Foxes cut 12 songs in 12 days at Los Angeles’ Carriage House, a whirlwind pace that kept things popping in real time, ideas coming fast and furious, bits of lightning captured in whatever bottle was handy.
On this past tour in support of Small Fires the Stone Foxes put action to their politically driven lyrics by teaming up with SuperFood Drive to help raise awareness of hunger and homelessness in each city they visited on tour. According to SuperFood Drive 1 out of 6 people visit a food pantry because they can’t afford to buy food. 50% of these people are children. This same population also tends to suffer from obesity and chronic illness like diabetes and heart disease. At every show the band encouraged fans to bring healthy nutrient filled non-perishable food, and teamed up with a local food bank where the band personally delivered all the food that was collected at the shows.
While working with SuperFood drive the Stone Foxes embarked on a very unique musical collaboration with food bank and food shelter patrons. “The first recording we did at a shelter was a man named Charles who had lived under a freeway”reports Shannon Koehler, “he sang our song about cold nights in the city. After we stopped rolling, he called me over and told me how much the song meant to him. You don't forget things like that. Goose bumps and watery eyes were the norm at these sessions. At shelters on tour and at home in San Francisco, people who know hard times have sang with us and shared their stories. It's been an honor to listen. We're just trying to share their voices.” These special recordings will be released in late November in time for Thanksgiving.
As for right now the Stone Foxes are focused almost solely on writing. “During shows we'll be trying out some new stuff, “ says Shannon “and then we'll huddle back in the studio and start cranking the stuff out. We're really excited about the sound. The rock is raw, blues is the filter. We can't wait to share it in the new year and get back on the road.” The Stone Foxes are preparing to release a new full length album in 2014.
Toy Bombs' infectious sound, dynamic show and strong DIY passion has landed them many gigs at major festivals and concerts including SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, NYC's CMJ Festival, The Joint (Hard Rock Cafe, Las Vegas) and Salt Lake City's X96 Big Ass show. They have appeared in SPIN and Variety magazine and have had many news and radio appearances, including KEXP Seattle. Toy Bombs has been able to share the stage with great artists like Snow Patrol, Ben Kweller, Sea Wolf, P.O.S., St. Vincent, Neon Trees, Islands, Voxtrot, Ghostland Observatory and 100 Monkeys.
Toy Bombs creates music that pulls from the likes of Spoon, the Kinks, and David Bowie. It has familiarities of the classic rockers since the birth of the electric guitar and unpredictability of modern music. Listeners are dazzled with infectious melodies carried by both poppy and aggressive instrumentation. Their style has earned them comparisons to Arctic Monkeys, Hot Hot Heat, Cold War Kids, the Strokes, the Killers, the Rolling Stones, Pavement and the Clash.
Toy Bombs, formerly known as Kid Theodore, is Cole Barnson and Brandon McBride, with a rotating cast of masked musicians. Toy Bombs moved from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles in 2009. They have since toured extensively through all of the U.S., parts Mexico and Canada, and received positive reviews from numerous magazines and blogs for their unmatched live show. They released their debut EP, "Feed the Wolves" in December 2010 and followed it up with "Will Work For Free" in March of 2011.
Toy Bombs' eclectic sound and high-energy show captures the attention of all generations and crowds.
Jack and the B Fish
The Cosmic five-headed super beast, also known as Jack and the B-Fish, is an electrifying Rock and Roll band who currently reside in Las Vegas, NV. With many influences in Rock, Blues, Funk, and Psychedelic music, they fuse together a collision of colorful and brutal sounds that brings Rock and Roll back from the dead.
Since their establishment in Summer 2009, they have released two self produced E.P.s and their full length debut album entitled "Retro Radio". Jack and the B-Fish continue to telepathically sew their instruments together, creating psalms for the masses, and will take you on a trip far beyond this world...
Jack and the B-Fish have had the privilege of sharing the stage with national acts such as Here Come The Mummies, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Toasters, and The Stone Foxes
They have played many well established venues such as House of Blues, The Hard Rock Hotel, Hard Rock Café, Voodoo Lounge at The Rio, South Point Showroom, and Count’s Vamp’d to name a few.
Charles III (vocals) and Ahmad Earland (drums), sons of the legendary jazz organist Charles "the Mighty Burner" Earland, unite as Love Vendetta to carry the torch of their father's musical legacy. Straying from jazz, the brothers instead combine their fondness for 80s new wave music with modern day indie rock to create an exciting and unique brand of synth pop. Their 2014 hit single "We Roam the Night" embodies this fusion perfectly, and has put them on the global radar for bands on the rise.
$9.00 - $11.00