L.A. sister trio HAIM have seemingly been around so long, it’s hard to believe Days Are Gone is only their debut LP. That’s due to the band trickling out singles throughout the year that that have gotten better and better, all of which are included here. “Falling” moves on an echoing drum pulse and middle sister Danielle Haim’s husky, breathy vocals, falling somewhere between Christine McVie and Fiona Apple, and careful, creeping guitar riffs. “Forever” moves on an ’80s R&B shuffle, while the sisters’ back-and-forth vocal aerobics and harmonies employed Este, Danielle and Alana Haim showcase their greatest strength—the inborn chemistry fostered by playing in a band together since childhood. Their best song yet, “The Wire,” is bold enough to get called a Shania Twain knockoff by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow—they must be doing something right. Its Gary Glitter strut allows Danielle to really vamp and play the relieved ex-lover with glee, while youngest sister Alana steals the show with her swaggery second verse. The rest of Days Are Gone isn’t as strong as that dynamite opening, but even when the songs feel overstuffed, the sisters’ boundless energy makes the entire thing such an entertaining ride that you won’t mind the occasional whiplash. The details really make it worthwhile—the way the guitars pulse like they’re emulating synthesizers on “If I Could Change Your Mind,” the crazy, warped Miami Sound Machine-style vocals on the title track. We haven’t had a pop band like this in years, one with both the smarts and technical capability to call to mind classic pop acts from Fleetwood Mac through Destiny’s Child in one feel swoop. And Days Are Gone will no doubt make young women everywhere ask for guitars and pull their sisters into jam sessions. For that alone, we’re thankful for HAIM.
Out Sept. 10
Canadian indie R&B artist The Weeknd returns with a new album following his three mixtapes and their eventual compilation (Trilogy). Expect Kiss Land to live up to its name, judging by the sexy, Portishead-sampling “Belong to the World” heard below.
Out Sept. 17
The first album in 14 years from Sebadoh, the great indie rock band featuring Lou Barlow (also of Dinosaur Jr.), should be a hoot! Even if you’re new to the band, Barlow’s gritted-teeth delivery and brittle guitarwork are a thing to behold.
The Goldberg Sisters – “It Can Get You Down”
The Goldberg Sisters are Adam Goldberg of acting fame (Dazed and Confused, Entourage etc.) and his sister, songwriter Celeste Goldberg. Only she’s his imagined twin a la Adaptation (I think). In any case, this first song from Goldberg’s third record is a nice bit of California bedroom pop that feels like waking up in a not unwanted haze, reminiscent of fellow So. Cal. bands like dios (malos) and Beachwood Sparks. Adam Goldberg’s beard (which also would’ve been a cool band name) seems more appropriate than ever, given the hippie vibes of “It Can Get You Down).” Stranger’s Morning is due Aug. 20 on apologymusic. Listen here.
Daedelus – “Paradiddle”
L.A. producer Daedelus aka Alfred Darlington has a new one coming out called Drown Out on Anticon Sept. 17. I listened to this while reading a terrifying story about a couple who had Googled pressure cookers and backpacks and were allegedly visited and questioned by police. The twisting and unpredictable nature of Daedelus’ synths and beats seemed to fit just well, full of paranoid-sounding tones and woozy movements. These are troubling times, indeed; luckily we have people like Daedelus soundtracking them for us.
Amoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you're into saving money and who isn't really?).
All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales.
Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.
If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.
