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"Unleashed" With Director Finn Taylor at Roxie Theater, August 26 & 27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 24, 2017 01:47pm | Post a Comment

UnleashedWe here at Amoeba Music know that we have some versatile and attractive bags, but imagine our surprise when we discovered that our bags were being put to entirely hitherto unforeseen use in the new film Unleashed by Bay Area director Finn Taylor (Dream with the Fishes).

In this new interspecies comedy, Emma (played by Kate Micucci of Garfunkel and Oates) moves to San Francisco after a massive betrayal by her boyfriend (Josh Brener, AKA "Big Head" of Silicon Valley) with only her beloved pets Ajax (Justin Chatwin), a golden-eyed cat, and Summit (Steve Howey), an energetic mutt, in tow. One night, drawn by the light of a Supermoon, Emma’s pets escape into the night and are transformed into full-grown men.

And that's where the Amoeba bag comes to be important:

Unleashed

For a film that appears to (literally) be a shaggy-dog story, Unleashed is full of wit, spirit and a wonderful sense of insight into what it means to be human. And feline. And canine.

Check out screenings of Unleashed at Roxie Theater August 25-31, with special screenings featuring Q&A with Finn Taylor on Saturday, August 26th at 7pm and Sunday, August 27th at 6:30pm. (More info HERE.) Those in attendance at the special screening on Saturday, August 26th at 7pm will receive an Amoeba Music bag of their own filled with fun shwag and great savings.

Akounak: Purple Rain in the Sahara at Oakland's Starline Social Club, September 9

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 21, 2017 05:42pm | Post a Comment

Akounak: Purple Rain, Mdou Moctar

The MATATU performance series presents Akounak: Purple Rain in the Sahara on Saturday, Akounak: Purple Rain, Mdou MoctarSeptember 9th at 7:30pm at Oakland's Starline Social Club. Nigerien musician Mdou Moctar and his band perform following a screening of his film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, also known as the Tuareg Purple Rain! A director's talk follows with filmmaker Chris Kirkley, plus the La Pelanga dance party!

In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou Moctar stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad.

Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger. He taught himself the guitar at a young age on a homemade instrument. Inspired by returning Ishumar, Mdou traveled the road to Libya where he traveled and worked odd jobs. As chance had, he would meet some of the now famous guitarists and further his musical studies. He returned home with a guitar and a dream.

Rising to the status as local celebrity, in 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album Anar – a psychedelic electronic album of Tuareg guitar, which became an instant success throughout the mp3 networks of West Africa. “Tahoultine,” one of the standout tracks, was later featured on the compilation Music from Saharan Cellphones.

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NightLife Live Featuring Electric Guest & The She's, August 10

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 25, 2017 06:06pm | Post a Comment

NightLife Live 2017 San Francisco

Electric Guest
Eectric Guest

Kick off your Outside Lands weekend with a very special edition of NightLife Live at California Academy of Sciences. On Thursday, August 10th, the summer music series returns with two stellar music acts, art installations, craft projects, designer cocktails, virtual reality experiences, and more!

Start the night with local phenoms The She's with their ‘60s pop and surf rock-inspired harmonies and jangly guitars, and then catch the upbeat electronic R&B headliner Electric Guest. In between sets, listen to the sonic artistry of DJ KingMost and check out the art installations in the West Garden from Tyler Dean Harrison, Quarso, and Luminous Waveforms. Also make sure you 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.

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences continues to reinvent Thursday nights with their NightLife LIVE summer music series. Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy transforms itself into a 21+ oasis of music and art one night a month.

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Ladies and Gentlemen...The Revolution.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 19, 2017 07:34pm | Post a Comment

The Revolution

By Brent James

The Revolution recently had a two-night engagement at the historic Fillmore Auditorium in San The RevolutionFrancisco on July 11th and 12th, and we had the absolute pleasure of attending not one but both sold-out shows! Featuring the original lineup of Wendy Melvoin on guitar, Lisa Coleman and “Dr.” Matt Fink on keys, BrownMark on bass, and Bobby Z on drums, Prince’s former band tore through two hours of memories with precision and finesse.

“Wendy?”

“Yes, Lisa…”

“Computer Blue” kicks off the set with an ocean blue wash over the transfixed capacity crowd. The band stays true to the original but owned it and the other songs as well, with an updated yet familiar sound of a band that’s been playing together on and off for over 30 years. “America” came next, more relevant now than ever. We’re reminded that Prince saw our future in 1985.

By the time “Mountains” rolls into the set, you find yourself in awe of the fact that you’re watching the band that wrote and recorded these gems in person. Many people are here tonight to heal, some are here out of curiosity. One thing is for sure and widely understood: the Purple Family runs deep and all are welcome. Yes, we’re here to celebrate Prince and His legacy, but this band is holding their own and without a doubt making Him proud.

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NightLife LIVE 2017 Starts at SF's California Academy of Sciences on July 13th with Connan Mockasin

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 11, 2017 11:56am | Post a Comment

NightLife Live 2017 San Francisco

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences continues to reinvent Thursday nights as their NightLife LIVE summer music series returns. Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy transforms itself into a 21+ oasis of music and art one night a month for NightLife LIVE 2017.

Connan Mockasin
Connan Mockasin


On Thursday, July 13th, the summer music series kicks off on the Academy’s outdoor stage with a night of lo-fi freaky psychedelic pop from New Zealand’s weird and whimsical Connan Mockasin and LA's Morgan Delt. And don't miss DJ sets from Chulita Vinyl Club.

Also featured are art installations all around and outside of the building, including trippy work by Santiago Insignares and Camilla Valdez, plus a “zome” dome by Zomadic. Make sure try out the NightLife signature cocktails and browse local vendors as you take in cutting-edge exhibits and 38,000 live animals in the world’s greenest museum!

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

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