Vagabon proves at Rickshaw Stop that she has what it takes to make it big

By Norm de Veyra // Vagabon with Allison Crutchfield, joyride! // Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco March 23rd, 2017 // Fresh off a week of shows at South … BAM ON

The Band Perry

The Band Perry wrap up their pop-up tour with a sold-out show at Great American Music Hall

By Norm de Veyra // The Band Perry // Great American Music Hall – San Francisco March 22nd, 2017 // The Band Perry closed their "Welcome to My Bad … BAM ON

Milky Chance

Milky Chance know how to make us feel good

Photos by Karen Goldman // Written by Paul Ronas-Tanner // Milky Chance with Noah Kahan // The Independent – San Francisco March 10th, 2017 // I've been … BAM ON



Spoon give us plenty of ‘Hot Thoughts’ during their private show at Apogee Studio

SHOW REVIEW: I’d like to think it didn’t take me nearly 25 years to come around to Spoon’s unique sound, but this is one band I never should have slept on.

Ray BLK, Kali Uchis, KING, MUNA & Camp Cope

Five emerging artists you need to hear

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Noise Pop 2017 - Temples

Noise Pop 2017: Our top moments from the festival

FESTIVAL REVIEW: The Bam Team frequented many Bay Area venues for Noise Pop’s 25th anniversary. Find out which were our favorite performances.

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels spoil 5,000 fans in LA with special guests Zack de la Rocha, Danny Brown & more

SHOW REVIEW: As their sold-out show at the Shrine Expo Hall proved, El-P and Killer Mike have already reached hip-hop’s mountaintop in just a matter of four years.

Talib Kweli

After two decades in the rap game, Talib Kweli is still fighting for what he believes in

SHOW REVIEW: Whether it was convenient or not, the man with a lot to say made sure to give us a whole lot to think about.

Gone Is Gone

Supergroup or not, Gone Is Gone roar loud at their album release party in LA

SHOW REVIEW: Featuring Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age and At the Drive-In members, Gone Is Gone are a rare collection of musicians who all complement each other’s playing.

2017 albums

Albums you’ll want to hear in 2017

NEW MUSIC: The year starts off with a bang thanks to these forthcoming releases.

Best live music acts of 2016

The 25 best live music acts of 2016

The 2016 BAMS List: Showbams covered many excellent bands, musicians and DJs throughout 2016 — the following 25 acts are our favorite live performers of the year.

Danny Brown at The Regency Ballroom

The Bam Team’s 5 Favorite Shows, Albums & Songs of 2016

Showbams presents The Bam Team members’ favorite shows, albums and songs from 2016.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Chris Robinson Brotherhood put the pedal to the metal at LA’s newest home for jam bands

SHOW REVIEW: The Fonda Theatre appeared to serve the five-piece well, and it felt like a good way to celebrate a Saturday night in LA.


GOODFest hits Oakland with an All-Star lineup featuring Solange & Fantastic Negrito

PHOTOS: Everyone there knew they were part of something special, and the resounding fact that you were there for a reason bigger than the moment was unanimous.

Jim James

In his new hometown, Jim James reminds us why he’s one of the most gifted songwriters out there

SHOW REVIEW: The My Morning Jacket frontman is in rare company these days, amid a dying breed of guitar-rock gods like Jack White and Josh Homme.

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 for Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in LA series, the local 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

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