After a month of being blasted in the media, lampooned on Saturday Night Live and roasted on every social networking outlet available, Lana Del Rey made her San Francisco debut at Amoeba Records on Thursday. With pending tour dates cancelled because of the negative hoopla, Del Rey’s show at the end of Haight Street was likely one of her only public appearances for the year, corroborated by the bulging crowd that filled the record store’s aisles all the way to the back reaches of the classical section. Yes, even those searching for Bach vinyls needed their Del Rey fix.
On of the most beautiful February days San Francisco has seen in a while, Little Dragon added to the cheer, performing at a free show Saturday afternoon at Amoeba Records on Haight Street. Making a return to the City By The Bay since their appearance at Treasure Island Music Festival 2010 in October, the Swedish sweethearts played a charming 40-minute set to a packed audience filed between aisles of albums and vinyls.
Despite scheduling two sold-out shows at The Independent, Little Dragon managed to sandwich in a set at Amoeba, drawing songs mainly from their latest release, Machine Dreams. Highlights from the set included “Feather,” with lead singer Yukimi Nagano’s voice echoing over keyboard loops, and “Little Man,” which Nagano promised would be on the band’s next release, Ritual Union. Little Dragon’s third full album is slated to be released some time this year.