Redd Kross Performs “Pop Show” with Astrid McDonald in Room 205

Today, Incase premieres the third and final installment of Room 205 with psych-pop icons Redd Kross and guest vocalist Astrid McDonald performing “Pop Show.”

Special thanks to director Tim Manning, set designer Tamarra Younis, sound engineer J. Clark, cinematographer Ryan Baker and producer Arlie Carstens. Most of all, thanks again to the immortal Redd Kross. Working with such a monumentally talented and legendary group has brought a real touch of class, sass and showmanship to Room 205.

Click here to view all Redd Kross performances and those of other favorite artists in Room 205.

About Redd Kross
Redd Kross have always been too good, too perfect, too true, to believe. Mythic. Did they really open for Black Flag? Could Jeff and Steven McDonald really have been born and raised in the Beach Boys’ hometown of Hawthorne, California, and did Jeff really see the Beatles live in 1966? Is that really their hair? Could Researching the Blues, their first studio album in 15 years, be the best start-to-finish Redd Kross record ever? Somehow, the answer to all the above is improbably, wonderfully YES. Here’s to their beautiful reunion! Redd Kross Forever!

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About Incase
Founded in 1997, Incase creates products to protect and enhance the technology that is essential to our lives. Designed to meet the needs of individuals across all interests, professions and passions, Incase products promote design simplicity while offering intuitive functionality and increased mobility for an enhanced user experience.

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About Room 205
Working in collaboration with visiting musicians and a revolving cast of filmmakers, set designers, audio engineers and friends, Room 205 exists to share our collective passion for art and music and showcase the people that inspire us.

Room 205 is an Official Honoree of the 17th Annual Webby Awards in the Music category.

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REDD KROSS ANNOUNCE NORTHERN AMERICA TOUR DATES FOR MARCH/APRIL 2013!

Photo by Tiina Liimu Music Photography  Used with permission.  http://tiinaliimu.com/musicphotography/

Photo by tiinaliimu.com/musicphotography. Used with permission.

For the first time since 1997, Redd Kross will embark on its first full-blast run of shows along the east coast and in the Great Lakes area. The same is true for San Diego and the Mojave Desert! The band will also join Dinosaur Jr. on several dates in Australia.

Redd Kross founding member and bassist Steve McDonald says of the tour: “We’re very excited about this run as it will also be the first chance we’ve had to spread the gospel of Researching the Blues on US soil beyond the west coast since its release back in August.”

The band has always garnered raves for its electrifying live shows. Of a recent performance, the Los Angeles Times wrote: “Redd Kross greeted 2013 with long hair flying and the kind of big, distorted chords, singalong choruses and head-banging ditties that made them one of Los Angeles’ greatest punk bands when they rose from Hawthorne in 1980 alongside kindred spirits Black Flag and Circle Jerks.”

For these upcoming dates, Redd Kross will work with Burger Records (the label that put out Researching the Blues on limited-edition cassette) to find “Burger-approved” local support in each town. Steve tells us that Lee from Burger will also be driving the guys around in the Burger Van, selling merch and maybe even guest DJing on special nights. Also, longtime Redd Kross fans will be excited to know that the band plans to dig deep into its 30-plus-year career-spanning catalog, playing such underground rock classics as “Annie’s Gone,” “Linda Blair,” and “Annette’s Got the Hits” in addition to songs from the recent album.

Researching the Blues features 10 new songs clocking in at just under 32 minutes. With songs written by co-founder Jeff McDonald and produced and mixed by Steve, the album is by far the band’s favorite record.

NPR’s Stephen Thompson provided this glowing review of the record: “Power-pop signposts abound throughout the album, from Cheap Trick to Teenage Fanclub—the latter could’ve fit ‘Dracula’s Daughters’ onto Bandwagonesque and no one would have minded—but Researching the Blues never delves into nostalgia. Who has time, when you’re having this much fun blowing kids half your age out of the water?”

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Mar 1 Casbah San Diego, CA  Tickets
Mar 2 Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneer Town, CA  Tickets
2013 – AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Mar 10 Golden Plains Festival
w/ Dinosaur Jr., George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cat Power & more!
Victoria, Australia
Mar 12 The Espy- (headlining) Melbourne, Australia Tickets
Mar 14 The Hi-Fi – w/ Dinosaur Jr Brisbane, Australia Tickets
Mar 15 Coolangatta Hotel – w/ Dinosaur Jr Coolangatta, Australia Tickets
Mar 16 The Hi-Fi – w/ Dinosaur Jr Sydney, Australia Tickets
NORTH AMERICA EAST COAST SPRING 2013
Apr 3 The Earl Atlanta GA  Tickets
Apr 4 Kings Barcade
Raleigh NC  Tickets
Apr 5 Black Cat Washington DC  Tickets
Apr 6 Santo’s Party House (early show) New York NY  Tickets
Apr 7 Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia PA  Tickets
Apr 10 Il Motore Montreal QC
Apr 11 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto ON  Tickets
Apr 12 Lager House Detroit, MI
Apr 13 Empty Bottle Chicago IL  Tickets
Apr 14 Cactus Club Milwaukee WI  Tickets

 

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L.A. Record Interviews Jeff & Steven in “REDD KROSS: THE HARD CANDY ASS”

L.A. MagazineSome bands are legends and some bands are entire civilizations—that’s Redd Kross, whose discography goes back to that first pre-cease-and-desist-call (always a promising sign) EP in 1981 and then zig-zags between the fringe and the front-and-center of American guitar music. I don’t know if Redd Kross have seen it all, but I think they might have heard it all, maybe even by the time they put out all-covers LP Teen Babes from Monsanto, and their newest Researching The Blues is the kind of record that reminds you why you even care about records in the first place.

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“Stay Away From Downtown” voted 2nd ‘Coolest Song In The World’ in 2012 by listeners of Little Steven’s Underground Garage.

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Listeners of Little Steven’s Underground Garage have voted “Stay Away From Downtown” by Redd Kross as the 2nd ‘Coolest Song In The World’ for 2012.

1. The Jellybricks – Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
2. Redd Kross – Stay Away From Downtown
3. Joey Ramone – Rock ‘n’ Roll Is The Answer

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LA Times Review: Redd Kross and the Melvins let some hair fly as the year flips The long-standing punk bands share a stage, pumping energy with differing yet complementary sounds.

logoSmall“It was about a quarter past midnight — 2012 had just gone — when singer and guitarist Jeff McDonald of Los Angeles band Redd Kross burst out with a joyous, simple, one-word declaration that captured the mood at the storied Alexandria in downtown Los Angeles.

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“Yes!” he shouted into the microphone after banging his head and guitar chords through “Blow You a Kiss in the Wind” on early Tuesday morning, well aware of the power that he and his brother Steve’s band had just generated. Performing a double bill with fellow Los Angeles band (and long-ago Atlantic Records label-mates) the Melvins, Redd Kross greeted 2013 with long hair flying and the kind of big, distorted chords, singalong choruses and head-banging ditties that made them one of Los Angeles’ greatest punk bands when they rose from Hawthorne in 1980 alongside kindred spirits Black Flag and Circle Jerks.”

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