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Sea Wolf Headlines Next Red Bull Sound Select Show at Sayers Club July 23

Posted by Billy Gil, July 1, 2014 10:47am | Post a Comment

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Local folk-rockers Sea Wolf will headline the next Red Bull Sound Select show at The Sayers Club in Hollywood July 23. It’s $3 with an RSVP and it's 21+ only. The show starts at 8 p.m.

sea wolfSea Wolf is led by Alex Brown Church, first coming to prominence with 2007’s Leaves in the River album and its single, “You’re a Wolf.” Since then, Sea Wolf have released three more albums—White Water, White Bloom; Old World Romance; and this year’s Kickstarter-funded Song Spells, No. 1: Cedarsmoke, which is due for wide release this month.

As Red Bull’s shows aim to showcase underheard local talent, Sea Wolf will be joined by local electronic pop acts Rare Times and White Rainbow. L.A. duo Rare Times fuse loungey synthesizers and R&B and New Age touches on songs like “No One’s Looking Out.” White Rainbow is the project by L.A.-based Adam Forkner, who makes hard-hitting electro jams like “Be the Dancer, Be the Dreamer.”

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Album Picks: Beverly, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde

Posted by Billy Gil, July 1, 2014 08:34am | Post a Comment

Beverly - Careers (LP, CD)

beverly careers lpFizzy, alt-rock distortion, cooing, girlish vocals and surf-pop melodies make up this duo’s incredibly likable debut record. With Frankie Rose (of solo, Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts fame) on board, Drew Citron’s delicate songs get just the right amount of rhythmic punch and fuzzy bite. The songs range from sweet and easy (“Honey Do”) to kind of creepy and menacing (“Planet Birthday”) in a quiet girl in the back of the class kind of way. It’s not the most original thing you’ve ever heard—you can easily pick out the Pixies/Breeders references on songs like “Madora”—but that shouldn’t curb your enjoyment, as these two are far from the first to pull from that well. They’re even better on songs like “All the Things,” which build from that mold but stretch into strange ways, blending melodies and chords into the grays in between the bright color bands. And the production is pure ’80s college rock heaven, sounding like remastered C86 tracks or early Rough Trade songs that hadn’t seen the light of day before. So, you may know what you’re getting with Beverly, but in the capable hands of these two, that proves to be a very good thing.

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Bon Iver Premieres New Song "Heavenly Father" From Zach Braff Film

Posted by Billy Gil, June 30, 2014 03:11pm | Post a Comment

Bon Iver has a new song on the soundtrack to the upcoming Zach Braff film Wish I Was Here called “So Now What,” and you can stream the ghostly electro-folk number on NPR.

You may recall Zach Braff had a huge soundtrack hit for Garden State back in the day, in which manic pixie dream girl extreme Natalie Portman told Braff The Shins would change his life. Guess they did, ’cause this new soundtrack will also feature a new song by The Shins called “So Now What” that was premiered earlier; you can stream that here.

The soundtrack to Wish I Was Here is due July 15 on CD, digitally and Aug. 5 on vinyl from Columbia. The movie is out in theaters July 18.

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Show Recap: Robyn & Royksopp at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted by Billy Gil, June 30, 2014 12:37pm | Post a Comment

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Robyn & Royksopp absolutely tore it up for a sold-out, double-headliner bill at the Hollywood Bowl last night. The pair were promoting their new collaborative mini-album, Do It Again, and while that album is plenty terrific and they did play songs from it, both acts also made good with the hits, and Robyn played a couple of rare and/or new songs.

Royksopp played a set healthy with songs from their earlier albums (such as A.M.’s “Eple” and “Poor Leno”) and perhaps understandably with fewer tracks from their most recent album, Senior, a darker and instrumental affair compared with the flashing lights and high-profile guest spots of 2009’s companion album, Junior. The songs from that album sounded fantastic here, with a guest singer standing in nicely for The Knife/Fever Ray’s Karin Dreijer Andersson (no terrifying mask, though) on Junior highlight “This Must Be It.” It sounded fantastic, though perhaps a bit subdued, but that may have been due to me having nosebleed seats.

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Bid on Arcade Fire Tickets And More at Our Next Charity Auction July 5 at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, June 27, 2014 05:40pm | Post a Comment
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Shelagh Ratner

Join us at Amoeba Hollywood for our next charity auction July 5 at 4 p.m. featuring guest host Shelagh Ratner.

Your bid on tickets, gift certificates and more goes to help LA Love & Leashes, a non-profit-run “pet store” dedicated to finding homes for dogs and cats from L.A.’s six city shelters. Amoeba will match winning bids up to $1,000.

At this auction, we’ll have:

- A $50 Trader Joe’s gift card + vintage lunchbox

- A $50 Urban Outfitters gift card

- A signed Charo CD!

- A VIP pass to the Amoeba in-store event of your choice!

- And concert tickets to the following shows:

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Arcade Fire

  - Haim – Aug. 7 at the Wiltern

  - Jenny Lewis – Aug. 9 at the Wiltern

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