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