Primavera Sound Los Angeles 2022 - featured

Primavera Sound LA drops inaugural 2022 lineup headlined by Arctic Monkeys, Lorde & Nine Inch Nails

Primavera Sound Los Angeles // LA State Historic Park - Los Angeles September 16-18th, 2022 // The weather outside currently might be a little chilly, but … BAM ON

This Ain't No Picnic Festival 2022

The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Le Tigre, Phoebe Bridgers, Beach House & more give This Ain’t No Picnic new life in 2022

This Ain't No Picnic // Brookside at the Rose Bowl - Pasadena, CA August 27th-28th, 2022 // As we have said in this space before, the past 20 months have … BAM ON

Smokin Groves Fest - 2022 lineup

Smokin Grooves Fest returns in 2022 as Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots, Miguel, Jhené Aiko & more stack the bill in downtown LA

Smokin Grooves Fest // LA State Historic Park - Los Angeles March 19th, 2022 // Smookin Grooves is back! The one-day, neo-soul festival, which found a … BAM ON

BAMS HIGHLIGHTS

Caribou

Caribou kick off their North American tour at LA’s Greek Theatre & make the case why they’re among today’s best live-electronic acts

SHOW REVIEW: It isn’t often that you come across an electronic act as eclectic as Caribou thanks to Dan Snaith’s knack for making dance-ready tracks.

Outside Lands 2021 - crowd

Outside Lands 2021: A return to hallowed ground

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Relaunching OSL over Halloween weekend was one of the smartest pivots Bay Area promoter Another Planet Entertainment could have made.

My Morning Jacket - Santa Barbara Bowl

My Morning Jacket spotlight the long-awaited return of live music to SoCal with a powerful performance at the Santa Barbara Bowl

SHOW REVIEW: The headlining performance was as much about the Louisville-bred rockers’ new material as it was a golden opportunity to put their expansive catalog on display.

Juanita MORE!

Doors Open: A Bay Area Reopening Series – Juanita MORE!

The activist, philanthropist, entrepreneur and Bay Area icon discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the LGBTQ+ nightlife scene and her fundraising efforts before this year’s Pride celebrations.

Public Works

Doors Open: A Bay Area Reopening Series – Public Works

The SF venue was forced to get creative with its event space and programming in order to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matt Haney

Doors Open: A Bay Area Reopening Series – Matt Haney

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors member sits down to discuss what he’s doing in District 6 to help keep local, independent music venues alive amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Doors Open: A Bay Area Reopening Series – The Midway

The SF venue has progressively and successfully transformed over the last year in order to keep its doors open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Best of 2020 - featured

The Bam Team’s 5 Favorite Albums & Songs of 2020

Showbams presents The Bam Team members’ favorite albums and songs from 2020.

Tool

Tool show us at SAP Center that they’ve only gotten bigger & better with more time

PHOTOS: After nearly three decades, the prog-metal titans are still selling out arenas all around the world — this time in support of their fifth LP.

Best live shows of 2019 - Usher, Kacey Musgraves, Local Natives & Empire of the Sun

Our favorite performances from 2019

The 2019 BAMS List: Showbams covered many excellent bands, musicians and DJs throughout 2019 — the following are our favorite performances of the year.

Kali Uchis at Smokin Grooves Fest

The Bam Team’s 5 Favorite Shows, Albums & Songs of 2019

Showbams presents The Bam Team members’ favorite shows, albums and songs from 2019.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

The prolific, often unpredictable King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard turn heavy at LA’s Greek Theatre

SHOW REVIEW: Since forming almost a decade ago, the Australian septet is certainly making a strong case as rock’s most prolific and unpredictable band right now.

Outside Lands 2019

Outside Lands 2019: Our top sets & festival awards

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Now that the dust has settled in Golden Gate Park, it’s time to look back at what made Outside Lands’ 12th edition such a success.

FKJ

FKJ is a one-man, groove-making machine who’s full of surprises as he demonstrates at Shrine Expo Hall

SHOW REVIEW: After making his debut at Coachella this year, the multi-instrumentalist and singer looks like he’s ready to share his one-of-a-kind live show with the rest of the world.

The Raconteurs

The Raconteurs show all at the Santa Barbara Bowl why we need them after 11 years between albums

SHOW REVIEW: The four-piece consisting of Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler is finally back in the spotlight where it belongs — and for good reason.

COMMON

In times when we need it most, COMMON continues to spread worldwide love at Apogee Studio

SHOW REVIEW: As he tours in support of his 12th studio album, the Grammy-winning rapper’s overarching message stands clear: let love rule today and every day.

Jim James

Jim James, The Claypool Lennon Delirium take us on a psych-rock roller coaster at The Wiltern

SHOW REVIEW: The frontman of My Morning Jacket sent a strong reminder of how powerful music can be as a unifying force while sharing the stage with the Claypool Lennon Delirium.

Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun are walking on more than just a dream after selling out three straight shows in SF

PHOTOS: The Australian synthpop outfit hit the West Coast hard to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album with a three-night stand at The Regency Ballroom.

Local Natives

A sold-out crowd at Hollywood Palladium propels Local Natives to new heights in their hometown

SHOW REVIEW: Sometimes three amazing vocalists singing in harmony is all that you need to pack a 5,000-person venue as the LA indie band exhibited after Middle Kids’ opening set.

Smokin Grooves Fest 2019 - Usher

From T-Pain to Usher, Smokin Grooves Fest turns up the heat in 2019 with a slew of top-notch talent

FESTIVAL REVIEW: With R&B’s new crop of talent continuing to innovate and inspire, here’s hoping that the festival will keep coming back year after year.

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