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