Amoeba Hollywood's Top 10 In-store Performances of 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, December 23, 2013 02:47pm | Post a Comment

This year Amoeba Hollywood hosted some of the best, and most diverse, in-store performances in Amoeba’s history. Let’s look back at 10 that stood out.


Yo La Tengo – Jan. 17














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One of the greatest indie rock bands of all time helped start the year off in support of their album Fade, playing a set that combined heavy guitar histrionics with more intimate moments. Read my full recap here.


FIDLAR – Jan. 24














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L.A.’s PBR-friendly garage rockers tore things up in one of the liveliest sets of the year, which you can stream in full here. Read the full recap here. Check out my interview with the band here.

Fidlar - Cheap Beer (Live at Amoeba)


Local Natives – Jan. 29














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Fans lined up around the block to catch Local Natives play a powerful set of songs from their excellent Hummingbird record. Watch the full performance here. Read my full recap here, and check out my interview with the band here.

Local Natives - Breakers (Live at Amoeba)


Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Feb. 12














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Amoeba’s annual Mardi Gras celebration took off with an awesome performance by New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The party also featured the annual Mardi Gras parade, floats and beads. And Amoeba donated a portion of proceeds for the day to Tipitina’s Foundation and New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic. Check out my recap here.



Julieta Venegas – April 16














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Latin alt-pop star Julieta Venegas came for one of the most well-attended shows of the year. Watch the whole show here. Read more about the show and check out her “What’s in My Bag?” episode here.

Julieta Venegas - Tuve para Dar (Live at Amoeba)


Camera Obscura – June 17














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The always delightful Camera Obscura took to the stage to promote its fine new album, Desire Lines. With a few favorites thrown in, the show bore witness to how Camera Obscura have slowly and steadily become indie pop stalwarts with an estimable catalog.


Death – June 27















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“Before there was punk, there was A Band Called DEATH.” The documentary A Band Called Death became an instant cult hit, covering the short-lived, Sisyphusian attempt to break through into the music business by the band Death, a group of black brothers from Detroit who played proto-punk in the early 1970s in the vein of MC5 and The Stooges. Though their visionary sound went unrewarded at the time, Drag City re-released their songs in 2009, and the band (sans deceased singer/guitarist David Hackney) reunited to play their long-dormant songs live. Amoeba Hollywood was lucky enough to host one such performance of Death’s roof-tearing rock ‘n’ roll. Read the full coverage of the show here. Watch the full performance video here.

Death - Keep On Knocking (Live at Amoeba)


Pretty Lights – July 18














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Derek Vincent Smith aka Pretty Lights got a huge crowd moving with his EDM extravaganza, using samples he precorded on instruments for his album A Color Map of the Sun. Read my recap here.


Gary Numan – Oct. 16














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Gary Numan’s performance at Amoeba Hollywood was one that united staff and fans alike as the new-wave hero played classics from his catalog and songs from his new album, Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind). Read my full recap here.


Best Coast – Oct. 22














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Bethany Cosentino, Bobb Bruno and co. showed off songs from their new Fade Away EP with a bright set of tunes that had their young audience singing along to every word. Read my full recap here.


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