LIVE REVIEW: BEATS ANTIQUE – Berkeley, CA 11/01/2019

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It is very fascinating when modern music connects with traditional musical styles that have existed for thousands of years. Beats Antique is an Oakland-based ethnotronica group that blends electronic music with various genres of world music. The group's unique musical style merge live instrumentals with Tribal Fusion dance and performance art that reflect their influences of Middle Eastern belly dance music, hip-hop, afro-beat, and jazz. This combination was on full display when Beats Antique performed at the UC Theatre in Berkeley. During the show, concertgoers socialized as they ate and drank while observing Beats Antique's performance. The mood was generally laid-back

PHOTO REVIEW: Gramatik – Oakland, CA 11/01/2019

Denis Jasarević, also known as Gramatik has just released his brand new album, RE:COIL Pt. II, the artist’s first album release in two years. Fans have been eager for the compilation that features 8 new and original tracks, featuring an all-star collab lineup with Big Gigantic, Anomalie, Waka Flocka Flame, ProbCause, Kotek, Beat Fatigue, Defunk, Luxas, and Chrishira Perrier. Gramatik just kicked off his fall tour in support of the new album and his show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA was one big dance party. Performing with his guitarist, Andrew Block, Gramatik had an exciting backdrop of visuals

PHOTO REVIEW: Bishop Briggs – San Francisco, CA 11/02/2019

Saturday night saw Bishop Briggs perform in front of a packed enthusiastic crowd at The Warfield in San Francisco. Although she’s been mostly playing various festivals during the last year, this is her first major tour since early 2018. Briggs is currently touring in support of the release of her sophomore studio album, ‘Champion’. The stage setup featured a set of video screens across the stage with the drummer and guitarist/keyboardist on a platform above the screens. After a countdown display on the video screens hit 00:00:00, and intro music started to play as Briggs emerged on

LIVE REVIEW: UNCOOL FEST 5; SWMRS- Berkeley, CA 10/26/19

Saturday night in Berkeley, CA saw local band SWMRS present their Uncool Fest 5 at the UC Theatre, featuring: Together Pangea, Ultra Q, B.A.G, Kuromi, and DYGL and it was anything but uncool. This year's Uncool Fest theme was Pixar, which fans remember last year's theme was the wizardry world of Harry Potter. It was exciting to see Pixar theme costumes from the fans to even the bandmates on stage. While most were Toy Story characters ( Woody, Buzz, Rex, Jessie, etc.) it was fresh to see fans dressed up from The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, Up, Inside Out, and

PHOTOS: FINNEAS Headlines San Francisco, CA 10/15/2019

Finneas has been touring with his sister Billie Eilish and performing his own set throughout the year, sometimes opening for her and most recently played his own set at Austin City Limits. That set was a sneak peek of the music on his debut EP 'Blood Harmony,' which was just released on October 4th via OYOY. The singer/songwriter kicked off his sold-out North American headlining tour in San Francisco at August Hall. The energetic crowd came early as they were lined up for hours before doors and they reached a frenzy when the lights went down before Finneas took

PHOTOS: Clairo + beabadoobee- San Francisco, CA 10/14/2019

Clairo was a few songs away from the end of her set during her sold-out show in San Francisco when a magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit the Bay Area around 10:30pm (fortunately there was no damage and no one was hurt). It was the second sold-out show at the Regency Ballroom and not one person noticed the earth shaking because they were too busy jumping and dancing while Clairo was performing "Sofia". Currently on tour in support of her debut album, Immunity, which was released in August, Clairo didn't disappoint. Emerging in her own merch, wearing a "Clairo"

PHOTO REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2019 Weekend One

All puns aside, Austin City Limits 2019 was fire by all accounts- the artists brought the heat, the weather was scorching and music fans took advantage to step up their festival fashion. With temperatures hovering in the low to mid 90s throughout the weekend, festival organizers noted that this would be the hottest ACL Fest in its history but It didn’t prevent anyone from attending. Highly anticipated sets by Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Cardi B and Childish Gambino were overflowing with people and those between the soundboard and stage were tightly packed. Up-and-coming artists like Pink Sweat$, King

PHOTOS: dodie – Oakland, CA 10/06/2019

Online phenom, dodie has been capturing the hearts of numerous fans as she's stepped out from behind the phone screen and performing live on her current tour. dodie stepped up her game in Oakland, CA and overwhelming impressed the audience. Supporting her latest EP, Human, which has amassed millions of streams online, the 24 year old from the UK has built an organic and devout fanbase on YouTube a la Troye Sivan, Daniel Howell and others. Highlighted by the tracks, "Would You Be So Kind" and "Sick of Losing Soulmates", dodie had fans singing loudly and dancing throughout

LIVE REVIEW: Michigander – Nashville, TN 9/27/2019

Michigander, the solo project formed by frontman and Michigan native Jason Singer, just released his newest EP, Where Do We Go From Here, September 13th via C3 Records. Michigander is bringing his uplifting anthems and solid musicianship to venues during his fall tour that made a stop at the High Watt in Nashville, TN. Joined by Andrews' and Chase Huglin, Michigander put on an intimate set filled with catchy tunes and empowering lyrics. andrews' aka singer and songwriter Michael Cronin is originally from Florida but now based in Nashville. Performing a mellow mix of electronic sounds with strong

