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Live shots: A hot and sticky Hardly Strictly

In keeping with Hardly Strictly weekend weather of years gone by, this past weekend was the most summerlike the Bay Area's been all year....

Live shots: Modest Mouse sweat it out at the Masonic

Modest Mouse got hot and heavy at the Masonic Sept. 26, and we were there to catch them in all their sweaty glory. Mimicking...

Mezcal: Mexico In a Bottle fest sets high bar for mezcal lovers

When it comes to tasting mezcal, the experts have some generally accepted rules. Chief among them is that "you should never taste more than...

Live shots: Beck christens the new Masonic

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

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

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 Shots: SF Street Food Fest fills us up quickly

The weather was gorgeous, the lines weren't too long, and the people were friendly -- and hungry -- at the sixth annual SF Street...

Live shots: Pro-Palestine activists block ship at the Port of Oakland

Pro-Palestine activists marched on Saturday to block an Israeli ship scheduled to dock at the Port of Oakland, protesting Gaza violence.Well over 1,000 protesters...

Outside Lands 2014: The view from the photo pit

Our favorite live shots from SF's biggest summer party

Outside Lands 2014: It’s Yeezy season

Were you there? Were you among the approximately 200,000 human bodies smashed together for warmth at Golden Gate Park this past weekend, because you...

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

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

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...

The Best of Burger Boogaloo

This weekend Oakland’s Mosswood Park was transformed into a mini music festival of adorable proportions. After two days of PBR, sunburns, and a heap...

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

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

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...

Robyn + Röyskopp + Pride = lots and lots of glitter

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

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

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

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...

Hurray for the Riff Raff grow up at the Independent

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...

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

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...

Live Shots: Hether Fortune gets cathartic at the Night Light

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

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

Live Shots: Lucius sells out the Independent on a rainy Friday

by Avi Vinocur1:53am. Just got home.Ok so listen. Tonight I saw this band at the Independent. Two girls. Super cute. All hip in matching...