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Prince to Release Two New Albums in September

Posted by Billy Gil, August 25, 2014 11:25am | Post a Comment

prince art official age lpYes, you read that correctly: The Purple One will release two new albums in September.

Both the previously announced new Prince album, Plectrumelectrum, and the accompanying album Art Official Age will come out September 30. While Plectrum has been in the works for some time now, Gigwise reports after Prince held a press conference in London at singer Lianne La Havas' home to announce the album and a tour in January, it didn't have a release date until now. Plectrum was recorded with the help of his alt-girl group, 3RDEYEGIRL, while Art Official Age is a solo album.

We last heard from Prince when he released the jokey but cool The Breakfast Experience EP last year, with comedian Dave Chappelle on the cover.

Hear the funkadelic "Clouds" from Art Official Age over at Complex.
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Lianne La Havas Visited Amoeba!

Posted by Amoebite, February 27, 2013 06:22pm | Post a Comment

Lianne La Havas at Amoeba HollywoodIn support of her latest release, Is Your Love Big Enough? (Nonesuch), British singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas charmed an Amoeba audience with just her voice and a 1964 Danelectro Silvertone guitar. Given the warehouse sized building that is Amoeba Hollywood, Lianne did a superb job of creating an intimate feel for her performance. She played semi-acoustic versions of new songs including, "No Room For Doubt,"  "Age" and "Forget."  La Havas proudly declared on stage, "It's always been a dream of mine to make a record and for it to be sold in this store and to play in this store. I think it's probably the best shop in the world."  Yes, it is Ms. La Havas! We at Amoeba throuroughly enjoyed the tunes and are happy to be a part of your dreams. Thank you

Lianne La Havas is back in Los Angeles March 19 & 20th to play The El Rey Theatre. Make sure to catch her as she will be backed by a full band! You can purchase tickets for this show and many others at Amoeba Hollywood. For those of you in the Bay Area, you can catch Lianne at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. The tour will also roll through the Pacific Northwest with stops in Portland and Seattle.    


Lianne La Havas - "Age" (Live at Amoeba)
Watch and comment on YouTube
 

Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in January

Posted by Amoebite, January 4, 2013 04:35pm | Post a Comment

Tickets at AmoebaAmoeba 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.

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:

Daedelus at the Fonda

Daedelus
The Fonda Theatre
March 29

G-Eazy at the El Rey

G-Eazy
El Rey Theatre
March 9

Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

Show Name Venue Show Date Ticket Price
(fee not included)
Cockney Rejects El Rey Theatre 02/18/2013 $20.00
Daedelus
with Two Fresh, Ryan Hemsworth & Samo Sound Boy
The Fonda Theatre 03/29/2013 $17.50
Django Django The Fonda Theatre 03/23/2013 $23.00
Dr. John The Fonda Theatre 02/09/2013 $40.00
Eels The Fonda Theatre 02/15/2013 $32.00
Feed Me
with Teeth & Mord Fustang
The Fonda Theatre 02/16 & 02/17 $25.00
Frightened Rabbit The Fonda Theatre 03/13/2013 $19.99
G-Eazy El Rey Theatre 03/09/2013 $16.00
Galactic El Rey Theatre 02/28/2013 $30.00
Gojira
with the Devin Townsend Project & The Atlas Moth
The Fonda Theatre 01/25/2013 $22.00
Graveyard El Rey Theatre 02/17/2013 $20.00
IAMX The Fonda Theatre 05/15/2013 $25.00
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe El Rey Theatre 02/01/2013 $25.00
KMFDM The Fonda Theatre 03/10/2013 $26.50
Lianne La Havas El Rey Theatre 03/20/2013 $22.00
Living Colour El Rey Theatre 03/30/2013 $30.00
Lotus
with special guest VibeSquaD
El Rey Theatre 03/22/2013 $20.00
Moe The Fonda Theatre 03/08 & 03/09 $30.00
NOMEANSNO El Rey Theatre 02/21/2013 $17.00
OFF! The Fonda Theatre 02/08/2013 $17.50
Amoeba Presents: Ra Ra Riot El Rey Theatre 02/12/2013 $20.00
The Residents El Rey Theatre 02/25/2013 $27.00
Josh Ritter The Fonda Theatre 03/19/2013 $27.00
Starfucker
with Blackbird Blackbird
The Fonda Theatre 03/02/2013 $22.00
Lindsey Sterling The Fonda Theatre 04/04/2013 $22.50
Texas Is the Reason The Fonda Theatre 03/30/2013 $19.99
Tomahawk The Mayan 02/19/2013 $27.50
Toro y Moi
with Sinkane and Dog Bite
The Fonda Theatre 03/03/2013 $25.00
Trombone Shorty El Rey Theatre 02/08/2013 $27.00
Victor Wooten El Rey Theatre 02/22/2013 $25.00

 

Show Report: Lianne La Havas at Amoeba Hollywood; Eternal Summers at the Bootleg; Mac Demarco at the Echo

