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Amoeba Music

Amoeba Music

Music Store and Record Shop
Central Hollywood, Los Angeles
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 11, 2013
    The sister store to 2 locations in the Bay Area has an awe-inspiring selection of music, DVDs and posters and is also the site of free in-store concerts! Ample underground parking + they will buy CDs! Read more
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony DeVriesMay 27, 2015
    Amoeba Music is a Los Angeles must see. They have great movies to buy, Amazing music to buy, and free live music. Such a great place to go and spend an hour or two.
    Upvoted Aug 28
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 1, 2012
    The hangar-size emporium has an awe-inspiring selection of music, DVDs & posters and is also the site of AMAZING free in-store concerts by huge acts! The store rests above an underground parking lot. Read more
  • Noah D.
    Noah Della PietroSeptember 27, 2014
    best record shop i've EVER been to! i finally found Dan Croll's debut on vinyl since it first came out and i even found the rare "Get Lucky" remixes on vinyl! if you're in the area, definitely stop by
  • Chris C.
    Chris CooksonSeptember 15, 2015
    This place is an absolutely treasure and a must for any music, movie or pop-culture buff. Massive collection and good prices, you can easily spend hours here browsing all the cool stuff they have.
  • Foursquare Insiders
    Foursquare InsidersNovember 25, 2015
    “A cross between a supermarket, a flea market, and your favorite indie music venue. The only drawback: a rare 12-inch import record is hard to gift wrap.” - Neil Blumenthal, Co-Founder of Warby Parker Read more
  • LogoTV
    LogoTVOctober 9, 2012
    I grew up in record stores like this one. I buy most of my music online these days, but there’s always a rare find in the bins or a cool music show to catch. - Darryl Stephens, DTLA - The Series
  • Matt C.
    Matt CrotteauDecember 6, 2015
    Great anthology of American music. Saw Motion City Soundtrack live here and got to briefly talk to the band. Amazing selection of vinyl, movie posters and merchandise, next to VeggieGrill on Sunset.
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 3, 2013
    Great selection of new and old vinyl. Prices range depending on what you're looking for. The store also hosts in-store performances and has featured artists such as White Denim, Cut Copy and others.
  • Dmitry K.
    Great old music store! One of the last few music stores around US sale the CD, Vinyl etc. must go and buy vintage things!!
  • Jason C.
    Jason CSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You could spend two hours and still only scratch the surface. Check out the excellent cult movie section. Huge vinyl areas that cross all genres with used and new records. Helpful staff too.
  • Veanney H.
    Veanney HurtadoNovember 18, 2013
    This is the largest record store I have ever been too. People trade in and trade out so much in 24 hours there could be completely new music, posters, and movies. Great selection. Love this place
  • Nathan R.
    Nathan RayJune 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're a bargain hunter, buy used... OR just keep your eye out for half price Amoeba gift certs. They have 'em at almost every cool street fair, festival, and museum night in LA.
  • David N.
    David NelmsDecember 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They almost always have what I am looking for. Great staff. Ask for help if you need it. And check in before you walk in so you can see your name on the info screen.
  • Steve K.
    Steve KushnirMay 9, 2015
    The last and greatest record store on the planet, if you don't go there for their awesome selection of final and CDs you have a ridiculous selection of movies that you can't find anywhere.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchwabDecember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The back right-hand corner of the store (when looking from the front door) has some of the most amazing pop-culture items you can find in a store. Also lots of great albums on the wall in that area.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonOctober 15, 2014
    The world's largest independent record store boasts more than 1 million records, cd's and items of music memorabilia from every genre of music.
  • Ngọc N.
    Ngọc NguyễnAugust 22, 2014
    The hangar-size emporium has an awe-inspiring selection of music, DVDs & posters and is also the site of AMAZING free in-store concerts by huge acts! The store rests above an underground parking lot. Read more
  • PopWrapped!
    PopWrapped!March 10, 2013
    IMPOSSIBLE-TO-FIND LP's, DVD's, Laserdiscs, BluRay's, memorabilia, electronics and more are RIGHT HERE. New inventory added ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. One of THE BEST music stores in the world, hands down.
    ThePurplePassport.comSeptember 9, 2011
    The country’s largest independent record store and a self-described “trading post” of new and used music, Amoeba draws fanatics for their fantastic selection, knowledgeable staff and insider vibe. Read more
  • Racked
    RackedJuly 30, 2011
    By as huge as LA’s biggest music store is, you’d think MP3s had never been invented. You can find EVERYTHING here: CDs, LPs, memorabilia, some of Hollywood’s best people watching. [Racked 38 Member] Read more
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128June 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The world's largest independent record store (even though the original of the 3 Amoebas is in Berkeley)! Shop their huge selection of used CDs, DVDs, and vinyl, which is half the 43,000 sq. ft. store!
    DHR.comSeptember 20, 2011
    The largest independent music store still has the cool and hip vibe that it had since it opened in the 90s. Ask anything about music to the staff, and you’ll get that CD you’re looking for.
