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Music, All Shook Down Meet the Bay Area's Grammy Award Nominees

Meet the Bay Area's Grammy Award Nominees

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Music, All Shook Down Is San Francisco's Garage-Pop Phase Over?

Is San Francisco's Garage-Pop Phase Over?

From the latest SF Weekly: Garage Is Over: S.F.'s youngest, most innovative, and boundary-pushing musicians don't relate to the "Dwyers and Segalls" -- nor their goofier kitsch-rocker contemporaries -- because that music doesn't speak to the very arduous and frustrating…
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Music, All Shook Down Roach Gigz's Five Essential San Francisco Spots: Music, Crab, and Baseball

Roach Gigz's Five Essential San Francisco Spots: Music, Crab, and Baseball

Roach Gigz releases his debut studio album today. Titled Bugged Out, the rapper is banking on the project to build on the buzz his mixtapes have cultivated and jolt his career up another notch. So with Gigz being at the…
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Music, All Shook Down When Greil Marcus Goes Shopping at Amoeba: A Cashier's Account

When Greil Marcus Goes Shopping at Amoeba: A Cashier's Account

When Greil Marcus enters Amoeba Music, the record store where I cashier part-time, my impressions of the man based on his work conflict with the…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 2/9/12: Lana Del Rey Impresses Skeptics, Delights Fans at Amoeba S.F.

Live Review, 2/9/12: Lana Del Rey Impresses Skeptics, Delights Fans at Amoeba S.F.

Lana Del Rey Feb. 9, 2012 Amoeba Music Better than: Going to class, according to teenage fans. "I only sing for you," Lana Del Rey said to the throng of screaming fans at Amoeba Music yesterday evening, during a…
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Music, Lana Del Rey: No Pleasure in the Spotlight

Lana Del Rey: No Pleasure in the Spotlight

"Feet don't fail me now," Lana Del Rey groans as her debut album, Born to Die, ushers itself in with a flourish of strings and sampled moans. It's a curiously unconfident first step for any singer, but especially so for…
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Music, All Shook Down Thrillhouse Records Burglarized, Benefit Tonight at the Knockout

Thrillhouse Records Burglarized, Benefit Tonight at the Knockout

Thrillhouse Records, a small, volunteer-run record store on Mission Street specializing in punk and hardcore, lost nearly $1,000 in cash and inventory in a burglary last week, according to its owner, Fred Schrunk. But Schrunk, who is also an employee…
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Music, All Shook Down Go Out Drinking with SF's the Frail in the Intoxicated New Video for "Frenemies"

Go Out Drinking with SF's the Frail in the Intoxicated New Video for "Frenemies"

Our fair city has something of a reputation for being filled with what we might charitably call lushes. (Others might call them "drunks." Or "regular people.") This David Dutton-directed clip for "Frenemies," by S.F. indie-dance outfit the Frail, isn't…
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Music, All Shook Down In The Soul Kitchen's DJ Harry Duncan on Working With Bill Graham, His Show at Amoeba, and the Battle to Save KUSF

In The Soul Kitchen's DJ Harry Duncan on Working With Bill Graham, His Show at Amoeba, and the Battle to Save KUSF

Harry Duncan has filled a lot of roles in his 61 years: Independent producer of black music for Bill Graham Presents; manager of artists like the Meters and Ornette Coleman, to name just a couple; original talent buyer at…
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Music, All Shook Down How to Navigate S.F.'s Record Stores (Without Crying)

How to Navigate S.F.'s Record Stores (Without Crying)

You're new to San Francisco. Or maybe you're not. Either way, we have a ton of awesome record stores that are quintessentially San Franciscan (read: weird) and navigating them isn't always the easiest thing in the world. You're just buying…
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Music, All Shook Down Is There Something Ironic About Buying Vinyl Online?

Is There Something Ironic About Buying Vinyl Online?

A colleague today raised this question: Is it ironic, or weird, or even funny, to buy vinyl -- analog music -- online? The issue was prompted by the news of Vinyl Dreams, a new online-only record store started by…
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Music, All Shook Down Flogging Molly Starts a Guinness-Fueled Sonic Riot at Amoeba S.F. (Photos)

Flogging Molly Starts a Guinness-Fueled Sonic Riot at Amoeba S.F. (Photos)

Flogging Molly Amoeba Music, San Francisco June 2, 2011 We all know how much those free early evening/late afternoon shows at Amoeba rule. And yesterday, the Irish folk-punk dynamo known as Flogging Molly took to that small blue stage…
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Music, Record Store Day Is Christmas for Music Retailers

Record Store Day Is Christmas for Music Retailers

For the independent record stores of the world, Christmas comes every year on the third Saturday in April. It's called Record Store Day, and since modestly beginning in 2007, this impromptu consumer holiday has grown into a worldwide celebration of…
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Music, All Shook Down KUSF DJs Briefly Return to the Airwaves Today at Noon

KUSF DJs Briefly Return to the Airwaves Today at Noon

For three hours today, thanks to Amoeba Music in S.F. and college radio stations around the country, KUSF DJs will be rocking the airwaves like Jan. 18 never happened.Starting at noon, well-known KUSF DJs like Irwin, Carolyn, and DJ Schmeejay…
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Music, All Shook Down On the Oblivious Joy of A Muni Ride Home From Amoeba Music

On the Oblivious Joy of A Muni Ride Home From Amoeba Music

He sat there, legs crossed, large yellow bag splayed open on the empty seat next to him -- last night, on the inbound 6 Parnassus, around 8:20 p.m. -- and engaged in what must be a frequent ritual for San…
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Music, All Shook Down Oogle The Fresh & Onlys Fun, Floury, Bouncy "Waterfall" Video

Oogle The Fresh & Onlys Fun, Floury, Bouncy "Waterfall" Video

What has a flour-faced Amoeba Music employee, trippy projections of nature scenes, a trampoline, and a lot of talk about TV being dead?Wrong! It's not a Mission hipster party. It's the new video for "Waterfall," the addictive first single from…
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Music, All Shook Down Four Things We Learned From This Vid of Groove Armada's Trip to Amoeba

Four Things We Learned From This Vid of Groove Armada's Trip to Amoeba

You learn a lot about a person by following them around a record store -- especially one as big as Amoeba San Francisco. The mother of all local disc dealers just posted this video of the pleasant chaps from British…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday is Record Store Day: Limited-Edition Releases, Rare In-Stores

Saturday is Record Store Day: Limited-Edition Releases, Rare In-Stores

  Record Store Day, that annual record-buying rite of spring that will rock independent music sellers across the world, hits again this Saturday, April 17. The event is a two-fold celebration: it's a chance for bands to put out small-run, limited-addition releases that…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Record Store

The idea of "big box store" gets a bad rap, assuming that a consumer outlet is bad just because the place is cavernous, packed with a dizzying selection of merchandise, and made of unadorned concrete. Ninety-nine percent of the time…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best World Music Store

First off, Grooves Inspiralled Vinyl — that white building with all the candy-colored albums hanging in the windows sitting just around the corner from It's Tops Coffee Shop — is not a used record store dedicated exclusively to world music.…
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