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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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Car Seat Headrest, Night Beats Headline Next First Fridays April 1

Posted by Amoebite, March 25, 2016 03:04pm | Post a Comment

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The youthful noise-pop of Car Seat Headrest and psych-garage of Night Beats lead a night of entertainment at First Fridays April 1 at the Natural History Museum in L.A.

Live music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for non-members. Amoeba will be on hand with our booth and $20 gift certificates for $10; stop by and pick one up! (Limit two per customer.)

With Guided By Voices’ disregard for fidelity and an uncommon wit, passion and tunefulness, Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Style was a highlight of last year, a compilation of early tracks recorded by Will Toledo in the backseat of his family’s car in Virginia. His next album, Teens of Denial, is due this year. Hear “Something Soon” for an example.

night beats who sold my generation lpNight Beats’ maximum R&B is informed by the likes of The Rolling Stones, James Brown and definitely The Who — the name of the Seattle band’s latest album, Who Sold My Generation. But with attitude, soulful vocals and chops to spare, the band pulls off its retro sound exceedingly well. Check out “No Cops” for a taste.

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Fool's Gold Headlines Next L.A. Red Bull Sound Select Show Aug. 27

Posted by Amoebite, August 18, 2015 03:27pm | Post a Comment

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Globetrotting L.A. indie rockers Fool's Gold will play the next Red Bull Sound Select show Aug. 27 at the Echoplex. The show is curated by our friends at FLOOD Magazine.

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Fool's Gold live at Amoeba Hollywood in 2011

Tickets are $3 with an RSVP and $12 without at the door. Doors are at 8 p.m., and it’s 18-and-over. An RSVP doesn’t guarantee entrance, so plan to arrive early.

Fool’s Gold began in 2007 as a side project of Luke Top (singer/bassist, also of Foreign Born) and Lewis Pesacov (guitarist). Incorporating elements of African music with Western indie-rock, the band quickly took off, releasing a well-received self-titled first album in 2009, sung entirely in Hebrew, and an English-sung second album, Leave No Trace, in 2011. They’ve played at such venues and festivals as the Hollywood Bowl, Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Austin City Limits. In 2015 the band released its third album, Flying Lessons, which continues to refine their aesthetic, throwing disco beats and more synthesizers into the mix. Watch the video for “I’m in Love” below:

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Show Recap: Girlpool at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, June 3, 2015 03:45pm | Post a Comment

girlpool amoeba Philly-by-way-of-L.A. duo Girlpool came to Amoeba Hollywood on June 2, the release day of their debut LP, Before the World Was Big, for an intimate, special performance. But the cool thing about Girlpool is that all of their performances feel this way; with just two members, Cleo Tucker (guitar) and Harmony Tividad (bass) and no drummer, Girlpool place the focus on their songs, which feel small enough to fit in your hands but are deceptively intricate and lyrically oblique, forcing you to turn them over and try to figure them out.

girlpool before the world was big lpThe band began with album opener “Ideal World,” which puts their feminist message at the forefront, declaring “Put me on a food stamp and a Hallmark card/Tranquilize me with your ideal world.” Single “Chinatown” followed, the song moving from a serene folk feel and walking bassline to cutting noise. The duo sounded most confident when they sang in unison on lines like “If I told you I loved you, would you take it the wrong way?” The band stayed away from their self-titled EP’s initially grabbing songs, “Jane” and “Blah Blah Blah,” and instead played “Paint Me Colors,” a more morose tune with lyrics like “I’ll never understand what it means to be a man who is white ‘cause he never has to fight” and a noisey ending reminiscent of Dramarama’s “Anything, Anything.”  

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LA Font Chat With the Amoeblog Before Their Amoeba Hollywood Performance April 23

Posted by Billy Gil, April 22, 2015 10:35am | Post a Comment

la fontLos Angeles trio LA Font play a brand of nervy power-pop with melodies that wrap their wires around you before you know it. The band is playing Amoeba Hollywood April 23 at 6 p.m. in support of their new EP, Hangtime Vol. 1, out April 28 on Fleeting Youth Records. We’ll also be giving out FREE split 7”’s with Roses (who play Amoeba Hollywood May 7) as part of Converse Rubber Tracks, a series of releases in which Converse gives up-and-coming bands studio time and releases the results as 7” records.

We took a minute to speak with singer/guitarist Danny Bobbe, who leads the band along with Harlow Rodriguez (drums) and Greg Katz (bass), before the band’s performance.   

Tell me a little bit about the LA Font story. How did you guys meet, where are you from and when did you start playing together?

Bobbe: Seven years ago, I hung fliers across town looking for a drummer. I hung one in Amoeba in the stairwell next to the other fliers. I was worried mine would get taken down or covered up so I stood up on the handrail and taped it to the ceiling. I came back three years later and it was still there. I felt very proud. It's since been removed.

What can you tell us about the Rubber Tracks recording you guys did?

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