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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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Visit Amoeba at Levitt Pavilion Downtown L.A. for Quetzal, La Santa Cecilia

Posted by Billy Gil, August 25, 2014 02:33pm | Post a Comment
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Quetzal

Did you all have fun at FYF Fest? We know we did.

The next events we’ll be at will be a couple of concerts this weekend at Levitt Pavilion in L.A.'s MacArthur Park. First up is Quetzal on Friday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m., then we’ll be at La Santa Cecilia at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. We’ll be on hand with Amoeba swag, and you can enter to win a $75 gift certificate to Amoeba just by signing up for our newsletter.

Chicano rock band Quetzal boast a mashup of Mexican and Afro-Cuban beats along with jazz, blues and rock arrangements. The East L.A. band’s latest album is Imaginaries. Check out “Dreamers, Schemers” from that album below, and find out more about the show here:

 

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La Santa Cecilia

Latin Grammy-winning band La Santa Cecilia always promises an excellent show, with their fusion of cumbia, boleros, bossa nova and rock. Their latest album is Someday New. Hear “Cumbia Morada” from that album below, and find out more about the show here:

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Twilight Concert Series to Start July 10 with Cults, James Supercave

Posted by Billy Gil, May 23, 2014 02:58pm | Post a Comment

twilight concert seriesSince it's Memorial Day Weekend, we can start saying it's summer, right? Summer concert lineups like FYF Fest are being announced left and right (weekend passes for that festival are still on sale at Amoeba Hollywood, BTW), and now the Twilight Concert Series has announced its summer lineup of free concerts at the Santa Monica Pier.

The 30th anniversary of the concert series will kick off with indie-pop bands Cults and James Supercave July 10 at the pier from 7 to 10 p.m. The series continues every Thursday through Sept. 11.

The rest of the announced lineup is as follows:

July 17 – Heavenly Voices: Yuna w/King

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Cayucas

July 24 – PCH Top Down Sounds: Cayucas w/Papa

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Amoeba Sponsors La Santa Cecilia at The Grammy Museum March 5

Posted by Billy Gil, February 26, 2014 10:09am | Post a Comment

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Amoeba sponsors THE DROP: La Santa Cecilia at the GRAMMY Museum on March 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available here.

The show will be hosted by Scott Goldman, vice president of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, and will include a discussion with the band in which they answer audience questions, as well as a performance of select songs.

Los Angeles-based Mexican-American band La Santa Cecilia have built a solid reputation on their thoughtful blend of many traditional Latino forms of music, from cumbia to bossa nova and boleros, with influences from American musicians like Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin. Featuring the throaty, emotive vocals of lead singer Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez, the band is also known for their terrific live shows, having graced the stage of Amoeba Hollywood in 2012. You can watch the entire performanc here.

The band recently won the Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album Grammy for their first EP, Treinta Dias, released last year—they dedicated that win to the 11 million or so undocumented immigrants living in the United States, a subject they passionately cover in the video for their song "Ice El Hielo."  The band is set to release its first full-length Someday New March 3; you can preorder it on CD now. The album includes seven newly penned tracks plus new versions of older songs and covers, including a Spanglish rendition of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever."

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Pick up the 2014 Grammy Winners on CD and LP

Posted by Billy Gil, January 28, 2014 11:41am | Post a Comment

The 2014 Grammy Awards took place over the weekend, with big winners including Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. We were excited to see Grammy love given to Amoeba friends like La Santa Cecilia and The Civil Wars, while best alternative album went to Pitchfork and Rolling Stone's favorite album of 2013, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires Of The City. A lot of people were talking about Imagine Dragons' performance with Kendrick Lamar, while our favorite has to be Beyonce's opening performance of "Drunk in Love" with her husband, Jay Z.

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