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Slightly Stoopid is a band based in Ocean Beach, California 10 miles from downtown San Diego, who describe their music as "a fusion of acoustic rock and blues with reggae, hip-hop, and punk". As a band, they have released eight albums (2 live) with their sixth studio album, entitled "Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid", released on July 23, 2008. Back In 1995, while still in high school, Miles and Kyle caught the ear of Sublime vocalist Bradley Nowell, who then signed them to his own Skunk Records label. Staying true to the D.I.Y ethic of punk rock, the band released its first two albums independently on Skunk. With minimal distribution (primarily in Southern California), the Skunk label released the punk-tinged debut Slightly Stoopid (1996), and the heavier-produced reggae leanings of the band's surf inspired Longest Barrel Ride (1998). After a couple of years of hard core gigging, and between recording a legitimate new studio album, Slightly Stoopid delivered a live CD from an hour long live acoustic set from San Diego's Rock 105 which helped them kick off their own Stoopid Records imprint. Titled Acoustic Roots: Live and Direct, it featured both players on acoustic guitars and vocals, and was recorded live, one take with no overdubs. Then in 2003, Slightly Stoopid released Everything You Need, their first legitimately produced studio album since 1998. A departure on some levels, Everything You Need was the culmination of the band reaching a new creative plateau, forging their own brand of music without abandoning the philosophy of where they started. According to co-front man Kyle McDonald, "Miles and I both love music, and we have been friends since we were one and two years old. We are just like brothers, and it's really nice to be able to make music with your family. We've been listening to music together all of our lives, have been playing together since our mid-teens, and are in our 11th year as a band."

The band tours relentlessly, putting on nearly 200 shows every year. Their most dedicated and hardcore fans, known as "Ese locos" (Spanish for "Crazy person") or "Stoopidheads" support them heavily, attending as many gigs as is humanly possible and spreading the word. Slightly Stoopid's touring schedule typically has them locked into two-plus hours of improvisational jamming, five days a week. Along the way, they have supported such acts as The Marley Bros, Sublime, The Roots, G-Love and Special Sauce, Blink 182, Toots and The Maytals, N.E.R.D, Pennywise, and The Warped Tour, to name a few. The group's diversity appeals to a wide demographic of music fans. "Our live shows are fun, and we get every sort of person you can imagine in one room," Kyle reveals. "And a lot of them are crazy. We're all about having fun - we interact with the crowd and get 'em riled up."

Slightly Stoopid remain a group devoted to the pursuit of the perfect mix of lifestyle and sound. With 'Closer to the Sun', Slightly Stoopid has created a soundtrack to compliment their quest for the most crucial mix, and prove that hard work, perseverance and staying true to their roots is their path to creating genre-bending music with integrity.

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By : Andrew Vaughan

As the whole world begins to focus on The United Kingdoms capital city the evangelical music fan in me has ben reminded of the feature I wrote here a couple of years ago on a few of London’s rock and roll hotels. A lot of questions followed, mostly music fans and tourists wanting more specific information.

So, with the Olympics here and with thousands of you heading to London for the sports fiesta, this American based “Londoner” doesn’t want anyone to miss out on a huge opportunity to discover some of London’s greatest musical landmarks. So the next few Music City 411 blogs are going to see me waxing lyrical about the music heritage of my hometown. And for anyone visiting for the first time and wanting to spend some time exploring London’s musical history I’ve highlighted some safe and top-rated music-flavored hotels to make your trip as easy and rewarding as possible. I’ve stayed, eaten and drank in all the places I talk about and traipsed every street been in every venue mentioned and ridden every bus train and taxi recommended.

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