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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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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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