Deftones

Deftones make their case in Berkeley that they’re still a force to be reckoned with

Photos by Mike Rosati // Written by Andrew Pohl // Deftones with YelaWolf, Sister Crayon // The Greek Theatre - U.C. Berkeley August 26th, 2016 … BAM ON

Les Sins

Les Sins hypnotizes his fans at The New Parish

Photos by Alister Mori // Written by Paul Ronas-Tanner // Les Sins with Taraval, DJ Nina Sol // The New Parish - Oakland August 19th, 2016 // There was … BAM ON

Chuck Mosley with Faith No More

Chuck Mosley reunites with Faith No More for a special night at Great American Music Hall

By Mike Rosati // Chuck Mosley & Friends with Coffin Boy Crow // Great American Music Hall – San Francisco August 18th, 2016 // If you grew up … BAM ON

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Splash House 2016 - Weekend 2

Splash House 2016: One wet and wild weekend

FESTIVAL REVIEW: After drawing a sold-out crowd for its second weekend, we wouldn’t expect anything less than a bigger and better Splash House in 2017.

RÜFÜS DU SOL

Is the Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Concert Series becoming too popular for its own good?

SHOW REVIEW: The crowd that arrived to take in RÜFÜS DU SOL’s show was unlike anything I or anyone else had seen before.

Kurt Vile & The Violators

First Times: Covering a show at the Hollywood Bowl

FIRST TIMES: Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would get credentialed for a show at one of music’s most storied and historic venues.

Outside Lands 2016

Outside Lands 2016: Top sets, awards & what we overheard at Golden Gate Park

FESTIVAL REVIEW: As Outside Lands continues to set the bar high thanks to its innovative features, top-notch billing and overall experience, here are our favorite moments from 2016.

The National

The National continue to prove they’re one of the best bands out there today

SHOW REVIEW: Matt Berninger and company are on a keen path to continually evolving their sound as they age with their stunning catalog.

Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse and Brand New aren’t ‘Strangers’ to each other, but their fans are a different story

SHOW REVIEW: Judging from the audience’s behavior at The Forum, we certainly wouldn’t count on these two bands being billed together again.

Sound in Focus - Nas

Nas preaches positivity while closing out this year’s Sound in Focus series in style

SHOW REVIEW: If this was Nas’ reminder to the world that he’s still working and grinding like he always has, then a whole lot of fans got to hear that message loud and clear.

Taste of Chaos 2016 - Saosin

Taste of Chaos closes out its 2016 tour in SoCal offering a sweaty, giddy blast through the past

FESTIVAL REVIEW: For fans of emo, hardcore and punk, it’s tough to beat the total package that Taste of Chaos puts together.

BØRNS

BØRNS doesn’t need Taylor Swift’s help to prove he’s one of music’s fastest-rising stars

SHOW REVIEW: The Michigan native has gone from supporting modest indie bands to selling out shows as a headliner one year later.

2016 Phono del Sol Music Festival - Born Ruffians

Bay Area talent shines at Phono del Sol in 2016

PHOTOS: The music festival proved yet again you don’t have to venture far to find great music in the Bay Area.

Waterfront Blues Festival 2016

Waterfront Blues Festival 2016: A colorful palette to feed the soul

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Now in its 29th year running, Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival remains an anomaly in the world of modern music festivals.

Best Shows of 2016 - Ty Segall, Young Thug, Mac DeMarco & Sia

Our 10 favorite shows from the first half of 2016

The 2016 BAMS List: Showbams revisits the best performances we’ve witnessed over the past six months.

Sophia Somajo, Maggie Rogers, Terror Jr, Jorja Smith, Era Istrefi

Five emerging artists you need to hear

Get familiar with these five emerging artists.

Wild Kingdom 2016

Wild Kingdom offers a slice of Burning Man in SF

PHOTOS: The 14-hour party featured five stages of nonstop beats with headliners such as DJ Dan, The Scumfrog, Worthy and Tara Brooks.

Lightning in a Bottle 2016

The best and worst of Lightning in a Bottle 2016

FESTIVAL REVIEW: With another edition of LIB in the books, here are our best and worst moments from 2016.

BottleRock Napa Valley 2016

BottleRock Napa Valley makes more strides in 2016

PHOTOS: The three-day festival once again returned to Napa over Memorial Day weekend, boasting an improved fan experience and an eclectic bill of music.

Moderat

Moderat are the cure for the common DJ

SHOW REVIEW: The innovative, groundbreaking Berlin-based supergroup has proven to be a modern antidote to EDM like it showed at The Fonda Theatre.

Young Thug

Young Thug isn’t afraid to do things his own way

SHOW REVIEW: Managing to toe a stylistic line of convoluted brilliance, Atlanta’s 23-year-old cult hero remains an enigma with lofty pop-star expectations to meet.

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