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The Beautiful Girls New LP and North American Tour | Music From Go to Whoa

We’ve been following the Aussie beach/rock/reggae band, The Beautiful Girls,  for a over 3 years now.  We have been hoping for a US tour and now finally they have announced a US tour following the recent release of their fourth album, Spooks.  Spooks is quite a divergence from their previous long players but much to the frontman and songwriter of the Sydney Australian outfit the Beautiful Girls, Mat McHugh’s credit, it is a huge success.

The new album is now available in the US and has debuted at #3 on the iTunes reggae charts. The top spots belong to Nas/Damian Marley and Bob Marley’s Legend so this is incredible for the Australian rockers. Take a listen to the full album stream below.  TBGs will be coming to the US for a Fall Tour in support of the album. Finally! It’s been too long!

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Pepper helps keep massive party a well-seasoned event – Modbee.com

Originally from Hawaii, Pepper follows in the reggae-rock footsteps of Sublime.

The band, which just finished a national tour with 311 and The Offspring, is making its third appearance at X-Fest in downtown Modesto on Aug. 7. This time, it will be a headliner.

Festival promoter Chris Ricci said he expects the band to draw the biggest crowds of any of the groups in the lineup. The band has sold more than a half a million records independently and founded its own label, LAW Records, which also distributes X-Fest performer Iration.

Pepper’s show will have a “lifeguard” theme and will have the band members wearing Hawaiian lifeguard attire.

Drummer Yesod Williams, 30, said he and the other two band members, guitarist/vocalist Kaleo Wassman and bassist/vocalist Bret Bollinger, are excited about the new singles they just released on their Web site — “Wake Up” and “Mirror.”

“We’ve been having the most fun we’ve ever had being in the band,” he said in a phone interview.

The band members grew up in the big island of Hawaii and formed Pepper shortly after Williams and Bollinger graduated from high school in 1997.

All of the musicians had parents who performed in bands of their own or were big music fans, so they always had a lot of family support.

The guys relocated to San Diego in 1999 to promote their first studio release, “Give’n It,” and followed that up a couple of years later with the CD “Kona Town.” That album produced their biggest hit to date, “Give it Up (Dirty Hot Sex).”

Two other albums followed — “In with the Old” (2004) and “No Shame” (2006).

Williams said he isn’t sure when the new album will come out and he doesn’t want to make any predictions.

He said the band rushed to put out its last CD, then wasn’t fully happy with the result.

“If we don’t feel good about it, I don’t think anybody else will feel good about it,” Williams said.

While the band is known for its party music, it has taken a more reflective tone with “Wake Up.” The song urges people to have a positive outlook and be true to their inner self.

“We’re about having fun,” Williams said. “Whatever brings you that, don’t let anybody tell you it’s wrong.”

But the band isn’t about to leave its more raw roots. The group plans to release the song “Drunk Girl” soon.

“It’s not like we’re changing,” Williams said. “We’re in a good place in our life and careers.”

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Slightly Stoopid's Rymo primes fans for Thursday's Legalize It Show

Slightly Stoopid is bringing a stellar lineup to Pier Six Pavilion this Thursday for the Legalize It Tour. Joining San Diego’s dopest and finest will be hip hop legends Cypress Hill; with Collie Budz rounding things out.

I caught up with Slightly Stoopid drummer Ryan Moran (aka RyMo) this evening to get an inside track on what Stoopid fans can look forward to.

Jeff Schad: Is Legalize It a revival of the last tour of Sublime with Brad, the High Times Benefit? Was that a motivation for this tour?

RyMo: I don’t think so. Miles and Kyle came up with the name a few months back. We were gearing the tour name towards the marijuana legalization movement in California. They were saying we should call it Legalize It, and Kyle has been using the vaporizer a lot, so it came up ‘yeah, hey let’s call it Legalize it.’ So I think it was really the California legalization movement behind naming the tour.

JS: Slightly Stoopid always lines up incredible acts to play with them on tours. How do you guys score such talented supporting acts?

