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Levitt Pavilion Shows Feature Robben Ford, El Vez and Los Lobos in Mid-September

Posted by Amoebite, September 1, 2015 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba will be on hand at for three free, all-ages shows at Levitt Pavilion this September. The shows start at 8 p.m., and festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., with food, children’s activities and more. Join us at the Amoeba booth before the shows and spin the prize wheel to win some cool swag.

robben fordFirst up on Sept. 10 is five-time Grammy-nominated musician Robben Ford. The blues, jazz and rock guitarist and songwriter has collaborated with such artists as Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Kiss and more. Musician Magazine named Ford one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 2oth Century.” His latest album is called Into the Sun. Watch an album trailer below.

el vezOn Sept. 11, Chicano rocker El Vez takes the stage. Blending Americana and Mexican styles, he channels Elvis Presley but with a Latin twist. His latest release is God Save The King: 25 Years Of El Vez 1988-2013. Watch a feature on El Vez below.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Dam-Funk

Posted by Amoebite, August 31, 2015 05:18pm | Post a Comment

Dam Funk

Dam-Funk is a modern funk musician, vocalist, producer and DJ signed to Los Angeles-based label Stones Throw Records. A Pasadena native, Damon Riddick began his career working in the studio with artists such as Master P and and MC Eiht before remixing Baron Zen's cover of The Gap Band's "Burn Rubber" in 2007 under the Dam-Funk moniker. The remix built a buzz and soon thereafter Dam-Funk recorded two 12"s for Stones Throw, 2008's Burgundy City and Let's Take Off (Far Away). In 2009, he compiled a five-volume LP set of unreleased material called Toeachizown, which was eventually turned into a two-CD set later in the year.

Dam-Funk Invite the LightOver the course of his career, Dam-Funk has collaborated with a variety of artists, including Animal Collective, Nite Jewel, Ariel Pink, Peaking Lights and Hudson Mohawke. His album with Steve Arrington of SLAVE, Higher, and his album with Snoop Dogg, 7 Days of Funk, both came out via Stones Throw in 2013. Dam-Funk's third solo studio album and his first in six years, Invite the Light, is out this Friday, September 4 via Stones Throw.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with The Everymen

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2015 06:44pm | Post a Comment

The Everymen

The Everymen are a New Jersey-based band who make straightforward punk rock jams in the vein of Jay Reatard and Rocket from the Crypt. Founded in 2009, the band has released two studio albums: 2012's New Jersey Hardcore and 2014's Givin' Up on Free Jazz. After a series of shows at SXSW, the band went back to the studio in spring 2015 to record with Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes for a planned 2016 release. In summer 2015, The War on Drugs invited the The Everymen to open for them on their North American tour dates.

While on tour, Mike V and Catherine Herrick from The Everymen stopped by Amoeba Hollywood and shared their finds with our What's In My Bag? crew. Mike V picked up Hate Your Friends by The Lemonheads, citing it as the record that inspired him to write songs and start a band when he was a teenager. Catherine chose Duran Duran's self-titled album, revealing that she "went through a huge, obsessive Duran Duran period" when she was in high school and that one time she accidentally followed John Taylor down the street. Check out the rest of Mike V and Catherine's picks in the full episode below:

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New Vinyl Reissues This Week from John Lennon, The Reatards & More

Posted by Amoebite, August 21, 2015 06:54pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

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This week's vinyl reissues include eight John Lennon releases on heavyweight vinyl, debut albums from The Scientists & The Modern Lovers, and more. Here are the reissue highlights for August 21, 2015.

Babes in Toyland Vinyl Reissue Babes in Toyland
Fontanelle [180gm vinyl]

180gm vinyl reissue of the hard-rocking trio’s 1992 album.
Empire of the Sun Vinyl Empire of the Sun
Walking on a Dream

Fool's Gold Headlines Next L.A. Red Bull Sound Select Show Aug. 27

Posted by Amoebite, August 18, 2015 03:27pm | Post a Comment

red bull sound select fool's gold

Globetrotting L.A. indie rockers Fool's Gold will play the next Red Bull Sound Select show Aug. 27 at the Echoplex. The show is curated by our friends at FLOOD Magazine.

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Fool's Gold live at Amoeba Hollywood in 2011

Tickets are $3 with an RSVP and $12 without at the door. Doors are at 8 p.m., and it’s 18-and-over. An RSVP doesn’t guarantee entrance, so plan to arrive early.

Fool’s Gold began in 2007 as a side project of Luke Top (singer/bassist, also of Foreign Born) and Lewis Pesacov (guitarist). Incorporating elements of African music with Western indie-rock, the band quickly took off, releasing a well-received self-titled first album in 2009, sung entirely in Hebrew, and an English-sung second album, Leave No Trace, in 2011. They’ve played at such venues and festivals as the Hollywood Bowl, Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Austin City Limits. In 2015 the band released its third album, Flying Lessons, which continues to refine their aesthetic, throwing disco beats and more synthesizers into the mix. Watch the video for “I’m in Love” below:

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