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Sparks Tribune – Pepper aims to spice up Reno Tonight

What started as a garage band playing house parties on the Big Island became a professional endeavor for three friends who meet in high school in Hawaii.

The members of Pepper — guitarist and singer Kaleo Wassman, bassist and singer Bret Bollinger and drummer Yesod Williams — never thought the band would become a hit single-seeking, record-label-starting, multiple-album-selling success.

Despite expectation, the trio has steadily strived toward stardom.

Williams said the success is attributable to the hard work of the band members and the supportive fans. It’s the fans who Williams said he hopes come out in masses to Pepper’s concert today at the Knitting Factory in Reno.

Read the full story here dailysparkstribune.com

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Renegade Rock Review Vol. 27: The Aggrolites

After a lengthy anticipation-brewing break before their set, The Aggrolites came out with all members donning a short sleeve denim shirt each.  Ensuring the crowd had some energy left (as it was already past midnight), they heated up The Venue with “Funky Fire.”  If I’ve out-used the term “soul” this week—I take it all back and save it for Jesse Wagner.  He’s clearly spun just as many Motown greats at home as he has the two-tone likes of Hepcat and The Upsetters.  Taking the task of both lead vocal as well as lead guitar, this man’s to thank for the group’s focal points, in my book.  Like The Beatdown they left any horn section at the door, yet retained the reggae staple of organ usage.

It seems that having at least one of the aforementioned rhythm instruments are key.  In fact, it’s the keys here, thanks to the bandana donned Roger Rivas which make for the dubby, danceable output.

Fan favorites “Free Time” and “Reggae Hit L.A” hit the walls of this otherwise trendy Granville club, amongst newer cuts like “Time to Go” from 2010’s IV.  With an overall inspirational feel, an ass-shaking sensation and a seven man, tighter than hell coherence— we were all glad theymade the four day drive from Toronto.  After all, it was high time they received some west coast love, away from their So-Cal home.

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WAKE UP!!! Pepper Releases New Music Today!

Wake-Up-Unity

 

Auuuuuright! On July 20th (that’s TODAY!!!) “Wake Up” and “Mirror” are officially available for you to download over at www.pepperlive.com/wakeup . We chatted with our good friends at iTunes and worked out something solid just for you people. It’s a two for one deal this time baby! Yea!!
 
We’re packaging “Wake Up” and “Mirror” into a single download price so you get two song for the price of one. We also put together the hottest Summer Pack on the planet for the hottest fans on earth! All the gear you need (including the infamous “Punani Patrol” Lifeguard shirt) and our two latest songs…you can’t go wrong! So check out pepperlive.com/wakeup and pick it up!! Then tell your friends, have them tell their friends, have their friends tag a freeway overpass sign or whatever! Spread the word…Pepper’s taking over SON!

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Legalize It Tour production day at Verizon in Irvine

Legalize It Tour production day. Tour starts tomorrow! Who is gonna be here to kick things off? Together we can make this world go ’round

http://legalizeittour.com

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Legalize It Tour: No Service Fees Today Only For Boston 7/22 & 7/23 Shows

NO SERVICE FEES on tickets purchased online for Slightly Stoopid’s LEGALIZE IT 2010 tour, coming to Bank of America Pavilion TOMORROW 7/22 & FRIDAY 7/23. Save up to $12 per ticket. No Service Fees will be available today only until 11:59pm. Grab your tix and save money to bring some party favors to the Boston smoke out.

Thu. July 22 – Boston, MA
Bank of America Pavilion – TICKETS

Fri. July 23 – Boston, MA
Bank of America Pavilion – TICKETS

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Legalize It Tour: No Service Fees Today Only For Boston 7/22 & 7/23 Shows

NO SERVICE FEES on tickets purchased online for Slightly Stoopid’s LEGALIZE IT 2010 tour, coming to Bank of America Pavilion TOMORROW 7/22 & FRIDAY 7/23. Save up to $12 per ticket. No Service Fees will be available today only until 11:59pm. Grab your tix and save money to bring some party favors to the Boston smoke out.

Thu. July 22 – Boston, MA
Bank of America Pavilion – TICKETS

Fri. July 23 – Boston, MA
Bank of America Pavilion – TICKETS

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Hidden Track » Dumpstaphunk + Mike Gordon in Denver

Bassist Mike Gordon’s tour with his Mike Gordon Band moved to Denver last night, where Cactus was joined by four out of the five members of Dumpstaphunk for three songs at the end of the MGB’s first set as well as the encore. Dumpstaphunk were in town to perform at last Saturday’s SCI Winter Carnival show in Broomfield and area headlining gigs.

[Photo by Mike Gordon via @Mike_Gordon]

The group’s front man, Ivan Neville, as well as Ian Neville, Tony Hall and Raymond Weber sat in on The Green Sparrow track Jaded, Prince’s Alphabet Street and Tower Of Power’s Down at the Nightclub at the end of the first set plus the double encore of Max Creek’s Jones and C+C Music Factory’s Things That Make You Go Hmm. Mike’s tour brings the MGB to The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS tonight.

Set One: Andelmans’ Yard, Balloon, Black Tambourine, Willow Tree, Fire From A Stick, Ain’t Love Funny > Kryermaten > Ain’t Love Funny, Jaded*, Alphabet Street*, Down To The Night Club*

Set Two: Sound, Suskind Hotel > River Niger > Rock On > Suskind Hotel, I Miss My Mind, Hap Nappy, Got Away, Hand In Pocket, Mound

Encore: Jones*, Things That Make You Go Hmm*

* w/ Tony Hall (bass), Ian Neville (guitar), Ivan Neville (keys) and Raymond Weber (drums)

[via Mike-Gordon.com]