Gary Clark Jr. celebrates his new album, This Land (Warner Bros. Records), with a live show at Amoeba Hollywood on Thursday, February 21st at 6pm!
FOR GUARANTEED ADMISSION:
Purchase This Land (CD or LP) in-store at Amoeba Hollywood on February 21st. It comes with a poster/litho of the album art.
- 1 ticket + poster per CD/LP purchased, max 2 per person (if buying for a friend to attend).
- In-store purchases only (no online/phone orders).
- Posters will be given out with album purchase.
- Limited to store capacity/space is limited.
- This will be a performance only.
On the title track of “This Land,” Gary Clark Jr. is staking his claim to a literal place on the map, settling in and declaring: “I told you there goes the neighborhood… This is mine now, legit.” It’s a song with real-life roots in how Clark and his family have traded up in turf in his native Texas and been met with some suspicious glances upon move-in. And if it sounds like he’s had some practice in defiantly ignoring expectations about where he ought to live, well, that’s something he’s been doing musically his whole life. He’s a rock-and-soul omnivore who can survey the entire landscape of American music — not just the blues with which he’s so often associated, but reggae, punk, R&B and hip-hop, too — and say: This land was made for you and me.
He owns it all on This Land, his third studio album for Warner Bros. Records, which is sure to be seen as a breakthrough in establishing just how much stylistic variation Clark has at his command. There are plenty of the guitar-hero sounds that have already established him as a headliner, with tunes that reiterate that Cream influences always rise to the top, from a guy who’s long since come to be considered by Clapton as a friend and contemporary, not just acolyte. But if a lot of fans would consider Clark the closest thing we have to a modern Hendrix, what comes through implicitly in This Land is the sense of just how much Jimi loved and borrowed from Curtis Mayfield. You can think of Clark as one of the last of the real rock gods, along with fellow master singer/guitarists like Jack White, John Mayer, or the late, great Prince and the new album certainly won’t do anything to diminish that perception. But This Land is also a great soul record — one in which it’s easy to hear the lineage that connects Muddy Waters and Childish Gambino, with distinct nods to Marvin Gaye somewhere in the middle.
You’ll hear strains of Gaye not just in Clark using his falsetto more than he ever has before. It’s in the mixture of social consciousness and sensuality that was a matter of course for records like “What’s Goin’ On”… not to mention “Sign O’ the Times.” Obviously you hear the awareness of what’s goin’ on in the song This Landitself, in which Clark finds himself “paranoid and pissed off” among well-heeled neighbors who “think I’m up to something” just because his family doesn’t fit the local demographics. The attention to the greater good also informs “What About Us,” which has Clark announces that “the young bloods are taking over” — something he says to a fictional figure who recurs in several songs, “Mr. Williams,” a guy who could be a past-his-prime neighborhood boss… or, who knows, a stand-in for some bigger political figure who also has to go. “Feed the Babies” brings in the brass to augment a call for understanding that’s a pleading, purposeful antidote to the raw nerves of the title song.
Yet Clark also uses the album to get more personal than he ever has on record before, often assessing the tough balance between career and family. “Pearl Cadillac” is a payback to a mother’s devotion. He’s the parent in “When I’m Gone,” preparing a child for yet another trip away on the road, a topic he also takes up with a significant other in “Guitar Man,” where he’s weighing the “stamps in my blue book” and the fellowship of the road against the fear of a toll taken by time apart at home...
In 2017’s Ingrid Goes West, Aubrey Plaza plays a troubled young woman whose unhinged thirst for the Insta-influencer good life leads her on a fraud-filled journey to the sunny streets of LA. It was yet another entry in Plaza’s surprisingly wide-ranging filmography—a career defined by sharp wit, unselfconscious risk-taking and lots and lots of extremely GIFfable onscreen moments. Seriously, there’s very little in life that can’t be efficiently summed up with a by a single Aubrey Plaza moment from Parks & Recreation or Scott Pilgrim.
But it was Ingrid—which Plaza co-produced—that won the actor her first Film Independent Spirit Award, for Best First Feature in 2018 (the film was also nominated for Best First Screenplay.) And now, Plaza is already slated to return to the deceptively slippery Spirit Awards stage exactly one year later—not as a winner this time (do check all of this year’s nominees) but as the show’s host.
Hosting this year’s Spirit Awards a daunting gig to be sure, coming after two consecutive grand-slam turns by Oh Hello! BFFs Nick Kroll and John Mulaney in 2017 and 2018. But hey—why send two dudes to do a one-woman job?
Plaza will join the ranks of such Spirit Awards hosts as Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, Joel McHale, Sarah Silverman (who’s hosted twice), Samuel L. Jackson (also twice) and John Waters (four times!), among many others. The ceremony takes place February 23rd and will broadcast LIVE exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT/5:00 pm ET.
Join us for the first CicLAvia of 2019! On March 3rd Culver City, Mar Vista and Palms will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.
Culver City Metro Station Parking Lot (Meeting place)
Los Angeles, CA... Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County will hold its event at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, March 9.
Known for raising significant monies to help those with breast health issues in Los Angeles County, the affiliate announced rebranding its major fundraiser, known for the past 21 years as the Race For Cure® this month during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
With many activities, the Kids Zone, Expo, Survivor’s and areas, Reflection Tent, in addition to the fun More Than Pink Walk, there's something everyone will enjoy.
Sponsored by AutoNation, Sit N' Sleep, Anthem, The Citadel and CBS-2/KCAL-9, this year's event is expected to surpass last year's attendance of 6,000, nearly 400 survivors in attendance, and over 900 members on the largest corporate team.
“We are proud to be advocating for the breast health needs of LA County families, but we have a long way to go before we end this cancer entirely. One in eight women and some men will have this devastating disease during their lifetime. Breast cancer kills one person every 60 seconds. Please join us and support this event through participation and fundraising so we can continue to provide no-cost services to those most in need," explained Mark Pilon. executive director of Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County. “Our attendees gather together to celebrate their lives, to support one another. They are more walker than runners. Thus, our rebranding to embrace more of our community. To encourage even more attendance this year, we’ve reduced the registration fee to $15 for the rest of 2018. On January 1, 2019 it will increase to $30,” announced Mark Pilon.
Through events like the Los Angeles County More Than Pink Walk, Komen Los Angeles County invests 75 percent of the funds raised to support vital local breast health services, and dedicates the remaining 25 percent to national research to find the cures.
About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Los Angeles County
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Los Angeles County is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen More Than Pink Walk, Komen Los Angeles County has invested $10,535,590 in community breast health programs in Los Angeles County and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 310-575-3011 or visit http://komenlacounty.org.