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Photos: Sufjan Stevens Unites The Fox Theater With a Night of Music and Remembrance

06/06/2015

Sufjan Stevens shared a unifying performance with a sold out Fox Theater on June 5th in Oakland. The focus of the evening was his album Carrie & Lowell, in which Stevens explores feelings of love, abandonment, and loss. These themes all revolve around the death of his estranged mother. Emotions were amplified as home movies Read More

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Photos: Miami Horror Worth the Wait at The Independent

06/05/2015

Miami Horror redefined high energy Wednesday night at The Independent with a raucous set that had the crowd dancing deep into the night. When I say the show was worth the wait I’m referring both to the 11:25 set start time on a school night and the fact that I have been trying to see Read More

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Photos: The Knocks & Phoebe Ryan Ignore the Fog to Bring Summer Vibes to Sold Out Independent

05/30/2015

If you love to dance there are few live shows that can compete with The Knocks. Thursday they put on a clinic in getting a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd moving. Outside the wind was howling and whipping up the fog, but inside warmth radiated off the crowd as The Knocks mixed a set filled with new songs, Read More

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José González Throws Curve Balls @ Bimbo’s 365 Club

05/04/2015

Last Monday and Tuesday, one of San Francisco’s oldest and most storied nightclubs, Bimbo’s 365 Club in North Beach, hosted a rare pair of sold-out shows for Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist José González. This is his first solo tour since 2008, to support his new record Vestiges and Claws. I’ve been wanting to seen him Read More

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Mastodon and Clutch Show Metal’s Ability to Both Rock and Pull on Heartstrings @ The Fox Theater

05/01/2015

On Tuesday April 28, Mastodon and Clutch came to the Fox Theater in Oakland for the Missing Link Tour. Clutch opened the double bill with their punk influenced sounds and Mastodon closed the show with a more traditional metal sounding show, with all the typically intense guitar solos and beautiful transitions. The vibe was friendly Read More

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Photos: If You Saw Young Fathers and Mas Ysa at the Independent Saturday, You’re Lucky

04/29/2015

Young Fathers rocked the Independent Saturday with Mas Ysa in a show we have been looking forward to for a while now. First up was Mas Ysa, is the stage name used by Thomas Arsenault. The artist was born in Canada, but went to high school in Brazil, where he began creating electronic music. His sound is Read More

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Organized Distortion: A Live Review of Wand at Bottom of the Hill

04/24/2015

Praise that baby J: for those of you who’ve had an ear to the ground, psychedelic rock is back in full force. LA-based Wand stopped by Bottom of the Hill in Potrero last week and absolutely blew the fucking doors off. To give you a quick intro, Wand recently released their second full-length album, “Golem,” Read More

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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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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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