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Get Tickets at Amoeba Hollywood to JazzReggae Fest on May 25-26

Posted by Billy Gil, April 30, 2014 04:55pm | Post a Comment

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UCLA’s 28th annual JazzReggae Fest has announced its lineup, and we’ve got your tickets for the show May 25-26.

Tickets for the fest Memorial Day Weekend at UCLA’s Intramural Field are $35 per day. Children 8 years old and under are free. Pick up single day tickets at Amoeba Hollywood with only a $4 service fee while tickets last! (Limit four tickets per purchaser. Store credit and coupons cannot be used toward buying tickets. Call the store at 323-245-6400 or check this blog to find out if tickets are still available.)

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Aloe Blacc live at Amoeba

The “Jam Day” May 25 features rapper Snoop Dogg, neo-soul acts Aloe Blacc and The Internet, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project Featuring Lee How & Nico Rubio, led by performer / choreographer Reich and featuring footwork by a group of talented performers.

“Reggae Day” on May 26 features reggae artists Ky-Mani Marley, Black Uhuru, Kevin Lyttle, Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Sister Carol and Fortunate Youth.

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Amoeba Presents The Belle Brigade at The Echo in February

Posted by Billy Gil, January 22, 2014 05:29pm | Post a Comment

belle brigade amoebaFolksy duo The Belle Brigade are taking over The Echo’s Tuesday night residency in February, playing free shows every Tuesday night in the month.

The duo, composed of siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, released their self-titled debut in 2011 to rapturous acclaim, drawing comparisons to Fleetwood Mac and Simon & Garfunkel. LA Times’s Randall Roberts said the album had “a dozen California pop gems,” while Newsday critic Glenn Gamboa said they had a “doe-eyed innocence … that makes their sun-kissed ’70s SoCal sound even more appealing.” The band’s second album, Just Because, is due March 25 on ATO. You can preorder the CD or LP from Amoeba now.

The band plays Feb. 4 with A House for Lions and Night Cruise; Feb. 11 with Fell Runner, Juliette Commagere and Syd Arthur; Feb. 18 with Alex Lilly and Clara-Nova; and Feb. 25 with Harriet and WATERS. (Click on each date to RSVP to the shows.) Each show is free and starts at 8:30 p.m.

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Amoeba Presents Three Shows: Valerie June, The Vaccines and Empire of the Sun

Posted by Billy Gil, September 3, 2013 01:39pm | Post a Comment

valerie juneAmoeba Presents continues with three upcoming shows. The first is singer/songwriter Valerie June, who will bring her Appalachian folk-tinged rock to the Bootleg Bar Sept. 20. Valerie June’s recently released Pushin’ Against a Stone (available on CD or LP) was produced by The Black KeysDan Auerbach, who lends some rock oomph to her blues-folk sound.

Doors are at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. It’s 21+, and tickets are $12-$15; they aren’t yet on sale but will be available for purchase here.

She’s also playing a live set at Amoeba Hollywood Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m., so make sure to make it out for that free show. Listen to the rollicking “You Can’t Be Told” below.

 

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Show Recap: Foy Vance at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, August 27, 2013 04:40pm | Post a Comment

foy vance amoebaIrish singer/songwriter Foy Vance played to a rapt audience Aug. 22. He showed how his voice could stretch and fill space on “You and I,” a song that features Bonnie Raitt on his recently released album, Joy of Nothing. He created ghostly guitar noise using a bow and copious reverb on the outset of that album’s title track to breathtaking effect, while his high-end, slightly raspy voice sent shivers during the chorus. He paused every so often to chat with the audience, asking questions like, “Is the plural of synopsis ‘synopsises’?” [My inner grammar geek was screaming “SYNOPSES!!!”] He sat and played piano for his Elton John moment on single “Closed Hands, Full of Friends,” saying the song was the catalyst for writing the album. Before performing album closer “Guiding Light,” he made it seem as though Ed Sheeran was about to come out and perform with him as he does on the album, sending the girls in the audience into a tizzy before revealing it was a joke. Even without Sheeran, “Guided Light” started a sing-and-clap-along that got virtually everyone there involved — a little girl in front of me adorably clapped and dance to her own beat. It was a sweet moment that showed what makes Vance so special to his dedicated following, who seemed to hang on his every word. See and download photos from the show here.

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Show Recap: Fol Chen at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, April 26, 2013 03:15pm | Post a Comment

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In contrast with some of their arty antics off-stage, L.A. band Fol Chen began their set at Amoeba Hollywood merely declaring, “Hi, we’re Fol Chen,” before launching into the digital sitars and Janet Jackson-style coos of “A Tourist Town,” from the recently released The False Alarms.

With a four-person set-up, their detailed pop songs came through remarkably clearly and intact. Frontwoman Sinosa Loa wore a purple dress and white gloves like Madonna, though her more demure stage presence is more befitting of the band’s digitized, skewed brand of pop.

It was hard to hear Loa on “The Fifth Season,” one of the pitfalls of their complex sound being that they occasionally don’t clear enough space for the singer, who looked a little lost. It got better halfway through when digital manipulation of Loa’s voice seemed to give her more confidence and the band’s creepy digital space becomes quite effective. The band fared better altogether on single “I.O.U.,” an irresistible pop tune with a bubblegum chorus — albeit an intelligent one. Loa made those gloves work for her as she clutched the mic close and gesticulated with one hand.

Their keyboardist came out front to play trumpet to nice effect on “Winter, That’s All,” from their album Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made. It helped humanize and demystify some of the band's methods, nicely displaying their guitarist’s noise-making capabilities on an effected acoustic guitar as Loa eerily sang “Lately I don’t feel so hot/Could it be the winter, that’s all.” While the newer songs are better-written, they seemed to be still getting the hang of them, while on older songs, like “The Holograms” and “In Ruins,” from their last album, Part II: The New December, they seemed more confident and louder.

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