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Cirque du Soleil Meets Cinema With IRIS

Posted by Amoebite, October 7, 2011 08:21pm | Post a Comment
Iris logoI recently saw the new Cirque du Soleil production IRIS, a show created specifically for its venue, the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Home to the Academy Awards, the Kodak Theatre itself is an ode to cinema. Before you even enter the venue proper, the columns in the Hollywood & Highland mall leading up to the Kodak's doors are chiseled with the names of Best Picture winners of years past. Inside the Kodak lobbies, large photos of memorable moments in Oscar history line the walls. So basically, IRIS has pretty big cinematic shoes to fill. 

It had been many years since my previous (and only prior) Cirque show and I had sort of forgotten that Cirque du Soleil is, above all, a circus. The costumes are more magnificent, the sets are more elaborate, and there aren't any animals to pet or hay on the floor, but at its core it is a circus. Cirque du Soleil started as a small group of street performers in Quebec 27 years ago. Today it employs 5,000 people from around the world and has shows all over the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia (including a forthcoming Michael Jackson show in Las Vegas called The Immortal World Tour).
Iris Praxinoscope
As an adult, I have seen a fair amount of shows, plays, and musicals, but not a lot of circuses. While we were waiting for the show to start, our section was visited by two women from the cast - one with a very thick French accent and large padded rear who crawled across the seats and somehow managed to stick her bum in everyone's face along the way (oh, a clown!) and a woman wearing a circulating praxinoscope as a sort of tutu. The clown was my first clue that we were on a journey with the circus, and she reminded me of going to the circus in New York City with my grandmother, something I hadn't thought about in years. (My only recent experience with the circus was Water for Elephants - don't waste your time, but if you must, read the book over the movie.) 

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I Got 5 On It: A Guide to the Eagle Rock Music Festival

Posted by Amoebite, September 30, 2011 10:57pm | Post a Comment
5 Must-See Artists at the Eagle Rock Music Festival

-By Scott Butterworth



Eagle Rock Music Festival 2011
 
The Eagle Rock Music Festival is back for its 13th year with a lineup as big and eclectic as ever.  With stages curated by the promoters of some of Los Angeles' most prolific underground music scenes  (Low End Theory, FYF Fest, Dublab), the talent throughout the day is more than worthy of your exploration.  If you're still planning your day, and looking for suggestions........."I got 5 on it".  5 must-see artists at this year's festival.


1)  Nosaj Thing:

 
Nosaj Thing live
 

Los Angeles club/promotor/institution, Low End Theory, has been a fertile breeding ground for some of the most exciting underground electronic "beat" music of recent years.  Of the many artists gaining acclaim from parts all over the world (Flying Lotus, Daedalus, The Glitch Mob), in my opinion Nosaj Thing has emerged as the most musically AND visually captivating artist coming out of the so-called "Beat Scene."  By putting a strong emphasis on the symbiotic power of sound and visuals in a live performance setting, he's elevated himself to one of the icons of the movement.
 


Get Passes to See Jane's Addiction Perform on Jimmy Kimmel

Posted by Amoebite, September 30, 2011 06:52pm | Post a Comment
Jane's Addiction Great Escape Artist
Pre-order the new Jane's Addiction album The Great Escape Artist (out 10/18 on Capitol) starting Tuesday October 4 in-store at Amoeba Hollywood and receive a wristband to see them perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 6th!

One wristband per CD pre-order. Limit 2 CD pre-orders per person.

Lineup for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! is at 6:30pm on October 6 to guarantee admission. 16 and over.


Watch the video for "Irresistible Force" fromThe Great Escape Artist:

New Punk T-Shirts At Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, September 27, 2011 06:30pm | Post a Comment
Tuesday nights at the Cathay de Grande...Fridays at the Olympic Auditorium...Saturday afternoons hanging out at the Mystic Records studios. Sound familiar? These were special times for a whole generation of punkers in Los Angeles County and beyond.Black Flag T-shirt

Rodney Bingenheimer
's Sunday night show on KROQ supplied the sounds that fueled the restless youth as they waited for the weekend and another round of shows. Whether on the west side (The Starwood, The Whisky), downtown (Hong Kong Cafe, Al's Bar), Hollywood (The Masque, Baces Hall) or the beach (Cuckoo's Nest), LA punk was in full effect and there was no turning back! 

We even had a great, pioneering TV show (New Wave Theater). Hosted by the late Peter Ivers (punk rock's answer to Art Laboe), New Wave Theater was the very first program to beam bands such as The Plugz, Social Distortion, 45 Grave and tons more to boob tubes all across the SoCal basin.

Circle JerksRelive your hardcore memories of the L.A. punk rock glory days by picking up a few of the recently added L.A. punk flier tee shirts - available exclusively at Amoeba Hollywood!

Remember when Black Flag, Fear and The Stains played Devonshire Downs (CSUN) back in '82? How about The Damned gig at Godzilla's from the same year?

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Amoebapalooza Hollywood is Sun Oct 2

Posted by Amoebite, September 23, 2011 12:01pm | Post a Comment
Join the Amoeba Hollywood staff as we put together bands for one night only, performing tributes, original music and more surprises! Our annual celebration of musical mayhem - Amoebapalooza - will feature 13 bands on Sunday, October 2, at The Dragonfly (6510 Santa Monica Blvd.). Doors are at 9 p.m.  21+ over, $5 at the door.

To prepare yourself for the magical insanity that is Amoebapalooza, check out our recaps of the 2010 and 2009 Hollywood Amoebapaloozas.

Amoebapalooza Flier

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