PHOTOS: flor + joan – Nashville, TN 9/18/2019

Fresh on the heels of the release of their sophomore album, ley lines, on September 6th, flor hit the road in support of the new release last week with support from Lostboycrow and Little Rock, Arkansas duo joan. Bringing their show to the Exit/In in Nashville, TN, all three artists have a similar aesthetic and their stage presence was strong and lively. The line of fans awaiting to get into the venue early was long and the line was still evident during the first set as fans were still coming in well into 30-45 minutes after doors

LIVE REVIEW: James Arthur – San Francisco, CA 9/17/2019

The last few years have been remarkable for James Arthur, as he has racked up over a billion streams online thanks to his No.1 global hit "Say You Won't Let Go". The British artist is on tour for only a handful of select dates at intimate venues ahead of the release his third album, You on October 18th. The tour marks James’ first headlining run of the U.S., following his last tour as the supporting act for One Republic and Fitz & The Tantrums in 2017. An eager sold-out crowd welcomed the musician at the Independent in

PHOTOS: Barns Courtney – Nashville, TN 9/16/2019

Fresh off the release of his sophomore album, 404, Barns Courtney is back in the States for the North American leg of his current tour. His energetic and engaging shows are a trademark of the singer/songwriter, who stopped by the Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN Monday night. For a Monday show, the audience was incredibly lively, enthusiastic and welcoming for openers, The Hunna. Led by lead singer Ryan Potter, the English band was a perfect match for Barns Courtney, as they were a lively and fun, tearing through songs like "Bonfire" and "You and I" that got the crowd dancing and

PHOTOS: Tash Sultana – Nashville, TN 9/15/2019

After releasing of their debut album, Flow State, approving audiences and critics alike were eager to see Tash Sultana perform the material live. They performed numerous festivals across Europe and has been playing at huge venues across North America, including dates scheduled at Red Rocks in Colorado and the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA. A literal one-person show, the Australian artist has garnered accolades for the live performances to go along with the award nominations for their recorded material including nominations for the prestigious Triple J Australian Album of the Year award and six ARIA's (The Australian Recording

LIVE REVIEW: Phora – San Francisco, CA 09/10/19

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Anaheim native Phora, whose real name is Marco Anthony Archer, continues to set new bars in the hip-hop industry. Ever since he began his career in 2010, he has founded his own record label, "Yours Truly Records", and a clothing brand which is similarly named, "Yours Truly Clothing".  He recently signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2017 when he released his first album, Yours Truly Forever.  Phora released his two more albums, Love Is Hell last year, and Bury Me With Dead Roses on July 26th. Phora's current tour took him to San Francisco where he performed at the renowned Slim's

LIVE REVIEW: K.Flay – Oakland, CA 9/7/2019

Saturday evening at the Fox Theater in Oakland was making plenty of noise with artists like Houses and K.Flay that same night. Chicago/L. A based artist Dexter Tortoriello AKA Houses made everyone feel at home with his lo-fi music and sharing his appreciation for headliner/ 2x Grammy-nominee K.Flay. He delighted the crowd with songs from his EP Drugstore Heaven and even introduced a new track. Houses mentioned that this was his second night of the Solutions Tour with K.Flay and that they're feeling fresh on stage. He wrapped it up with his commercial and autobiographical hit "Fast Talk" just before K.Flay's

PHOTOS: slowthai – San Francisco, CA 9/5/2019

The highly anticipated West Coast show dates for slowthai finally arrived with September. The English rapper has a growing fanbase after having released his debut album, Nothing Great About Britain earlier this year and was promptly nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize for UK Album of the Year. Awards or not, the audience in San Francisco was prepared for his engaging stage show that accompanied his critically acclaimed work. The sold-out show at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco was in a frenzy as soon as the music started and slowthai (born Tyron Frampton) hit the stage. Dressed in a track

PHOTOS: Drab Majesty – San Francisco, CA 8/30/2019

With two sold-out shows in San Francisco, the anticipation for the live performances from Drab Majesty was at an all-time high. The first show at the Great American Music Hall made for a perfect setting for the band's music and aesthetics. The duo of Deb Demure and Mona D, who comprise of Drab Majesty, made their appearance on-stage with a bottle of wine and matching outfits. The set was highlighted by songs from their latest album, Modern Mirror, including "Oxytocin", "Ellipsis" and "Out of Sequence" that had many in the crowd dancing. There wasn't any chatter in between

LIVE REVIEW: Young the Giant, Fitz and The Tantrums, & Alice Merton – Berkeley, CA 8/15/19

With the recent summer heatwave, it was a hot weather day for the San Francisco Bay Area, which made for a perfect evening at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA when Young the Giant brought the heat on stage. It was an early show starting at 6:30 pm where locals, fans, and Berkeley students all united at one of the most iconic venues. Rising artist Alice Merton recognized for her debut single "No Roots" (Top 40 hit and certified Gold by the RIAA) kicked off the show with her band singing songs from her album Mint. All of her songs

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2019 Brings The Heat – Childish Gambino Draws Huge Crowds, twenty one pilots Thrills

The 12th edition of Outside Lands took place over the weekend and it certainly was a celebration at the beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. With each day bringing its own unique approach towards planning on who to see, the infamous San Francisco fog was not a major factor this year. As expected, the headliners delivered as twenty one pilots showed their growth as performers with their engaging set on Friday, Childish Gambino drew what was reported the largest audience ever in the festival's history and Paul Simon performed a set that reminded people why he's one of music's

