Tour Odyssey featuring Dirty Heads and Shiny Toy Guns – Tickets – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD – February 20th, 2013

Tour Odyssey featuring             Dirty Heads and Shiny Toy Guns

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Tour Odyssey featuring Dirty Heads and Shiny Toy Guns

Midi Matilda, Oh No Fiasco

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$22.00

Dirty Heads
Dirty Heads
No matter what the weather is outside, when you listen to Cabin by the Sea, the new album from The Dirty Heads, inside, it sounds like summer.
“That’s exactly what we wanted,” says Heads front man Jared “Dirty J” Watson. “It starts with the title. No matter where you are or what’s going on, when you hear this record, we want to transport you to this place, this ‘Cabin by the Sea.’”
For the SoCal rock/reggae/hip-hop band, Cabin represents more than just good vibes. It’s the culmination of years of hard work and endless touring, and a chance to refine and improve on their breakthrough, 2008’s Any Port in the Storm. That’s not an easy act to follow – their debut album featured one of the decade’s biggest rock singles, “Lay Me Down” (which spent eleven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart, a record for an independent release and more than any single that year by anyone, including The Black Keys, Kings of Leon and 30 Seconds to Mars) and a shout-out in Rolling Stone as one of year’s best new bands.
But the Heads knew better things lay ahead. “Last time was our first time in the studio, working with a producer,” says Watson. “This time out, we nailed it. We trimmed the fat and got the sound we were always going for.”
Cabin by the Sea was co-produced by Mario C and Lewis Richards - splitting time between Sonic Ranch Studios in Texas and 17th Street Recording Studios in Costa Mesa, CA. Maintaining the diversity from their first album, Cabin ranges from sunny acoustic pop (the title track) to hip-hop with mariachi horns (“Disguise”) and feel-good reggae (“Day by Day,” “Your Love”). The album’s defining trait? An insistence on positivity and good vibes (with an herbal assist), a philosophy summed up nicely by the single, “Spread Too Thin.” “It’s about having too much going on, work or whatever is stressing you out,” says guitarist Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell. “It’s about needing a breather in life.”

(The album’s one outlier, “Smoke Rings,” is a punk/hip-hop fueled rager. “We’ve matured, but we still have that side of us,” says Bushnell. “It’s talking shit for a couple of minutes, and we use a sample from an old movie called Satan’s Satanists. It’s fun, nothing more than that.”)
While Port contained an expanded roster of guest stars, from M. Shadows to Billy Preston (best known for his work with the Beatles), Cabin keeps the guest list tight. Still, a few A-level names make an appearance, including a return engagement from Rome (from Sublime with Rome), Del the Funky Homosapien, Ky-Mani Marley and Hasidic hip-hop star Matisyahu. “He’s awesome. We got to know him years ago on tour,” says Bushnell. “We had built this great relationship, so we asked him to guest on a track. He came down to the studio and knocked it out of the park.”
The recognizable guest stars, big tours and hit songs are a long way from the group’s humble origins in Bushnell’s garage. Back in 1996, school friends Watson and Bushnell started their musical career almost on accident. “It was hilarious: I was in a punk band, but Jared had no musical inclination,” remembers the guitarist. “Then one day he started rapping over these cheesy hip-hop songs I’d make with Casio beats, and I’m like, wow, you’re really good!” (Note to fans: Bushnell recently rediscovered tapes of those teenage sessions, but don’t plan on hearing anything in the near future)
The group, later rounded out by percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa and bassist David Foral, eventually outgrew the funny rap vibe and developed a local following as an acoustic hip-hop group. Surprisingly, the Heads grew to be very successful on a small label with little to no resources, an indication of their organic momentum and appeal. The Dirty Heads are now signed to a worldwide deal with Five Seven Music.
The group plans to spend the rest of the year on a number of different tours. For now, though, you can experience the band’s sunny, good-time outlook on their new record. “Whatever has happened to us over the years, we’ve always kept a mindset about staying positive and squashing negativity,” says Watson. “And that’s the vibe we had making this album. I think that comes across to anyone who hears it.”
Shiny Toy Guns
Shiny Toy Guns
Shiny Toy Guns is an alternative/electronic band which formed in 2002 in Los Angeles, California. The band consisted of Carah Faye Charnow (vocals), Chad Petree (vocals, guitar), Jeremy Dawson (synth, bass), Mikey Martin (drums) and Daniel Johansson (guitar, synth, bass).

III, the new album that reunites the original four members whose pioneering synth-pop and DIY ethic made Shiny Toy Guns worldwide sensations so many miles ago, is symbolic of that journey. The band refines its signature electronic sound with a collection of exuberant, intensely personal songs about life, love, loss and redemption.
Midi Matilda
Midi Matilda
The indie electro-pop duo Midi Matilda has barely begun their career yet has already made a permanent impression on the music community. The Bay Area outfit exploded onto the online scene with dozens of enthusiastic mentions about their debut single, "Day Dream," including The Huffington Post and Neon Gold Records, which propelled them to an impressive near-top placement on The Hype Machine. In addition, the accompanying self-produced music video for that single, has garnered extensive positive attention across varied media formats that includes radio, as well as online.

Midi Matilda was born of gifted musical poets Skyler Kilborn and Logan Grimé, who serendipitously met in college in 2008, while learning the production skills they would ultimately use to form this innovative and self-contained project. They have been making music together since, and ever evolving in their collaborative sound. Their refreshing style brings together the best of live instrumentation, synthesizers, gorgeous vocals, and the open spaces of consciousness, to take all who listen on a journey into the ether.
Oh No Fiasco
With their eclectic sound of dance rock and and a stage show that will make every hair on your body stand on end, Oh No Fiasco is an emerging light of the new sounds to come.

After an extensive touring throughout 2010 from Florida to Michigan touring and playing with the likes of Finger 11, Train, Owl City, Sevendust, 10 years, Red, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Framing Hanley, and Saliva among many others, Oh No Fiasco has emerged stronger than ever with a new name and bringing on brand new tour dates for 2011.

Fueled by the quick success of their first single, "Where You Used To Be," the band is on the verge of releasing their debut album this spring. Formed by vocalist Lindsey Stamey, guitarist Seth Rowlette, bassist Thomas Boyd, and brothers Colin and Kamryn Cunningham, drummer and keyboardist–Oh No Fiasco, formerly known as The Few, have created one of the biggest surprise efforts to come out of Knoxville, Tennessee.

"This is the most powerful project that I've ever been a part of," Stamey explains, adding that the band is an evolution of their past experiences and their desire for new ones. And with new experiences comes an entirely new enticing sound that leaves dancers, head bangers, and wallflowers alike salivating. Drawing influences from bands like Muse, Mew, Circa Survive, Massive Attack, and Of Montreal, Oh No Fiasco create an intimate yet energy charged experience for listeners.

"Their music is a refreshing blend of two unbelievable bands. The music this band produces in the future will be worth looking out for." – Metro Pulse Knoxville, TN

Never lacking in explosive live shows, Oh No Fiasco has plans to make 2011 a fiasco.

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