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Next First Fridays Show at L.A.'s Natural History Museum Features JMSN on March 6

Posted by Amoebite, February 17, 2015 04:49pm | Post a Comment

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The next First Fridays at L.A.'s Natural History Museum will feature electro-soul singer JMSN along with up-and-comer starRo on March 6. The music starts at 8 p.m., with DJs and discussions beforehand, starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 without a membership to the museum. Say hi at the Amoeba booth and pick up some swag!

Singer/songwriter and producer JMSN (pronounced Jameson, born Christian Berishaj) makes moody soul jams along the lines of How to Dress Well and The Weeknd. He released his debut record in 2012, †Priscilla†, which got the attention of rapper Kendrick Lamar, who put JMSN on four tracks on his critically acclaimed debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city. JMSN also operates his own studio, White Room Records, and has worked with the the likes of The Game, J. Cole, Tyga and Ab-Soul. JMSN released his second, self-titled album in December. Watch his recently released video for "Score" below:

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Robert DeLong Headlines Inaugural First Fridays Show of 2015 on Feb. 6

Posted by Billy Gil, January 21, 2015 02:38pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba will be on hand for the opening show of First Fridays at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Feb. 6. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased here.

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Robert DeLong live at Amoeba SF Feb. 20, 2013

The first show of the season will feature EDM artist Robert DeLong. We know from the livewire show he put on at Amoeba Hollywood that this isn’t a show to be missed, as DeLong trades between setting off various sequencers, playing the drums and getting the crowd riled up for his electrifying anthems. DeLong’s latest album is Just Movement.

Prior to DeLong’s performance, Tom Vek will take the stage. The British singer/songwriter uses post-punk beats and electronic noise for a unique sound on albums like last year’s excellent Luck. Also opening the show will be Southern California’s QUITAPENAS. The band combines Afro-Latin beats with tropical-psych guitars and Spanish-sung vocals for a SoCal-style mashup that feels natural and is a lot of fun to listen and dance to.

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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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