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The Aislers Set reunion welcomed with open arms, nostalgia at The Chapel

October 1, 2014
By Rebecca HuvalAfter an 11-year hiatus, dream-pop lovables The Aislers Set played to a sold-out room swooning with nostalgia at The Chapel Sunday night.Singer-songwriter...

Arca underwhelms at Gray Area

September 25, 2014
By Ryland Walker KnightGray Area Arts & Technology is a newish venue, admittedly a work in progress, with construction and renovation continuing when the...

Live shots: Beck christens the new Masonic

September 22, 2014
It's not often that you get to see a new venue on opening night — so yeah, even if Beck hadn't been part of...

Kiesza storms the pop scene at the Rickshaw Stop

September 2, 2014
By Rob GoszkowskiIt’s entirely possible that Kiesza outgrew her gig at the Rickshaw Stop a few minutes after it was booked. Those in attendance...

Live Shots: Jack White rocks so hard he sprains his ankle at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

August 25, 2014
With the opening chords of “Fell in Love with a Girl,” Jack White took to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium stage on Friday night...

Live Review: The Coup’s provocative ‘Shadowbox’ marred by sound problems

August 19, 2014
The Coup's new multimedia project Shadowbox was at least partially inspired by bandleader/MC Boots Riley's experience walking into a Theater Artaud performance as a...

Paul McCartney bids Candlestick a fiery goodbye

August 15, 2014
My earliest memories of Candlestick are formative ones. Like any Bay Area kid who cut her baseball teeth on Giants games at the notoriously...

Snarky Puppy brings sweet fusion to the SF Jazz Center

August 13, 2014
By Paul Kenyon KrantzWhile hordes of people were packed into Golden Gate Park for Outside Lands Aug. 9, the all-American quasi-collective known as Snarky...

Capitalism, performance art, and a whole lot of ass-shaking: Notes from a Beyoncé and Jay Z show

August 6, 2014
First off: To review a Beyoncé and Jay Z show, in the traditional way that music writers generally review live music — assessing and...

Jimmy Cliff high-kicks his way through 50 years of music at the Fillmore

July 21, 2014
Jimmy Cliff is a goddamn maniac. It's about 45 minutes into his 90-minute set at the Fillmore on Saturday night , and while the sheer...

Live Shots: OK Go power through technical difficulties at The Independent

July 19, 2014
Ok Go’s catalog is the sonic equivalent of Fruit Loops. Bright, fun, tasty, and far from satisfying or substantive. They are also one of...

Live Shots: Phono del Sol 2014

July 14, 2014
So, what did you get up to on Saturday?From an abundance of flamingo decorations to the sight of skateboarders with a penchant for performing...

Mac DeMarco underwhelms at Amoeba — until he busts out the covers

July 10, 2014
Mac DeMarco has one of the most charismatic, clearly defined personas of anyone in indie rock. He chain-smokes, cross-dresses, makes out with interviewers, and...

Live Shots: Nick Cave hypnotizes the Warfield two nights in a row

July 9, 2014
It took Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds all of two songs to whip the audience into a mighty frenzy at the Warfield Theater...

Live Shots: Burger Boogaloo 2014, Take #1

July 8, 2014
About 30 minutes into this year's Burger Boogaloo, I noticed a guy walking around in a Tool shirt. Ten minutes later, I saw another...

Future, the Auto-Tune rapper du jour, had a very lazy night at the Regency

July 2, 2014
Future, America's Auto-Tune rapper du jour, is in a cushy position. His recent album Honest is one of the year's most critically acclaimed rap...

Robyn + Röyskopp + Pride = lots and lots of glitter

June 30, 2014
By Tiffany RappWhen two major figures in the Scandinavian electronic music scene collaborate for a mini-album and tour, it's bound to feel like something...

Sharon Van Etten banters happily through the sad songs at The Independent

June 30, 2014
Sharon Van Etten had yet to play a note before someone in the crowd shouted forth a marriage proposal toward the stage. The term...

LA siren BANKS enchants The Independent

May 30, 2014
On Wednesday night at The Independent, a sold-out crowd anxiously awaits the mysterious creature known as BANKS. Cloaked in layers of black fabric that...

Panda Bear brings the Grim Reaper to The Fillmore

May 23, 2014
By Ryland Walker KnightThe last time Panda Bear/Noah Lennox toured through the Bay as a solo act, he played The Fox in Oakland, offering...

Live review: Mastodon at the Fox Theater

May 2, 2014
They still exist: big metal bands that go on old-fashioned tours, rather than exclusively playing festivals or headlining package tours (aka shows that start...

Hurray for the Riff Raff grow up at the Independent

April 29, 2014
By Avi Vinocur. Photos by Avi Vinocur and TJ Mimbs.So as we speak I'm crammed between an NPR listener, a Louisiana native longing...

Motörhead delivers a classic ear-beating at the Warfield

April 21, 2014
There’s something special about seeing the name Motörhead, umlaut and all, mounted on that grand Market Street marquee, next to a strip club and...

London Grammar leads a vocal chord workout at The Independent

March 28, 2014
Five years ago, when Dan Rothman and Hannah Reid met online, they could hardly envision the musical acclaim that would come from a...