Conor O’Brien leads the way as Ireland’s Villagers deliver two nights of powerful songwriting in SF

Photos by Victoria Smith // Written by Emmanuel Castro // Villagers // Swedish American Hall & The Fillmore – San Francisco October 3rd & 4th, 2015 … BAM ON


SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Rudimental at Mezzanine 10/8 (THUR)

Written by Nik Crossman // Rudimental with Samo Sound Boy // Mezzanine – San Francisco October 8th, 2015 // Releasing their second album We the … BAM ON


Why we need digital streaming services like Spotify

Thanks to the rise of streaming services, the music industry has overturned their revenue slump and received a boost in sales, the biggest it has experienced in … BAM ON


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.

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.

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.

Beat Connection

Beat Connection are embracing their next challenge

INTERVIEW: Ever since Reed Juenger started Beat Connection with his fellow dormmate Jordan Koplowitz, it’s been one challenge after another to keep the musical project alive.

Little Wings

Little Wings’ Kyle Field ‘Explains’ why music is his life

INTERVIEW: Fresh off the release of Little Wings’ latest album, Showbams caught up with the band’s frontman to discuss passions, performance and his lack of civic pride.

2015 Phono del Sol Music Festival - King Tuff

Phono del Sol goes bigger and better in 2015

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Fans and families alike were able to soak up the hot day while getting a chance to see some pretty epic bands.

2015 High Sierra Music Festival

High Sierra celebrates 25 years in grand fashion

PHOTOS: High Sierra is a special event, made special by all those who make it what it is. It is exactly what many want in a festival and so much more.

Music festivals - camping

Camping at a music festival soon? You’ll want to check out this ultimate festival camping guide

Festival season is upon us, and some of you might be getting ready to pitch your tent at a music festival this summer. Here is a festival camping guide that should help with all your outdoor-living needs.

Big Gigantic

Am I too old now to be going to Big Gigantic shows?

SHOW REVIEW: I might not be too old yet, but it’s sure starting to feel that way.

Miami Horror

Miami Horror cover all bases on ‘All Possible Futures’ before a sold-out show in their new hometown

INTERVIEW: A lot changed for Miami Horror founder and bandleader Benjamin Plant when he moved to Los Angeles nearly three years ago — and for the better.

Sasquatch! Music Festival

Sasquatch! continues to reign supreme as the Pacific Northwest’s premier music festival

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Embracing the culture of the Pacific Northwest, Sasquatch! caters to the growing breed of indie-centric fans caring just as much about the festival experience (if not more) than the music itself.

Lightning in a Bottle

Is Lightning in a Bottle shedding its ‘boutique’ label to go mainstream?

FESTIVAL REVIEW: The Do LaB has created one of the most unique experiences on the entire U.S. festival circuit, but whether LIB can maintain its “boutique” label remains to be seen.

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.


Death Cab for Cutie are still my guilty pleasure after all these years

SHOW REVIEW: Everyone has a guilty pleasure band. Well, at least I do — and that band happens to be Death Cab for Cutie.


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.

CRSSD Festival

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.