Performing as a five-piece, Quadron began by starting the sutble groove of “LFT,” a highlight of their recently released Avalanche album. Singer Coco O emerged to give the song its ascendant melody. They moved into the funky “Favorite Star,” and Coco said it was a “dream come true” to be playing Amoeba. They kept things mellow, playing the sultry and emotional “Sea Salt,” one of the softer songs on Avalanche, which Coco said was one of her favorites on the album. They called out hero Michael Jackson for “Neverland,” possibly named after the King of Pop’s ranch home, while the music calls to mind smooth Jackson jams, such as “Man in the Mirror.” They finished the quick, soft set with “It’s Gonna Get You,” which nicely featured the band’s backup harmonies over the song’s mechanical groove. See more photos of the show here.
Crocodiles Stream New Song ‘Teardrop Guitar’
Shoegaze guitar fans, rejoice — San Diego’s Crocodiles have a new album coming out. Following last year’s fine Endless Flowers comes Crimes of Passion, due Aug. 20 on Frenchkiss. They’re already premiered “Crimes of Passion,” and now comes the melodic rush of “Teardrop Guitar,” a perfectly named slab of classic shoegaze, vibing early Verve and Ride while maintaining their own sense of scrappy rock ‘n’ roll grandeur. It’s streaming now at NPR.
Deerhoof Releases ‘Breaking Songs’ Video
S.F.’s Deerhoof has released a video for its track “Breakup Songs” from the album of the same name. It at first seems like a huge bummer — I worry that “Breakup Songs” is code for the band breaking up, though they’ve had an incredible run — and the video features a crow man seeming to bring death to plague-invested peasants. How this leads to a dance party? You’ll just have to watch.
On Sunday, June 23, LA Weekly invites Angelenos to come out for Tacolandia, their first annual celebration of our city’s favorite food, at the Hollywood Palladium parking lot from 12-5 p.m.
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Amoeba is a proud sponsor of the event, and we will be on hand with free swag and our prize wheel — come by and give it a spin to win Amoeba swag and Amoeba gift certificates, as well as concert tickets and promo prizes.
Tickets are $20 for general admission, which includes sampling from more than 30 food providers, and $40 for VIP, which also gets you unlimited beverages. Get your tickets here.
The fest includes a selection of taco crafters from Los Angeles, Orange County and even some from Baja, Mexico, as curated by renowned food blogger Bill Esparza. In addition, there’ll be music, a tequila garden and more.
Food providers include Cacao Mexicatessen, Cafecito Organico, Loteria Grill, Mariscos Jaliscos, Mo-chica and more; see a full list of who will be on hand here. Music will be provided by Mariachi Los Reyes.
Hope y’all are hungry — The LA Street Food Fest is back at the Rose Bowl June 29, from 3-9 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor the stage this year, which will feature indie rock cover band Black Crystal Wolf Kids.
The fest features 90+ food vendors, beer gardens, wine tasting, cocktails, live music, a photo booth and more. VIP early admission is $75; general admission from 5-9 p.m. is $50. Get your tickets here. Use code AmoebaFan13 at checkout for discounted tickets.
Both tickets will get you unlimited food and drink. In addition VIP members get a $30 credit to ride service Uber, while general admission ticket holders will get $20 in credit to the service. Parking is FREE at the Rose Bowl for this event.
A sample of some of the restaurants, food trucks and other food vendors from L.A. and Baja, Mexico that will be at the festival: Indian gastropub Badmaash; German sausage purveyors Currywurst; L.A. dining institution Fred 62; L.A. Mexican chain Loteria Grill; makers of veggie tacos and other non-meaty goodness Plant Food for People; and the aptly titled Grilled Cheese Truck. This is in addition to coffee from such providers as Handsome Coffee Roasters; liquor from Greenbar Distillery; a Singha beer garden; ice cream from Chunk-n-Chip, among others; and lots more.
With the glut of great garage rock bands in San Francisco, Cool Ghouls have their work cut out for them. Luckily for us, the young lads have tunes and energy for days, pouring out of their recently released self-titled debut in the form of country-rock licks, hippie harmonies and an infectious, sunny attitude. These aren’t poseurs trying to seem laid-back; songs like “Ballin’” are packed with little whiskey-soaked riffs and suddenly harmonic choruses, while “Natural Life” features subtle horns that give its summertime vibes added depth. Recorded by The Fresh & Onlys’ Tim Cohen, it’s a more-than-worthy entry into the S.F. psych-rock/garage rock canon. The band comes to L.A.’s The Smell Saturday June 8, with L.A. faves Dirt Dress, Santoros and Them Howling Bones. Additionally, they'll be at Phono Del Sol in S.F. July 13 and San Francisco Psych Fest Aug. 3. I quickly caught up with the band, made up of Pat Thomas (bass), Ryan Wong (guitar), Pat McDonald (singer/guitar) and Alex Fleshman (drums), all between the ages of 21 and 24, as they gathered around the phone in their Oakland home.
PST: Let’s start with the name. Was it a joke, is there a specific meaning?