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Twenty One Pilots' Secret To Success & Large Loyal Fanbase

Posted by Billyjam, October 19, 2015 02:10pm | Post a Comment

Sunday, at the early hour of 7:45am on the morning after the first of two sold-out shows for the band Twenty One Pilots at Oakland's Fox Theater, there was already a long line of diehard fans camped outside the Uptown district concert hall.  That line, which snaked down along the sidewalk on Telegraph Ave. and round the corner onto 19th Street down toward San Pablo Ave, was made up primarily of the young devoted fan base that the wildly popular Ohio pop/indie-rock duo have steadily built up since forming only six years ago. Some were there to also catch local SF band Finish Ticket who, along with Echosmith, are on Twenty One Pilots' current Blurryface tour  - one which is sold out solid every night through the beginning of December.


Signed to the Warner-distributed Fueled By Ramen label, Twenty One Pilots is comprised of Tyler Joseph (vocals / piano) and his old friend Josh Dun (percussion) who joined him two years into the band timeline replacing original members Chris Salih and Nick Thomas. The group formed in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio where soon after they had established a large, dedicated hometown fanbase drawn to their diverse pop-rooted rock style sound. They usually get filed under "indie rock," but in actuality their sound transcends that label and encompasses other elements such as electro, reggae, and rap. For example their current popular single "Stressed Out" (not to be confused with the similarly titled song by A Tribe Called Quest) is an infectious pop track with rap verses interspersed throughout. It's a pop song with rapping rather than a hip-hop track with pop music instrumentation.

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50 Essential Albums Released in 2014

Posted by Aaron Detroit, December 5, 2014 09:20am | Post a Comment

Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. I've worked in Hollywood for ten years, but started my time with Amoeba - way back in 1998 -  at the San Francisco store. Here is my extensive list of new essential listening, released in 2014. There is a wide range of genres and artists represented here because musical passion should not be static.





1. Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)
To Be Kind, Swans’ 3rd LP since their 2010 reformation (and 13th overall,) is an unlikely triumph after 2012’s seemingly unmatchable masterpiece, The Seer. Any trepidation one might have about the sprawling triple-LP’s intimidating track lengths should evaporate under it’s hypnotizing ebb-and-flow of mental blues, super-honed grooves, manic clatter and hushed passages; all of which are eventually crushed by monolithic waves of majesty. Nothing short of classic.



 2. Carla Bozulich - Boy (Constellation)
Boy is Carla Bozulich’s (of Ethyl Meatplow, Geraldine Fibbers and Evangelista-renown) 3rd solo affair, but in a lot of ways it feels like her first. Bozulich pours her famed, devastating whiskey-voice into a cocktail of funeral country, death blues and industrial noise that sticks to your guts. Carla herself refers to this LP as her “pop record,” and if that's a true description, we could sure use a whole lot more “pop” albums like Boy. Don’t overlook this one.

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