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Show Recap: Tanlines, SISU and Roses at Sayers Club

Posted by Billy Gil, August 22, 2014 05:48pm | Post a Comment

Tanlines headlined a trio of dreamy indie-pop bands for the latest Red Bull Sound Select show, which happened Aug. 20 at Sayers Club in Hollywood, curated by Amoeba.

roses sayers clubL.A. trio Roses came out bouncing around on stage with a set of new wavey tracks, about half of which could be found on their new EP, Dreamlover. After a couple of upbeat new ones, they got slow and dreamy for “The Fog” before returning to a bobbing dance beat for “Florence Girls.” Guitarist Juan Velasquez remarked that the couch-laden venue felt like MTV Unplugged, something I’d noticed upon entering (or perhaps “VH1 Storytellers”?), and the band finished with a new song that combined Cars-style palm-muted guitars with frontman Marc Steinberg’s intoning vocals.

 

 

 

 

 

sisu fluteSISU came on next, the project from Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu. In SISU, she’s on guitar and vocals, singing “stash a secret deep in you heart” like it’s a command over thumping krautrock on “Blood Tears,” the title track to her excellent album. Sometimes sultry and hazy, other times crushing with pulverizing guitars, SISU struck the right balance on songs like “Harpoons,” which pairs a grim tone and eerie effects in its verses with a sweetly sung, romantic chorus. A friend said it reminded him a bit of Adore-era Smashing Pumpkins sung by a woman, while I was thinking a lot of Curve—both great comparisons in my book! A flute by the mic was the cause of much speculation/excitement, which Vu brought out for a quick flute solo before returning to more tasty shoegaze crunch.
 

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Weekly Roundup: Allah-Las, White Fence, Deerhoof, Useless Eaters, Tomorrows Tulips

Posted by Billy Gil, August 22, 2014 09:19am | Post a Comment

Allah-Las – “Buffalo Nickel”

allah-lasThe third track Allah-Las have previewed from their upcoming new album, Worship the Sun (out Sept. 16 on Innovative Leisure, preorder now on LP or CD),is the most pop-oriented yet, with its ba ba ba verses and easygoing vibe, though there’s a nice deserty drone beneath it. The band will be at Amoeba Music for a free in-store performance Sept. 5 at 5 p.m., come check it out!

 

White Fence – “Like That” video

white fenceWhite Fence’s new album, For the Recently Found Innocent, is so good they should throw Tim Presley in jail. In fact, that’s what happens in the video for “Like That.” And speaking of, keep an eye out for an upcoming episode of “What’s In My Bag?” with Presley.

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Pop Singer LP Comes to GRAMMY Museum for The Drop

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2014 08:07pm | Post a Comment

lp singerPop-rock singer LP will appear at The GRAMMY Museum Sept. 3 for The Drop, featuring a performance as well as a discussion with the artist. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. The show starts at 8 p.m.

New York-born Laura Pergolizzi is known for her shock of dark, curly hair, androgynous glam style and, most of all, a powerful set of pipes that leave most of her pop contemporaries in the dust. LP cut her teeth writing songs for other people, such as Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That)” and Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful People,” while also driving a van around the country, playing 250 shows a year. A number of previous major-label debuts didn’t pan out, but LP persevered and released her first EP, the live release Into the Wild: Live at EastWest Studios, in 2012. Now she’s finally released her debut LP, the upbeat, charming Forever For Now, produced by GRAMMY-winning producer and Warner Bros. Records chairman Rob Cavallo.

A performance will be accompanied by a discussion moderated by VP of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman.

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Yuna Comes to Grand Performances For Free Concert Sept. 6

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2014 06:39pm | Post a Comment

yuna nocturnal lpMalaysian-born pop singer Yuna will appear at Grand Performances in Downtown L.A. Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. The show is free. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event. It’s hosted by KCRW’s Raul Campos. Come say hi at our booth and spin our prize wheel.

Yuna combines worldbeat touches with stunning acoustic guitar and Western pop melodies on albums like Nocturnal. Hear Yuna’s voice soar over a clap-along beat on “Rescue” for a taste:

Oh, and she does a killer cover of one of the best songs in recent years, Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You”:

Grand Performances is a nonprofit that puts on free shows that aim to reflect global culture and inspire community among the people of L.A. They take place at California Plaza at 350 South Grand Avenue.

Roses Chat With the Amoeblog Before Show at Sayers Club

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2014 11:37am | Post a Comment

rosesL.A. trio Roses spin out gorgeous tunes that blur the line between dreamy introspection and new-wave pop abandon on their debut EP, Dreamlover. The band, which features ex-Abe Vigoda member Juan Velasquez on guitar with Marc Steinberg on vocals/keyboards and Victor Herrera on bass, will be at Sayers Club tonight for the next Red Bull Sound Select show, along with Tanlines and SISU, who we caught up with yesterday. The show is only $3 with an RSVP and starts at 8 p.m.; hope to see you there!

We spoke with Velasquez a bit about his new band and the recently released Dreamlover before the show.

You guys were friends for a while before becoming a band. Tell me a little bit about how you guys formed.

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