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Noise Pop 2017

Noise Pop 2017: Celebrating 25 years of Bay Area indie culture

Written by Molly Kish // Noise Pop // Bay Area venues - San Francisco & Oakland February 17th–27th, 2017 // Marking its 25th anniversary this month … BAM ON

Run the Jewels at Fox Theater Oakland

Run the Jewels hit the Bay Area hard with shows at City National Civic & Fox Theater Oakland

Photos by Marc Fong & Lisette Worster // Written by Molly Kish // Run the Jewels // City National Civic - San Jose & Fox Theater Oakland - … BAM ON

Goldenvoice Presents: April 2017

Goldenvoice reveals 2017 Coachella sideshows

We're already six weeks into 2017, and for many music fans residing in California, that means Coachella isn't all that far away. But while much of the talk … BAM ON

BAMS HIGHLIGHTS

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.

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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.

Solange

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.

YG

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.

AlunaGeorge

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.

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