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Show Recap: Veruca Salt at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, July 17, 2015 05:48pm | Post a Comment

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Nina Gordon and Louise Post of reunited alt-rockers Veruca Salt walked onstage at Amoeba Hollywood July 13 with smiles miles wide. The band had just released its first album with the original lineup in 18 years, the well-received Ghost Notes, after reconciling two years ago following a bitter falling out in the ’90s. Given their ability to overcome such a storied history and long hiatus, the positivity flowing from the two singer/guitarists was palpable. 

Gordon and Post held up their “set plates” (“There was no paper backstage, but there were plates,” Gordon explained) and began with the first song on Ghost Notes, “The Gospel According to Saint Me.” They looked at each other and smiled while harmonizing to the song’s autobiographical lyrics about the band’s breakup and reunion. Gordon’s lyrics about how “it’s gonna get loud, it’s gonna get heavy” may have felt ironic for an acoustic set, but they rang out to an appreciative audience of devotees who may have picked up on a small teaser to the American Thighs song “Victrola.”

veruca salt ghost notes cdThe singers’ chemistry and tension was as fascinating to watch as their performances. At one point, Post asked for less Gordon in her monitor. “I love you, but it’s just too much,” she said, but later admitted, “I miss you,” as though summing up their history.

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Tickets on Sale for Beserktown II With Thee Oh Sees, Royal Trux and More

Posted by Billy Gil, July 13, 2015 04:00pm | Post a Comment

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Tickets are now for sale for Beserktown II, taking place at the Observatory in Santa Ana Aug. 14-16. Single-day passes are $55 and a three-day pass is $125, and you can pick them up now at Amoeba Hollywood while supplies last with only a $2 service fee.

The punk-heavy show features such bands as Thee Oh Sees, Royal Trux, Total Control, Destruction Unit, Fucked Up, Lust for Youth, Sheer Mag, Black Bananas, White Lung and more. It's being put on by our friends at KXLU.

Check out our episode of "What's In My Bag?" with Black Bananas below, featuring Jennifer Herrema, also of Royal Trux, as well as an episode with Damian "Pink Eyes" Abraham of Fucked Up:

OOFJ Bring Their Electro-Pop Noir to Amoeba July 23

Posted by Billy Gil, July 10, 2015 09:15am | Post a Comment

oofjListening to OOFJ feels like watching a film noir from the future. Melodramatic strings, bubbling electronic beats and Katherine Mills-Rymer’s desperately breathy vocals come together for a sound that wouldn’t feel out of place in a new David Lynch or Roman Polanski film. That’s not accidental—while you could draw comparisons to bands like Portishead and Goldfrapp, the band’s composer, Jenno Bjornkjaer, has worked on film scores like Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, during which he met his musical and romantic partner in Mills-Rymer. The debut album from OOFJ (which stands for “orchestra of Jenno”) pulls heavily from filmic inspiration but manages to put that into four-minute electro-pop songs that are heady and addictively catchy in equal doses.

I took a minute to speak with the duo before their performances at Amoeba Hollywood July 23 at 6 p.m. and their slot playing Amoeba Music’s curated Red Bull Sound Select show July 30 at the Echoplex with Baths and Wrestlers (click here to RSVP).

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Amoeba Curates Next Red Bull Sound Select Show in L.A. July 30 With Baths

Posted by Amoebite, July 7, 2015 12:01pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba Music is curating the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles, taking place at the Echoplex July 30.

Electronic pop acts Baths, Wrestlers and OOFJ will play the show, with L.A.-based Australian band Wunder Wunder hosting. The show is 18-and-over and is $3 with an RSVP and $12 without, though an RSVP doesn't guarantee you entrance, so plan to arrive early.

Baths is the project by SoCal native Will Wiesenfeld, who plays a mellowed-out blend of electronica and dream-pop with indie-rock and hip-hop influences poking through. He has released three albums under the Baths name, the most recent of which was 2013's critically acclaimed Obsidian. In 2014, he released the Ocean Death EP, featuring the title track as heard below:

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Run River North, The Family Crest Play Grand Performances June 26

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2015 11:58am | Post a Comment

run river northAmoeba is proud to sponsor the June 26 Grand Performances show at California Plaza featuring folk-rockers Run River North. The show is free and all-ages, and it starts at 8 p.m. We’ll be on hand with the Prize Wheel, so come by and give it a spin!

L.A.’s Run River North combine beautiful folk harmonies with rock dynamics and uplifting, spiritually leaning lyrics. The band rose to notoriety after recording a performance video in a band member’s Honda, prompting the car manufacturer to surprise the band by taking them to “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Read Amoeblogger Billy Gil's interview with the band here. And see a video below of the band performing live at Amoeba Music last year.

the family crestAlso performing will be S.F.’s The Family Crest. The band is an NPR favorite who play energetic tunes infused with soaring vocals, strings, choral harmonies and dramatic arrangements. Watch their video for “Love Don’t Go” below.



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