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Last First Fridays of the Season Will Host Unknown Mortal Orchestra, De Lux and More June 6

Posted by Billy Gil, May 30, 2014 09:39am | Post a Comment

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It’s the last First Fridays of Spring, and they’ve saved one of the best shows for last.

On June 6, the Natural History Museum will host New Zealand psych-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra with L.A. dance-rock band De Lux, synth maestro Tobacco and S.F. psych-pop band Painted Palms. The mini-fest of sorts will take place outdoors on two stages from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be bought here.

Before that, an indoor tour and discussion at the museum will cover “Tracking and Trapping L.A.’s Insects,” followed by the discussion “Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles and Around the World” with Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich. And outdoors, KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Garth Trinidad will keep things moving throughout the night.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra has two albums out, their self-titled debut and last year’s II, which injected their lo-fi psych rock with classic soul stomp. De Lux just released their debut album, the excellent Voyage, the art-disco revivalism of which makes LCD Soundsystem’s departure easier to bear. Tobacco also just released a new album, the intoxicating, freaky synth-funk opus Ultima Massage II. And Painted Palms released their debut, Forever, this year, full of buoyant beats and spacey, Beach Boys-inspired melodies.

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First Fridays Returns May 2 With Holychild, Groundislava Featuring Rare Times

Posted by Billy Gil, April 23, 2014 05:03pm | Post a Comment


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The next First Fridays series show hits the Natural History Museum May 2 from 5 to 10 p.m. with Holychild and Groundislava featuring Rare Times. Amoeba is a proud sponsor of the event. Tickets are $18 for museum admission and a guaranteed spot in the concert hall.

The bands runs from 8 to 10 p.m., with Holychild at 8 and Groundislava at 9:15. Peppy electro-pop duo Holychild have released the EP Mindspeak, featuring the upbeat, irresistible “Happy With Me.” Electronica producer Groundislava has worked in an 8-bit style on albums like 2012’s Feel Me (featuring the Chrono Trigger and Troll 2 sampling “Cool Party”) and appears at the Natural History Museum with electro-soul duo Rare Times. DJs Anthony Valadez and Daddy Kev will be tunes all night, starting at 5:30 p.m.

First up are tours starting at 5 p.m. on “Tracking and Trapping L.A.’s Wildlife,” with Aisling Farrell, collections manager, and Gary Takeuchi, assistant collections manager, at Rancho La Brea Department. There are three half-hour tours with a 15-person capacity each, limited to first-come, first-served. Afterwards there will be a discussion with Dr. John Harris on “Back to the Future: The Scientific and Cultural Importance of Rancho La Brea,” covering the fossils found at the La Brea Tar Pits and what they tell us about early life in California.

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Join Us For First Fridays April 4 With Mikal Cronin and Tijuana Panthers

Posted by Billy Gil, March 26, 2014 03:33pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is once again sponsoring First Fridays at the Natural History Museum April 4 from 5 to 10 p.m.

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Mikal Cronin at Amoeba SF May 28, 2013

This time we’ll be treated to performances by power-pop dude Mikal Cronin and garage-rockers Tijuana

Panthers. Mikal Cronin’s MCII ended up on many year-end lists last year with its fuzzy pop gems reminiscent of bands like Teenage Fanclub, such as the effervescent “Shout It Out.” Tijuana Panthers play a doo-wop inspired brand of surf rock on albums like last year’s Semi Sweet; you can read my interview with Tijuana Panthers from a little while back here.

Bands will start at 8 p.m. Before that, there’ll be tours on tracking and trapping L.A.’s wildlife starting at 5 p.m. with Beth Werling, Collections Manager of NHM History Dept., and a discussion at 6:30 p.m. on what evolution tells us about modern life, with with Dr. Marlene Zuk. And KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Raul Campos will kick things off spinning tunes in the DJ lounge starting at 5:30 p.m.

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Join Amoeba at First Fridays March 7 With San Fermin, wild Up, Son Lux

Posted by Billy Gil, February 26, 2014 09:36am | Post a Comment

Join Amoeba Music for March's edition of First Fridays! Once a month, Los Angeles's Natural History Museum stays open late and features live music, excitingFirst Fridays, NHM, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, LA scientific discussion, and behind-the-scenes curatorial tours as part of the First Fridays program. Amoeba is excited to sponsor this fabulous series of live music, discussion, concessions, tours, DJs and more.

Join us on March 7 from 5-10 p.m. for live performances from San Fermin, wild Up and Son Lux starting at 8 p.m., with DJs Anthony Valadez and DJ Wisacre starting at 5:30, and tours with Dr. Greg Pauly and Dr. Brad Shaffer and a discussion with Shaffer before the show!

Look for the Amoeba booth, where we'll be handing out free swag and selling Amoeba merch. Plus, we'll have Happy Hour gift certificates for sale at the booth. You know, our killer deal where you can buy a $20 Amoeba gift certificate for just $10 (limit 2 per person).

San Fermin is a New York-based orchestral pop band who released their self-titled debut last year, featuring the brilliant songwriting of Ellis Ludwig-Leone and powerful, operatic female vocals. They're paired with wild Up, a raw, neo-classical collective from Los Angeles, and Son Lux, aka New York-based Ryan Lott, who crafts alternative pop flavored with post-rock and hip-hop elements, exemplified on the recent Lanterns LP.

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Join Amoeba at First Fridays Feb. 7 With Baths, Peaking Lights

Posted by Billy Gil, January 29, 2014 12:00pm | Post a Comment

Join Amoeba Music for February's edition of First Fridays! Once a month, Los Angeles's Natural History Museum stays open late and features live music, excitingFirst Fridays, NHM, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, LA scientific discussion, and behind-the-scenes curatorial tours as part of the First Fridays program. Amoeba is excited to sponsor this fabulous series of live music, discussion, concessions, tours, DJs and more.

Join us on February 7th from 5-10 p.m. for live performances from Baths and Peaking Lights starting at 8 p.m., with DJs Anthony Valadez and King Most starting at 5:30, and tours with Dr. Regina Wetzer and Adam Wall and a discussion with Dr. Roberta Marinelli before the show!

Look for the Amoeba booth, where we'll be handing out free swag and selling Amoeba merch.

Baths is the young musician behind such dreamy electronic albums as last year's acclaimed Obsidian. Husband-and-wife duo Peaking Lights make stellar dub-influenced dream pop, notably on 2012's Lucifer.

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