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One Lorde to rule them all: An evening at the Fox with one seriously royal 17-year-old

March 27, 2014
I woke up this morning wondering if I could pull off an orange jumpsuit. I wasn’t contemplating how I would fare in a state...

How To Dress Well laughs his way into the sad songs at The Independent

March 18, 2014
By Ryland Walker KnightLast night at The Independent, How To Dress Well kicked off a short tour (10 shows in this second half of...

All of the fucks that we should be giving: An evening with Ani DiFranco

March 10, 2014
By Kelly McFarlingWhen I was 13, I was a late-blooming tomboy, watching, confused, as everyone around me grew up and started acting different.In school,...

Bleached brings the sunshine at the Rickshaw Stop

March 5, 2014
It's no question that Bleached has come into success within the past year with the release of its debut album, Ride Your Heart, on record...

Mikal Cronin takes the spotlight, has excellent hair at The Chapel

March 3, 2014
Mikal Cronin walks onto the stage this past Saturday night for the third time this week, settling into the right corner; a spot...

Live Shots: The Limousines lead a nonstop dance party at DNA Lounge

March 3, 2014
By Jonathan Roisman It was more than three years ago when I first saw the Limousines on stage. I hadn’t heard a song of...

Lord Huron bring their complex mythology to The Fillmore

March 2, 2014
By Stephen SparksIn a recent profile in the New York Times, Ben Schneider, who was Lord Huron until he gathered childhood friends to form...

I watched Rebelution next to Dusty Baker

February 27, 2014
“Put in this story that you watched Rebelution next to Dusty Baker,” said Dusty Baker. As I stood against the railing on the upper...

Courtney Barnett gets droll at the Rickshaw Stop

February 27, 2014
Courtney Barnett at the Rickshaw Stop Monday night. By Sloane MartinStanding outside the Rickshaw Stop before Courtney Barnett's set, I'm watching her chat with...

Live Shots: Hether Fortune gets cathartic at the Night Light

February 19, 2014
Last Friday it was Valentine’s Day, but all I saw was tears. I’ve wondered before how some musicians can sing some of their more...

Live Shots: Augustines get anthemic at The Independent

February 12, 2014
by Stephen SparksWhen my girlfriend and I got into the cab for the ride to The Independent on Monday night, the Slavic driver was...

Yeezus stares down yetis, climbs volcanoes, is born again at the Oracle Arena

October 24, 2013
Kanye West is at an enviable place in his career. Everyone knows who he is. He’s reached near iconic, almost mythic status. The problem...

Live Shots: Savages at the Independent

September 30, 2013
Walking into the Independent on Friday night, the first thing audience members saw were signs titled “A Note From Savages.” These postings read, “Our...

Geeking out on Kathleen Hanna’s the Julie Ruin at Slim’s

September 18, 2013
After explaining that the next song would be about how there are thousands of feminists, all around the world, and driving home the obvious...

The Moondoggies croon sweetly at Brick and Mortar Music Hall

September 17, 2013
I've yet to be disappointed with a Brick and Mortar show, and the Moondoggies concert was no exception. When the Seattle rockers came on...

Gary Numan: dark music done right at the Oakland Metro

September 9, 2013
From Metallica to This Mortal Coil, there's a sense of canned melodrama about most "dark" music that I've long found goofy and unconvincing. On...

Live Shots: Asteroid #4 and the Richmond Sluts at Brick and Mortar Music Hall

September 6, 2013
By Brittany M. PowellBrick and Mortar Music Hall may have had some noise complaint troubles with the San Francisco Sound Commission earlier this summer,...

Live Review: My Bloody Valentine’s SF show feels like something beamed in from another decade

August 29, 2013
Swirling guitars… cooing vocals… that all-engulfing wall of noise. It's difficult to describe My Bloody Valentine's sound without veering into borderline erotica, and understandably...

A giddy celebration of El-P and Killer Mike at the Independent

August 5, 2013
It's been a big couple of years for El-P, Killer Mike, and the twosome’s recent musical courtship. In 2012, nothing but praise seemed to...

Philip Glass at 75: an intoxicating series, live scores to ‘La Belle et la Bête’ and more

May 31, 2013
Last June, legendary composer Philip Glass treated our fair city to a one-off collaborative performance with indie-folk visionary Joanna Newsom. Just two months ago,...

TNGHT whips the Mezzanine’s 420 crowd into a frenzy

April 23, 2013
Like a microcosm of our ever-morphing music culture, electronic duo TNGHT stands squarely between the traditions of EDM and hip-hop, reaping the benefits of...

Jessie Ware eats pizza at Little Star, connects with her fans at the Independent

April 15, 2013
Last Thursday, when the lights came up on the stage at the Independent, they revealed a woman who was relishing the reverential shouts of...

Rhye keeps it smooth, sexy at Bimbo’s

April 5, 2013
With the audience seated at tables under warm lighting, the mood was set at Bimbo’s on Wednesday night for a very intimate evening with...

Adam Green and Binki Shapiro pair up at the Chapel

February 5, 2013
Adam Green and Binki Shapiro make an odd couple. Green is a Manhattanite and acoustic singer-songwriter whose extensive lyrical topics center around black humor,...