Guitar Wolf

Guitar Wolf (10:00 PM)

Cheap Time (9:15 PM)

The Rock Tigers (8:30 PM)

Sun, May 29, 2011

8:00 pm


This event is all ages

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Guitar Wolf - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Guitar Wolf
1987 - Formed in Tokyo, Japan with the line-up of Seiji, Billy, and a drummer.

1991 - Toru joins the line-up after the departure of their first drummer. Around this time, the band frequently plays the "Back From The Grave" shows in Tokyo, which was put on by the infamous DJ Daddy-O-Nov. Also one of the band's song is included on the compilation released by Tokuma Japan Records. Other bands on this compilation was The's.

1992 - The band's song was featured in another complation "TVVA" released by Less Than TV Records.

1993 - The band heads out on their first American tour, which included a show at the Garage Shock Festival put on by Estrus Records.

1994 - Their first album "Wolf Rock" is released from Goner Records, ran by members of the Oblivians. In June, their second album "Run Wolf Run" is released from Less Than TV Records. Guitar Wolf graces the cover of Maximum Rock 'N Roll Magazine.

1996 - Their third album "Missile Me" is released. This album was released by Matador Records in the U.S. and Europe.

1997 - 34 date American Tour which included dates in Austin, Texas for the SXSW festival on the Matador Records stage. This show was reviewed and featured in the Rolling Stone Magazine. In April, the band shared a bill with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in London and Germany. After returning to Japan, Guitar Wolf signs with Ki/oon Sony Records after a major label bidding war that ensued. Soon after, their first major label album "Planet Of The Wolves" is released. After the release, the Invader Tour followed. In October of this year, the band supported the Cramps on a 31 date American Tour.

1998 - The year is kicked off with a short tour in Japan with the Oblivions. On April 1st, "Kaminari One" is released as a maximum single. The band heads out on a world tour titled "Kaminari Tour" 12 dates in Japan and 16 dates in Europe were all sold-out. In June, they supported the Cramps in Japan. With no time to spare, they head out on a 24 date U.S. tour. In August, they grace the stage of Japan's Fuji Rock Festival and in September, a tour with The Woggles in Japan, and a performance on National Japanese TV called "Live Beat" closed out the bands busy summer touring schedule. In November, the single "Can-Nana Fever" is released. And this year was closed out with a performance at the "Ebisu-Dynami!" sharing a bill with Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, which was of course sold out.

1999 - Guitar Wolf releases their second major release "Jet Generation". Supporting the album, the band heads out on a 25 date "Bakuon Tour", followed by a short tour in May with the Makers, from Seattle. To fulfill their goal of playing on all continents in the world, the band heads down under for a New Zealand and Australia tour. In the summer, the band played major festivals in Japan, including "Out Of Hell", "Rushball '99", "Ongaku to Higetachi '99", and "Rising Sun Rock Festival". In September, the band plays their first show at the renowned Hibiya Yagai Ongakudou stage in the middle of Tokyo's business district. This year ended with a 28 date U.S. tour, starting off in New York City for the Matador Records 10 Year Anniversary show.

2000 - Single "God, Speed, You" is released, followed by their third album for Sony called "Rock 'N Roll Etiquette". The two releases were followed by the "Rock "N Roll Etiquette Tour" which covered 38 cities all over Japan. The rest of the year saw the band playing festivals such as "Tokyo Big Rumble", "Rock Monster Festival", "London Night Special", "Rushball", "Rock "N Roll Summit" and closed the year off with an appearance at the London Nite 10th Anniversary Show.

2001 - This year started off with appearing on the highly popular national TV show "Hey Hey Hey". The band also covered "I Love You, OK" by Yazawa Eikichi for his tribute album and the song was also released as a single in April. In July, the band was scheduled to play the "Contact 2001 Korea-Japan Live Project", but was forced to cancel due to political reasons. Again, in the summer, the band played in Japanese festivals including "Out Of Hell Vol. 2", "Hot Rocks 01", "Rock In Japan Festival 2001", "Rising Sun Rock Festival 2001", "Black List 010", "Rock Japanese", and "Go-Go Nite". In November, the band traveled to Brazil and the U.S. for 5 shows.

