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6 Must See L.A. Bands at SXSW From gritty desert rock to smooth as butter rap, L.A. is on top of SXSW this year The Two Tens 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. Catch them at SXSW on March 21 at Valhalla.” - Sandra Burciaga

Los Angeles Magazine

The Two Tens Volume Album Reviews | March 3rd, 2016 Yes! There it is! I found a record that exudes the kind of hot tempered energy I want from a punk album: it’s fun, filthy and filled with zero bullshit. The minute I played the first track, I was excited to review this album, since unlike so many albums I’ve listened to in the last few months, it made me feel something other than “eh, it’s alright to listen to on the walk home.” There is so much indie and folk rock that is finding its way into the charts and hipster communities all over the States, that it’s refreshing to get something with an edge. For those who are all about rock duos – the White Stripes, the Kills, Royal Blood – say hello to vocalist and guitarist Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx that make up the L.A. based band the Two Tens. Bones’ guitar work is on point – fast and heavy, while also having a fair share of well thought out moments that allow his skills to shine. Styxx bangs the hell out of her drums. But, similar to Bones, she has moments illustrating her mastery of the instrument. The two work off each other so well that even in moments of chaos you hear synergy. The album channels the classic sound established by the Ramones back in the ’70s, while also having a contemporary spin on punk, similar to bands like FIDLAR, the Vaccines and SKATERS. The first two songs off the album are grimy and erratic, and perfectly so. “Sweet as Pie” is simple and fast, talking about the need for a girl that won’t let you down. “Dreams” is treading on 90s Brit-pop/rock, and includes a well executed drum and guitar dual towards the end. “Rush Out” brings the irregularity found in the first two tracks, which makes it strategically placed to follow some of the previous “radio friendly” tracks. I could see “Rush Out” as being a song that’ll get fans at shows to let loose. “Care at All” sounds exactly how you would expect: loud yelling of the title and fast paced, the energy similar to that in “Rush Out.” “Life” has Bones working his guitar and playing a pretty awesome guitar riff. The final track comes along, with slow, drawn out sounds that seem to be inspired by psychedelic rock, Bones desperately and quietly singing “I can’t breathe.” However, this quickly changes to screaming and the duo goes back to its aggressive sound. It’s wonderful! The perfect ending for this record. The final track is just as good as the first. Before I knew it the album was over, and I had to play it again. Not to overanalyze, because that’s unnecessary. But, to get to dance around to it in the comfort of my bedroom. For a debut album, Bones and Styxx got everything right. I’m already anticipating their sophomore release, and I am anxious to see them live. For an album title Volume, they definitely crank it up.” - Claudia Arnoldo

Elmore Magazine

PREMIERE: YOU’LL WANT TO BLAST THE TWO TENS’ LATEST SONG “ON REPEAT” The corniest thing one could possibly say about The Two Tens’ latest single is also, for better or worse, the truest: Clocking in at just over 2 minutes, “On Repeat” is the garage-punk love song you’ll want to listen to over and over again… on repeat. Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “On Repeat,” the latest single off The Two Tens’ upcoming sophomore album, On Repeat (out August 18, 2017 via Man Della Records). Active since 2014, the LA-based duo of Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx amped up the energy and increased the passion on their second effort, consciously expanding upon the raw volatility of their ferocious and appropriately-titled debut Volume. That is not to say newcomers won’t be shaken awake by The Two Tens’ electrifying sound, nor that faithful fans will be dismayed. “We lead the album off with this title track because we feel that it represents the energy behind the record and sets the tone for what follows,” explains The Two Tens. “The song hits hard, full rock turned to 11. It’s a song about taking control, domination and the passion of wanting something or someone over and over. We hope you will listen to it ‘on repeat’ along with the entire album!” “On Repeat” is an exercise in focused tension and bombastic release, the successful result of a band consciously developing their musicality and embracing inspiration wherever it waits to be found. Everything is amped up, beginning with the relentless guitar riff that pierces the quiet air. By the time you know what’s hit you, Adam Bones is begging to be played with, teased, chased, and changed: His demeanor is more obsessive than desperate, but impulse leads us down many roads, and we play the hands we’re dealt. Lust can often drive one insane, but in a “good way” – an endearing way, if you will – and the manic affection that shines through The Two Tens’ music is as much the product of, as it is the inspiration for the band’s effortlessly raw, viciously on-point music.” - MITCH MOSK

