Bloc Party

Bloc Party breathe life back into the ‘indie-rock’ club scene at a sold-out Mezzanine

Photos by Diana Cordero // Written by Molly Kish // Bloc Party // Mezzanine - San Francisco September 19th, 2016 // Bloc Party made their triumphant … BAM ON


With a packed crowd in SF, Aaron Maine shows he’s building something special in Porches

By Laura Tsu // Porches with Japanese Breakfast, Rivergazer // The Independent – San Francisco September 18th, 2016 // Aaron Maine has written music … BAM ON

MainFest Alhambra - featured

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

By Jansen Granflor // MainFest Alhambra // Downtown Alhambra - Alhambra, CA September 10th, 2016 // For its inaugural event this year, MainFest Alhambra … BAM ON


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.

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 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.