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Bjork’s Ninth Album, "Utopia," Comes Out This Week

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 22, 2017 05:13pm | Post a Comment

Bjork, UtopiaBy doubleay

Bjork is gearing up for the release of her latest body of work, Utopia (out November 24). It is the ninth album in her prolific discography and she’s working with a stunning team of creatives from Arca and Jesse Kanda to Andrew Thomas Huang and James Merry, to aid in bringing her latest vision to life.

Bjork's last album, Vulnicura, was released two years back and was followed up with the subsequent rework Vulnicura Strings. The album secured her the award for International Female Solo Artist at the 2016 Brit Awards and during her pre-recorded acceptance speech she cited that she could not be there in person as she was “recording.” Actively working on one album to the next, she hasn't let up on her music in the slightest but is projecting a vastly different state of being with this forthcoming project. In an interview with AnOther Magazine back in March, she speaks about Vulnicura as a sort of “Hell - like it was divorce” and goes on to describe Utopia as “Paradise.”

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Country Legend Marty Stuart

Posted by Amoebite, November 22, 2017 03:53pm | Post a Comment

Marty Stuart What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When country music legend Marty Stuart went record shopping at Amoeba Hollywood he couldn't help but run into himself. Whether he found records that he had played on, or records by people he had played with, Stuart found his visit to be a trip down memory lane. Playing professionally from a very early age, he had many an anecdote about the personal significance of each record chosen. Take, for example, The Fabulous Johnny Cash and Flatt and Scruggs' Greatest Hits, the first two records Stuart ever owned. "The crazy part about it," he says, "was the only two jobs that I ever had in my life was with Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash." Now that's something most of us can't claim.

Marty Stuart blends traditional country, rockabilly, and honky tonk sounds to create his own unique style. After teaching himself to play the guitar and mandolin at a young age, he began performing with the bluegrass group The Sullivan Family when he was just twelve-years-old. When he was thirteen, he signed on to perform with Lester Flatt, thanks to a meeting with Flatt's bandmate Roland White. Stuart went on to perform with Vassar Clements, Doc Watson, and Johnny Cash, whose backing band he joined in 1980. He left the band in 1985 to pursue a solo career, eventually signing with Columbia Records and releasing a self-titled debut that garnered him a Top 20 country single via the track "Arlene."

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Amoeba San Francisco Platinum Anniversary Celebrated Via 20 Years of Hip-Hop Albums 1997-2017: from Company Flow to Wiki

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2017 04:23pm | Post a Comment

As you likely already know today is part-two of the two-day 20 year (Platinum) anniversary celebration of Amoeba San Francisco that opened back in November 1997. In-store happenings at the historic SF Haight-Ashbury District location, that formerly housed a bowling alley, include music spinning from DJs with Amoeba SF roots: J Boogie, DJ Rascue, DocFu, and Mike Bee and the Platinum party going strong
til 8pm this evening.  Full details on Amoeba SF Platinum Anniversary Celebration. In celebration of Amoeba SF's 20 years of  providing bottomless crates for DJs and hip-hop fans to dig from, below is a quick look back at select hip-hop album releases from the twenty years that Amoeba San Francisco has been open. Sure it’s a subjective list culled from the countless great albums released over these past two decades. But it is also a reminder of how quickly the time has flown since Amoeba Music opened on Haight Street back in November 1997. Note that the Hollywood store opened a few years later in November 2001 and that the Amoeba Music Berkeley store (the original) had already been open for seven years at this point. The photo above is from seven years ago, November 2010, during the 20 year anniversary celebration of Amoeba Berkeley. It pictures two of that day’s performers: former Amoeba employee and Anticon hero Adam "DoseoneDrucker along with Pam The Funkstress of The Coup. As posted on the Amoeblog two days ago the longtime Bay Area DJ, also known as Purple Pam, is currently in hospital and battling for her life. As of time of publishing this story on Saturday afternoon, no further updates on Pam’s health had been issued but once they have will be posted here on the Amoeblog. [UPDATE EDIT on Saturday Nov 18th a little after 7pm (Pacific time) good news posted on social media regarding Pam's status, stating that "she had a successful surgery and is on her way to recovery" and that she and her family, "want to thank everyone for their prayers and concern."]
Meantime below are 20 hip-hop albums from the past 20 years of Amoeba SF's existence at 1855 Haight St, San Francisco, California 94117 