PHOTOS: X Games 2019 Music – Incubus, Wu Tang Clan, SWMRS Thrills

Along with the amazing display of skill and excitement displayed by the athletes of skateboard, BMX and moto at X Games 2019, the musical entertainment at The Armory in Minneapolis, MN took each night to another level. It all started Thursday night with Oakland, California band SWMRS, whose young exciting brand of rock had fans dancing and singing along to songs like "Lose It", "Palm Trees", "Miley" and highlights from their latest album, Berkeley's On Fire. Right after the Skateboard Vert competition, Chevy Metal kicked it up a notch with their take on numerous covers ranging from songs

LIVE REVIEW: Kim Petras – San Francisco, CA 07/31/19

German pop singer Kim Petras performed at Mezzanine in San Francisco, CA on July 31, 2019 and the sold out show was buzzing with fans who couldn't wait to see Petras perform.  The atmosphere inside Mezzanine came to life when the fans screamed as Petras arrived on stage with her friend and producer-songwriter, Aaron Joseph.  Throughout the whole show, she wowed the crowd with her lively dance moves and intense vocals as she sang tracks from her debut album, Clarity that was released on June 28, 2019, and her third EP, Turn Off The Light, Vol. 1.  Wearing a white suit

LIVE REVIEW: THE DRUMS- San Francisco, CA 7/26/19

The Drums returned to San Francisco with a bang! Last spring, The Drums (singer Jonathan “Jonny” Pierce, bassist Johnny Aries, guitarist Tom Haslow, and drummer Bryan de Leon) supported Alvvays at The Fox Theater in Oakland following the release of their fourth album Abysmal Thoughts. Now out with their fifth record Brutalism, The Drums headlined two shows at the intimate August Hall on Thursday, July 25th and Friday 26th. Friday night packed the sold-out house as loyal fans old and young found their spots early as they eagerly awaited the New York indie surf pop band to walk on stage. The audience was

PHOTOS: Capitol Hill Block Party 2019 Dominates, Diverse Lineup Impresses

The 23rd edition of the Capitol Hill Block Party(CHBP) dominated two block of E Pike in Seattle amidst great weather, providing a perfect setting for the three day event. The artist lineup for CHBP continues to include buzz worthy artists along with recognizable names who are making noise in the mainstream. 2019 is hands-down the year for Lizzo, who finally cracked the mainstream with her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, released earlier this year. With the crowds overflowing and residents hanging out of apartment windows, she was clearly the main attraction for the weekend and

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Phono Del Sol – 06/15/19 – San Francisco, CA

After a one-year hiatus, The Bay Bridged and Noise Pop has brought back Phono Del Sol to the Potrero Del Sol park. San Francisco Magazine has called Phono Del Sol the "Best Music Festival" in San Francisco as it promotes both well-known bands and local music talent at the same time. The festival brought in people from all backgrounds to take in local and emerging artists on a Saturday afternoon. Blues Lawyer The first band to play at Phono Del Sol's Mission Stage was Blues Lawyer, an Oakland-based indie rock band. The band's guitar strumming had constant rhythmic flows as their music is

LIVE REVIEW: Marianas Trench – San Francisco, CA 06/03/19

Marianas Trench is one of the few Canadian bands that have achieved mainstream success in both Canada and the United States. Lead vocalist Josh Ramsay created Marianas Trench in 2001 in Vancouver and since then, the pop-punk band has produced five studio albums and attained multiple nominations and awards, especially at the Juno Awards and the MuchMusic Video Awards, Canada's leading music awards ceremonies. Some of their awards include "Group of the Year" at the 2013 Juno Awards and "Your Fave Video" and "Pop Video of the Year" for their respective songs, "Stutter" and "Desperate Measures", at the 2013 MuchMusic

PHOTO REVIEW: ionnalee – San Francisco, CA 05/09/2019

Swedish electro-pop artist, ionnalee (Jonna Lee) creates a distinctive musical style that showcases her skillful blending of her vocals with various instruments such as the guitar, keyboards, and drums. She released her first album, 10 Pieces, 10 Bruises, in 2007 after Swedish record label Razzia Records signed her. Although she released a five-track EP titled, This War, in 2008 and another album, This Is Jonna Lee, in 2009 with Razzia Records, she later formed her own independent label in 2010 called, "To whom it may concern" (TWIMC), which also led her to create an audiovisual project named, "iamamiwhoami", with Claes Björklund.

PHOTOS: Chelsea Cutler – San Francisco, CA 3/22/2019

Chelsea Cutler has made a name for herself as one of music's fastest-growing stars over the past couple years. Cutler launched her songwriting career when she signed her first contract with Sony Music and released her first original songs, "Wake Up" and "Anything For You" while she was a history major at Amherst College. Cutler gained more success as she released "Your Shirt" in 2017, which accumulated over 30 million Spotify streams and stood out as the lead single on her debut EP, Snow in October. Since then, she has been featured on Refinery29's "Next Generation Music Superstars"

PHOTOS: Better Oblivion Community Center – San Francisco 3/15/2019

Better Oblivion Community Center knocked it out of the park at their sold-out show at San Francisco's August Hall on March 15, 2019. With a setlist of songs from their debut, self-titled album, the tightly packed crowd went from raucous to softly singing along to songs such as "Sleepwalking'", "Didn't Know What I Was In For", "My City", and "Dylan Thomas". Composed of Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers, the duo expertly performed well together, showcasing the obvious on-stage chemistry between the two. The two met in 2016 after Bridgers performed at a show Oberst hosted at Los

