The Independent serves as the perfect setting for BAIO’s moody electropop

By Marc Fong // BAIO // The Independent – San Francisco February 3rd, 2016 // It wasn't long ago that BAIO, the solo project from Vampire Weekend … BAM ON


STS9’s stunning live show transports their Bay Area fans to a magical world

By Marc Fong // STS9 // Fox Theater Oakland - Oakland January 29th, 2016 // "Livetronic" act Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) played more than just an … BAM ON

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon vs. The Fillmore: Crowd thoughts from a sold-out show in SF

Photos by James Nagel // Written by Molly Kish // Dan Deacon // The Fillmore – San Francisco January 29th, 2016 // The man, maestro and frenzy-inducing … BAM ON


The Big One

Bay Area music fans ring in 2016 at The Big One

SHOW REVIEW: We were on the scene to revel in what easily was the Bay Area’s wildest NYE 2015 party, and here are our favorite highlights from the night.

2016 albums

Albums you’ll want to hear in 2016

NEW MUSIC: There’s plenty of ear candy that’s already set to be released this year.

Best Live Acts of 2015

The 25 best live music acts of 2015

The 2015 BAMS List: Showbams covered many excellent bands, musicians and DJs throughout 2015 — the following 25 acts are our favorite live performers of the year.


The Bam Team’s 5 Favorite Shows, Albums & Songs of 2015

Showbams presents The Bam Team members’ favorite shows, albums and songs from 2015.

NAO, Andra Day, Zara Larsson, Tala & Kiiara

Five female emerging artists you need to hear

Get familiar with these five female emerging artists.

RAC - André Allen Anjos

RAC is more than just a master remixer

INTERVIEW: With a full-length album to his name and his own set of touring members, André Allen Anjos has turned RAC into a legitimate band over the last several years.

The Candy Butchers Bash - The Sam Chase & The Untraditional

With The Sam Chase & The Untraditional leading the way, The Chapel celebrates Halloween in style

SHOW REVIEW: With the spirit of Halloween alive and well in SF, music fans got to experience some of the very best that the Bay Area has to offer.

Treasure Island Music Festival 2015

20 moments we won’t forget from Treasure Island Music Festival 2015

FESTIVAL REVIEW: These epic sets will be ingrained in our brain for years to come.

My Morning Jacket - featured #3

First Times: Experiencing the Santa Barbara Bowl as My Morning Jacket take their game to the next level

FIRST TIMES: After waiting all those years to step inside the Santa Barbara Bowl, the whole show had felt like one big holiday to me.

Fruit Bats

Fruit Bats are back together and hitting the road this fall on My Morning Jacket’s latest U.S. tour

INTERVIEW: Opening for My Morning Jacket was an opportunity that Fruit Bats leader Eric Johnson couldn’t pass up when the offer was presented to him.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2015

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2015 spreads contagious smiles across Golden Gate Park

PHOTOS: Oh Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, how the Bay Area loves you.

Symbiosis Gathering 2015

Beyond the music: Symbiosis Gathering reinvents the festival experience in 2015

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Symbiosis is leading a paradigm shift in the festival world, and the 10 Year Re:Union proved to be their largest gathering yet.

One Tribe Festival

Inaugural One Tribe Festival canceled just weeks before coming to Southern California

In what came as some surprising news, EDM promoter SFX has canceled the first edition of One Tribe Festival after ticket sales failed to meet expectations.

FYF Fest 2015

Was FYF Fest 2015 the ‘best weekend of summer’? Here are 10 highlights from this year’s festival

FESTIVAL REVIEW: From everything we witnessed over two action-packed days, it felt like a major success.

Fat Wreck Chords - Strung Out

Fat Wreck Chords celebrates 25 years of punk rock over two days at SF’s Thee Parkside

FESTIVAL REVIEW: NOFX, Lagwagon, No Use for a Name and many more shared the stage to ring in the independent record label’s landmark anniversary.

Erin Burkett

We talk to Fat Wreck Chords’ Erin Burkett as the label celebrates 25 years of ‘destroying punk rock’

INTERVIEW: Showbams spoke with the Fat Wreck Chords co-founder about what it took to start, sustain and succeed as an independent punk-rock label.

Sam Amidon

Experimenting with the random: A raw conversation with Sam Amidon

INTERVIEW: Showbams sat down with Sam Amidon before his co-headlining show with Little Wings to talk about his early career and recording process.

Outside Lands 2015

Outside Lands 2015 highlights: Eight years strong and feeling ‘fantastic’!

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Outside Lands has officially become a bar-setting force to be reckoned with on the festival circuit.