Amoeba has been teaming with Goldenvoice to present some shows in Los Angeles, and the latest is one I’m pretty excited about: locally bred garage-rockers The Growlers are playing The Fonda Theatre Dec. 28. The band’s following has been steadily growing, following the release of two great, ramshackle records that strew together garage, surf and psych influences into a sound dubbed “beach goth.” They have a new album due in early 2013 called Hung at Heart. They’re joined on this date by another local band I love called Dirt Dress, a similarly surf-influenced band with more of a post-punk bent, as frontman Noah’s vocals are reminiscent of Talking Heads’ David Byrne, while the band’s uneasy, angular way with a surf-rock track is anything but typical. Also appearing are The Abigails, who mine classic outlaw country for their analog-soaked lo-fi sound, as well as Sam Flax, whose sound is a blast of psyched out new wave-influenced lo-fi pop — this guy is seriously good, seek his stuff out.
Tickets for the show are $19, plus a $2 service fee. The show starts at 9:00 p.m., doors are at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are general admission, and it’s all-ages.
Tickets are limited to quantities on hand, until they sell out. Amoeba stops selling tickets for a show at 5 p.m. on the day of that show. Please call the store at 323-245-6400 for current availability or to purchase/hold.
Also from Amoeba, Goldenvoice and Revenge of the 80s Radio is Revege of the 80s Jan. 26 at the El Rey Theatre, starring Midge Ure (the voice of new-wave greates Ultravox) and Bow Wow Wow of the immortal “I Want Candy.” They’re joined by Gene Loves Jezebel and Right the Stars. Ultravox wrote sleek new-wave hits like the hard-charging “Sleepwalk” and creepy, romantic “Vienna.” Midge Ure then went on to a successful solo career, penning such hits as “Breathe.” Bow Wow Wow were organized by Malcom McLaren (who put together The Sex Pistols), combining tribal drum patterns, new wave guitars and then-teenage Annabella Lwin’s chirpy vocals. Gene Love Jezebel wrote goth-pop hits like “Desire,” while Right the Stars is a new band with a jaunty sound that has appeared in several TV shows and movies.
Tickets are $28.50, plus a $2 service fee.
See a full list of tickets available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood here.