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Live Shots: Jack White rocks so hard he sprains his ankle at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

August 25, 2014
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: Nick Cave hypnotizes the Warfield two nights in a row

July 9, 2014
It took Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds all of two songs to whip the audience into a mighty frenzy at the Warfield Theater...

Sharon Van Etten banters happily through the sad songs at The Independent

June 30, 2014
Sharon Van Etten had yet to play a note before someone in the crowd shouted forth a marriage proposal toward the stage. The term...

The bulging eyes of rock-stardom absurdity: An evening with Tenacious D

January 24, 2014
About 15 minutes into taking a seat at center stage of the Castro Theatre last night before an enthusiastic and fairly inebriated crowd, Jack...

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...

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: Soundgarden at the Fox Theater

February 14, 2013
It took Soundgarden a full 10 songs before it began to flex its muscles at the Fox Theater on Tuesday night, before the band...

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: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at Davies Symphony Hall

November 26, 2012
Sharon Jones took to the stage at Davies Symphony Hall on Saturday night with all the energy of fourth-grade recess on a sunny afternoon. Not that...

Orange and black forever: The city greets its champions in a Halloween World Series parade

November 1, 2012
Photographer Charles Russo walked 12 miles to snap these shots of our San Francisco Giants celebrating their World Series victory yesterday -- on Halloween...

Giants sweep the World Series, city goes buck

October 29, 2012
Praise Scutaro, the Giants swept the World Series last night. And San Franciscans, loose after a brilliant sunny day in the city, with ample...

Live Shots: Peter Gabriel at HP Pavilion

October 4, 2012
Peter Gabriel strolled onto the stage at HP Pavilion on Tuesday with the house lights still glaring and the upper tier of the arena...

Live Shots: Blondie and Devo at the Warfield

September 12, 2012
I was flipping around on my car’s FM dial last week and had the bleeding-from-the-ears misfortune of coming upon Taylor Swift’s staggeringly awful new...

Live Shots: Neil Diamond at the HP Pavilion

August 9, 2012
At some point during the massive “Sweet Caroline” sing-a-long deep into Neil Diamond’s concert at HP Pavilion, a rowdy female fan vaulted into my...

Live Shots: Refused and the Hives at the Warfield

April 19, 2012
Photographer Charles Russo shot Refused and the Hives at the Warfield. It took 14 years to happen, but the sweaty, sold-out, packed-to-the-rafters crowd at the...

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...

Elbo Room benefit to raise funds for fire victim

December 27, 2011
Longtime Gamescaper, Larkin Street social worker, local hip hop emcee, walking comic book encyclopedia, and all-around dear friend Robert Strawder was severely injured in an...

Live Shots: Feist at the Warfield

November 15, 2011
SFBG photographer Charles Russo caught Feist at the Warfield on Monday. 

Live Shots: Portishead at the Greek Theatre

October 25, 2011
Once while talking music with friends on a long road trip I was posed with the task of describing Portishead’s sound. Struggling to articulate...

Live Shots: Soundgarden at the Civic Auditorium, 7/21/11

July 22, 2011
After capping off a monstrous 20-plus song set yesterday, on Thursday, July 21, with the tortured grind of “Slaves & Bulldozers,” Soundgarden put an exclamation...

Live Shots: Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at the Warfield, 7/7/11

July 11, 2011
Call it soul music for soulless times: Gillian Welch and David Rawlings dazzled a devoted crowd on Thursday July 7 with a beautiful bluegrass...

Florence and the Machine at the Greek Theatre, 6/12/11

June 13, 2011
Ace Guardian shutterbug Charles Russo reveled in the otherworldly Miss Florence Welch at Berkeley's al fresco amphitheatre last night. Sheathed in a drape-y chartreuse...

Live Shots: U2 360 Tour at the Oakland Coliseum, 06/07/2011

June 8, 2011
Ace Guardian photographer Charlie Russo caught Bono & co. in all their arena glory last night as part of the massive 360 Tour. Click...

Live Shots: TV on the Radio, The Independent, 5/10/11

May 12, 2011
Playing small quarters for their immeasurably large sound, TV on the Radio enthralled a sold out Independent audience for the second of two nights on Tuesday,...