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Watch the New Amoeba Green Room Session with Nothing

Posted by Amoebite, May 5, 2017 02:45pm | Post a Comment

Nothing Amoeba Green Room Session

Nothing performed an intimate, stripped down set in the Amoeba Hollywood green room on February 24, 2017. In this latest entry in our Green Room Sessions series, the Philadelphia-based indie quartet played four hazy, dreamy songs, including a truly excellent PJ Harvey cover. If you're thinking about catching the band on their upcoming US summer tour, you'll definitely want to check out video of this very special performance.

Nothing Tired of TomorrowThe band set the tone with the gorgeous, slowcore track "The Rites of Love and Death" from 2012's Downward Years to Come LP. Next up are two shoegaze standouts from last year's Tired of Tomorrow album: "The Dead are Dumb" and "Fever Queen." Nothing finish their set with a haunting, astonishing version of PJ Harvey's "The Desperate Kingdom of Love" from Uh Huh Her. It's a hypnotic, achingly lovely performance from a band that continues to impress.

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New Green Room Session with Gemma Ray

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2017 07:08pm | Post a Comment

Gemma Ray Amoeba Green Room Session

We recently had the pleasure of listening to British singer/songwriter Gemma Ray perform in our Green Room with drummer Andy Zammit. Between Ray's Twin Peaks-esque guitar tone and effects pedals and Zammit's ambidextrous drumming and keyboard skills, the duo were able to create a rich atmosphere of twangy, dark folk/pop, mixed with menacing psychedelia. Ray performed three songs, two of which are off her latest LP, The Exodus Suite.

Gemma Ray The Exodus Suite Amoeba MusicGemma Ray starts off her set with the slow burning journey of a tune, "Ifs & Buts," which starts as a dark slow dance but builds to a layered, sonic space jam. Be on the lookout for Gemma's kitchen knife strumming skills in this track!! Next is "How Long" a blues-y ballad with a subtle, midnight train rhythm. The session ends with "The Switch," a vibrato-y, shimmering gothic folk tune that shifts into a melancholic march of tinkling guitars. 

Ray will be touring Australia and New Zealand later this month.

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New Amoeba Green Room Session with Weyes Blood

Posted by Amoebite, March 26, 2017 01:40pm | Post a Comment

Weyes Blood Amoeba Green Room Session

Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Natalie Mering, also known as Weyes Blood, stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for an intimate performance in our green room before heading out on her (mostly) west coast Weyes Blood Front Row Seat to Earthtour, which will end March 30th at The Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. While Mering's recorded output is already hauntingly minimal, without studio or live accompaniment her performance was singularly pure.

Mering starts off with "Generation Why," from her latest LP, Front Row Seat To Earth. The sincerity of her ethereal vocals are paired with a sarcastic wit, as she sings lyrics like "Y-O-L-O, why?." Up next is the subtle epic "Be Free," a delicate but confident break-up waltz. Mering ends her session with "In The Beginning," off her 2015 EP Cardamom Times. Even without the organ and layered vocals her performance is as hypnotic as the studio version.

Watch Weyes Blood's Green Room Session below:

Weyes Blood - Amoeba Green Room Session
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Watch the New Amoeba Green Room Session with Youth Code

Posted by Amoebite, December 9, 2016 05:41pm | Post a Comment

Youth Code Amoeba Green Room Session

LA industrial duo Youth Code recently performed a blistering Green Room Session at Amoeba Hollywood, just two days before their show at The Toubadour with Tribulation and Horrendous. Playing songs off their latest release, Commitment To Complications (out now on Dais Records), the combination of Sara Taylor's pummeling vocals and Ryan George's darkly driving beats turned the usually intimate and cozy green room into a sinister madhouse.

First up is "Avengement." With its funky bass lines and collage of sounds Sara Taylor's voice tears the room apart. Next is "Anagnorisis," which starts off like a Cliff Martinez soundtrack but soon turns into something more akin to a Trent Reznor track. Ryan George joins in on the chorus screaming, "This is a trigger, this is despair!" The set ends with "Transitions," a pulsing scorcher that'll make you want to find a mosh pit. 

Youth Code will be starting off the new year with a U.S. tour. Catch them in San Francisco, Jan 27 at Thee Parkside and in Los Angeles, Jan. 28 at Union Nightclub.

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Watch an Amoeba Green Room Session with Lucy Dacus

Posted by Amoebite, October 13, 2016 12:04pm | Post a Comment

Lucy Dacus Green Room Session Amoeba Music

We recently had the pleasure of hearing 21-year old singer/songwriter Lucy Dacus' insightful and honest songs in an intimate setting for our Green Room Sessions at Amoeba Hollywood. Dacus and her band's subtle instrumental pulse was the perfect backing for her beautiful and pure vocals.

Lucy Dacus No Burden Amoeba MusicRichmond, VA native Lucy Dacus has achieved a very rapid rise to success this year, including a recent nod from vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine. Originally intending to become a filmmaker, Dacus decided to take some time off of school to record her debut, No Burden. What was at first a casual release to be put up on Bandcamp, the album sparked a bidding war which ultimately landed her on Matador, who has re-released No Burden and will be backing her next project. In the meantime Dacus and her band have been tirelessly touring the country, with upcoming dates in Europe.

Dacus starts off our Green Room Session with "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore," the catchy first track off No Burden. Her playful vocals glide over the staccato strumming of a lone guitar before the rest of the band comes in with a Strokes-like attitude. Next is "Troublemaker Doppelganger." With its low-rumble swaggering the song builds to a frenetic beat and ultimately a cathartic and soulful last refrain. The band ends by playing the fragile and understated and atmospheric "Dream State."

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