Exclusive Interview: Johny Chow of Cavalera Conspiracy

Tonight, brothers Max and Igor Cavalera (founders of thrash-metal pioneer band Sepultura) take the stage at the House of Blues Sunset Strip, kicking off a brand new tour with namesake project Cavalera Conspiracy. Joined by not-so-newish bassist Johny Chow (former celebrity bartender/manager at the Viper Room), the band is set to unleash their most recent and most brash recording, Blunt Force Trauma, to ravenous metal fans around the globe. 
Taking time off from his hectic touring schedule, Chow returned to his former home — The Sunset Strip — and joined us at tasty Mediterranean eatery and hookah bar Pi On Sunset to smoke some watermelon flavored shisha, and share stories about the time invested in climbing the ranks to metal glory. Here’s what he had to say…
So you want to give us some background — how you came to join the band, that sort of thing?

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Picks of the Week: April 25-May 1

Jazz lovers rejoice! The Trousdale Lounge kicks off the debut of their new weekly event, Monday Night Jazz. Add a little sophistication to your weekly routine with performances by James Torme. RSVP required,
Tuesday, April 26 House of Blues Sunset Strip presents the hard rockin’ sounds of Papa Roach, Alien Ant Farm and Finger Eleven. This all ages show brings together some of the biggest names in alt-metal for your teenage angst enjoyment. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27-$30.

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Take A Ride With Us

Time traveling back to 1963 on The Sunset Strip!
Take the ride with us and check out The Viper Room (Melody Room) on the left, and the Whisky A Go-Go (The Party), The Roxy Theatre (Largo), RAINBOW BAR AND GRILL (Villa Nova) and Key Club (Plymouth Restaurant) along the right. Turner’s Liquor is still looking good!
[Video: YouTube dantanasgirl]

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Hotels, Venues Partner To Offer Sunset Strip Guests Free VIP Club Pass

Traveling to sunny Southern California this summer? Then be sure to book your hotel room on The Sunset Strip! Starting May 1, The Sunset Strip’s hotels and legendary nightlife venues are partnering to re-launch the popular VIP Club Pass, an exclusive fast-track pass to gain free entry into The Comedy Store, House of Blues Sunset Strip, Key Club, The Roxy Theatre, Viper Room, Rainbow, Whisky A Go-Go and Cat Club.

Sponsored by Jack Daniel’s, The Sunset Strip VIP Club Pass gives guests of the Andaz West Hollywood, Grafton, The London West Hollywood, Mondrian, The Standard, Hollywood, Sunset Marquis or Sunset Plaza Best Western a “passport to rock,” with free, unlimited access to all the clubs for the duration of their trip (space and private events permitting).

Continue Reading Exclusive Interview with Legendary Bassist Duff McKagan

Tonight, one of rock’s most prized players, Duff McKagan, will take the stage with his band Loaded at the Viper Room. Celebrating the release of their new record The Taking, the band is also set to perform later this week at the third annual Revolver Golden Gods Award show, all this before embarking on yet another European tour. 

Driving home from a Deftones show in Seattle, McKagan was kind enough to phone in to to discuss his current project, his storied career in rock, reality TV and the one musician who made him tongue tied.  

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Sunset Strip Picks: April 18-24

Take the punch out of tax day with 50% off all cocktails, beer, wine by the glass and bottles at BLT Steak’s Tax Relief. It’s the perfect excuse to pair a juicy aged Angus with a top shelf selection from BLT’s extensive wine list. Relief begins today at 5 p.m.
PICK OF THE WEEK: One of rock n’ rolls most valuable players, Duff McKagan (GNR/Velvet Revolver), hits the Viper Room on Tuesday, April 19 fronting his own musical project, Loaded.  Don’t miss this rare chance to see a living legend in an intimate setting. Doors open at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $15. Stay tuned to for an exclusive interview with the man himself.

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Week In Rewind: Duke’s Revamps Its Menu; Janet Jackson, Jude Law Love Book Soup; Drew, Fergie Party @ The London

New York Restaurateur Adam Newton Overhauls Dukes on Sunset [The Feast]
Big Audio Dynamite @ The Roxy [LA Weekly]
Sheila Swift turns up all the knobs, rocks out on the Sunset Strip [Beatweek]
4.11.2011: Ceviche en El Standard de Hollywood [Standard Culture]
Updates on Duke’s, Jim Morrison Lounge Under Construction [Eater LA]

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Metal Matinee @ The Roxy Theatre

Legions of "metalheads," young and old alike, arrived early on Sunday afternoon to catch Metal Matinee at The Roxy Theatre. Presented by Scion, the latest edition of this free, all ages metal showcase featured performances by From Ashes Rise, Mind Eraser and Noisear.

Once that case of tinnitus clears up, plan for the next Scion Metal Matinee, scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 4 p.m. For more information, visit
-Photos by Brent X Mendoza

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DJ Tuesdae Takes Over Wednesdays @ The Cutting Room

Remember when Wednesday was only memorable because it wasn’t Monday? Well, party promoter extraordinaire/musician/DJ Tuesdae and The Cutting Room are adding some much needed excitement to this underappreciated day with a new weekly night that celebrates the wild world of rock.
Brent X Mendoza checked out the inaugural event last week (April 6) and spotted drummer Samantha Maloney (Chelsea Girls, Hole, Motley Crue), photographer Genie Sanchez and a crowd of fans looking for a night of good old rock n’ roll.

The party kicks off at 9 p.m. on Wednesday nights. Entrance is free. The Cutting Room is located in The Grafton hotel.
-Photos: Brent X Mendoza

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