PHOTOS: Men I Trust- San Francisco, CA 2/26/19

Men I Trust performed at a sold-out show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, one of many sold-out shows on their current headlining tour. The crowded room showed up early and quietly sang along to familiar songs such as, "Say, Can You Hear" and "Show Me How". Starting off as a small indie trio from Canada to now touring and selling out shows, the French Canadian dream-pop band (Emma Proulx, Dragos Chiriac, and Jessy Caron) embarked on a musical journey shortly after their college years. Dragos Chiriac and Jessy Caron were already long-time

PHOTO REVIEW: Snowglobe 2018 Highlights Outweigh Cold Temperatures

The highly anticipated Snowglobe 2018 proved to be another unique and memorable experience as the annual New Year’s Eve festival rung in the new year. Already set with headliners Above and Beyond, Diplo and Rezz, the late addition of G-Eazy, Goldlink, Tyga, Kaskade and Rae Sremmurd elevated the excitement for the eighth year of Snowglobe that was recently acquired by MTV. The ski and snowboard Big Air stage brought out numerous talented athletes that performed impressive tricks and jumps, interacting with the local Tahoe Fire Dancers and the new Rail Jam. 16830

PHOTO REVIEW: Big Wild Impresses as Co-headliner with Louis The Child in San Francisco 12/6/2018

Electronic producer and artist Big Wild aka Jackson Stell, has been on a rise and with the impending release of his debut album, Superdream (out February 1, 2019), his future is bright. This much was evident as he co-headlined with Louis the Child in San Francisco. The set was demonstrative of his evolution from the hip-hop beats that influenced his early work to the cinematic melodies and deep 80's-wave sound that represent the most recent work as Big Wild. Big Wild staples like "When I Get There", "Empty Room" and "I Just Wanna" were met with a

PHOTOS: Raleigh Ritchie – San Francisco, CA 12/04/2018

Raleigh Ritchie aka Jacob Anderson, performed to an overly eager crowd at The Independent in San Francisco on December 4, 2018. Recognized for his role as Grey Worm, leader of the Unsullied in the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones, Ritchie mentioned he was a bit under the weather upon arriving into town but was energized to perform during this short tour. With plenty of water to keep him hydrated, Ritchie performed tracks from his debut album, You're A Man Now, Boy, which include "Stronger Than Ever" and "The Greatest". Ritchie also performed the two newer songs

PHOTOS: Masego – San Francisco, CA 11/11/2018

Ever since he began his music career in 2013, Masego has gained new fans through his unique musical style, mixing jazz fusion, R&B, funk, and neo soul called "TrapHouseJazz". The Jamaican-born artist performed a sold-out show at The Mezzanine in San Francisco on November 11, 2018 and showed why music fans should pay attention to his music. Performing well-known tracks from his debut, Lady Lady, such as "Silk", "I Had A Vision", and "Lavish Lullaby", Masego showcased his saxophone skills on numerous songs including the popular "Tadow", his collaborative effort 2017 with with French artists FKJ that garnered

PHOTOS: Phony Ppl – San Francisco, CA 11/08/2018

Brooklyn-based Phony Ppl may have been the opener for headlining act Pusha T but they performed like the veterans that they are at The Fillmore in San Francisco on November 8, 2018. Performing to a near capacity crowd as an opener, Phony Ppl was energetic and engaging during their set that included tracks from their latest album, Mō’zā-ik, which came out a few weeks before on October 18. Although a new song, the audience was bopping along to "Something About Your Love", an up-tempo track that describes an unhealthy relationship, as well as the song "Move Her Mind",

PHOTOS: RÜFÜS DU SOL- San Francisco, CA 11/6/18

Electronic trio RÜFÜS DU SOL formerly RÜFÜS (keyboardist Jon George, vocalist/guitarist Tyrone Lindqvist, and drummer James Hunt) has impressed audiences worldwide with their fusion of live and club elements of dance music. The Australian band came to San Francisco on November 6, 2018 to play a sold-out show at the Bill Graham Civic Center and blew away the audience. Touring in support of their latest album, Solace , RÜFÜS DU SOL had a massive light stage setup filled with LEDs and a large screen behind the band that projected visuals that were both engaging yet not overwhelming. Performing familiar

PHOTOS: FIDLAR – Oakland, CA 11/02/2018

As soon as FIDLAR took the stage at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA, the audience went into a frenzy. Dancing, singing and of course moshing along to tracks from their first two albums, FIDLAR gave a taste for what's to come from their newest album, Almost Free, set for release on January 24, 2019. The band started off the set with the new song, "Alcohol" and showcased three other new songs, "Flake", "Can't You See" and "Too Real". According to frontman Zac Carper, “‘Too Real’ was written during the election and everyone was fighting each other. The

PHOTOS: Billie Eilish – Oakland, CA 10/20/18

After a set of strong releases throughout 2018, Billie Eilish is on the verge of a breakout once her debut album is released early 2019. The seventeen-year-old Los Angeles native has released a series of bonafide hits in the last year and a half from "you should see me in a crown" to the more recent "when the party's over". Performing in the Bay Area for the third time in a year, Eilish played the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA, the first night of her sold-out '1 by 1' tour. The raucous crowd filled with her peers