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Prayers & Positive Thoughts Urged for DJ Pam The Funkstress Who "Is in ICU, fighting for her life" According To Boots Riley of The Coup

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2017 06:54pm | Post a Comment

This past Sunday afternoon Pam “The Funkstress” Warren posted a short cryptic Facebook status update that caused concern among friends and fans of the ever-active longtime Bay Area DJ who first came to fame two and half decades ago as member of Oakland based political hip-hop crew The Coup (with Boots Riley and E-Roc). Pam's short but unsettling social media update simply read: “Due to unforeseen health issues I am forced to cancel all gigs until further notice. Thank you for understanding. Love you all.”

Among those gig cancellations by the busy popular DJ, known to many as Purple Pam ever since she was chosen to be Prince's last tour DJ, included an anticipated Prince themed DJ night tomorrow (Nov 17th) at Berkeley’s 44 Restaurant, Bar & Lounge and such other upcoming gigs as a benefit for the LoveLife Foundation at Yoshi’s in Oakland on November 27th.

15 Special Releases to Look for on Black Friday

Posted by Amoebite, November 16, 2017 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day Black Friday Releases To Look For

Record Store Day Black Friday is back and better than ever! As always, the good people at Record Store Day have prepared a veritable slew of exciting new releases to kick off the holiday season and we'll have them on hand for in-store shoppers on Friday, November 24th. Some of these releases are jam-packed with cool goodies and bonus features. Some have been out-of-print for years. Some will be available for the first time before seeing a wider release later on. All of them are pretty awesome.

Record Store Day Black FridayOf course, part of what makes RSD Black Friday so special is the limited nature of many of these releases, so take a look at this year's .pdf menu of titles and plan ahead. If you can't make it in to one of our stores on 11/24, there's still hope you can snag one of these titles. We'll add remaining RSDBF releases to Amoeba.com starting Saturday, 11/25 at 5am PT.

Please note: All Record Store Day Black Friday items are limit one per customer, no holds or phone orders. RSDBF titles are available in-store only on Nov 24. Remaining titles will available for sale online starting Nov 25 at 5am PT.

In addition to these spectacular new titles, we're getting ready for some incredible sales. Select turntables will be available at a discounted rate; headphones, mugs, and posters will be 25% off; and we'll be holding a 25% off gift certificate sale from 3-4pm only. Click here to read about all the deals and happenings we have planned for you!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Writer Jake Fogelnest

Posted by Amoebite, November 14, 2017 07:55pm | Post a Comment

Jake Fogelnest What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"This was a long time coming," proclaims writer/comedian/producer Jake Fogelnest about Criterion's newly restored Blu-ray of Multiple Maniacs. "John Waters is my favorite, he is my hero," Fogelnest says of the film's director, a pioneer of cult, transgressive movie-making. Pre-dating his breakthrough feature, Pink Flamingos, Multiple Maniacs features many of Waters' usual actors, including Divine, who would become the persona most associated with Waters' films. "It is still psychotic and shocking, probably even more in this new cleaned up print by Criterion," says an exuberant Fogelnest, who had plenty of witty insight into all of the goodies in his bag.

Jake Fogelnest has written for several TV shows, including Wet Hot American Summer, Difficult People, Girlboss, and Billy on the Street. He has contributed to VH1's Best Week Ever and written jokes for Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" segments. Fogelnest began his comedy career early, attracting attention for his cult public-access cable show Squirt TV, that he created when he was just fourteen years old. The program was eventually picked up by MTV, counting guest appearances by Wu-Tang Clan, Liz Phair, Cibo Matto with Sean Lennon, Adam Sandler, The Kids in the Hall, Kevin Smith, and Beck.

