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Your Friday night: Record shopping with a Swedish pop princess and Bay Area hippie metal

July 23, 2010 |  1:49 pm

So here's some bad news for the late planners among the Pop & Hiss readership: Friday night's concert featuring the effervescent and snappy pop of Sweden's Robyn is sold-out. Thankfully, Hollywood's Amoeba Music is coming to the rescue of those who didn't snare tickets to Robyn's gig at the Music Box @ Fonda. The artist will bring her jubilant synth-pop to the shop for a 7 p.m. in-store, appearing here in the States in advance of her September album "Body Talk Pt. 2."

That gives thee, dear reader, plenty of time to snare some dinner and head to Spaceland for a headlining set from the Bay Area's Sleepy Sun, an indie band that incorporates psychedelic jamming and hypnotic harmonies into its metal backbone. 

The act just released its second album for ATP Recordings, "Fever," and it's a Black Sabbath for the modern Flower Child. But this is sludge riffing at its most pretty, as singer Rachel Fannan has pipes. She could easily be fronting a soul band, bring a bluesy undercurrent to her vocal turns, and adding an enticing contrast to the stoner drawl of Bret Constantino and acid-rock guitar of Matt Holliman. The act's "Open Eyes" is embedded above.

Robyn at Amoeba Hollywood, 6400 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, at 7 p.m. Free. And be sure to check out the store's video with Robyn, where she talks about some of her favorite artists, including Janet Jackson and Laurie Anderson. Sleepy Sun at Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, doors at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door.

-- Todd Martens 


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