Nick Murphy

Nick Murphy shows he’s the new-and-improved version of Chet Faker to close out 30 Days in LA

By Josh Herwitt // Red Bull Sound Select - 30 Days in LA: Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker) // The Theatre at Ace Hotel - Los Angeles November 30th, 2016 … BAM ON


Lucky to be alive, YG is celebrating life to the fullest

By Joseph Gray // Red Bull Sound Select - 30 Days in LA: YG // The Wiltern – Los Angeles November 29th, 2016 // "They knew the code to my gate. That was … BAM ON


A night of nonstop dancing at The Fillmore with RÜFÜS DU SOL, Kllo & Yuma X

By Geoff Hong // RÜFÜS DU SOL with Kllo, Yuma X // The Fillmore – San Francisco November 30th, 2016 // On the first of two sold-out nights at The … BAM ON


Nick Murphy

Nick Murphy shows he’s the new-and-improved version of Chet Faker to close out 30 Days in LA

SHOW REVIEW: Call him Chet Faker, Nick Murphy or whatever name you want — it doesn’t change the fact that he always pours his heart and soul out onstage.


Lucky to be alive, YG is celebrating life to the fullest

SHOW REVIEW: If extended album delays, a near-death experience and government censorship can’t stop YG, I don’t know what can. And neither does he.

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko turns a hometown show at Avalon into her own living room party

SHOW REVIEW: On this night, the LA songstress really, really, really didn’t want to leave her home.


After touring with Sia, AlunaGeorge have never been more well-suited to succeed than now

SHOW REVIEW: Whether many attendees had heard of them or not, English electronic duo AlunaGeorge did everything they could to help them not forget.

Pusha T

With dignity and grace, Pusha T stays true to himself

SHOW REVIEW: The veteran Virginia Beach-raised rapper made it clear on this night that his appetite for more will not be diminishing anytime soon.

Charlotte Cardin, Shura, Bibi Bourelly, Tkay Maidza & Anne-Marie

Five female emerging artists you need to hear

Get familiar with these five female emerging artists.

Isaiah Rashad

Isaiah Rashad makes a statement at Echoplex while giving fans a lesson in reverse psychology

SHOW REVIEW: The 25-year-old emcee has gone from being the contemplative unknown in superstar Kendrick Lamar’s crew to a complete artist deserving of your attention.

Pretty Lights

The ‘EDM bubble’ may be bursting, but Pretty Lights remains a beacon of hope at the Santa Barbara Bowl

SHOW REVIEW: If there’s one electronic artist whom others should look to for inspiration, it’s unquestionably Pretty Lights.

treasure-island-Treasure Island Music Festival 2016

Treasure Island Music Festival 2016: The Good, The Bad & The Muddy

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Here are the best, worst and most muddied (good ideas that ultimately went wrong) moments of TIMF 2016.


With a new album out, Tycho scratch a strong itch to surprise in front of a capacity crowd at The Fonda

SHOW REVIEW: It’s rare to find a musician who can create all of the music and art on his own, let alone one who can get the two to perfectly coincide with each other.

Bloc Party

From club gigs to the Hollywood Bowl, Bloc Party close their U.S. tour with their largest show ever

SHOW REVIEW: I know they say you shouldn’t live in the past, but for a little more than an hour in the Hollywood Hills, Bloc Party made it feel OK to do just that.

MainFest Alhambra - featured

MainFest Alhambra throws an all-out dance party with Capital Cities, Miami Horror & !!! on the bill

FESTIVAL REVIEW: All in all, the City of Alhambra had to be pleased with what it accomplished for the inaugural MainFest.

Brainfeeder at the Fox Theater Oakland - Parliament Funkadelic

Brainfeeder drops the funk on its Oakland brethren

SHOW REVIEW: Boasting a stacked lineup led by founder Flying Lotus, the LA label showed why it’s one of the most important players in shaping the future of music.

Tame Impala

With confetti and fractals, Tame Impala blow minds at the Greek Theatre Berkeley

SHOW REVIEW: Any time your photographer is told to “try not to get your head blown off by the confetti canons” while shooting from the photo pit, you know you’re in for a great night.


As summer comes to an end, Viceroy tells us why it’s still ‘summertime all the time’ in his mind

INTERVIEW: Showbams spoke with Viceroy about his “summertime all the time” brand, his Jetlife side project and his affinity for Hawaiian shirts.

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.


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.