PHOTO REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2018 Weekend One

The 2018 edition of Austin City Limits was highly anticipated ever since the lineup was announced earlier in the year with much of the buzz on iconic headliners in Paul McCartney and Metallica. The festival also boasted many high quality names including Arctic Monkeys, Odesza, Travis Scott and Justice. An unforeseen injury to Childish Gambino caused him to cancel not only his appearance at ACL but also his remaining tour dates. Festival organizers recovered well by adding French quartet Phoenix and Lil Wayne to the first and second weekends respectively. The first weekend went off without

PHOTO REVIEW: Inaugural Adult Swim Festival

Last weekend Adult Swim hosted its inaugural music/comedy fest, the aptly named, Adult Swim Festival. The two-day festival featured an eclectic mix of music: guttural metal-punk, backpack rap and a healthy dose of hipster faves. On the comedy side of things, there were some pretty noteworthy comedians, with Hannibal Buress being the most familiar stand-up. Presumably, the common theme of the weekend was the nebulous relationships between the artists and the adult-oriented offshoot from Cartoon Network. The majority of the artists have worked on Adult Swim shows or contributed to the Adult Swim’s singles program which has been releasing songs

PHOTOS: Bob Moses- Oakland, CA 9/22/18

Bob Moses has steadily become a must-see at festivals (SXSW, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, & Coachella) as well as their own headlining shows. The Canadian duo recently released their second studio album, Battle Lines a week ago on September 14th and are touring in support of the new material, stopping by the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA September 22, 2018. With minimal banter, the band played a lot of the newer material, with lead single "Back Down" inspiring the crowd to dance and bob their heads in unison to the catchy beats of the song. The

PHOTOS: Greta Van Fleet – San Francisco, CA 9/19/2018

Greta Van Fleet has garnered much attention over the past year for their traditional classic rock sound and electric stage presence. Although they've been a band since 2012, the four young musicians - twin brothers Josh (vocals) and Jake Kiszka (guitar), both 22, younger brother Sam (bass/keys, 19), and longtime family friend Danny Wagner (drums, 19) embarked on music full-time as a professional band starting in 2017. Word of mouth spread like wildfire online and in-person as the group would encounter sold-out concerts in North America and Europe, glowing press, accolades from a slew of fellow artists from

PHOTOS: The Vamps + HRVY – San Francisco, CA 9/18/2018

The Vamps have had a busy 2018, having sold-out their headlining UK and European arena tour earlier this year and released their new album Night & Day (Day Edition) that includes the single, “Just My Type”. The British four-piece are currently on tour in the U.S. in support of the new album with guests HRVY and New Hope Club. Fellow U.K. artist, HRVY, has a huge following on social media (4 million and growing) and has nearly 70 million combined video views. His musical endeavors started at age 13 by uploading covers of Justin Timberlake and Trey Songz song

PHOTOS: Alison Wonderland – San Francisco, CA 8/25/2018

Over just the past 3 years, the profile of Alison Wonderland has grown exponentially. From her humble beginnings in electronic music after transitioning from playing the cello in orchestras and even playing bass in indie bands, Wonderland put in the focus and effort that would pay off in 2015 that served as a foundation. That year, she performed her very first Coachella, released her debut album Run, which hit #1 on the US Electronic Billboard charts and numerous other festival appearances including EDC Las Vegas and Lollapalooza. The success of Run would lead to higher profile performances

PHOTOS: Clairo – San Francisco, CA 8/20/2018

Following the release of her now critically acclaimed and highly streamed debut EP diary 001, 19-year-old Clairo embarked on a North American headlining tour that included appearances at Mo Pop Festival in Detroit and Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago. The performances follow up her appearances opening up for Dua Lipa during select North American tour dates earlier in the year. Since releasing her debut song “Pretty Girl” last summer, Clairo captured the attention of many music fans as the official music video for “4EVER,” also from her debut EP, amassed more than 1 million plays in less than a

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2018 – Headliners Set Up Perfectly By Emerging Artists, Taste Of The Bay Area Shines

The 2018 edition of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival was one for the books on many levels. Suffice to say, the headliners in The Weeknd, Florence and the Machine and Janet Jackson gave solid outstanding performances that lived up to the audience's anticipation for each artist. There weren't the Coachella-staple surprise guest artists on the Lands End stage but each artist brought the flare and excitement that complemented the day's lineup. The Taste of the Bay Area continues to lead other festivals in its showcase of the amazing indigenous culinary, as there were long lines

PHOTOS: 311, The Offspring, Gym Class Heroes – Austin, TX 8/4/2018

Prior to their co-headline Never-Ending Summer Tour, 311 and The Offspring surprised fans and with a take on each other's signature hits. 311 recorded a rocking reggae-infused cover of The Offspring classic "Self Esteem," while The Offspring injected their signature punk rock energy into a cover of 311 hit "Down." In speaking about the covers, Nick Hexum, lead singer of 311 stated- ""Self Esteem" is my favorite Offspring song. It's a great melody, and the lyrics really tell a story. I like when a singer is vulnerable and doesn't try to act all cool. We've all been

PHOTOS: G-Eazy – Mountain View, CA 7/29/2018

Riding high on the success of his latest album, The Beautiful & Damned, G-Eazy has been touring non-stop since its release as the The Endless Summer Tour features Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, YBN Nahmir, Murda Beatz and P-Lo. He recently released a new video for a new Bay area anthem titled "Power" feat. Nef The Pharoah and P-Lo. The video and tour follow his RIAA Certified Gold album The Beautiful & Damned along with the recently released three songs from The Vault collection coinciding with his birthday. The Vault is comprised of both old songs

