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Amoeba Bay Area & Amoeba Hollywood Share Their Top 5 In-Stores of 2016 (So Far)

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 8, 2016 05:32pm | Post a Comment

We're a little past the half-way mark of 2016 already, so it seemed like a perfect time to reflect upon the fantastic in-store shows we've put on at all three of our Amoeba locations: San Francisco, Berkeley, and Hollywood. Each and every live performance we present at our stores is a unique and thrilling experience for the audience and staff, but some shows just have that extra bit of magic to make them stand out as our favorites. Enjoy our lists of top five in-store shows of 2016 (so far)!

Amoeba Bay Area: San Francisco & Berkeley

The Mystery Lights at Amoeba SF: July 31, 2016
Every so often we book a band right before or just as they explode onto the scene in a big way. Although The Mystery Lights has put out a couple of releases since 2009, the NY-by-way-of-Salinas, California band just released their self-titled debut on Daptone Records' new subsidiary Wick and it's gaining momentum. Their sound is sinister garage - the darker side of the '60s Nuggets, Pebbles, and Back From The Grave comps. Think the proto-punk of The Seeds, The Sonics, Jesters of Newport. Unlike many garage rock revivalists, The Mystery Lights don't just recreate the sound; these guys channel it spiritually, putting on a raucous show led by the howling, jumping, guitar-wielding Mike Brandon.

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Watch The One & Only PPL MVR Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, November 5, 2015 03:16pm | Post a Comment

PPL MVR at Amoeba Hollywood

PPL MVR are a mysterious band of musically-inclined non-people. Are they Space Yetis? Regular Yetis? Distant Chewbacca cousins? Long-extinct hominid cousins thawed out by the shifting of the polar icecaps? Whatever they are, it really doesn't matter, because as "the one and only PPL MVR," these one-of-a-kind rockers don't pose much of a threat to humanity--unless it's to our eardrums. Because once PPL MVR take the stage, things are gonna get heavy.

PPL MVR Record

That's exactly what happened when the three masterminds behind PPL MVR-- SNWBLL (the white one), Q (the brown one) and K-PO (the black one)--took to the stage at Amoeba Hollywood along with a few human friends backing them up live. Check out video from their epic performance below, and stop by our Hollywood store to pick up their record, The One and Only PPL MVR. 

If you happen to be in the New York area, you can catch PPL MVR live at the Highline Ballroom with Cerebral Ballzy and Oil Boom on November 11th.

PPL MVR - Live at Amoeba Hollywood
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OFF! Destroys Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, July 15, 2014 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Off!

Hardcore punk supergroup OFF! are known for their raucous, rowdy live shows, and they definitely brought their A-game when they swung by Amoeba Hollywood a couple months ago. Frontman Keith Morris (Circle Jerks/Black Flag), guitar player Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), bass player Steven Shane McDonald (Redd Kross) and drummer Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes) tore through six short-but-sweet tracks which left the packed room wanting more.

This August, OFF! are gearing up for a US tour to promote their most recent release, Wasted Years. But this time the supergroup is getting even more super, with the addition of legendary Melvins drummer Dale Crover, who's filling in for Rubalcaba. Check out the two part video of OFF!'s performance at Amoeba Hollywood and get a glimpse of the mayhem brewing for the summer tour--just mentally Photoshop in Dale Crover.

Infamous punk rockers Dwarves will join the band for a handful of dates.

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Julieta Venegas Live Performance & Signing At Amoeba Hollywood!

Posted by Amoebite, April 9, 2013 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Julieta Venagas live signingJulieta Venegas celebrates her new album, Los Momentos (out April 9th), with a live performance and signing at Amoeba Hollywood! If you can't be here in person, you can watch the live webcast on Amoeba.com.

Get a free ticket to attend a private concert with Julieta Venegas on April 18 at The Mayan Theater in downtown LA with purchase of Los Momentos – courtesy of Super Estrella! While supplies last. Show is 21+over. One ticket per CD purchase (limit 2 per customer).

The first 300 purchasers of Los Momentos at Amoeba Hollywood (beginning April 9) will be guaranteed a place in line for the CD signing after the in-store performance.  Please note: Admission is first come, first admitted. Line will form on Ivar beginning at 4pm day of show. This event is all ages. 

Julieta Venegas has said that her newest album is inspired by the rampant drug violence in Mexico as well as motherhood. Much like previous releases, Venegas covers a lot of ground lyrically. Los Momentos is an 11 track album full of pop dance jams that will rival everyone from Rihanna to Tegan and Sara.  Venegas once again manages to seamlessly take melancholy themes and present them in a sonically positive light. Check out the videos below!

Julieta V Los Momentos cover

Show Recap: Savage Republic at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, January 31, 2013 07:05pm | Post a Comment

Savage Republic VarvakiosL.A. art-punk band Savage Republic have always existed on the fringe, but they've managed to hold on to that fringe well past their '80s supposed heyday. They reformed to release 2007's fine 1938 album and now have released Varvakios, recorded in Greece using field recordings, traditional Greek instruments and the band's own apocryphal noise.

The band's show at Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 30 showed just how much fervor the band has, tearing through "1938" with its ominous opening lines "Wave of destruction, a wave of aggression, it's 1938 all over again" over searing, reverbed guitars and tribal drum beats. The band's percussionist/singer Ethan Port bumped into me from behind on his way to the stage, playing maracas over the din. Port banged on a tin-sounding box that added a desolate thump to the songs, beating it like he was leading a viking ship. The band traded instruments and vocal duty, with guitarist/bassist Thom Fuhrmann handling deeply intoned vocal declarations and Port barking like a barbarian. They played the Ceremonial record's gorgeous "Year of Exile," which led into the chaos of Furhmann beating his bass in unison with drummer Mark Erskine's rumbling roar before going back to the song's rubbery bassline. The band thanked Amoeba for having "a bunch of old guys" play, but they rocked like dudes half their age.

See all the photos from the in-store here.

Savage Republic at Amoeba Hollywood

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