Atwood Magazine

The Two Tens are just an army of two, but they remain formidable soldiers for first-wave punk rock. The duo of singer-guitarist Adam Bones and drummer-vocalist Rikki Styxx returned last month with their first new music since their 2017 full-length, “On Repeat.” The Two Tens released “Cha Cha Cha,” a split EP with veteran agitators the Queers — two songs apiece, all four clocking at under 10 minutes. The Two Tens’ contribution included a new original, “Gotta Find Something,” along with a muscular cover of the Kinks’ “Till the End of the Day.” The former is a galloping punk rocker — in typical Two Tens fashion, it’s crunchy hard candy that doesn’t overstay its welcome. No muss, no fuss, no more than 2 1/2 minutes. “‘Gotta Find Something’ is a fun song about someone that just isn’t satisfied unless there’s a problem or issue of some sort,” the duo says. “Someone that’s always focusing on the negative. We all probably know someone like that.”” - Kevin Bronson


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If you can get beyond the fact that Adam is almost definitely gonna steal your girlfriend, there's a lot to dig about this skinny, shaggy-haired motherfucker. Rock It Up offers stadium rock savagery, 70s power-pop hooks, handclaps everywhere, and flurries of guitar heroics. Plus a pair of 3D glasses. The record's in 3D man. Deal with it.” - Sleazegrinder

— Classic Rock Magazine

Video premiere: Adam Bones, ‘Highlights of the Lowlife’L.A.-based power-popper Adam Bones and his all-female supporting cast of Rikki Styxx, Tracy Lambertucci and Breanna Fields recall the days rock ’n’ roll lived and smiled by the power chord. Bones’ new EP “Rock It Up,” his first outing since 2009′s “Feel For Tomorrow,” is an old-school spine-stiffener that’s equal parts riffage, rhythms and audacity — the last of which is on full display in director Brad “B. Radical” Spencer’s video for “Highlights of the Lowlife.” Here, the show-stealer is Gus, a four-legged fiend who paws his way into the hearts of fans. Cue the punchline about rock being a dog-eat-dog world, and laugh a little.” - Kevin Bronson


Adam Bones – A Band You’ll Want to See Live!Adam Bones, the band, is comprised of four musicians including front man Adam Bones and his three-piece, all female band members Rikki Styxx, Tracy Lambertucci and Breanna Fields. Together they create music which settles itself somewhere between rock, punk and pop, although the band are far more concerned about creating good music than fitting into any given genre. The recent release of EP Rock It Up gives a glimpse at the varied talents of Adam Bones, though it’s easy to feel that this offering is just a snippet of the musical possibilities of the four-piece.Rock It Up is the kind of recording which makes you want to see a band play live. Bones’ voice jumps from even the poorest of speakers; deep, dark and dangerous with a story to tell. Not over-produced, the music retains an experimental quality and it’s easy to picture Bones and his band jamming in a garage or studio, creating the intricate layers of these tracks and having a great time doing it. There is certainly an energetic undercurrent to this music which suggests the musicians are enjoying playing the music just as much as audiences will enjoy listening to it.The four tracks on Rock It Up are as individual as they are engaging. “Run” and “Rock It Up” assault the ears, in a good way, with the band’s signature mix of heavy guitars, fast-paced lyrics and scrambling tempos. “Highlights of the Lowlife” takes things a bit slower, Bone’s lyrics slowing to a story-telling drawl in some sections, while “Kill Ya, Baby” touches on being almost emotive. All four of the tracks showcase the different talents of the band well, from catchy bass lines to soaring riffs and Bones’ drawling lyrics, the tight percussion drawing the whole lot together.Adam Bones is a group made up of musicians who clearly love to make music – the best commonality a band can share. As an EP, Rock It Up makes a statement attesting to the talents of this four-piece, marking the place in history where this band with a potentially very bright future first started.” - Lauren Sherritt

Adam Bones is aware that what you hear is only half the story. Given that, the first onslaught to the public not only includes the EP Rock It Up, but two simultaneously released videos from the EP designed to win friends and influence people. These videos not only set up the record, but begins to prepare the viewer for the ultimate Adam Bones experience: The Live Show. Rock it Up is only one-half of the story. Because Adam Bones is that rarest of entities: A classic rock ‘n’ roll band, aware that the disc and the concert are two separate theatres. On stage, their spectacular showmanship combines magically with their musicianship to create a total event. You’ll be able to see them soon because the band plays 200 dates a year, taking their music to the streets. And, after all, that’s what rock ‘n’ roll is all about. I’ll be recording a cover song and will be putting that out in the near future that I’m really excited about. I won’t tell you the song yet, but it’s pretty obscure and crosses over into another genre. And then, you know… total world domination.READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE

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