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Sturgill Simpson @ The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, Bay Area Approved Country

04/16/2015

Sturgill Simpson played in Santa Cruz to a sold out Catalyst last Friday, smack dab in the middle of a tour that has taken him from Indio to Sacramento in the last few weeks. The Fillmore will see some San Francisco-approved country this week, in a show that is close to sold out, but definitely Read More

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Photos: Getting Lost and Disoriented With Panda Bear @ The Independent

04/16/2015

Tuesday night brought Panda Bear out of the Coachella Valley to San Francisco for an intimate performance at the sold out Independent. Panda Bear, aka Noah Lennox of Animal Collective, not only captivates his audience with his music, but also with a kaleidoscopic visual display of swirling colors and images projected on a screen, and Read More

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Chef Bronson’s Delicacies Delight at The Warfield

04/09/2015

New York got together with California to cook up a delicious hip-hop chowder on Tuesday evening. The city by the Bay served as the host for a meeting of the minds between Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, and an entourage of guests.  The performers and crowd alike were riding high on the excitement of new releases, Read More

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Photos: LA’s Francisco The Man @ DNA Lounge

04/03/2015

Last night Francisco The Man played DNA Lounge on what turned out to be a surprisingly slow Thursday and a really intimate showcase for the band. I’m surprised that it was slow because both the opener Big Harp and Francisco The Man are incredibly skillful and played damn-good music. It must be that not everyone has Read More

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Magic Man, the Keytar Make Triumphant Return to SF

04/02/2015

Magic Man reappeared in San Francisco last Thursday and proved they’re perfectly capable of handling the added workload that comes with being a headliner. Touted as “a triumphant synth rock band,” the New England based team of five puts on quite the show– something they perfected early on playing in living rooms and basements. Thursday’s show at Slim’s Read More

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Greensky Bluegrass with Phil Lesh at Terrapin Crossroads: Dust Off Some Old School Bay Area with Some New School Jam

04/01/2015

Michigan’s Greensky Bluegrass wrapped up their California run at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael last Tuesday, playing with venue founder and Grateful Dead bassist and founding member, Phil Lesh. Tickets went on sale a few weeks earlier on the Terrapin Crossroad website, and as a testament to the to the rarity the show and the Read More

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Chris Porterfield of Field Report Entertains and Englightens at The Independent

03/22/2015

Friday night, Chris Porterfield, the driving force behind Field Report, took to The Independent’s stage solo in support of Joe Pug. In retrospect, Porterfield’s lonesome, heartfelt set stood in stark contrast to headliner Pug’s high energy, Texas roadhouse act where every song ended with a flourish of the guitar and spin on cowboy boots. Not to mess Read More

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Photos: Above & Beyond all Expectations at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

03/16/2015

Friday night, photographer Mark Derutte and I braved the crowds to see the British EDM band Above & Beyond. Approaching the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, a line can be seen — formed like tightly packed sardines, about 12 people thick, and running half the length of the building. “Oh, yeah,” I say out loud, “The long wait. Read More

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KONGOS Are Both Grogginess and the Caffeine Used to Eliminate It

03/13/2015

KONGOS started their set at a crawl at The Fillmore on Tuesday after the opening acts, Colony House and Sir Sly, amped up the crowd in preparation of the headliners. When Kongos arrived on stage they played slow jam after slow jam, which jilted the atmosphere and had the crowd in a straight-faced stupor. They lacked Read More

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