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Pinback delights fans at annual Bimbo’s show

January 22, 2013
The audience at Pinback’s sold-out show this Saturday night filled Bimbo’s with a pleasant air of mellow enthusiasm. The eclectic (albeit extremely white) crowd...

The Mountain Goats unify a contemplative crowd at the Fillmore

December 18, 2012
By the time the audience had gathered in the Fillmore on Friday night to see the Mountain Goats, news of the school shooting in...

Live Shots: Santigold at the Fox Theater

December 13, 2012
Santigold was barely a full song into her sold-out performance at the Fox Theater Wednesday night when she began to stoke the lovefest with...

Live Shots: AU at the Independent

November 6, 2012
It was my first time seeing Portland's AU live Saturday night, and I had some important questions I hoped the show would answer. First...

Skipping Bridge School: a happenstance Saturday in San Francisco

October 24, 2012
For me, things usually go better when the unexpected happens, like this past weekend when my half-assed plans to attend Saturday’s installment of Neil...

Amanda (Fucking) Palmer unites the freaks at the Fillmore

October 3, 2012
Theatrics! Camp! Bravado! Glitter! Body hair! Going to an Amanda Palmer concert is like taking a trip to the island of misfit toys. Standing...

Six Organs of Admittance march into battle at Bottom of the Hill

September 25, 2012
On Saturday night, a small cadre of dedicated fans waited patiently for Ben Chasny’s psychedelic folk project, Six Organs of Admittance, to take the...

The Tallest Man on Earth throws down his pick

September 11, 2012
On a long BART ride to Oakland after a longer day at school, I thought I probably couldn’t stay awake at a punk show,...

Live Shots: Buraka Som Sistema at the Independent

August 3, 2012
How much space does a person need to dance? If you’ve been to a packed, over-sold massive EDM show lately, the answer could be...

Lindsey Buckingham’s live show comes down to one

May 16, 2012
With an arsenal of a dozen guitars and several amplifiers lined up behind him, Lindsey Buckingham wasted no time delving into his extensive catalog...

Frankie Rose’s brief, enthralling Brick and Mortar stop

April 26, 2012
In case you hadn't noticed, Frankie Rose's got the Internet goin' nutz. The 33 year-old has served time in two super buzzy groups of...

The crowd goes ballistic for Gotye’s hit song

April 19, 2012
There is nothing quite like hearing the song that’s been stuck in your head — persistently playing on repeat — finally materialize in front...

Get your hands up: Wild Flag at Fillmore

April 19, 2012
San Franciscans faced a sort of litmus test Wednesday night: which popular band would they see live when given copious quality options, what does...

Live Shots: Radiohead at HP Pavilion, 04/11/2012

April 12, 2012
The first time I saw Radiohead, it was opening up for Belly, back when “Creep” was an exquisite oddball of a radio hit.Actually, it...

GWAR honors deceased guitarist’s return to the home planet

April 9, 2012
Those sleazy, salacious scumdogs of the universe in GWAR wasted no time in unleashing their riotous brand of musical mayhem on Friday night before...

Hot Snakes reunion thrills

April 3, 2012
Right out of the gate, late '90s San Diego post-hardcore supergroup Hot Snakes kicked off its reunion show at Bottom of the Hill Friday...

The Magnetic Fields play ’69 Love Songs’ and then some at the Fox

March 27, 2012
While the Magnetic Fields' newest album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, recaptured the group’s love for synthesizers and electronics, Saturday night’s Fox...

EMA deals with a tough crowd at Rickshaw Stop

March 2, 2012
No one likes to be shushed. The most intense shushing I ever endured was at the Independent, during an Owen Pallett show. I was...

Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers score a standing ovation at Herbst Theatre

February 28, 2012
Last week, Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés demonstrated a shared skill set with San Francisco 49er tight end Vernon Davis. Both are impressively big men...

Spanning time with the Flaming Lips

February 22, 2012
I ran into a temporal anomaly while driving. My first warning sign was the police cruiser with one headlight flashing its sirens behind me....

Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. solos as long as he damn well pleases

February 17, 2012
“Well you gonna know my name, by the end of the night,” Gary Clark Jr. sings during his take off Jimmy Reed’s blues classic,...

Local musicians reinterpret Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon” at the Rickshaw Stop

January 23, 2012
Had you been skeptical about the “UnderCover Presents: Nick Drake’s Pink Moon” event Sunday night at the Rickshaw Stop you wouldn't have been alone....

Live Shots: Phonte and 9th Wonder at New Parish

January 11, 2012
I’ve heard complaints that the Occupy movement doesn’t have a clear message, but Saturday night you could read it from a passing car. At...

Live Shots: Starfucker and Painted Palms at Great American Music Hall

January 10, 2012
Though Starfucker hails from Portland, Ore., it’s easy to see why the band feels at home here. If a bunch of hip, pasty dudes...