In addition to supporting musicians with compilations, recommendations, and now its own record label, Amoeba also hosts live bands several times a week in its San Francisco store. Saturday shows happen at 2 p.m. and weekday shows occur at 6 p.m., usually prior to the bands performance at some big club in the city. Theyre a great opportunity to see your favorite band for free if you cant afford a regular ticket, plus its a much more intimate environment. Amoeba also books local bands of all varieties, in conjunction with their CD releases. While it is slightly weird to see a band play amid the rows of CDs and vinyl, its also a natural place for music and a great alternative to those dark, loud clubs.
You'll find an obscure and eclectic mix of vinyl at this S.F. institution, from 1960s garage rock to electronic grooves.
With a decent selection of vinyl, CDs, and even porn, a trip to this store is worth the trek.
Open since 1971, the trusty Bay Area record store sells a broad selection of books, CDs, and vinyl.