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