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2012 04:45pm | Post a Comment
lianne la havas amoebaYoung British singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas stopped by Amoeba Hollywood, singing tunes from her debut record, the fine Is Your Love Big Enough? She launched right in, singing her sweet duet “No Room for Doubt” solo, smirking and garnering laughs when she reached the lyric “we all make mistakes” after flubbing a chord. From there, she took to a spread of songs from the album, moving from the dark, funky “Tease” to the robbin’ the cradle jam “Age,” drawing “woos” from the girls in the audience with the lyric “I fancy younger men.” La Havas let her guitar and lyrics do most of the talking, wisely, as the audience seemed to respond to individual lyrics more than anything — though she answered her fans “I love yous” when they came through between songs. Her fourth song, the single “Forget,” which she said was about some poor ex-boyfriend, became almost a country ditty sans the song’s big beats — except when she belted the chorus like a madwoman, then growing extra hushed for the verses, making use of dynamics to creepy effect. She closed out with the album’s title track, displaying the breadth of sound she gets from little more than her powerful voice and beautiful electro-acoustic guitar, summoning the power of a full band with a clapalong from the audience. See more photos from the performance here.
 
Friday night I also caught a show at the Bootleg Theater featuring Eternal Summers, DZ Deathrays, Bleeding Rainbow and Drug Cabin (featuring Nathan Thelen of Pretty Girls Make Graves). Drug Cabin started the set nice and mellow before Bleeding Rainbow (formerly Reading Rainbow) shoegazed things up with great male-female vocals and buzzing guitars. Australian power-duo DZ Deathrays tore it up with a lot of thrash, while, despite their lovable indie hit “Millions,” Eternal Summers kept up the noise with a powerful set. All in all, a fine night of indie pop gone wild.

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New Albums Out Today: Lianne La Havas, Antony and the Johnsons, Niki & the Dove and More

Posted by Billy Gil, August 7, 2012 07:14pm | Post a Comment
liane la havasLianne La HavasIs Your Love Big Enough?
 
Liane La Havas’ debut is the kind of globally appealing pop record that comes along so rarely. The title track has the funky bounce of a Meshell Ndegeocello track with a big pop vocal that could land it on radio stations across the dial, while the catchy “Forget,” with its alternately belted and cool chorus, suggests a rockier Kelis. It’s La Havas’ ballads, though, where she often shines brightest. On “Lost & Found,” her lyrics are so bleak that it’s almost shocking (“You broke me and taught me to truly hate myself,” begins the chorus), given how sprightly she sounds elsewhere. Shades of classic soul (“Au Cinema”), bossa nova (“No Room For Doubt”) and jazz (“Age”) color other tracks, while somehow it avoids becoming a mishmash of unmatched ideas — everything sounds ideally effortless and true to La Havas’ identity. It’s a dynamic and addictively listenable debut that poises the 22-year-old as one of 2012’s breakout stars and one who could deliver quality records for years to come.
 
antony johnsons cut the worldAntony and the JohnsonsCut the World
 
Antony Hegarty’s latest release consists of live performances of his work with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra. As a collection it is a consummate summation of the incredible work put forth by Hegarty and his collaborators over the course of four albums, as well as some of the messages threaded throughout Hegarty’s music. The title track, which begins the album, is a stunning piece created for The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, a theatrical representation of the life of the renowned performance artist. Hegarty then launches into a speech labeled “Future Feminism” which puts forth ideas Hegarty has represented in his music — of ecology, queer identity and feminism, exploring the idea of matriarchal forms of government being the hope for a humanity, even with the rise of Sarah Palin, as it ties to the moon, menstrual cycles and religion. It’s a fascinating, sprawling discourse that provides a setting for highlights from Hegarty’s catalog, including “Cripple and the Starfish,” “Another World” and “I Fell in Love With a Boy,” the long pause of which grows more chilling given the song’s more lush presentation. It’s by no means a greatest hits selection — no “Hope There’s Someone” or “Aeon,” for instance — but it’s a great reinterpretation of material that actually calls for such orchestration. Antony’s quivering voice soars over ballooning strings, and we’re reminded of the healing power possessed by these songs of loss and hope.
 
niki and the doveNiki & the DoveInstinct
 
Niki and the Dove create a sort of fantasy pop on Instinct. It sounds beamed in from an alternate futuristic universe of space tribes and robotic unicorns. In a more corporeal sense, the electronic pop duo drum out tribal beats electronically and unleash claustrophobic chants on “The Gentle Roar,” one of their strongest tracks. Vocalist Malin Dahlström sounds lost in the forest of metallically lush sounds created by keyboardist Gustaf Karlöf on “Mother Protect.” She comes on like one of Prince’s many protoges on the slow funk of “Last Night,” singing intoxicatingly, “last night we got married in a back seat.” Niki and the Dove share some qualities with their Swedish brethren — the warped, chirpy vocals of The Knife/Fever Ray; the space-age disco of Robyn; the alternately dark and naïve introspection of Lykke Li; and yes, the operatic drama of Welsh band Florence & the Machine. However, lyrically and vocally, Dahlström harkens back to Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks in a truer sense than some of her contemporaries — when she’s left spinning through a digital wilderness among the lovely surroundings of “Tomorrow,” you feel like you’re out there with her.
 
elle varnerElle VarnerPerfectly Imperfect
 
Glossy yet classy pop R&B with some surprises — take the fiddle (!) running throughout “Refill.” That song and its refrain (“Can I get a refill of your time?”) are a lot of fun, while other tracks leave a more lasting impression, like the incredibly soulful “Sound Proof Room,” in which Verner’s vocals sound like they could burst through any sound proof that would hold her.
 

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