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SXO / Press

“SXO is freaking fine kickass alt rock. Powerful vocals and guitar, awesome drumming and samples, really scary good songwriting, SXO gives the kind of performance you only get when musicians know they’re good. This duo is stand out hot.”

Andrea Paulis - cosmicjaam.com

“The lead singer is cute and she's got a cool voice.”

Matt Munoz - Bakotopia.com

“[SXO's] sound is a glorious hodgepodge of singer/songwriter lyricism and punk power chords, polished off with some synth sampling. They have played close to 100 live shows, and are eagerly preparing a west coast tour come September. They are, to put it simply, a testament to leaps and bounds musicians can make with hard work and dedication backing up their talent.”

“SXO bring something new and exciting to the San Diego music scene. Hope. For years the scene has struggled to grow and to have a band that truly is doing its own thing. Merging the best sounds from the Seattle scene with the best of San Diego. Jamie Roses lyrical style is truly something to be awed upon. Her voice is also unlike many of the female vocalists we hear. There's almost a pain in her voice and she sounds truly connected to her lyrics. This especially comes through in songs like Misery. SXO is one of the few local acts that is a must see.”

Jake Harman, Indy Artist DJ at Grossmont College's Griffin Radio

“Female/male duo that take stripped down guitars and drums and build layers with kick ass keyboards and synthesized sounds. Garage, alternative, rock, and then some. For more: Connect, follow, find, listen. I’m personally digging “Take Up Arms””

“San Diego duo SXO play this weird kind of mish-mash of cabaret pop-punk that, for reasons I can’t articulate, is somehow compelling. It’s atmospheric stuff that would be great for movie soundtracks and lonely nights. At least that’s what the studio version sounds like. You can check out the live version for free at the Rec Room.”

Pat Muir - The Yakima Herald

“[SXO's "Cats in Heat"] reminds me of early Sonic Youth. In other words: Great stuff.”

Nathan Schwalm, Alt Rock Director 90.1 WEFT

“Having tried their hand in different bands, bandmates Jamie Rose and Paul Michlik came together to form SXO, originating in Seattle before moving to San Diego to make a name for themselves. Their music ties the best elements from both scenes together, Rose’s growled but not harsh vocals playing well against the garage-y sound of Michlik’s music, presenting a raw, gritty sound that surprised me, but in the best way! They seem to be just getting off the ground, but what I’ve listened to so far is very promising and they make it convenient for fans to test them out, placing a handful of songs on Facebook for streaming or downloads. And if you make it to a show of theirs, they offer the chance of getting their CD with a custom handmade case!”

“Very nice people and really cool tunes. Check them out!”


“SXO are surprising performers. Jamie Rose appears reserved until the music begins, when she seems to channel the often twisted characters she sings about. Handling her guitar as if it is an extension of her body, she moves from sweet to thrashing at a moment’s notice. Paul Michlik, meanwhile, pulls double duty on the kit. He hits hard on the drums while also triggering the layered samples that make SXO’s sound so compelling. Together, they produce an intense experience that is not easy to forget… ”