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