Big B set to release new album “Fool’s Gold” in July

Big B, aka Bryan David Mahoney, is a man of puzzling contradictions. He’s white, as all three of his real names suggest, but his main musical influences are reggae and rap. On his upcoming album he complains about our lazy, video-game-addicted fast food nation in spite of being 330 lbs. with a tattoo of the grease-chain icon Big Boy–burger in hand–inked on his belly. In an interview with Vegas radio station X107.5 Big B claims that post-911 America rejected his old band 187, and yet, I’m almost positive he has nothing to do with Al-Qaeda. Sounds like an excuse to me, Big B. You’re a hard one to pin down.

You might recognize Big B as a cast member of A&E’s Inked, one of his side jobs.  He also paints cars.  All of the glitz and colors that would naturally pour from someone covered in tattoos who paints vehicles on the side as he struts down the glittering Sin City Strip come out on his upcoming record, “Fool’s Gold,” a rap/rock/reggae product that sounds like a hybrid of 311, ICP, and LFO. Although I guess I’d classify him as a rapper if I was forced to pick a title, Big B never quite raps, or sings, or rock and roll yells: the lyrics are delivered in a sort of lazy, angry growl. But not actually angry, it’s more like an exuberant guy at a college party who is fake-angry for fun.

Album collaborators include Pink, Butch Walker, Slightly Stoopid, the Dirty Heads, country artist Colt Ford, and members of NOFX and Pennywise. Penny-wise the album’s producers must have been stocked: the sound is very tight, polished and professional and the invisible players behind the curtain sitting in and guest semi-stars alike play nicely together.  Here and there throughout “Fool’s Gold” you’ll hear chord changes strangely reminiscent of the Beatles, sunny Kinks nods and Beach Boys turnarounds—unexpected and welcome additions.

The songs have a lot of variety to them, designed with all audiences in mind, as long as those audiences are drinking and under thirty-five.  Hip hop beats and scratches meet acoustic and electric guitar hooks.  Pop choruses meet pop rap mixed with radio friendly alt-rock. At times the beats and melodies are catchy in a lighthearted, summery kind of way. Riding on a boat on a lake in a small town drinking very cheap beer music, appropriately placed on said background seafaring set list in between Jimmy Buffett, Kid Rock and Afro Man. Other times the mood goes deep and introspective.  Those with ink in their skin and thug in their souls gaze out their windows and think about the state of the world too, people.

If you, like Big B, have a dinner plate sized logo of an automobile manufacturer tattooed on your belly (in Big B’s case, Cadillac, but any make will do) this record might be for you.  Or, if like Big B, you consider yourself “High Class White Trash,” an older album title of his, you just need to wait about a month. If you want help knowing how long that is, start counting the daily empty Busch cases you throw in your front yard: once there are thirty more out there than when you started counting, you’re golden to go snag Big B’s new album, out on Surburban Noize Records, and have yourself a Rasta-tinged, punk speckled, pop sprinkled, hootenanny of a bumpin’ party.

Rosie Soul & The Rock N Roll Cowboys Live @ Daddios

ROSIE SOUL & THE ROCK’N’ROLL COWBOYS are – without a doubt – the hottest hard rock party band in the world. AC/DC, Lady Gaga, Shinedown, Def Leppard, Katy Perry, Nickelback, Bon Jovi, Pink, Van Halen, and MORE. Rosie’s show is NON-STOP DANCING to everyone’s all time favorite songs. Crimson Society is the lead single off of an upcoming EP, the first studio recording effort from Rosie Soul and the Rock and Roll Cowboys. Listen to it here.

ROSIE SOUL is the ultimate, interactive rock’n’roll experience. Rosie brings a full, professional sound and light show that will make your guests feel like they are at Madison Square Garden. This is not a dull, ho-hum, “variety” or “wedding” band – sleepwalking through songs. Rosie Soul’s show crackles with flash and passion on every note.

“Last Saturday was the first time we had Rosie at our venue and I was blown away! From the beginning to the end the crew, the band and Rosie herself was kind, accommodating, friendly, but most importantly entertaining. One of our regular customers told me they felt they weren’t just seeing a band in a bar, they felt like they were truly at a concert and I think from the feedback I have gotten that the whole room felt the same way. It was a pleasure to see all the new faces of Rosie fans in our bar and see all of our regulars converted into Rosie followers! Even our staff hasn’t quit talking about what a good time they had even though they were working the whole time. One of the bartenders said it was the best time he has ever had while working. We thank you for the boost in sales you brought us for the night, for the new customers you brought to our door, for your professionalism and the care you took to make sure we were pleased, but most importantly, we thank you for a stellar night of music we won’t soon forget!

Glenna K. Strable
Event Coordinator Daddio’s Bar & Grille”

THE DOLLYROTS NEW FAN-FUNDED ALBUM- At 31st St. Pub Pittsburgh 9/27

Yesterday marked the release of pop-punk rockers The Dollyrots fourth studio album The Dollyrots, a fan-funded effort which sees them paired with producer John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Pink, Andrew W.K.) for their most energetic fun romp yet. Take a listen to the lead single “Hyperactive”:

The Dollyrots, is a mix of super-slick modern pop, classic three-chord punk rock, and a healthy dose of 80’s new wave. All the sugary, catchy, and aggressive elements that define The Dollyrots are present and Fields’ spontaneous and decisive recording style creates an urgency unheard since their first album.

The Dollyrots’ music has earned them song placements, commercials, and acting stints in film & TV including Disney / Pixar’s Brave, Hewlett-Packard, Kohls, CSI:NY, ABC Family’s Greek, Ugly Betty, Vampire Diaries, The Price is Right, Easy A, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, Reaper, and Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, among others.

The Dollyrots will head to the UK in the fall to support Bowling For Soup, but you can catch them on their national US tour now with Prima Donna. Full dates are below:

# – with Prima Donna

9/19/12 The Riot Room Kansas City, MO #
9/20/12 The Blue Fugue Columbia, MO #
9/21/12 Bombay Bicycle Club Clive, IA #
9/23/12 The Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN #
9/24/12 The Crunchy Frog Green Bay, WI #
9/25/12 Township Chicago, IL #
9/26/12 The Crooked I Erie, PA #
9/27/12 31st Street Pub Pittsburgh, PA #
9/28/12 The Comet with Prima Donna Cincinnati, OH #
9/29/12 Buzzbin Canton, OH #
9/30/12 Fed Live Harrisburg, PA #
10/1/12 Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, PA #
10/2/12 Knitting Factory Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY #
10/6/12 Chameleon Pittsfield, MA
10/7/12 Roundout Lounge Kingston, NY