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April Red Bull Sound Select Show Features Mr Little Jeans

Posted by Billy Gil, April 11, 2014 11:52am | Post a Comment

mr little jeansThe Red Bull Sound Select Series continues in April with Mr Little Jeans live at The Roxy April 24. The show is curated by our friends at KCRW 89.9 FM. RSVP for $3 tickets.

Mr Little Jeans is the project by Monica Birkenes, a Norwegian singer who writes sugarcoated electro-pop ditties that stick in your head long after they’ve stopped playing. Her recently released full-length album features terrific songs like the uplifting “Rescue Song,” a moody, electro-noir cover of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” and “Oh Sailor,” which features the local Silverlake Conservatory of Music Youth Chorale. It’s out now on CD and will be available on LP April 15.

avid dancerShe’s supported by Avid Dancer and Breakfast. Avid Dancer’s Jacob Summers is a former U.S. Marine and world champion at rudimental snare drumming. Now, he’s a psych-pop artist with an infectious single out called “Stop Playing With My Heart.”

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Weekly Roundup: Thee Oh Sees, Warpaint, Tijuana Panthers, Audacity, LIZ, Bart Davenport, The Fresh & Onlys, Vertical Scratchers

Posted by Billy Gil, April 11, 2014 10:51am | Post a Comment

Thee Oh Sees – “Drop” video

thee oh seesSo I guess Thee Oh Sees are still breaking up? I feel like I’ll believe it when I see it. But in the meantime, their new album, Drop, is due April 19 , aka Record Store Day (you can preorder it now on LP or CD). The visuals for their new video for the power-poppin’ title track reminds me of Spirograph and origami, except a lot cooler. Here it is, via Spin.

 

Warpaint – “Disco//Very” and “Keep it Healthy” video

warpaintI picture Warpaint a lot shier than they appear in the video for two songs from its recent, self-titled second album. For the darkly danceable “Disco//Very,” we see them cavorting in the streets with a bunch of skaters, coming off a bit like the girl gang from The Craft. Lots of fun hand-dancing. Then, night falls for the chiller “Keep It Healthy,” which sees the ladies’ nocturnal tune soundtrack nighttime skate tricks. Very cool, fun stuff that shows the band doesn’t take itself too seriously. Also Warpaint is one of the best albums of the year so far and you should get it now.

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10 Up-and-Coming Artists You Should Get to Coachella Early For

Posted by Billy Gil, April 9, 2014 09:16am | Post a Comment

We’re all excited about OutKast reuniting for Coachella. And who doesn’t love seeing The Knife or Arcade Fire? But there are plenty of just-under-the-radar bands playing the two-weekend festival (April 11-13 and 18-20). Here’s our list of 10 bands it’s worth getting there early for. (And by the way, Coachella set times have been announced.)

 

Flatbush Zombies

Friday at 12:25 p.m.

flatbush zombiesPart of the “Beast Coast” movement, the Brooklyn hip-hop group proves the music scene there is more than just a bunch of skinny white dudes with guitars. The acid-rap group debuted its Wu-Tang-inspired rhymes on this year’s It’s All a Matter of Perspective EP and a handful of mixtapes, but we’ve yet to see a full album. Be there so you can say you saw them before they blew up.

 

Wye Oak

Friday at 1:05 p.m.

wye oakSimilarly to another Baltimore duo, Wye Oak spin out beautiful tunes highlighted by Jenn Wasner’s husky, emotive vocals. But now the band has moved to Portland and ditched the dreamy guitars entirely, remaking the band’s sound for its upcoming album Shriek, due April 29 on Merge (preorder on LP or CD). The album’s lead single, “The Tower,” is stuttering, strange and alluring art-pop closer to St. Vincent than Beach House.

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Amoeba Partners With Jazz at LACMA

Posted by Billy Gil, April 8, 2014 11:33am | Post a Comment

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When the weather’s nice, L.A. becomes a great place to hear live jazz music in the outdoors.

Every Friday night at 6 p.m. from mid-April to late November, LACMA offers free jazz shows in the lawn area. Amoeba is proud to be a community sponsor of the event.

pete escovedo Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra opens the program on Friday, April 18. Featuring legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo, who has performed with Santana, Herbie Hancock and Tito Puente, among others, the performance will pay tribute to pioneering jazz keyboardist George Duke.

The series, which features leading jazz artists from Southern California, continues with Russell Ferrante & Bob Mintzer Quartet May 2, Lesa Terry and Collective Spirit May 9, and Jacques Lesure Quartet May 16.

See the whole list of performers here.

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Album Picks: De Lux, EMA, OFF!, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, The Mary Onettes

Posted by Billy Gil, April 8, 2014 08:01am | Post a Comment

De LuxVoyage (LP or CD)

de lux lp amoebaThere’s been a hole in our hearts lately where dance-rock bands of yore used to reside. De Lux fill that hole admirably with immediate, expansive dance rockers that aren’t short on detail or hooks. “Better at Making Time” opens the album subtly, letting its disco bass groove enter four minutes in after giving Sean Guerin’s David Byrne-ish vocals a chance to sink in. “Movements” is a true groover, made up of a bunch of interlocking parts—a simple-yet-effective bassline and guitar lick in lockstep, washy synths and chiming bells—while Guerin’s vocals get wilder and wilder. The duo of multi-instrumentalists Guerin and Isaac Franco let each song breathe and unfold at its own speed, giving it a couple minutes in “I’ve Got to Make a Solid Statement (No More Likes & Ums)” before singing a word so we that Stevie Wonder-style clavinet and spacey effects can soak in. Of course, when they get to it, as on the superb “Love Is a Phase,” the result is a space-disco opus that leaves you head over heels for the band. Though Voyage is stuffed with cool references, they never feel forced or overdone. It feels as though the young band has digested decades of smart party jams and picked the choices parts to make their own thing—though you could compare them to LCD Soundsystem or The Rapture, for instance, on songs like “Make Space,” most of the time De Lux never sound imitative of those bands, as tunes like the interstellar “On the Day” stand completely on their own. It makes Voyage all the more pleasurable, and not at all in a guilty way. Smart disco-punk that makes us dance while satisfying our inner music-snobs? We’ll take it and more, please.

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