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Thirty-five years later, the Melvins are still rockin’ as hard & loud as they ever have

Melvins

SHOW REVIEW: With a sold-out crowd on hand at SF’s Great American Music Hall, Buzz Osborne and company performed as if everything depended on it.

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Rivers Cuomo delights Weezer fans with a rare acoustic performance at Bottom of the Hill

Rivers Cuomo

PHOTOS: The Weezer frontman played a 27-song set that lasted more than two hours and featured special guest Jason Cropper, his former bandmate.

A Perfect Circle’s new album ‘Eat the Elephant’ plays a lot better live than its critics might think

A Perfect Circle

PHOTOS: Between Coachella performances, the alt-metal supergroup stopped in San Jose to perform material from its first new album in 14 years.

Our favorite performances from 2017

Best live shows of 2017 - The xx, Miguel, Moderat & Coldplay - featured

The 2017 BAMS List: Showbams covered many excellent bands, musicians and DJs throughout 2017 — the following are our favorite performances of the year.

Tool continue to melt minds on their latest tour

Tool

PHOTOS: The three-time Grammy winners haven’t released an album since 2006, but they did debut new visuals on this latest jaunt across North America.

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

A Perfect Circle

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.

At the Fox Theater Oakland, Tedeschi Trucks Band float beautifully in the balance

Tedeschi Trucks Band

SHOW REVIEW: Between Susan Tedeschi’s powerhouse vocals and Derek Trucks’ slide-guitar genius, Tedeschi Trucks Band are one of those acts that transcend a person’s taste in music.

Deftones make their case in Berkeley that they’re still a force to be reckoned with

Deftones

SHOW REVIEW: Deftones are one of those rare beasts that have managed to make music on their own terms throughout their entire career.

Chuck Mosley reunites with Faith No More for a special night at Great American Music Hall

Chuck Mosley with Faith No More

PHOTOS: What some audience members may not have realized before arriving was that they were in for quite a treat.

Guitar heroes Rodrigo y Gabriela give it all they got at the City National Civic

Rodrigo y Gabriela

PHOTOS: The Mexico City duo’s show in San Jose proved to be one big party, as it even invited some audience members onto the stage to dance.

BottleRock Napa Valley makes more strides in 2016

BottleRock Napa Valley 2016

PHOTOS: The three-day festival once again returned to Napa over Memorial Day weekend, boasting an improved fan experience and an eclectic bill of music.

Fauxchella 2016: Coachella FOMO no mo’ in the Bay

M83 at Fox Theater Oakland

PHOTOS: For many music fans, Fauxchella remains the most optimal time to catch high-profile artists performing at their best.

Wavves, Best Coast create polarizing summer vibes in SF on their co-headlining tour

Wavves

SHOW REVIEW: Having the opportunity to catch these bands on one tour stop in an intimate setting was truly unique regardless of season or sentiment.

Noise Pop 2016: Relive the festival frame by frame

Noise Pop 2016 - Heartwatch

PHOTOS: Navigating through more than 100 acts across the Bay Area, we take a look back at this year’s best highlights.

The 25 best live music acts of 2015

Best Live Acts of 2015

The 2015 BAMS List: Showbams covered many excellent bands, musicians and DJs throughout 2015 — the following 25 acts are our favorite live performers of the year.

‘Keep it secret. Keep it safe.’ A unique night with Puscifer at the Fox Theater Oakland

Puscifer

SHOW REVIEW: Puscifer have a very special way of combining their music with a stage show that offers so much more than just music.

Eagles of Death Metal prove that rock ain’t dead

Eagles of Death Metal

SHOW REVIEW: EODM have the perfect style as a rock band, one that takes itself just seriously enough.

Mad Decent Block Party takes over a sold-out Greek Theatre Berkeley

Mad Decent Block Party - Greek Theatre Berkeley

PHOTOS: Mad Decent stepped up its block-party game in 2015, impressively selling out the Greek Theatre at U.C. Berkeley with an electronic-heavy bill of artists.

After almost two decades apart, Failure are making up for lost time now

Failure

SHOW REVIEW: The world needs more space rock like Failure, so here’s hoping that they press on.

SF product Bhi Bhiman packs The Independent for album release party

Bhi Bhiman

PHOTOS: The Sri Lankan-American folk rocker performed a mix of both old and new songs for his adopted hometown crowd.