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MUSIC SUMMER FUN by eva recinos It’s noon and you’re watch– ing reruns of “America’s Next Top Displays like In the Studio make the Model” or any other show on the couch Grammy Museum stand out. wondering how long it’s going to take for the sun to drop and the night to begin. But lazy summer days can be just as exhilarating as any night on the town without having to waste all your hard-earned cash. So if you’re without a job this summer or working a low-paying one, here are a few music-infused ways to pass the summer days sunup to sundown without wiping out your bank account.
Amoeba Music 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; amoeba.com Not only can you browse through hundreds of cheap CDs, records and posters at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, but the store also boasts of free, all ages in-store concerts. Mark June 14, 7 p.m. for the arrival of the Civil Wars for a performance and CD signing. Pick up the new album and save your receipt for the chance to get your copy personally signed by them. If you’re a goth fan, Peter Murphy visits the store June 16 at 6 p.m. Visit the Web site often for more events and free downloads, and if you find yourself on a road trip any time soon, Amoeba also has stores in Berkeley and San Francisco.
Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park; attheecho.com With $8 valet parking and low cover fees for events, the Echoplex in Echo Park is an ideal location for your dancing and live-show needs. The locale is 18 and over, and for those of you who can’t buy drinks yet, a cherry-including Shirley Temple costs you only $3. Beers run for decent prices as well, and there is even a small food menu to choose from in case all the dancing makes you ravenous.
The Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown; grammymuseum.org So, the idea of a museum probably reminds you of elementary school days where you had to choose a partner and make sure not to get lost. You probably also remember being really bored. But the Grammy Museum in L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles is far from the stifling place you might see a museum as. With exhibits like the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Revolutions of Recorded Sound, In the Studio and the Special Exhibits Gallery, there is plenty in the museum for the music lover in you. The museum not only holds artifacts, but also has many exciting displays that you can interact with; In the Studio lets you play with similar technology like that in a recording studio and see what happens when you experiment with sound. The Special Exhibits section lets you see the typewriter, drawings and even eyeglasses of John Lennon and rare items relating to Bob Marley. Tickets are $11.95 if you are 18 and over and take your student ID, and the museum is open Mon-Fri, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sat-Sun, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Music Center 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown; musiccenter.org Nothing sounds better than free. And this summer the Music Center in Downtown is offering free dance lessons, sing-a-longs and drum sessions. Until the fall leaves come down in September, you can enjoy lessons in genres like swing, bollywood, disco and samba. Classes go from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. If dance lessons sound intimidating, how about belting out some well-known songs? You get your own live band to back you up, and the Music Center even provides the lyrics (in case of stage fright). Mark your calendar for June 24, July 22 and Aug. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. as the time to sing to your heart’s content. If you’re thinking, ‘I can sing and dance at home,’ how about free drum lessons? Complete with all the equipment you need, these free lessons take place July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 3 starting at 10 a.m. Custom-made for beginners, maybe the lessons will give you a new hobby for the rest of the summer.
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Here’s your chance to design deadmau5’s next official mau5head.
by kevin wierzbicki Design a Mau5head Electronic producer/performer deadmau5 has teamed with creative platform Talenthouse to hold a contest to design his next official “mau5head,” the electronic headpiece he wears at live appearances. The winning design will be produced into the next deadmau5 head for his “Unhooked” shows and promotional events. The winner will receive two VIP passes to a deadmau5 performance at the Hollywood Palladium on Aug. 25 and will also meet deadmau5 at an in-store event the same day. Travel and two night’s accommodation for the winner will be provided. Nine runners-up will also receive prizes varying from VIP passes to a show nearest their location to signed deadmau5 merch. Details at talenthouse. com; entries need to be in by July 12.
RIP Gil Scott-Heron Poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron has died at the age of 62. Scott-Heron was a sociallyconscious artist who gave voice to black America through spoken word pieces like “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” his most famous and some say most potent early-’70s work. Because he sometimes set his often angry rants to jazzy piano and stripped-down beats, many hip-hop stars point to Scott-Heron as one of the forefathers of rap, a notion that he rejected. Scott-Heron’s cause of death had not been determined as of press time but he was a notorious drug abuser who routinely smoked crack ostensibly to kill severe back pain. Scott-Heron’s latest album I’m New Here was released earlier this year.
Retox to Loose Ugly Animals Retox, a blistering, L.A.-based punk four-piece, have put their career on the fast track. The band is made up of former members of the Locust, Cattle Decapitation and Festival of Dead Deer, and they only recently released a debut EP and played their first live outing. Now, debut full-length Ugly Animals is set for an August release on the Ipecac label. Ugly Animals is an all-analog recording and will also be available on etched vinyl. Nationwide tour dates will be announced soon, but in the meantime a June 25 gig at Boulevard Café has been confirmed. retoxrules.com.
Seeing Double: Coachella 2012 Are you a Coachella fan with thoughts of attending the festival next year? Are you sitting down? Coachella 2012 will be two separate events held over two consecutive weekends (April 13-15 and April 20-22) at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Festival organizers will attempt to produce two identical festival weekends – same lineup, same art and same place – different people. If you want to buy a three-day pass for either date and get it on the payment plan you have until 10 p.m. June 10 to place your advance order at coachella. com. Otherwise you can kick back and get some rest for a while; apparently you’ll need it.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Linkin Park’s “Iridescent” is the first single from the soundtrack album for the Shia LeBeouf film Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The CD version of the release also includes cuts from My Chemical Romance, Staind, Art of Dying, Black Veil Brides, Mastodon, Taking Back Sunday, Skillet, Theory of a Deadman and brand new songs from the Goo Goo Dolls and Paramore. Purchase the iTunes version and you’ll get three bonus cuts from Biffy Clyro, Stone Sour and Serj Tankian; the Game Stop version comes with Middle Class Rut’s “Lifelong Dayshift” and D.R.U.G.S.’ “Graveyard Dancing” as bonus cuts. The movie opens June 29, but you can score the soundtrack on June 14.
Slaughter Survivors Tour Indianapolis prog-metal prodigies the Contortionist, who have a new release called Exoplanet coming on Aug. 31, will be one of the headliners on the Slaughter Survivors Tour. Co-headlining the tour will be Conducting From the Grave, Scale the Summit, Rings of Saturn and Volumes & Structures. The tour begins with a special “Summer Slaughter Tour Kickoff Party” at Key Club July 21; Dawn of Ashes will also be on hand for the show.
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Published on Jun 8, 2011