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ZZ Ward brings her blue-eyed soul and “dirty shine” to The Independent

06/15/2017

Halfway through ZZ Ward‘s set, she had the whole crowd singing along to “Charlie Ain’t Home,” a song in which she describes as too “sexy” and maybe a bit too promiscuous for a fan who said the song culminated in marriage. But for blues-rock singer ZZ Ward, it’s been a longtime coming since she last played in Read More

Amy Vachal Interview: Brooklyn Singer-Songwriter Talks Post-Voice Journey and Upcoming Album

06/12/2017

Amy Vachal is the kind of singer whose music puts you at ease. Full of acoustic-driven blues and pop folk-inspired tunes, the 28-year-old Brooklyn singer-songwriter has made it her mission to release work she believes in. Since her successful run on the ninth season of The Voice, where she was mentored to the semifinals by Adam Levine Read More

Lauv Interview: The emerging R&B sensation you need to know

06/07/2017

Ari Leff, better known as the 22-year-old songwriter, producer and singer behind Lauv, has been taking over Spotify, and for good reason. His songs are merely infectious. Inspired by the emotions one feels towards the end of a relationship, his debut single “The Other” has struck a strong chord with its listeners, garnering over 83 million Read More

Magic Giant Interview: Indie folk Festival-Rockers Strive to Uplift with Debut Album “In the Wind”

05/16/2017

Los Angeles-based indie folk trio Magic Giant is more than their colorful bandanas, tribal-print capes and furry shawls. They’re all about love and community. With uplifting anthems that often drive communal singing, dancing and positivity, they’re a band that has taken over shows and festivals all around the country — from SXSW, Wanderlust, Lightning in a Bottle and Read More

Unlikely Heroes Hip-Hop Punk @ Bottom of the Hill Friday 5/12

05/10/2017

Unlikely Heroes bring high energy hip hop punk to Bottom of the Hill on Friday night, and jumping around with front man Enon Gaines is gonna make you sweat good. The genre mash up isn’t so unusual as it might seem. As it turns out, both styles got their start in 1970s New York City and Read More

Kawehi does it her way in San Francisco

05/04/2017

Native Hawaiian musician Kawehi’s I Am Eve Tour stopped off in San Francisco on Friday night. The multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter became a viral sensation with her inventive covers of classic records, such a Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box,” and Michael Jackson’s “The Way You’re Making Me Feel.” Her show at The Chapel was the third of six dates Read More

The Mattson 2 in “A Love Supreme” with Bay Area legends Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi), Money Mark and Tommy Guerrero

05/03/2017

Shows on a Sunday night are a little weird if you ask me. But when you hear it’s International Jazz Day and twin guitar and drum duo The Mattson 2 are bringing their modern jazz-rock combo to San Francisco‘s The Chapel, you know it’s going to be a chill night. Continuing the venue’s string of (((folkYEAH!))) Presents Read More

Costumes, celebrities, and torn catsuits; a weird and wonderful weekend at Silicon Valley Comic Con

04/28/2017

Here at SF Critic, we took a quick break from music to check out Silicon Valley Comic Con in San Jose. The ‘con,’ supported by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, is now in its second year and brought all kinds of magic to downtown San Jose. A total of 65,000 people attended across the three-day festival. Read More

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