Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst’s sad songs make us feel happy at LA’s Greek Theatre

By Rochelle Shipman // Conor Oberst with Julien Baker // Greek Theatre - Los Angeles May 13th, 2017 // As the crowd filled into the Greek Theatre during … BAM ON

The Flaming Lips

After more than 30 years, The Flaming Lips are still one of music’s most wildly entertaining live acts

By Josh Herwitt // The Flaming Lips with Klangstof // The Theatre at Ace Hotel - Los Angeles May 9th, 2017 // Say what you want about The Flaming Lips' … BAM ON

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness take a big leap at The UC Theatre with Atlas Genius, NIGHT RIOTS

By Norm de Veyra // Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness with Atlas Genius, NIGHT RIOTS // The UC Theatre - Berkeley, CA May 6th, 2017 // With pool … BAM ON


The Flaming Lips

After more than 30 years, The Flaming Lips are still one of music’s most wildly entertaining live acts

SHOW REVIEW: Wayne Coyne and company are one of those bucket-list bands every live music fan should see at least once.


After making Coachella history, Klangstof are blazing a trail for other Dutch indie bands

INTERVIEW: Being the first Dutch band to ever perform at Coachella is already paying huge dividends back home for this Amsterdam outfit.


At LA’s Mayan Theater, Moderat transport their fans to another world

SHOW REVIEW: For those of us who had just come back from spending three days in the desert, that’s exactly what the doctor ordered.

A Perfect Circle

A Perfect Circle make their triumphant return to SF at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

SHOW REVIEW: In the world of rock supergroups, there are few that have sprung up in the last few decades that can hold a candle to A Perfect Circle.

Coachella 2017 - palm trees

Our 5 favorite moments from Coachella 2017

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Here are five highlights from Coachella’s 18th edition (spoiler alert: Lady Gaga wasn’t one of them).


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

Get familiar with these five emerging artists.

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.