Amoeba

The Death Of The Record Store? Is It Really A Thing?

By Alyson Camus | December 7, 2020

With 56 independent record stores in Los Angeles, I certainly feel lucky

Amoeba Needs Our Help To Survive The Coronavirus Crisis

By Alyson Camus | April 22, 2020

I have a long love story with Amoeba

Orville Peck At Amoeba, Monday August 12th 2019

By Alyson Camus | August 14, 2019

‘That’s right unless you didn’t know, I am a cowboy!’

Oldies But Goldies: Chicano Batman At Amoeba, Friday August 10th 2012

By Alyson Camus | April 17, 2017

it sounds like a forgotten cartoon superhero

Oldies But Goldies: Patti Smith At Amoeba, Thursday October 11th 2012

By Alyson Camus | March 16, 2017

Patti Smith has an upcoming intimate concert at the Teragram Ballroom

Ryan Adams At Amoeba, Wednesday February 22nd 2017

By Alyson Camus | February 23, 2017

‘This is your place man’

Froth At Amoeba, Tuesday February 21st 2017

By Alyson Camus | February 22, 2017

melancholic shoegazers

A Few Degrees Of Separation From Famedom

By Alyson Camus | February 17, 2017

does this give me some star power?

Can Weed Save The Dying Record Store?

By Alyson Camus | December 6, 2016

‘With marijuana, everything has gotten better’

The Lemon Twigs At Amoeba, Thursday October 13th 2015

By Alyson Camus | October 14, 2016

is it possible to hear in one song The Beatles, Queens and Bowie ?

Don’t Believe The Rumor, Amoeba Music Is Not Leaving Hollywood

By Alyson Camus | September 13, 2016

‘We’re going to remain in our building for the duration of our lease which is several years’

The Bluffs At Amoeba, Thursday April 7th 2016

By Alyson Camus | April 8, 2016

Indie garage rock is quite a wide umbrella, but the Bluffs have developed a very busy one

Miranda Lee Richards At Amoeba, Tuesday February 23rd 2016 Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | February 25, 2016

‘So much of our experience lies within the realm of the subconscious, influencing our outer realities,’

Saul Williams At Amoeba, Wednesday January 27th 2016

By Alyson Camus | January 28, 2016

It was an adventurous sonic amalgam and he was triumphing at each song, mixing the digital with the tribal.

Michelle Phillips Signing At Amoeba, Tuesday January 19th 2016

By Alyson Camus | January 20, 2016

Michelle may be a legend but she was acting like the sweetest legend ever

Oldies But Goldies: Anderson .Paak At Amoeba, Tuesday February 3rd 2015

By Alyson Camus | January 19, 2016

Is Anderson. Paak on his way to stardom?

GospelbeacH At Amoeba, Tuesday October 20th 2015 Review

By Alyson Camus | October 21, 2015

So all this could be a modernized version of the Laurel-canyon famous sound, with more guitars, more harmonies and even a Latino flavor in the guitar-filled chorus of ‘Come Down, as if the Eagles had a child with Santana…

The one and only PPL MVR At Amoeba, Wednesday October 14th 2015 Review

By Alyson Camus | October 15, 2015

The one and only PPL MVR explores myth and mystery through hefty guitar riffs and transmogrified vocals. They venture outside the selfie-obsessed waters we all willingly swim in to find solace in ritual and our pure animalistic nature.

Peaches At Amoeba, Tuesday September 29th 2015 Review

By Alyson Camus | September 30, 2015

Peaches basically rapped all set long, I mean all-three-song-long, over some very minimalist bass-heavy electronic drone, and that was great because you could almost get all her lyrics, which were all about pussy, dick and vagina.

Gary Clark Jr. At Amoeba, Wednesday September 23rd 2015

By Alyson Camus | September 24, 2015

Clark and his musicians came on stage at least 15 minutes late, but the crowd could not have cared less, everyone around me got very enthusiastic when the band started to play loud songs, the type of songs with long tearing guitar solos, that make people applause several times during the same song.

