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SF Show of the Week: GO4FREE to Talib Kweli at The Independent 12/21 (SUN)

Win a pair of free tickets to our SF Show of the Week by entering your name and email below. Talib Kweli with Niko, K'Valentine // The Independent - San Francisco December 21, … BAM ON

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PHOTOS: Ryan Hemsworth at The Independent 12/11

Photos by Diana Cordero // Ryan Hemsworth with Tennyson, The Bilinda Butchers and DJ Dials // The Independent - San Francisco December 11th, 2014 // Releasing his second … BAM ON

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PHOTOS: The Barr Brothers at The Chapel 12/10

Photos by Sam Heller // The Barr Brothers with Leif Vollebekk // The Chapel - San Francisco December 10th, 2014 // Following up their 2011 self-titled debut, Montreal folk … BAM ON

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Kaki King goes on a journey through sound and space

Photos by Callum Coogan and Scott Martin // Written by Bridget Stagnitto // Kaki King // Jewish Community Center of San Francisco - San Francisco December 12th, 2014 … BAM ON

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The Regent

The Regent Theater brings new life to LA’s music scene

VENUE REVIEW: Once a grindhouse and adult movie theater decades ago, the newly-reopened Regent Theater has quickly found its place in a crowded, yet booming downtown LA.

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Killer Mike’s emotional soliloquy on police brutality starts St. Louis show with a heavy dose of real

The content of Killer Mike’s speech on Monday should go down in history as the quintessential reaction to the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict in the murder of Michael Brown.

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A mother’s crusade to amend the RAVE Act & how you can help make festivals safer

Join The Festival Lawyer, Showbams and the new coalition Amend The Rave Act (ATRA) to make festivals safer for everyone.

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Outside Lands 2014 beer/artist pairings

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Here is a carefully curated list of artist/beer pairings that will even further accentuate each other at Outside Lands this year.

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Five female-fronted, emerging UK acts you need to hear

With the Fourth of July in the rearview mirror and the taste of independence fresh our mouths, get familiar with five emerging artist from the UK.

High Sierra Music Festival

PHOTOS: High Sierra returns to Quincy for 24th edition

PHOTOS: The 24th edition of High Sierra Music Festival took place over the Fourth of July weekend, and Showbams captured plenty of memorable moments from Quincy, California.

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Five new songs that show Bon Iver’s magnificent, post-rock influence

Miss Bon Iver? Ya, we do too. These five new songs will help get you through the group’s hiatus.

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tUnE-yArDs eye nonconformity through a glorious lens in SF

SHOW REVIEW: tUnE-yArDs’ focus on eyes as a motif suitably reflects Garbus’ immaculate confidence and control amid pervasive themes of subverting conformity and growing paranoia.

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The Faint light up The Indy for a Doom Abuse “danse” party

SHOW REVIEW: The Faint’s penetrating light show and disorienting visuals washed over the voracious crowd, who remained in constant motion throughout the entire performance.

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High Sierra Music Festival: Why we keep going back

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: As High Sierra veterans know, it’s about so much more than just the music. Here are seven reasons we keep going back.

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The “Know Your Rights” infographic at a festival

This simple flowchart from The Festival Lawyer shows you everything you need to know to protect yourself from being unlawfully arrested.

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String Cheese Incident bring special guest, new music to Fox

SHOW REVIEW: Friday’s show demonstrated to a capacity crowd that String Cheese still want to melt some faces, create some new music and generally have a good time with their devoted army.

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The National showcase natural evolution, continue to inspire

SHOW REVIEW: The National’s shift from enigmatic indie group to a mainstream success is almost complete after witnessing the group’s magical performances in Berkeley,

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Disclosure’s ‘Wild Life’ invades the Greek

SHOW REVIEW: One of most popular and trailblazing dance acts on the planet headlined a mini-one-day-fest dubbed “Wild Life” at the intimate Greek Theatre Berkeley.

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PHOTOS: The Knife at Fox Theater Oakland 4/15

PHOTOS: As the audience followed the dance steps and pop mantras recited by the person in charge of warming things up, we knew that we should expect nothing typical for the rest of the evening.

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PHOTOS: Blood Orange at Great American Music Hall 4/15

PHOTOS: The crowd intensity quickly translated from the stage onto the entire venue, with the London-native acting as the master of ceremony, surrounded by talent.

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Coachella 2014 Weekend 1: It’s officially festival season

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Coachella has grown to be so much more than simply just a “music and arts festival”, but it always retains the feeling that something special is happening on those grass fields.

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Outside Lands 2014 daily lineup highlights

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Still choosing which day might be best for you? Here’s our take on the headliner options, along with choice picks and reasons to get there early this August in Golden Gate Park.

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Future Islands connect amid high expectations at The Chapel

SHOW REVIEW: By the end of the concert, the bond established between the band and crowd was solidified with the stage becoming public domain.

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ODESZA poised to explode into electronic stratosphere

SHOW REVIEW: If Odesza is not on your radar, they soon will be, especially after their sold out performance at the Independent last weekend.

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