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.

Mahgeetah and Incan Abraham make a trek to far off places

SHOW REVIEW: All hail Mahgeetah as they continue to be an important piece in San Francisco’s music scene.

Connan Mockasin wants you to drink the Kool-Aid

SHOW REVIEW: “The likes of Ariel Pink and Animal Collective are hailed as gods in the genre, but Connan has something a little more unique to offer us.”

String Cheese Incident bring special guest, new music to the Fox Theater Oakland

SHOW REVIEW: The show demonstrated to a capacity crowd that String Cheese still want to melt some faces, create some new music and generally have a good time with their devoted army.

The War on Drugs are winning

SHOW REVIEW: Adam Granduciel has arrived to the next level, as The War on Drugs have broken through the underground in a big way with their latest release and long awaited tour.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe favoring blistering rock over jazz

SHOW REVIEW: The Independent in SF hosted two nights of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe for a wailing, groovy time.

NOISE POP REVIEW: No Age, Cheatahs, GRMLN, Straight Crimes

SHOW REVIEW: Noise Pop presented a stacked billing of various punk-influenced rock bands from across the globe, anchored by the return of Los Angeles noise duo No Age.

NOISE POP 2014: Papercuts, Vetiver, the Donkeys & EDJ at the Chapel 2/26

SHOW REVIEW: Papercuts, Vetiver, The Donkeys & EDJ performed an unofficial Easy Sound Recording Co. showcase for Noise Pop Fest last week at the Chapel.

Delorean’s dance-rock makes it to SF with mixed results

SHOW REVIEW: Spanish dance-rockers Delorean finally made their way to The Independent after a minor international hiccup.

Parquet Courts, White Fence share an exciting bill at GAMH

SHOW REVIEW: Each band brought fueled-up performances to a mix of youthful punkers and savvy critics as head-banging, moshing and shoe-gazing all had a place on this evening.

Thee Oh Sees shock SF with a blazing show, startling news

SHOW REVIEW: What started as just another Thee Oh Sees show ended up being more than the sum of its parts as the band announced some sudden news that shook up local music fans.

Danny Brown closes out a huge 2013 at Mezzanine

With limited hip-hop NYE parties, Danny Brown at Mezzanine will be the place to be.

King Krule: From the bedroom to the big rooms

SHOW REVIEW: Archy Marshall, aka King Krule, left a lasting impression over two nights at The Independent with his sublimely dynamic vocals.

Thundercat’s intergalactic funk takes flight

SHOW REVIEW: Though Thundercat’s songs are stellar, it was his musicianship that stood out at The Independent.

The Reflektors shine bright in Hollywood on Halloween

SHOW REVIEW: Arcade Fire shelved their baroque pop on Halloween at the Hollywood Palladium to make way for a world-infused dance party that rivaled the most banging discotheque.

Chateau Marmont’s French synths light up Richmond District

SHOW REVIEW: Chateau Marmont are on their way up the ladder to larger audiences, and the group showed their potential for international radio airplay at Neck of the Woods.