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Omaha, Nebraska, United States (1990 – present)

311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska, United States by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. The band now resides in Los Angeles, California.

311 mix rock, rap, reggae and funk into their own unique sound. After years of consistent touring, 311 have developed a reputation as one of the hardest working, most influential and most entertaining live bands in the U.S.

311 have released ten studio albums, one live album, one greatest hits album and three dvd’s - and have sold over 8.5 million albums in the U.S. Seven of their albums have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Sales Chart…and 9 of their singles have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Alternative Rock Radio Chart (including the #1 singles Down, Love Song & Don’t Tread On Me. Along with Amber, All Mixed Up, Come Original, Creatures For Awhile, Hey You, and Sunset in July).

311’s newest album, Universal Pulse, released in Summer 2011, was produced by Bob Rock, mixed by Chad Sexton and debuted at #7 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart.

The band’s celebratory live shows & incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive grassroots following nationwide. Since its inception in 2004, 311’s annual summer headlining amphitheatre run, Unity Tour, has become one of the largest modern rock concerts of the summer.

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  • GodofDeathMetal

    I have their new album and I haven't listened to it yet. I really didn't like their Don't Tread On Me album that much. Their best albums (in my opinion) are Grassroots, Transistor, Soundsystem, From Chaos and Evolver. Those are all incredible albums. I will get to scrobbling at some point in the future. Perhaps I will in the near future. Who knows. I'm more into metal, you will definitely find me scrobble more metal than 311. I would like to listen to a 311 album where they experiment with metal more. That would be quite awesome. I dunno if they will ever pull that off. Since they lack an "aggressive edge", I doubt they'll ever experiment with metal ever. 311 creates music you're able to chill out to and stuff. That's pretty much their forte. They excel at composing and recording those types of songs. Amber is an excellent example. I'll Be Here Awhile is another excellent example. They're very excellent songs to chill out to. I should scrobble those songs pretty soon.

    27 Jul 6:56pm Reply
  • Zach216

    Where the 3 bands I just mentioned CAN... quite effortlessly... they're slicker song-writers and Jimi, Dicky & Steve Ewing all are much more attention-grabbing to me as frontmen. There's nothing "wrong" with 311's music but there's much more RIGHT with those other artists' stuff and I NEVER get tired of them... EVER. With 311 I listened to all of those songs and now just find the material stagnant. I don't understand why they have this CULT following... I did 311 Day in New Orleans this year and I wasn't that impressed... Just because it's 311 Day... why can't there be an OPENING ACT? People were so excited and then we were all bored about 10 songs in... just being honest. The UNITY and POSITIVITY-platform is quite naive because nobody wakes up everyday and just SMILES with beaming SUNSHINE nor do they piss-RAINBOWS nor do they shit-ICE CREAM... you get the picture. FLUFF is the term.... and I BELIEVE it is the most APPROPRIATE for them

    23 Jul 10:29pm Reply
  • Zach216

    I enjoyed their music for a few years... Transistor being my favorite album really gave an absurd amount of plays for them... but now... I just think of it as fluff... (entertainment or writing perceived as trivial or superficial.) the change of heart came from a lack of musical growth on their last couple records along with the discovery of 3 other artists that I find much more stimulating, engrossing and just authentic. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Urge & Jimmie's Chicken Shack are all vastly superior bands, in my opinion. (and they always have been...) SA's still got some 'sparkle & effervescence" but after initially finding Nick Hexum appealing in this "All-American"/Cool-Popular-Guy Sort of Way... I've actually been very unimpressed with his ability (or lack-thereof) to perform his OWN songs, live. Some of his vocal performances... were just completely mediocre to me. What 311 lacks is an aggressive edge... that ability to ATTACK on occasion. ..They just can't pull that off...

    23 Jul 10:24pm Reply
  • kelseymillz

    Okay I have always loved 311 but I was listening to the radio and I heard the song Rude by MAGIC! and they TOTALLY reminded me of 311. They've got a new album coming out on July 1 called "Don't Kill The Magic" and if you're a 311 fan you gotta check them out!

    28 Jun 5:12am Reply
  • arrypottuh

    And any person who listens to A$AP Rocky so much...especially given that he tried to steal the thunder of the incomparable Aesop Rock (who was around WAAAY before), has no business talking about substance.

    22 Jun 12:28am Reply
  • arrypottuh

    Zach216 - nailed it.

    22 Jun 12:26am Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    6 Jun 2:29pm Reply
  • SlamminJam

    My fav band of all-time, always!

    24 May 4:57am Reply
  • kelseymillz

    I've been a 311 fan for a while and just recently got into Magic! Great, catchy band from out of ole Canada. Check em out at ournameismagic.com... You won't regret it, that's for sure

    16 May 11:50pm Reply
  • Zach216

    "Substance" (like everything) is a relative-term. Love it or hate it, I actually think the 311 sound is pretty distinctive... instantly identifiable/recognizable. They're extremely solid musicians and really great guys, I mean there are dozens of bands I would berate before 311...they've never "sold out" (or changed with the times... they've stayed on their own course) and never changed their message (unity/positivity) EVER. If nothing else they're a respectable band with a pretty good live show

    17 Apr 3:28pm Reply
  • junkyard_god

    Seriously the worst band in existence. Awful music with no substance.

    16 Apr 12:27am Reply
  • gustofmutts

    Even after two 3/11 days and a bunch of other summer concerts over the years, I was going to give up on 311 if Stereolithic disappointed. They turned it around and made their best product since From Chaos.

    8 Apr 3:48pm Reply
  • BornFromTheDark

    so awesome! )

    17 Mar 4:57pm Reply
  • Crystalseth

    Loving the new album! Sounds so oldschool :)

    14 Mar 10:37pm Reply
  • heliotropic2005

    Lovin' the new record; oddly though, the first half or so of the album never scrobbles for me (not sure why I care, but I guess that's why I got last.fm in the first place)!

    12 Mar 5:02am Reply
  • FIL1994

    Happy 311 Day!

    12 Mar 3:11am Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    Happy 311 day to all! Fan since 1996 here ;)

    12 Mar 12:00am Reply
  • lisasedge

    Should be a legal holiday!!

    11 Mar 10:12pm Reply
  • glsjawtomatica

    Happy 311 Day to my fellow excitable ones! I love you all.

    11 Mar 8:26pm Reply
  • AirAssaultDawg

    Happy 311 Day!

    11 Mar 2:15pm Reply
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