2002 - In January, the band toured with The Zodiac Killers from San Francisco. On March 6th, the band released their fourth album for Sony titled "UFO Romantics" followed by the 36 date "Fireball Tour 2002". In June, they traveled to Okinawa for the first time for two shows. At the annual "Rock In Japan Festival 2002", the band played in front of a crowd of 35,000. In November, "UFO Romantics" was released in France with a sold-out short promotion tour, which included dates in France, Belgium, Holland, Spain, and Swiss, that followed. After returning to Japan, the band toured with their friends from Brazil, the Autoramas and releasing a live DVD titled "Red Idol".

2003 - "UFO Romantics" is released in the U.S. by Narnack Records with an accompanying tour of 8 shows in 6 cities. Upon returning to Japan, the band played a secret show, opening for the band D4 for their promotional tour. This year the band played two summer festivals. Even though Guitar Wolf had to play the first slot opening the "Fuji Rock Festival '03" in the rain, the band was greeted by a huge crowd on the White Stage. This year, Seiji chose and compiled the Japanese "Best of" album by Joan Jett, who is his favorite artist. Also, the band opened for Joan Jett on her Japan tour. In November, the band toured Argentina, Brazil, and the U.S. Even though this was their first show in Argentina, the band was greeted by 800 fans. The dates in Brazil was also sold-out. While they were there, they signed with Monstro Disco and released "UFO Romantics". The band played in Mitsui Greenland on New Years Eve to close out the ever busy and successful year.

2004 - Guitar Wolf also curated a show called "Tokyo Jet Night" for the first time. The bands on the bill were Ging Nang Boyz, Jet Boys, and Wakusei. In June, a Guitar Wolf Tribute album "I Love Guitar Wolf Very Much" is released. The following month, the band released "Loverock", the fifth release from Sony. In September the band toured Japan for the album.

2005 - Started the year off with the "Loverock Tour - Special Version" in January. In February, they played the "Sonic Mania Festival" in Tokyo and Osaka, filling in for Kings of Leon who canceled their appearance. In March, the band set off on a month long U.S. tour. Upon returning, on March 31st, Basswolf sadly past away from sudden heart failure. In July, the band released their first best of album titled "Golden Black" and DVD titled "Live At Sekai". At the annual "Rock 'N Roll Summit", Seiji and Toru made an appearance. In September, new bassist UG (being only 19 years old at the time) joins the band and the band resumes touring. In December the band headed down to New Zealand and Australia and ended the year with a New Years Eve show in Melbourne.

2006 - After a short tour in January, the band enters the studio to record an new album featuring new member UG on bass. In April, the band plays for the first time in Korea. In May, "Ultra Cross Vol. 1", a split single with Lightning Bolt is released. On June 9th, Guitar Wolf plays a double headlining show with Dohatsuten called "Tokyo Jet Night Vs. Tokyo Blossom". In July and August, the band makes the festival rounds, playing "Udo Music Fes", "Natsu No Mamono", "Fuji Rock Festival", "Rising Sun Rock Festival", and "Rock 'N Roll Summit". On August 9th, the second installation of the split single "Ultra Cross Vol. 2" with Struggle For Pride is released. After another tour of New Zealand and Australia, the "Ultra Cross Vol. 3" is released on December 27th. This time the split is with DJ Baku.

2007 - The first album featuring new bassist UG titled "Dead Rock" is released. This album was followed by a 32 city "Andromeda Tour". In September, the band released a self-covered album "Kasei Twist". This celebrated the 20th anniversary of the band and 10 anniversary of being with Sony. As an album release tour, the band toured Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka under the "Jet Night" series of shows. After their performance in Tokyo, the band goes on a hiatus, due to Seiji's body overhaul (surgery).

