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Amoeba Presents The Drop at The Grammy Museum With Benmont Tench

Posted by Billy Gil, February 7, 2014 10:43am | Post a Comment

benmont techAmoeba Music is proud to be a sponsor of The Drop at the Grammy Museum featuring Benmont Tench on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available here. The show will feature a solo performance by Tench, as well as a conversation with the artist.

Who is Benmont Tench, you might ask? The keyboardist has been called the quintessential sideman. He's a founding member of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, having played on all of their recordings, the list of other artists whose recordings he's played on represents some of the all-time cream of the crop, including Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson, Green Day, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Dixie Chicks, The Replacements, John Prine, Waylon Jennings, John Fogerty, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones and Johnny Cash.

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Weekly Roundup: Kelela, So Many Wizards, Tony Molina, Teebs, Tashaki Miyaki, Gallant

Posted by Billy Gil, February 7, 2014 10:33am | Post a Comment

Kelela – “The High” [Prod. by Gifted & Blessed]

kelelaWe’re nuts about L.A.-based underground R&B songstress Kelela around these parts. Her debut mixtape, CUT 4 ME, was an all-around highlight of last year’s releases, featuring Kelela’s silky vocals and ace production work by a number of L.A. underground artists. Well she’s got a couple of tour dates announced, including an April 2 show at The Echo (tickets on sale Thursday at noon), and a new song with “The High,” produced by Gifted & Blessed. “I’d do anything for the high,” she sings passionately, breaking out her cocoon of chill without losing an ounce of cool. Great stuff.

 

So Many Wizards – “Daydream” video

so many wizardsAn L.A. band who’ve been bouncing around for a while and keep getting better and better, So Many Wizards latest songs have a cool, mysterious air to them without sacrificing the songwriting intricacies they debuted early on. “Daydream” lives up to its name musically, floating pensively along like a cloud, while its video is cute yet slightly nightmarish, staring frontman Nima Kazerouni’s grandmother alongside a lot of pretty young things with scary eyes. They’re at The Echoplex Sunday night with SISU, Tennis System, Heaven and Nightmare Air for Part Time PunksMy Bloody Valentine night, you besta be there!

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Red Bull Sound Select Presents FIDLAR, Curated by Amoeba Music

Posted by Billy Gil, February 5, 2014 10:24am | Post a Comment

fidlar red bull sound select amoebaL.A.-based garage rockers FIDLAR headline the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles at The Echoplex on Thursday, Feb. 27.

The all-ages show is curated by Amoeba Music and is $3 with RSVP or $12 at the door.

Red Bull Sound Select presents mothly shows in 11 cities featuring local acts, curated by local tastemakers. The last L.A. show featured Mac DeMarco. You can find out more about Red Bull Sound Select here.

See a performance from FIDLAR at Amoeba Hollywood below. You can read my interview with FIDLAR from last year here.

Opening the show will be Cheatahs and Cherry Glazerr, who recently released their debut album, Haxel Princess, full of sugary, dreamy songs of teenage-girl longing. Also on the bill is Isaac Rother & The Phantoms, featuring Isaac Rother, who recently moved to L.A. from Olympia, Wash., and reformed his band, who play a mean rock 'n' roll inspired by blues and novelty monster songs of the '60s. Check out songs by both bands below.

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Album Picks: Xiu Xiu, Juan Wauters, Marissa Nadler

Posted by Billy Gil, February 4, 2014 10:00am | Post a Comment

Xiu XiuAngel Guts: Red Classroom (CD or LP)

xiu xiu angel guts: red classroomXiu Xiu’s best album in years harkens back to their darkest early days with an uncompromising sound. Trading in the pop tones of  his last couple of albums for a palette of grays and blacks, aided by harsh (in the best way) analog synths, Angel Guts gets Jamie Stewart back into his most confrontational mode, though there are still unmistakable pop hooks (something Stewart hasn’t quite ever gotten credit for) lurking beneath songs like “Stupid in the Dark.”

 

 

Juan Wauters N.A.P. North American Poetry (CD, LP or Download)

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Show Recap: Crystal Antlers at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, February 3, 2014 10:23am | Post a Comment

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Crystal AntlersNothing Is Real was a bit of a dark horse, released last year without as much fanfare as it could have had, given that it’s maybe the L.A. band’s best full-length to date. So it was great to see them play songs from it at Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 31, showing off a focus on melodic, dynamic rock songs that crystal antlers nothing is real lp amoebafold in some of their psych tendencies in favor of directly tunneling into a listener’s ear. They sounded particularly strong on single “Rattlesnake,” with its ascendant riffs, cool tempo changes and great shout-along chorus. I hadn’t seen the band since their Long Beach days, and it made me nostalgic on a song like “Licorice Pizza,” which features blown-out sax in a call back to their earlier, freakier days. The Sonic Youth-y song “We All Gotta Die,” more of a ballad on the album, sounded full and terrific onstage. “Andrew,” from 2009’s Tentacles, sounded great amongst the new tunes, hurling forth through a washy end and into their last song, which rode a “Heroes”-style Bowie riff while singer Jonny Bell unleashed his best screams.

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