PHOTO REVIEW: X Games 2018 Filled With Thrilling Wins By Youngsters

Summer X Games, the an annual event showcasing the best of the best in skateboard, BMX and motocross took place over the weekend at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The weekend was encapsulated by exciting competitions, young athletes primed for taking the next step towards winning and debuts that left many excited for the future of action sports. The music lineup featured EDM acts Kaskade and Zedd along with legendary rapper, Ice Cube. 16311

PHOTOS: King Princess – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA 7/24/2018

The highly anticipated debut EP from rising artist King Princess, Make My Bed, came out in June on Mark Ronson’s Zelig Records, which marks the label’s first release. The EP features breakout singles, “1950” and “Talia” that have been streamed more than 100 million times to date—along with three previously unheard tracks written and produced by King Princess. The product of a musical family, King Princess is the stage name for Mikaela Straus, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and spent much of her childhood tinkering on the vintage Neve board in her father’s Brooklyn studio

PHOTOS: Sofi Tukker – Fox Theater, Oakland, CA 5/18/2018

Since the release of the track, "Best Friend", Sofi Tukker have been growing in popularity and recognition. The track charted in numerous categories across the globe and helped them garner a Grammy nomination. The duo comprised of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern recently released their debut album, Treehouse, and just released the track "Batshit", which was adapted from a love poem by Chacal for "The Dare" "Batshit" draws from South American folk music and features Tucker's debut as the lead vocalist. Hawley-Weld stated- "We are introducing him as exactly what he is: Batshit Crazy. It’s as

PHOTOS: George Ezra – Oakland, CA 5/9/2018

George Ezra released his highly anticipated sophomore album Staying At Tamara’s on March 23, 2018 and features the current single “Paradise”. Three years after the release of his chart topping debut album Wanted On Voyage, The new album, primarily written in Barcelona, features a collaboration with First Aid Kit on the track, "Saviour" and is described as a collection of “songs about escapism, dreaming, anxieties and love.” Ezra's live shows feature a talented backing band with horns as he'll often will provide backstories to his songs and interact with the adoring crowd. Check out the photos from

PHOTOS: Hayley Kiyoko – San Francisco, CA 4/24/18

Singer and actress Hayley Kiyoko is a jack of all trades, having started early on supporting Justin Bieber in her former band The Stunners to now as a solo artist herself. During her musical career, she's released three EPs (A Belle to Remember, This Side of Paradise, & Citrine) and her debut album Expectations, which charted Top 20 album in the U.S. The album has resonated with both critics and fans alike, and Kiyoko shined on stage in San Francisco to a sold out crowd at The Fillmore, showcasing much of the newer material including, "Curious," "Feelings," "SLEEPOVER," where she opens

PHOTOS: Billie Eilish – San Francisco, CA 3/8/2018

With her growing profile from recent singles "&burn" with Vince Staples and her recently RIAA-certified gold single, "Ocean Eyes", Billie Eilish has experienced much success. She just completed her second sold-out European, New Zealand, Australian and Singapore tours and another sold-out North American tour. Leading up to her appearance at the highly influential SXSW, the 16-year-old has already generated millions of streams worldwide with numerous high-profile festival appearances in 2018 including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, The Governors Ball, Outside Lands and others. Check out photos from her sold out show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco!

PHOTOS: G-Eazy – Oakland, CA 3/1/2018

G-Eazy released his highly-anticipated studio album The Beautiful & Damned in late 2017 and the support tour was just as highly-anticipated. The extremely personal 20 track double-album features special guests including Halsey, A$AP Rocky, Cardi B, Kehlani, E-40, Charlie Puth, Anna of the North and more. Also announced at the same time as the album release, the tour confirmed special guests including Trippie Redd, Phora, and Anthony Russo. With two sold-out dates in his native Bay Area (Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco and Fox Theater in Oakland), G-Eazy is clearly on a roll as the

PHOTOS: Grace VanderWaal – San Francisco, CA 2/20/2018

Singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal released her debut album Just the Beginning in November 2017, which featured the popular tracks, “Moonlight,” “Sick of Being Told,” and “So Much More Than This”. Just the Beginning is the official follow up to Grace’s debut EP Perfectly Imperfect, which was the best-selling EP of 2016. The album launch also celebrates the incredible year Grace has had following her win on the 11th season of the competition television show, America’s Got Talent. The Just The Beginning tour completely sold out and B-Sides captured photos from her San Francisco tour stop at Slim's. Check

PHOTOS: Spoon- San Francisco, CA 1/17/18

In their 25th year as a band, Spoon has gotten better over time, perhaps credit it to having been through nearly every scenario both good and bad when it comes to performing live. The Austin-based band released their ninth studio album, Hot Thoughts in March 2017, and now that fans are familiar with the material, it made for an engaging and fun live show for the band. From start to finish, frontman Britt Daniels led the audience down a path through the band's catalog of material right from the start with the newer "Do I Have To Talk

