The first Amoeba Records opened on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley back in the 1990s. Another store across the Bay on Haight Street soon followed and then in 2001 the independent record store chain expanded southwards, opening their massive Hollywood store. Stepping into Amoeba Hollywood is like entering a temple for music fans. The store is the size of a small airplane hangar and is covered from floor to ceiling in rock posters and other paraphernalia.
1966 was as special a year in American history as it was for Gibson guitars. It’s the birth year of a wide range of celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Rob Zombie and John Cusack, The Sound of Music won an Oscar for best picture and classic rock ‘n’ roll was really starting to evolve and take shape—Bob Dylan’sBlonde on Blonde, the Rolling Stones‘ Aftermath and the Read More
What can you say about “Chicago’s Most Loved Small Venue” The Hideout? Plenty. It’s a true shanty, and a true Chicago legend. It’s over 100 years old, sports the same name since prohibition ended and, probably, exactly the same look. There’s no sign out front, and nothing to suggest it’s a prime music venue, and it’s not necessary. It’s located in the middle of nowheresville, adjacent to an industrial truck park that is also host to The… Read More
The Echo and the Echoplex are two of the most important music venues to have sprung up on the eastside of L.A. in the last decade. The clubs are essentially offshoots of the former Club Spaceland, which was widely regarded as the pioneering venue of the eastside rock scene. But while Spaceland was primarily a rock venue, the Echo and the cavernous Echoplex are more diverse in their booking practices.
And while both clubs do feature bands, they also play host… Read More