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X to Play First Four Albums in Their Entirety Live at the Roxy in July

Posted by Billy Gil, May 28, 2014 04:53pm | Post a Comment

x bandLegendary L.A. punks X will play their first four albums, each in their entirety, at four separate shows in July at L.A.'s The Roxy.

First up is Los Angeles, the band's landmark 1980 debut. The band will play the album start-to-finish July 10, the Los Angeles Times reports. After that, the band will play Wild Gift July 11, Under the Big Black Sun July 12 and More Fun in the New World July 13.

Tickets to each show will be available starting at 10 a.m. on May 30. Tickets for the Los Angeles show can be found here, and/or pick up tickets for the Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World shows.

Tickets are $35 a piece. The shows are expected to be about an hour long, and they start at 8 p.m.

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Led Zeppelin Bow 'Whole Lotta Love' Rough Mix Ahead of Reissues

Posted by Billy Gil, May 27, 2014 02:26pm | Post a Comment

Next week, rock greats Led Zeppelin will reissue their first three albums, the unimpeachable run of Led Zeppelin I, II and III. Ahead of those June 3 releases, the Zep have unveiled a rough mix of the classic "Whole Lotta Love," which will appear on the reissue of Led Zeppelin II. Give it a stream below:

Here's what the band had to say about the mix, via RollingStone:

"This version of 'Whole Lotta Love' is the mix down from the night that we recorded it, so it doesn't have any of the overdubs that everyone will be familiar with, because when they hear this they'll think, 'Oh yeah, that's the original' and all of a sudden they'll go 'No, it's not,'" Robert Plant said in a statement.

"You can see how songs grow," Jimmy Page said. "There must have been five or six other takes of that, which are not present. So the shaping of these things is very interesting and you can hear with this particular version that we haven't quite reached the point yet, and that it's very, very close."

Each of the three albums have been remastered, and their deluxe versions include bonus tracks. Led Zeppelin I will have a bonus concert recorded live in Paris in October 1969. II's bonus disc has this version of "Whole Lotta Love," plus a never-released song, "La La," and the backing tracks for "Thank You" and "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)." III has the instrumental that would become "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," called "Jennings Farm Blues," plus and instrumental version of "Out on the Titles" (called "Bathroom Sound") and a blues medley of "Key to the Highway" and "Trouble in Mind."

You can preorder all three albums in various versions below:

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Stuff Your Face at LA Street Food Fest June 28

Posted by Billy Gil, May 27, 2014 01:28pm | Post a Comment

la street food festAmoeba is sponsoring the LA Street Food Fest, with gourmet street eats at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on June 28 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The all-ages Summer Tasting Event, now in its fifth year, features food from nearly 100 chefs, restaurants, carts and trucks, plus craft beer, cocktails, music, free parking and more. It’s a pay-once, eat-and-drink-a-lot deal. Tickets are $55 or $85 for VIP/early admission at 4 p.m. (plus a service fee) for all you can eat and drink.

Participants are still being announced, but here are some things to look forward to:

-A craft beer garden, tequila tent and mixology cocktails (21+)

-An ice cream social, featuring frozen treats

-Vote for a People’s Choice Award in the Street Food Cook-Off

Parking at the Rose Bowl will be free for ticket holders. Find out more at lastreetfoodfest.com.

See a video of what to expect below:

Album Picks: Sharon Van Etten, Hundred Waters, Owen Pallett

Posted by Billy Gil, May 27, 2014 09:26am | Post a Comment

Sharon Van Etten - Are We There (LP, Deluxe LP, CD, Download)

sharon van etten are we there lpSharon Van Etten's new release takes the sound she's been carefully crafting over four albums and injects it with a dose of drama, billowing out her songs until they threaten to overwhelm you with emotion. Ambition looks good on her—and the songs on Are We There even seem to address this change. Opener "Afraid of Nothing" gives her voice enough room to belt, shedding some of the modesty of her previous work. "Even I'm taking my chances" she sings knowingly over an electronic beat on "Taking Chances," that foray into electronica carrying over to songs like the delicate, Beach House-ish "Our Love." On showstopper "Your Love Is Killing Me," Van Etten gives it her all, imbuing the chorus with such emotion in her low vibratto, it's impossible not to get goosebumps. Yet even as she's clearly reaching for the brass ring on Are We There, Van Etten still sounds tastefully restrained when need be, never losing her cool. It's a win-win—new listeners will undoubtedly be taken with Van Etten's powerful voice and immaculately crafted songs, while longtime fans are bestowed her best album yet.

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Twilight Concert Series to Start July 10 with Cults, James Supercave

Posted by Billy Gil, May 23, 2014 02:58pm | Post a Comment

twilight concert seriesSince it's Memorial Day Weekend, we can start saying it's summer, right? Summer concert lineups like FYF Fest are being announced left and right (weekend passes for that festival are still on sale at Amoeba Hollywood, BTW), and now the Twilight Concert Series has announced its summer lineup of free concerts at the Santa Monica Pier.

The 30th anniversary of the concert series will kick off with indie-pop bands Cults and James Supercave July 10 at the pier from 7 to 10 p.m. The series continues every Thursday through Sept. 11.

The rest of the announced lineup is as follows:

July 17 – Heavenly Voices: Yuna w/King

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July 24 – PCH Top Down Sounds: Cayucas w/Papa

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