RyMo: We have been pretty fortunate that we have had a consistently growing fan base for the last ten years that we’ve built by being on the road all the time. I think we’ve been able to get strong supporting acts by selling a lot of tickets. You know, a lot of top album selling bands can’t sell out a 300-500 person venue, whereas we may sell 100,000 or 200,000 albums but we can sell out a big venue. Also, we are on the road between 5-7 months a year, so I think a lot of acts, when they consider going on the road, they know we’re able to sell tickets, so that sells them on touring with us.

JS: There are lots of Pier 6 Pavilion pics on your Flickr page. How does that venue, and Baltimore in general rank among the cities you play?

RyMo: Honestly, we have been lucky, we have a consistent following in most cities now, so Baltimore is just like every other city where we have a good following. You know, it’s always nice to play the West Coast, our home, but the East Coast is great for us too. On the East Coast, Baltimore is right up there with Boston, New York, Philly, North Carolina and Florida. They are more or less even in terms of drawing. We like being there, having some good food and a good show, and it’s all good.

JS: You guys have been going at it nonstop for years. Where other bands take breaks or break up, you keep on keepin on. How do you keep things fresh and stay motivated?

RyMo: It’s a good question. We’re always doing something musical in terms of our own development and the band’s development. We do make some changes at the live show. We don’t always stick to our set list, we’ll throw in some improv, and that’s one way. We like to challenge ourselves instead of being inflexible in the creative process. We always try to play different tunes; we have some that we play every night, but then some that we play once every now and then. At times we’ll say “let’s not play this or beat it into the ground and keep [things] fresh.

JS: Some of your live shows are mostly jammy, others you play clear cut songs. What can fans expect in Baltimore this Thursday?

RyMo: A mixture of both. There’s always some spontaneity going on, we have some songs with open ended sections, but we’re going to approach [Thursday’s show] like any other with balance; with some jams, [lots of] spontaneity and some clear cut tunes.

JS: Can you give fans an idea of any upcoming new material, albums or collaborations?

RyMo: We’re looking to put something together for next spring. We just built a studio in San Diego, and we’ve been taking some time to do some writing and pre-production. There has been some really big collaborations, but I don’t want to let out who just yet. [We do have] a couple repeat offenders, but also some guys we haven’t done anything with yet. We have some reggae guys, some hip hop guys and some rock [artists]. We’re looking to get something going after this touring cycle, working on the next album. Up to now we’ve just been working on the pre-production thing, so we’re looking at spring of 2011 at the latest.

JS: Finally, how have the waves been out in San Diego? Have you gotten any water time?

RyMo: This spring was really fun, we had a lot of west, northwest, southwest and south swells; we definitely got some really fun days. Fortunately we haven’t done really long tours, we’ve mostly been flying out to do one-offs, so we’ve all had time to get out in the water. It depends on the schedule, obviously, but when were home I’ll usually be in the water 5-6 days a week.

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Slightly Stoopid’s Rymo primes fans for Thursday’s Legalize It Show

Slightly Stoopid is bringing a stellar lineup to Pier Six Pavilion this Thursday for the Legalize It Tour. Joining San Diego’s dopest and finest will be hip hop legends Cypress Hill; with Collie Budz rounding things out.

I caught up with Slightly Stoopid drummer Ryan Moran (aka RyMo) this evening to get an inside track on what Stoopid fans can look forward to.

Jeff Schad: Is Legalize It a revival of the last tour of Sublime with Brad, the High Times Benefit? Was that a motivation for this tour?

RyMo: I don’t think so. Miles and Kyle came up with the name a few months back. We were gearing the tour name towards the marijuana legalization movement in California. They were saying we should call it Legalize It, and Kyle has been using the vaporizer a lot, so it came up ‘yeah, hey let’s call it Legalize it.’ So I think it was really the California legalization movement behind naming the tour.

JS: Slightly Stoopid always lines up incredible acts to play with them on tours. How do you guys score such talented supporting acts?

RyMo: We have been pretty fortunate that we have had a consistently growing fan base for the last ten years that we’ve built by being on the road all the time. I think we’ve been able to get strong supporting acts by selling a lot of tickets. You know, a lot of top album selling bands can’t sell out a 300-500 person venue, whereas we may sell 100,000 or 200,000 albums but we can sell out a big venue. Also, we are on the road between 5-7 months a year, so I think a lot of acts, when they consider going on the road, they know we’re able to sell tickets, so that sells them on touring with us.

