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Check Out a New Green Room Session with Indie Folk Singer Julien Baker

Posted by Amoebite, May 12, 2016 01:47pm | Post a Comment

Julien Baker Green Room Session

This spring Memphis singer-songwriter Julien Baker stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to play a selection of songs from her haunting debut album Sprained Ankle. Accompanied only by her guitar, Baker's Green Room Session is a sparse, introspective affair that leaves a lingering sense of hope and melancholy. Her performance calls to mind a young Chan Marshall of Cat Power and evokes the lonely, dusty country roads of the South she calls home.

Baker starts her set with the yearning "Blacktop" then moves into the opening chords of the lovely, redemptive "Rejoice." She closes with the devastating, gorgeous "Something." The arrangements are simple, but the lyrics and themes expressed are anything but.

Julien Baker is on tour in Europe this summer. The latest tour dates and info can be found on her Facebook page.

Julien Baker - Amoeba Green Room Session
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Watch a New Green Room Session with Folk Singer Aoife O'Donovan

Posted by Amoebite, March 24, 2016 03:43pm | Post a Comment

Aoife O'Donovan Green Room Session

Indie folk singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan recently visited Amoeba Hollywood to play a selection of songs from her latest album, In the Magic Hour (Yep Roc). In this intimate Green Room Session the Massachusetts native, backed by her band, sings her unique brand of American-tinged folk rock in a brief but stirring performance. With a crystal clear, dulcet voice and simple melodies, O'Donovan's live show calls to mind Alison Krauss, who is a fan and has previously covered a song by the young singer.

Aoife O'Donovan In the Magic HourO'Donovan starts her set off with the track "Detour Sign" before segueing into the bucolic beauty of "Magic Hour." Things take a turn for the upbeat on "Stanley Park" before she closes with "Hornets." O'Donovan's sparse, intriguing arrangements belie her special strain of songwriting informed by her Irish roots, American upbringing, and her time studying contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory. Take a listen; it's the perfect soundtrack to welcome in the coming of spring.

You can see Aoife O'Donovan on tour through July, including several summer folk and bluegrass festival appearances.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Video With The 88

Posted by Amoebite, April 23, 2014 12:51pm | Post a Comment

The 88

Power pop rockers The 88 recently visited Amoeba Hollywood for an awesome episode of What's in My Bag?. These guys have been churning out catchy radio hooks for a decade now. In the mid 2000s it was virtually impossible to turn on your TV and not hear a song by The 88. From hit shows like Grey's Anatomy, The O.C., One Tree Hill to current shows like Community (they wrote the theme songand films like The Lorax, The 88 have been singing to you all along, even if you didn't know it.

The 88The 88 recently self-released their 6th studio album, Fortune Teller. After a brief stint with Island Records, which neither made nor broke The 88, the band is still making noise in a genre that is over-saturated with young, short attention span Millennials. Adam Merrin, Keith Slettedahl, Todd O'Keefe and Anthony Zimmitti definitely have a knack for constructing songs that are catchy and easy to digest, and there's no doubt their new album will have music supervisors frothing at the mouth for placements.   

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With The Heavy

Posted by Amoebite, December 26, 2013 04:33pm | Post a Comment

The Heavy

The Heavy broke out in 2009 with their smash hit, "How You Like Me Now?," from their album The House That Dirt Built (Counter). From movie trailers to video games to sports shows, the song and the band were everywhere! The British quartet flaunts retro-soul with funky horn stabs and '60s garage rock grit. They pack a punch a la The Black Keys and will slap you silly with soul like Sharon Jones. James Brown would be proud.

The Heavy - The Glorious DeadThe Heavy were in town recently promoting their latest full-length release, The Glorious Dead (Counter). Their third album is a step deeper into their gospel and blues influences, with the band utilizing an actual choir to help take us all to church. There's also a subtle nod to the late glorious Amy Winehouse on the song "Be Mine" and rightfully so, as the band worked with The Dap-Kings, who backed Winehouse.

While the band was at Amoeba Hollywood they shot two videos for us! Their rock and soul roots are definitely apparent in their What's In My Bag? episode, with picks by American soul singers Marvin Gaye and Syl Johnson, and British classic rock bands The Smiths and The Rolling Stones. They also filmed a Green Room Session for a handful of extremely lucky fans. Check out both videos below.

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You're Invited to an Amoeba Green Room Session with The Fratellis

Posted by Amoebite, November 6, 2013 05:37pm | Post a Comment

The Fratellis

We're thrilled to welcome Scottish Alt-Rock band The Fratellis for a live Green Room Session at Amoeba Hollywood on Monday, November 11! You could win a spot in the audience for this intimate show! 

The Fratellis We Need MedicineThe Fratellis have just released their third album, We Need Medicine. The 11-track production is full of bluesy rock anthems. The single "Seven Nights Seven Days" is a rousing jam with a classic chorus backed by country guitars, while the title track is a gravelly, piano-led blues song that compels you to sing along.

For your chance to attend this special performance and recording session, send an email with your name, daytime contact number and the name of your favorite song from We Need Medicine to contest@amoeba.com.

The performance/taping will take place at Amoeba Hollywood on Monday, November 11 at 4pm. You'll need to arrive by 3:45pm. Winners will be notified by phone on Friday, November 8th.

Our Green Room Sessions are very intimate and fan friendly. It's like having your favorite band playing in your bedroom. You are literally that close. Check out how British indie rockers The Heavy interact with their fans at a recent Green Room Sessions performance. Nowhere else can you get an up close and personal experience like this!

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