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Show Recap: Tanlines at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, May 20, 2015 05:18pm | Post a Comment

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Tanlines have always stood out among the crowded field of electro-pop bands. Their 2012 debut, Mixed Emotions, was clever without being pretentious, cute without being cloying, and hooky as hell to the point that we'd go see them play live years after the fact and without a new album.

tanlines highlights lpNow, with a sturdy new album finally under their belts, the reliably fine live band came out to Amoeba Hollywood May 19 to play a set from the just-released Highlights. The duo (live, a quartet) launched into their first-ever Amoeba set with countryish ballad “Invisible Ways,” a bold choice since it’s one example of how Highlights hops genres and strays from the electro-pop mold, but it’s also one of the album's best songs and a chance for singer Eric Emm to do his best Bryan Ferry over jangling chords.

“We’re not used to seeing this many CDs in the audience,” bassist/keyboardist/percussionist Jesse Cohen said before diving into the surf-rocky new wave of “Slipping Away.” “I love that song!” he said as they tended to their sound and intro’d Mixed Emotions’ “Brothers,” awash with synth and ratcheting forward on live electronic drums. The moody “Bad Situations” followed, again nicely featuring live electronic drums and Emm’s breaking croon.

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King Tuff Rules the Next Red Bull Sound Select Show May 28

Posted by Billy Gil, May 15, 2015 04:38pm | Post a Comment

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Glam-rockin’ garage dude King Tuff will headline the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles May 28 at the Del Monte Speakeasy.

This 21+ show is just $3 with an RSVP and $12 at the door. (RSVP does not guarantee you entry, so plan to arrive early.) It’s curated by our friends at Flood Magazine.

L.A.’s King Tuff first hit big with his 2012 self-titled debut, a rollicking collection of lo-fi pop rock jams about how awesome it is to be “Alone & Stoned,” among other subjects. He followed with 2014’s heavier and headier Black Moon Spell, which looks to proto-metal titans like Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath for inspiration while still retaining his signature pop hooks and catchy riffs. Watch the video for “Black Moon Spell” below for a taste.

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Deserted at the Palms Announces Lineup Featuring King Tuff, No Age and More

Posted by Billy Gil, May 8, 2015 11:53am | Post a Comment

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The next annual Deserted at the Palms festival in Wonder Valley, Calif., will feature garage-rock liege King Tuff and noise-rock veterans No Age, among many others, on May 30.

Taking place at a shabby cool bar in the middle of the Mojave called The Palms (where word is beer costs two bucks and twinkies are sold), Deserted at the Palms offers a weekend of camping, interactive art, vendors, a “wet zone” and of course lots of cool music. The lineup also includes Black Bananas, Sonny & The Sunsets, Magic Trick, Jack Name, Part Time, Pharaohs, Nedelle Torrisi, The Memories, Zig Zags, Bloody Death Skull, Kim & The Created, Feels, Zombelle, L.A. Takedown, Butchy Fuego, Anna Oxygen and Barfth.

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Pluuto Comes to The GRAMMY Museum on March 31

Posted by Amoebite, March 19, 2015 01:15pm | Post a Comment

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Pluuto will appear on March 31 at The GRAMMY Museum’s next edition of “The Drop.” Tickets are $15 for the performance and discussion at the museum’s Clive Davis Theater. The show starts at 8 p.m.

The band Pluuto incorporates many sounds—psychedelia, progressive rock, jazz, electronica and rock ‘n’ roll, namely. But what could sound like a crazy mess sounds revelatory on tracks like “Alice in Wonderland,” a song that will appear on their upcoming first EP, due March 31.

The L.A.-based group consists of Elmo Lovano (drums), Sergio Flores (saxophone/flute), Nick Maybury (guitar) and Kristian Attard (bass). Maybury originally formed the group to work on material he’d written after the group members met at Lovano’s Camerata (a weekly art and music event in Hollywood).

Each member has an impressive resume: Lovano has played with Christina Perri and Skrillex; Flores has played with The Faceless, Redfoo and Zedd, and is none other than the viral video star Sexy Sax Man; Maybury has worked with Michelle Branch, Cherie Currie (The Runaways), Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction), LP and others; and Attard with Heart, Jason Mraz and Meghan Trainor. Together, the band explores unusual arrangements, improvisation, dynamics and programming to create their hybrid sound.

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How To Dress Well Plays Next Red Bull Sound Select Show in Hollywood Feb. 25

Posted by Amoebite, February 4, 2015 10:26am | Post a Comment

how to dress well red bull sound selectIndie R&B star How To Dress Well will headline the next L.A. Red Bull Sound Select show at The Sayer's Club in Hollywood on Wednesday, February 25. The show is $3 on arrival with RSVP, and it’s 21-and-over. An RSVP doesn’t guarantee you entry, though, and as this should be a bigger show, arrive early to make sure you get in.

how to dress well what is this heartHow To Dress Well began as a bedroom project for Tom Krell, combining swooning R&B melodies with washes of lo-fi noise, and has evolved into a more polished electro-soul style over the course of three critically acclaimed albums. His latest, last year’s “What Is This Heart?”, landed on many year-end best-of lists. Check out part one of his three-video trilogy from “What Is This Heart?”, “Repeat Pleasure”:

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