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Glenn Ford: Super Stud of Yester Yore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 12, 2017 06:12pm | Post a Comment

Glenn Ford

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Most folks know Glenn Ford from his roles as a soft-talkin' tough guy in such flicks as The Big Heat, Glenn Ford3:10 to Yuma, and Blackboard Jungle. Others may only remember him as Superman's Earth-Dad in the classic 1978 Superman.

Much like the Great and Mighty One (William Shatner, that is), Glenn was a Canadian. While living in Beverly Hills (Century City, everything's so nice and pretty), Glenn illegally raised 140 leghorn chickens until he was stopped by the 90210 "Coppers." One must ponder if he just loved making French omelettes for the neighborhood every morning or if he was practicing trying to replicate the award-winning secret recipe of Dinah's Fried Chicken, for " Nuthin' is finer, than Dinah."

It is said, that after Glenn went to the Golden Hills, a sofa that he allegedly claimed to have had a romantic encounter with Marilyn Monroe on was sold at an auction for $1,750. Glenn was known to have "knocked boots" with Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Brigitte Bardot, and many-many more beautiful starlets. (Please note, it was not these physical encounters that made him a "stud," for what kind of society would we be living in that such "pleasure events" could make a person more admired? No, he was a stud because he played the role of Jacob Waltz, the famous Dutchman of the legendary Lost Dutchman's Treasure of the Superstition Mountains in Lust for Gold!)

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Hip-Hop Top Five New Releases [Video Version] Princess Nokia, Young Dolph, Yung Lean, Budamunk, Black Moon

Posted by Billyjam, November 12, 2017 10:25am | Post a Comment

1: Princess Nokia 1992 Deluxe. (also on vinyl 1992 Deluxe LP)  (Rough Trade)


Princess Nokia's 1992 Deluxe. (also on vinyl 1992 Deluxe LP) is out this week thanks to Rough Trade who released the 25 year old rapper's deluxe update on her mixtape entitled "1992" from last year. 1992 being her birth year, Princess Nokia is already known for her collaboration with Wiki and the NY crew Ratking (she appears on the 2014 XL release So It Goes under her older pseudonym Wavy Spice) as well as her feminist collective Smart Girl Club, and in recent weeks for getting into a confrontation on a New York City subway with a racist that involved hot soup: an example of how she always speaks her mind. Born Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, she proudly raps how she's, "Black a-Rican bruja straight out from the Yoruba/ And my people come from Africa diaspora, Cuba/ And you mix that Arawak, that original people/ I’m that Black Native American" on "Brujas" which is one of nine tracks on the new album. As  noted by Amoeba reviewers  1992 Deluxe is packed with "hard and hypnotic" beats, with the emcee's flow being, "smart, sassy, and insightful. She’s tough. She’s street smart. She’s proud of who she is — and she wants you to feel the same way, too. That’s what makes this album so special: lots of bangers, to be sure, but there’s also a lot of heart behind the dance floor fillers. Princess Nokia is one-of-a-kind and our world is better for having her in it." Currently over in Europe, Princess Nokia's next gig is tomorrow (Nov 13) in Berlin. Published a couple of months ago below is the full video for "Flava" that was co-directed by the artist with  Milah Libin. Note that the instrumental music part kicks in at the 3:00 point in the clip.

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New Vinyl Reissues from No Doubt, Bob Dylan, Metallica & More

Posted by Amoebite, November 10, 2017 04:47pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

Some of the biggest and most beloved names in rock music dropped reissues this week. Expect remastered and expanded releases, plus one that's in a whole new audiophile format: Dolby Atmos. It's the first time this high-quality sound format will be commercially available, so it's definitely intriguing. Rediscover some old favorites, delve into the classics, and immerse yourself in deluxe versions of genre-defining albums.

Here's what's hitting our shelves.

