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Grand Performances' 30th Season: Kneedelus, Troker, Mexrrissey & More

Posted by Amoebite, June 27, 2016 02:32pm | Post a Comment

Grand Performances, L.A.’s “Best free outdoor Summer concert series," returns for its 30th season with Grand Performances, Los Angeles, L.A.a lineup reflecting the city’s diversity. These free concerts take place on a stage built into a water fountain at California Plaza in Downtown L.A. and keep going all summer long.

Join Amoeba Music on Friday, July 1 for the jazz-rock stylings of Troker and Kneedelus, the collaboration between the instrumental quintet Kneebody and electronic musician Daedelus, and on Saturday, July 9 for Mexrrissey, a re-imagining of Morrissey in a south-of-the-border love letter. Spin our prize wheel, get gift certificates, and more! Both shows start at 8pm. Look for us later in July and August as well.

Check out Grand Performances' full schedule HERE.

Troker   Kneedelus
Troker   Kneedelus
Mexrrissey
Mexrrissey

 

Amoeba Muralist Michael Alvarez Debuts Paintings at MaRS April 30

Posted by Amoebite, April 26, 2016 06:40pm | Post a Comment

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Have you ever seen the mural that surrounds the garage entrance to Amoeba Music in Hollywood? With musicians from soul, punk, hip hop and rock ‘n’ roll, it perfectly gets you into the mindset for crate diggin’. Here are some pictures to jog your memory.

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The mural is the handy work of artists Tony Tee and Michael Alvarez, the latter of who is having his first solo exhibition, “Sorealism,” at Museum as Retail Space (MaRS) starting this Saturday, April 30. His 18 oil paintings will be on view through June 4.

Alvarez grew up in Northeast Los Angeles, an area currently facing a ton of changes as the gentrification wave heads east. The subjects of his paintings come from the area’s community spaces and domestic life, rendered in an unfiltered, true-to-life style. See some of his work below. (Some of it is NSFW; the raciest we'll post here just has a man mooning the viewer.)

michael alvarez painting

michael alvarez painting

michael alvarez painting take a hikeA public reception on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. will feature a food pop-up by East Los Musubi, which brings new flavors to the classic Hawaiian snack of spam and rice wrapped in seaweed. Find out more here.

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FYF Fest Tickets On Sale at Amoeba Hollywood April 1

Posted by Amoebite, March 29, 2016 01:30pm | Post a Comment

FYF Fest Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood April 1

The lineup for this year's FYF Fest was just announced today and it features a diverse and amazing roster including headliners Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem, and Grace Jones. Not to mention Air, Grimes, Charles Bradley, Father John Misty, Todd Terje, and Vince Staples...

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 1 at 12pm. You can buy 2-day general admission weekend passes in-store at Amoeba Hollywood starting Friday at noon for $212 total. Limit of 4 tickets per person, cash or credit cards accepted (except for American Express). Store credit cannot be applied to ticket sales. (Single day and VIP tickets will also go on sale at the same time, but you'll have to buy those online.)

See the full lineup below:

FYF Fest 2016 Lineup

 

10 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Posted by Amoebite, January 12, 2016 06:20pm | Post a Comment

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Monday, Jan. 18 marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year, which falls near the civil rights leader’s 87th birthday on Jan. 15. If you’ve got the day off, there are great opportunities to celebrate the day by hitting up some museums you’ve been meaning to check out or engage in other relevant cultural experiences. Whether you’re in L.A. or the Bay, we’ve got you covered.

LOS ANGELES

-The California African American Museum holds an annual “Cake for King” celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free, family-friendly event, held at the museum in Exposition Park, includes an art workshop, documentaries, storytelling, face painting, documentaries and a slice of homemade cake, while it lasts.

-The 31st Annual Kingdom Day Parade is the largest parade in the United States celebrating Dr. King. It starts on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at Western Avenue and runs down Crenshaw Boulevard to Vernon Avenue. The parade will feature marching bands, drill teams and tons of floats. Free to attend. It runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

-LACMA is free day on MLK, Jr. day and will offer bilingual tours, a family sketching activity, and live music by Dixieland blues/swing band The California Feetwarmers and the California Feetwarmers Dancers at 12:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. It opens at 11 a.m.

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Sapphic Musk Releases New "Kittenz" Single + Music Video

Posted by Amoebite, July 16, 2015 12:13pm | Post a Comment

Ever wondered what a crowd surfing feline looks like? Thanks to the newly released Sapphic Musk "Kittenz" music video you can see it happen!

The self proclaimed "homo-centric Euro-Nordic hard rock" band Sapphic Musk created something that is sure to set the blogosphere ablaze. "Kittenz," the latest single in the band's arsenal, is now available digitally via Amoeba.com. "Kittenz," produced by Bob Marlette (Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper), boasts heavy guitar riffs over big tight drums. It's the stuff that turns mosh pits into raging tornadoes! Tastefully produced and perfectly executed, the single definitely stands on its own. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, the ladies of Sapphic Musk drop a gem of a video to accompany their feline fantasy. 

Shot at the famed DIY punk venue The Smell, the video opens with the meow of a cute and cuddly kitten just before Sapphic Musk unleashes a sonic assault of rock goodness. Complete with on screen explosions and cut-aways of little kittens, the video has subtle nods to cheesy old school editing that makes for a super entertaining watch. But don't let the cute kittens fool you. Vocalist Sara T. Russell, dressed in a horned headpiece sings, "claws like demon knives, they don't die they've got nine lives..."  A simple reminder that even the cutest of kittens can be the most demonic. Guitarist Mia Ferraro and bassist Christy Greenwood lay down some serious headbanging while drummer Tammy Germani channels her inner Black Sabbath a la Bill Ward as Sapphic Musk rocks out to a packed house of die hard fans. The end result is an awesome song with a tongue-in-cheek video that is well worth the watch... over and over again.   

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