PHOTOS: Illenium Plays Sold-Out Homecoming Show – San Francisco, CA 11/22/2017

With the recent release of his sophomore album, Awake in September 2017, Nick Miller aka ILLENIUM, immediately hit the road in support of the new material. Fans didn't have to wait long for the follow-up to his debut Ashes that was released in early 2016, which saw the future-bass producer and musician perform non-stop throughout the year. Miller, a San Francisco native, who moved to Denver in 2013, has seen his profile grow exponentially that's garnered him a devoted following, as well as recognition amongst his peers. With Awake, Miller told Westword that his live show will

LIVE REVIEW: Nova Tour ft. R.L. Grime Lands in Nashville

Kittens, Graves, and R.L. Grime stopped off in Nashville as part of their Nova Tour, drawing in a packed house despite it being the night after Halloween.  Lauren “Kittens” Abedini started the night off, increasing the energy as the crowd steadily grew.  The L.A. based DJ got her start mixing in college, but before long she was performing at private parties for stars like Usher and opening for Kid Cudi on tour.  Her set up was very minimalist in terms of lights, but did not take away from her laid –back vibe and slightly soulful set. 15808

PHOTO REVIEW: Alvvays – The Mohawk, Austin

Outdoor performances during the fall are nothing to complain about. Breezy air and pink sunsets are a perfect match to any evening, but when tossed in with the angelic voice of lead vocalist, Molly Rankin, and the candy dream tunes of her band Alvvays —talk about satisfaction. It has been three years since the Canadian indie pop band brought us their self-titled debut album, but only a month since the release of Antisocialites, which is without a doubt, no runner-up. Fans just can’t get enough of those summery nostalgic instrumentals blended with their dark and romantic lyrics. Despite the title of

PHOTO REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2017 Weekend One

The first weekend of Austin City Limits 2017 was welcomed with the stereotypical weather as remnants of the recent storms left behind a streak of humidity and mosquitoes. Regardless, the sun was shining and numerous Austinites were prepared for the weather and amazing music ahead of the 2017 edition of Austin City Limits. Headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers and Jay-Z were stacked with the hits that brought back the nostalgia from multiple generations, meanwhile on the flip side, there were many up-and-coming artists that impressed many that included The Aces, Zhu, Royal Blood, Grace Vanderwaal and

INTERVIEW: Jaymes Young Talks Songwriting, Humbling Moment While on Tour

Jaymes Young takes pride in being a songwriter first than being considered a singer and performer. Early on, Young spent countless hours holed up in his bedroom piecing together compositions, penning lyrics, and exploring various sounds. In 2013, Young independently released the critically acclaimed mixtape, Dark Star, leading to much praise and an eventual signing to Atlantic Records. The EP, Habits of My Heart, spawned viral hits such as the title track and “I’ll Be Good,” which both surpassed 20 million Spotify streams. Young topped that in 2015 with his collaboration with Phoebe Ryan on “We

PHOTOS: Outside Lands 2017 – Veterans and New-comers Entertain The Masses

The tenth anniversary of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco took place over the weekend, and represented the diverse music tastes as well as the artists' fans. Veteran acts like headliners Metallica and The Who expressed their approval over the number of younger attendees who weren't even born when the bands were in their prime. As fireworks capped off Metallica's Saturday night set, the famous San Francisco fog rolled in early on Sunday creating a misty but truly memorable two hour set by The Who, where Roger Daltry's vocals were on point and

PHOTO REVIEW: Mo Pop Festival 2017

Detroit's annual Mo Pop Festival has charmed Michigan summers for four years in a row now by granting music enthusiasts a chance to celebrate the presence of their favorite artists, accompanied by an abundance of food trucks, art installations, local shop booths, and of course, the beautiful Detroit River. Taking place alongside the Detroit Riverfront, nearly 7,000 fans attended the two day event of twenty-two live performances from mainstays in various genres from pop, alternative, rap, hip hop, and all that's in between. Highlighted by Foster the People, alt-J, Tyler the Creator, Run The Jewels, Solange and numerous others,

PHOTO REVIEW: Wolf Alice – Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA 7/24/2017

It’s only been two years since Wolf Alice released their debut album My Love Is Cool but it’s felt like longer, as the band had been touring non-stop in support of the material. Along the way, the band garnered numerous accolades, award nominations and an immense and loyal fanbase. The London-based band finally has new music to share, having released two singles from their forth-coming sophomore album, Visions Of A Life, which will be released on September 29 via Dirty Hit Records/RCA Records. "Yuk Foo" and “Don’t Delete the Kisses” are a taste of what’s to come

PHOTO REVIEW: Warped Tour 2017 – Mansfield, MA

As soon as the Warped Tour lineup comes out, the anticipation for the day-long music festival begins. Rain or shine, fans line up early in the morning to beat the rush. In the case at the Mansfield, MA stop, it was no shine, and all rain. The weather, however, did not stop anyone's dedication to stand in the pouring rain walking from stage to stage and jam out to their favorite bands. Some band members shared their thoughts about the gloomy day. Bryan Garris from Knocked Loose stated, "I heard it rains in Mansfield, MA, every Warped Tour." John Floreani from

PHOTO RECAP: X Games Minneapolis 2017 Day 4 – Alex Sorgente, Colton Walker Win First Gold

Two competitive extreme sport athletes won their first gold medals at X Games on the last day of the inaugural event in Minneapolis. Colton Walker captured gold in BMX Dirt, while Alex Sorgente took home the gold for Skateboard Park. Walker, an X Games rookie who grew up just outside of Minneapolis thrilled the hometown crowd with strong and clean runs highlighted by a 360 double downside whip-to-late bar spin and a flair whip-to-bar spin on the quarter pipe. In Skateboard Park, Sorgente narrowly beat out Tom Schaar, who took silver, by impressing the audience and judges

