Monday, March 15, 2010

Mad About Music Mondays - Sin City Sinners

Todd Kerns, Brent Muscat, Rob Cournoyer & Dr. Ellis
are the Sin City Sinners of Las Vegas, NV. 
Local music is a fickled thing. Many arguments go back and forth as to who's the best and why. Last year the Sin City Sinners placed second in the Las Vegas Review-Journal's annual Vegas' Best awards. Second to a band that not only doesn't make Las Vegas home, only one band member considers Las Vegas to be his home, they don't play any local shows with the exception of their annual stop-through on their nationwide tour. Well this year's poll comes out in two weeks and hopefully Vegas will get it right this time around. Without a doubt in our minds the Sin City Sinners are thee #1 band calling Las Vegas home. You may have noticed our players on both the right sidebar (go ahead and click play) as well as a rather large one at the bottom of each post and the homepage.

Live on Fremont Street.
Every week here in Las Vegas the Sin City Sinners play two to three shows completely FREE of any cover charge or door fee, and once a week at the Rio Hotel w/ cover. (The band says its free but even asking the doorman twice the Voodoo Lounge insisted there was a cover... that is until our dear friend Shannon, with some support from her liquid courage, asked lead singer Todd Kerns to add us to the list. Which, without hesitation, he did. THANKS TODD!) This week is no exception. If you're at all interested in checking them out you can do so Tuesday at the Voodoo Lounge 51 stories atop the Rio, Wednesday at the O'Shea's Block Party on the Strip for their St. Patrick's Day celebrations, Thursday at Diablo's Cantina at the Monte Carlo on the Las Vegas Strip, staying on 'a' strip but taking their gear to Hollywood and the Cat Club in the heart of the Sunset Strip. Finally, as they always do, the Sinners wrap-up their week with a free show at Green Valley Ranch's Ovation. This is the venue we choose to see them at. With it's club-like atmosphere, great tap selection, amazing light show and fantastic seating Ovation is by far one of the better venues in town. Not to mention THERE IS NEVER A COVER!

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Sin City Sinners w/ Tony Kanal of
No Doubt & Vinnie Paul of Pantera
What's kept us coming back to see them is their amazing performances and their amazing original songs that we've begun to sing along with as they come on. However, it was their guests that first brought us to a Sin City Sinners show. Some of the notable guests we've seen play with them are: Pantera's Vinnie Paul, WASP's Randy Piper, KISS's Bruce Kulick, Aerosmith's Jimmy Crespo, GnR's Dizzy Reed, Biohazard's Evan Seinfeld, Dio's Vinnie Appice, Anthrax's Joey Belladonna, and Twisted Sister's AJ Pero. Other notable and sometimes unique guests that have appeared on stage with them are: Adult Film Stars Joanna Angel & Ron Jeremy, Comedian Carrot Top, Britney Spears' ex Kevin Federline, Public Enemy's Flava Flav, former teen pop-star Tiffany, MTV Headbanger's Ball host Ricky Rauchman, and more appropriately No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal. With guests like these it's quite easy to see why we'd be drawn to their show. I now check on the expected guests with little interest knowing that if one shows up or not the show will be always amazing regardless of the added talent. 

They've recently released their first full-length album entitled, "Exile on Fremont Street." Purchase via MP3 download from Amazon on the left or order the CD direct from the band via their website HERE. There are many great songs on the album but one always jumps out at me, Ariana Incomplete. Every time I hear it the hairs on my arms stand straight up and I'm moved to sing along with Todd. I feel it has the best chorus on the album and is truly a rock anthem that gets the whole crowd singing. I also love 'It's Not You, It's Me". The backbeat on the drums from Boom Boom is quite catchy and gets me doing the Cournoyer Sideways Head Bob ala Ringo Starr. (Anyone who has seen them live know that Rob loves this move.) For a complete track listing, lyrics and more in depth backgrounds to the inspiration behind the songs visit their official band website at

(Here is a video I took back in February as they perform with Randy Piper & Vinnie Paul)

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