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Despite Negative Publicity, Rolling Loud Bay Area Festival Was Peaceful & Positive Event [Photo Version + SoCal Dec 16/17 Lineup]

Posted by Billyjam, October 27, 2017 12:43pm | Post a Comment


Despite the predominantly negative press that the recent Bay Area stop of the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival received, the Miami-founded festival (October 21st & 22nd in the Bay & scheduled next for SoCal December 16th & 17th) was an overall well behaved, peaceful music-loving affair. With a line-up of mostly new generation acts catering to a young, enthusiastic audience present to simply party (some too much) and enjoy the music, the majority’s good conduct was marred by the bad behavior of a handful. The two-day, two stages at Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheater included memorable performances from such artists as Travis Scott, ScHoolboy Q, Lil Uzi VertYoung Thug21 Savage, Lil Yee, Lil Wayne and the Bay Area’s own Nef The Pharaoh.

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Mega-Scale Hip-Hop Festival "Rolling Loud" Rolls Thru Bay Area With Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, ScHoolboy Q, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2017 10:53am | Post a Comment

This weekend the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival  rolls through the Bay Area this weekend (October 21 and 22) when it will set up music stages for both Saturday and Sunday at the Shoreline Amphitheater festival grounds in Mountain View. There  over 55 performances will be taking place across three stages.e These performers will include Kodak Black, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, ScHoolboy Q, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Isaiah Rashad and a slew more including such homegrown talent as Nef the Pharaoh, Rexx Life Raj, and Philthy Rich.

Billing itself as "the biggest hip hop festival in the world" Rolling Loud, which will be in LA in December (Dec. 16-17),  originated in Miami Florida two years ago. There it snowballed from 6000 attendees in 2015 to selling-out to 40,000 attendees by this year.  Rolling Loud's twenty-something founders Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler recently announced their festival's major expansion not just in the Bay Area and Los Angeles but by next year overseas in the UK, China, and Japan. For tix to the Bay Area two day click here. And general Rolling Loud info here.   And for those who cannot make it to the Bay Area stop of Rolling Loud this weekend note that Revolt TV will be live-streaming it via YouTube on this link beginning at 1pm both days and running til 11pm Saturday and 10pm Sunday.

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The Best Albums of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2016 03:01pm | Post a Comment

Best of 2016

With the holiday season fast approaching and 2016 drawing to an end, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite releases for the year. Staff from all three of our stores --  in Hollywood, San Francisco, and Berkeley -- shared their picks for the year's best music and movies and told us a little about what made them so awesome. So hop in the Amoeba sleigh with us, won't you, as we go on a magical holiday journey through the early months of 2016 till now, adventuring from world music to rock 'n' roll and everything in between, savoring the most memorable works from some of our most beloved artists. (It might even give you a few swell ideas for record-shaped stocking stuffers.) 

Best of 2016 - rock

Anohni Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness

I have been a fan of Anohni (formerly known as Antony & the Johnsons) for a long time now. She has another one of those distinctive voices that there is no confusing for someone else. Another great album produced by the amazing ANOHNI. The words in the songs are so full of emotion and power it is almost too much to handle sometimes. This album somehow feels like it is in the future. The songs are very set in the present. But the music really takes me to the future. Or at least makes me feel like we will be OK as long as we have ANOHNI to help guide us through the uncertain future. - Brad, Hollywood

Tyler, The Creator's 2016 Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival to include ScHoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Erykah Badu, Action Bronson, Death Grips

Posted by Billyjam, August 4, 2016 08:15pm | Post a Comment

Along with such other artist-curated music events as the Hierogplyics' annual Hiero Day, The Roots' Picnic, and Diplo's national touring Mad Decent Block Party, Tyler, The Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival proves that increasingly artists are taking further control of aspects of their careers. Once the domain of concert promoters, more and more artists have been producing or co-producing their own music festivals. MURS' sadly no longer, high-caliber indie hip-hop Paid Dues festival which, up until 2013, presented lovingly assembled hip-hop shows for the better part of a decade.

Although hard work even when these artists work in collaboration (such as Tyler the Creator whose teamed up with Goldenvoice), these artists are doing a damn good job presenting their own music festivals. Proof is evident in the line-up of artists, announced today, for the Odd Future star's 5th annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival taking place in LA in three months from now. Artists confirmed for this year's weekend long music event will include A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, Lil Wayne, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Erykah Badu, Chance the Rapper, Death Grips, Flatbush Zombies, DJ Mustard, TOKiMONSTA, Pretty Lights, Kehlani, The Internet, Domo Genesis and, of course, Tyler, The Creator himself.  Check the flyer above for some of other artists on the line-up, with more names to be announced later. Tix will go on sale Monday, August 8th, for the two-day event (Saturday/Sunday, November 12th and 13th) that will take place in Los Angeles at Exposition Park.

The 25 Best Albums By California Artists Released in 2014

Posted by Billy Gil, December 17, 2014 03:50pm | Post a Comment

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From L.A. and S.F.’s garage rock scenes to Compton’s blossoming rap artists, California artists represented well in 2014. Here are 25 of our favorites from the year, in alphabetical order.

Allah-LasWorship the Sun

allah-las worship the sun lpOn Worship the Sun, L.A.’s Allah-Las get some dirt on their boots by scuzzing up their sunny surf-garage sound with some rattling guitar solos, stonery grooves (“Buffalo Nickel”) and head-spinning psych-rock tunes (“501-405”).

 

 

Cherry Glazerr Haxel Princess

cherry glazerr haxel princess lpCherry Glazerr had the debut record of the year for Burger Records, moving unstoppably on the strength of its garage riffs and singer/guitarist Clementine Creevy’s teenage caterwaul.

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