Albert Hammond Jr (The Strokes)
Albert Hammond Jr performed at Amoeba Hollywood on March 7, 2007.
Devil Makes Three
The Devil Makes Three combine ragtime, country, folk & rockabilly (without a drummer!). They performed at Amoeba Hollywood on October 13, 2009. Get an exclusive free download of "For Good Again" by Devil Makes Three recorded live at Amoeba!
People Under the Stairs
People Under the Stairs is rapper/producers Thes One and Double K. As longtime fans know, when you hear a PUTS record, all the work, from the beats to the rhymes to the scratching to the artwork (their 6th album, Fun, comes with a comic book written by the rappers themselves), is almost inevitably done strictly by the duo themselves. Instead of cashing in on hot outside producers or of-the-moment emcees, the pair has always been fiercely independent.
The Soft Pack
The Soft Pack is an indie rock band from Los Angeles (by way of San Diego) featuring Matt Lamkin (vocals), Matty McLoughlin (guitar), David Lantzman (bass), and Brian Hill (drums). Formerly known as The Muslims, the band changed their name in 2008. They released four 7" singles between 2008-2009 and two EPs in 2009, all the while gaining a reputation for their live shows and no-frills sound. They have performed with The Walkmen, The Breeders, Vivian Girls, Phoenix, Franz Ferdinand, and The Last Shadow Puppets. The Soft Pack released their official full-length, The Soft Pack, on Kemado Records on February 2, 2010.
The Soft Pack performed at Amoeba Berkeley on January 27, 2010.
Vieux Farka Touré
Bouriema “Vieux Farka” Touré has been enamored with the music of his father, Ali Farka Touré. He grew up both in Mali’s capital city, Bamako, and in his father’s home-town of Niafunké in the Sahara desert -- both teeming with rich musical life. Having suffered in the music industry, Ali did not want his son to follow his path as a musician. He forbid Vieux to play music and ordered Vieux to become a soldier instead. Stubbornly, Vieux began to play along with his father’s recordings in hiding, determined to pursue his musical aspirations. After enrolling in the National Arts Institute in Bamako, openly defying his father’s wishes, Vieux discovered his musical calling and began to play guitar and compose music. By the time he left the Arts Institute, he was a locally celebrated guitar virtuoso, able to emulate his father’s playing near-perfectly.
Word began to spread throughout Bamako that Ali’s successor was emerging. Recognizing Vieux’s gift, Toumani Diabaté -- the world’s premiere kora player -- urged Ali to accept his son’s chosen path. So Ali entrusted Toumani with the reins of Vieux’s career. Under Toumani’s guidance, Vieux flourished artistically; he performed in France and South Africa and he even began accompanying his father on guitar. Furthermore, he began to compose stunning pieces that brought new sounds and influences into the tradition of desert blues from Northern Mali. Meanwhile Ali -- growing increasingly sick with cancer -- offered his final recordings to Vieux’s album, an expression of his ultimate approval of his son’s path, passing him the torch with which to light his way.
Vieux Farka Touré performed at Amoeba Berkeley on November 5, 2007.
Nigerian-born German singer/songwriter Nneka performed at Amoeba Hollywood on May 27, 2010.
Janelle Monae is an experience: a charismatic singer, songwriter, producer, and performer whose innovative style crosses musical genres in a captivating postmodern merger of R&B, funk, and rock 'n' roll. Janelle Monae performed at Amoeba Hollywood on August 18, 2008.
Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars
Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars is a group of musicians who escaped the horrific violence of Sierra Leone's civil war, landed in a West African refugee camp, and formed a band to keep their spirits up and their hopes alive. From these humble beginnings the band has now grown to be an international musical sensation. Rise & Shine reflects how far the band has come in the past few years. They have realized a unique and seamlessly coherent sound: a fusion of traditional West African music and roots reggae, inflected with New Orleans styles.
The Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars performed at Amoeba San Francisco on May 15, 2010.
Amos Lee seamlessly glides between blues, soul, gospel, and folk with straightforward yet graceful songwriting. Amos Lee performed at Amoeba Hollywood on June 25, 2008.