Diva At Amoeba, Tuesday September 8th 2015 Review

By Alyson Camus | September 9, 2015

On stage, five women covered with pastel-colored veils were sort of entering in a yoga transcendental meditation, reciting a new age-y discourse about opening our minds and receiving a waterfall, some esoteric stuff they were taking very seriously,… like opening our feet into the earth to channel infinite love?… they were surrounded by flowers and I was wondering, when do they really start the show?

Family Of The Year At Amoeba, Tuesday September 1st 2015 Review

By Alyson Camus | September 2, 2015

In particular their song ‘Hero’ was used in the critically acclaimed movie ‘Boyhood’ by Richard Linklater. How could you escape this one? Even if you haven’t seen ‘Boyhood’, you probably caught the trailer also featuring the song, and the single peaked at #12 on the Billboard Alternative songs Chart, and #1 on the Triple A Top 30 Radio Chart and Top 15 at Alternative Radio!

OOFJ At Amoeba, Thursday July 23rd 2015 Review

By Alyson Camus | July 24, 2015

The electronic duo is also a romantic duo, and their complicity was real live, her sensual lament, closer to sadness than simple melancholia, was haunting his desolated compositions, which were part electronic, part symphonic, sometimes even grand, with very emotional synthetic strings, an omnipresent bass-like sound and an occasional horn, sax or trumpet that he was playing with real instruments, recording loops and making them fade away with some computer manipulation.

Holychild At Amoeba, Thursday June 11th 2015 Review

By Alyson Camus | June 12, 2015

Their sound is pop explosive, bouncy and hard hitting, yes all these drums are not just there to look pretty, but at the end, everyone will only look at frontgirl Liz Nistico who sings with these sweet child-like vocals while doing her restless sexy dance. Dressed in black and glittering gold, which seem to be the official Holychild colors, she was undulating her body, jumping in the crowd, interacting with people with a large smile, looking like a new Katy Perry bouncing on joyous electro-pop or rather like an optimistic Lykke Li on ecstasy.

Miami Horror At Amoeba, Tuesday June 9th 2015 Review

By Alyson Camus | June 10, 2015

We wanted to move to LA for inspiration and influence more than anything. It helped us to experiment and find our own sound. If you look at a lot of the alternative electronica and dance music coming out of LA, it definitely has a feel – we love the weirdness and sunshine. It has been a strong influence on many of our favorite records from the ’60s-’80s’

Girlpool At Amoeba, Tuesday June 2nd 2015

By Alyson Camus | June 3, 2015

There’s something so artisanal and DIY in their attitude, they arrived with a school notebook in which they write their setlists as if they were entries for their common girl dairies. During the whole set, the two girls seemed so in phase with each other, having some funny and almost intimate chatting between the singing parts, and totally connecting during the songs, looking like two perfect accomplices

JD McPherson At Amoeba, Monday June 1st 2015

By Alyson Camus | June 2, 2015

JD McPherson gave a really great show to the Amoeba crowd, playing a set full of a vibrant energy deeply rooted in American music history. Despite his young age, McPherson transports his audience in an early-Elvis era, as his 50’s-inspired music sounds like a Sun Records throwback

JD McPherson At Amoeba, Monday June 1st 2015

By admin | June 1, 2015

JD McPherson gave a really great show to the Amoeba crowd, playing a set full of a vibrant energy deeply rooted in American music history. Despite his young age, McPherson transports his audience in an early-Elvis era, as his 50’s-inspired music sounds like a Sun Records throwback

Tanlines At Amoeba, Tuesday May 19th 2015, Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | May 20, 2015

I can’t hide that these songs could have afford a bit more enthusiasm, should I say that a lot of people were enjoying the beats and the mellow ambiance, even dancing between the CDs rows? The last song, ‘Real Life’ off their 2012 album ‘Mixed Emotion’ had more Brazilian, or at least exotic, beats and brought more fun, although it reminded me about something Moby could have done may be?

