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Recap: May Charity Auction to Benefit YOLA

Posted by Amoebite, May 6, 2013 02:15pm | Post a Comment

It was almost Cinco de Mayo and everyone at Amoeba was drunk! Well...OK, not really. But people were bidding as if they were drunk (on Tequila and agua de melon spiked with Cuervo).

Taco USAOn Saturday, May 4 we had a lighting-speed auctioneer, bestselling author Gustavo Arellano, hosting our Cuatro de Mayo charity auction to raise money for the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA). He was also available after the auction to sign copies of his book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.

In case you're not familiar, Gustavo is also a lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton. He writes “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America’s spiciest and largest minority. The column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States, won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column. In addition, Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants (one of whom was illegal).

YOLAThe recipient of Saturday's auction was Gustavo Dudamel's Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) program – inspired by Venezuela's revolutionary El Sistema. The LA Phil and its community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to students from underserved neighborhoods, enabling every child to contribute using their full potential. YOLA changes lives – one child, one family, one community at a time.

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Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in May

Posted by Amoebite, May 2, 2013 12:22pm | Post a Comment

Tickets at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you're into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.

JUST ADDED SHOWS:

Tricky

Tricky
El Rey
June 26

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples
Fonda Theatre
June 26

 

Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

Show Name Venue Show Date Ticket Price
(fee not included)
Amadou & Miriam Fonda Theatre 07/10/2013 $30.00
Baths El Rey 06/28/2013 $17.00
Booker T El Rey 06/25/2013 $35.00
Capital Cities El Rey 06/06/2013 $18.00
Caravan Palace Fonda Theatre 7/17/2013 $25.00
CSS Fonda Theatre 6/15/2013 $25.00
Depeche Mode Convention Avalon Hollywood 08/11/2013 $50.00
(weekend pass)
Desaparecidos Fonda Theatre 11/14/2013 $30.00
The Eric Andre Show
(Free poncho & poster w/purchase
- while they last)
Fonda Theatre 07/16/2013 $20.00
Field El Rey 06/08/2013 $17.00
FYF Fest LA State Historic Park 08/24 - 08/25 $102.00
(+ $3 service fee)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Fonda Theatre 09/12/2013 $25.00
Gold Panda Fonda Theatre 9/20/2013 $20.00
The Heavy Fonda Theatre 08/08/2013 $20.00
Peter Hook Fonda Theatre 09/21/2013 $24.00
Icona Pop Fonda Theatre 08/29/2013 $25.00
JJ Grey & Mofro El Rey 08/02/2013 $22.50
Jubilee Music & Arts Festival LA Arts District 06/07 & 06/08 $50.00
(two day pass,
+ $3 service fee)
Robert Earl Keen El Rey 06/15/2013 $40.00
Peter Murphy (SOLD OUT) Fonda Theatre 7/26 & 7/27 $27.50
Passenger El Rey 07/19/2013 $22.00
Marky Ramone Fonda Theatre 10/15/2013 $25.00
Rogue Wave El Rey 07/20/2013 $20.00
RX Bandits Fonda Theatre 7/6/2013 $20.00
Sea Wolf El Rey 06/21/2013 $17.00
Smith Westerns El Rey 8/10/2013 $20.00
Souls of Mischief El Rey 08/16/2013 $20.00
Mavis Staples Fonda Theatre 06/26/2013 $27.50
Sunset & Dine
(Screening Sunset Boulevard)
Academy Hollywood
6322 DeLongpre Ave
06/13/2013 $30.00
Superchunk El Rey 09/04/2013 $24.00
Tricky El Rey 06/26/2013 $25.00

 

Show Recap: La Santa Cecilia at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, May 2, 2013 10:40am | Post a Comment

la santa cecilia amoebaLa Santa Cecilia isn't a person — or she isn't a live person, rather. It’s a band fusing all sorts of worldly influences — cumbia, bossa nova and blues, to name a few — named after the patron saint of musicians. But you could’ve been fooled into thinking frontwoman Marisol Hernandez was a saint herself, given the way she commanded the stage at Amoeba Hollywood April 30.

Her booming voice soared over a bluesy opener, generating rapturous applause from the show’s sizable audience. The band then went into an upbeat song driven by Jose “Pepe” Carlos’ riveting accordion playing, with Carlos and bassist Alex Bendana backing up Hernandez with trade-off vocals. santa cecilia treinta diasHernandez seemed to get choked up as she thanked people for coming, later saying it was an honor to play in the store. As though driven to please those she had just thanked, she danced, jumped and sang her heart out through the band's next bilingual jam. The band paused for a break while medical personnel attended to a concert-goer in medical need (who was shortly doing fine, it was announced).

They came back and introduced legendary drummer Pete Thompson, who carried them through a spirited romp as the band worked to restore stability to the show, while Hernandez rapped and roared through another song complete with blazing guitar solo. She gushed about receiving an email from Elvis Costello saying he wanted not only to perform but write on the album as well, sending lyrics for the song “Losing Game,” from their just-released Treinta Dias. Though Costello wasn’t present, Hernandez made up for it by doubling her already formidable stage presence and voice through the song’s swinging New Orleans feel.

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Shop DVDs and More at Amoeba Hollywood's Sidewalk Sale May 11

Posted by Billy Gil, April 26, 2013 03:45pm | Post a Comment

amoeba sidewalk saleIt’s time for another Amoeba Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, May 11. Taking place just outside of Amoeba Hollywood, the sale will include deals such as DVD box sets for $7, or 2 for $10; and a buy-two-DVDs-get-one-free deal.

Additional deals include music and culture magazine grab bags of three for $1, soundtrack CD grab bags of 10 for $5, and 12-inch dance and hip-hop singles at four for $1.

Other deals will include:

-7-inches for $1

-Blu-ray Discs at three for $15

-Classical CDs at buy-one-get-one-free for discs $4.99 and under

-Classical LPs at three for $1

-Buy-one-get-one-free on all clearance CDs

-Discounted LPs of all genres

-Select posters at $5 or three for $10

-Books, toys and accessories up to half off

-$5 T-shirts

 

The whole shebang takes place from 12-5 p.m. Get there early for the best deals!

For those who can't make it out to the sale, shop our Clearance section online for some sweet finds.

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale.

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Fol Chen Play Amoeba SF Tonight, Amoeba Hollywood Tomorrow

Posted by Billy Gil, April 24, 2013 02:19pm | Post a Comment

fol chenExperimental pop group Fol Chen are as known for their innovative music as they are for their artistic activities outside of merely performing onstage. The Los Angeles-based band has given interviews with their faces obscured a la The Knife, invited guest singers onstage via Craigslist, had a metal band perform its songs, performed reconstructed, long-form versions of their albums in Russia, held a workshop in which attendees could get their own song made, and partnered with an electronics manufacturer to produce a sound device, writing and recording two songs with it.

All of that is a mouthful for a band who’s still on the up-and-up. It certainly makes for a great backstory, but it only works if the music does as well. Thankfully, Fol Chen’s music is as bright and intriguing as what they do with it, a hyperactive, dynamic electro-pop sound informed by world music, new wave, dance-punk and other sources both cerebral and celebratory. Their latest album, The False Alarms, is their most pop-oriented statement yet, with group vocals and some of their more avant-garde instincts eschewed in favor of giving singer Sinosa Loa a platform on which to perform as an alt-pop diva. I spoke with Fol Chen’s Samuel Bing before their two performances at Amoeba, first in San Francisco April 24 at 6 p.m. and then in Hollywood April 25 at 7 p.m.

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