Make Music Pasadena Lineup Announced

Posted by Amoebite, April 8, 2015 05:26pm | Post a Comment

Pasadena’s annual free concert Make Music Pasadena has announced the lineup for its next edition on Saturday, June 6.

The all-day concert takes place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on five stages on the streets of Pasadena and more than 30 venues across town. More than 150 artists are expected to play. Featured artists include indie electro-R&B crooner How to Dress Well, orchestral pop band Kishi Bashi, L.A. electro-pop band Hundred Waters and vintage rock ‘n’ roll songsmith Nick Waterhouse.

Amoeba will be there once again selling product in our tent at Colorado and Raymond, so come by and say hello! Be sure to stop by our booth between 2-4pm and pick up Amoeba Happy Hour gift certificates!

Make Music Pasadena

The full lineup is below, but more artists will be announced in the coming weeks:

How to Dress Well Sir Sly
Kishi Bashi Hundred Waters
Nick Waterhouse Kaleo
Caroline Smith Lydia Ainsworth
Avid Dancer Making Movies
Dark Waves Hidden Charms
The Moth & the Flame Opus Orange
Mudbug Brass Band Belmont Lights
Boroughs Raspin Stuwart
Sanglorians LA Takedown
Professor Possessor Emby Alexander
Sugar Candy Mountain Big Wild Wings
Bon Wrath Brendan Eder Ensemble
Crystales MrK
Pasadena Symphony and POPS  


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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The Best Albums of 2014 So Far

Posted by Billy Gil, June 27, 2014 04:54pm | Post a Comment

sun kil moon mark kozelekmadlibst. vincentIt is now almost exactly halfway through 2014! It’s time to look back on the last six months and see what’s it’s had to offer music-wise. There’s already been a bunch of great records released this year, including a couple of excellent ones released just this week. If you haven’t checked these out, they’re all worth getting—pick ’em all up and catch up on what you’ve been missing.

Sun Kil Moon Benji

sun kil moon benji lpSome people write memoirs. Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek write songs crammed with details, from a brutal story about a distant cousin’s death by a freak fire to mundane details about Panera bread and sports bar shit on the walls, that somehow come together to form something called a life. Just when you feel like the songs are too stuffed to keep up, Kozelek will let his breathy “sadcore” folk open up and focus on a seemingly trivial line like “blue crab cakes” in the song “Ben's My Friend,” and in doing so perfectly captures the weird things that stick out in our heads when we reflect. Simply put, listening is like attending a master class in songwriting.

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Album Picks: A Sunny Day in Glasgow, How to Dress Well, Kitten, Robyn & Royksopp, The Cleaners From Venus, Slint

Posted by Billy Gil, June 24, 2014 10:36am | Post a Comment

A Sunny Day in GlasgowSea When Absent (LP, CD)

a sunny day in glasgow lpOne of my favorite bands of the past few years makes their “breakthrough” record, moving the vocals to the forefront, dialing back some of the dairy farm’s worth of milky reverb and cutting some of the more atmospheric pieces in favor of straight dream pop, though newcomers to the band may still feel plenty disoriented. This is dream pop in the truest sense, moving in unexpected and imaginatibe directions, with only the minimally required regard to typical pop song structure. On songs like “Byebye, Big Ocean (The End)” and “In Love With the Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing),” ASDIG mastermind Ben Daniels builds towers of seafoam guitars and Annie Fredrickson and Jen Goma’s strung-together vocals, ebbing and flowing and wafting into the background before surrounding and overwhelming you once again. It’s a wonderful experience getting lost in the album’s twists and turns—you come away half-remembering melodies and bits of guitar like some amazing dream you can’t describe, though this time the songs themselves are more concrete, easing new listeners’ entry into the band’s strange soundworld. It’s their strongest album yet, and surely one of the year’s best.

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Amoeba Presents Shlohmo Live at the Fonda!

Posted by Billy Gil, March 12, 2013 03:49pm | Post a Comment

Shlohmo AMoebaThe latest Amoeba Presents show comes to us from electronic artist Shlohmo. In conjunction with Goldenvoice and FYF, the show, billed as a “Live A/V set,” will also include R&B artist Jeremih, with whom Shlohmo will be collaborating, as well as sets from underground songstress Nite Jewel and the Wedidit DJ Team.

The show takes place at the Henry Fonda Theatre Saturday, April 6. Tickets are available in-store at Amoeba Hollywood for $20 (plus a $2 service fee). The show is all-ages and starts at 8 p.m.

L.A. artist Shlohmo layers analog-warm samples of synth, funk, reverbed guitar and blissed-out vocal loops over one another on releases such as 2011’s Bad Vibes album and the recently released Vacation EP. His most recent release, the Laid Out EP, sees him collaborating with How to Dress Well’s Tom Krell on the ethereal track “Don’t Say No.”

See photos from Shlohmo’s Locavore DJ set at Amoeba Hollywood here.

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