My Morning Jacket’s Signing At Amoeba, Friday, May 8th, 2015

By Alyson Camus | May 9, 2015

Over heard at Amoeba during the signing of ‘The Waterfall’, the new album of the band My Morning Jacket on Friday night: ‘my favorite artists are My Morning Jacket, Bob Dylan, and Björk’… Really? I thought, in this order? Whatever works for you!

LA Font At Amoeba, Thursday April 23rd 2015, Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | April 24, 2015

LA Font is a quartet which sure shows a lot of energy on stage, playing strong and sophisticated indie rock songs and a sound quite hard to define: some foot-tapping pop melodies, a few layered and loud guitars, building a rock sound which seem to be borrowing from the mid 90’s scene,

Alabama Shakes’ Signing At Amoeba, Tuesday April 21st 2015

By Alyson Camus | April 22, 2015

I am blasting ‘Sound & Color’, the new Alabama Shakes album at home, I could not get a ticket to see them in Jimmy Kimmel Live, I wasn’t invited to their intimate performance at Apogee Studios in Santa Monica arranged for the press, but I just got to see their signing at Amoeba on Tuesday night. Better than nothing

Record Store Day: E V Kain And Mike Watt + The Secondmen At Space 15Twenty

By Alyson Camus | April 19, 2015

I could tell the audience was mixed, made of old timers punks, probably following Mike’s career since the good old days, and young lookers, part of the usual crowd at Space 15Twenty, the mini-mall which harbors stores like Free People and Urban Outfitters, selling the Bohemian-Coachella look to hipsters

San Cisco At Amoeba, Tuesday March 10th 2015

By Alyson Camus | March 13, 2015

Talking about these fans, I was once again feeling quite old, surrounded by kids and a lot of cute young girls excited to get close and personal with singer Jordi Davieson’ s handsome face.

Amoeba’s ‘What’s In My Bag’ With Marshall Crenshaw

By Alyson Camus | March 5, 2015

Mr. Crenshaw is a music connoisseur with a taste for jazz and oldies, so he picked an early album of Sun Ra, as well as a 50’s album of the gospel soul band the Staple Singers, the new album by jazz guitarist Nels Cline, some Indian Style heavy funk, ‘SitarBeat’ and the best of Buddy Collette,… but also Mitch Ryder’s autobiography, ‘Devil and Blue Dresses’, since the Detroit-native musician feels connected to the musical legacy of the city

Amoeba’s ‘What’s In My Bag’ With Marshall Crenshaw

By Alyson Camus | March 4, 2015

  Last summer, singer songwriter Marshall Crenshaw visited California with The Bottle Rockets and he had the chance to haunt my favorite place in Los Angeles, Amoeba Music, for an episode ‘What’s In My Bag’, a series watching musicians hand picking a few vinyl and other things in the immense store, while commenting on their choices.

Dengue Fever At Amoeba, Sunday March 1st 2015

By Alyson Camus | March 4, 2015

They are a grand ensemble, playing music with a lush and ample orchestration, using a lot of instruments, saxophone, small trumpet, keyboard and flute beside the usual guitar-drums-bass classic rock combination, and they could be one of the most diverse rock bands I have ever seen, on the human as well as on the sonic levels

The Airborne Toxic Event At Amoeba, Wednesday February 25th 2015

By Alyson Camus | February 28, 2015

They did a mix of old and new numbers as it is always the case in these shows, but they played them with the same overflowing and joyful energy and over-the-top rocking bombast.

