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2012 Sunset Strip Music Festival Lineup Announced

Posted by Rachael McGovern, June 14, 2012 12:28pm | Post a Comment
Sunset Strip Music FestivalThe lineup for the next Sunset Strip Music Festival in Hollywood was announced this week. Marilyn Manson headlines with The Offspring, Bad Religion, Steve Aoki, De La Soul, Far East Movement, Black Label Society, Dead Sara, Das Racist, and The Mowgli's also performing.

Taking place August 16-18, the festival begins with a VIP event honoring The Doors. Details TBA but they're saying an-all star band will pay tribute to The Doors, and other bands playing the festival will cover Doors songs as well.

Saturday, August 18 is the main day for the festival, with Sunset Blvd closing down between Doheny and San Vicente. There will be two outdoor stages, beer gardens, autograph tent, VIP lounge, food trucks, and more music at participating iconic Sunset Strip venues - The Roxy, Whisky A Go Go, and Key Club. Those three venues, plus House of Blues and The Viper Room will have various shows on Thursday and Friday as well.The Doors SSMF

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My Morning Jacket Calls Upon Fans to Curate Set List Using Twitter

Posted by Rachael McGovern, June 8, 2012 02:50pm | Post a Comment
My Morning Jacket announced two things this week: 1) new West Coast tour dates and 2) what they are calling the "Spontaneous Curation Series," an opportunity for fans to help determine which songs get played each night. MMJ will use their Twitter account before each performance to engage with fans and accept requests for that particular show.

What is a little unclear is whether Twitter fans are making suggestions for their encores or for their entire set. It may be vague because certain festival shows, particularly in Europe, can't accommodate their generally lengthy encores. But what is clear is that Fan Club members get an additional opportunity to help decide the opening song.

My Morning Jacket Spontaneous Curation Series

I really love this "Spontaneous Curation Series" idea for a few reasons. For fans who participate, it will make them feel involved in the performance far more than a "passive" attendee and each show will truly be special and unique. (Which may also drive ticket sales for fans looking to experience a different show each night.) From a social media perspective, it will strengthen their audience, certainly in terms of online engagement but also likely in total number of Twitter followers. That's akin to a social media slam dunk - reward and engage your core followers while attracting new ones in the process!

Elvis Costello WheelMMJ's "Spontaneous Curation Series" reminds me of a 2012 hi-tech version of Elvis Costello's "Spectacular Spinning Songbook." During his 1986 "Revolver Tour," Costello brought a game show style wheel with him on stage and let fans spin the giant wheel to decide the next song. Costello resurrected the concept in 2011 and recently released the Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook CD/DVD recorded over two nights in Los Angeles. Perhaps the MMJ "Spontaneous Curation" shows will lead to a live album as well...

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New Blood Diamonds Track "Phone Sex" Featuring Grimes

Posted by Rachael McGovern, May 31, 2012 02:28pm | Post a Comment
Blood DiamondsLA-based pop artist Blood Diamonds (a.k.a. Michael Diamond) has a new 12" coming out called "Phone Sex" featuring Grimes. Both artists are influenced by K-Pop and love big productions, and they decided to attempt the perfect summer pop anthem together during one long winter night in Vancouver. 

I noticed two things about the song right away: one, the sound of steel drums (which Diamond says are actually halo drums); and two, Grimes singing "hey daddy" over and over, which is a little disconcerting given her little girl voice and the fact that the track is called "Phone Sex," but maybe that's the point...Regardless, I like it.

The "Phone Sex" 12" will be out on transparent pink vinyl July 24th on 4AD.


Blood Diamonds and Grimes are at the Echoplex in LA on June 19 for Check Yo Ponytail 2 (18+ show). Or you can see Grimes for free at Make Music Pasadena on Saturday, June 16.

Lemonade Grimes at EchoPlex

Memorial Day Weekend in Los Angeles

Posted by Rachael McGovern, May 23, 2012 12:47pm | Post a Comment
If you're staying in town over Memorial Day, there are bunch of fun options happening in LA over the three-day weekend. Namely, lots and lots of festivals.
Silver Lake Jubilee Flyer
Silver Lake Jubilee

What:  A two-day street festival in Silver Lake featuring Aloe Blacc, KINKY, Autolux, La Sera, Abe Vigoda, Allah-Lahs, Eastern Conference Champions (one of my favorite local LA bands), The Soft Pack, and a bunch of other bands. Plus, food trucks, comedians, and a general committment to eco-consciousness. Remember to bring your own water bottle so you can fill up for free at their water fountains.

See full schedule

When:
  Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27

Where: Santa Monica Blvd between Commonweath & Sunset

Tickets:
  You can get two-day passes at Amoeba Hollywood now or get tickets at the gates. If you're buying tickets at the gate, you can save $3-$6 by presenting your LA Metro card/receipt.


JazzReggae Flier
The JazzReggae Festival

Behind the Scenes of our "What's In My Bag?" Video with The Hives

Posted by Rachael McGovern, April 19, 2012 06:53pm | Post a Comment
Swedish garage rock quintet The Hives visited Amoeba Hollywood today for a What's In My Bag? video on their way to the desert for Coachella weekend #2. This is the band's second time playing Coachella (their first was in 2003) and, after last weekend's performance at the festival, they were excited to be heading back for another show. Their new album, Lex Hives - their first album in five years - is out June 5 on band's Disques Hive label.

At the end of the shoot, the band was joined by honorary Hives member and unofficial Amoeba mascot CASH the dog

The Hives at Amoeba

The Hives Pelle Almqvist Vigilante Carlstroem The Hives
Howlin' Pelle Almqvist (vocals)
Vigilante Carlstroem (guitar) 

Chris Dangerous The Hives Nicholaus Arson The Hives
Chris Dangerous (drums)
Nicholaus Arson (guitar) 

Dr. Matt Destruction The Hives
Dr. Matt Destruction (bass)

The Hives

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