JS: There are lots of Pier 6 Pavilion pics on your Flickr page. How does that venue, and Baltimore in general rank among the cities you play?

RyMo: Honestly, we have been lucky, we have a consistent following in most cities now, so Baltimore is just like every other city where we have a good following. You know, it’s always nice to play the West Coast, our home, but the East Coast is great for us too. On the East Coast, Baltimore is right up there with Boston, New York, Philly, North Carolina and Florida. They are more or less even in terms of drawing. We like being there, having some good food and a good show, and it’s all good.

JS: You guys have been going at it nonstop for years. Where other bands take breaks or break up, you keep on keepin on. How do you keep things fresh and stay motivated?

RyMo: It’s a good question. We’re always doing something musical in terms of our own development and the band’s development. We do make some changes at the live show. We don’t always stick to our set list, we’ll throw in some improv, and that’s one way. We like to challenge ourselves instead of being inflexible in the creative process. We always try to play different tunes; we have some that we play every night, but then some that we play once every now and then. At times we’ll say “let’s not play this or beat it into the ground and keep [things] fresh.

JS: Some of your live shows are mostly jammy, others you play clear cut songs. What can fans expect in Baltimore this Thursday?

RyMo: A mixture of both. There’s always some spontaneity going on, we have some songs with open ended sections, but we’re going to approach [Thursday’s show] like any other with balance; with some jams, [lots of] spontaneity and some clear cut tunes.

JS: Can you give fans an idea of any upcoming new material, albums or collaborations?

RyMo: We’re looking to put something together for next spring. We just built a studio in San Diego, and we’ve been taking some time to do some writing and pre-production. There has been some really big collaborations, but I don’t want to let out who just yet. [We do have] a couple repeat offenders, but also some guys we haven’t done anything with yet. We have some reggae guys, some hip hop guys and some rock [artists]. We’re looking to get something going after this touring cycle, working on the next album. Up to now we’ve just been working on the pre-production thing, so we’re looking at spring of 2011 at the latest.

JS: Finally, how have the waves been out in San Diego? Have you gotten any water time?

RyMo: This spring was really fun, we had a lot of west, northwest, southwest and south swells; we definitely got some really fun days. Fortunately we haven’t done really long tours, we’ve mostly been flying out to do one-offs, so we’ve all had time to get out in the water. It depends on the schedule, obviously, but when were home I’ll usually be in the water 5-6 days a week.

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MyBuffalo.com – Slightly Stoopid to Rule the Waterfront

Don’t let the name fool you.  On the surface, Slightly Stoopid – known for its ever-popular 2009 Blazed and Confused Tour – doesn’t initially sound like a group with a serious vision, a deeper meaning lies amidst the cloud of smoke. 

 

As part of the 2010 “Cauzin’ Vapors…Legalize It” tour with Cypress Hill and Collie Buddz, Slightly Stoopid will entrance the Buffalo waterfront on Sunday evening at Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor (5pm – 11pm, $10 tickets). 

 

The California-based band, pioneered by front-men Miles Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals) and Kyle McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals), has blossomed from an ambitious high school duo to a six piece phenomenon boasting a conga (Oguer Ocon), saxophone (Dela), trumpet (C-Money), drums (Ryan Moran), and even the occasional harp part.   

 

As high schoolers in 1995, Doughty and McDonald caught the eye of Sublime’s Brad Nowell and were soon signed to Skunk Records, the band’s record label.  While the band’s breakthrough attracted fans (referred to as “Stoopid-heads) and group members alike, Slightly Stoopid has refined its sound from strictly reggae/punk to a “fusion of acoustic rock, blues, and hip-hop” with its original two genres.

 

Although SS’s album titles tend to openly glorify marijuana – “Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stupid” for example – the band advocates political action, namely the legalization of cannabis.  The band’s website directs fans to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws web page, where visitors can weigh the pros and cons of the issue and even show their support.

