Sunday, November 8, 2009


Last week, KROQ's own Rodney Bingenheimer (aka: The Mayor of Sunset Strip) hosted a night of great music. It's a little bit of an understatement to say that Bingenheimer knows music. He's been the driving force behind the push of such bands of Oasis, The Strokes, Nirvana, Sex Pistols, The Go-Go's, The Runaways, Coldplay and The Clash, playing them on the radio before anybody else. So on a special Halloween show at the Roxy, Rodney introduced local favorites The Dollyrots, The New Fidelity, The Woolly Bandits and straight from Ireland, We Should Be Dead.

The Dollyrots
Kelly Ogden of The Dollyrots @ The Roxy/photo by Picksyticks

The Dollyrots

The Dollyrots' Kelly Ogden, dressed in, what I like to call her pirate-maiden inspired costume (or was she even dressed for Halloween???? Look at the pic and you decide.) headlined the show and played a bunch of new songs including "California," "California Beach Boy," "Om Nom" and "Some Girls." And if the new songs I heard were any indication of how good their next album is going to be, then their next album is gonna be SA-WEEEEET!

The Dollyrots perform "Om Nom."
vid courtesy of 405east.

The Dollyrots perform "Some Girls" at The Roxy
vid by 405east

Dollyrots perform "California Beach Boy" at The Roxy
video from 405east

(((((UPDATE: Here's another video featuring a new song, "California," from the Dollyrots upcoming new 2010 album:)))))

UPDATE: August 16, 2010 - Dollyrots' new album, "A Little Messed Up" will be released August 17. Click HERE to read about their Aug. 13th record release party at the Bootleg Theater that and cd review .

Earlier in the night, The Woolly Bandits brought out the funk! Everything about The Woolly Bandits oozes seduction - like walking into vamp bar, Fangtasia. Vixen Christa Collins' on-stage presence is hypnotic. Their sound? A cross between pscyobilly and surf-rock. But don't let labels fool you. These Bandits can play. They're currently on tour supporting their new album, "Woman of Mass Destruction."

The Woolly Bandits
The Woolly Bandits at The Roxy.

Straight from Ireland, We Should Be Dead kicked off the night bringing out the punkiness of early Go-Go's laced with the attitude of Joan Jett. Formed in 2007, Dead's infectious, catchy songs will quickly grow on you. Listen to heir single, "Forget Romance, Let's Dance," a song that has been getting regular airplay on KROQ's Rodney on the Roq.

We Should Be Dead
We Should Be Dead performs at The Roxy.

vid by 405 East

"Forget Romance, Let's Dance" video from WE SHOULD BE DEAD.