The Adolescents At Amoeba, Wednesday February 18th 2015, Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | February 20, 2015

Tony Cadena, Steve Soto, Dan Root, Ian Taylor and Mike Cambra gave a good example of what they call vengeance, if they weren’t that extraordinarily dynamic on stage, the crowd was difficult to contain at some point, and Amoeba security guards were patrolling the rows non-stop

Anderson. Paak At Amoeba, Tuesday February 3rd 2015

By Alyson Camus | February 5, 2015

Jumping between the drum set and the mic, he proved at the first song he was a born-entertainer, agile and lovely, with husky vocals and quite a range. R&B, electronic, rap, funk, rock, his songs sounded like a myriad of things at the same time, starting as gentle R&B tunes, but soon transcending the genre, with hip hop and funky guitars, experimental electro beats, becoming a fluid and lively mosaic

So Many Wizards At Amoeba, Thursday January 29th 2015, Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | January 31, 2015

the other songs were running as quickly as life goes fast, and it may have been this sense of urgency that made Kazerouni to start four bands, three other ones (Crown Plaza, GNTLMN/Others, and Nectarine) in parallel with So Many Wizards,… talk about prolific!

Daniel Lanois At Amoeba, Monday September 8th 2014

By Alyson Camus | December 11, 2014

I mostly hear some atmospheric alt country sound with lots of guitars and a haunting pedal steel, not only because of his long association with country artists such as Willie Nelson or Emmylou Harris, but also for having seen him play on stage with alt-rock bluesy artist Rocco De Luca

Billy Idol At Amoeba, Wednesday October 22nd 2014

By Alyson Camus | October 24, 2014

Billy played his diva side a little bit, in the sense that he took him a few extra minutes to get on stage, but the rest of the evening certainly proved he was not the aloof and snob type

The Drums At Amoeba, Tuesday October 14th 2014

By Alyson Camus | October 17, 2014

‘We want to have left great, conceptual, beautiful, glimmering records in the world. We’re thinking super long term, like dead-term.’ I don’t think they had these deep thoughts in mind when they were playing in Amoeba, they certainly seemed to have a good time. ‘This is a love song’

Annie Lennox' s Signing At Amoeba, Friday October 10th 2014

By Alyson Camus | October 12, 2014

‘When you first encounter a song, you’re just hearing it at the surface level,’ she declared to Amoeba, ‘but if you want to truly absorb it, you have to really listen to it over and over again. At first, you’re like strangers – and then once you’ve befriended a melody, you carry it around in your head for days and you can’t stop singing it. You become deeply connected through this process; it has to become a part of you.’

Bahamas At Amoeba, Tuesday August 19th 2014

By Alyson Camus | August 21, 2014

It is difficult to exactly pinpoint Bahamas’ music, the set was quite eclectic with a few of these quiet songs (he said he was really into these quiet ones for his new album), and other songs more classic-rock-inspired, but overall, the music was distilling breezy and exotic soundscapes with soothing harmonies. Exotic

Dilated Peoples At Amoeba, Tuesday August 12th 2014

By Alyson Camus | August 14, 2014

Their rhymes made me smile and they were really the nicest people around, as Evidence told he wanted to meet and talk to everybody after the show despite the fact they had another show (their album release party) at the Whisky the same day. Why Hip Hop can’t be more about these thoughtful and well crafted songs instead of the commercial violent trash that has become the norm

Spoon At Amoeba, Wednesday August 6th 2014, Review

By Alyson Camus | August 8, 2014

I didn’t hear any earworm among the new ones but it was my first listening… and even though there would be no big hit – Spoon never really got one anyway – they have already sold out the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on August 8th and have filled up the large Amoeba store on Wednesday night like true rock stars.

Shooter Jennings At Amoeba, Tuesday August 5th 2014, Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | August 7, 2014

He was quite talkative between the songs explaining that the project started in 2012 as someone representing himself as the producer of George’s upcoming record, asked him if I had any songs to submit. He wrote two songs and it turned out that this guy wasn’t really a producer, but when Jones died, the songs were still there, waiting… and he got the idea of this new tribute.

The Muffs At Amoeba, Tuesday July 29th 2014

By Alyson Camus | August 1, 2014

The most striking thing about seeing the Muffs live, is their laid-back attitude, as well as the casual chatting and deadpan humor between the songs, as if they were some stand-up comedians doing the Muffs routine before bursting into their short punk songs. Kim looked almost exactly as she did at Burgerama