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Kate Tempest is about to blow up, get in early

Photos by James Nagel // Written by Mike Frash // Kate Tempest // The Independent - San Francisco May 20th, 2015 // Take a look at Kate Tempest. Now go … BAM ON

Girlschool

Girlschool are still teaching fans how to rock hard more than 35 years later

By Mike Rosati // Girlschool with Crucified Barbara // Slim's - San Francisco May 24th, 2015 // Before Sunday's show at Slim's, I was not familiar with … BAM ON

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The Jesus and Mary Chain celebrate 30 years of ‘Psychocandy’ at The Warfield

By Mike Rosati // The Jesus and Mary Chain with The Black Ryder, DJ Omar Perez // The Warfield - San Francisco May 16th, 2015 // Scottish alternative … BAM ON

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Oysterfest 2015

Oysterfest 2015 serves up a steamy bill of old-school hip-hop and electronica

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Celebrating its 16th year, Oysterfest’s lineup of hip-hop and dance artists kicked the party up a notch with some profane rap classics and club favorites.

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I heard the new My Morning Jacket album and it’s amazing

I went to a listening party in LA for the new MMJ album, with Jim James commenting after each song. Here’s what you can expect from the new album.

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CRSSD makes a big splash in debut as 2015 festival season heats up

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Goldenvoice and FNGRS CRSSD are quickly changing the game after putting on a nearly flawless first edition of CRSSD Festival at San Diego’s Waterfront Park.

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10 takeaways from Shaun White’s first Air + Style on U.S. soil

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Here are 10 things we took away from two action-packed days at Air + Style in Los Angeles.

The Dodos

Feeling 50/50 with The Dodos at Great American Music Hall

INTERVIEW: The Dodos caught up with Showbams before their headlining show at Great American Music Hall, giving us a look inside their 50/50 mindset.

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The Soft White Sixties, Mahgeetah & Coo Coo Birds rock ‘Showbams Presents’ showcase at Brick & Mortar

SHOW REVIEW: The Soft White Sixties were joined by opening acts Mahgeetah and Coo Coo Birds in a grand finale of epic proportions, presented by Showbams.

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Is Father John Misty playing a character?

Or is Father John Misty an evolving artist being true to himself?

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.

Nine Inch Nails

If we never see Nine Inch Nails live again, it’s been quite a ride

If this was the last time I ever got to see Nine Inch Nails perform live, I have no regrets attending four of the 26 shows that they co-headlined with Soundgarden this summer.

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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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