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Live Shots: WATERS is stormier than expected at Brick & Mortar

February 5, 2014
Live shows are an opportunity for musicians and music lovers to share an experience together. After all, you’re standing in the same room. Brick...

Live Shots: Yuck finds its voice at The Independent

January 30, 2014
“I remember the last time I was here the room was filled with the smell of weed,” said Yuck’s lead vocalist Max Bloom with...

Live Shots: !!! lead a sweaty Saturday at the Chapel

January 27, 2014
"San Francisco, San Francisco, San Francisco," chants !!!'s Nic Offer as he struts onto the Chapel's glowing red stage, facing a screaming sold-out crowd. ...

Live Shots: Wanda Jackson at the Chapel

November 11, 2013
“Well hello, San Fran!” shouted Wanda Jackson to an almost-full Chapel on Thursday night. “You already know I love you. You should know that...

Live Shots: Street Joy, the She’s, the Tambo Rays at Milk Bar

October 25, 2013
Wednesday night, three young, up-and-coming bands gathered at the Milk Bar, an intimate venue on the western edge of Haight Street, to lay down...

Live Shots: Treasure Island Music Festival 2013

October 22, 2013
Maybe people just don’t know how to party anymore, but I didn’t come across vomit once at the Treasure Island Music Festival. The crowd’s...

Live Shots: The Dodos at Great American Music Hall

October 18, 2013
All photos by Charles Russo Fans of the Dodos flocked to the Great American Music Hall on Wednesday night, to catch the band’s final...

Live Shots: Har Mar Superstar at Bottom of the Hill

October 16, 2013
Have you ever heard of a snowball? (Not the frozen thing, the sugary treat, or some kind of sex act). I’m talking about the...

Thee Oh Sees, OBN III’s, and more shake up the Chapel

October 14, 2013
Once (three years ago) I broke my wrist at a Thee Oh Sees show, and despite the gnawing pain from my misshapen wrist, I...

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: A rookie recap

October 9, 2013
By Kaylen Baker “This,” said a friend, turning and surveying a backlit crowd, bopping and blazing under an unlikely October sun, “is the real...

Live Shots: Prepping for the Dirtbag Challenge!

October 9, 2013
A look behind the scenes of the recently released Dirtbag by Vargas Films, and a sneak peak at the bikes being built for this...

Live Shots: Superhero Street Fair

September 30, 2013
Batman, super dog Rowdi, Supergirl, and Green Man were among the costumed characters photographer Amanda Rhoades caught at the Fourth Annual Superhero Street Fair...

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...

Onstage proposal prompts group hug from Grouplove at the Indy

September 17, 2013
The last thing I expected to hear at a Grouplove concert was Skrillex and ASAP Rocky’s “Wild for the Night” but for some reason...

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...

Sammy Hagar runs through the hits at the America’s Cup Pavilion

September 11, 2013
Celebrating 40-plus years on the rock scene, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar hit the stage in San Francisco on Saturday night...

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 Shots: Black Sabbath at Shoreline Amphitheatre

August 28, 2013
Reunions can be hit or miss.Maybe it’s been too long, maybe you’ve lost your chops, maybe you’re getting old and things just aren’t working...

Outside Lands 2013 winners (Paul McCartney, Chic, Bombino) and losers

August 14, 2013
Hall & Oates, or Trombone Shorty? Willie Nelson, or Vampire Weekend? This year's Outside Lands presented its 65,000 attendees with some perplexing choices, resulting...

Can’t-miss treats at the upcoming SF Street Food Fest

The smells of deliciousness were overwhelming. Where do we start?!As Sam Love and I wandered around the La Cocina media preview for August 17's...

Cave of garage rock dreams: Primitive Hearts, Pinkslime, Lunch, Sweat Lodge

July 29, 2013
I came to an Undisclosed Cavernous Area (let’s call it U.C.A from here out) on Saturday in the greater Bay Area with the promise...

Live Shots: Phono del Sol 2013 with Thee Oh Sees, Marnie Stern, Surf Club

July 15, 2013
John Dwyer stood holding his guitar, smiling and making small talk with the crowd, having been asked by a Phono del Sol staffer to...

Hot Chip, Converse, and why Google Glass could save our show-going sanity

June 26, 2013
I fully expected the Hot Chip show last night to be a giant advertisement for Converse. In the last few weeks I’d been noticing...

Live Shots: Chvrches at Mezzanine

May 30, 2013
The night started with shrieks. Well, back up. It actually started sedate. Opener Still Corners had cancelled at the last minute, due to visa...