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

By Rochelle Shipman // Smokin Grooves Fest // The Queen Mary - Long Beach, CA June 15th, 2019 // Much more than a supremely awkward sunburn, this year's … BAM ON

The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers give fans at Shrine Expo Hall the electronic show they desperately need in 2019

By Josh Herwitt // The Chemical Brothers // Shrine Expo Hall - Los Angeles May 15th, 2019 // When former childhood classmates Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons … BAM ON

The Lil Smokies

The Lil Smokies take on SF & burn down the house

By Benjamin Wallen // The Lil Smokies with Michigan Rattlers // Slim's – San Francisco April 19th, 2019 // With spring in the air, Montana … BAM ON


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.

The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers give fans at Shrine Expo Hall the electronic show they desperately need in 2019

SHOW REVIEW: The legendary UK electronic duo created a scintillating audio-visual experience to remember and one of the best we’ve witnessed in a while.


Modeselektor return to U.S. soil & pound our ears with their new material at a sold-out Echoplex

SHOW REVIEW: After a nearly eight-year break between albums, the German IDM duo is still selling out clubs with its dark, pulsating beats and brash, in-your-face sounds.

Noise Pop 2019 - Caroline Rose

Noise Pop 2019: Celebrating Bay Area indie culture with great music & a whole lot more

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Another epic edition of Noise Pop is now in the history books, and here are a few of our favorite moments from 2019.

BLOXX, Eighty-Ninety, IDER, Simple Creatures & vverevvolf

These acts are ready to make a big splash in 2019

NEW MUSIC: Here are five that might have flown under the radar but are about to do some big things and can breathe new life into your outdated playlists.

Top songs - Weezer, Hozier, Foals & Bad Suns

10 new songs that you should know about & hear

NEW MUSIC: Don’t have time to dig into all of the new releases? That’s why we created this cheat sheet of the latest earworms.

Foxx Bodies

Premiere: Foxx Bodies – ‘The Walk’ music video

Watch the LA-based band’s new music video for “The Walk” that we have premiered exclusively at Showbams before copping tickets to one of its upcoming shows.

Best live shows of 2018 - Foo Fighters, NxWorries, Pusha T & Courtney Barnett

Our favorite performances from 2018

The 2018 BAMS List: Showbams covered many excellent bands, musicians and DJs throughout 2018 — the following are our favorite performances of the year.

David Byrne at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

The Bam Team’s 5 Favorite Shows, Albums & Songs of 2018

Showbams presents The Bam Team members’ favorite shows, albums and songs from 2018.

Treasure Island Music Festival 2018 - Jungle

Treasure Island Music Festival 2018: A strong return for one of the Bay Area’s best live music events

FESTIVAL REVIEW: With great weather, excellent organization and a near-perfect sequencing of artists, TIMF was back in full form.

Cal Jam 18 - Foo Fighters

Cal Jam 18: The closest we might ever get to seeing Nirvana perform as Foo Fighters take us ‘way back’

FESTIVAL REVIEW: If we learned anything from Cal Jam 18 at Glen Helen Regional Park, it’s that you can never underestimate Dave Grohl or the power of rock ‘n’ roll.

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett reminds us why she’s simply the coolest at LA’s Greek Theatre

SHOW REVIEW: If you’ve been lucky enough to see her live, you know it and you also know that she, somehow, still doesn’t know it herself.

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear & TV on the Radio unite for one night in their new hometown to play the Hollywood Bowl

SHOW REVIEW: Now both based in LA, the two Brooklyn-bred bands gave us one last taste of summer on the season’s final day.

The National

After winning their first Grammy, The National don’t hold back at the Hollywood Palladium

SHOW REVIEW: Like any good band these days, Matt Berninger and company have been expanding their fan base with each and every album they release.

David Byrne

At the age of 66, David Byrne is completely nailing one of the year’s most ambitious tours

SHOW REVIEW: The former Talking Heads leader knows how to mix his mediums to absolute perfection in a way that’s not only relevant, but also completely engrossing.

Jack White

Jack White proves at the Santa Barbara Bowl that a phone-free show is a better experience for us all

SHOW REVIEW: One of rock’s last remaining guitar heroes hasn’t lost his unique ability to surprise an audience at any moment, especially when we all aren’t staring at our phones.

Outside Lands 2018

Outside Lands 2018: A return to form in Year 11

FESTIVAL REVIEW: While this year’s lineup might not have appealed to the core demographic from its incarnation, the event still offers something for everyone.


Weezer show a sold-out crowd in their hometown that they can still be wildly entertaining

SHOW REVIEW: From costume changes to a surprise “Weird Al” cameo, Weezer made it clear why they’ve been performing second on their summer co-headlining tour with the Pixies.