JUST ADDED SHOWS:
Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:
|Show Name||Venue||Show Date||
(fee not included)
|The 1975||Fonda Theatre||11/01/2013||$20.00|
|Acacia Strain||Roxy Theatre||08/29/2013||$17.00|
|Anthema & Alcest||El Rey||10/03/2013||$22.00|
|Beats Antique||Fonda Theatre||11/15/2013||$25.00|
|Best Coast||El Rey||8/18 & 8/19||$25.00|
|Blonde Redhead||El Rey||09/03/2013||$25.00|
|Charli XCX||El Rey||09/05/2013||$22.00|
|Couer de Pirate||El Rey||09/14/2013||$20.00|
|Crystal Fighters||Fonda Theatre||10/24/2013||$20.50|
|Depeche Mode Convention||Avalon Hollywood||08/11/2013||
|Sky Ferreira||El Rey||09/29/2013||$20.00|
|Michael Franti||Fonda Theatre||10/12/2013||$35.00|
|FYF Fest||LA State Historic Park||08/24 - 08/25||
(+ $3 service fee)
|Godspeed You! Black Emperor||Fonda Theatre||09/12/2013||$25.00|
|Gogol Bordello||Fonda Theatre||10/7, 10/8 & 10/9||$29.50|
|Gold Panda||Fonda Theatre||09/20/2013||$20.00|
|Herbert Groenemeyer||Fonda Theatre||09/28/2013||$42.50|
|He's My Brother, She's My Sister||El Rey||10/26/2013||$18.00|
|The Heavy||Fonda Theatre||08/08/2013||$20.00|
|Hiatus Kaiyote (18+ show)||Bootleg Theater||07/31/2013||$15.00|
|Peter Hook||Fonda Theatre||09/21/2013||$24.00|
|Icona Pop||Fonda Theatre||08/29/2013||$25.00|
|JJ Grey & Mofro||El Rey||08/02/2013||$22.50|
|Man Man||Fonda Theatre||09/29/2013||$17.50|
|Johnny Marr||Fonda Theatre||11/02/2013||$27.50|
|Minus the Bear||Fonda Theatre||09/10/2013||$25.00|
|Morbid Angel||Fonda Theatre||11/29/2013||$22.50|
|Morgan & Liz||El Rey||09/08/2013||$14.00|
|Morgan Heritage||El Rey||07/31/2013||$22.00|
|Laura Mvula||El Rey||09/17/2013||$20.00|
|Kate Nash||Fonda Theatre||11/23/2013||$22.50|
|Nicholas David||El Rey||08/14/2013||$20.00|
|Tom O'Dell||El Rey||10/09/2013||$20.00|
|The Orb||Fonda Theatre||09/19/2013||$25.00|
|Over the Rhine||El Rey||11/21/2013||$27.00|
|Polyphonic Spree||El Rey||08/22/2013||$22.00|
|Gregory Porter||El Rey||09/25/2013||$30.00|
|Lisa Marie Presley||El Rey||09/01/2013||$25.00|
|Purity Ring||Fonda Theatre||08/27 & 08/28||$25.00|
|Ra Ra Riot||Fonda Theatre||09/14/2013||$22.50|
|Marky Ramone||Fonda Theatre||10/15/2013||$25.00|
|Katey Segal||El Rey||09/15/2013||$25.00|
|Smith Westerns||El Rey||08/10/2013||$20.00|
|Souls of Mischief||El Rey||08/16/2013||$20.00|
|Selah Sue||El Rey||08/26/2013||$17.00|
|Surfer Blood||El Rey||10/21/2013||$20.00|
|Frank Turner||Fonda Theatre||10/14/2013||$22.50|
|Casey Veggies & Travi$ Scott||El Rey||08/01/2013||$23.00|
|Vintage Trouble||El Rey||09/07/2013||$18.00|
|You Me at Six||El Rey||10/04/2013||$17.00|
|Wax Tailor||El Rey||09/21/2013||$20.00|
|White Lies||El Rey||10/10/2013||$25.00|
|Keller Williams||El Rey||11/08/2013||$20.00|
Thee Oh Sees – “Minotaur”
S.F.’s Thee Oh Sees are at it again, with a new album out April 16 called Floating Coffin. As Pitchfork reports, the album comes from “the mindset of a world that's perpetually war-ridden.” The track is more ominous than anything the band has released thus far from the outset, carried through with somber strings that sound amazing in their lo-fi setting, making Thee Oh Sees sound like some zombie orchestra. John Dwyer’s vocals are appealingly deadpan throughout. With having just released Putrifiers II last year and Castemania and Carrion Crawler/The Dream both the year before, Floating Coffin sounds like it’ll continue their tradition of getting better with each release. Hear it at Pitchfork.
Local Natives – “Heavy Feet” video
Local Natives have unveiled an almost painfully charming video for their song “Heavy Feet,” a standout on the excellent recently released Hummingbird. It’s one of the rare videos I’ve seen recently where I immediately thought of the glory days of MTV — this shit would’ve been buzzworthy fo sho. Something about talking sandwiches, cute old people painting planes and burying a cake. It reminds me a bit of the looney Michel Gondry videos of the ’90s, though not as manic. Read my interview with the band here; see photos of their amazing Amoeba performance here.