Desert Daze 2017: Another stellar year for one of California’s premier music festivals

Desert Daze 2017

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Led by Iggy Pop, Spiritualized and more, the sixth edition of this psych-rock and garage-rock extravaganza was quite a doozy.


Outside Lands 2017: Top 5 things to see, eat & drink

Outside Lands

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: We’ve outlined our top sets that you won’t want to miss, biggest scheduling conflicts, potential guest appearances and the best beverages to drink.

Phono del Sol turns the heat way up in 2017

2017 Phono del Sol Music Festival

FESTIVAL REVIEW: You want your Saturday to be served up scorching hot? Well, that’s what the masses at the seventh annual Phono del Sol got.

Once and Future Band crush The Chapel at their record release show

Once and Future Band

SHOW REVIEW: The stamp of Castle Face Records and Burger Records also lends itself to the notion that something special is happening here.

The National continue to prove they’re one of the best bands out there today

The National

SHOW REVIEW: Matt Berninger and company are on a keen path to continually evolving their sound as they age with their stunning catalog.

Battles school their SF fans at The Independent with their math-leaning prog chops


PHOTOS: The NYC trio is always a romp into unique territory, which remains pretty rewarding to those who seek something different from the rest.

White Denim sport new members but still can rock

White Denim

PHOTOS: With their seventh studio album, the Austin four-piece have found a new drive that is sure to take flight in 2016.

Geographer’s stock continues to rise to the delight of their Bay Area fans


PHOTOS: Mike Deni’s dreamy take on things has earned him a loyal following of 20-somethings, made evident by his band’s packed show at The New Parish.

The Barr Brothers continue to amaze at The Indy

The Barr Brothers

SHOW REVIEW: One can only anticipate their next move and how they’ll continue to carve out a deeper, critically acclaimed niche.

Showbams Exclusive: Tuesday’s Spirits May schedule

Tuesday’s Spirits, a free, weekly showcase of some of the Bay Area’s rising musicians held at Doc’s Lab in North Beach, returns in May with another compelling lineup of local talent.

Controversy aside, Viet Cong are here to stay

Viet Cong

SHOW REVIEW: It’s safe to say that we will be hearing much more from this quartet for the duration of the year, even if they are known by a different name by the end of that time.

Tuesday’s Spirits announce a stellar March schedule at Doc’s Lab

Showbams is proud to announce the exclusive roll-out of the March schedule for the Tuesday’s Spirits residency at Doc’s Lab’s, featuring members of Tea Leaf Green, Low and many more.

Ariel Pink continues down path of oddities

Ariel Pink

SHOW REVIEW: By the time Ariel Pink had taken the stage, the anticipation for the LA native to return to SF was palpable.

Thee Oh Sees pummel fans in return to SF

PHOTOS: Some highlights were a crowd surfer who may have been collecting Social Security checks and bartenders showering those lucky enough to be in the back with assorted carbonated beverages.

Deerhoof continue to redefine themselves

SHOW REVIEW: Deerhoof’s show at the Great American served as an extension of the boundary-pushing tendencies these SF locals have cultivated over the past couple of decades.

Rubblebucket’s Survival Sounds lifting indie act to the next level

SHOW REVIEW: Kalmia Traver is one of the best frontwomen in the business. She sings with passion, dances joyously, plays baritone sax and wins the adoration of nearly every audience member.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass survival guide

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Follow these pro-tips before, during & after Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park to optimize good times.

We’re all just Fucked Up, after all

SHOW REVIEW: Fucked Up’s frontman is one of the most authentic leads in the biz, and he’s lost an astonishing 120 pounds. But how does one grow old and hold onto its youthful ideals of rebellion?

Peter Matthew Bauer breaks out at Bottom of the Hill

Peter Matthew Bauer

SHOW REVIEW: As the seven-piece band strutted on stage dressed to the nines, it was evident that even with the light turnout, this burgeoning project was here to play its heart out to its early supporters.

Fuck Buttons evolve live performance, toy with the traditional

SHOW REVIEW: This particular tour for the band is more accessible to new fans as a layer of their drone-music past seems to have been shed.