Get ready, NoHo. Gary Calamar’s intimate Mimosa Music Series, which originated out of his Laurel Canyon living room, will return to The Federal in North Hollywood on Sunday, January 21. This month’s free, all ages show will feature Prima Donna, and The Two Tens.
Sunday, January 21 11AM-2PM Free
5303 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
KEVIN PRESTON - Vocals/Guitar
AARON MINTON - Keys/Sax
DAVID S. FIELD - Drums
"LIGHTS OUT" LEVINE - Bass
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley on a steady diet of punk and glitter rock, Prima Donna are infamous on the LA scene. Their curriculum includes musical road trips with Eddie and the Hot Rods, Adam Ant, Glen Matlock & The Philistines, The Dictators, and even Green Day, who they supported on two arena tours on two continents. Frontman Kevin Preston has also continued participation in Green Day side-project Foxboro Hot Tubs.
While touring the US and Europe, Prima Donna was in and out of the studio numerous times, both at home in L.A. and in Milan, Italy. The finished product is “Nine Lives and Forty Fives,” a 11-song variety pack that displays the band’s skills in the studio, and compiles some of their rarest and rawest recordings, including “Rock and Roll is Dead,” available for the first time in US. The song was named one of the Top Ten Songs of 2013 by Little Steven’s Underground Garage.
“Britpop snottiness up top and California mellowness buried deep.” - Jon M. Gilbertson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The duo known as The Two Tens have racked up a lot of accomplishments since the release of their first EP, Volume 1, including three additional EPs, the full-length LP Volume, and four US tours. Not to mention that the 12-song Volume album yielded seven (yes, seven) fully-realized videos, all made on DIY budgets funded solely by the band themselves, as was the production of the first album.
"They may be all but just two people, but The Two Tens are a hot new L.A. duo to be reckoned with. Made up of Adam Bones on the punk rock vocal vibrato (and shredding guitar), and Rikki Styxx playfully pounding away on the skins, The Two Tens exude a ferocious sound live. The band just released three back-to-back EPs, with a fourth on the way, and we don’t see any signs of them letting up." - Los Angeles Magazine
Made up of Adam Bones on guitar and vocals alongside co-conspirator Rikki Styxx on drums and backing vocals, the duo’s DIY pursuits were funded the old-fashioned way: hard work, playing local gigs and selling handmade custom merch. After releasing their four EPs digitally, the band spearheaded a very successful PledgeMusic campaign to release the full-length on CD, so impressing Man Della Records in the process that the label stepped up to release Volume on 12-inch clear vinyl.
Since then, The Two Tens have signed with Man Della, releasing their second album, On Repeat, on August 18, 2017. For On Repeat they tracked three songs in Minneapolis with producer John Fields (Dollyrots, Andrew WK, Pink), including “Keeping Hope Alive,” the lead-off single released on February 10, 2017. The LP was finished in Los Angeles with the Volume team of producer Bruce Duff and engineer Paul Roessler, with Fields mixing.
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