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Lower Dens and Gardens & Villa Play First Fridays at L.A.'s Natural History Museum March 4

Posted by Amoebite, February 23, 2016 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Lower Dens

The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays series continues March 4 with acclaimed indie-rockers Lower Dens and Gardens & Villa. Tickets are $18.

The event starts at 5 p.m. with a DJ lounge featuring KCRW resident DJ Aaron Byrd and Val Fleury. Come early and swing by the Amoeba booth, where we’ll be selling $20 Amoeba gift certificates for just $10 (limit two per customer).

There’ll also be tours starting at 5 p.m. with the KT Hajeian, the museum’s collections manager of anthropology, on the bizarre props and rare specimens in their collection that inspire Hollywood blockbusters. And there will be a oceanographic discussion at 6:30 p.m. with Dr. Maddalena Bearzi, president of the Ocean Conservation Society, and Dr. Chris Thacker, NHM’s curator of Ichthyology (aka fish).

Baltimore’s Lower Dens play with deliberately retro synths and new-wave beats on their most recent album, Escape From Evil. But the songs are every bit as intricate and mysterious as those on their previous works, offering cinematic soundscapes for Jana Hunter’s elegant voice to wind in an out like a disintegrating reel. Hear “To Die in L.A.” for a taste.

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Noise Pop NightLife at SF's California Academy of Sciences, 2/18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 4, 2016 05:46pm | Post a Comment

NightLifeWhere can you enjoy live music, cocktails, the stars, the sea, and even a rainforest with your friends on a night out in San Francisco? No, this isn't about some new concept bar in the Mission; this is about San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences and their magical Thursday night gathering called NightLife.

On Thursday, February 18th, NightLife teams up with Noise Pop Gardens & Villafor a special event kicking off Noise Pop 2016 with live performances from indie rockers Gardens & Villa and opening act Charlie Hilton (of the band Blouse). Get into the groove with a DJ set by Damon Eliza Palermo in the coral reef. Discover fresh and local music with the Bay Area Record Fair and come visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl so prepare to go crate digging.

For more info and tickets, visit California Academy of Sciences HERE!

10 Music Gift Ideas for Tweens & Teens

Posted by Amoebite, December 15, 2015 08:05am | Post a Comment

10 music gift ideas

Got a tween or teenager’s to shop for? Looking to expand their musical horizons? Check out some of our music recommendations!

If they like Nicki Minaj or Iggy Azalea, check out Shamir’s Ratchet.

shamirLike Ms. Minaj, Shamir can sing, rap and makes dance music with a healthy dose of sass. Shamir’s androgynous style speaks to how kids are throwing out old notions of gender and stereotypes, thanks to teen idols like Miley Cyrus taking that bull by the horns. But Shamir’s lyrics are actually a lot less raunchy than either Minaj’s or Cyrus’, making him a better choice for younger teens.

 

If they like Lana Del Rey (and speak Spanish), check out Carla Morrison’s Amor Supremo.

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Weekly Roundup: Wand, Kelela, Mystic Braves, Tropic of Cancer, Little Wings, Gardens & Villa

Posted by Billy Gil, September 3, 2015 11:08am | Post a Comment

Wand – “Dungeon Dropper”

wand bandEven though the Bay Area’s Wand just released an excellent album in 2015, the heavy psych-poppin’ Golem, they’ve already got another on the way. 1000 Days hits on Sept. 25, and it’s their Drag City debut. We previously heard “Stolen Footsteps,” and now we’ve got “Dungeon Dropper,” a two-minute nimble metallic groover with a thick winding riff that squeezes out psych-rock colors like an anaconda.

 

Kelela – “Rewind”

kelelaL.A. R&B songstress Kelela has a new EP on the way called Hallucinogen, due on her own Cherry Coffee imprint Oct. 9. The song, produced by Kingdom, Nugget and Kelela, is a lot more forthright than those on her excellent Cut 4 Me mixtape, full of freestyle-inspired beats, full-bodied vocals and Janet-esque coquettishness. 

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Album Picks: Dr. Dre, Wilco, Gardens & Villa, Deradoorian, DRINKS

Posted by Billy Gil, August 21, 2015 11:27am | Post a Comment

Dr. DreCompton

dr. dre compton cdWith the release of the biopic Straight Outta Compton about pioneering hip hop group N.W.A., Dr. Dre has found himself rejuvenated as an artist. The rapper and onetime N.W.A. member has long been largely behind the scenes as a producer and businessman, but there’s still been hope he’d release something of his own, with a long-promised Detox album now shelved. That’s for the better; with an artist of Dre’s caliber, we’d rather have something polished to compare with his first two solo albums, and Compton, a companion piece to the film, doesn’t disappoint. Among A-list guest spots (Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Eminem) and lush jazz-funk production by Dre and a score of others, the album finds Dre looking back at his legacy. “Goddammit, I'm too old, I forgot I got it all/But Andre young enough to still get involved” he says on “Talk About It,” embodying his younger self to hang with the next generation he’s helped mentor. Dre tells the story of Compton’s troubled history (along with fellow Compton native Lamar) on standout “Genocide,” with dizzying production by Dem Jointz and a sick hook by Marsha Ambrosius. It should go without saying that the rapping across Compton is jaw droppingly great, not least of all by Dre himself, who raps circles around the young’uns on tracks like “It’s All On Me.” I would have liked to hear more of Dre and fewer guest spots (two tracks don’t have him at all), but taken together it’s an incredibly solid amalgam of compilation and solo album. It’s too soon to call Compton a new hip hop classic, but with countless memorable moments across the album’s 16 tracks, it’s looking that way. Certainly it’s an appropriately great finale to Dr. Dre’s rap career, though with as great as Compton is and as much acclaim as its received, hopefully it’s just the start of his next chapter as an artist.

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