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New Music Tuesday: Chet Faker

Every Tuesday, we focus on new music releases by naming our top tracks, album highlights, lowlights and important takeaways for select … BAM ON

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Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ Gets Royal Treatment

By Steve Roby// Paul Simon's Graceland: Presented by UnderCover & Faultline Studios // Jewish Community Center -- San Francisco Friday April 11th, 2014 // … BAM ON

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Swing gets a makeover from Caravan Palace

By Tom Dellinger // Caravan Palace with Rosin Coven // The Regency Ballroom -- San Francisco Saturday April 14th, 2014 // One of the more enjoyable aspects of … BAM ON

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Future Islands’ Sam Herring connects among high expectations at the Chapel

Photos by Pedro Paredes // Future Islands with Ed Schrader's Music Beat // The Chapel -- San Francisco Thursday April 10th, 2014 // While outside in the streets … BAM ON

EDITOR’S PICKS

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St. Vincent spellbindingly shreds with support from Noveller at the Fox

SHOW REVIEW: Axe-wielding women Annie Clark & Sarah Lipstate systematically stunned the Fox Theater Saturday with their powerful arrangements and domination of the stage.

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Magik*Magik Orchestra look back to “When We Were Young” at Fox Theater Oakland

SHOW REVIEW + PHOTOS: Minna Choi and Magik*Magik Orchestra delivered on the promise of an uplifting collaborative evening Friday with three breathtaking sets of emotive music.

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PHOTOS: Mutual Benefit at Rickshaw Stop 1/25

PHOTOS: Mutual Benefit is a young band with only one LP, but it was enough to make you listen, as it’s message is delivered in the form of a crushing diamond, sticking deep, hard to shake off.

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DARKSIDE reward the patient at Fillmore SF

SHOW REVIEW: On their first US tour as DARKSIDE, Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington together are monumental in their minimalist approach to sound — their live show is progressive in form and mind-blowing when combined with suitable visual production.

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Volcano Choir and Justin Vernon want you to Repave

SHOW REVIEW: Through a full range of sound, atypical form and emphasis on key phrases, Volcano Choir and the Bon Iver frontman implore lost souls to find a new path at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

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Sly & the Family Stone receive proper tribute from 9 Bay Area Bands

PHOTOS: When a show starts with a 50 person ensemble playing Sly and the Family Stone’s seminal album opener “Stand!”, you know you are in for something pretty unique.

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Thee Oh Sees shock the City with a blazing show & startling news

What started as just another Thee Oh Sees show at the Great American Music Hall on December 18th ended up being more than the sum of its parts as the band announced some sudden news that shook up local music fans.

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Showbams Photography 2013: A Year in Review

BEST OF 2013: Take a look at some of the best live music photography snapped by Showbams photographers this year.

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The Showbams Top Shows of 2013

BEST OF 2013: The BamFam looks back at our favorite shows that took place in the Bay Area Music Scene and beyond this year.

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The Showbams Top Tracks of 2013

BEST OF 2013: Showbams contributors name their top 20 songs of the past year.

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Trouble in Transit: What to do if police stop you on the way to a music festival

Follow these 5 legal tips from the Festival Lawyer if the police stop you in your car, tent, hotel room, motor home or at the airport.

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The 40 Best Albums of 2013

BEST OF 2013: Showbams presents our favorite 40 records of 2013, along with individual columnist top picks.

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Live Music Artists spark the great smartphone backlash of 2013

TRENDS 2013: Our collective screen addiction & social media mentality are starting to suck the life out of the live music experience for fans and artists alike, but 2013 will be remembered as the year musicians fought back, establishing the battle of Instagram & iPhones vs. audience immersion.

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Quit your job and travel: 11 songs for inspiration

Sometimes you just have to take a leap. Quit your job, say goodbye to your friends, spend most of your money and go have the time of your life.