Slow Train Coming

Bob Dylan - Slow Train Coming

Originally released in 1979, Dylan's nineteenth studio album has been repressed onto 150-gram vinyl. Heavily influenced by his recent interest in Christianity, the album includes the Top 30 hit "Gotta Serve Somebody."

Shot of Love

Bob Dylan - Shot of Love

Legendary Turntablist/Producer & US DMC DJ Battle Champ DJ Rectangle Currently In Battle Against Cancer

Posted by Billyjam, November 9, 2017 02:07pm | Post a Comment

Legendary turntablist, producer, and US DJ battle champion DJ Rectangle is currently in a battle for his life against cancer. Unfortunately the prolific producer (creator of a long list of widely used DJ battle/break records as well as numerous megamixes) does not have any savings and his medical insurance is minimal, and consequently does not nearly cover the costs he faces for cancer treatment. Born Scott Kluesner the Nevada based turntable artist is currently in intensive care in a Las Vegas hospital with collapsed lungs. Close friends of Kluesner's, including Rosalie Zito and Lupe Figuera Hernandez, have set up a GoFundMe page to help offset the mounting medical costs and to ultimately save his life. Set up a four weeks ago the GoFundMe campaign at first got a strong response. But that initial generous reaction by many seems to have faltered with the money raised stagnating at about $3500, leaving it with a long way to go in reaching its goal of $250,000.
 
DJ Rectangle’s illustrious career (that included a Grammy nomination) kicked into full gear upon winning the prestigious 1993 US DMC Championship DJ battle (see video below of his spellbinding winning performance). That led to his prolific recording career (namely the aforementioned DJ battle record tools and his mixes) as well as his performance career both solo and more notably with such high profile artists as Warren G (he was the official tour DJ for the Def Jam artist) and R. Kelly and Jermaine Dupri. Additionally he worked on remixes and production for a string of artists including Xzibit and50 Cent.

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A Brief Selection of Fall’s Exciting Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 9, 2017 02:07pm | Post a Comment

By doubleay

2017 has been a thrilling year for reissues, as many sought-after hip-hop classics have made a return to vinyl. Universal Media Enterprises has been running their Respect The Classics campaign, which has brought a ton of titles back to wax for the first time in years, while many other fundamental hip-hop classics have been reissued to celebrate the anniversaries of their original release dates. Beyond that, the increase in vinyl demand has allowed labels the capability of making decades-old iconic releases accessible to a new generation of consumers. With a plethora of exciting reissues hitting the shelves, here's a handful recent releases you ought to snatch up.

Mos Def, EcstaticMos Def - Ecstatic

Originally released with Downtown Records in 2009, Mos Def’s Ecstatic has been reissued for the first time with Universal Media Enterprises. After fairly underwhelming responses to his two prior albums and a decision to ease off acting, Mos Def returned to the studio for his fourth album. The project’s stellar track list included contributions from Slick Rick, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Talib Kweli. Def Worked with producers Madlib, The Neptunes, Mr. Flash, and Oh No, to achieve a fusion of international sounds and American hip-hop production. Mos Def tackles global politics, love, and spirituality on the album, all themes that speak magnitudes in today’s political climate. The project went on to become one of his most critically acclaimed releases and fans have been awaiting its second coming.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, November 18

Posted by Amoebite, November 8, 2017 06:35pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood's world famous sidewalk sale returns Saturday, November 18th from 12pm until 4pm. We'll have crazy good deals on DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, vinyl, books, T-shirts, toys & more. Get a jump on holiday shopping or pick up something nice for yourself! Either way, everything is priced to move fast and conveniently located just outside the store.

Check out some of the great bargains you'll find at our sidewalk sale:

  • DVDs: $3 each or 2 for $5
  • DVD box sets: $4 each or 2 for $7
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 free (of equal or lesser value)
  • 45s: 3 for $1
  • Classical vinyl: 3 for $1
  • Cassettes: 2 for $1
  • $1 LPs
  • Posters: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • T-shirts: $5 and under
  • Stickers: $0.75 each or 4 for $2
  • Patches: 2 for $1 (or priced as marked)
  • Buttons: $0.50 each or 4 for $1
  • Books, magazines & comics: 3 for $1
  • Great deals on toys & other merch

Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music from Amoeba!