 

The headlining band is no stranger to hearty crowds; during its 2009 tour, Slightly Stoopid sold out the Comcast Center in Boston (18,000), nearly filled the largest concert venue in San Diego – the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (18,200), and has matched last year’s success in 2010 by drawing 25,000 fans to Flavet Field at the University of Miami.

 

Regardless of where you stand on the marijuana debate, Slightly Stoopid’s musical creativity and devotion to a cause deserve the attention of Buffalonians this weekend.

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Legalize It Tour: Interview w/ Ryan Moran of Slightly Stoopid | MyCityBuzz

Throughout the past 15 years, the music of San Diego based band Slightly Stoopid has been custom built for summertime, beaches, and for things not-so-family friendly. The punk/reggae fusion band spends at least half their year on the road, spreading those vibes to fans across the States and Europe.

After two releases in as many years in 2007 and 2008, the band is already starting work on their upcoming album, which is due out sometime in 2011. Even though the band is recording, it hasn’t stopped them from getting out on the road for their summer tour. This year’s summer tour will also include dates with Cypress Hill and a spot at Lollapalooza in August, with the U.S. tour wrapping up with the Austin City Limits festival this fall.

Before the tour’s opening gig in Portland, I had a chance to talk with Slightly Stoopid drummer Ryan Moran, and discussed the success of the single “2 A.M.”, and the grind of the yearly summer tour.

Here’s my interview with Ryan:

Read the full interview at mycitybuzz.com

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Legalize It Tour: Interview w/ Ryan Moran of Slightly Stoopid | MyCityBuzz

Throughout the past 15 years, the music of San Diego based band Slightly Stoopid has been custom built for summertime, beaches, and for things not-so-family friendly. The punk/reggae fusion band spends at least half their year on the road, spreading those vibes to fans across the States and Europe.

After two releases in as many years in 2007 and 2008, the band is already starting work on their upcoming album, which is due out sometime in 2011. Even though the band is recording, it hasn’t stopped them from getting out on the road for their summer tour. This year’s summer tour will also include dates with Cypress Hill and a spot at Lollapalooza in August, with the U.S. tour wrapping up with the Austin City Limits festival this fall.

Before the tour’s opening gig in Portland, I had a chance to talk with Slightly Stoopid drummer Ryan Moran, and discussed the success of the single “2 A.M.”, and the grind of the yearly summer tour.

Here’s my interview with Ryan:

Read the full interview at mycitybuzz.com

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Legalize It Tour Contest: Signup to Win Prizes & Shwag!!!


1. Stoned Saga Grand Prize Package  (2 winners):
– (1) SSV Custom Vaporizer w/ “Dime Bag” storage case
– (1) Pair of Skullcandy Headphones
– (1) Chameleon Glass stooped pipe
– (1) Custom Grinder
– (1) Custom nug jar
– (1) Seedless Stoopid hat
– (1) Tour t shirt, papers, stickers, key chain
– (1) Tour Rolling Papers
– (1) Slightly Stoopid Key Chain
– Slightly Stoopid’s Entire Catalog of Albums (CDs)
– Pack of Tour stickers

2. Runner Up (3 winners)
– (1) Chameleon Glass Slightly Stoopid pipe
– (1) SSV “Dime Bag” Storage Bag
– (1) Custom Tour SSV Grinder
– (1) Custom Tour glass jar from Nug Jars
– (1) Pack of Tour papers
– (1) Slightly Stoopid Key Chain, 
– Pack of tour stickers

3. Bronze (5 winners)
– (1) Chameleon Glass stoopid pipe
– (1) Custom Tour glass jar from Nug Jars
– (1) Pack of tour papers
– (1) Slightly Stoopid key chain
– Pack of tour stickers

4. Chameleon Glass Slightly Stoopid Pipe 
(5 winners)

5. Custom tour glass jar from Nug Jars
(5 winners)

6. Seedless Slightly Stoopid hat & bandana
(10 winners)

7. Slightly Stoopid Limited Edition 7″ “No Cocaine” Vinyl
(10 Winners)

8. Swag bag Prize: tour papers, tour stickers, keychain 
(20 winners)

 

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