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Check Out The Drop: Dirty Heads at the Grammy Museum July 7

Posted by Billy Gil, June 25, 2014 04:15pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba Music is sponsoring The Grammy Museum's music series "The Drop," the next edition of which will feature reggae band Dirty Heads July 7. The show and band interview start at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15 (they're on sale now for American Express cardholders and will go fully on sale to the public July 1 at 12 p.m. PDT).

The band formed in Huntington Beach, Calif. in 1996, by Jared “Dirty J” Watson and vocalist/guitarist Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell in their freshman year of high school, writing hip-hop songs with a punk and reggae bent. Later adding percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa and bassist David Foral to the fold, and after an initial deal at Warner Bros. didn't come through, the band took their nearly completed first album, Any Port in a Storm, to Executive, who released it in 2008. The album's special edition included the song "Lay Me Down," featuring Rome Ramirez of Sublime With Rome, which spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Chart, more than any other artist in 2010.

The band followed up with 2012's Cabin By the Sea, which debuted in the Billboard Top 20, and then released the all-acoustic Home - Phantoms of Summer: The Acoustic Sessions last year. Now, the group brings their ever-evolving reggae-based sound to The Grammy Museum for an interview and performance as they're set to release Sound of Change July 8, featuring the single "My Sweet Summer" and produced by Grammy-winning producer Supa Dups (Nina Sky, Bruno Mars). The new album pops with new energy while staying true to their roots, featuring appearances by Buddah Shampoo (Ty Dolla $ign), Niles (The Cataracs), Ward 21 (311, Major Lazer reggae collaborations) and once again, Rome (Sublime).

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Amoeba Sponsors The Drop: John Fullbright At The GRAMMY Museum June 30

Posted by Billy Gil, June 18, 2014 11:55am | Post a Comment

john fullbrightOn June 30 The GRAMMY Museum’s Drop program will feature John Fullbright at 8 p.m., with a discussion and live performance with the artist. Amoeba is proud to sponsor the event. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

john fullbright songs cdAt the young age of 26, Americana singer/songwriter Fullbright has already received a heap of praise since releasing his first albums, 2009’s Live at the Blue Door and 2012’s From the Ground Up (CD or LP). The Los Angeles Times called From the Ground Up “preternaturally self-assured,” and NPR has dubbed him one of their “10 Artists You Should Have Known.” Featuring Fullbright’s twangy vocals, soulful lyrics and roots-inspired guitar and piano work, From the Ground Up went on to be nominated for a Best Americana Album Grammy.

As part of The Grammy Museum’s Americana Music Series, the museum hosts Fullbright to celebrate the release of his most recent album, Songs, which is out now. Join The Grammy Museum for a discussion with Fullbright, followed by a performance at the museum’s Clive Davis Theater.

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Matisyahu Stops By The GRAMMY Museum for The Drop June 4

Posted by Billy Gil, May 19, 2014 05:30pm | Post a Comment

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Reggae artist Matisyahu will perform and be interviewed June 4 at The Grammy Museum as part of their program “The Drop.” Amoeba is a sponsor of the event. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Doors are at 7:30 p.m., with a discussion and susbsequent performance starting at 8.

Matisyahu first rose to fame in the mid-2000s for the sheer oddity of being an Orthodox Jewish rapper, performing in a yarmulke with a full beard and payot. But his music soon eclipsed most talk of Matisyahu (born Matthew Paul Miller; Matisyahu is his Hebrew and stage name) as a novelty artist, fusing alternative hip-hop and reggae music with Orthodox Jewish themes, on albums like his 2005 breakthrough Live at Stubbs.

More recently, Matisyahu has shaved off the beard and ditched the yarmulke, stating on his website in late 2011: “When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process.  It was my matisyahu akeda lpchoice.  My journey: to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality—not through books but through real life. … I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission. … And for those concerned with my naked face, don’t worry... you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair.” Despite the change in appearance (including dyed-blonde hair) he sported in videos for the 2012 album Spark Seeker, Matisyahu says he is still spiritually Jewish.

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Amoeba Sponsors The Drop: Ian McLagan at The GRAMMY Museum

Posted by Billy Gil, April 23, 2014 06:12pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is sponsoring The Drop: Ian McLagan, a performance and discussion with the legendary keyboardist Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at The GRAMMY Museum. Tickets are $20.

Ian McLagan is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who began in the 1960s as a keyboard player for U.K. rockers The Faces and The Small Faces. Since then, he’s recorded with artists as diverse as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg and Ryan Adams.

McLagan is releasing is first studio album in five years with United States, out June 17 on Yep Roc. Featuring McLagan on keyboards and vocals performing 10 new, original songs, United States is produced by Glyn Johns (The Faces, The Who) and is mastered by Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones). McLagan has premiered the first song from the album, called “All I Wanna Do.”

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Amoeba Presents The Drop: Mary Gauthier at the GRAMMY Museum

Posted by Billy Gil, April 7, 2014 11:38am | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is proud to present The Drop: Mary Gauthier at the GRAMMY Museum April 21 at 8 p.m. Doors are at 7:30, and tickets are $20; get them here.

As part of The Drop’s new Americana music series, folk artist Gauthier will appear for an interview, moderated by vice president of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman, after which she’ll perform a set of songs.

Mary Gauthier’s throaty, world-weary voice, gothic-country acoustic guitar playing and detailed storytelling have won her praise from the likes of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Though she’s a stoic persona, Gauthier’s music packs an emotional wallop.

mary gauthier trouble & love cd amoebaHer story goes back to being an adopted child and teenage runaway. Gauthier first found shelter amongst drug addicts and drag queens. Though she eventually came to be a chef with her own restaurant, a crippling heroin addiction threatened her success and led to her arrest.

Now sober, Gauthier traded her chef’s apron for a guitar—she didn’t write her first song until her mid-30s, for all you late bloomers out there—and the six albums she’s released have been critically acclaimed, with 2005’s Mercy Foundling garnering the Americana Music Association's New/Emerging Artist of the Year distinction, and 2011’s The Foundling being named the No. 3 Record of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.

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