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Three New African Albums You Need To Hear

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 7, 2017 06:04pm | Post a Comment

by Michael Henning

Here is a special spotlight on three excellent new African albums that were recently released. Each of them is available at all three of Amoeba Music's stores and on Amoeba.com.

Tony Allen, The SourceTony Allen - The Source (Blue Note)

Tony Allen was the drummer and musical director for Fela Kuti's Africa '70 from 1969-1979, a decade that saw the prolific ensemble release an almost unbelievable 32 albums, including all of their strongest material. He is responsible for inventing the signature Afrobeat rhythm and sound, and contributed his unique brand of propulsive percussion to masterpieces such as Shakara, Roforofo Fight, Zombie, He Miss Road, Up Side Down,Yellow Fever, Kalakuta Show, No Agreement, Opposite People, along with several others. Very little live footage exists of Tony Allen leading Fela'a group, but this 1978 performance from Germany is a high-quality glimpse at what a formidable live band they were at the height of their powers.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Tommy Stinson

Posted by Amoebite, November 7, 2017 01:41pm | Post a Comment

Tommy Stinson What's In My Bag Amoeba San Francisco

Alt-rock/punk icon Tommy Stinson visited Amoeba San Francisco recently to show us some of his favorite records and share memories of his experiences listening to them. Holding up Bob Dylan's seminal 1966 double LP, Stinson says, "Blonde on Blonde is my go to record when I'm trying to get lyrical things happening in my head." When he's looking for inspiration Stinson puts the record on and "just kinda let(s) it seep in," saying it reminds him "of all the different things that (Dylan) was able to put into a lyric to describe a moment, a sound, a day, and place." Stinson had many anecdotes about his picks, which makes for a very interesting and fun What's In My Bag? episode!  

Tommy Stinson began his career playing bass for The Replacements while still a teenager. Trafficking in hardcore during the early '80s, the band released their debut LP, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash in 1981, followed by the Stink EP in 1982. By their second LP, 1983's Hootenanny, The Replacements were experimenting with other rock subgenres and moving towards their definitively raw alt-rock sound. That same year, Stinson dropped out of tenth grade for the band's first US tour. He stayed with the band until their dissolution in 1991, appearing on classic albums Let It Be, Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, and Don't Tell a Soul.

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Bay Area Record Fair, November 19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 5, 2017 06:43pm | Post a Comment

The Bay Area Record Fair (aka BARF) brings together the best and brightest in local music around the Bay Area for a day of community, celebration, and camaraderie. This year they'll take over the Swedish American Hall and Cafe du Nord on Sunday, November 19th from noon to 5pm. Admission is FREE, but you can beat the rush and get in at 11am with $5 Early Bird tickets available HERE!

BARF's celebration of the local music scene and the people who help make it happen welcomes over 40 independent record labels (Alternative Tentacles, Tricycle, Father/Daughter, Death Records, Fat Wreck Chords, Empty Cellar...just to name a few) providing hours of browsing and buying enjoyment. There will also be guest DJs spinning throughout the day and a raffle for stellar prize packs. See you at the Fair!


