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

July 19, 2014
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...

The Best of Burger Boogaloo

July 9, 2014
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...

Middle fingers to the sky, Lady Gaga takes San Jose for an artRAVEy ride

June 6, 2014
There are a lot of critiques that I can make about Lady Gaga’s Tuesday night performance in San Jose — the sports arena acoustics,...

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: 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...

Grouplove talks Haight love, the Seesaw Tour, and spreading rumors

September 10, 2013
Grouplove’s existence is a strong argument for fate. In 2009, Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi met on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Feeling...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Ex-Girls singer Christopher Owens on the real Lysandre, and being ‘a bit of a loner’

March 19, 2013
Last year was a momentous one for San Francisco band Girls. Still riding the high from their critically fawned-over and publicly adored sophomore full-length...

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...

Adam Green and Binki Shapiro pair up at the Chapel

February 5, 2013
Adam Green and Binki Shapiro make an odd couple. Green is a Manhattanite and acoustic singer-songwriter whose extensive lyrical topics center around black humor,...

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...

Haley Zaremba’s Top 10 Concerts of 2012

December 21, 2012
For our annual Year in Music issue, I asked local musicians, rappers, producers, and music writers to sound off on...

Sufjan Stevens as the Christmas Unicorn at Great American Music Hall

December 10, 2012
When I walked into the Great American Music Hall on Wednesday night, I was handed a Christ-Mess Sing-a-Long booklet with a unicorn on the...

Live Shots: Titus Andronicus at Great American Music Hall

November 16, 2012
If you want to stay in the good graces of Titus Andronicus (which played Great American Music Hall this Tuesday), don’t mention frontman Patrick...

Live Shots: La Sera at the Chapel

November 13, 2012
It was nice to see that “Kickball” Katy Goodman hasn’t grown up too much since leaving the Vivian Girls. Her big smile, bubbling stage...

Live Shots: another Nobunny Halloween

November 2, 2012
Walking to the Brick and Mortar Music Hall on Halloween night for the Nobunny show, I was disappointed by how few costumed people were...

Live Shots: Rasputina at Great American Music Hall

October 26, 2012
Guardian music writer Haley Zaremba managed to snap a few shots of Rasputina during the stringed trio's appearance at Great American Music Hall on...

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...

Live Shots: Aesop Rock at the Fillmore

September 24, 2012
The anticipation was killing me. After waiting through 10 weeks of postponement and three openers, I just wanted to see Aesop Rock. Well over...

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,...