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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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Two Huge New Vinyl Buys Hit Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 1, 2016 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Beatles' Butcher CoverAmoeba SF is rolling out prime slabs of vinyl from two huge LP collections we recently acquired!

The first haul is from a friend of Amoeba's whose main collection focus is on guitar: Rock guitar, Jazz guitar, acoustic Blues guitar, Country guitar...you name it and if it has a guitar it's probably represented here. There are over 5,000 LPs in this acquisition and many are original issues and are mostly in near-mint condition!

The second haul is an even larger collection (squeeee!) and the selection is wide-ranging, including Punk, Soul, Jazz, Rock, Lounge, Classical, audiophile recordings, and more. There are over a hundred Beatles LPs alone, including a couple of Butcher covers! Let's just grab a handful randomly and see what we get: Nico, Operation Ivy, Gene Clark, Otis Redding, and Carla Thomas - all original and in great shape!

Visit Amoeba SF today and often to experience the gradual unveiling of these two ginormous additions to our stellar in-store stock.

Sun Ra, Saturn Label

Selections from Sun Ra's Saturn label.

NightLife at SF's California Academy of Sciences: Outside Lands Pre-Party with Låpsley, August 4

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 24, 2016 04:40pm | Post a Comment

NightLife at California Academy of Science

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San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences continues to reinvent Thursday nights as their NightLife summer music series returns. Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy transforms itself into an oasis of music and art one night a month for NightLife LIVE 2016.

On Thursday, August 4th, join us at Nightlife for an Outside Lands Pre-Party with live performances by UK songstress Låpsley and local SF producer Brogan Bentley.

In between sets enjoy this month’s featured art gallery, ArtSpan, plus LED artists Nick Leidecker, Romy Randev and his two large scale glass panels back-lit with color-changing LEDs, and Marina Berlin's two large scale wire sculptures. You can also shop local vendor booths at the Academy that night. Browse used vinyl at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl so prepare to go crate digging.

Get your tix HERE, and RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook HERE.

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Phono Del Sol Festival in SF, July 9

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 23, 2016 12:19pm | Post a Comment

Phono Del Sol

Amoeba is proud to once again partner with The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone for the 6th annual Phono del Sol festival on Saturday, July 9th. This all-day music and food festival takes place in the great outdoors in Potrero del Sol Park in San Francisco. From noon till 7pm, rock out with live performances from Alvvays, Chairlift, Born Ruffians, and many more.

Additionally, there are pre-parties, after-parties, and a brunch happening surrounding the festivities. On Friday, June 24 at 25th Street Recording (426 25th Street, Oakland), Hot Flash Heat Wave will showcase songs from their debut LP, Neapolitan, with a special broken-down set. Free admission. A pre-Phono brunch is taking place at Cease and Desist (July 9, 10 am - 12 pm, 2331 Mission Street, San Francisco), where singer-songwriter Travis Hayes will perform his heartfelt songs from his forthcoming second LP, Sleepless. Attendees will enjoy brunch items as well as Bloody Mary's. "Brunch + Festival" tickets are currently on sale on the Phono site. For music lovers who don't want to stop celebrating after the festival ends, an official after-party with Yumi Zouma, The Peach Kings, French Cassettes, and BFF.fm DJs is happening at Rickshaw Stop on July 9 (9 pm, $15 adv/$18 door, all ages, 155 Fell Street, San Francisco).

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Switchboard Music Festival Returns To SF, June 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 12, 2016 07:32pm | Post a Comment

Switchboard Music Festival

The ninth annual Switchboard Music Festival returns to Brava Theater in San Francisco on June 18 Tyondai Braxtonfrom 1-9pm. The eight-hour showcase of innovative music from the Bay Area and beyond features 12 sets by over 50 performers, ranging from raucous rock to a capella chorus to amplified mouthpiece-less saxophone to bona fide pop music! The line-up includes headliner Tyondai Braxton, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Del Sol String Quartet with composer Daniel Wohl, Aaron Novik’s O+O+, JacobTV’s GRAB IT!, violinist Alisa Rose, Religious Girls, Tonal Masher, Dominique Leone’s San Francisco, ZOFO piano duo, a new project from Majel Connery & Ken Ueno with The Living Earth Show, and Julius Eastman’s Stay On It.
 

Find out more about the festival and performers HERE, and get your tickets HERE!

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