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Björk plays the part of stunning mad scientist at the Craneway Pavilion

May 23, 2013
With purple lightning bolts of electricity jagging toward one another in a steel cage center-stage, powerful pipes that reverberated through the pavilion and rippled...

Yo La Tengo plays the hits at the Fillmore, covers Black Flag

May 14, 2013
The last time I saw Yo La Tengo, on its fabulously gimmicky Spinning Wheel tour, the trio delivered an abrasive, garage-y opening set under...

Live Shots: Marina and the Diamonds at the Warfield

May 9, 2013
I like a little grit. Usually I feel that a great show combines unpredictability, recklessness, and some raw, unpolished vulnerability. That’s what makes live...

The Rolling Stones rock hard, bring surprise guests, almost make up for outrageous ticket prices

May 9, 2013
It’s one of those things about attending a concert – any concert – at HP Pavilion in San Jose: no matter how you approach...

Live shots: Baby Dee and Little Annie at Amnesia

April 29, 2013
Baby Dee and Little Annie are a match made in camp heaven. The women, nearing their 60s, may have only been playing for 25...

Bat for Lashes brings an occult celebration to the Regency Ballroom

April 17, 2013
There’s an idea in literary theory that co-opts the philosophical notion of the concrete universal. The value of a poem, character, or story, it...

Live Shots: Burgerama II outtakes

April 5, 2013
Ed. note: Andre Torrez's feature story on Burger Records, tape culture, and Burgerama II will be in next week's issue of the Guardian. Here's...

Delicious beginnings: Chocolate 101 at Dandelion

April 4, 2013
Photos by Bowerbird Photography"Hi. My name is ______, and I'm a chocoholic."The rest of us took turns, going around the room, introducing ourselves and...

Live Shots: Keystone XL pipeline protest

Photos by Bowerbird PhotographySFBG's Rebecca Bowe reported on the anti-pipeline protesters who greeted President Obama yesterday in the cold and fog. SFBG photographers from...

Live Shots: Texas is the Reason at Bimbo’s

April 2, 2013
Texas is the Reason’s show at Bimbo’s was not sold out, but it sure seemed packed as I struggled to find a good vantage...

Major Lazer showers the Independent with cash, vuvuzelas, dead memes, and a giant bubble

April 2, 2013
It comes as a surprise to me that Diplo didn’t at least have a cameo in Spring Breakers — the film that takes place...

Live Shots: Flume at the Rickshaw Stop

March 29, 2013
Every time I've been to Popscene in the last few years, and I mean every time, I see the same guy. Deep 30s, clean...

Foxygen works its uncanny magic at Brick and Mortar Music Hall

March 29, 2013
I experienced a strange phenomenon in the few days leading up to Tuesday’s sold out concert at Brick and Mortar Music Hall. The first...

Live Shots: LGBT Community Center celebrates 11 colorful years

Photos by Bowerbird PhotographyLast Saturday, the disco ball sparkled from above, while below on the dance floor, party-goers glittered in gold. There was much...

Bad kids get slimed with the Black Lips at Great American Music Hall

March 21, 2013
The Great American Music Hall was a soupy, sweaty mess of swamp-like proportions before the Black Lips had even taken the stage Monday night....

Live Shots: Rich Kidd, Young Galaxy, tween angst, and barbecue at SXSW, Day 3

March 15, 2013
Photos and words by Bowerbird Photography The surrealists employed a method of drawing called the exquisite corpse, where an artist would create an image...

Live Shots: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, fornicating turtles, and one Dixie Chick at SXSW, Day 2

March 14, 2013
Photos and words by Bowerbird Photography Immersing oneself in the SXSW 2013 musical experience feels akin to getting deep fried in a small tub...

Live Shots: The Hush Sound at Great American Music Hall

March 14, 2013
I was introduced to the Hush Sound in high school, when a girlfriend burned "Like Vines” onto a mix CD for me. It was...

Live Shots: K-Pop’s Night Out, Ashley Monroe, and more at SXSW, Day 1

March 13, 2013
Photos and words by Bowerbird PhotographyFans made scrawling lines all through Austin, Texas, waiting to gain access to countless shows, as the SXSW 2013...

Live Shots: The Robert Glasper Experiment at New Parish

March 12, 2013
It really wasn't a question whether the Robert Glasper Experiment would be any good at the New Parish on Friday night  – but how...

Live Shots: Passion Pit, Icona Pop, Matt and Kim at the Bill Graham

March 11, 2013
Swedish duo Icona Pop made the typical announcement about being really happy to finish up its tour in San Francisco, last Thursday at the...

Noise Pop 2013: The Thermals and Dirty Ghosts at Rickshaw Stop, Bender’s happy hour

March 4, 2013
I first learned of the Thermals in 2005 from the DVD series, Burn to Shine, in which bands play a house that's set to...

Noise Pop 2013: R. Stevie Moore is cool, plays Bottom of the Hill

February 28, 2013
R. Stevie Moore is cool. When was the last time you saw a 60-odd-year-old* man standing on stage shouting "where my bitches at" and...

Noise Pop 2013: Cruel Summer, Lake, and the Blank Tapes at Hemlock

February 28, 2013
It's a low-key kind of Noise Pop year compared to the past three or four, without the huge, attention-grabbing headliners of yore  (looking at...