Tune in everyday from 9:00am to 11:00AM EST to listen to our Feature Artist.
A new band, or artist every week.
Read there biography, check out there discography, and drift back.
Listen through the websites flash player, or add the streams URL to your own media player.
If you were a 13-year old in 1996, 311 were irrefutably the coolest band going. In retrospect they seem kind of silly. After all, this is essentially rap/rock we're talking about, a genre that was only taken seriously by teenagers and slightly older gentlemen who confused it for metal. Still, with a closer look at the band, it's impossible not to at least respect 311. For one thing, they are one of the few bands who peaked in the mid-‘90s that are still playing and still drawing massive crowds. And, unlike many of their one-time contemporaries, 311 were never buffoons. Although their music didn't necessarily sound smart and the lyrics were a tad undercooked, singer/guitarist Nick Hexum and rapper S.A. Martinez were trying to say something positive and uplifting, which is certainly more than Fred Durst, Jonathan Davis, or even Zack de la Rocha can say. If Hexum and Martinez are guilty of anything it’s an unshakable optimism that could be misconstrued as ignorance. But don't we really wish more bands had this ignorance instead of a misplaced, poorly communicated sense of rage? Musically, the band never really gave into the rap/rock tag, incorporating heavy doses of reggae, funk and even some jazz fusion on each album, giving them their own style. It's safe to assume the band won't change up that style much on releases to come, which is fine, as their diehard fans would never want them to and the rest of the world probably isn't aware that they're still around.
Despite frequent comparisons to California bands like No Doubt, Sublime and Red Hot Chili Peppers; 311 actually hail from Omaha, Nebraska. Along with Hexum, the band began in 1990 with bassist P-Nut, guitarist Jim Watson and drummer Chad Sexton. The name was taken from the local police code for indecent exposure, a charge Watson faced after skinny-dipping in a pool. Watson was later dismissed from the group and they asked friend Tim Mahoney to replace him. By 1992, Doug “SA” Martinez (who’d been a frequent collaborator with the group) was asked to join as a full-time member. This lineup has not changed, validating the band's claim that they are “friends for life.” Based on a strong local following and a couple of successful indie releases (Dammit! and Unity, both released on Hexum's own label), the band was signed to Capricorn Records.
Read all about our DJs.. the places they play at.. the music they like.. and even what there favorite color is.. check it out
Come join DJ Sinister in Second Life. My club is Gates of Hell and I'm spinning there 24/7. Come for dinner and have a Hellish time :)
Join Essensual and the other Rockaholic's by joining the group Rockaholic Anonymous
Tune into the Station using your own media player by adding this as add URL