2009 - On April 4th, 558 days since their last show, Guitar Wolf returns to the stage at Hibiya Yagai Ongakudou. After this show, they start playing few shows and festivals. And in December, the mini-album "Jet Satisfaction" is released.

2010 - After wrapping up a successful tour which started the previous December and ending at Ebisu Liquid Room on 1/24/2010. The band took a 6 month break from live shows for Seiji's operation. After Seiji's full recovery, Guitar Wolf played summer festivals in Japan and recorded their new album in only12 days. After the album was finished, the band returned to the U.S. for a tour in since 2005 and also playing the Matador Records Anniversary Festival.
Cheap Time - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Cheap Time
Cheap Time have come a long way in the short time they've been around, and it's with great pleasure that we finally have the culmination of their efforts distilled into the epic full-length sitting here before us. Even back in Jeff's formative days with his solo project, the Jeffrey Novak One Man Band, it was evident that he had so much more to give to the rock'n'roll underworld than that, or his contribution in the Rat Traps could suggest. Even despite the adrenaline-crazed sounds he was spewing forth, drumstick in guitar strumming hand, you can still marvel at the energy levels frantic enough to jump start a semi truck. In his latest creation, Cheap Time is a refined power pop vehicle that gleans the irresistible glittery nuances from all the right hiding spots for modern inspiration, and blasts them forth onto the futuristic palette of today's glam-savvy punk fans to absorb while scrambling to pick up the last scraps of non-comped Velvet Tinmine tracks still floating around.
As they displayed so brashly on their debut 7" on Sweet Rot last year, and their face-smashing follow-up Handy Man 7" on Douche Master earlier this year, Cheap Time still holds their Redd Kross influence close to their heart. Yet with further expansion on the 1976-era fork in the road artistic direction, they belligerently steer themselves into unclassifiable categories, akin to when the newly marketed 'punk' label was still being applied to atypical bands like The Quick, Television, The Fast and Milk 'n Cookies, much to the confusion of the record-buying public. While Cheap Time may inconspicuously take more cues from the Dickies, Sparks and Zolar X than anyone else these days, it's their unique assembly of all these incorrigible styles into one cohesive sounding record that makes them rise above the overall current wave of pop music, and into the clear forefront of modern rock'n'roll. As an album full of intensely buzzing hits and virtually no misses, its impact is immediate and irreversible and pulls the sticky sweet reduction of all these long-forgotten styles into one of the tightest and most enjoyable debut LPs in recent memory.
With Jeff Novak's short-lived Peoploids demos now re-recorded for the Cheap Time LP, also included is the crowd favorite "People Talk" (by the Jack Oblivian-penned late 80s band, The End), which was given new life, along with a boatload of viciously steaming pop hits surely destined for futuristic radio playlists on far away planets. The energy levels are insurmountable, the songs are simply unstoppable, and the damage they will do to the pop underworld is recklessly unavoidable. Cheap Time have the style, the spirit and the guts to tour like crazy and go far, so it's without any further hesitation that you lift up your lazy ass and pick up a copy of their remarkable contemporary touchstone of punk/pop brilliance before your little sister is downloading the tracks into her dirty diapers, and Jeff enters his hopefully unnecessary Cockney Rebel phase. Of course, I'm kidding, but with the doors blown wide open like they have been in the last few years, anything is possible, and being bowled over by new sounds is still as refreshing as ever before.
The Rock Tigers - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
The Rock Tigers
The RockTigers play one and only one kind of music. And that's rock and roll. They offer a trendkill to all that's wrong with the Korean music industry. Spicing up the classic rockabilly sound, the RockTigers are giving you rockabilly that's vintage and modern from Seoul: Kimchibilly. You haven't tasted Seoul until you've had a taste of Kimchibilly
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change