Savages take all the nonsense that comes with being a much-hyped buzz band and pummel it into the ground on their intense sophomore album. Love and its various manifestations fuels these songs — “if you don’t love me, don’t love anybody,” androgynous frontwoman Jehnny Beth sings over a grinding riff on “The Answer.” The jagged post-punk groove of a song like “Husbands” returns on “Evil,” though it’s darker and more drawn out, as the band knows it can command attention without having to shake it out as it once did. Though many of these songs go for the jugular, restraint serves the band well on “Adore,” a slow-burner that clears the way for a Beth’s singular refrain, “I adore life,” a statement of purpose that drives the band into a fearless crescendo. It takes that kind of conviction to overcome the bullshit of being in an all-female band and both held to an unfair standard and knocked down by anyone tired of the hype — as if the breathless coverage of the band’s live shows and prior album, Silence Yourself, was at all their fault. It doesn’t matter, anyway —the band’s follow-up album is endlessly intriguing and, despite lacking obvious hooks, grips you the more you listen. Simply allow the band to exist on its own terms, and you won’t be disappointed by Adore Life. Watch their episode of "What's In My Bag?" below.
Amoeba Hollywood is proud to announce a partnership with Teragram Ballroom in which we’ll be the only place in town to buy physical tickets besides the venue itself. And we’re kicking things off with tickets to garage rock overlord Ty Segall’s two sold-out shows at the Teragram Jan. 15-16! We will have a limited number of tickets to both nights for sale in-store at Amoeba Hollywood starting Thursday, Jan. 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets will be available for all shows at the Teragram the day they are announced with our low $2 ticket service fee. We will have a small amount of tickets for every show available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Teragram Ballroom has been lovingly created by the same folks who own the Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom in New York City. With a capacity of 600, it’s one of the best places to see an intimate show in Los Angeles.
Teragram also has a great selection of beers, including Lagunitas IPA, Angel City IPA and 805 on tap in addition to a full bar. If you're in their neighborhood during the day, they have a cafe that serves breakfast and lunch items as well as Lavazza coffee from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Now that the year's over, it’s time to look ahead into 2016. There are already several exciting releases announced for the new year, so here’s your preview of what’s coming out in the next couple of months.
David Bowie’s upcoming 25th album will be released on the venerable artist’s 69th birthday. It’s a seven-song release featuring a few extended tracks, like the nearly 10-minute electro-orchestral opus that is the title track, which also is being used as the opening song for the TV series “The Last Panthers.” So far, we’ve also heard “Lazarus” and “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime),” all of which are fueling anticipation for this being one of the best albums of Bowie’s later career.
Purity Ring make Cocteau Twins-style dream pop by way of Salem’s hard-hitting witchhouse on an album more notable for its smooth blending of related genres than for its actual songwriting, but they’ve got a sweet sound nonetheless.
Cold Showers’ short and sweet debut heralds the arrival of a great new L.A. band, beaming shoegaze guitars over darkwave synths and goth-style vocals. (Read my review of Cold Showers' show here.)