PHOTO RECAP: X Games Minneapolis 2017 Day 3 – Brighton Zeuner, Kelvin Hoefler Grab First Gold, Bob Burnquist Retires

As temperatures outside of US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis reached the 90 degree mark, inside the stadium, day three of X Games Minneapolis was buzzing with fans eager to witness the best athletes compete for gold in skate, BMX and Moto X.  The day’s events included Men’s Skate Big Air, Men’s Skateboard Street, Men’s BMX Park, Women’s Skateboard Park, Moto X Step Up, Moto X Best Whip and Moto X Best Trick.   Kevin Paraza from Arizona, gave quite the show with his performance earning himself his first gold at X Games for BMX Park.  Only a few points behind, Logan Martin from Australia

PHOTO RECAP: X Games Minneapolis 2017 Day 2 – Aori Nishimura, Levi Sherwood Take Gold

As day 2 of X Games Minneapolis progressed, the crowds grew rapidly, filling US Bank Stadium to an impressive 32,000 fans.  The Day's event included BMX Dirt, Big Air, Women’s Skate Street Final, BMX Street Final, and the highly anticipated Moto X Freestyle Final. Kyle Baldock crushed the competition in the BMX Dirt qualifiers during the early part of the day, while the BMX Street Finals showcased a close battle with veteran Garret Reynolds sealing another gold medal.  Winning his 9th gold medal, Reynolds displayed a fast and powerful flow throughout the course. The returning champion got off to a

PHOTO RECAP: X Games Minneapolis 2017 – Vince Byron, Moto Shibata Win Gold in Vert Competitions

The inaugural X Games in Minneapolis kicked off with plenty of excitement with the BMX and Skate Vert competitions.  Although there were only two events Thursday evening, the athletes have been slowly trickling in throughout the week to practice, get familiar with the courses and in many instances didn’t hold back during practice. From Nyjah Huston and Curren Caples, to Ryan Sheckler and Ryan Decenzo in skate, Jamie Bestwick and Vince Byron to Garrett Reynolds and Chad Kerley in BMX; the competition looked fierce. 15321

Austin City Limits 2016 15th Anniversary Recap

DAY 1 Jess Glynne’s voice echoed through Zilker on Friday afternoon, spreading a cheerful attitude mirrored by the crowd and those finding their way to start their weekend.  She wowed with her cover of Prince’s “I Feel For You” just before she closed out her set.  Banks & Steelz were worth getting to the Samsung stage early, while The Front Bottoms teased and tested the crowd’s football knowledge in between songs.  The Strumbellas drew a crowd that may have seemed to be full of stragglers, but everyone easily sang along to “Spirits” even those that may not have known that they

PHOTOS: Pierce The Veil Kick Off Fall ‘Made To Destroy’ Tour In San Francisco, CA

Pierce The Veil opened their Made To Destroy tour at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, CA on Sept. 3, 2016 to a sold out and raucous crowd. The San Diego-based band released their fourth studio album, Misadventures, earlier this year and the setlist mixed in many tracks off the album, kicking off the show with “Dive In” and included “Caraphernalia”, “Floral & Fading” and “Texas Is Forever” amongst others. The audience, who waited for hours before doors opened, was as energetic as the band themselves and the singalongs were strong throughout the roughly hour and a half

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2016 Day Three

Outside Lands 2016 was on the verge of becoming one of the more chillier weekends of the eight-year event but alas the sun made its appearance and warmed up the crowd for the final day of great music. With the sun shining, British duo Oh Wonder provided the perfect soundtrack to lounge on a blanket and enjoying some of the great food. Things picked up as both Jack Garratt and Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem delivered solid sets, especially the former, whose one-man show demonstrates how talented Jack Garratt is. Third Eye Blind delivered all of the familiar 90s

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2016 Day Two

Many attendees we're hoping for warmer weather on the second day of Outside Lands but the fog never burned off. The skies were overcast throughout the entire day and winds picked up throughout the night but most attendees of Outside Lands we're prepared.  Nothing was going to stop them from having the time of their lives while their favorite performers took the stage, starting with The Knocks and The Wombats and ending with Zedd and Radiohead. There were surprise guests during the second day as the rumored collaboration of hip-hop legends Warren G. and E-40 popped up late in the afternoon. 

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2016 Day One

The first day of Outside Lands 2016 was met with great anticipation by music fans who attended the event at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco from all over the country. The typical chilly August weather didn't stop the crowd from enjoying great music as early performers Marian Hill impressed many at the Twin Peaks stage while Ra Ra Riot got people dancing to both their new material and earlier standbys on the main stage. The crowds started filling up throughout the day with many eager to see headliners, the recently reunited LCD Soundsystem later in the night. There were other

PHOTO REVIEW: Lightning In A Bottle 2016

Lightning In A Bottle is a unique annual event which combines art, music, self-improvement and an open-mindedness that has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. Set in the beautiful San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, California, this year's sold-out event took place over Memorial Day Weekend by the folks of Do LaB and provided a solid lineup that included familiar festival names such as, Grimes, Chet Faker, Jamie XX, Big Gigantic and numerous others, alongside a concious lineup of illuminating talks, yoga and performers at the Temple of Consciousness. 13872