  • Laura
    LauraAugust 5, 2011
    It's THE place to buy music for a music lover. Their music selection is out of this world and you can find some great deals in the used CD/DVD sections. You can spend hours browsing the store.
  • Israel S.
    Israel SushmanMarch 16, 2014
    This is the Mecca, Jerusalem, Rome, Lhasa, & Benares of record stores. All lovers of music must make the pilgrimage here at least once in their life to pay homage to the music gods and goddesses.
  • Kyle R.
    Kyle RaineyAugust 18, 2011
    One of the last great record stores left. Think 'Empire Records' but 3x larger and in the heart of Hollywood. It's your best bet at tracking down those hard-to-find records. Beware going on weekends.
  • Mateus M.
    Mateus MarchetiMay 8, 2014
    Awesome! Everything I could look for was there! I found Herzog's Cave in bluray 3D! I found Madonna's Sex Book! The place is godzilla! Love it
  • Solutions i.
    Solutions in LAOctober 10, 2012
    If you’re interested in different types of music, Amoeba music store, on Sunset Boulevard at Cahuenga, in Hollywood offers free concerts almost weekly. Just show up ready to have a good time.
  • Universal Music Group
    Amoeba always has killer in-store performances from the best bands! Make sure to check the schedule for upcoming events. Fitz & the Tantrums was one of my favorite performances! - @lndsygblr Read more
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 19, 2010
    Huge record store right on Sunset. Always has the newest and most hard to find selection. Never disappointed with the shopping/looking/listening experience. -Alex Reznik, Top Chef
  • Note P.
    Note PerfectMay 8, 2014
    Make sure that these coaching institutions and the soprano masters are well involved with the fully accredited universities that are dedicated to music degree programs. Read more
  • Alex A.
    Alex AlarconJuly 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great record store!! .. be sure to check out clearance sections and used sections also. Be sure to VALIDATE your parking ticket if you parked in the structure connected to the ArcLight Cinema.
  • Where Los Angeles Magazine
    Hollywood independent record store boasts a stage in the back that hosts free concerts from nationally known acts like Otis Clay & Lana Del Rey, as well as some local musicians and DJs on the rise. Read more
    ThePurplePassport.comOctober 16, 2011
    Aside from the exhaustive selection and über-knowledgeable staff, perks include reasonable prices (often times you can find what you want used) and nifty CD listening stations. Read more
  • Harper
    HarperApril 5, 2011
    If you can't find it here. You prob can't find it anywhere. One of the last sole proprietor record shops left! If ur in the area check out Umami burger. Beware burgers r made rare. Or Thai next door.
  • Dick's Favorite Blog
    Dick's Favorite BlogFebruary 7, 2012
    the best record store to go in LA if you want to get lost, frustrated, overwhelmed, forget your phone at the front where you check your bag & leave without any music
  • Destiny W.
    Destiny WhiteApril 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They sell tickets for the best Indie concerts at The Music Box up the street. AND they have the best selection of new and old vinyls I've seen.
  • Connor D.
    Connor DelaneySeptember 7, 2015
    Still one of the best music stores in the world. The used section is second to none and live performances every month.
  • Avradeep C.
    Avradeep ChakrabartiAugust 8, 2013
    If your a fan of High Fidelity and Empire Records and you love music- you need to come here!
  • Hillary N.
    Hillary NoelleApril 13, 2015
    Huge selection of vinyl, concerts tickets, used and new movies, music, you name it. Trade in your stuff for store credit or cash.
  • Gina E.
    Gina EstradaOctober 14, 2015
    Go with a lot of time!! It's so big and it's great place for those who looks for rare cd and movies ❤️
  • House of Blues Sunset Strip
    If you ever see an artist perform at our venue and you have to get the music right away... cruise down to Amoeba and get it. You'll love the place, they have everything.
  • Blanche R.
    Best music place ever! You've to select and how much do you want to spend, but after it's great!Better than European Fnac store!
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 12, 2012
    The record turnover rate is just so insane. You can check the new arrivals, then shop for an hour and come back and they're all different. Read more
  • Arnie P.
    Arnie PanameñoDecember 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're looking for any 80s pop albums you can usually find them for less than $6 which is pretty awesome.
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneJanuary 9, 2012
    Arguably the best nostalgia shop in Los Angeles. You can buy "CDs" here! Additionally, live acts cruise through and play short, free sets.
  • Randall W.
    Randall WilsonJune 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Take a dive in the World Music section on the right side of the store, and judge off the artwork - you never know what you might find and like!
  • Annie T.
    Annie TunnicliffeFebruary 2, 2013
    Heaven on earth. So many records that you can't find elsewhere with such a wide selected. Tons of cool little stuff as well
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyMay 14, 2013
    An expertly organized cataloging system by genre, an in-store map, and a knowledgeable staff guide you through aisles of new, used, and rare CDs and vinyl.
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BarraganNovember 18, 2013
    The best record/movie store in the world!...though...this is mainly for hard to find records or movies because most of the normal release stuff is overpriced.
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