Bay Area Record Fair

Hip-Hop LPs Top 10 New Vinyl inc. reissues & upcoming: DJ Rhettmatic, Cut Chemist, Tuff City Box-Set, Princess Nokia, Sugar Hill v/a +

Posted by Billyjam, November 4, 2017 02:18pm | Post a Comment
New Vinyl Hip-Hop Top Ten:11:04:17 [New, Reissues & Upcoming]


1: DJ Rhettmatic Rhett Got Beats LP (Street Corner Music)
 
From the (World Famous) Beat Junkies turntablist crew and the Visionaries hip-hop supergroup and such other projects as Dirty Disco Squares (with Prince Paul and Mr LenDJ Rhettmatic who, like chart entry number three below Cut Chemist, is another iconic turntablist from LA. This new to vinyl collection instantly proves that Rhett does indeed got them killer beats! The single LP Rhett Got Beats LP is a 40 minute instrumental collection from the endlessly talented artist born Nazareth Nirza. Previously released digitally and on cassette back in the summer Rhett Got Beats LP this week finally got issued on vinyl by Street Corner Music. An 18 track release of almost all instrumentals, it's is a must-have for DJs, beat collectors, and hip-hop fans. Note that in eighteen cuts include two bonus tracks; one being the Rhett / Hiero collaboration song  “With The Illest (feat. Opio & Pep Love).”


Amoeba SF Platinum Anniversary Celebration, 11/17 & 11/18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 2, 2017 01:02pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba SF 20-Year Anniversary

Amoeba SF turns 20 this November! To celebrate our Platinum Anniversary, we're throwing a two-day party Friday 11/17 and Saturday 11/18, complete with live musical performances, DJs, flash sales, prizes, arts and crafts, a photo booth, Amoeba’s Platinum Drag Show, and more!

Ibeyi
Ibeyi

We kick off the festivities on Friday 11/17 with a live performance and signing with electronic-soul sister duo Ibeyi at 5pm. Sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz will sign their new album Ash (out now on XL Recordings). The first 50 customers to buy Ash at Amoeba SF on the day of the in-store will get a wristband entitling them to a spot in our preferred viewing zone and priority in the signing line. (More info HERE.)

Additionally, 1,000 used vinyl records will be hitting the floor on Friday morning for the first time. Get the jump on the fresh stock!

On Saturday 11/18, the celebration lasts all day! We'll get started first thing at 10:45am with the Bay Area's own New Orleans-style band Blue Bone Express leading a procession up Haight Street and right onto the historic Amoeba stage when we open at 11am! The first 100 folks in the door will receive an exclusive gift bag full of fun Amoeba shwag and more.

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Three Classic Releases from Throbbing Gristle Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, November 2, 2017 11:27am | Post a Comment

Throbbing Gristle Reissues

The fearless and fierce sound of seminal English group Throbbing Gristle has been a defining influence on subsequent practitioners of envelope-pushing electronic, post-punk, experimental, and industrial artists. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the band's abrasive, antagonistic debut LP The Second Annual Report, longtime home label Mute Records is releasing three of TG's most important albums this month. The reissues will be available in two formats: on CD (due out Nov. 17th) and special edition colored vinyl (due the following week, Nov. 24th), both available for pre-order on Amoeba.com now. Fans of the band will be intrigued to hear this is just the beginning of Mute's reissue campaign; the label plans to release a whole slew of TG classics in the coming year.

Here's what you need to know about this first-round of releases:

Second Annual Report

The Second Annual Report

Originally released on November 4, 1977, Throbbing Gristle's debut album introduced the world to their socially and politically confrontational stance and their uniquely intense experimental sound. Available for pre-order on limited edition white vinyl or double CD.

Concert Tickets Available at Amoeba Hollywood November 2017

Posted by Amoebite, November 1, 2017 01:31pm | Post a Comment

Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba HollywoodAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows. Get physical tickets from us and skip the high fees!

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $3 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person. 

We have a new partnership with Teragram Ballroom, an intimate venue in downtown LA. We are the only place in town to buy physical tickets (aside from the venue itself). We'll have a small amount of tickets for every Teragram show available the day they are announced on a first-come, first-served basis with our low $3 ticket service fee.

For The Novo (formerly Club Nokia) and Shrine Expo Hall shows, we only carry general admission tickets. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at The Novo (where available), you can buy those tickets online here. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at Shrine Expo Hall (where available), you can buy those tickets online here.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

Tickets are limited, so please call the store first to make sure they are available: 323-245-6400.

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