Heavy Rotation Records Band Sex! Competes in Rockus, April 14

Margot Edwards
March 31, 2009
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Heavy Rotation Records band Sex! is set to compete in the final round of the Rockus battle of the bands, presented by the Rolling Stone Collection and Veritas Records. Seven area colleges are competing in the ultimate battle to determine the best new college band in Boston. The Rockus final round takes place Tuesday, April 14, at the Paradise, located at 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.  The show is 18-plus, $10, and doors open at 7:00 p.m. Call 617 562-8800 or visit thedise.com for more information.

Sex!—composed of Berklee students Kyle VandeKerkhoff (guitar), Andrew Burri (vocals), and John Adams (drums); alumnus Skye Handler (guitar); and Josh Hari (bass)—appear on Dorm Sessions 6, the latest CD by Berklee's student-run label Heavy Rotation Records. The group prides itself on the pure, raw quality of its live shows, where it plays a potent mix of rock, blues, r&b, and soul, aiming to recapture the essence of the early days of rock 'n' roll.  Recently, Sex! was the very first band to perform on stage at the new House of Blues Boston when it opened in February.

Rockus finalists The Ben Kultgen Band, from Harvard, The Hollow Sound, representing Emerson, and FunkSoulLove from Tufts, also feature Berklee students.

Rockus is a collaboration between the Rolling Stone Collection and Veritas Records, Harvard University's student-run record label. Harvard, Berklee, Boston University, Boston College, MIT, Emerson, and Tufts are each represented in the final round by the band that emerged victorious from a preliminary round competing against other bands from their respective schools. 

Will Schenck, publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, will be among the judges. Prizes for the winning band include recording a three-song demo, Rolling Stone Collection merchandise, a CD release party at Boston's Hard Rock Cafe, and more.